For the first time in Project Runway history an All Star cast was showcased, tested, and challenged to the best of their abilities. Only three designers remained for the final challenge, a runway show consisting of six pieces made within four days. Talk about pressure.
Last week we caught a glimpse of each designer’s collections as well as their dramatics. Mondo, who is always a crowd favorite started to seem very ungrateful and depressing, not to mention grouchy towards the ever chipper Austin Scarlett. Artists supposed to be brooding, but man Mondo is a buzzkill. So what were the results?
Mondo’s black hole of a mood made him name his collection ‘Therapy’ and it was rather stunning. Lots of great patterns and mixing of textiles, which of course is his strength. His inkblot dress was just breath taking.
The judges said that Mondo’s fabric choices were fantastic. Tommy Hilfiger loved Mondo and called him a ‘true artist’ while Neiman Marcus fashion director Ken Downing said that Mondo needed to edit more and keep his collection less cartoonish.
Austin Scarlett’s collection was as flamboyant and whimsical as he was when he got ready that morning. Mondo made a remark about Austin stealing Liza Minnelli, which was humorous and catty all the same. The collection however was ambitious but it’s themes were confusing. He describes it as a hipster vampire from Williamsburg “who borrows clothes from her Hasidic dandy friends.” Riiiiiight…..
The judges love Austin’s ambition and praise him for his ‘big, epic thoughts’ but are as confused as the audience on where haute couture went hot mess.
Michael Costello went resort wear and named his collection Serengeti. This consisted of many separates and a whole lotta animal prints. There were some ivory trousers that were flawless, but he managed to put at least one white draped gown in. It was very beautiful and Georgina Chapman loved it.
Ken Downing said he could put the collection on display at Neimans the next day, which is both a compliment as well as worrisome because it reveals Michael’s collection as being too commercial. Isaac Mizrahi loved the collection but expected more from Costello.
Angela and the judges weigh their options and reveal to the designers that there will still be prizes for second and third place. An all expense paid trip to Paris, including luxurious stays at Plaza Athenee and Le Meurice.
The winner? Mondo Guerra! According to Lifetime, he won the grand prize of an exclusive boutique in Neiman Marcus stores and on NeimanMarcus.com, $100,000 dollars in technology and office space from HP and Intel, $100,000 cash from L’Oreal Paris, a feature spread in Marie Claire, a guest editor position for the next year, and a sewing and embroidery studio provided by Brother International.
Mondo deserved to win back in his original season and this definitely makes up for that. Austin looked visibly upset, but he graciously accepted second place. It was an exciting season full of ups and downs. Let’s hope the next season is just as fabulous.