Denver Designer Mondo Guerra Claims Second Victory, $20K on Project Runway

September 28,2010
by Remigio Darby for
Photo by Jeff Ball Vivid Photography Studio

Photo by Jeff Ball Vivid Photography Studio

Seats are becoming increasingly hard to come by at Fabric Lab’s Project Runway Nights at Beauty Bar Denver.  Mile-high fashion fans cannot seem to get enough of Mondo Guerra and his unique approach to design and life.

The challenge for episode 9 was to create a high-fashion look and a ready-to-wear companion piece to appear in a L’Oreal Paris “advertorial.”  In addition to having his/her designs appear in the L’Oreal ad, the winner of this challenge received $20,000.  The designers were given $300 for their high-fashion looks and $100 for their ready-to-wear pieces.

“I just tried to get a whole bunch of fabrics that I’m attracted to,” Mondo revealed in the episode, “I mean, who wants to play with a box of crayons with only one color?”

Mondo cited a kaleidoscope as the inspiration for his extravagant, multi-colored, striped-pattern high-fashion gown, but chose simplicity when constructing his color-blocked, ready-to-wear dress.  Overall, the judges responded well to both of Mondo’s looks, with Michael Kors describing the back of his gown as a Kentucky Derby ribbon explosion.

Once again, Mondo’s innovation impressed the judges and earned him his second consecutive win in the competition.

“I came from Colorado with $14 in my bank account,” Mondo said in the episode, “Now, I have $20,014.”

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