Na.Be by Victorya Hong
The Altman Building
135 West Eighteenth
February 1, 2008
Written by Wendy R. Williams
Photographed by Al McCotter
The invitation was
mysterious; it coyly stated that I was invited to
a fashion show by a Project Runway designer,
but did not specify which designer. And when I first
got the invite, no one had been eliminated who I
thought was capable of putting on a decent show.
But then suddenly Victorya was gone and the mystery
But.....hmm! If Victorya was so
busy with Project Runway, how did she have
a line ready to go up that quickly? I had wondered
what was going on when Victorya was eliminated in
the Levi challenge for designing a jean coat dress
that was way below her normal level of talent. Why
didn't she just knock out a cute little jean dress
with perhaps a vest or jacket?
Well.... I think Victorya may
have thrown that challenge the way a philandering
husband accidentally lets his wife find lipstick
stains on his underpants. If Victorya had won the
contest, she would have been under some financial
obligations to the show from then on. So perhaps
she stayed on just long enough to NOT be in the
final three, getting as much Runway exposure
as she could and then bolting to finish preparing
her own show.
Perhaps she is just as much of
a Runway renegade as first season winner, Jay McCarroll,
who famously refused his Runway prize money
(and accompanying obligations). Jay, coincidentally,
was sitting in the front row at Victorya's show.
So how did Victorya do?
Two words - simple and smashing. She did what she
did so well on Project Runway; she designed
eminently wearable dresses and separates that were
modern, fun and sophisticated. And by keeping it
simple and doing what she does best, she did not
stumble. She made it work.
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