Project Runway Season 12 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week


Hello, my fabulouses, and welcome to the VIP’s recap of Project Runway Season 12 finale! While watching this episode, I was on the edge of my bed and holding my breath at my hotel in Virginia. It was so amazing getting to see all of the designers hard work hit the runway. Each of them did such a superb job. Hopefully, I did not disturb everyone at the hotel too much with all my shouting. If so, I apologize, but I am not sorry because I could not contain my excitement!!


This season on Project Runway, designers competed to win the grand prize package of “$150,000 from GoBank, the award-winning new bank account made to be used on a mobile phone; $50,000 of next generation technology from HP and Intel to help enable their creativity and launch their new business; a year’s supply of Resource Natural Spring Water and an all-expense paid, luxurious spa retreat for two to the exotic Maldives, courtesy of Resource Water; a chance to design and sell an exclusive collection at Belk; a complete sewing and crafting studio from Brother Sewing and Embroidery; a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine; a 2014 Lexus IS 350; a $100,000 fabric allowance from Tide Pods to inspire fashions that truly pop; and a $50,000 styling contract with L’Oréal Paris.  It is a prize package worth more than half a million dollars.  The model paired with the winner of “Project Runway” will receive a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine and $25,000 from L’Oréal Paris.” (

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Taking home the whole kit and caboodle was Dom Streater, who DOMinated the runway with her Mercedes Benz Fashion Week collection. I adored her overall concept and attention to detail, and I absolutely LOVE her use of funky patterns. Congrats, Dom! The VIP cannot wait to see more of you in the fashion world!


Love Project Runway designer Dom, shopping, and have a dream of going to New York City? Well, here is YOUR chance to enjoy all three! GoBank is giving one lucky fan the chance to hang out and go on a $500 shopping spree in New York with the winner of Season 12 of Project Runway, Dom Streater! Oh. My. Gracious. So amazing! Enter to win the sweepstakes by following the instructions below:

  1. Like GoBank on Facebook here.

  2. Share your thoughts about Project Runway on GoBank’s Facebook. GoBank wants to know who you think made it work, who needs work, and what your favorite looks were. (Look for the “Enter to Win!” button on GoBank’s Facebook page next to the “Photos” button.)

  3. Fill in your information. Voila! You’ll be entered to win. You may enter the sweepstakes once per day. The sweepstakes will run until October 24, 2013.

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Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn


Project Runway: Season 12 Finale Part One


Hello, my fabulouses, and welcome to the VIP’s Project Runway Season 12 Finale Part One blog. Oh, I cannot wait to see who wins the big prize at NYFW! I am cheering for Dom and Justin! They are my favorite remaining designers.

On the Project Runway Season 12 Episode 13 episode, designers Alexandria, Helen, and Justin battled it out to see which of them would gain the opportunity to show at New York Fashion Week.

With a $9,000 spending budget and six weeks to create nine conventional looks and one unconventional garment, the designers put their creativity to the test. When it came time for the three designers to showcase their top three looks to the judges, everyone was confident with their collections.


Justin DOMINATED the runway with his chic looks inspired by soundwaves. He truly blew me away with his unconvientional material gown…it looked like something a celeb would wear to the Grammys! FAB-U-LOUS! I cannot wait to see what Justin brings to NYFW on the final episode.


Alexandria ruled the runway with her very modern and relaxed collection that Heidi Klum loved, and she was given a pass to show at NYFW. Good luck, Alexandria! I am excited to see what you will be bringing to the runway.


Designer Helen was eliminated during this challenge; however, she has proved herself as a talented designer on the show through her minimalistic hipster clothing vibe. Helen Castillo is a very artistic designer who I see doing shows in the future. Keep up the fabulous work, designer Helen!

Designers Dom, Justin, Braden, and Alexandria will now compete to see who will be crowned the Season 12 winner of Project Runway…Oh, I am on the edge of my seat ready to see each designer’s full collection! Stay tuned to the VIP blog for a finale recap next week.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Project Runway: Season 12 Episode 12 L’Oreal Makeup Challenge


Hello, my fabulouses! There is not much to say about Project Runway Season 12 Episode 12’s L’Oreal Makeup Challenge because no one went home! The remaining five designers were given a run for their money this week as they had to complete two challenges in one.

Challenge One: Create an avant-garde look inspired by butterflies.

Challenge Two: Create a new look using an eliminated designer’s garment.

To see the designers before and after remakes of the second challenge of Episode 12, please visit


Bradon was the winner of the avant-garde challenge. He spent a total of $984 to construct this look. The super edgy approach he took knocked the socks off of the judges. Way to go, designer Bradon! We will see you at New York Fashion Week!


The clear winner in the VIP’s opinion is Dom. Spending only $628, she truly hit this look out of the ballpark! The mixing of patterns, flowy yet fierce construction, and extreme attention to detail made this garment look phenomenal on the runway. I am super excited that Dom will be heading to New York Fashion Week. Congrats, girl!


The designers were given a suggested GoBank spending budget of $500 to purchase fabrics for this challenge. Oh, how I would adore to have a $500 GoBank spending budget at Belk! That would be beyond fabulous! What would you buy with a $500 GoBank budget?


Although none of the designers went home this week, the bottom three will have to battle it out with their New York Fashion Week collections to see who will snag the winning spot to show at NYFW. Who will be crowned the third spot? Hm…I have my eye on my favorite designer.

Who do you want to see join Dom and Bradon on the runway? Justin, Helen, or Alexandria? Comment on this post to tell the VIP!


Lucky 13: Weekly Whistle Day-Cation–click here to view post.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Project Runway Season 12: HP Intel Challenge


There was a lot of pressure on Project Runway Season 12 Episode 11 because the remaining seven competitors had to design their own textile prints inspired by next generation innovators for the HP/Intel Textile Challenge.


As the designers were creating their prints on the new HP Rove…I could not help but flashback to my time at the Auburn University Project Design Week 2012 where I had the opportunity to experience some of the classes of a fashion design major. During fashion camp, I got to play around with draping, making prints on the computer, and participating in lots of other fun activities! I would love to go back–the VIP had so much fun at Auburn Project Design Week! Whoopsy….I guess I got a little distracted there. Let’s get back to Project Runway!

Once the designers had their textiles designed, they embarked on their usual trip to Mood where they had a suggested GoBank spending budget of $100. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a GoBank card, an HP Rove, AND a Belk accessories wall?! Oh…it most definitely would! Okay, Birthday Fairy and Santa, why don’t y’all get on that for me *wink wink*


Time to Hit the Runway:


As soon as Dom’s model hit the runway wearing the brightly colored garment inspired by Premal Shah…I just knew that she was the clear winner. Dom truly grasped the object of this challenge and DOMinated it! See what I did there *wink, wink*


Call me crazy, but I actually liked this look by designer Alexander. I thought it was very artsy and futuristic chic; however, the judges disagreed. I was so sad to see Alexander go home because of this garment. “I guess I should not mix religion and cake together anymore…except for at a wedding,” said Alexander jokingly on Episode 11.


I am choking up just typing this…I was literally crying when they sent Kate Pankoke home. No, the garment was not very well executed…but Kate is talented and fabulous. Kate, keep reaching for the stars!

Phew…Episode 11 was quite the humdinger! I cannot wait to see what the designers will be bringing to the table on the next challenge!

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

Project Runway Season 12 Episode 10 L’Oreal Makeover Challenge


Tim Gunn: The designers don’t know you’re here.

Superfans: *chattering with excitement*


On The L’Oreal Challenge, each of the remaining designers were assigned a Project Runway superfan to give a glamorous makeover–hair, makeup, custom outfit–the whole kit and caboodle.


With a GoBank spending budget of $200-$400, the designers and their superfans went to Mood to shop for their materials. Oh, how I wish I could have a designer create me a custom garment using fabric from Mood with a GoBank spending budget of $200-$400…that would be so fabulous!


How would you feel if someone came into your temporary home, intentionally knocked your iron off the ironing board, and ruffled your feathers with a sassy comment?

Hmmmm…in my opinion, it appeared as if Alexander were trying to pick a fight with Ken…or was it just made-for-TV drama?


You may know Ken as the designer who has been showcased in a negative light, but for those who know him best, he is a true Southern gentleman and a self-taught fashion designer with a passion for creating chic, tailored garments. “Reality TV creates characters, and I’m not the person they make me out to be. I can be sassy, but I am also silly and love to joke,” stated Birmingham-native Laurence.


I cannot argue with the winning look of this challenge. Helen did a fabulous job of transforming her superfan from blah to glam! Kudos to you, designer Helen! P.S. I would like to have this dress in my closet.


The losing look of this challenge was Ken Laurence’s garment; however, you cannot argue with how happy his superfan was on that runway! You could tell that Susie was truly confident and in love with her custom dress.

Even though I was sad to see designer Ken go home on Episode 10, I know he was super happy to be back home in Birmingham, Alabama. “Coming to Project Runway and coming this far in the competition was reassurance of myself as a self-taught fashion designer…I am relieved [to be going home]. This [Project Runway] was such a boost of confidence for me. I came in intimidated as hell because of my lack of experience and education in design,” explained Ken on Episode 10.


No matter how some people, especially the press, paint Ken Laurence’s image, one has to admire his determination to push through life’s hardest moments as well as his self-taught design ability in such a highly-competitive and educated competition. “Project Runway is only the beginning,” stated Ken Laurence in the VIP’s interview at his premiere party for Project Runway.


Check out my “Abby In the City” article on about the modern Southern woman with exclusive commentary by Project Runway’s Ken Laurence. Click here to read the article.

 See today’s 30 Day J.Crew Challenge here.

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn