Kittens, should you ever find yourself on a reality television show, please, we implore you, do NOT haul out that tired old “I’m not here to make friends” line. It’s so cliche that it’ll only make you look stupid. We suggest the following: “I’m totally here to make friends! I have a long emotional history of fucking over the people closest to me! I’m a sociopath!” It means the same thing but it’s got a little more panache to it.
Not that we think Irina’s a sociopath. She’s just a relatively talented designer who’s received a bit too much love from the judges and thinks everyone else around her is miles behind her and doesn’t deserve to breathe her air. We have to say, for all her bitchiness, we tend to agree with her points about half the time when she assesses the work of the other designers.
And that laceup on the back is tacky, tacky, tacky. In fact, Nina pointing out that the dress was a little cheap and slutty was just about the only part of the judging with with we totally agreed. We’re all getting used to the crack-assed judging this season but we’re getting damn tired of the judges failing to point out the obvious flaws in the pieces they deem their favorites. Look at how badly this is executed. Not a word from the judges about that.
In the end, she earned her second place finish. But the only reason it scored as high as it did was because there was so much ass on that runway. All we can think is, if this piece had appeared in, say seasons 3 or 4 and had to stand next to pieces by Laura, Uli, Jeffrey, Rami, Christian or Jillian, it would have wound up on the bottom easily. That’s a sad statement on the quality of the judging this season. Nina tried her best, but she was overruled by the “I would wear this” judges.
Tim Gunn’s Workroom Critique: