Leading up to runway time, the designers worked hard to make improvements to their collections. Tim took them to Mood for 30 minutes and gave them $300 to get some extra materials. During this time, Dmitry made smart edits and restyled his collection. Fabio added a few pieces and tried to bring a more sophisticated feel to his looks. Melissa took the judges' advice, edited her pieces and made a new wow piece for the end of her show. Christopher had a meltdown, created a ton of new pieces and completely lost focus/the ability to behave like a grown up.
It was clear after the shows that the competitions was between Dmitry and Fabio. Melissa's collection was cool and wearable, but she didn't offer anything new or challenging. Christopher's collection had a lot of interesting points, but he failed to live up to the things he created throughout the season. He didn't do anything the judges expected. He had some successes, but he also had a lot of messes in his collection.
Click through the slideshow below to see Christopher's collection.
Click through the slideshow below to see Melissa's collection.
Click through the slideshow below to see Fabio's collection.
Click through the slideshow below to see Dmitry's collection.
I'm so happy that one of my season-long favorites took the win. I actually would not have begrudged Fabio this win. His collection really was unique and interesting. During Fabio's judging, Michael Kors said, "As a designer, you need to know what people want before they know it themselves." Fabio did that. He made a collection of clothes I wouldn't have guessed I wanted to try, but indeed I did.
Dmitry, however, had more to his collection. Where Fabio had several draped assymetrical looks, Dmitry took the opportunity to try varied techniques, display a range of skills, create remix-worth separates, and give us a collection that could be both wearable and editorial. Dmitry has known his point of view from day one on this show. Fabio should be proud that he is the season's most improved designer, but Dmitry is the season's strongest designer. He has the prize to prove it.
What do you think, Runway fans? Are you happy with this winner? Which collection was your favorite? Are there any standout pieces you'd like to own?