We love 'Project Runway,' we do, but to watch 10 (yes, 10) final collections of 10 looks each was a bit like being in fashion prison.
Because the show is only up to the fifth episode, as of Thursday night, producers didn’t want anyone to know who the finalists were, explained a dazzling Heidi Klum, wearing an exotic crisscross-strapped mini in a tribal print with her hair in a wispy chignon, much like the style of guest judge Faith Hill.
If we dare to guess we would say Jay Nicolas Sario is in the finals – his modern, architectural collection was extremely good with one particularly fab gown featuring a leather top and chiffon skirt in plum.
Anthony Williams was the crowd pleaser, the audience loved him – what a personality – and he in turn told them, “I love you back.” His flashy collection included lots of color, a few slim pairs of cigarette pants and a boatload of sequins ... a tad “Housewives of Atlanta,” though a few of the gowns – one with scales, another a Swiss dot sculptural job -- were very clever.
Ben Chmura’s collection was surprisingly well-done – he a lover of a comic books – and inspired by “Alien Nation” offering a “back to the future” vibe with strong shoulders and lots of inlaid strips of material – much of it paired with bright blue tights.
Amy Sarabi dabbled in weirdness and greatness – her photographic prints were right on trend – and particularly lovely on airy white pieces. Exotic yet wearable.
Disappointments included Jeanabe Marie Ceccantis’ boring collection of basics, so uninspired, and sadly, that of one of our faves Emilio Sosa, who named his collection “Color me bad.” We loved his well-made mohair coats, but overall it lacked some of the interesting detailing we’ve come to expect from him.
The showmanship award should go to Seth Aaron Henderson, whose dramatic collection was inspired by the 1940s German and Russian military looks and featured bold colors – red, a huge yellow plaid – nipped waists and leather straps. His models wore single pom-poms in their sleek hair and stood out with their strong red lips and dark eyes.
Overall, a very interesting fashion laboratory, but “auf” the charts when it came to quantity.
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