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    The judging is known to go on for quite some time, so the few edited minutes that we get don't show a complete picture. I'm curious how often the judges call Tim out to ask him about something that occurred in the workroom, or if that was the 1st time.

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    I think the fact the judges appreciate Ven's tailoring and construction skills is why he is still hanging around.

    I feel sorry for Gunnar that he came close to winning last week and then was unable to come up with something better or at the least safe re a print for this week's challenge. Gunnar was trying to access a truth from his past, but he really needed to rethink his sketch of the hands and the bird trying to break free. Plus, he was also stymied by not coming up with a good jacket design. Neither the print nor the jacket design worked. His original sketch for an equestrian style outfit with a long skirt looked way better than his final garments. I was sorry to see Gunnar go, but he handled it very graciously and he seemed to feel that he'd learned something of value going forward. And, at least Gunnar got the chance to show at Fashion Week, and he came up with a cohesive thematic collection that I liked, even though it is not stellar and not a standout. Mondo seemed to feel that Ven should be auf'ed this week rather than Gunnar.

    I thought it was great to see the designers with their families, and it did give them somewhat of a lift emotionally, and humanize them to a degree. Altho' ITA with susan6 re Ven's sister surely in his eyes not being "the right body type." Too bad Ven was so nasty to his client in the "real woman" challenge, and in general so arrogant at the start of the season. He does seem to have been whittled down to size a bit in that respect.

    I too agree, skatesindreams, that often the judges' critiques end up stifling the points of view of many designers (not to mention the fact they are so burnt out at the end of the season) to the point where their collections tend not to live up to our high expectations.

    So glad Dimitri finally won a challenge. Well deserved! Too bad he made mistakes in his final collection (especially with the styling of his models, which so detracts from his designs). This week, the judges warned Dimitri to watch out re over-designing (doing too much). However, the show and the judging is kind of contradictory, because in earlier challenges this season, Dimitri was criticized for being too conservative and not doing enough. Guess it resulted in a bit of confusion for him re his final collection. No wonder.

    Chris' look for the print challenge was not good. He was off and uninspired this week. I liked Sonjia's work this week -- makes me even more disappointed re the results of her collection for Fashion Week. Well, Elena was safe again for a less than scintillating design. It will be interesting to see who actually made the final three. I hate the fact Elena might win it all on the basis of her well-styled and cohesive final collection where she seemed to learn to stop making bulky outfits that make her models look overweight. Ven might still be in the running for final three (despite Tim's criticisms).

    I still love Tim. It is up to the designers to not take critiques personally, but to be creative and resourceful enough to "make it work!" Yes, it isn't easy to do that 100% of the time under the PR format.

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    It is up to the designers to not take critiques personally.
    In this particular case - where the challenge itself was supposed to convey a personal statement, it would be difficult not to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatesindreams View Post

    No one criticized Chanel, Dior, Valentino , etc for "trademark features"/details constantly used in their designs.
    But none of those designers ever used such a distinctive feature as Ven's "fabrigami" (thanks to whoever here coined that) roses over and over and over ad nauseum. You can have distinctive and signature features (I think of DVF wraps and prints) but to put one design feature on every single thing you make just gets old. It's why Coach doesn't put the "C" print on every single bag they make. They wouldn't sell high volume if they did. Diane Von Furstenberg designs dresses in solids and non-wrap designs, even though most people would consider that her distinction. She has to in order to have wide enough appeal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PDilemma View Post
    But none of those designers ever used such a distinctive feature as Ven's "fabrigami" (thanks to whoever here coined that) roses over and over and over ad nauseum. You can have distinctive and signature features (I think of DVF wraps and prints) but to put one design feature on every single thing you make just gets old. It's why Coach doesn't put the "C" print on every single bag they make. They wouldn't sell high volume if they did. Diane Von Furstenberg designs dresses in solids and non-wrap designs, even though most people would consider that her distinction. She has to in order to have wide enough appeal.
    Plus, the "Ven signature" didn't really work with the textile. It looked completely out of place, so I can understand the criticism of including it.

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    Since we never saw the first look, completed and - I doubt that Tim did, either; we can't know if the criticism was justified.

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    Was Tim's criticism harsh and leaning toward obnoxiousness, yes perhaps. But Tim has a good eye for design and he has a genuinely loveable personality/ persona. If I was a designer in that position (hopefully I would not be as arrogant as Ven tho') and Tim gave me such a critique, I wouldn't get pissed and down about it. I would quickly try to figure out where I erred and how I could still "make it work." It was too late perhaps for Ven to change the print design, but perhaps he should not have tried to use it the way he did re red flower applied to a white background. He might have been better off using the flower in an all-over print design. His obsession with draping and manipulating fabric into a flower can work well, but it can also prove limiting, as it did for this week's challenge.

    Tim could only critique the initial effort based on what he saw, and the direction he saw it going in. It was up to Ven to defend what he was doing and where he was going. The fact he didn't or couldn't is likely because he was unsure of his direction in this challenge. What he ended up with bears that out.

    Many designers have received harsh criticism from Tim (he's on their side and trying to help without actually doing the work for them himself ) Sometimes designers have ignored Tim's comments and stuck with their original ideas, e.g., the designer earlier this season in the craft challenge who kept going and ended up with something that turned out to be safe and not quite as bad as it looked initially -- she did slightly modify I think but stuck with her original dotty apron-like idea. Tim isn't always right, but he tends to be. I don't think he feels he knows it all. He asks the designers questions, and he offers suggestions. If he feels strongly about something, he lets them know. In this case, Tim may have been off the mark (and/ or offensive in the estimation of some viewers) with the phrasing of his critique, but I think Tim was also being very sincere about what the judges' reactions might be, and he wasn't off the mark there. Tim voiced exactly how he felt in order to help Ven think about making adjustments before sending such a hot mess down the runway.

    Of course the challenge was about making a personal statement based on the designers' own heritage/ personal experiences. Ultimately, if you want to survive and thrive as a designer, gaining inspiration from something that moves or affects you personally can be an asset, but allowing oneself to take criticism personally could be a stumbling block. If a designer does that on PR, they might soon be auf'ed. If they take criticism personally as an aspiring designer, they likely will never make it to the top in the world of fashion.

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    Dmitry! Loved the whole look, he totally deserved the win.

    So over Ven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hydro View Post
    Plus, the "Ven signature" didn't really work with the textile. It looked completely out of place, so I can understand the criticism of including it.
    I actually thought Ven's print was awful, when I first saw it. The flowers were too big, too cartoonish and too far apart. Then, it occurred to me that this was Ven. That, with all of his pleating he would use up all of the blank, white space with folds and bring the flowers closer together and give them dimension. He did nothing like that. The dress was not ugly, but disappointing.

    I thought Tim was right, but his words were rather questionable.

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    Well Heidi told Ven that the judges were tired of the rose look and not to keep repeating the same look over and over. Ven's final collection is the same look over and over with roses. I guess this means that Ven is "out" and his final collection is an " F U" message to the judges.
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    Then, it occurred to me that this was Ven. That, with all of his pleating he would use up all of the blank, white space with folds and bring the flowers closer together and give them dimension.
    This might well have been Ven's intention; but, after Tim's critique, he didn't dare risk it.

    I was shocked and stunned by Tim's comments; and I have nothing "invested" in the outcome.
    I can only imagine how Ven might have felt.

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    And since the judges questioned Dmitri's styling, and his final collection has the heavy brow styling, this could also mean that Dmitri is out.
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    I've seen the heavy brow styling used by other designers. I don't find it jarring.

    I think Tim's comments hurt Ven deeply. As sensitive as they were to Gunnar, they were equally insensitive to Ven. Maxi pads be damned, I'd rather see his original dress than the fabrigami dress he scrambled to make.

    It's interesting that he's been compared to Marchesa, because Marchesa went with an Indian theme for their Spring 2013 collection. And, as I've said before, Ven will have no problems selling his dresses.

    I can never predict what the outcome will be. Given that Lord & Taylor is part of the prize, I suspect Chris, Ven and Dimitry would fare quite well. I did enjoy Elena's collection though and wouldn't be surprised if they tapped her for the "All Stars" season, which was just filmed.

    I've been to a few "Project Runway" finales and audience reaction isn't a good gauge. Gretchen got a horrible reaction from the audience (even the other "bitch" Ivy was well received) and her clothes were SO boring. It was clear in the finale Heidi was "outvoted" as well. So we'll see!
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    I've seen the heavy dark brow styling used effectively before. On Dimitri's models it just didn't work, IMO. I think the brow look detracted from Dimitri's designs.

    Poor Ven. Bad ol' Tim. But well, at least Ven might now know a little about how crappy he might have made his client feel during the "real woman" challenge with his arrogant and insensitive comments. Being drawn to make flowers in his fashions due to cultural reasons is admirable, but Ven perhaps might have been better served in the latest challenge by trying something completely different and unexpected.

    There are many instances when I've felt that designers on PR have been unfairly treated or too harshly criticized, but Ven is not the first designer that I would think of in this regard.

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    i hope i like the designs better when i see them in motion. if i had to declare a winner right now, i think i'd leave it blank like the ladies spot at 1994 nats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PDilemma View Post
    But none of those designers ever used such a distinctive feature as Ven's "fabrigami" (thanks to whoever here coined that) ...
    Laura Bennett coined the word "fabrigami". She used it to describe Andy South's work on Season 8. I miss her blog posts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aftershocks View Post

    There are many instances when I've felt that designers on PR have been unfairly treated or too harshly criticized, but Ven is not the first designer that I would think of in this regard.
    There is a big difference between valid criticism and distasteful and insulting comments; particularly when they are delivered by someone who is a mentor/producer of the program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatesindreams View Post
    There is a big difference between valid criticism and distasteful and insulting comments; particularly when they are delivered by someone who is a mentor/producer of the program.
    What we see is heavily edited. Take the judging portion as an example: They call Tim in, he repeats his comments, follows up with "I just want to share with you my frustration with Ven." And then nothing. No elaboration. To me, "I just want to share with you my frustration with Ven" is an intro, not an ending. I think there was a lot more said after that but the editing monkeys cut it out. Same with Tim's initial critique - they picked what they thought were the best bits and scrapped the rest. Who knows what else he said to Ven? Maybe something like, "You've done the fabrigami fan four times and the florigami rose four times, move on, Ven. Think outside your little box."

    FWIW, one of the posters on TLo said that s/he'd gone to one of Tim Gunn's book-signing parties and someone apparently asked about Ven. Tim's reply was that the editing monkeys had been very kind to Ven and that his real personality is what we all saw in the makeover episode when he treated his client like sh*t.
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    What we did see was bad enough, on all sides, IMO.

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    Well, I for one didn't think Tim's comments were so heinous. When he made them, I saw what he meant. And I certainly don't feel sorry for Ven; his decoy collection, his Makeover Look, his Fall Look and this one all prove to me that his reaction to criticism is a big "Fcuk you" where he either makes no effort (Makeover/Fall) or just defaults to his "signature" fabri/florigami crap (decoy collection/Print challenge).
    Last edited by Nomad; 09-16-2012 at 06:46 PM.
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