Project Runway South Africa has left social media upset after its first season in the country as the finale wrapped up Tuesday night.
This African spin off of the hit reality TV show has been a fun guilty pleasure and an awkward and brutal experience for the contestants as they are ripped apart for their creative designs.
The South African edition of #ProjectRunway was hosted by presenter Lerato Kganyago and on the judging panel sits founder and CEO of Ndalo Media Khanyi Dhlomo, fashion icon Noni Gasa, designers Gert-Johan Coetzee and Rahim Rawjee.
The finale has created a storm on Twitter who’s been laying in an assault on the first season and the quality of the judging panel.
While most of the response on social media has been positive for the winner Kentse – it was self-taught fashionista, Kireshen Chetty that should have won according to social media.
Here’s some of the comments
Project Runway South Africa has showcased the SA perspective of design drawing inspiration from the likes of Madiba’s capture site.
Aspiring designers have been placed under immense strain to craft runway ready garments with restricted time and materials for each challenge.
The challenges included ready to wear, unconventional materials, avant-garde, red carpet, and group challenges.
The winning designer, Kentse has won the once in a lifetime opportunity showcase her collection at Paris fashion week 2019.
QnA All about Kireshen Chetty
Tell us about the moment you knew that you wanted to become a designer?
It all happened so quickly. My mom studied fashion design, but never pursued a career in it. She influenced my fashion sense over the years and I always strived to make myself the most fashionable clothing. Then one day, a friend suggested that I make her something…
What was the first garment you ever made?
A couture – well, I thought it was couture – gown for a friend for the Vodacom Durban July.
What do you do to stay inspired?
I constantly connect with people and talk about their expectations of fashion. I try to keep up with current trends and fashion icons, as well as my surroundings and situations.
What excites you about South African fashion?
We are such a diverse country with so many different ethnicities and cultures, which influence the colourful and vibrant industry. In a way, we celebrate our democracy and freedom through our fashion.
What do you think makes you stand out from the other finalists?
I am self-taught and my approach is totally different from everyone else. I also have a degree in architecture and am currently completing my masters, which influences my designs.
What makes your designs unique?
Attention to detail, using my architectural background and understanding the human form and proportion.
What are you hoping to achieve as one of the Project Runway South Africa finalists?
I want to show South Africa and the world my capabilities and my interpretation of fashion. I want to express myself through my fashion and am hoping to build the Kireshen Chetty brand.
Who is your style icon and why?
My mum. She has such impeccable taste, which influenced me. She’d always dress in the most current trends and was not afraid to push fashion boundaries.