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    Quote Originally Posted by cruisin View Post
    Much as I think Ven was an ass, I still think the right person went home. That dress with the mesh would make an Ice Dancer cringe.
    Yes, waaaaayyyy too much fabric.
    I meant to take the high road.... but I missed the exit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatesindreams View Post
    The Marie Claire/working wardrobe challenge showed that he's more than a "one note" designer.
    That said, another "misstep" will send him home, IMO,
    It did?!?!? The manipulated top in the Marie Claire challenge looked rather a lot like his design in he dress in the first challenge, and he used some of that same technique in the dress he made for Kenley.

    Granted they looked nice, but it's the same base technique for all those designs.
    I meant to take the high road.... but I missed the exit.

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    I think Comrade Snape wuzrobbed again. Fabio's dress was too long and he didn't style it well, The shoes and belt were really poor choices and I thought the necklace would have have worked better against darker colors. Sonjia's dress was a disaster. Tim told her it should be knee-length; she really should have listened to him. And that big knot in front gave the poor girl a third boob. Shennanigans on Gunnar being T3.
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    I don't know what they have against Dimitri. I like his aesthetic. And, I know this is crazy, but I like Elena. I can't explain it, but there is something about her that makes me smile. She can be witchy, but I don't think she's mean, just neurotic in a very art director sort of way .

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    peibeck, we'll have to "agree to disagree", about Ven's dress.

    I don't know what they have against Dimitri. I like his aesthetic.
    I like him, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peibeck View Post
    It did?!?!? The manipulated top in the Marie Claire challenge looked rather a lot like his design in he dress in the first challenge, and he used some of that same technique in the dress he made for Kenley.

    Granted they looked nice, but it's the same base technique for all those designs.
    This. i think one of the reasons he treated his client so shabbily was becuase he knew there was no way he could do his usual fabrigami (tm Laura Bennett) and make it work for her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rfisher View Post
    In retrospect, it was clear that the entire episode was edited to create drama with Ven. We should have known he wouldn't be eliminated with all the focus. Ven has an excellent eye for fabric and drape and could have done a much better job with this challenge. He was annoyed from the very start and I wonder if he was sort of maneuvered by the producers to produce the drama. His "story" was pretty much it on this episode. This show, like most so-called reality TV, is highly manipulated and scripted. It really is difficult to know what is "real" and what is a script. I doubt he's going home anytime soon.
    Even if they gave him the worst edit possible, they didn't force him to say what he said. It didn't appear to be taken out of context. I think they focued on Ven simply because the other designers seemed to all click with the models. It's not like PR hasn't focused on three or four bitchy designers in the "real woman" challenge before. Everyone else either seemed to geniuinely vibe with the customer or if they didn't, they were smart enough to keep it professionally cordial.

    What I love is the almost-40 comment, because he looks almost 40. I was SHOCKED to see he was only 28. Also, I'm 32 and don't know anyone my age who would wear drape-y things. Whether he wants to admit it or not, he designs for an older aesthetic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rfisher View Post
    Ven dodged a big bullet and pissed everybody off. I give him another two weeks.
    I can't stand dealing with people who are extremely arrogant or oblivious. And Ven has managed to be both in this episode (and probably in his everyday life). I can't believe he actually said "I don't think I should be the last one." The other designers looked incredulous. I wonder if any of them said anything to him about how he embarrassed his client. And maybe I imagined this, but did anyone else notice that he rarely addressed his questions or discussion to his model? I know it may be in the editing, but to me it appeared that he barely looked at her. That's kind of a problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by peibeck View Post
    It did?!?!? The manipulated top in the Marie Claire challenge looked rather a lot like his design in he dress in the first challenge, and he used some of that same technique in the dress he made for Kenley.

    Granted they looked nice, but it's the same base technique for all those designs.
    Yeah, he does like that technique a lot! I predict a return of it next week, when he gets to work with an "unreal" woman as his model.

    Quote Originally Posted by cruisin View Post
    ^^ I agree, the dress didn't look like it was meant to have a belt. The belt looked like an afterthought. It was brown on a black and grey tone dress. It was a casual, woven belt on a dress that was more tailored. Possibly a wide black belt could have worked. But, the model was not curvy, and I think a belt just cuts her at the wrong place. The dress was also too long and voluminous, and was wearing her, rather that her wearing the dress.
    Fabio's dress was okay, but something about it looked off or old fashioned to me. Maybe it was the belt. I didn't care for the neckline.

    I'm still loving Snape!! I love that he's been in the top lately and hope that this trend continues!! At the beginning, it looked like he might be edited for the win this week.

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    Ven's behavior made Gunner look that much more impressive. I liked how he treated is model. I didn't expect him to be that nice...

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    ^ I wasn't all that surprised, actually. Gunnar's real-life client base is "real" women. He wouldn't want to alienate the women who pay his bills by acting like a complete dick to his challenge client on national television. Ven, on the other hand...I don't know who buys his clothes in real life. Or who will after this show.
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    Yeah Gunnar is whiny with 'tude, but he's never been as much of a turn-off to me as Ven has been. No amount of editing could disguise or enhance Ven's utter disregard and cluelessness re the humanity of his client. Ven's comments throughout were unbelieveable and petty. He is just so full of himself. I agree with Nick Verreos' blog title: "You ain't no waif yourself!"

    I love Dimitry (Snape) -- he's got great sewing/ design skills, and he seems to be the cool head amidst the sturm und drang. Yes that Dimitry seems to do the same silhouette, but he does it stylishly and with good taste. I've loved everything he has done, and feel he should have at least one win by now. He has definitely been in the top a number of times.

    The designers have got to come in with a certain amount of strategy and self-confidence (but not overweening arrogance). It is so easy to lose one's way in that tense, stressful, limited time, limited outside contact environment. Some of them act as if they have never seen past episodes of the show and are surprised about these challenges!? It seemed a bit to me like some designers were caught up in the successful color of Melissa's outfit in the last comp, and Sonji seemed stuck on the style of her previous win, instead of realizing the special needs of her client (who was short in height, but wide in girth -- I shudder to think what Ven would have said about this real girl's shape had she been assigned to him). I feel sorry for Nathan who is a cool gent, but perhaps not as talented a designer as some of the others. Nathan did have a client he could have really scored with (design-wise ) if he'd used better judgment and better design skills.

    Too bad Ven's character is so far below his talent (which is good btw but not better than everyone else's like he seems to think). I am sure Tim Gunn was making a reference to that fact when he complimented Nathan's character before his unfortunate departure. The nerve of Ven with his last petty comment re others' "weak designs." What about your "weak" character, Ven?

    I really like Dimitry and I'd like to see him get a win and make final 3, and I'd enjoy seeing Chris and Sonji in the final 3 too. Melissa is wonderful too and a top favorite for sure. Fabio is okay, but I haven't been overly impressed with his designs. I hope Ven leaves soon. I'm surprised that Elena is such a fan favorite -- she often grates. Elena's clearly talented, but her designs have been okay to so-so. The girl with the dreads is not that outstanding. She seems to be just getting by with safe or bottom. Gunnar hasn't fared too badly but I don't see him in the top four.

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    Yes, Ven was set up as he claims. But so were the other designers. There was nothing at all "random" about the assignments. Did we see the button bag? Do we believe that the button bag is really random? I'm sure the B-M monkeys worked their little butts off finding the "right" clients to pair with the designers for better or worse. Alicia does the tomboy thing and she got the sexy girl. Colorphobe Elena got the client who loves color. Sonjia's aesthetic works best on tall, slender types and she got the short jock chick. Christopher and Gunnar got the type of client they probably work with at home - the results could have gone either way or just landed them in the middle. (Perfect for the C-G "rivalry".) Nathan has a music/performing degree. He got the singer which could have worked in his favor but didn't. Dmitry got the Plain Jane with potential and that worked out for him. Fabio is edgy and got the edgy girl. Melissa had immunity so it didn't matter who she got. Which more or less boils down to half the designers getting clients who set them up to succeed, and half getting clients who set them up to fail. It didn't quite pan out that way, but I'm sure that was the thinking behind the assignments.
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    ITA.
    Nothing about PR is random.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatesindreams View Post
    ITA.
    Nothing about PR is random.
    Absolutely!

    I think they set Ven up. But, Ven chose to behave badly. He could have taken the high road and treated his model with respect, regardless of hoe he really felt. The only thing, I do wonder, is if they get directed to exaggerate their "quirky" behaviors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cruisin View Post
    Absolutely!

    I think they set Ven up. But, Ven chose to behave badly. He could have taken the high road and treated his model with respect, regardless of hoe he really felt. The only thing, I do wonder, is if they get directed to exaggerate their "quirky" behaviors.
    From what Tim Gunn has said and written, they are not directed on how to behave. Interestingly enough, he has said that some of them have been much worse than what we saw on air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PDilemma View Post
    From what Tim Gunn has said and written, they are not directed on how to behave. Interestingly enough, he has said that some of them have been much worse than what we saw on air.
    Well, I tried to give Ven an out, but I guess not .

    A few people have commented that it's especially ironic that Ven has such an attitude about average sized women, when he is no slim Jim. But, I've seen it before. My husband is at least 50 pounds overweight. Yet, he is constantly making remarks about a friend of mine, who is overweight. I've pointed out to my husband that he is just as overweight as she is. His answer: Well it's different, she's a woman. One of these days I'm going to clock him with one of my 4.5" heels!

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    I think that the "attitude" is part of the "fashion brainwashing" that many people in the industry seem to experience: that only Size 0 women deserve well designed clothes!

    I wonder what size the women in Ven's family are?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cruisin View Post
    Well, I tried to give Ven an out, but I guess not .

    A few people have commented that it's especially ironic that Ven has such an attitude about average sized women, when he is no slim Jim. But, I've seen it before. My husband is at least 50 pounds overweight. Yet, he is constantly making remarks about a friend of mine, who is overweight. I've pointed out to my husband that he is just as overweight as she is. His answer: Well it's different, she's a woman. One of these days I'm going to clock him with one of my 4.5" heels!
    I have a friend whose husband is obese while she is a size 8. Whenever she gains the slightest bit of weight he starts trying to monitor her food and calls her "big piglet". It makes me want to clock him. But she shrugs her shoulders and says it is all okay.

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    I dont like Vens designs. They are OLD and I dont know a woman in her 20s, 30s or 40s who would want to wear that stuff. He is great with fabrics and draping. Instead of taking lemons and making lemonade - he blew it.
    I think he was set up and that models were given to test the designers. They edited that episode to give it extra drama like they did with Chris and Gunner.
    I think they were inspired because everyone else noticed how poorly Ven treated the woman, but I have to say she had no enthusiasm from the very first second. Still, I think he is to blame and it is worse that he refuses to recognize that part of his job is to make his customer happy with themselves.
    Also - istn it a little weird that they accessories they offer were not large enough for a curvier model? like those belts...

    I feel sorry for Nathan. I like him even more since he took the responsibility for not taking himself seriously as a designer in this challenge.

    It was nice to see Elena happy.

    My favorite overall is Snape. Melissa and Fabio are fun too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kosjenka View Post
    I dont like Vens designs. They are OLD and I dont know a woman in her 20s, 30s or 40s who would want to wear that stuff..
    Very few 20 yos buy couture and probably not many 30yos. It's the 40-70 yos who actually have money to spend. Unless you're designing for the Gap or the Limited, they need to design for the 50-70 yos because that's who can afford to buy.
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