We smell Siriano. And the Kluminator ain’t made for ruffles.
Anyway, congratulations, Korto!
We go back and forth on whether this would’ve been our pick, but it’s still a great pick no matter what. Especially since there was SO MUCH ASS on that runway last night. Honestly, that may just go down as one of the assiest runway shows ever seen on PR. We’re racking our brains, and the only episode we can think of that had that many wrong outfits was that 2055 challenge in S1.
We were early fans of hers and then she seemed to lose her way, crying and making assy dresses, but last night she was bitchy and had her game on, so we’re back to being fans.
It’s striking and stylish and modern. And “modern,” more than anything, is what won it for her because most of the rest of the entries looked like they were marching in a parade or working as extras in period movies. Or mental patients.
But y’know? The more we look at this, the more we find wrong with it.
We love the shape of the vest and the color detail around the shoulders. We’re a little surprised that no one mentioned the fact that she made it out of leather, though. We realized that this was only for show and the athletes weren’t actually going to wear this to the Olympics, but if this really was a design submitted for consideration, we have to think that someone, somewhere would have nixed it because of the leather. Committees don’t tend to approve uniforms that might be considered controversial. We’re surprised no judge mentioned that.
And while it’s striking, from a practical standpoint we wonder about all that white and how long it would stand up when marching around a sports arena. Plus, those pants, darling!
First off, they’re totally see-through and secondly, that high-waisted, flared leg look is simply not something that every woman can pull off. In fact, very few women can – even athletic women with great bodies. Could you see one of those stumpy little gymnasts in these?
Maybe if she’d paired them with star-spangled panties a la Wonder Woman, we could’ve gotten behind them just for the camp value.
Enough pants. Back to color. We kind of wish she had broken up that vast field of white with just a little color.
We thought that collar was blue, but Tim says it’s black. THAT we just don’t understand. Granted, it’s tough to make red, white, and blue look sophisticated – trust us, for 9 years we lived 2 blocks from the Liberty Bell and the sight of so many tourists trying desperately to make stars and stripes work as a fashion statement is permanently seared onto our retinas. But still, a little more color would have made this look a little more … American, if that makes sense.
Still, as we said, there was a shit ton of ass on that runway and this look definitely stood out as one of the best. Now that we’ve ripped it, we have to say it wouldn’t have been our choice for the win, but we can’t really fault the judges for picking it.
Miss Korto had more to say over on the Bravo site:
What was your inspiration for your Olympic look? How did you decide on the pants and the silhouette?
The inspiration for my look was staying true to my classic funky motto. I love a classic cut garment – something simple, with a little twist. The pants were different, but would be comfy to wear for the occasion. I felt the look was the best choice for a garment that would need to be adjusted for a men’s look. If I was an athlete, I would love to wear the garment I created. I would wear it after the event, because it’s a chic outfit.
Several of your fellow designers seemed to go back in time. Why did you make the decision to keep your design modern?
I have a thing about staying in the present and leaving the past in the past. I love 2008, I’m glad to be here and I want design to represent our time. These days there are so many references to the past that it’s hard to define the style of the 2000s. The 80s, 70s, and 60s all have specific looks that define that era, and we keep revisiting the fashion trends of those times.”
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