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Been keeping up with Project Runway Season 8? Discuss here!

I can’t believe Project Runway has reached it’s 8th season! I have to confess, since the show moved to Lifetime I have not been following very closely (I don’t have a TV) but I did check out the finale collections. This time, ten Project Runway Season 8 designers showcased their collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 9, 2010. Each finale designer showed a 10-piece collection at the new destination of fashion week NYC: Lincoln Center. Here are some highlights from the show. What do you think of the outcome?

Michael Drummond’s metallic textiles and filmy noir pieces are pretty and somewhat mysterious, I feel handiwork put into them. They are edgy and look stiff but are probably soft and malleable.

Valerie Mayen’s vivid, neon looks were sharply sculpted and reminded me of some of the hot up-and-comers coming out of London like Carlos Miele.

Christopher Collins used filmy metallics too— the a-symmetric curves, dips and drapes of his collection make the clothes look as if they were sculpted on in metallic porcelain.

Casanova is one of the many finalists who, like Peter Som, used barely there peekaboo panties as part of an ensemble. What do you think of this look? Is it saleable? Sexy? Functional?

Ivy Higa stuck to monotones of greys, whites and yellows. The more whimsical of the finalists, her use of mushroom pleated chiffon is ethereal and daring— it’s hard to get that fabric to behave.

Michael Costello used the colors of an ancient bronze statue— rust, copper, teal, aqua and turquoise. His draped sculptural dresses look like liquid gold.

Gretchen Jones, the season 8 winner of Project Runway used subtle animal printed silks in browns with accents of neon yellow. Was this your favorite collection?

Mondo’s collection seems to jump off of the page in comparison to the more muted color palates of the other designers. The use of over-sized polka dots is graphic and fun— like Jeremy Scott or Sonia Rykiel.

April Johnston’s collection reminds me of the dusk-colored outfits Daryl Hannah wears in Blade Runner— the pieces look like delicate ethereal silky bandages.

Andy South stuck to monotones of silvery greys accented with a loud pop of acid green and constellation-like headgear. He also used the peekaboo panties in some of his looks— some women are actually wearing them in public!


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    Nov 12, 2010, 02.29 AMby Jana Hurley

    Mondo and only Mondo.fantastic, amazing totally new, yeah!!

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    Nov 12, 2010, 02.12 AMby corinneski

    I think Gretchen’s clothes really met the criteria set for the contest. Her clothes are very wearable and I loved the way she pepped up the browns with black and yellow otherwise that fabric choice could have been very drab. Congratulations to all of the finalists, I think they did a great job. I didn’t envy the pressure they were under to keep producing designs, the patterns, and making the garments – I was in awe!

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    Nov 11, 2010, 07.03 PMby saxsilverain

    i wished Mondo was the winner, but that’s prolly because i like quirky stuffs & patterns as much as he does. one thing that completely turned me off was that one of Andy’s tops on that fashion show was a complete COPY of a top in the Pattern Magic book (vol. 1). i’m glad he didn’t win with that top, though i did wish Michael C could’ve gone to the final instead of him.

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    Nov 11, 2010, 06.26 PMby jem1022

    Well, Im half/half on this one because Mondo did deserve to win, but his clothes were too garish and costumey…. In real life, I could see people wearing only two or three pieces in his collection. On the other hand, Gretchen from the start, had a great sensibility with her style and incorporated it in her collection. I can see a much broader audience wearing her clothes, but the collection itself was all in one note. Same color palette within each piece, but it was styled to perfection. That was the only thing that saved her and made her win. Overall, this season was a great season, much better than 6 and 7… Can’t wait for season 9!!!

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    Nov 11, 2010, 05.40 PMby Rachel Parish

    mondo mondo mondo!

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    Nov 11, 2010, 04.54 PMby sunnyb64

    I was NOT a happy camper about the outcome. I was really hoping Mondo would win, honestly— Gretchen’s aesthetic bored me by a couple of weeks in, and I love how fearless his use of prints and colors were. It was rather refreshing, honestly, given how neutral and monochromatic PR contestants tend to be.

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    Nov 10, 2010, 08.44 AMby lili-1

    did anybody else notice that andy’s weaved top that heidi loved so much on the finale show looks exactly like a top in the japanese pattern book “pattern magic vol 1”? I think it’s tooo similar to be a coincidence.. strange.

    pattern magic: http://ny-image3.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.189035671.jpg

    andy: http://media.onsugar.com/files/2010/10/42/5/736/7361372/ecdea2172655745f_andy9.png

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      Nov 10, 2010, 05.11 PMby nidhi

      it does look the same !!

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    Nov 10, 2010, 01.20 AMby marloncosta

    Michael Drummond’s metallic textiles are beautiful and easy to wear, I like it. Michael Costello is my favorite, I love his designs, I like how elegant and modern they are (also very commercial). Another favorite is Mondo; while the majority of the designers are usually afraid of prints and colors, he not only uses colors but he also mixes it up and combines all kinds of prints in one look. He is an artist. I am not a Gretchen fan but I understand why she won. I was not just happy about it.

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    Nov 9, 2010, 09.28 PMby norah2

    I actually didn’t know that the top ten designers got to show at fashion week! But I definitely think that Mondo should have won, I think he brings new designs and new ideas out in a fun way. Can’t wait for next season!!

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      Nov 9, 2010, 09.54 PMby alisondahl

      I just realized that 10 designers show at once— when I was on the show only 3-4 designers showed at Bryant Park, so the stakes seemed higher? I find it strange to showcase 10 collections, but also it is a great opportunity for more designers to showcase their potential.

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      Nov 11, 2010, 08.18 PMby sewpretty

      I think it might be because of the timing between when Fashion week actually happens and when the show is aired — people who go to fashion week would see only 3 contestants and that would be a giveaway and might limit audiences. This way, the show can keep the suspense going without letting the info leak out.

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    Nov 9, 2010, 08.35 PMby monicaamore

    Love Valerie!

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    Nov 9, 2010, 12.46 PMby elliel

    Should have been Mondo but I recently discovered that all designers that make the top ten get to show at Fashion week which makes getting to the final three a bit redundant.

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    Nov 9, 2010, 01.58 AMby hookinquilter

    I loved Mondo and he should have won. He clothes was fun and wonderful!

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    Nov 8, 2010, 11.51 PMby cookie74

    Mondo, definitely!

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    Nov 8, 2010, 11.45 PMby ellohdesign

    love ivy higa and michael costello

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    Nov 8, 2010, 11.20 PMby ashleyraine

    I wanted Mondo to win. Sigh.

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    Nov 8, 2010, 08.20 PMby reneebies

    I am curious to see Michael Drummond’s collection. On the show he said he works with a knitting machine… which is SO COOL!

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    Nov 8, 2010, 07.21 PMby janul

    I have no idea what this show is about, but I love those Ivy Higa dresses, I love gray :)

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    Nov 8, 2010, 06.45 PMby nidhi

    I wished to see Michael Costello in the top three with Mondo and Andy. He really deserved it. His draping ability is awsome! The judges criticized him for lack of variety in colours; well he had rust, copper, teal, aqua and turquoise…how much more colour did they want? look at Gretchen’s collection, how many colours are there? Michael C’s colllection had enough shades, great draping, great fitting. I like boho clothing, and we all heard from gretchen that her style is Boho but I don’t remember seeing any fitted outfit from Gretchen, for a change! Andy and Mondo are great designers .They showed their technical skills and versatility while staying true to their design aesthetics .Mondo did wonders with herringbone fabrics and coloursI .Andy is a very competent sewer. The impeccable details that he incorporated in his outfits—-pleating, braiding,etc. are worthy of appreciation.I completely disagree with the judges decision about the winner.

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    Nov 8, 2010, 06.45 PMby carottesauvage

    I haven’t followed the whole thing so I can only refer to the images above.Valerie Meyen’s creations appeal to me the most (not so sure about the purple dress though, but it is still very inventive). And yes, who needs tv these days..

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