Fashion Tribe: Zamora robbed of win

Aug. 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

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BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

This week the designers meet at Webster Hall, a fabulous concert venue dressed up for a Goth wedding. They are greeted by Tim Gunn with burlesque performer Dita Von Teese on his arm. She famously married shock rocker Marilyn Manson in Goth style in a dramatic Vivienne Westwood gown.

PHOTOS COURTESY LIFETIMEKini Zamora works on an alternative wedding dress that he believes might give him his first win.

‘PROJECT RUNWAY’ SEASON 13

Episode 6: Rock the Wedding

With Gunn noting today’s anything-goes weddings, the designers are challenged to create an alternative wedding ensemble and reception dress for a non-traditional wedding.

Because of the scope of the project they are assigned into teams and Hawaii designer Kini Zamora is paired with Sean Kelly. Kini expressed the fear he would go home if they were to become the bottom two because Sean has immunity. They come up with the idea of creating feminine/masculine wedding ensembles for a business woman who can’t get out of her suit.

Once again, Kini works quickly and finishes his coat dress with dramatic side flounce, while Sean is still working on one pair of tuxedo pants. Kini keeps asking him if he’s done yet, and during on-camera interviews expressed frustration because he said it’s just a pair of pants, which he finds easy to make.

He decides to start making a top because Sean has immunity and Kini noted he could send a topless model on the runway without being thrown off the show.

Mentor Tim Gunn with guest judge Dita Von Teese.

Mentor Tim Gunn with guest judge Dita Von Teese.

During judging, only Kini and Sean win praise. Designer Zac Posen called their creations “the best of the best” on the runway and described them as the dream team.

In studying the garments closeup, Dita said of their work, “This is what it means to be a designer,” and that she would wear both ensembles.


Kini Zamora created this dress in five hours, which the other designers deem "insane."

Kini Zamora created this dress in five hours, which the other designers deem “insane.”



The back of Kini Zamora's design, with his teammate Sean Kelly's model in the background, wearing the top Kini also created.

The back of Kini Zamora’s design, with his teammate Sean Kelly’s model in the background, wearing the top Kini also created.


Show co-host and judge Heidi Klum called Kini’s work impeccable and the judges asked if they were to be the winning team, which designer should have the win.

Sean said Kini should win because he’s been on the top so often and deserves a win, but doesn’t tell the judges Kini made the flowing white top they loved so much. They love it so much, it is the item that gives Sean the win.


Char Glover was paired with Sandhya Garg and went home for her sloppy work.

Char Glover was paired with Sandhya Garg and went home for her sloppy work.


In another on-camera interview, Kini said it should have been his win and that he was robbed. I agree and think he was way too nice by not taking credit for the blouse when he had the chance. In this biz you have to speak up — there will always be those shameless people who have no problem taking credit for your work. It’s happened to people I know. It’s even happened to me.

Sean was happy about his second win, but while he gloated over it, he still didn’t give Kini credit for the top. Please, a pair of pants — no matter how nice — would not have scored him a win.

Shame, shame.
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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage appears in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.