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Project Runway New Zealand
Season 1
StarringGeorgia Fowler (host)
Benny Castles
Sally-Ann Mullin
Andreas Mikellis
Country of origin New Zealand
No. of episodesN/A
Release
Original networkTVNZ 2
Original release1 October 2018 (2018-10-01)

Project Runway New Zealand: Season 1 is the debut installment of the reality competition Project Runway New Zealand, airing on TVNZ 2. It serves as the first offering for the New Zealand-based adaption of the American version, and premiered on 1 October 2018. The show featured 14 contestants from the country, competing to win Holden Astra car, a cash prize of $50,000 NZD, and a six-page cover spread of Fashion Quarterly magazine. The winner of the season was Benjamin Alexander, who resides in Auckland, New Zealand, whilst the runner-up of the competition was Jess Hunter.

Overview

Contestants

(Ages and names stated are at time of contest)

Contestant Age Hometown Outcome
Benjamin Alexander 23 Auckland, New Zealand Winner
Jess Hunter 23 Auckland, New Zealand Runner-Up
Kerry Ranginui 33 Whanganui, New Zealand 3rd place
Judy Gao 24 Auckland, New Zealand 4th place
Peni Moala 29 Arrowtown, New Zealand 5th place
Caitlin Crisp 22 Christchurch, New Zealand 6th place
Misty Ratima 40 Napier, New Zealand 7th place
Camille Richard 22 Auckland, New Zealand 8th place
Beth Hornsby-Hunt 31 Auckland, New Zealand 9th place
Beau Takapu 37 Auckland, New Zealand 10th Place
Massey Williams 38 Christchurch, New Zealand 11th Place
Matt Costello 26 Nelson, New Zealand 12th Place
Lenon Wakauwa 27 Invercargill, New Zealand[a] 13th Place
Nicole Schmidt 29 Central Hawkes Bay, New Zealand 14th Place
  1. ^ Lenon Wakauwa's location was reported as Invercargill on the official TVNZ 2 website, but on the pilot episode, her location was stated as Timaru.

Contestant progress

Contestant 1[1] 2[2] 3[3] 4[4] 5[5] 6[6] 7[7] 8 9 10 11 12
Benjamin WIN HIGH IN HIGH HIGH WIN HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH Winner
Jess IN IN IN IN HIGH HIGH IN LOW WIN HIGH WIN Runner-up
Kerry IN IN WIN IN IN IN LOW LOW LOW WIN LOW Second Runner Up
Judy IN LOW HIGH WIN WIN LOW IN IN HIGH LOW OUT
Peni IN IN LOW HIGH LOW HIGH HIGH HIGH LOW OUT
Caitlin HIGH IN IN IN LOW LOW WIN WIN OUT
Misty IN IN HIGH LOW IN IN LOW OUT
Camille HIGH HIGH LOW IN IN IN OUT
Beth IN LOW HIGH IN IN OUT
Beau IN IN LOW LOW OUT
Massey LOW WIN IN OUT
Matt LOW IN OUT
Lenon IN OUT
Nicole OUT
  The designer won the challenge.
  The designer was part of the winning team, but did not win the main challenge.
  The designer received positive critiques but ultimately moved to the next challenge.
  The designer received judges critiques but ultimately moved to the next challenge.
  The designer received negative critiques but ultimately moved to the next challenge.
  The designer was in the bottom two.
  The designer was eliminated.

Episodes

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
11"New Series[1]"1 October 2018 (2018-10-01)

The 14 designers meet each other in Auckland, New Zealand, where they are greeted by the show's host Georgia Fowler and mentor Andreas Mikellis. For their first challenge, Fowler tasked the designers to create a cocktail dress that is inspired by the variety of flavors of the Scandinavian drink franchise, Höpt. Additionally, the models for each contestant appeared for the very first time, and were assigned particularly for each designer by the judges.[1]

On the runway, Beau Takapu, Beth Hornsby-Hunt, Jess Hunter, Judy Gao, Kerry Ranginui, Lenon Wakauwa, Misty Ratima and Peni Moala were declared safe by earning enough points by the judges.[1] Designers Benjamin Alexander and Caitlyn Crisp received positive remarks for their runway looks by the judges, with the former contestant winning the overall challenge and receiving immunity for the next challenge. Camille Richard and Matt Costello received mixed remarks, but ultimately moved to the next challenge.[1] Massey Williams and Nicole Schmidt did not impress the judges with their runway looks, and were both placed in the bottom two. After the judges final decision, Williams was saved for the next challenge, whilst Schmidt was eliminated from the competition.[1]

  • Guest Judge: Jessica Grubiša
  • Challenge: Construct a runway outfit inspired by the cocktail drink Höpt.
  • Challenge Winner: Benjamin Alexander
  • Bottom Two: Massey Williams and Nicole Schmidt
  • Eliminated: Nicole Schmidt
22"Episode 2[2]"8 October 2018 (2018-10-08)

The 13 designers are tasked by Andreas Mikellis to create a look inspired by streetwear. Each designer have to look for one specific fashion item in Sylvia Park, Auckland, and based their conceptual design on that item. After this, Mikellis asks each contestant to swap their chosen product with another designer, effectively changing their initial ideas; each designer is then given a time limit for sketching their outfit, and executing it in the work room.[2]

On the runway, Beau Takapu, Caitlin Crisp, Jess Hunter, Kerry Ranginui, Matt Costello, Misty Ratima, and Peni Moala were declared safe by earning enough points by the judges.[2] Designers Benjamin Alexander and Massey Williams were praised for their runway looks, with the latter contestant receiving rave reviews for his redemption of last weeks runway look; Williams was declared the winner of the challenge and received immunity for the next challenge. Camille Richard's and Judy Gao's ideas for their runway look was commended, but the execution was criticized by the judges; they were ultimately put through the next challenge. Beth Hornsby-Hunt and Lenon Wakauwa were criticized for not having cohesive designs, and were both placed in the bottom two. After the judges final decision, Hornsby-Hunt was saved for the next challenge, whilst Wakauwa was eliminated from the competition.

  • Guest Judge:
  • Challenge: Create streetwear that is inspired by a chosen fashion item.
  • Challenge Winner: Massey Williams
  • Bottom Two: Beth Hornsby-Hunt and Lenon Wakauka
  • Eliminated: Lenon Wakauka
33"Episode 3[3]"15 October 2018 (2018-10-15)

The 12 designers are tasked by Andreas Mikellis to create a two-piece runway look using unconventional materials. Each designer are paired into a team of two: Beau and Matt, Benjamin and Caitlin, Beth and Misty, Camille and Peni, Jess and Massey, and Judy and Kerry. The teams have to include their own signature style of design-making, and each member must create either one of the two-pieces for their runway look. Each designer is then given a time limit for sketching their outfit, and executing it in the work room.[3]

On the runway, teams Benjamin and Caitlin, and Jess and Massey were declared safe by earning enough points by the judges.[3] Team Beth and Misty were complimented for their runway presentation and narrative, and were declared safe. Judy and Kerry were deemed the winning team for their collaboration, with Kerry winning the main challenge and receiving immunity for the next challenge. Camille and Peni received mixed reviews for their runway look, but were ultimately declared safe. Beau and Matt are the losing team, and were criticized for their lack of teamwork and conceptual ideas. After the judges final decision, Beau was saved for the next challenge, whilst Matt was eliminated from the competition.[3]

  • Guest Judge:
  • Challenge: Create a two-piece look using unconventional materials whilst in a pair of two.
  • Challenge Winner: Kerry Ranginui
  • Bottom Two: Beau Takapu and Matt Costello
  • Eliminated: Matt Costello
44"Episode 4[4]"22 October 2018 (2018-10-22)

The 11 designers are tasked by Andreas Mikellis to create a new design for reusable shopping bags at the New Zealand-based supermarket New World, as an ode to environmental issues throughout the world. Additionally, the design will be a loose influence for their runway look, which is to create a red carpet-inspired runway look. Each designer is then given a time limit for sketching their outfit, and executing it in the work room.[4] On the runway, Beth Hornsby-Hunt, Caitlin Crisp, Camille Richard, Jess Hunter and Kerry Ranginui were declared safe.[4]

Benjamin Alexander and Peni Moala were commended for their runway looks and designs, though Alexander was critique for his lack of red carpet elements; both were declared safe. Judy Gao's design was complimented for her entire design and New World bad, and was declared the winner of the challenge, receiving immunity for next week's challenge. Beau Takapu, Massey Williams and Misty Ratima received mixed feedback for their runway looks, though Ratima's bag was deemed the best. Ratima is deemed safe for the next challenge, leaving Takapu and Williams in the bottom two. After the judges final decision, Takapu was saved for the next challenge, whilst Williams was eliminated from the competition.[4]

  • Guest Judge:
  • Challenge: Create a red-carpet inspired runway look.
  • Challenge Winner: Judy Gao
  • Bottom Two: Beau Takapu and Massey Williams
  • Eliminated: Massey Williams
55"Episode 5[5]"29 October 2018 (2018-10-29)

The 10 designers are tasked by Andreas Mikellis to create an avant garde-inspired look that included certain interior and exterior designs/ideas of the Holden Astra car. Each designer is then given a time limit for sketching their outfit, and executing it in the work room.[5] On the runway, Beth Hornsby-Hunt, Camille Richard, Kerry Ranginui and Misty Ratima were declared safe by earning enough points by the judges.[5] Benjamin Alexander and Jess Hunter were commended for their runway looks and designs, though the judges noted that Alexander's outfit was becoming uncomfortable for his model, which required her to remove the garment post-runway during the judges deliberation; both were declared safe.

Judy Gao's design was heavily praised for its design and commercial appeal; Gao was declared the winner of the challenge, receiving immunity for next week's challenge. Peni Moala was criticized for his unfinished design, whereas Beau Takapu and Caitlin Crisp received criticism for their lack of avant garde inspiration. Moala was deemed safe for the next challenge, leaving Takapu and Crisp in the bottom two. After the judges final decision, Crisp was saved for the next challenge, whilst Takapu was eliminated from the competition.[5]

  • Guest Judge:
  • Challenge: Create an avant-garde look inspired by the designs of a Holden Astra
  • Challenge Winner: Judy Gao
  • Bottom Two: Beau Takapu and Caitlin Crisp
  • Eliminated: Beau Takapu
66"Episode 6[6]"29 October 2018 (2018-10-29)

The 9 designers were taken to a forest by their mentor Andreas Mikellis. There, Mikellis had revealed a range of wallpapers placed on trees throughout the forest; he tasks the designers to run and grab any wallpaper of choice, and create a high-fashion piece inspired by the patterns of their chosen wallpaper. Each designer is then given a time limit for sketching their outfit, and executing it in the work room.[6] On the runway, Camille Richard, Kerry Ranginui and Misty Ratima were declared safe by earning enough points by the judges.[6]

Benjamin Alexander and Jess Hunter received rave reviews for their runway looks, with the former contestant winning the challenge, receiving immunity for next week's challenge. Peni Moala's runway look was commended for its design, but criticized for execution; Moala was declared safe. Beth Hornsby-Hunt, Caitlin Crisp and Judy Gao received negative feedback for their looks, though Crisp was commended for the detailing of her outfit. Crisp was declared safe, leaving Hornsby-Hunt and Gao in the bottom two. Because Gao received immunity from last weeks challenge, she was automatically saved, and Hornsby-Hunt was eliminated from the competition.

  • Guest Judge:
  • Challenge: Create a high-fashion piece inspired by their chosen wallpapers
  • Challenge Winner: Benjamin Alexander
  • Bottom Two: Beth Honsby-Hunt and Judy Gao
  • Eliminated: Beth Honsby-Hunt
77"Episode 7[7]"12 November 2018 (2018-11-12)

Taking place at Boxing Alley gym, the 8 designers were tasked by Andreas Mikellis and Georgia Fowler to create a look that was useful to use as gym-wear and street fashion.[8] The best runway look will be modeled by Fowler herself in the show's campaign, alongside the additional immunity prize. Each designer is then given a time limit for sketching their outfit, and executing it in the work room.[7] On the runway, Judy Gao and Jess Hunter were declared safe by earning enough points by the judges.[7]

Cailtin Crisp and Peni Moala received rave reviews for their runway designs, with Crisp winning the challenge, receiving immunity for next week's challenge. Benjamin Alexander's runway look was commended for his fabric choices, but criticized for execution; he was declared safe. Furthermore, Kerry Ranginui was criticized for his editing choices of his look, but was deemed safe for the next challenge. Camille Richards and Misty Ratima were placed in the bottom two for their runway looks. After the judges final decision, Ratima was saved for the next challenge, whilst Richards was eliminated from the competition.[7]

  • Guest Judge:
  • Challenge: Create a look inspired by gym wear and street fashion
  • Challenge Winner: Caitlin Crisp
  • Bottom Two: Camille Richards and Misty Ratima
  • Eliminated: Camille Richards

Models

All of the models on the Project Runway New Zealand are represented by an elite modelling agency Red11 Model Management| based in Auckland.

Models
Julia Makhovskaya
Rael Wright
Maddy Mossman
Tia Harris
Chloe Wilson
Heidi Watson
Gracie Lambert
Dante Numa
Christina Katherine
Tashi Sylva Levett
Lola Audrey
Courtney Armour
Isabelle Steinmann
Jaimee McLaughlan
Jenna Watermeyer
Houston Murray
Lana Van Hout
Deanna Yearbury

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Watch Project Runway New Zealand S2018E01". TVNZ 2.
  2. ^ a b c d "Watch Project Runway New Zealand S2018E02". TVNZ 2.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Watch Project Runway New Zealand S2018E03". TVNZ 2.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Watch Project Runway New Zealand S2018E04". TVNZ 2.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Watch Project Runway New Zealand S2018E05". TVNZ 2.
  6. ^ a b c d "Watch Project Runway New Zealand S2018E06". TVNZ 2.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Watch Project Runway New Zealand S2018E07". TVNZ 2.
  8. ^ Terri Dunn, "Designers fight for Georgia Fowler’s approval in Project Runway New Zealand episode 7", Fashion Quarterly, 12 November 2018
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