A 24-year-old Philadelphia woman who designs her own printed fabrics was declared the winner of “Project Runway” Thursday night in a very competitive face-off with three other finalists.
The woman, Dom Streater, won after the show’s judges praised her collection — unveiled on the runway at New York’s Fall Fashion Week at Lincoln Center last month — for its cohesion and originality.
The judges — regulars Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and designer Zac Posen, along with guest judge-for-the-night Kerry Washington of ABC’s “Scandal” — were especially taken with the effort Streater expended to design her own flamboyant fabrics, a trait that has set her apart from the pack all season.
But the young designer’s victory was anything but sewn up. She faced stiff competition from three other finalists — Alexandria von Bromssen, 38, of San Mateo, Calif., Bradon McDonald, 38, of Los Angeles, and Justin LeBlanc, 27, of Raleigh, N.C.
All three runners-up came in for praise during the 90-minute, 12th-season finale seen on Lifetime Thursday night. The judges also liked LeBlanc’s collection for its originality and cohesion, but at the same time, they felt it was not varied enough. They praised McDonald for his work all season, with which he won many of the show’s weekly challenges. But they felt that his finale runway show fell short of the results he achieved previously during the season. He then became the first of the three runners-up to be let go.
As for Von Bromssen, the judges were so effusive in their praise of her runway collection that it seemed inevitable that she would be declared the winner. They loved the whole collection — the way each piece was made, the fabrics and colors she chose, plus — and this would seem to be most important in a competition like this — the marketability and wearability of every outfit.
And yet, in the end –in what must have been a close vote — they chose Streater.
Was it the right decision? You decide … watch the episode, above.