Mondo Guerra has seized the moment and sewn up a big Project Runway…
The 33-year-old Mexican-American fashion designer—who finished in second place during the reality competition show’s eighth season—took home the ultimate prize on Thursday night’s finale of Project Runway All Stars.
Guerra claimed the victory after his runway show went off without a hitch. Tommy Hilfiger and Neiman Marcus’ Ken Downing joined judges Angela Lindvall, Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman in picking a winner from the three finalists, which also included Austin Scarlett and Michael Costello, who finished in fourth place during seasons 1 and 8, respectively.
The three finalists were each given four days to design a line, which were then presented during a special runway show at New York City’s Gotham Hall.
Guerra was praised for his collection’s cohesiveness, while Austin was told that he didn’t have a full “collection.” Michael was complimented for creating a store-ready line, but criticized for a lack of sophistication with his prints.
As the winner, Guerra will ultimately sell his merchandise in a boutique inside select Neiman Marcus stores, as well as online. He also earned $100,000 in cash and a coveted spot as a guest editor for Marie Claire – complete with a full spread.