During this past Thursday’s Project Runway episode 4, the enigmatic Tim Gunn gave Hawaii’s Kini Zamora two major compliments; saying, “You should change your name to speedy,” and calling him “Mr. Technique.”
This week’s challenge was about transforming a vintage men’s suit a into a high-fashion women’s look. Since Sandhya won last week’s challenge, not only was she able to have the first pick of the suits, but she was tasked to choose a suit for each designer. Amanda, Sean and Hernan were assigned the worst suits.
Kini was happy to be assigned the pin-stripped suit and, my goodness, he transformed that number into an epic, fashion-forward Wall Street-meets-warrior princess creation with feminine and masculine elements. It was great to finally see him on the runway describing the look to the judges and hearing their reactions. They gushed about Amanda’s boho chic with fringe look with equal enthusiasm. Although her look moved well, I really thought the judges were going to give the win to Kini, but in the end, it went to Amanda. Message boards were all a-buzz that Kini got robbed.
We had a chance to dish with Kini about this episode:
First of all, what was your reaction to Tim Gunn’s compliments about your work?
I was so excited, it is a huge compliment coming from Tim Gunn, it’s everything.
The judges loved your men’s suit challenge design. Tell us a little more about your process. How many hours did you have left before the design deadline? Have you always been so fast at sewing?
Well just looking at the suit I got inspired by the structure and the masculinity of the coat. It helped me with my design process. I designed something that was powerful, masculine, yet feminine, with the cut-outs and the design line of the bodice.
I had a couple hours to spare. I really don’t know why I sew so quickly. I guess the amount of years of sewing behind my belt helps. I just think of the whole process from the full construction to finishings. Maybe watching the show will reveal how I do it.
In this episode, after seeing Amanda’s design in the workroom, you mentioned that she was going to be your competition. She made a bad suit work, did you think Hernan’s was the losing design with his “bad suit”?
Yes, Amanda’s design was amazing in person the dramatics, the flow and that fringe was so fun! She truly took a suit and made it into something else. Hernan’s look yeah, he just forced fabrics to do something it shouldn’t. And it showed every flaw in the look. It was sad to see him go because I know he’s an awesome designer.
But in this competition you are only as good as your last design.
Watch the next episode, two designers will be out!