^^ Yes, I agree that Ven's outfit was not the worst for this Challenge. However, despite the prettiness of his fabric, the overall outcome was boring. As one of the judges said, the design and construction of Ven's outfit did absolutely nothing for the model's body. Obviously, there is and always has been a lot going on behind the scenes that we are not aware of. Ven spent his capital with the judges a long time ago, plus he failed to do anything fantastic to rebuild his standing. And when you get on Tim Gunn's bad side, well that's gonna mark you for the end of the road too.
However, IMO, it is how a designer takes some of the often ridiculous and belittling criticism on PR that will determine how far they go. It's a combination of how good you are as a designer and how you respond to the PR torture that's key. Ven is a good designer with a seemingly limited aesthetic, and he doesn't take criticism well. He seemed to sulk and give up. I don't think Ven is the worst contestant ever on PR -- some past PR contestants have displayed awful personalities, but were either liked by some of the judges or perhaps by the producers (Elena is a case in point, in this regard). Ven apparently was increasingly disliked by the judges, Tim, and the producers. I always loved Santino from Season 2, but he is generally regarded as having been hated by a lot of people. I'm sure the producers loved him (with all his witty quips and his outsized personality). Santino is an interesting designer/ character who lost his way with his Final Collection.
IMO, Ven never recovered from the way he reacted and the insulting things he said during the "real woman" challenge.
Maybe PR could have an All-Star series that brings back all the designers that people loved to hate.