finale into bewildering whirlwind
niscent of Second World War nurses — and flight attendants. Seth Aaron Henderson claimed his inspiration was “1940s Russian-Germany military.”
Other designers found inspiration in nature, including Jonathan Peters and Janeane Marie Ceccanti.
Peter said his aviary theme was “an experiment in volume and a celebration of all things insect.”
Ceccanti’s mantra was “things that aren’t alive but grow anyway, like crystals.”
Fan favourites Hermanovski and like Mila
Anthony Williams presented cohesive, wearable lines. Hermanovski, who has notched several wins on the show, offered striped knitwear in cocoon and batwing shapes. Williams showed cocktail dresses and evening wear embellished with floaty ruffles, sparkling ombres of paillettes and swishy fringe.
By far the most interesting, though least wearable, were Amy Sarabi’s pleats-and-prints separates.
A white pantsuit looked like it had various water stains that formed an ethereal pattern, while an off-white knit dressed explod- ed with pleats that draped the body haphazardly.
Though judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia both said before the finale that the latest season — the show’s seventh — its most directional in terms of the contestants’ styles, to show mentor Tim Gunn, there was only one designer who stood out. But he’s not naming any names.
“I’ve never seen a season of Project Runway that has had such a distinctive point of view among a group of designers,” he said furtively after the presentation. “Any of the 10 could rise to the top, to be honest.”