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Sean Kelly wins Project Runway S13
It’s probably not that surprising that a young designer won Project Runway as editing either makes it really obvious who’s out or obvious who’s in. Sean won a few, lost a few, struggled at the beginning, won when it counted and is young and cute. I’d hoped that Amanda Valentine would win if only to outshine her Maroon 5 brother for once but I guess she’ll always be the less popular sibling. Also she really had the best reason for wanting to win Project Runway. She said she wanted to be a brand. a big brand.
Sean, the 25-year-old designer from New Zealand, beat out 15 fellow designers. Currently residing in Brooklyn, Sean garnered attention this season with a dress chosen by Emmy Award-winning host Heidi Klum to wear at this year’s Creative Arts Emmys. Sean impressed judges Klum, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen and finale guest judge Emmy Rossum (Shameless) with his 10 piece winning collection inspired by the “Betrayal of Caesar” at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at New York City’s Lincoln Center this Fall.
–$100,000 from Red Robin to launch his business and the opportunity to design a fashion accessory for their servers
–complete sewing and crafting studio from Brother International Corporation
–premiere entertainment center, courtesy of Samsung [so he can watch future episodes of Project Runway, Project Runway: All Stars and Project Runway: Threads]
— fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine
— car from Lexus
–entire year’s worth of Mary Kay beauty products for his fashion shows and professional makeup artist services for his debut show
–shoe and accessory collection from ALDO to help enhance his upcoming runway shows
— Best Western International will also provide Kelly with travel and hotel accommodations to fashion capitals and inspiring locations around the world
— Kelly’s winning model, Alisar Ailabouni will also appear in the winner’s fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine
Runner-up Amanda Valentine
Third place Kini Zamora
Fourth place Charketa Glover
“You showed some really beautifully cut clothing . . . like a cool Solange Knowles. Now you’ll have to bring up the fashion game a little bit.” –Zac Posen
“One of my favorites is the balck and white two-piece. I definitely saw your vibe.” –Heidi Klum
“It was exciting to see someone who was a Tim Gunn save make ti to fashion week.” Emmy Rossum
“The problem is you’re trying too hard to be something you’re not.” –Heidi Klum
“I think our jewelry is ready to go. This was the most original collection on the runway.” –Zac Posen
“I thought you were really true to yourself.” –Emmy Rossum
This is probably the most editorial of the collections. It’s very polished.” –Nina Garcia
“It’s all very sophisticated which I like.” –Heidi Klum
“The clothing was chic, sexy and edgy and I don’t know anybody who doesn’t want to feel that way.” –Zac Posen
“You’re clearly gifted.” –Emmy Rossum
“There’s something about the fact that you use denim in such a sophisticated way.” –Nina Garcia
The designers have a $9000 budget to make collections for New York Fashion Week in a five week period. They travel with Tim Gunn to Rome for inspiration.
“I believe in you so much and in your voice and I think in the finale we’re going to hear an orchestra from you.” Tim to Charketa when she asked why he used his save on her.
Sean is completely “blank” and has “no idea where he’s going.” He said he has a lot of costs to set up when he gets home. He doesn’t have a studio to work in.
Tim takes them to a fabric store in Rome. Sean and Kini don’t buy anything. Amanda wants to take fabric home. So she buys an expensive brown fabric. Charketa buys a pretty print.
Tim Gunn checks on everyone’s progress.
[note: Lifetime didn’t provide press with hometown pictures.]
Hawaii for Kini:
Inspiration: Park Avenue girl going to Rome
Lots of black and white.
Tim: “it’s 1000% you and I couldn’t be happier.”
Kini’s name in Hawaiian means the King of the morning star
Detroit for Charketa
“In Rome, there’s smaller of everything. You can do a lot with a little. I wanted to apply that to my designs.” –Charketa
Chose Detroit river front to meet Tim because it’s symbolic of Detroit and about a comeback.
“color I definitely went with color,” she gushes. Spent 1000 dollars on fabric in Rome.
Nashville for Amanda
Inspiration: Rome pics. Art deco. 60s and 70s weird bridge between Bohemian and mod.
Amanda doesn’t have anything completed yet.
Tim: “I have a positive response but you don’t want to have too much going on. You need to rake out all that extra stuff.”
“This time around I think my chances are as good as everyone else’s.” –Amanda
Brooklyn for Sean
Inspiration: Story from Rome is the betrayal of Caesar.
Sean: “My biggest fear is that they’ll say they’ve seen it.”
Tim: “You really have two collections here. There’s such a strong spirit of innovation with the fringe.”
The designers reconvene in New York.
Kini: “we’re a cool bunch and we’re going to have fun the rest of the time we’re here. But it’s still a competition.”
Charketa: “I feel like mine is very much outside the box.”
Kini: “I don’t feel like Char is on the same level as me. I think she has a lot to learn.”
The designers preview three pieces of their final collection.
“We really enjoyed watching the show.” –Heidi Klum
“I’m really proud of all of you. What a journey.” –Zac Posen
“It feels fresh and modern and young.” –Heidi Klum
“This is exciting. You took something signature like fringe and made it into a separate with a crisp white shirt. I wouldn’t change the styling. I think this is very good work.” –Zac Posen
“I do worry. Is your entire collection fringe?” –Nina Garcia
“I do like the looks. I just don’t see how they all tie in. It’s not very cohesive for me.” –Heidi Klum
“[You have] great attitude and great personal style. I want to see more of that.” –Nina Garcia
“You’re a little bit eccentric. Take them to that place.” –Zac Posen
“Do you have more of this jewelry? Put it on. It’s exceptional.” –Zac Posen
“I love that your clothes have an ease to them. I see a lot of girls wanting to have these clothes.” –Heidi Klum
“Get out of the it’s long, it’s bohemian. I think you’re ready to elevate your clothes to another level.” –Nina Garcia
“Right now to me this looks very old lady. I think you’re much better than this.” –Heidi Klum “I think you have to re-style this. I think you have to step away and think how I am going ot make this more modern.”
“To me the coat needs to go. As much as I see the technical prowess of it.” –Zac Posen
“There is no sex appeal going on here.” –Nina Garcia
“She’s not cool, she’s not sexy and she’s not edgy.” –Zac Posen
LEXUS (sponsored) Challenge: create a street chic look that is inspired by NYC
Five designers left—Amanda, Charketa, Emily, Sean and Kini. three or more will be going to New York Fashion Week. It’s a two-day challenge with a $200 budget.
“With Korina being gone, everybody’s having fun and just relaxing,” Kini notes. “There’s not that tense feeling anymore.”
Amanda, inspired by graffiti and color, is designing a maxi dress.
Charketa, inspired by a window display, plans to make a skirt with petals.
Emily wants to design a big hoodie.
Sean saw a guy in a caftan and all-white on the street and wanted to use the clean look of white. He’s doing a high-waisted pant and a “play on” a baseball shirt.
Kini is designing a pencil skirt and trench coat.
Of course being Project Runway, on the second day the designers arrive to see five losing looks. Tim arrives with the button bag.
Second challenge: losing look redux challenge. Take a losing look and re-design it into a winning look. No need to connect it to the other design.
Amanda chooses Fade’s design. Charketa takes Korina’s design because it has a lot of fabric. Emily takes Stephanie’s dress. Kini chooses Mitchell’s red dress. Sean ends up with Sandhya’s pink kid’s outfit.
“I think of doing a structural gown but it’s definitely not a color I would choose,” Sean says.
“We’re SO close to fashion week,” Amanda notes.
The designers of the losing looks are brought back to be assistants. Korina is pissed and rolling her eyes as soon as she walks in. When she realizes she’s with Charketa she is super annoyed.
“As soon as Korina walks in it’s like a black cloud,” Charketa notes.
“Korina has the body language that tells the rest of the world to F- off. She is arms crossed, sour-faced. Korina looks pissed,” Sean says.
Korina tells Tim she can’t be there. That she doesn’t want to be there. “It’s very fresh and I’m really upset still,” Korina says. “I wouldn’t be of any help. It’s clear I shouldn’t be here.” Alexander is brought back to help Charketa.
Amanda notes: “Getting eliminated sucks for everyone. It’s not any more painful for her.”
Potential foreshadowing or obvious foreshadowing. Emily: “I’m so into my street look I’m not thinking about the redesign.”
Sandhya is so sweet that she thanks Sean for choosing her design. He tells her it was the only one left.
Tim doesn’t like what Sean’s doing at all. He doesn’t like the “hospital” blue or the pants or the cheap look of the white fabric.
He tells Char that she’s got a lot going on with her skirt and maybe doesn’t need the pocket. “I’d rather you be in a position where you have to pull back then ramp up,” he says.
He’s unimpressed with Kini’s look. He thinks there’s not enough there. “Can’t we go to Michael Kors and buy this? Where is your signature?
“I have mixed feelings. I do like the trench coat but I don’t like what’s underneath.” –Heidi Klum “The gown is so beautiful.”
“Less is more but it’s too much together.” –Nina Garcia
On the gown, Nina says: “It’s the right color. It accents all the right body parts.”
“I don’t mind your street style look but I don’t know if it was the best thing to do on an important day like today.” –Heidi Klum
“To me this oversize hoodie felt homeless and it really freaked me out.” –Zac Posen
On her second look, Zac noted: “There’s not much to talk about.”
“Emily you seem to have a very definite point of view and I am disappointed I didn’t see it with the do-over.” –Nina Garcia
“Your street chic looks amazing. I loved it. It’s you.” –Nina Garcia
“I love your street style. It’s Bohemian-chic. I love the colors you’ve chosen.” –Heidi Klum
“You have a nice eye for color. However it needs to look effortless. You have a lot on that skirt.” –Nina Garcia
“You have great ideas they just don’t execute out well.” –Zac Posen
“What is going on here. It’s fantastic! This is spectacular. The cut of the skirt is very unusual.” –Heidi Klum
“It’s probably one of the best pieces I’ve seen on Project Runway.” –Nina Garcia
“It looks original and I was blown away.” –Zac Posen
Amanda, Charketa, Kini and Sean are going to New York Fashion Week.
Emily is out. I liked Emily. I really liked what she herself is wearing at the Runway show.
Challenge: work in teams of two and create two cohesive looks from materials found in storage bins
The final six meet at Brooklyn Navy Yard and Tim informs them that the teams of two will be bidding on storage bins and whatever is in there they ‘ll use to create their looks. Each team is given $500 to bid with.
“We are about to have storage wars. How fun is that?” –Charketa
Teams are: Amanda and Kini; Emily and Korina; Charketa and Sean
“Needs to be placed in a fashion arena not a costume arena.” –Tim Gunn
Amanda and Kini
Amanda describes their look as “American pop-star in Tokyo.”
“ I really like this.” –Nina Garcia
“To me what is outstanding is your football-soccer dress.” –Zac Posen
“You the most creative group here.” –Heidi Klum
Sean and Charketa
“Definitely cohesion here. I’m a fan of the moving coat jacket. It looks polished.” –Zac Posen
“The proportions are a little bit of a problem. I hate that she couldn’t move.” –Christian Siriano
Emily and Korina
“There is nothing contemporary here. Any ethnic I like that but they look so dated.” Nina Garcia says. “Korina I’ve seen you do the Southwestern theme four times now.”
“I feel you had a clear concept.” –Heidi Klum
“There’s more soul here.” –Zac Posen
Kini is the WINNER
Heidi decides to have a tie-breaker. They have one hour to create a new look. Doesn’t have to be related to the challenge. Korina is pissed because she’s been annoyed at Charketa all along because she got eliminated and then saved by Tim.
“I don’t think our looks were equal enough to be a tie-breaker,” Korina laments. “I’m so much of a better designer—she’s already been eliminated.”
They’re working for the hour with their teammates and Emily can’t stand all Korina’s complaining about Charketa.
“The comments that she makes mek me not want to help her and then her model starts chiming in as well,” Emily said. “This is really bad energy. The resentfulness that Korina is feeling, it’s gonna show in her dress.”
Charketa is SAFE
Korina is OUT
It’s very stressful for Char. She says: “I’m a fashion designer at heart. That’s what I do.”
Challenge: Muse on the street. Randomly makeover someone found on the street.
Tim tells Alexander his design is hideous, “butt ugly” and “it’s gotta be fixed.”
“I’m just glad all of you found somebody. We’re looking for the transformation of your client.” –Heidi Klum
Guest judges: Michelle Monaghan and Asha Leo
“I really like this. The movement of the bottom half of the dress is applicable for what Shelby does for a living.” –Nina Garcia
“I love this jacket.” –Asha Leo
“It’s like an origami flamenco. This is probably the best work you’ve done technically.” –Nina Garcia
“I like when costume and fashion mix.” –Zac Posen
“Your pieces look perfectly polished.” –Zac Posen
“I love this look. For me it was the favorite on the runway.” –Heidi Klum
“The look Amanda was going for is right on but the execution isn’t there.” –Nina Garcia
“It really feels like an outlet mall.” –Zac Posen
“The proportions are off.” –Michelle Monaghan
“The only thing I like about this look is the color. It’s not sophisticated. It’s not classy.” –Heidi Klum
“It feels a little like a tap dance outfit.” –Zac Posen
“I’m not loving this at all.” –Heidi
“Where you’ve cut the top is unflattering.” –Asha
KORINA is the WINNER.
ALEXANDER is OUT.
Challenge: SAMSUNG avant-garde challenge inspired by the curved television
For a Project Runway first there was a rainway—rain on the Runway—and the designers used waterproof materials.
Kini notes that after three times being in the top “It’s time to win.”
Tim is dubious [a favorite Tim Gunn word] about Sandhya’s multi-color striped jumpsuit. “You need some counterpoint to this very colorful jumpsuit,” Tim tells her.
Fade breaks down. Having a very difficult time getting motivated for the challenge. Foreboding here when he tells his partner he’d be home “soon.”
“I like the dominatrix-esque look.” –Caitlin Fitzgerald
“I thought this was sublime. I was very dramatic.” –Nina Garcia
“You did a wonderful job. You’re so talented. You have great technique.” –Zac Posen
“Your look made me feel very happy. It has your handwriting on it.” –Heidi Klum
“You have such a strong signature, it comes through.” –Zac Posen
“I like this however it’s at the surface of looking circusy and child-like.” –Nina Garcia
“The dangly bits I could do without.” –Caitlin Fitzgerald
“I love how this dress came alive in the rain. It’s a special moment you created.” –Heidi Klum
“When it’s effective like this it’s exceptional.” –Zac Posen
“This took my breath away on so many levels.” –Nina Garcia
“I was not very impressed with this look.” –Heidi Klum
“Looks like something I’d make for a Halloween costume.” –guest judge and Masters of Sex star Caitlin Fitzgerald
“It looks lackluster.” –Zac Posen
“Putting a play button on your dress doesn’t make it look modern or techie, it just makes it look gimmicky.” –Nina Garcia
“I like the graphic nature and the elements you had working with it.” –Caitlin Fitgerald
“I felt like a cliché of a fashion show. The shapes aren’t strong enough. It feels flimsy.” –Zac Posen
“It wasn’t cohesive.” –Caitlin Fitzgerald
“It’s so cliché that it’s too predictable.” –Nina Garcia
After the judges’ critiques the designers compare notes backstage and note that Alexander McQueen got referenced a lot. Sandhya says that she never gets compared to any designers. Amanda interviewed: “I don’t know what why you’d say that it feels so insensitive.”
SEAN and KINI are dual WINNERS.
FADE is OUT.
CHALLENGE: create standout evening wear look suitable for a gala or an extra special evening event based around jewelry
there wasn’t anything really exciting going on in this challenge except that Samantha and Sean both chose the same color fabric. I’m going to just post the
TOP and BOTTOM.
“You were all really really good today.” –Heidi Klum
“I think she looks great. I think you step outside the box.” –Heidi Klum
“I’m happy to see that you challenge us. I really like it.” –Nina Garcia
“The ladies thought it was amazing. I thought it would get you on the worst dressed list.” –Zac Posen
“I really love this look. It made me dream of being somewhere else.” –Nina Garcia
“Adored it. Your best work so far.” –Zac Posen
“She looks stunning. I like this choice of color. She looks very elegant.” –Nina Garcia
“I like the design of the dress. It fits like a glove.” –Heidi Klum
“This is drab. there’s not much to this to talk about.” –Zac Posen
“This is a design competition and there’s not very much design going on here.” –Heidi Klum
“This is like the white t-shirt of long dresses.” –Nina Garcia
“She looks like Princess Grace got stuck in the spin cycle of the washing machine.” –Nina Garcia
“You can almost not see her figure anymore.” –Zac Posen
“I love the shear over the structure. The skirt could’ve been a little shorter.” –Heidi Klum
“The boob darts are rather unfortunate.” –Zac Posen
KORINA is the WINNER.
SAMANTHA is OUT.
Challenge: create alternative wedding and reception dress looks
The designers must work in teams of two. The teams: Emily and Fade; Kini and Sean; Charketa and Sandhya; Alexander and Stephanie and Korina and Amanda. Even though they seemed to like each other early on and are roommates, Korina and Amanda now possess a tense relationship. Korina and Charketa don’t like that Amanda got brought back to compete this season and both told her so. Charketa even said that Amanda’s “taking away spots from other designers” with her wins. Ouch. Amanda, who I really like—great style and attitude—breaks down briefly and heads to the designer’s lounge. She runs in to Fade who offers her support.
Emily and Fade go for a Goth-style wedding. I actually like it but not sure if the two pieces work well together. Emily: “I feel my design in relation to the others a lot darker.”
Kini and Sean decide to design for a gay couple. Kini creates a gorgeous black dress with tuxedo-ish top and flouncy bottom. If he’s chosen a dark purple or burgundy it would’ve been much better. Sean, who designs menswear, made some lovely high-waisted tuxedo pants but that’s all he had time to complete. So of course Kini designed the top (which the judges ended up loving). It’s a flowy white blouse with a low cut V-neck front.
Charketa and Sandhya work okay together but chose bright bright yellow. Oh no! Everyone knows that’s an unforgiving and difficult color to work with on any skin tone. They don’t fare well. Alexander and Stephanie also choose an unfortunate fabric. Well, it’s a pretty lacy burgundy but what they do with it is awful. Amanda decides not to make waves working with Korina and they design black and white pieces. Amanda does a pretty A-line black and white dress. Korina does a pants suit with pants that are way too tight.
Amanda and Korina are safe.
Sean and Kini
“You did and incredible job. This is the best of the best on the runway.” –Zac Posen
“It is a very good play on masculine and feminine.” –Nina Garcia
“The clothes look impeccable.” –Heidi Klum
Emily and Fade
“I don’t think Elvira would even wear this.” –Zac Posen
“It is Goth and out there but I like both fabrics and how you mixed it.” –Heidi Klum
“The sleeves are overpowering her. It’s either the sleeve or the hood. “—Nina Garcia
Charketa and Sandhya
“This is a shocker. To me it is an epic fail.” –Heidi Klum
“It’s a like a toilet paper accident.” –Zac Posen
“I don’t mind the yellow color but I think both dresses are messed up.” –guest judge, fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni
Alexander and Stephanie
“It’s overwhelming. It feels very old vs. old-fashioned.” –Nina Garcia
“The jarring part to me is you tried to create an organic texture but then there’s a seam. It feels like a chain mall.” –Zac Posen
“I would never think of white and burgundy going together.” –guest judge Dita Von Teese
SEAN is the WINNER.
CHARKETA is eliminated.
Challenge: Design a red carpet gown for Heidi Klum to wear to the Creative Emmys Red Carpet
Heidi and Tim come in to consult with the designers. Heidi gives honest feedback and doesn’t like many of the designs. She then returns to tell that designers who are struggling can return to Mood with $100 to get more fabric. If people weren’t returning they could give their money to other designers. Sandhya went around and asked designers for their money. She ended up with $400 to spend and purchased an expensive fabric.
The chance to return to Mood made some designers annoyed. Emily thought that it gave many designers an unfair advantage and a chance at a do-over that they should be able to pick proper fabrics the first time out. I agree. Emily designed a really skimpy dress that showed way too much skin. Yes Heidi likes to show skin but I don’t think she’d dress like that for an Emmys event.
Korina had designed a green dress that Heidi said reminded her of something German hunters would wear. Then Karina went and bought another green fabric just in more of a jewel tone (per Tim’s comment). Mitchell freaked out. “I don’t think it’s magical. I don’t think it’s gorgeous.” He’s designing a red gown. Most of the designers that went back to Mood ending up struggling instead of just “making it work.”
“Some of you did really well but a lot of you missed the mark.”—Heidi Klum
“You did a fantastic job. You gave it some drama too.” –Heidi Klum
“It’s hard to make dresses with an open back that still give it the curve in the waist.” –Lindsey Vonn
“You had my highest score today. It’s impeccable. Your lines are in the right places. You were very smart with your fabrication.” –Zac Posen
“It’s different. I think it’s beautiful”. – Heidi Klum
“It felt like a beaded curtain. But it fit nicely.” – Zac Posen
“It is refreshing to see you do something that is not so predictable and cliché.” –Nina Garcia
“It’s different. it’s beautiful. I love what you did with the bottom.” –Lindsey Vonn
“I love what you did with the ombre. It makes it more modern.” –Zac Posen
“It’s like a boob canyon.” – Zac Posen
“I like the paneling. It looks modern. Had you done this properly it would have looked well. But it was badly executed.” – Heidi Klum
“I think a lot of things went wrong. It is way too short.” –Heidi Klum
“I think you just tried a little too hard.” –Lindsey Vonn
“Great evening clothing takes a lot of time and a lot of skill. I feel like you were out of your element here and it shows.” – Zac Posen
“Why the cliché ideas. Why not make this into a jumpsuit. Instead we make this train. It’s so old lady.” –Nina Garcia
“The back is a disaster. I didn’t know what was intentional and what was not.” –Zac Posen
SEAN is the WINNER.
MITCHELL and KRISTINE are OUT.
Heidi shared this on her Instagram about five days ago (without a spoiler alert!) said how proud she was of S13 designer Sean:
As the designers walk out to the runway to hear about the latest challenge, there are Marie Claire covers all over the walls. Amanda gushes: “Marie Claire covers with the original supermodels. This is so up my alley. [Project Runway cliché.] I am thrilled.”
Executive-in-Chief of Marie Claire, Anne Fulenwider is a guest judge along with Undone host Amanda deCadenet. It’s Marie Claire’s 20th anniversary. The magazine hit shelves in 1994. Heidi had just arrived in New York as a 21-year-old model. Tim already had been teaching at Parsons for 12 years. Nina worked as a production assistant in the garment district. And cutie-pie Zac was 14 years old and “probably wearing vests over t-shirts.”
The challenge: design for Marie Claire 2034. Or “what the future of fashion looks like through your design aesthetic,” says Tim.
Nothing terribly exciting going on except that per usual no one liked Sandhya’s design or could even figure out what she was doing. I’ve yet to have issue with Sandhya and her work. Alexander said what everyone thought: “I’m confused by Sandhya.” Sandhya is this season’s Patricia [S11]. When Alexander’s model came in for the fitting, the bust didn’t fit properly. Doesn’t he have her measurements?
Tim to Christine: “Tomorrow on the runway exude unconditional confidence.” This sounds like a fantastic inspirational mantra.
“I like your mixture of textures.” –Heidi Klum
“When this came out, I said I need one of those.” — Amanda deCadenet
“It felt today and it felt tomorrow.” –Zac Posen
“I love this outfit. I love the functionality.” –Nina Garcia
“This is my favorite look. I think it’s super sexy.” –Heidi Klum
“It’s beautiful. It’s refreshing. I like mix between fantasy and reality. I think you did a phenomenal job.” –Nina Garcia
“It’s weird in a good way.” –Zac Posen
“That slit is beyond high and very bizarre.” –Heidi Klum
“I like the hat. I thought it was like Mary Poppins went shopping at Prada.” –Zac Posen
“It looks like an old blanket. It’s like a potato sack.” –Heidi Klum
“It’s very plain. It looks like the Flintstones.” –Anne Fulenwider
“I felt it was stewardess from future and I’d be afraid to get on her plane.” –Zac Posen
“I think it’s too short.” –Anne Fulenwider
“The cut is a little sloppy.” –Nina Garcia