Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Top 5 Looks: 3rd Place

We are still scratching our heads over Maya Luz. One of the youngest designers of Season 7, she consistently produced winning looks week after week that spoke of a maturity far beyond her age. So close to Bryant Park and she simply walked away.

In Episode 7 "Hard Wear", the 10 remaining designers were tasked with creating a garment and an accessory from a hardware store. It was the classic Project Runway unconventional materials challenge that always seems to bring out the best in the designers.

Maya created an open weave jacket with a high collar that was made out of rope from venetian blinds, covering a shift dress made out of window screen. The visual effect of the jacket drew your eyes to her killer accessory - a necklace fashioned from house keys, chain and mesh screen. It matched the dress and jacket perfectly and the judges swooned over it.

Many felt that this design was a more worthy winner over Jay's garbage bag dress. And one can't help but wonder if a win here would have given her the confidence to continue to the end. We will never know the answer to that question but for now, we can celebrate her successes.

Congratulations Maya, you made it on the BPR Top 5 Looks of Season 7!