What I Learned From the Project Runway Season 18 Finale


When I was invited to the taping of the Project Runway season 18 finale episode, 16-year-old me (who was obsessed with the show) internally squealed with glee. Now, as I near my 10-year mark of living in New York and working in the fashion industry, I have a greater appreciation for the work that goes into every decision and more deeply understand what the show means for an emerging designer.

Looking back, Michael Kors’s cutting one-liners, Heidi Klum’s designer send-off (“auf Wiedersehen!”), and, of course, Tim Gunn’s sharply delivered catchphrase (“make it work”), entertained me endlessly. But now, I have a different grasp on the industry and connection to the new-wave of judges, host, and mentor, Christian Siriano (who as I’m sure you know is the season four winner).

I’ve interviewed Karlie Kloss on several occasions; designer Brandon Maxwell is one of my absolute favorites —…

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