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Wednesday, March 08, 2006 

:( Turn it around people!

Turn the frown upside down. This has been the most amazing experience ever. I will have more to say tomorrow. I LOVE you guys! Let's talk in a bit...

SANTINO!

You were robbed! The collection was breathtaking, and I thought your own aesthetic sensibilities came through wonderfully. It wasn't "safe" - what were they thinking??

Bah. Promise you'll keep us updated, though? I can't wait to see where you go from here!

Yrs,
Megan

Aw! Who's frowning? Just because Chloe (yawn, was that Prom '87) Dao won, doesn't mean you aren't fabulous.

Keep doin' it. Keep showing us. You obviously have a huge following, and I would be shocked if it goes away over one night of television. Great exposure, that's what you've won.

Okay...so you didn't win. Where you've come from and courage to walk through the fear, thats lasting stuff. Lets see, season and then project "J" (FLOP). Just flaybouyant gay doesn't translate to good T.V. SANTINO...yes..now you translate to T.V. and I'm sure there will be more in your future as well as designing.

Ray
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I was so disappointed in the outcome. Your collection was awesome!

here's somethin' i posted in the blogging project runway posty thing...thought i would share it with the man. :)

what the hellll! I just don't think Cloe should have won! Not unless we're in a time warp and I'm in 1986.

those print dresses...anyone else thinking LAURA ASHLEY??? blegh!
and the shiny pink dress with the huuuge sleeves! Is that supposed to be wearable? I wouldn't be caught dead wearing that.

Santino's on the other hand, I would wear most of it! He should have won...but in the end I think they were scared of getting screamed at by the many people who hated him.

Why was Debra Messing a judge??? She's an actress. I think Will and grace sucks and I never liked her, and I like her even less for helping Cloe to win and Santino to loose. Damn I'm pissed.

Ha but we have the pleasure of knowing that Cloe's awkward 'butt dance' behind the screen will be replayed time and time again on Season 3. (like Jays' little jump was)

In the end Santino was the most memorable and talented and he will probably be more successful than any of them in 5 years.

~MissCreant

hey-

mad congrats on what you did. you definitely stuck with your vision and that's what was most important.

btw- your shout out to your mom was amazing.

congrats again,

-steve

your collection was BY FAR the best!!!

GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
Loved you're designs was almost positive that you'd win. It's too bad cause you're the one that made that show rock. Hopefully you'll be on the next project runway and then you can really show your creativity. You'll do a fantastic job in your career because you're a true artist. I loved you Santino from the start because you were the most abstract out of everyone and you were REAL. You made all of your designs into a very unique work of art and that really intrigued me. I hope the best for you and your career and will be looking for your designs. Oh and by the way.... you're really sexy ( I wish I had a penis so I could do you. He he ) All the love..

As you said yourself, "I didn't win the Barbie challenge, but thats ok. Barbie isn't going to be buying any dresses from me-- Nicky Hilton might." Ok, maybe this was a little bigger than the Barbie Challenge, but fuck- Nicky Hilton DID pick your dress...and probably will again. I have no doubt you will be a shining fucking star...hell you already are. love and hugs to you and your mom.

santino, hats off dude. you've shown the world that you kick ass, never forget that.

They "Wendy Peppered" you! How dare they?! Your collection was beautiful. Nina had some very nice things to say...for a change. Chloe's collection will be at JCPenney's by the Fall. You will be in Vogue.

Who would win in a fight--Anna Wintour or Nina GArcia...?

GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
Loved you're designs was almost positive that you'd win. It's too bad cause you're the one that made that show rock. Hopefully you'll be on the next project runway and then you can really show your creativity. You'll do a fantastic job in your career because you're a true artist. I loved you Santino from the start because you were the most abstract out of everyone and you were REAL. You made all of your designs into a very unique work of art and that really intrigued me. I hope the best for you and your career and will be looking for your designs. Oh and by the way.... you're really sexy ( I wish I had a penis so I could do you. He he ) All the love..

man, I am incredibly depressed that you did not win. I did think that Chloe's stuff was pretty good, but nothing will ever top the work of my man crush santino. keep on fighting, you know you have an amazing following that would buy your stuff no matter how much it costs. You are much better than either of those two pushovers. and your mom is the shit. project santino please!!!

-charlie

WE LOVE YOU SANTINO!
ARE YOU KIDDING ME! UGH SO PISSEDOFF
first austin scarlet loses season 1
and now santino loses season 2!
the judges are on fucking crackkkk.
yes i am biased BUT you were the clear winner and i almost cried when they said the word out...your designs looked amazing on the runway... daniel v's shit looked jcpenney.. anyone with any substansial appreciation for creativity and high fashion would think his collection was boring. and chloe?!!?! designer with absolutely no passion to start her own line, 80s cheap looking matchy & cutesy dresses with decent seams and hems wowww

team santino for life :( i promise ill buy your designs in the future. you deserved to win. we were all rooting for you

Okay, I've stopped frowning.

But if anything, we are all so happy for your amazing opportunities now after the show! The possibilities are endless!

We love you 'Tino!

Santino, you created one of the most beautiful collections I have seen in my lifetime, and I just wanted to tell you that you should be very proud, never frown because of what happened, and never ever give up (just like you yourself said).

The changes you made to your collection ("toning down") were exactly what you needed. You are headed in the completely correct path in the fashion industry. Just remember, don't stay put, you have the skill, potential, and passion for the business, so don't stay put...go Make your chances. You WILL make it.

Loved the collection! You will change this industry forever, don't give up!

I had my fingers crossed for you and the tears came to my eyes when you didn't win. Dang! I see lots of great things coming your way though. The exposure of the show here in the U.S. and internationally shall keep you busy forever. Baby, I love ya! Best wishes in your future, keep us posted!
Jeanne from IL

you were amazing, santino. i look forward to seeing more of your designs in the future.

-joanna

Robbed. EVERYONE knows it. They can't fool anyone.

Either way, you MADE this show.

(((Santino)))

Pukefest! How could Chloe have won???
All season long the judges complained about your style being too crazy, then when you refined it they got mad and claimed you played it safe. That's some bullshit! You Rock!

Please open up a store!!

What I wrote in an LJ community about PR. (I'm not a stalker~)


Daniel V. - It looks like he made a clothing line specifically for the Rave. It was boring, didn't have any sort of theme, and he seemed not to have any passion. His ego towards the end really pissed me off. If you're going to have an ego, "at least come out with a bangin' outfit." (Or in this case, a bangin' line.)

Chloe - It felt like I was watching an 80's Prom/Couch themed-party. Too big, too boring, no real style. She seemed like she had dollar signs in her eyes, not an actual passion for fashion.

Santino - I was in horror when Heidi told him he was out. They give all this advice, he's the only one who takes it, and they turn out to be hypocrites. Did they actually look at his line? It was truly beautiful. He was showing that he IS versatile and a true designer. Not some fresh-out-of-college-hair-in-my-face boy. Not I-want-it-took-look-expensive girl. He's Santino, the one and only.


I just don't get it. I'll admit, I've been a Santino fan from the start. BUT - if he came out with shit I'd say so. If Chloe's line amazed me, I'd say so. If Daniel's line made me swoon, I'd fucking admit it. But since none of those things are true - I can't.

I understand that we all have our own opinions. I'm expressing mine. I don't mind if other people disagree with me. That's life. If everyone agreed on one thing, that'd be pretty boring.

Oh, one more thing.

Debra Messing - Um, okay? First of all. I think it's kind of shotty to have her be in the finale. Why? Because she hadn't been there through the entire thing. Maybe it was a ratings ploy or something, I'm not sure. Personally, I would've loved to see Tim Gunn judging, if anyone at all. It's kind of like having three teachers in school the entire time who know your in's and out's and then bringing in some random Jane/Joe off the street to give you a grade that effects your entire GPA based on one thing. And they could have a bias against you (not that the other teachers couldn't..)


-sigh- Thanks for reading, either way. (If you did, of course.)

What I posted in an LJ community for Project Runway.


Daniel V. - It looks like he made a clothing line specifically for the Rave. It was boring, didn't have any sort of theme, and he seemed not to have any passion. His ego towards the end really pissed me off. If you're going to have an ego, "at least come out with a bangin' outfit." (Or in this case, a bangin' line.)

Chloe - It felt like I was watching an 80's Prom/Couch themed-party. Too big, too boring, no real style. She seemed like she had dollar signs in her eyes, not an actual passion for fashion.

Santino - I was in horror when Heidi told him he was out. They give all this advice, he's the only one who takes it, and they turn out to be hypocrites. Did they actually look at his line? It was truly beautiful. He was showing that he IS versatile and a true designer. Not some fresh-out-of-college-hair-in-my-face boy. Not I-want-it-took-look-expensive girl. He's Santino, the one and only.


I just don't get it. I'll admit, I've been a Santino fan from the start. BUT - if he came out with shit I'd say so. If Chloe's line amazed me, I'd say so. If Daniel's line made me swoon, I'd fucking admit it. But since none of those things are true - I can't.

I understand that we all have our own opinions. I'm expressing mine. I don't mind if other people disagree with me. That's life. If everyone agreed on one thing, that'd be pretty boring.

Oh, one more thing.

Debra Messing - Um, okay? First of all. I think it's kind of shotty to have her be in the finale. Why? Because she hadn't been there through the entire thing. Maybe it was a ratings ploy or something, I'm not sure. Personally, I would've loved to see Tim Gunn judging, if anyone at all. It's kind of like having three teachers in school the entire time who know your in's and out's and then bringing in some random Jane/Joe off the street to give you a grade that effects your entire GPA based on one thing. And they could have a bias against you (not that the other teachers couldn't..)


-sigh- Thanks for reading, either way. (If you did, of course.)

Please open up a store!

You were absolutely amazing! Wonderful job and we all love your stuff no matter who won!

As you ask, I will do : ) - that's for you. Although I should tell you my usual disposition is kind of a smirk - smiles are tough.

What's next? I am very excited to find out - just promise us you will uummmm...design stuff!

You lost only because the judges went into the show narrow minded.

Chole's collection looks like curtains.

Daniel V's: hmm he should be Banana Republic's bitch. Borning, let's all run to Target now and create our own Danny V collection. Then let's all find a dead cat and call it a handbag.

Santino's: was the best, all things aside judging the final runway you we the most original and the "next exciting designer"

We all love you...you're the true winner to me.

Santino- did you really want to work for lame-o banana republic anyways? and since jay didn't take the money last season it seems like the contract they have the winner sign must be pretty bad. I think you are better off without getting all tied up with all that. Just do your own thing- your passion, vision, and charisma will carry you far. I plan on seeing your designs on the pages of vogue someday very soon.
-Carlene

3 words:
You. Are. God.

i'm bummed too. i thought your collection was beautiful!! no one else has your creativity. but this is just a learning experince and like u said, a very good one. keep it up! i can't wait to see what u'll do next.

Oh Santino...

I have to admit, I did storm out of the room when they said fricken Chloe won.

I think you are amazing... and I am going to wear one of your dresses someday!

Loveeeeeeelovelove,

- Lauren

santino i love you!! you were robbed, you had the most beautiful collection ever. don't ever stop designing!!

No frowning... I'm all smiles because I know this experience is going to do great things for you. I will certainly remain a dedicated fan, can't wait to see what's to come.

O.K. Santino,

So you didn't win. It's just fashion and it's not the end of the world or your career. In fact, your career is just getting started my friend. You may have a long way to go before you're where you want to be, but you've come so far from where you were. Winning Project Runway doesn't validate you as a designer, only you can do that. You were a real fashion designer when you started the show and you are one after the show. You said it best, "you're not a loser, you're a winner." Now you have a whole legion of people who adore you and your fashion. I think you're great.

santino, your collection was so beautiful and so the best! love love! i can't wait to see more from you!

I LOVE YOU SANTINO!!! chloe's stuff was poofy 80's...your's was so elegant and beautiful

PS

PLEASE MAKE A WEBSITE WHERE PEOPLE CAN BUY YOUR CLOTHES OR HIRE YOU!

oh dude, you rock. there will be more to come from you for sure!!!

That was absolutely fucking ridiculous. Who is this girl and what makes her think she's anything special? Santino, my girlfriend turned me onto the show and I think that me and Daniel F. are the only straight ones who enjoy it. Regadless, I was mortified. Chloe's collection was putrid and she has no talent. You win, hands down. You're the best, I watched the show for you only. The judges were absolutely blind. Nina Garcia is a total cunt and the fact that she had the nerve to talk down to your fantastic creations is a total travesty. Thanks for being awesome.

-M

i seriously don't even know how to respond to the outcome of tonights show. needless to say...I CRIED!! as an insane supporter of the fasion industry i have to say they certainly let me down tonight. anyways, i hope you keep designing because believe me, i will buy everything of yours!!! ps. i read your in chicago! thats my city! lets party!! XoxOXo-JULIA

I’m a college student who’s currently focusing on jazz studies. I write my own songs and I’m constantly being subjected to evaluations of my craft. As I watched this season, I noticed you right away, not only because your designs were aesthetically stunning, but also because each piece was obviously imbued with your sense of beauty and independence. I just wanted you to know that your designs are important for several reasons, and you set a great example for everyone who needs to make a personal, artistic statement in a world that’s full of subjective scrutiny. It takes a lot of character to represent any artistic statement, and I think you consistently did that, and did it with humor and style. Thanks for being so brave! Never stop believing in your passion, or yourself. You’re like a phoenix that keeps on rising.

PS: Your collection was like a fantastic, undulating dream. It looked like magic, personified.

Sending you good vibes,

Cristin

I wish you all the best, Santino! I think you're a great designer, and I certainly hope that the judges didn't beat the creativity out of you in the end! I hope someone throws a lot of money at you, and that we'll see your collection in stores soon.

You're the only reason I watched that asshat show. I know we'll see you around years from now, whereas the others? I hear K-Mart's looking for someone to take over for Jaclyn Smith. And I saw a perfect shoe-in for that position during tonight's show.

No frowns here. You got some fantastic exposure and ROCKED MY WORLD for the past few months. Congratulations on everything.

"SAFE" and "UNDER-IMPRESSED" were the idiotic words that came from "fashion -know -it -all" Nina Garcia tonight. Those two words should never be associated with you, Santino. How about growth, determination, creativity, passion, vision, and most of all-- raw potential.
The one thing I am extremely disappointed in this season's judges was the lack of recognizing potential at its finest. There are hundreds of Chloe Dao's, and even a few of Daniel Vosevich's, but only one Santino Rice. The only appealing factor to Chloe Dao was that she has "marketable" writting all over her with a big fat red sharpie.
Chloe Dao has been done.
Project Runway is suppose to be about undiscovered talent, not established business.
Nonetheless, use this as an inspiration, because I for one, (along with thousands of others) will be looking for that Santino Rice tag attached to my fall collection wardrobe very, very soon.

You were robbed. I love you so much. You're designs, ahh, no words. Amazing.

Me and my wife lovin' on you hard. But, as the tears dried, we realized that working for Banana Republic would be like a year-long prison sentence for a free-thinker like yourself. Besides, if you want to do couture, it seems that that bastion of tasteful normalcy that is the Republic might be far from the ideal starting point. So, what far cooler company is snatching you up? Let us know. You already do, don't you?
That being said, we loved to watch you as you delighted, grated. and skated the precipices between doom and glory. We loved watching the striver, the survivor, the burning tower of power that was Santino, a man honest enough to make his mistakes out loud and to love victory like a beautiful woman. Difficult? Sure, like life, like a great city, like love. Rock on forever, Santino.

What the hell?
The WHOLE show they were saying that you embellish too much and that you "Santino" everything. Now you make this exquisite collection and it's "TOO SAFE?" Eh? Fuck them. You're the winner. Not Chole'. Her shit DID look like a couch was coming at you! + they looked like REALLY ugly bride's maid's dresses. Ugh. I'm so pissed that you didn't win -.- I love you Tino! :( <333

you.
were.
robbed.

enough said. you're brilliant.

Well I didn't break my tv because:
1) Daniel didn't win;
2) Nina pretty much apologized and seemed to feel both bad and personally responsible for treating you like crap;
3) Chloe had been shunted aside too often despite her innovations, because the judges were too busy doing things like rewarding Daniel for making his model look like a walking flowerpot twice in a row.
Oh, well, I guess yet another 80s revival is in the works, which I'll have to pass on, since I haven't finished ripping up all my photos of me from when I was in college...
Meanwhile, those of us with refined as opposed to sophisticated tastes will wait for you to do what you have to do. I hope investors are banging on your door. If not, just say the word!

Two words for you Santino:

Clay Aiken

You will surely fare better in the long run than any of the other designers from this season. Celebrities will be asking for an "original Santino" and we'll be seeing your designs on the red carpet.

I just got through and bought a T shirt which I will wear with pure pride! :)

You are so admired and so loved Santino as corny as that sounds. You've won the heart of America in this series and I look forward to seeing you wherever you go from here.

Many blessings and hugs,

katiecoo

THANK GOD YOU DIDN'T WIN.

Seriously, could you have designed for Banana Republic? I don't think so. Whereas it fits Chloe perfectly (and let's face it, she was adorable and will do great at boring old Banana Republic).

You, however, will go on to bigger and better things.

As I wrote earlier today, Countdown to the Age of Santino, you are destined for pop culture greatness. The thing is, I hope you always keep one foot in fashion.

Also, you're totally hot, and I just needed to say that on your blog. Lol

Santino your collection was AMAZING
i have no idea how the judges picked Chloe

also i think you are an amazing person
keep it up!!!!!

Not even sure I'll be watching PR for a third season. Clearly these idiots haven't a clue. Everytime I see Nina Garcia I want to knee her in the face. And Debra Messing as the finale guest judge? Are you kidding me?

Sorry it didn't go in your favor, they made a huge mistake.

I agree with the consensus of the group--the judges were hypocritical. First you were fucked because you were "too over-the-top" and then you're fucked because you were "too safe". What did they expect after they beat the shit out of you the entire season!?!

I thought your collection was gorgeous, very memorable, and very Santino. And as far as Nina Garcia is concerned...I never liked the bitch.

I was soo bummed that you didn't win Santino. Your collection was amazing. I can't wait to see what you will do in the future.

Laura

omfg this sucks!
You should have won :(

I was soo bummed that you didn't win Santino. Your collection was amazing. I can't wait to see what you will do in the future.

Laura

Santino,
You are a genious- I watched tonite's show with 43 of my friends at my house and we all agreed you were denied. You are rock & roll- the next Cavalli, Versace- you are unbelievable. Please hold your head up and believe in your vision. We love your mind.

Guten Tag! I hope you are in Chicago to see Oprah. She should underwrite your next collection. Good luck with your vision. :o)

Santino, you were well and truly robbed, and I am absolutely furious. A complete and utter hosing. The only consolation in my mind is that you would have been wasting your time jerking off at a place like Banana Republic. Years from now, you'll be the only designer anyone remembers from this season. Daniel was a moody overrated bore who should not have been in the final three over Nick. And oh my god, that chloe collection... I'm speechless that she won. I thought you had it in the bag, and they hosed you. You absolutely rule.

My husband and I watched you on the show from about the middle... you have so much depth it is easy to see why they did not get you. Please design for every day people too... Work clothes with a little flair.. like a santino pocket or something. Now that you are BIG you can put some profit to the homeless and there is a tax deduction too. You are a winner. M & M in Connecticut.

As you've heard so many times, we love you Santino. I can't wait to see what you come up with next! My mom and I will definitely miss seeing you every week. (Especially your songs.) She also offered that if you hold him back, she'll punch Michael in the nose for you. ;)

I just returned home from a Project Runway finale party. 6 women, ranging in age from 30 - 65, all with exquisite taste. Your designs were really something else - the color, textural play, line ... stunning and other than the outfit with the black leather and poofy sleeves, the show had a strong cohesive thread running through it.

It's pretty clear that the show is edited for tv-value, but Nina Garcia, who otherwise has been pretty tough and negative with you, was obviously really taken with your talent. Makes the end result more puzzling.

Our gang'o'girls would have voted the complete opposite: 1) santino, 2) daniel v. and 3) chloe.

Buena suerte!

Anne A.

Oh, honey, it's just a crime that you didn't win!
You're so much more deserving!
Keep up the beautiful work - there are just leagues of us dying to see more from that masterpiece of a mind!
And you being so gentlemanly about it just makes me love you more! *gasp*
I'll stop with the theatrical talking now - don't want to pull to much of an Andrae (the dear!)!

Santino,

I Really Loved your pieces, (I didn't like Daniel's), but I have to admit that I really liked Chloe's designs too. But, not to be unkind to her or her family, (sorry Chloe), WHO CARES about Chloe!?

YOU ARE THE ONE WHO IS LOVED!

And I say that as a stoic Yankee; I never express that kind of affection to someone I've never met, and sorry to say not often enough to people I know.

If you are being told you're loved by so many people there's a good reason for it.

The world wants more of you Santino, (maybe not so much of your evil twin).

If I could afford to I would pay for you to go visit your mother.

Sending even more love your way,
affectionately yours,

acme

IIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
We need more Santino !!!!

You are still the BEST!!! XOXO

I've never posted a comment here yet, though I look at this periodically, but the outcome of this season seems to be compelling me to do so. You know, my friends and I have been looking at the collections online for weeks, basically since they were first posted, and we all pretty much agreed that there was no way that you wouldn't win. We all thought that Chloe's was the worst by far. Not to say that she's not a talented designer, but to put it simply, I thought that her collection was shit. I think it looks horrible, and yes, a lot of them look like prom dresses of the unpopular girls in the 80's. Or furniture--and not even good furniture...but I digress. My friends and I all thought that you were the clear winner. I would have put yours first, Daniel's second (I absolutely adore that boy, but I'd say in a second that yours was better) and Chloe third.

At any rate, I'm done ranting. I think that your collection was beautiful, and it's doubtless that this show has given you a lot of exposure that I think you definitely deserve. You're immensely talented, and even though a lot of people have jumped up and labeled you an asshole, I've respected you since the beginning for always expressing your opinion (especially since people tend to have a lot of the same assumptions about me, since I speak my mind a great deal). I hope that this experience leads you to lots of success because you have a beautiful aesthetic that I'd love to see more of. Hopefully, people can recognize that the judges were absolutely blind and crazy for not giving the win to you, and flock to buy your beautiful designs.

CJ

Hey Santino,

You were so robbed. Your collection was amazing and by far the best. But hey, you're gonna be huge. Everyone will be rocking Santino Rice gear. Peace.

I loved seeing you with your Mom. You got me all teary eyed.

katiecoo

PS. I just HAVE to say this. What was up with Daniel's final dress and the model tripping all over it? It was designed to be tripped on...WTH? She absolutely could not walk in it.

Yours flowed with grace and ease and sophistication. All of them.

You are a star.

I think that your collection was lovely and that you handled your (undeserved) elimination with admirable grace and dignity. Although I'm sad that you didn't win I wholeheartedly believe that the talent, humor, and sincerity that you demonstrated during the course of the show will bring you more success than simply winning the contest ever could. I have honestly come to see you as a beautiful person inside and out and we all know that your future will be bright. I can’t wait to see what’s next for you...Best Wishes!!!

Santino:

Your designs are lovely and any woman would be thrilled to wear them. Didn't anyone see how ill fitting Daniel's dresses were? And Chloe... Her dresses remind me of that vintage TV clip of Carol Burnett portraying Scarlet O'Hara from Gone with the Wind... where she wore a dress made from curtains... including the rod!
I am sure that you will be smart and take full advantage of the exposure that you have gained from PR. You are adored by both men and women and your legions of fans will support you in whatever you decide to pursue. I look forward to following you in your future adventures.
I send you much love.

Bet Eagles

I LOVE YOU BABY!
Even with all the stupid shit they were saying about you, I was sure in my heart that you would win, because there was CLEARLY no other choice.
But then....THAT BITCH NINA WITH HER SHITASS GRIN! And who needs Heidi anyway? You saw how she treated Jay!
So then I cried, a lot.
And then my boyfriend and I printed out pictures of the judges to shoot with BBguns (yesss go us Missourians!), and it felt good until one bounced off the wall and hit me in the face.

I think we should start a collection of money/sponsorship of supplies/a new car/spread in a not-lame fashion mag that would better suit you (Elle is so Chloe. boring! puke.).....to give to you, and make you the true winner!

It's hard to believe this actually happened.

Your designs were stunning. You were indeed robbed, and I have to agree, Chloe's collection looked rather like a couch.

Bottom line: You kick ass.

I used to not like the whole "Santino-factor", but I think it grew on me, as some of the other designers grew increasingly obnoxious.

You are consistent, awesome, and you have more talent than anyone else on the show did or ever will.

'Nuff said.

Dear Santino, I am so disappointed you didn't win! :( Don't be discouraged. I live in Irvine. Where can I buy Santino?
I also wanted to say that people who thought you were so mean (you were a bit) were even meaner back. But still, try to find compassion for them too. Love from a fan!

Thank you for being you. You make me happy. You make people laugh, make them think, make them question whether life is , whether it should be, a popularity contest. Chloe will always be a robotic pattern-maker (Tin Man - no heart) and Daniel is a whiny backstabber (Scarecrow - no brain) who will someday, if he is lucky, have the passion and creativity and COURAGE (The Lion!) you have in your heart. As one artist to another, I have the greatest respect for you. Best wishes to you!

okay, okay. I'll turn it around.

If I ever get my work published and do a book tour, I'm definately going to crawl and beg and plead for you to make me a couple of designs. And I'll have to do such since you're going to be so busy. ;)

Irvine fan again. I forgot to say I am a 5'10" woman, which according to my gynecologist translates into a 6'4" man, so I think you can relate to the problems we have finding clothes that fit. Don't forget us tall women when you are designing. It is next to impossible to find nice clothes that really fit our proportions

Santino,

YOU ROCK!!! You are probably one of the most hysterically funny people I have every had the pleasure of seeing on TV. I love the show, but loved to watch you more. I loved to see what you would create, you were so true to your own vision. It is rare that someone could be in the "reality TV" venue and still be potrayed as themselves.

I live in S Cal and will always be looking for your designs. Please email me (deanak2@yahoo.com) when you emerge under your own label. I will Buy, Buy Buy!! I know i'm not Nicky Hilton (hahahaha) but I am a SLAVE to fashion.

Much love and continued success!

where do i sign up for one of those leather corsety things you had ? cause i am in LOVE !

Santino,

I hope you keep offering items on your site that have been "Santino'd" as time goes by. I got an "un-Santino'd" T shirt and I suspect the 10 are all gone..well were by the time I got the email.

Anyway, would love to stay on the list should you decide to keep doing so from time to time. I'd love anything with your special braiding.

just wanted to add my two cents and say that i thought your collection was gorgeous! definitely a jolt of energy/breath of fresh air on the runway (chloe and daniel's collections = ZzZzZ and/or poo) i can't believe the nerve those judges had. also, i agree with what you said about chloe's collection (the whole couch thing, hahaha).

Santino, if you had won, it would have been simply icing on the cake. You have already gotten national attention and it is clear to everyone who has seen you and your work on the show that you are incredibly talented with a personality made for fame.

You were my favorite from the beginning and everyone knew I was on Team Santino.

Your collection was totally fierce, your mom is adorable, and you ROCK.

Peace!

Your collection is marvelous.
America, and the world, has seen your talent, passion and drive. Whether people love to hate you or hate to love you - they know of you now.

I'll admit it, through the beginning of Project Runway - I didn't even watch. I hate reality T.V. as a rule. However, I was flipping through the channels one Saturday and saw a special on, where Bravo was basically showing every episode since the beginning. They were about mid-way through and while I sat there thinking, "What an egotistical man!" - I was still drawn to the passion you hold for your designs.

I'm glad, though, that they showed snippets of Tim's visit with you in California. I think a different side of you was shown to the public. Instead of thinking, "He's cocky - but talented," I was left really feeling that you're a talented man who was just doing what he felt he needed to do to hold his own in a competition. Honestly, I have a personality that would probably do the same.

Anyone who loves what they do as much as you is a true artist, in every sense of the word.

Winning the competition, while nice, isn't the definition of success. Showing everyone what you can do, and WHY you do it, is success. And you, dear Santino, accomplished that beautifully.

If you ever need help with online promotions/PR for upcoming shows or lines, drop a line. Because with as much heart as you have for your work, I'd love to be a part of it.

- Cat

This post is helping me get through the pain. THE PAIN, SANTINO. Dear god, I was SO shocked last night. My friends & I just sat around dumbfounded. We thought that your line was so OBVIOUSLY the best & then you got the boot? No way. I never post on here, but I just had to say this to you because I'm so disappointed.

As a seasoned NYC fashionista, there was very little that appealed in either Daniel's very Banana Republic-esque collection or Chloe's hodge-podge of mismatched prints and fabrics.

But your collection - from the moment I snuck at peek at Getty Images - was sublime. Dress after dress that I'd love to wear. That fab jacket with the velvet trimmed sleeves. It was heaven.

You have so much talent, it made their palms sweat. And not once did you back down and do something safe or predictable. (Cough! Michael Kors! Cough!)

I've been a fan since the start. You're a star and all the best to you.

Santino, I loved your collection. I have been in your corner since the first episode. I do think it's ironic that the judges have been asking you to turn it down a notch all season and as soon as you do exactly what they asked they say it's safe. I hope this show leads to great things for you. You have the charisma and talent of a great designer. "The Great Santino"

Hey Santino, i'm from a small town in Illinois, about an hour and a half from your home town. So i thought that you should know that you are probably one of the greatest minds in your field. Never let anyone take your free spirit away from you. Keep on pushing the lines of reason. Think outside the box, and keep people wondering.

Honestly i wasnt too big into fashion until i was introduced to your work and your mentality. you are true to yourself and a beautiful soul. keep on keepin on brother!

Santino, I actually started to cry when you got eliminated. Your collection was stunning. I feel the judges didn't know what they want. At first they wanted you to take it down a notch, and then they wanted you to take it UP notch! YOU have always been my favorite of the bunch. You are such a magnifisent, fabulous designer that you have actually inspired me to be the same. Thank you!
Thanx,
A.r.i.a.n.n.a
from myspace.com

i loved your designs. i've been a fan of yours.

i love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
www.rosieyatch.com

The auctions taking place for the collection pieces on Bravo's PR website shows that Chloe's 1980's curtain dresses with "nice seams" (yay!), and Daniel V's blah collection are going for waaaaaaaaay less than what your collection is being auctioned for. Currently, your main dress is almost $3,000! My question is, do you see any of this money?
And the fact that people would spend so much money on your pieces should show you who the real winner is. It's quite obvious you were jipped, but maybe it is for the better... Banana Republic is so lame anyway.
Design my wedding gown and bridesmaid gowns please??

Santino, you were the OBVIOUS winner of PR.... WTF(????) I'm not kidding- did something happen backstage or after the show that upset the producers or judges? Your collection was fucking breathtaking- kick ass designs- absolutely unparalleled by the other two. I'm relieved that you see the opportunities this exposure has provided and you're obviously a good sport.. but damn... all day I was looking forward to seeing your designs and celebrating your victory and when Klum said 'your out' I shit myself- I thought I didn't hear right or that she was joking- COULDN'T BELIEVE MY FUCKING EARS--
You're clearly a true artist (which was apparent in the first episode with that blue dress) and I predicted your win right then and there- Out of the four judges (yeah- Debra whats-her-ass... still trying to figure that out) how could they all have had such a definative 'NO' with your work-- Nina seemed pleased but said you were too safe???? THAT is very suspicious in my opinion- fucking SAFE?? Oh, yeah Chloe was WAAAYYY outta the box with those (well tailored) prom dresses--- I think Klum and Kors' assesment about the boobs not fitting right was also weak... I hope my outrage is shared by enough people that PR's ratings suffer next season. fuckers.
Santino- you have my allegiance and I KNOW you're talent is going to take you where PR couldn't.-- YOU:BANANA REPUBLIC..... I think not.

You were robbed! Chloe's collection was awful and the things that the judges pointed out (like placement of seams) are because she is a "brilliant pattern maker." Her collection was butt ugly and Daniel's was enough to put me to sleep.

But hey, you are going to get so much more out of all of this because you have some much more talent. One request from a fan: when you are a big famous couture designer, could you put out a 2nd line for us regular people? I am sure that I could never afford your clothes on a social worker's salary.

All the best.

A.

Santino,

You had best overall presentation at fashion week with a strong personality, your own music, and a beautiful collection.

My husband also feels you should have won and he is not into fashion nor is he a fan of shows like Project Runway. But we both watched the last two episodes together because he became curious after hearing me talk about the "infamous Santino." My husband's exact words when the show ended: "Santino showed the most enthusiam and confidence. You could clearly see it when he spoke to the crowd. And the guy put more effort into the whole thing by doing his own music and having a great collection. I would have clearly chosen him as the winner hands down."

Hi :)

The basic silhouette of a high-waisted dress with a flowing skirt, which you showed at FW, had previously won the muslin challenge and the Nicky challenge on the tv show. And yet that silhouette was judged "uncharacteristic" of you.

In my estimation, the judges imposed a different set of expectations on you as compared to Daniel and Chloe. Whereas they only had to do more of their same styles, just step it up; you, apparently, were supposed to present a NEW style. Elegant, completely wearable, and extreme.

And yet fitting into the Banana Republic aesthetic.

Re the judges, the less said the better. Menstrual Kors and maybe Heidi have some ethics problems. From where I sat (on my couch), only one of the dresses didn't fit. Or, maybe it was supposed to be that way (the green one.) Either way, it was undeniably beautiful.

My favorite is the short taupe dress with the v-neck, worn by the girl with the Lara Flynn Boyle face.

And I cannot get your songs out of my head!

Love,
cythera.

Alright dude, lets talk more motivation and intrigue.

You know Chloe pulled together variations of her greatest hits from her shop. If they cut her first she would have been forgotten. As it is they got the immigrants and asians vote.

Daniel might’ve taken the money and ran. Bet Kors wanted a crack at getting the talented and impressionable youngster for himself.

Who’s gonna forget Santino - the one most capable of taking care of himself? They could bring you back for a ratings boost anytime, anywhere regardless of where they placed you.

I say the powers that be wanted a three-fer. Just sayin is all.

Two words for Chloe: Molly Ringwald. Yes, Molly should've been Chloe's model and not Grace. It would have suited her 80s sensibility perfectly. Besides, she could've borrowed Molly's prom-dress from the closet of Pretty in Pink. It would have saved her designing an outfit.

Being negative is just fun - but truly, Santino's collection was the end-all be-all. Rockin'!!!

santino. i loved your work on pr and i even thought your lingerie line was cool! what i really want to congratulate and thank you for was your great sense of humor you displayed on the show. it was the highlight of pr. the greatest thing you can say about anyone is "they were a great person to be around". and that is what you are. andre is wonderful person also. i wish you and andre all the best in life. keep smiling and singing.

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I'm Santino Rice, a fashion designer living and working in Hollywood California. I was a contestant on Bravo's Project Runway Season 2. This is my personal journal.