The moment we had all been patiently waiting for aired on Thursday when we were presented with the final three designers’ runway collections showcased at Fashion Week. This was the first season in Project Runway history that I was incredibly proud of the final three designers remaining. I said from day 1 that the final 3 would be male designers (not due to gender, just based on the fact that the males that were chosen for PRAStars were much stronger than the females chosen for the show).
The Challenge: Design a runway collection in 4 days
Guest Judges: Tommy Hilfiger (fashion designer), Ken Downing (SVP of Neiman Marcus)
My Runway Review:
1- Austin – “Austin Scarlett” : Very cohesive, great color story, so unique, the white gown was beautiful, very avante garde, I got chills at the end
[This collection was very strong and there were clear fashion statements made in all his designs. I like that he's creative and always true to his design aesthetic. He's not afraid to be Austin Scarlett which is why the title of his collection suits it so well].
2- Mondo – “Therapy” : Very dramatic, love the graphic designs, very cohesive, so artistic, the Rorschach inspired dress (seen below) is SO HOT
[Although his collection wasn't my favorite, I valued its fresh creativity and the innovation put into his work. I liked the central theme of "Therapy" and how it correlated so well with his designs].
3- Michael – “Serengeti” : Comfortable, feminine chic, great silhouettes, great prints, sophisticated sex appeal, balanced
[Overall, somewhat disappointed with his collection. Yes, the clothing were beautiful and completely "divine" as Georgina stated, but the extra wow factor that is usually present in his work seemed to be lacking. I wish he was more true to himself and stepped up his creativity to a much higher capacity which I know he is capable of. My biggest issue with his collection was that there was nothing memorable. Nothing stood out in my opinion].
My Final Thoughts:
- All the designers presented amazing collections and to think that they created an entire collection within four days is just mind-blowing. If I had to choose only one favorite, I would actually have to go with Austin Scarlett (although I’ve always favored Michael and Mondo’s work more consistently). I was very attracted to all the drama in Austin’s designs.
Although I’m a huge Michael Costello fan, I’m very happy with the outcome of the show and see Mondo declared the winner because I felt he truly should have won Season 8 of Project Runway.
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