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Project Runway Season 7: And the winner is?

Who should have won 'Project Runway' Season 7?

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Much like the volcanic ash plumes from Iceland, the tears seemed to flow on and on and on as Season 7 of “Project Runway” and Heidi Klum said “aufedersein” last night.

There weren’t any surprises, except that the reunion show followed immediately after the finale. I suspect producers felt no one would need time to process the winner, Seth Aaron, which was a no-brainer.

The runway show at Bryant Park did throw a little excitement into the mix. We made it through M.I.A. models, Michael Kors in Secret Service shades as well as cameos by actress Raven-Symone, “America’s Next Top Model” judge/photographer Nigel Barker and a list of other PR designers.

With Nina Garcia and guest Faith Hill helping to judge, the collections took center stage.

SETH AARON–WINNER

Inspiration: “Kick-ass” German-Russian military

The look: Beyond his glaringly white-washed jeans, Seth Aaron’s collection was a mix of crisp tailoring with a rock edge — I loved it. His red dress with leather cutouts was standout. The structured look of pieces including his pant suit felt more sophisticated than restrictive, especially when he paired pieces like the silk parachute blouse or the polka dot and tweed with striped legging. I also loved the yellow plaid coat and separately how he used that same plaid pattern with patent leather on the inseam for fitted pants. I didn’t go for the purple people-eater dress — too poofy in too many places.

Judges said: His exhilarating and powerful collection incorporated luxury without sacrificing his signature edge. And while they were surprised by the sophistication and polish he had grown to include, they warned that he can be a little heavy handed, and therefore borderline costumey (i.e. that purple dress).

EMILIO

Inspiration: “Color Me Bad” ode to his mom (even though some of us remember that name as 90sR&B group)

The look: Overall, very wearable. He made fabulous coats and suited pairings. This collection was signified by lots of blue and red. I thought his green coat with red lining and signature dress beneath were stunning as well as the short belted blue jacket and turtle neck. His pant suit with elongated sleeve trim was beautiful. And of course that final one-shoulder green gown with gold belt and thigh-high slits was a knockout. But pieces like the fitted blue sheath with back cutout and the heavy use of blue and red left me feeling a bit underwhelmed.

Judges said: As always Emilio displayed immaculate taste and craftsmanship. But his collection seemed to tone down the volume from the season. They were blown away by the coats and his use of his signature print as well as the glamourous evening gown. His was the most commercial of the finalists with flattering, easy-to-wear pieces — he definitely thought with a business sense. Overall, great work but no showmanship on the runway. This felt like a “line” not a “collection.”

MILA

Inspiration: Shadows

The look: Not surprisingly, Mila produced a collection that was impeccably made. Not surprisingly, Mila produced a collection that was black and white and mod all over. To be fair, she did add pops of color like purple and she truly applied the judges critiques about styling and accessories to her advantage. Despite her overused signature color blocking, she’s fearless in mixing textiles to make very wearable clothing. I loved the leather leggings. I think the sequined mini skirt with patent details was very flirty and the white pants with patent stripes on the side paired with the coat was nice but expected. There was a pant set with a cowl neck top (I didn’t like it but the judges did). She also had a purple graphic dress that seemed to have a patent leather one-shoulder bra — on the outside. But I still like the leather T-neck sequined dress we saw last week. A breath of fresh air for her.

Judges said: They applauded her styling changes, which created a modernized mod. They too, loved her leggings — leather, black, white, plaid, striped, graphic. They thought standouts like the mixed media piece (the grayish and blackish dress) and her simple white T-shirt with stripes helped loosen her line up a bit. Overall, she succeeds when she relaxes the hyper-focus on geometry, but there were no real surprises to this collection.

BONUS: REUNION SHOW

Hosted by Tim Gunn and Nina Garcia, this get-together seemed like a therapy-required apology session. Here are some highlights.

  • We still love Atlanta resident Anthony! Best lines tonight:

“I feel like we’re girlfriends,” answering a question from Nina

“I can’t give her a kidney,” insisting to Tim that he has already apologized to Mila for his NY Post comments

  • Emilio is still upset and a bit bitter about losing
  • Ping is special — really, really special. Nina had to snap her back to reality after her tear-soaked breakdown
  • Jay made an incredibly mean and disrespectful comment about a model’s teeth and legs, leading me to be happier about his loss to Mila
  • Miya, with that devlish smile firmly in place, reiterated she felt too immature to compete. I agree

90 comments Add your comment

sassygal

April 23rd, 2010
8:51 am

There is no way Seth should have won. Emilio was the BEST by far. Seth’s line was just……….ugly. Emilio’s line was classy and people could really see themselves wearing his line. But I guess the judge had their favorite.

Dee

April 23rd, 2010
9:10 am

I was flabbergasted by Jay’s comment: it was stunningly mean and stupid to let that fly on a TV show. Even though I wasn’t bowled over by his clothes I retained a bit of interest in him, but not anymore. Emilio, in my mind, proved that he’s also a jerk. Ping needs therapy.

James Barrett

April 23rd, 2010
9:12 am

SETH AARON I’m glad you won you deserved it. but what is up with your hair. bad bad bad hair day.

seamstress

April 23rd, 2010
9:15 am

sassygal – you obivously don’t know “runway shows”…yes Emilio showed some fine items – but, not a runway show collection. Seth Aaron does not make clothes I would wear; but, I do appreciate his style and showmanship. The right one won by far – not only in craftsmanship; but also in personality and being confident but humble. Way to go Seth Aaron !!

Mercedes S.

April 23rd, 2010
9:17 am

The judges had their favorite because it was obvious from day one that Seth Aaron would win the competition. I think they played up Emilio so it would seem there WAS a competition. Unfortunately it just puffed him up into being unbearably conceited. His contempt for the other designers was off-putting. Except for the gown at the end, I couldn’t get over the hideousness of his colors. Chartreuse is an impossible color for most people and that turquoise and red (NOT blue and red, Rodney) combo was deadly. I was very disappoined.

I loved Mila’s collection, but Seth Aaron out did them all. His ability to refigure his collection after Tim told him to punp it up (hence, I believe, the purle nightmare at the end, which I think S.A. did in spite of himself) was amazing. And a collection of 25, when only ten piece were needed! Brilliant!

Sorry I missed the reunion show!

DONALD GABRIEL

April 23rd, 2010
9:18 am

SETH AARON DESERVE TO WIN. ALL THREE WERE GREAT BUT SETH HAD MORE TALENT. MELA ALSO HAD GREAT IDEA AND TALENT. ATTITUDE MEANS SO MUCH IN THE REAL WORLD.

Mercedes S.

April 23rd, 2010
9:21 am

Gosh, sorry about all the misspellings, folks…

I also liked Seth Aaron’s attitude. He was cheerful, inspiring to others, took advice and criticism well.

I do think he should leave his youthful hairdo behind, though.

Marie

April 23rd, 2010
9:25 am

While I agree that Seth Aaron’s collection was more “showy” than Emilio’s; I cannot understand why they do not take into account the work the designer’s have done over the entire season. This is the 2nd time that a designer who has outperformed all others throughout the season racking up win after win — only to get to Bryant Park and not win the overall title. The first being Daniel from Season 2.

What’s the purpose of going through 15-16 weeks of craziness if you they are really only going to judge you by the runway show? Yeah if you take the runway show only — Seth Aaron’s collection was the best. However, when you take into account what Emilio has done throughout the season and his runway collection handsdown he was the winner.

Don Gabriel

April 23rd, 2010
9:26 am

Seth Aaron’s craftsmanship was superior. His collection was sophisticated and would sell as is. Mila’s collection was also quite sophisticated and appealing. Emilio, while a talented designer is head strong and lacks the sophistication to function effectively in the world of high fashion. He is his own worst enemy.

Peggy100

April 23rd, 2010
9:32 am

I was impressed by all of the designs. I still feel Miya had other reasons for leaving…why would you join if you did not feel ready? I am disappointed that Emilio showed poor sportsmenship so to speak loosing. He did a fabulous job and knew it but did not give them what they were looking for in the end. Tim tried to tell him. His green gown was a runway stopper for awards…just beautiful. All are very talented and will go far.

Lar

April 23rd, 2010
9:35 am

I’d have to agree with the judges. Mila was partly the designated villain of the season and partly, who could stand to look at Jay’s stuff? He’s got a great future designing ladyboy fashions if you look at his choice of fabrics and patterns.

She’d sniff at other people’s taste but hers was just awful a lot of the time like that awful serape.

It was pretty clear halfway through the season that both Emilio and Seth Aaron would be finalists. They seem to have the most distinct, less derivative designs. I have to agree with Tim though, Emilio’s signature pattern still doesn’t make sense. I can’t see his name in the graphics. His work was pretty commercial and would be great on the rack but that’s not what people are looking for in a runway show. They want editorial work that can be distilled and trickled down to the rest of the line for the season.

Seth Aaron was obviously the most willing to go out on a limb design-wise and again, I can see why Kors and the others choice him. He had edgier pieces that could be watered down off the runway and didn’t look like something that we’ve seen again and again which is what most of the PR contestants do.

One problem with Seth Aaron’s collection though. If he mentioned that his inspiration was the Russian army I missed it. I heard WWII Germany so my immediate reaction was great, Hitler Youth uniforms. I think that hearing that could turn off a lot of people before they even see the collection.

Patricia Imbrosciano

April 23rd, 2010
9:36 am

Although all three created GREAT clothes, EMILIO outshined the others. If for nothing else but the blue jacket and that magnificent gown….come on! If there are any investors out there, back this guy. He deserves it and he will make you RICH!

Frank

April 23rd, 2010
9:37 am

I knew Seth Aaron was going to win with the show started. Emilio will be alright but I am wondering if there will ever be a black person to win on this show. I hope that does not sound racist, if it does I’m sorry. But I am wondering.

Peggy100

April 23rd, 2010
9:44 am

I am responding to Marie’s comment. I believe you go through the grueling weeks to show your creativeness under pressure and to be given advice to grow. You have “been there done that” people rating you and giving you praise and constructive pointers. Then for the finale…you are left on your own to create..left entirely up to your imagination. Possibly proves that Emilio works best being given direction that HE feels comfortable with.

Wendy

April 23rd, 2010
9:44 am

Emilio was consistant throughtout the entire season. I really think the wrong person won. However, Emilio is a stong compeditor and I think he will get his share of contracts.

Donna

April 23rd, 2010
9:57 am

Loved the show and all 3 desginer collections. Seth Aaron had the best attitude by far. Sometimes saying less is more. I think his collection stood out and he achieved the look he was going for.

Michelle

April 23rd, 2010
9:57 am

While I was a Mila fan from beginning to end, the right person won! I cheered all 3 of them on simply because noone can deny thier talent and heart! In comparing the 3 on the runway at Bryant Park, there was no question in my mind who was going to win. Seth Aaron went way out on the perverbial limb and truely did push the envelope to show he was versatile and innovative, which is what the judges were looking for when it was all said and done. I said to myself, however, God help us if Emilio did win it all. His head and ego was SOOOO huge that he needed to be shown a little humility and he was in the end. All 3 of them will go far in my book and congrats each and everyone of them!

Doooo

April 23rd, 2010
10:06 am

I felt Anthony was outright nasty last night, if overtaken by his good friend Jay. What a pair of mean bitches…

Cljsr73

April 23rd, 2010
10:10 am

@ Frank you are correct in your thinking “if a black person will ever win PR?” The thing is their design point of views and inspirations are slightly different. More important sometimes black folks design for blacks which basically is their downfall because they work so hard and then try to dedicate their line to urban themes whereas the fashion world is not ready for! It will take other mainstream designers to infuse those types of lines first.

HK, MK and NG have a worldly point of veiw for fashion and want to see it done their way. Yes its true its called a fashion show, which is a broad spectrum. Its not their time, but it does make you wonder if it will ever be as they excite during the season, but can’t get the runway right.

Each designer had pieces unique them. I think Jay should have went to BP, his clothes were somewhat better than all three finalists more edgier. We seen those type clothes for Mila and Seth Aaron. I applaud Emilo for thinking out of the box and adding color we havent seen much color since Jay won PR because its mainly been all about blacks, whites and greys. In the end the editorial clothes will be changed sometimes the overall asthetic…so there, its still true to the designer as their designs are modified?

The drama was played up to make people think that Emilio was going to win however if you think about it he appeared head strong and that ultimately affected the judges decision while Seth Aaron was in the middle and had the sympathy card appeared to be struggling in life as he wanted to move his family to LA.

Eric

April 23rd, 2010
10:10 am

Frank…..I’m sure your comment is going to create a race discussion, but I was wondering the exact same thing. Remember Michael Knight, and Coco?…exact same thing.

Doooo

April 23rd, 2010
10:10 am

Marie, April 23rd, 2010, said: What’s the purpose of going through 15-16 weeks of craziness if you they are really only going to judge you by the runway show?

The purpose is to be one of three finalists to have their collection show in BP as a basis to choose a winning.
What would be the purpose of showing in BP if the decision was made based on the challenges?
This is PR. It has always been like this. And it is not even the second time this happens. Jay from Season 1 won PR without having won one single challenge during the competition.

CATHY

April 23rd, 2010
10:11 am

Emilio was the best by far! I think Seth Aaron was good but who could wear that junk! Week after week Emilio proved he was the BEST! I am not going to watch the show anymore. I think the judges are crazy and so what if Emilio is confident! You have to be to survive and compete in the fashion industry and this racist world.

Mercedes S.

April 23rd, 2010
10:11 am

Marie – please see my post at 9:17.

Don Gabriel – astute observation of Emilio’s immaturity.

The commercialism the judges thought Emilio was aiming for doesn’t reach further than Target.

Seth Aaron is destined for SAKS and Neiman’s.

SoSoShow

April 23rd, 2010
10:11 am

I found this season to be getting to the point where it is getting old. I mean, one week they ding them for doing one thing then the next week the same thing is all of a sudden ok?! They make their comments go with who they ‘decide’ they want to be off the show.

In the reunion show, Miya took the words right out of my mouth about Jay and the Hardware store challenge. I was so surprised after that showed aired, I wrote Lifetime and made essentially the same comments. What he did with the trash bags was cool – but you can buy trash bags anywhere!!! At WalMart, at a drug store, at a grocery store, at Target, etc. You don’t GO to a Hardware store with the intent to buy trash bags. She was dead on. He shouldn’t have won that challenge and I even went as far as to tell Lifetime, he shouldn’t have even been in the Top 3 for that challenge!

holly

April 23rd, 2010
10:11 am

Aside from the jackets, which were well done, Emilio’s collection was hideous! Color Me Bad indeed! It screamed early 90’s. His signature print, though clever in concept from a branding perspective, was awful in that palette. I thought Mila’s collection was the best overall, and also the most wearable. Seth Aaron, however, is more fashion forward and has more ability to break free from his comfort zone. His best look was the flowy top with amazing back, paired with the leggings. I do think Seth Aaron was the clear winner from a runway perspective, but if I had to choose one designer to wear, it would be Mila.

SoSoShow

April 23rd, 2010
10:15 am

And PS: Seth Aaron’s collection was BY FAR the best. Have a top designer (like Tom Ford or Versace) show that same collection and it would have met with high praise. Have the same top designer show either of the other two and they would have been panned and their careers would have been almost over. There was nothing wrong with the other two, but it wasn’t something innovative and new.

sarah

April 23rd, 2010
10:27 am

I’m thinking the judges were stuck on “high fashion.” Isn’t that what this show is about? When you think about it, how many normal people really wear what we see on runways? I love Emilio’s clothes, but was blown away by Seth Aaron’s showing even though there were only one or two outfits I could myself wearing. Emilio wasn’t high fashion, but he was tasteful and wearable. They are both great and I can see how the judges had a hard time deciding.

Nothebestseason

April 23rd, 2010
10:30 am

I’m going to have to agree with Cathy and Frank. I don’t think this show is ever going to recognize Black designers. If so, Korto from last season should have won! She was FIERCE! btw, has her own collection now. (haters fall back) I’m not going to support the show anymore either.

Linda

April 23rd, 2010
10:36 am

Emilio thought he was going to win it all…and when he didn’t really showed what a poor loser looks like…he needs to get a grip on his ego..and then return to rethink his designs. Seth Aaaron is not only gifted in design, construction and forward fashion thinking..but, he never put anyone down the whole season..and is humble..I think Mila did a fabulous show. I still love Anthony although he has some growing to do, would love to see him have his own spot on tv..biggest observation would be…where are all the models from America these days…were all of these models from somewhere else? amazing..and except for a couple, they are all B……s! Love the show can’t wait till next season.

Amber

April 23rd, 2010
10:37 am

We also have to remember that while Emilio did win more challenges Seth Aaron was always a strong designer throughout the competition. The fact was you always knew who Seth Aaron was as a designer as his personality shone through in all of his clothing. There were a few challenges where I thought both of the designers were a bit under-rated and a few where the outfit was a bit overrated. I knew Mila wasn’t going to win, she couldn’t take her self out of the 60s yes she creates impeccably made clothing but it wasn’t really runway. Emilio is a great designer but his collection was really meant for an older audience while Seth is going to appeal to young hollywood more. Hopefully Seth doesn’t fade like the rest of the PR winners and become a reality show junkie, he’s got real talent and commercial appeal I would love to own some of the jackets he made this year. I wish him and Emilio the best of luck!

Cathy

April 23rd, 2010
10:45 am

This isn’t about race, sexual preference or anything. It was about high fashion and who looked best on the final runway. I loved Seth Aaron’s collection (note I didn’t say line) with the exception of the purple thing at the end. I have noticed they tend to look at cohesiveness as well in the final collection. So from that perspective, Seth Aaron blew the others away. If we were judging on commercial lines, Emilio would have won hands down, but it’s all about high fashion and what the judges are looking for. Unfortunately that seems to change. I still can’t believe Emilio made it this far after that goofy bathing suit he made in the hardware challenge. Designers are emotional people and I was frankly relieved the reunion show wasn’t a greater blood bath. I think a lot of these designers will see lots of challenges to make boatloads of cash.

ProjectCheaters......

April 23rd, 2010
10:48 am

EMILIO you are still the best, and I hope all blacks realize before they go on Project Runway that it is rigd, they are all racist….Including Heidi, she better realize she is black or trash in societies eyes…All them black kids she keep havin and oh yeah they black….If anyone ever pays attention the blacks always come in second and have the best showing, I have been a viewer of PR since it begin and it is over I refuse to support a show that does not support BLACKS…its over Im done .

kathy

April 23rd, 2010
10:54 am

I agree with Frank, 1st there was Korto Momolu, now Emilio, I love PJR but I’m beginning to wonder myself, hmmmmm. Seth Aaron is good aand I give him that but Emilio was top notch throughout the entire season (with the except of the “pink” bikini!) Keep your head up Emilio you are going far!

Mercedes S.

April 23rd, 2010
11:03 am

OMG, I forgot Emilio’s 200 pound “bathing suit”! It would have drowned the wearer, for sure. That challenge should have sent him home – I never understood why someone else was aufed in his place…

Judges in these reality shows seem to have decided from he beginning wh ois going to win, which is why they are careful about not speak too encouragingly to or about that person. Emilio won challenges that rightfully should have gone to Seth Aaron. On “Americas Next Top Model” the obvious winner is Raina, but the judges keep giving the weekly win to less talented girls. The judges on American idol favor Crystal Bowersox, but since the audience chooses the winner (supposedly) here, Simon and Co. keep overselling Crystal, even when she doesn’t do so well, for gfear of a backlash.

terry

April 23rd, 2010
11:04 am

Because we live in a country that now has 12,000 children who have lost one or both parents in a war we are fighting right now, and thousands of Americans and their allies have lost lives, I thought Seth’s collection was in bad taste. There was not one look I would have wanted to wear. Also, I thought some of his black and white looks were interchangeable with looks Mila has created. The only designer who should have won was Emilio, and if he had used more of the “painted brocade” pieces he had been working on, but which Tim put down as not worth his time, the judges may have seen his collection in an entirely different light.

PattyMR

April 23rd, 2010
11:06 am

Emilo should have been out with that HORRIBLE bikini mess he ended up with.

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Mercedes S.

April 23rd, 2010
11:14 am

That last part came out a bit unclear, sorry. Two separate thoughts mingled wrongly. Meant to say that the judges on American idol keep hypeing Crystal because they’re afraid audiences won’t appreaciate her enough. Yet they also have to be careful about not praising her too much, since that can create a backlash.

And now I’ll shut up… after saying that I really enjoyed PR this season. Fun and talented people this season, even the ornery ones like Emilio and Jay. I too would like to see Anthony as a fashion commentator rather than designer. His comments were hysterical and right-on, his personality is very likeable. And he’s from Atlanta!

Missy

April 23rd, 2010
11:18 am

Is no one going to comment on the fact that Seth Aaron’s inspiration was German/Russian military FROM THE 1940s? Is everyone forgetting what the German and Russian military DID during that time? Why is it suddenly acceptable to use Nazis as inspiration for fashion, and honor that inspiration by calling it beautiful?

I’m appalled that no one on the show even mentioned this as possibly offensive. And what’s more, they honored Seth Aaron’s decision by making him the winner.

Shame on them.

gloria

April 23rd, 2010
11:18 am

Heidi, definitely need new JUDGES. Nina and Michael can not vote for a black person to win. Emilio should have won. Seth’s clothes can not be worn everyday only to a freak show. Emilio and Mila had clothes that make sense.

Nina and Michael need to go. i am seriously thinking about trashing this show. it was one of my favorites. however, the last 3 seasons has denied the best designer their rightful place. Heidi why dont you step up for the blacks.
RACIST RACIST RACIST

Judy Kancigor

April 23rd, 2010
11:20 am

Am I the only one that noticed how Seth Aaron’s wife was dressed for the big show? I was appalled! Jeans (not designer) and sneakers? I felt from day one that Seth Aaron would win, and he deserved too, but does the cobbler’s wife have no shoes? Why isn’t he dressing HER! I lost all respect for him.

KAROL

April 23rd, 2010
11:28 am

I just wanted to say how great the finale was!! SOO much talent, the best finale yet. However…I watched the reunion after the finale and was TOTALLY disgusted by Jay’s insult to the model who gave him constructive and what seemed to be spot on advice. Regardless if she was correct or not she wasn’t nasty or disrespectful and his horrible, horrible comments regarding her body parts were COMPLETELY out of line and I was very impressed at how well she carried herself! Shame on you Jay, just because you are bitter because you lost to Mila and couldn’t get over it doesn’t give you the right to hit WAY below the belt like you did and the pathetic “apology” was meager and not heartfelt in my opinion. I almost turned off the show because of that. I think he should be made to apologize again, publicly and honestly this time. Shame on you Jay, I wouldn’t wear a stitch of your clothes even if they were free!!!

DUANE

April 23rd, 2010
11:32 am

Big surprise…NOT!

Emilio should have won, but it was obvious the SA would win. He was the judges and Tim’s favorite, and the show was edited to show Emilio as a conceited know-it-all, and SA as the happy-go-lucky family man who everyone loves. These shows are becoming nothing more than popularity contests.

SoSoShow

April 23rd, 2010
11:34 am

I missed the Jay/model part. What did she say bout him and him about her???

Lar

April 23rd, 2010
11:35 am

I find it distasteful that people feel the need to play the race card.

I agree that Korto was great competitor and that her pieces were lively but again they tended to be derivative. She’d take classic pieces and tweak them such as twisting it over the shoulder and adding some beads. Leanne’s look was not for everybody but you didn’t look at it and realize that you had two petal skirts already in your closet.

They don’t seem to have an issue with minorities as they have won past seasons so why go there? Emilio didn’t have the drama or “storyline” in his show as high as Seth’s. Without those, Kors won’t even consider you.

glenda brown

April 23rd, 2010
11:38 am

I was very disappointed. I felt Emilio’s collections was reached out to more population than the other designers. It was wearable, and not funky or just for show. The general public is looking for things to wear not some clothes that you will only see on the run way. I thought his colors were exciting and everything else was just black and white. I am tired of seeing black or muted colors. It was full of life and I would love to own several of the pieces.

Sara

April 23rd, 2010
12:00 pm

Absolutely, Seth Aaron deserves to be this season’s winner! His work ethic and talent will help him go far in the industry. And, you have to admit that his collection was crafted and styled superiorly! I don’s always agree with the judges, but in this instance they were correct… he put on the best show! As for the whole “Nazi” argument about his collection, give me a break! The 1940s were a very exciting time for tailoring, which is obviously his passion.

The reason Emilio did not deserve to win is, as Michael Kors said, he put out a line not a collection. This is a competition to see who is the best, most innovative and edgy fashion designer. Not, the “who can put pretty but ultimately uninspiring clothing on a runway” show. Personally, his collection put me to sleep. I feel like I could go to Nordstrom’s and buy any of those pieces (save the print dresses and final couture piece). And, he absolutely knew what he was doing. He knew that everyone would see his very wearable (if not very unique) collection, and think… hey, I can wear that! And, he knew that his designs could be mass produced “as is”. To me, that is NOT what I want to see in a runway collection. Bottom line, Emilio traded artistry for financial security. He sold out.

Lar

April 23rd, 2010
12:03 pm

Oh for heaven’s sake people, just about any of those designers can knock out knock-offs for TJ Maxx or Kohl’s.

FOR A RUNWAY-WORTHY DESIGNER they’re looking for non-derivative, high-concept pieces that hint at what the everyday wear will look like.

I think that more than anything was Emilio’s downfall. The judges weren’t looking for a designer aiming for the rack at Macy’s they’re looking for someone who’s going to get attention on the runway.

Lar

April 23rd, 2010
12:04 pm

Gloria, it was painfully obvious in the LA season that they NEED Nina and Michael. Probably the number one reason they brought them back to NYC.

Michael Veda

April 23rd, 2010
12:05 pm

I would just like to point something out. Yes Emilio’s clothing would reach out to more consumers wanting to buy it off the runway. However, the point of fashion week is not the luanch of lines but of a collection. There is a difference. A Collection is not necessarily straight to everyday wear thats a line. A collection is supposed to show your point of view as a designer in the extreme of a spectrum. YEs Emilio’s design’s were well made and tailored, even if I didn’t like them. They were not a show and his show as a whole did not seemed to fit very well. WHile the evening gown was beautiful is did not fit in with the rest of it. Runways are to show a designers point of view for a season in the extreme to show what they can do and give a view of what kind of cloths the line will carry. I personally thhought Mila should have won. I disliked her personality on the show but I did love her show. And Congrats to Seth Aaron.