Who loves fashion definitely knows Project Runway – the most popular & prestige TV show dedicates to fashion designers. I knew this show because of Heidi Klum – one of the most popular supermodels. I knew Project Runway on fashion news as well as magazines 5 years ago due to limited media approaches at that time. Even though some seasons were broadcasted on cable TV, it was so hard for me to follow all episodes. When Vietnamese television godfathers started bringing most popular TV shows to Vietnam, I wished that America’s Next Top Models & Project Runway would come to Vietnam soon. They got what I expected and made it come true. Finally, we had Vietnam’s Next Top Models in 2010 and Project Runway Vietnam 2013. Quite different with America’s Next Top Models, the winners of Vietnam’s Next Top Models winners, runner-up and outstanding contestants really showed their signatures & took their owned places in model career, some of them now became Vedette of most famous Vietnamese fashion designers, appeared on the cover of most prestige fashion magazines. That’s the reason why I felt a little bit proud of Vietnamese version although the original one is absolutely more professional, entertaining & dramatic!
Back to the point, when I knew that Project Runway came to Vietnam through Multimedia which built up the fame for Vietnam’s Next Top Models, I felt so exciting & eager to watch the show but right after that a big question popped up in my mind “If Vietnamese fashion designers are qualified enough in terms of creative ideas & tailoring techniques & skills to bring the image of young Vietnamese fashion designers to the next level coz I thought this is also their most weakness in execution”.
From my point of view, technique is the most critical requirement for a fashion designer, whatever your idea is, if you are bad in tailoring process, you definitely make it turn to disaster or cheap clothes. When you are good in techniques & skills, you will know exactly how to execute and narrow down the ideas to make sure your customers feel comfortable and proud when they wear your collection. I called it the basic foundation for the developing process. Without foundation, you cannot show-off your idea, your signature and your career. Therefore, I strictly focus on tailoring skills right behind the concept when I look at a collection. Based on this point, I was quite disappointed with first 3 episodes because like my perception, the young fashion designers still focus too much on details without caring of total look even though they had good ideas.
Details like a trap – they can make the outfit different, outstanding with the others but sometimes, they will ruin it all with messy combination. I tended to leave this show behind and focus on my another favorite one Masterchef ;D. However, from the episode 4 with Silk material challenge, I did impressed by some pretty good designs – elegant, simple but sophisticated, still on trends. I saw their growing up, seriously learnt the judge’s advice. And from episode 5-7, I tried to follow the show to find out who will be in Top 3 for the final runway. After episode 7 – “Red Carpet Gown for Truong Ngoc Anh – one famous beautiful actress”, Hoang Minh Ha, Chau Chan Hung and Lam Gia Khang were in Top Final 3. They all deserve to be in Finalist & I guessed Chau Chan Hung would be the winner based on his performance during all episodes.
The final show were on air in last Sunday night – 1 hour for 3 collections which were made based on Paris Inspiration theme and the winner is Hoang Minh Ha with The Feeling of Paris Sunshine. I though he deserves to be the winner because of the high-class tailoring techniques & forms, “ready-to-wear” applicability although I still refer Chau Chan Hung collection personally in terms of materials, color play and variety fashion items. Lam Gia Khang’s collection is good either. However, it’s completely like “young version of Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2013” and that’s the reason why he is 3rd runner up. But I thought he did a great job for the youngest contestant compared with 2 other men who already had 5-10 years experiences. Doing something like Christian Dior and make it look “good” never be easy even with the experienced fashion designers.
1. Hoang Minh Ha Collection
2. Chau Chan Hung Collection
3. Lam Gia Khang Collection
I thought Project Runway Vietnam Season 1 had a happy ending with well-deserved Top 3 & Winner as well as the clean & clear execution in all episodes. Thanks God that there was no ridiculous scandal in this season because I am so tired with TV show scandals! When you do something relates to Art & Creative, please show your some respect with the contestant – they deserve to get opportunities to grow up by their true talents, not to be a joke to entertain for the others who do not hesitate to speak out lout the ridiculous stupid comments =))).
Here are my favorite designs in this season for your reference
Hoang Minh’s Design – Episode 2