Kini Zamora makes 'All-Stars'
Hawaii designer Kini Zamora will get his second chance at taking the top spot in Lifetime’s “Project Runway” when he returns for the series’ “All Stars” Season 5. The first episode is set to air Feb. 11, and among the 13 contestants will be three other familiar faces from Zamora’s Season 13: Emily Payne, Mitchell Perry and Fade Zu Grau.
Zamora, noted during the show’s run for his speedy work and couture finishing, ended his season in third place and was one of four finalists to present a show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion week in New York in Fall 2014.
He lost to Sean Kelly, but the two remain friends and Kelly showed up to support Zamora when he presented his Spring 2016 collection at Honolulu Fashion Week in November.
Following “Project Runway,” Zamora returned home to present two headline shows at Honolulu Fashion Week and opened The Clique by KZ to sell and showcase his many collections, ranging from menswear to women’s casual, bridal and evening wear.
In an interview posted online at Mylifetime.com, Zamora was asked, "What makes you All-Stars material?"
He said, "I feel like I have a lot more to show the world and I feel like I have the potential to win. I was so close in my season and I'm ready to go to the end and win 'All Stars!' "
Other designers he will be competing against are Alexander Pope, Asha Daniels, Daniel Franco (who never goes away), Dom Streater, Ken Laurence, Layana Aguilar, Sam Donovan, Stella Zotis and Valerie Mayen.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.