Interviews with the Finalists and Winner of "Project Runway Season 7"
"Project Runway" is my favorite show on television. Plain and simple. I get excited for Thursday nights at 10PM like my kids get excited for iCarly to come on. It tops my favorite TV list because I love fashion and "Project Runway" delivers the good, the bad and the downright ugly. The design element of the show is what gets me... you have to have the talent. You have to know how to conceptualize and then work with that mindset. You have to know how to sketch and sew and fit a model. You have to be an impeccable tailor. It's all-encompassing and there's no way to fake it.
One piece to the show that has been incredible to see and learn about is how it's been inspiring to young girls. One of my good friend's, Julia Beck, was recently telling me how her 11-year old daughter simply had to go to Mood when they were last in NYC. It was no longer heading to the American Girl Store, it was, "Can we go to Mood?" How amazing is that? The show is creating a whole new level of inspiration in young girls. Here's a photo of Lila Bromberg in Mood (is that not the best photo!?):
Season 7 was an amazing season. Not only did I watch every episode, I would go back and re-watch them. I couldn't get over some of the creations made this season... the craftsmanship, the style, the fit and the statements were just in full force. As someone who loves fashion and appreciates it... it was awe-inspriing to watch. Seth Aaron, Emilio Sosa and Mila Hermanovski were the top 3 finalists on "Project Runway Season 7". At the beginning of the season, before the show even started to air... I dissected everyone's profile on Project Runway's website. I read about them, I saw previous styles and creations they had designed and I tried to get a good sense of whom they were. This is how I described Seth, Emilio and Mila as designers, pre-season:
Seth Aaron - Edgy
Mila Hermanovski - Classic Strokes
Emilio Sosa - Warm Elegance
Not too far from what they emerged as on the show. I cannot express the amount of pleasure it was each week to tune in and to see what these three designers would (and could) create. They were (along with Anthony - who I LOVED!) the three stand-outs for me throughout the competition. I loved their uniqueness. I loved how you could always identify pieces of them within their designs. And I loved how they stood behind their designs. They became "real" to them, and it was a cool thing to see. As finalists, each of them had the unique privilege and opportunity of showing a 10-piece Collection under the tents at Bryant Park. They dazzled. They simply dazzled. I sat on my couch with my jaw-dropped. Each Collection was a true reflection of them and then some. Sometimes when a designer reveals what inspired them to create a Collection there is way too much lost in translation... not here.
Seth Aaron was inspired by the 1940's and the German and Russian Military - it was evident through all of the looks. He stayed true to his vision... and not only that, he brought in pops of color and kept his classic "Seth Aaron" chicness to it. That was remarkable to see. My personal favorite was Seth's yellow plaid coat. It was perfectly tailored and just jumped off the runway!
Emilio was inspired by his mother and sisters, calling his Collection, "Color Me Bad." I - personally - would buy ANYTHING from his Collection. It was full of color and life and sexiness and vibrance. He wanted to create clothing that people who ride the subway could wear, he did. His clothing was wearable, chic, trendy and full of sophistication. My personal favorite was Emilio's personal printed pieces. I'm not kidding... tell me where they are, and I will buy them. And the last look... oh, my... priceless!
Mila was inspired by shadows. What I loved about Mila's Collection was that it completely stayed true to HER. The judges didn't think it surprised them enough to deem her the winner of Project Runway... but I personally felt that her Collection was utterly fabulous. It stayed true to her because she's am amazing designer. Her blacks and whites and grays sparkled and came alive. My personal favorite was the last look, the stunning sequin dress.
Seth Aaron was deemed winner of Season 7 Project Runway... ! It was such a difficult choice among the judges... but they loved how Seth Aaron pushed the limits as a designer, stayed true to himself and created a polished Collection.
I was lucky enough to chat with Emilio, Mila and Seth Aaron after the show and ask them some questions. I want to preface with that fact that they were the most gracious individuals and so giving of their time. It was amazing.
Emilio was my favorite designer out of the three... I could literally see myself wearing anything he designed. I told him that his fashions spoke to the every day woman. His response, "I'm honored to hear you say that! I try to create for real people. Make someone feel good and look good. Accentuate what they have. Accentuate all the pluses."
I asked Mila if when designing, she ever thinks of creating for a mom. She answered, "I'm not a mom, yet. But I think about real women. I want to show women in their 40's that everyone can have style and show off the pretty parts of their bodies. I think about what I would want to wear. What my girlfriends would want to wear. And I go there."
And then I got to speak with Seth Aaron! He was a cool on the phone as he was on the show! He was joking about getting Tim Gunn on the trampoline at his house. When asked how Seth Aaron's life will now change after winning Project Runway, he asnwered, "My label will expand and it will now be my full-time career. Doors have opened for me that weren't opened before. My income will change." When pressed on his income changing, he said something that was pretty profound, something that all parents, entrepreneurs and well, anyone would understand, "I don't have to worry about surviving."
That's very correct Seth Aaron... and so... "You're in." CONGRATULATIONS!