Chloe Dao Is The Next Great American Designer?

While I wasn’t ever a huge fan of Chloe’s, but at least her collection wasn’t boring. Santino’s was pretty, but boring and ill-fitting. Daniel’s was well tailored, but boring and had no cohesiveness. Chloe’s was full of drama, the line fit the models bodies exquisitely, and it was similar to what was on the runway during Paris fashion week.

Chloe Dao, an aspiring designer from Houston who came to America as a child from war-torn southeast Asia, won the second season of the Bravo fashion-competition hit “Project Runway” on Wednesday, netting a $100,000 cash prize to start her own clothing line.

“Are you kidding me? No way!” said a genuinely surprised Dao when the Emmy-nominated show’s judges named her the winner over the other two finalists, recent fashion school graduate Daniel Vasovic and Santino Rice, an outspoken Californian who emerged as the reality show’s star and chief villain.

“We loved what you did,” supermodel Heidi Klum, the cable-TV show’s host, told Dao.

In choosing Dao, who will also receive at 2007 Saturn and a splashy layout in Elle magazine, not to mention bragging rights and invaluable media attention, judges Michael Kors, Elle editor Nina Garcia and actress Debra Messing cited the perfect construction and fit of the 13 designs she showed during last month’s Olympus Fashion Week in New York.

Her looks, which skewed toward the formal, were decidedly assertive and structured but elegant, with a dose of glamour.

It’s just too bad that she’s kind of boring. See what Tim Gunn had to say about the finale. My favorite quote from Tim regarding Chloe’s collection, “My overall impression was that the customer for the collection would be an older, mature individual (can we all scream “Wendy Pepper!”) and that Chloe’s home state of Texas would be an appropriate market.”

Chloe wins second season of TV’s “Project Runway” [Reuters]