Last Thursday’s episode 6 seemed a bit off. No, it wasn’t the weirdness and unlikely pairing of mentor Tim Gunn walking guest judge Dita Von Teese down the aisle. But a couple of “sketch” things did happen on the show.
To recap, the designers were faced with a group challenge and their task was to create two wedding outfits, one for the ceremony and the other for the reception. Burlesque dancer/costume designer Von Teese was the challenge muse. It’s about time they had this Hollywood, Golden-Age style icon on the show.
True colors are starting to show, and the cordial atmosphere is fading fast. Korina’s attitude and jealousy is getting the best of her. She called her ally Amanda “a phony.” Mind you, Amanda has won two challenges and Korina has been on the bottom. Char also chimed in stating that all of Amanda’s wins are taking away from people who deserve them (note: Amanda was invited to come back as a fan favorite from Season 11 ). Payback is a you-know-what… Char and Sandyha had the worst outfits; the yellow ensembles and unfinished looks hurt my eyes. The judges sent Char home. Korina ended up being paired with Amanda. Lucky for Korina, Amanda got them through the challenge completing Korina’s ensemble.
Speaking of coming through and completing a project, Kini and Sean were partners and were without a doubt, the winning team – judge Zac Posen called them the Dream Team. But when it came down to the finishing line, Sean spent so much time on his tuxedo pants that he couldn’t complete the blouse. Kini came through and completed the majority of the blouse. Judges were split - Nina Garcia and Zac Posen were impressed with Sean’s effortless blouse and tuxedo pants for the reception look, while Heidi Klum and Von Teese loved Kini’s femme/masculine ceremony dress. During the judges review, Sean had the perfect opportunity to come clean and let them know that Kini completed the execution of the blouse, but he didn’t. Kini chose to take the higher ground and didn’t speak up. The judges gave the win to Sean, and again, the post-event fallout and consensus of “Project Runway” fans say that “Kini got ripped off.”
I had a chance to chat with Zamora about this episode and the ensuing drama…
I noticed that for the last two episodes, you haven’t had your same model. Was there a reason for a switch?
What viewers didn’t get a chance to see was an off-screen model switch. During that time, another designer decided to take my model. The model I’ve been working with has been a blessing and I LOVE working with her… She brings the designs to life!
It was clear that Dita and Heidi loved your design, and in their eyes, you were the clear winner. Do you think if Zac and Nina knew you completed half of Sean’s ensemble, it would have made a difference?
As for Zac and Nina… I truly honor their expertise, critiques and their mindful journey in getting to every decision through all designers’ works. Nevertheless, a challenge is a challenge. This was a team challenge, and I did what was best for the team and to the best of my abilities.
Your national following is growing, and it has to do with your talent, but also it’s clear that people love the way you conduct yourself on the show. How does it feel to have so many #DesignerKini fans?
It’s been an awesome experience thus far, and I’m overwhelmed with gratitude to all my supporters old and new and from near and far. It is so humbling to have my work appreciated… I’m still in awe of this experience. I’m truly blessed to be making strides and getting the positive support from all of my #DesignerKini friends.
I know you can’t share too much with us, but can you tell us a little about what to expect in the next episode?
For the next episode, stay tuned and expect to see more creative juice flow through my fashions as we designers are inspired by fine Chopard Jewelry and encounter more adventures with Timm Gunn and the crew.