"This is kind of overwhelming," he said, emotionally reflecting on his victory. "I can' t believe I just won Project Runway. I'm showing my kids that hard work and love for what you do pays off, and I see it in their eyes, they're proud of their father…And I think that's what this is all about for me."
Seth Aaron gets a fashion spread in Marie Claire, $100,000 to start his own line and a $50,000 technology suite from Hewlett-Packard for business and creative purposes.
His win means that his main model, Kristina Sajko of Croatia, also made off with a spread in Marie Claire and $25,000.
But poor Emilio. He looked like he'd been socked in the stomach when he found out he didn't win, after Mila was dismissed and it was down to him and Seth Aaron.
Having been so strong all season (minus his hardware-store bathing suit, of course), the native New Yorker by way of the Dominican Republic gave us reason for concern when Tim Gunn visited him at home and found a bunch of high-neck, primary-colored separates that could have clothed any flight attendant cira 1966.
So weren't we pleased when the collection he ultimately showed was youthful in cut and color and completely wearable. Loved the three-quarter-sleeve coats, the generous use of turquoise and his hand-designed multicolor print. And a standing O for the earthy green, one-shoulder Grecian goddess gown he trotted out for his finale. So stunning.
The cut of his clothes didn't push the envelope the way Mila's and Seth Aaron's did, though, and perhaps it all looked totally wearable because none of it was mind-blowingly unique. Michael Kors noted that, while Emilio's clothes were certainly the most flattering and easy to wear, he "was showing a line, not a collection."
"In the words of our wisest contestant, Anthony Williams, you don't have to have the crown to be the king," Emilio said afterward. "I'm thinking of this as a learning experience, a stepping stone, to bigger and better things."
And though she was the first to be declared "out," Mila showed a perfectly wearable, buyable collection that had tons of great shapes—if you like tunic, trapeze and shirtdresses, of course.
"Having the opportuntiy to compete on Project Runway has made me realize I'm really meant to be a fashion designer," the career TV and film costume designer said. "I'm disappointed…but I think that lots of great opportunities lie ahead for me and I'm so grateful to have had this experience."
And so are we.