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Project Runway: Junior: Episode 10: "Finale"

Mayas winning final collection
Peyties final collection
Zacharys final collection
Mayas winning final collection

Maya's winning final collection


The finale of Project Runway: Junior brought an enjoyable season to a satisfying finish. We saw the usual drama unfold as the four finalists–-Maya, Peytie, Samantha, and Zachary-struggled to put the finishing touches on their six-piece collections. In some cases, entire looks had to be made from scratch in those last two days, but the designers tackled the challenge with energy and surprisingly upbeat attitudes.

This week, there was plenty of mentoring by Tim Gunn, and an equal amount of "making it work" by all the contestants. It was lovely to see how much they trusted his advice and how much they grew by following it. The combination of raw talent, self-confidence, and willingness to listen to the voice of experience bodes well for the designers' future success.

After the typical backstage crises (from general disorganization to wardrobe malfunctions), the runway show began. Each designer started by offering heartfelt thanks to his or her family for their support, and then sent the models down the runway.

The judges for the finale were the usual four: host Hannah Davis, fashion designer Christian Siriano, fashion critic Kelly Osbourne, and fashion journalist Aya Kanai. Actress Bella Thorne was the celebrity guest judge.

And the winner is:

Maya! Her eveningwear collection was inspired by the notion of a female warrior in a field of yellow flowers. Key features appearing in her looks were long, diaphanous capes; straps, belts, and harnesses; lots of black-and-white contrast; and a yellow floral textile that was not a favorite of the judges, but was impossible to replace at this late stage of the design process. The judges called her a genius, though Hannah and Christian had reservations about some of her looks. Everyone seemed to adore her lattice-work pants and see-through skirts worn over black briefs. This is a fashion trend that's been around for some time now, and looked a bit tired to my eye, but I was impressed overall by the cohesion of her collection. Like the judges, I found it difficult to believe that a 14-year-old could come up with these ideas, let alone fabricate them. Brava, Maya! 

Maya's collection

Maya Project Runway Junior Episode 10 finale

Maya Project Runway Junior Episode 10 finale

Maya Project Runway Junior Episode 10 finale


Runners up:

The judges dismissed Zachary first, then Peytie, and finally brought Samantha along with Maya for a final two. But I'm listing the runners up alphabetically, because a) I thought all four designers did an amazing job, and b) I disagreed with the order in which the designers were eliminated.


Peytie wanted to convey the idea of a woman (or "girl," as she called her ideal client) who travels and appreciates many cultures. Her collection, with its bold use of color, pattern, texture, and surface embellishment, was interesting, fun, sophisticated, rich, and showed range. Peytie was praised for her ability to create experimental looks that were wearable and gorgeous. I considered her Maya's strongest competitor and was surprised and disappointed she wasn't first runner-up. All season, she had a clear point of view, but consistently and successfully pushed her aesthetic. Each week, she surprised me with her solutions to the various challenges. I wonder if her chill, surfer-girl persona made the judges take her less seriously than they did her more intense peers. I know I thought her a bit of a lightweight in the first couple of weeks, but she completely won me over. She's got the vision, drive, and skills needed for a fabulous career.

Peytie's collection

pyetie Project Runway Junior Episode 10 finale

peytie project runway episdoe 10 finale

Project Runway Episode 10 Peytie finale

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Comments (5)

marlenehahn marlenehahn writes: wow what a lovely dresses...
Posted: 12:41 am on February 10th

RevDi RevDi writes: I have loved PR JR; the young designers are amazing. I am so impressed by their creativity. I agree with Carol on the placement of the final four. I agree Maya was the appropriate winner; her designs were fresh and delightful. Peyote was a strong second; her use of fabrics was so refreshing. Zachary's designs were so elegant and refined, but he brought something new to "old" styles. Samantha seemed to be a one-trick pony. Yes, her "feminized" tactical military uniforms were at one point new, and the colors were certainly fresh, but we were all condemned to seeing the same boxy silhouettes and plethora of pockets every week. And her finishing skills left much to be desired. I was never able to tell if she had actually hemmed any of her skits or shorts for her final runway show.
I have to say that this was the most refreshing Project Runway I have ever watched - all the candidates supported each other. There was no backstabbing, no trying to undo each other, no taking advantage. Each tried to help the other, and I appreciated that so much. Perhaps the adult designers can learn something from that. It is possible to get along and still present great fashion.
Posted: 11:09 pm on February 9th

joseswife joseswife writes: My husband and I love PR JR! Maya is amazing and I loved Peytie's collection! The finalists would give PR contestants a run for their money...Love the show!
Posted: 6:38 pm on February 9th

PatHersl PatHersl writes: "most furtherest" I know better.
Posted: 5:57 pm on February 9th

PatHersl PatHersl writes: Loved it! I am the most furtherest from fashion as one can get but I so enjoyed how these teens appreciated the show and each other. No snarkiness. No back stabbing. Just hard work and some wonderfully wearable clothes. I think they all have great potential. Sure would like to see Threads take an active role in PR. You have so much to contribute.
Posted: 5:55 pm on February 9th

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