I haven't agreed with much of the anti-Santino sentiment out there. His behavior on last night's episode and this article point to a much more human persona.Because so much about him is larger than life - his height, his voice, his vision, his aesthetic - it's easy to lose sight of his humor and talent.He makes for good television and that is what this show is at the end of the day. Like many, I haven't agreed with the judges week to week and it seems they have kept him around for the "show" and not his design work. But I also don't think Santino will make it to the Final 3.His auf is coming, and he will be missed.
what bothers me is the way some people have faulted Santino on everything - his hair/height/beard/voice/adams apple - not just his designsglad to hear he takes it in good spirit - some of it has really been over the line -
Santino creates beautiful designs and garmets, you people should look past his personal appearance and realize that the whole idea of being a designer is what you make not what you yourself look like. Furthermore, being judged on how well you make banana republic and ice skating clothes is really unfair for someone like Santino who should be designing gowns and wedding dresses.
tbone:Agree with so much that you have to say here. Santino comes across as a pretty regular guy in the interview, and I've definitely been warming up to him in the last episode or two. We know that his image is being manipulated BIGTIME by the producers/editors.(I posted some very negative comments on Bravo concerning the producers, and quess what, they were aufed. [By the way, is your ancestry German??])I agree, begrudgingly, that Santino will probably not make it to the final three, but that Nick, Chloe and either Daniel or Andrae (dark horse) will. As I've warmed up to Santino, I've backed off somewhat from Nick. (Am I the only one here?!!!) I think he's equally ambitious and is creating a persona for the show (lowkey, amiable) that may not totally mesh with who he really is. If I'm reading between the lines correctly, he has too big a dose by far of what I call "bit**y barqueen dish" in his humor."(Please, I'm gay myself, so I'm not being P.I. I've been exposed to this "flavour" of humor since I came out,and try to avoid it whenever I can. I find it rather obnoxious.) From Nick's interviewonn this blog, he seems to be the one who's dropped Santino, not the other way around. That's awkward, since they're both living in LA and probably will be running into each other periodically.Final comment: Santino's costume, with further work and various adjustments might have been stunning--definitely for dance though, never for an IceQueen Wouldn't it make a stunning Fireebird (Stravinsky).?!!!Don/fashionasart
I will definitely find it unfortunate if Santino doesn't make it to the final 3. I find his spirit (as represented by the show)& confidence (whether a facade or not)in his designs to be admirable. He truly exudes the air & ability of a top designer. The dress for Nicky Hilton was incredible and I believe he will build a Hollywood clientele. I think he has the ability to create couture & a ready to wear line. Besides, have you been to a BR lately? boring, boring, boring (I remember when I actually WANTED to buy their clothes) And not to slam the nice lil' ice skating girl, but I had absolutely NO IDEA who she was. I found it to be a very bogus challenge, fashionwise. I suppose I should venture out of my little hollow here in the Ozarks.
Don - you continue to offer some of the most reasoned commentary on the boards, your insight is most welcome.I have also been curious about the Nick/Santino falling out. Nick is the only one I am aware of who has publicly stated his dislike for Santino after the show was over. Tho other LA based designers, including Andrae, have said they remain on friendly terms. Even poor Emmett, for all the abuse he took, still stated he is friends with all the cast members. But then, we know that Emmett is far too classy to say anything negative at this point.I'm with you here, Don. I'm keeping a sharp eye on our beloved Nick. As for Final 3 predictions, I am only feeling really strong on Chloe and Nick right now based on their body of work up to this point. They are, IMO, heads and shoulders above the rest. The third spot could go to any of the others, except Kara.As for my heritage, alas I am all Irish. I do love how Heidi says "auf wiedersehen" and how when she says the word "out" it sounds so much like "auf"!
Really nice article! I've said throughout this show that I think Santino is a wonderful designer. He could use a healthy dose of humility at times and doesn't seem to take criticism well, but, of course, neither do I.Santino has incredible vision in this competition and is so hard on himself when that vision isn't executed well (lingerie challenge). Fashion isn't easy, but he seems to have it down. At only 30 he's still a very young designer, and will learn more as he goes deeper into the industry.As for his falling out with Nick, I think that they both have such intensely strong personalities that they clash with each other. I see Santino and Nick as similar in amny ways, opinionated, focused, and so confident with the talent to back it up. I could see them having an overly competitive relationship that could turn volatile so fast...tbone: I LOVE how you always say "auf"...cracks me up.I also love posting here, because everyone is so well-educated on fashion and really seem to know what they are talking about.
I'm trying to prepare for Santino being "out" - but I want him in the final three - Definately Zulema, Kara and probably Andrae will go before him - The judges seem to love Chloe (why) and Nick is so very good - but - still I like Santino I bet we would like hanging out with him - the bonus videos on the PR Bravo site are really fun - check them out
AJ:I think that it would turn "volatile" under the right/wrong circumstances. They both have Alpha personalities, and Nick probably more than any of us imagine at this point, though he's begining to show his edge.They're both brilliant, inspired, fashion geniuses, which you can't really say about any of the others. And one unfailing characteristic of this type is that their failures will be as astonishing/mindblowing as their successes, ESPECIALLY applies to Santino. In other words, they're willing to take enormous risks in honoring their vision. (The only other designer that I'd possibly place in this league would be Lupe.)Yes, I think hanging out with Santino would be a blast. He's loose; he's spontaneous, he's inventive and he's full of surprises.(I'd guess that he might be Gemini or else Aquarius. But I don't really read him as a fixed [Sun] sign.)Party hearty. Don
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