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Zamora wins Fashion Week spot

October 10th, 2014

PHOTOS COURTESY LIFETIME Kini Zamora was teamed with ousted designer Mitchell Perry in this week's challenge.


Episode 12: Fashion Week: Who's In and Who's Out?

Getting closer to the "Project Runway" finale, the designers were initially tasked with finding inspiration on the street for a city chic look.

But when they walked into the workroom, they received a bad shock when they saw manikins dressed in the garments that got other designers sent home. Their faces revealed their fear, and mentor Tim Gunn arrived with the dreaded button bag.

In a second challenge, unrelated to the first, each designer had to pick one of the losing looks to rework into a winning look. Then they learned that they would be paired with a helper, the losing designer who created the garment they picked.

Bringing the drama, Char Glover had picked Korina Emmerich's design and Korina had left with no love for Char, so she refused to work with her and walked out of the workroom. Eventually, Alexander Knox is brought back to work with Char.

Both challenges seemed fairly easy for Zamora. Both city chic and evening, red carpet wear are his forte, and he picked Mitchell Perry's gown, which appeared to give him plenty of fabric to work with. Supplemental chiffon purchased from Mood gave the gown a beautiful soft and flowy dimension.

During judging, the other judges actually urged co-host Heidi Klum to try on his coat. So it's no surprise he made it to Fashion Week, along with his biggest competitors of the season, Sean Kelly and Amanda Valentine.

Emily Payne was sent home for a pair of designs they deem unworthy of the runway, including a pajama-look ensemble.

They were not entirely happy with Char's work either, but curious about what she might come up with, they decided to take a chance and give her a fourth spot.

Zamora created this trenchcoat, skirt and blouse ensemble for his street look.

Zamora created this trenchcoat, skirt and blouse ensemble for his street look.

Kini created this gown from Mitchell's losing look, shown below.

Kini created this gown from Mitchell's losing look, shown below.

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Note: Zamora's alma mater, Honolulu Community College, will celebrate Kini Zamora Day beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday in the school's Fashion Lab, Building 27, Room 203, at 874 Dillingham Blvd.

The public is invited to meet the designer, who will display garments he used in his winning audition, and talk about his long journey to appear on the show, as well as his experiences on the show.


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 and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

2 Responses to “Zamora wins Fashion Week spot”

  1. Nardia McPhee:

    Definitely a fave of mine from the beginning hope he wins 😀

  2. Nadine Kam:

    It would be great for Kini! He has certainly paid his dues over the years. I have watched him grow a lot over the years since he graduated from HCC because he has really listened to criticisms without taking offense or taking it personally, but as a matter of professionalism and training his eye to edit. His hard work is really paying off.

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