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Zamora on a roll with second win

September 19th, 2014
Lifetime photosKini Zamora shows his American Girl design on the runway.

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Kini Zamora shows his American Girl design on the runway.

This week, the "Project Runway" designers met up at Manhattan's American Girl store where each was matched with an American Girl doll and the child model carrying the doll.

'PROJECT RUNWAY' SEASON 13

Episode 9: American Girl Doll

Hawaii designer Kini Zamora is lucky because his doll Samantha's back story is that of an orphan who is adopted into a wealthy household, offering plenty of potential to showcase his upscale couture style.

Right away, he started working on a houndstooth coat of bouclé fabric, and a white dress. Mentor Tim Gunn worried the two together looked "too mature" for a little girl, and while Kini said he doesn't do "flirty," he changes course, using the red check fabric provided by American Girl.

Even though he's designing for a girl, he can't give up his structured aesthetic.

Working quickly as usual, by the time he is done he has created a coat dress, top and skirt. Later, when Amanda Valentine finished early, leaving her time to handstitch details, she noted of the relaxed feeling, "This is what Kini must feel like every week."

During a break, the designers talked about their own experience with dolls. This is how we learn of the evolution of Kini's hairstyle. He said he played with troll dolls and their hair, and revealed that is the inspiration behind his tuft of blond hair!

Troll dolls were fads that emerged in the early 1960s, and again in the 1970s through '90s.

Troll dolls were fads that emerged in the early 1960s, and again in the 1970s through '90s.

The judges were won over by Kini's pieces which were appropriate for his poor little rich girl doll, who he imagined as having no one to play with — but she does have a credit card. Designer Zac Posen described the ensemble as "Chanel meets Vivienne Westwood," and guest judge Elizabeth Moss of AMC's "Mad Men" asked whether American Girl will be recreating the pieces for 31-year-olds.

He is the hands-down winner and said he's happy to be on a roll that may lead to another win, and another until he wins the entire season.

This is the look that gets Sandhya Garg sent home.

This is the look that gets Sandhya Garg sent home.

Sandhya Garg finally got offed for a look the judges described as a Teletubbie onesie.

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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.

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