I really wanted to see Elena win. My backup plan to that was anyone but Seth Aaron as none of his stuff had impressed me except for the challenge he won. I didn't really think Korto had a chance as all her stuff seemed sloppy. At the Runway I liked Elaina's but I thought perhaps I had seen it before, then I saw Seth Aaron and thought how high fashion but is it wearable by anyone except skinny models and then Korto came and I thought wow she has the best collection and would win.
After the disappointment of this season I truly hope Tim Gunn's show it much, much better.
See you at the reunion special.
Count me among the supposed 21% who approved of Seth Aaron winning. While I don't like his current haircut, I've always liked his clothing, his enthusiasm, and his attitude. I thought the order of finish was just right and found myself agreeing with Alyssa Milano in that Korto's tops were exquisite, but the bottoms needed more attention. Over the years, I've found myself liking about half her designs.
Elena didn't belong on the same stage with either of them for me. I do. however, understand her emotional reactions even if I don't want to watch them. She is Ukrainian, a culture that is volatile and highly emotional. I'll point to Maks and Val on Dancing With the Stars as examples. They are professional entertainers who have learned to control it to a degree, but those traits are still there.
There's something about Seth's looks (and outlook) that seem insincere to me. His comment about Korto's clothes revealed to me -- he said that they were beautiful, but for a runway show you had to WOW them (paraphrasing). I think his designs are sometimes wacky for wacky's sake. Designing wearable art that only models can wear is fine, but it shouldn't be the mark of the winning designer. I don't know how SA is doing in the commercial world since his first win, though -- maybe he knows how to translate to ready-to-wear when he needs to. But he didn't with this collection.
Well I'm in the minority. I haven't liked most of Seth Aaron's stuff this season, but I thought his runway show was the best. It seemed the best made and most polished, as well as imaginative. I like Korto, despite her sometimes off putting attitude, and wanted her to win, but as far as the runway show went, I had to give Seth credit.
Very surprised that they gave the win to Seth Aaron since it seemed they'd set the whole season up to give it to Korto (especially after they saved her and sent Christopher home last week).
There were pieces in both collections that I liked, whereas in Elena's collection, I had to find one piece that I didn't hate!
Looking forward to Under The Gunn and I'm kinda glad the All Star season is over.
I should clarify my stance - I like Seth Aaron and think he's an excellent designer. In fact, I really would love to have one of his coats from his first season - either the one with his printed material (among the best in the show's history as far as the design itself) and the houndstooth one that went with the kid's look in the mother/child challenge.
That said, I have to say he took overall a downturn in areas this year. He had several good designs this season, such as his Bonnie and Clyde runway look (STILL to me one of the WTH? moments this season on bottom looks).
That combined with my comparison of his and Korto's collections is why I felt he shouldn't have been a repeat winner.
The runways themselves - I'll concede that they were very close overall, but I still am bugged that a design that is clearly from an era (the aforementioned white one that looked like a 60s dress just flared out) was in there and didn't really - to me anyway - get dinged.
But I just felt that his win this time was forced to ensure Lifetime didn't have to do more than lip service to Bravo by continuing to cast folks from those seasons... their network, so Lifetime will most likely ALWAYS make sure that it's one of their competitors who wins. I've felt this way with all except *maybe* the first one with Austin and Mondo. That one I truly felt it was either's game they were that evenly matched.
Then again - even there we knew Mondo would most likely win after his (justifiable we're upset) loss to Gretchen with her ready to wear retro stuff that doesn't look it line.
I do feel that AR's win was unjustified (he didn't have the best collection - not by far), and Seth Aaron I think again it was to ensure they didn't have to say that Bravo had the better designers (who must have also had better long term success or those who at least have some success thank the company for giving them their start but Lifetime not getting such cred.)
I don't know, it's just that while SA it at least a worth winner, I cannot get over the opinion that Lifetime just simply will NOT accept anyone but one of their own as being a winner of this competition. That is also why I maintain that the Bravo contestants who could still enter should politely say "no" to an all-stars season...
... Or if they do be intentionally bad (even decent/good ones) to put the thumbscrews on folks to either truly eliminate them or see if they have to be held from "drama" sake and show how fake the show is on Lifetime. Yes, reality shows do get edited, but this season just felt ridiculous with three winners on it to begin with.