fi­nale into be­wil­der­ing whirl­wind

Cape Breton Post - - REFLECTIONS -

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.”

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