Here is it, the finale of season seven of Project Runway. Three designers battling-it-out on their own fashion show in Bryant Park. In addition, four judges were picked to critique: Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia, and Faith Hill. The finale aired on April 22, 2010 and either Seth Aaron Henderson, Emilio Sosa, or Mila Hermanovski would win the final challenge.
In the start of the show, Mila had a chance to look at the other two designers and after-wards, she felt confident that her collection was a winner. Her collection is 60’s retro with patent leather features. She wanted her models to be edgy and have a rocker feel to help modernize her collection.
Tim Gunn approaches Seth Aaron and is taken aback that he has twenty-four outfits to present (only ten are needed). Seth takes a wise approach and wants Tim to assist him in making some choices for the show. He stated, “I really wanted to created a more clean sophistication to my line and have them look at and say, ‘wow.’ He grew. He really took it to the next level.”
Next, Tim critiques Emilio in the work room. Of course, these two have differences of opinion. Emilio stated “what Tim thinks is different than what the judges think.” He overlooks Tim’s advice and feels that his collection will appeal to the judges.
The fashion show starts off with Seth Aaron. He had a 1940’s German and Russian military inspired look. His collection was very punk, very rock but with a hint of sophistication and elegance. He seemed to take the judges advice to heart and added color to his collection. He used a splash of yellow (his favorite color), purple, and red amongst all the black and gray fabrics.
Mila was the second show. Like Seth, her collection was dark. However, she used very little color. Viewers could see a bit of aubergine now and then. Her collection was very retro and the inspiration, “shadows.” Her collection related well to women and were pieces that could be worn straight off the runway. However, she lacked a state of “surprise” in her collection.
Emilio’s collection greatly differed from the other two shows. His collection and a 1990’s feel and he called it, “Color me bad.” Olive green, red, turquoise, and use of his own created print that blended all the colors into one fabric. His last outfit was a shimmery olive green, asymmetrical gown. Emilio felt he had an “amazing mix of wearable clothing that was also exciting to wear and own.”
All four judges were impressed after the show. Nina started off saying, “I think these were, without a question, three very talented designers who were consistent throughout the season.” Michael Kors said, “They all had a very distinct point of view and I was very blown away about it.” Heidi and Faith couldn’t have been more impressed.
In judging Seth Aaron, Michael Kors noticed that he took heed to the judges earlier advice in previous shows and noted that that his clothes looked more grown up and sophisticated. In addressing Emilio’s fashion, Faith Hill stated, “I was knocked out.” She was impressed with his cuts and thought they were “just gorgeous” and “unbelievable.” Michael felt that Emilio could sell his collection right off the runaway and was very “commercial.” Nina didn’t seem as impressed. She felt there was too much tailoring in the clothes. Michael Kors noticed that Milo redressed her designs and made them more of today’s times instead of retro. He even stated that her clothes “turned him on” and “there was something nasty about it.” As usual, Heidi wanted to purchase some of her outfits as she related well to her clothes.
The four judges battle it out. Michael enjoyed the polished, expensive, and sophisticated look Seth Aaron brought to the table. Heidi defends Mila. It is apparent that she is drawn to clothes she would like to add to her own closet. Faith Hill was drawn to Emilio’s collection and stated she was “knocked out by this guy.” Nina even was impressed with him and felt his collection was the most “sophisticated.” However, Michael Kors felt there wasn’t enough “showmanship.”
After discussing their decision, the three finalists were brought out to the stage for the final call. Heidi states to them, “All of the collections were polished and professional. You made our decisions really, really tough.” However, in the end, Seth Aaron came out on top. Congratulations Seth, “You are in.”