RUNNER-UP Taos fashion designer comes up short in ‘Project Runway’

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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 11:00 pm | Updated: 9:35 pm, Fri Apr 26, 2013.

The judges called her collection spectacular, different, cool and unique. But Taos Pueblo fashion designer Patricia Michaels on Thursday night didn’t win Season 11 of Project Runway, the fashion-design-themed reality show on cable television’s Lifetime channel hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum. Michaels came in second.

“Sorry guys,” the designer said to supporters who gathered for a $100-a-plate dinner at a private home on Santa Fe’s east side to watch results of the competition’s finale, which was recorded last summer but kept secret until Thursday night’s broadcast.

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  • err posted at 5:41 pm on Mon, May 20, 2013.

    err Posts: 1

    My question after watching the finale was what Nina Garcia said about Patricia that made her lose. It seemed the others all liked her and Nina's comments were conspicuous by their absence. Marie Claire was a sponsor after all, and it seemed Nina therefore had the trump vote. Patricia got the most positive responses from both the judges and audience, including being made happy by her clothes. I was left with that all-too-familiar "native people don't measure up to anglos" letdown. Patricia brought something the world had not seen before and it was the freshest and most fun. New York chauvinism should have it limits.

  • Deejtolar posted at 7:40 am on Thu, May 2, 2013.

    Deejtolar Posts: 2

    Congratulations on placing so well, holding your own, and making such a big splash in such a tough competitive environment! Looking forward to seeing more!

  • AlbuquerqueanlivinginMiami posted at 10:10 pm on Tue, Apr 30, 2013.

    AlbuquerqueanlivinginMiami Posts: 1

    Good for you Patricia, it's awesome to see someone from New Mexico on Project Runway. I never have watched the show until I heard it was a Designer from New Mexico, way to represent!!

  • Lou posted at 2:41 pm on Fri, Apr 26, 2013.

    Lou Posts: 1

    Patricia you are a winner! I know we will be hearing more as you continues to climb the ladder of your sucessful career. Thank you for putting New Mexico in the spotlight.

  • DEIRDRE HOWLEY posted at 1:19 pm on Fri, Apr 26, 2013.

    kundry42 Posts: 8

    As far as I'm concerned, Patricia won. She even got my husband to watch the show! He declared her the best and most interesting.

    And she is.

  • Susan posted at 1:18 pm on Fri, Apr 26, 2013.

    Susan Posts: 1

    That is great news! The headline was dreadful...what? You are a total winner. Incredible competition. You are an inspiration to all of us.

  • PC Chavez posted at 10:39 am on Fri, Apr 26, 2013.

    PC Chavez Posts: 5

    Well done, Patricia Michaels! Watched every single episode just to see her designs and she delivered every time. I was so glad she went so far. She stayed a real class act considering how horrible the other contestants trashed her, especially the one that won (Michelle), and that Layana witch was still throwing her shade while she was Patricia's helper up to the end.

  • ohmyword posted at 7:38 am on Fri, Apr 26, 2013.

    ohmyword Posts: 4

    How is it possible that the finale was taped last summer when fashion week as shown on the finale was in February, 2013?

  • karl hardy posted at 4:28 am on Fri, Apr 26, 2013.

    karl hardy Posts: 42

    Hate your headline - she did not come up short - she came in second in a national competition that showed that she can compete with the best - congratulations should have been the headline

    Congratulations for a job well done! second place is still winning - GOOD JOB

  • SantaFe7 posted at 3:28 am on Fri, Apr 26, 2013.

    SantaFe7 Posts: 11

    Awesome job! New Mexico is proud of you! Don't forget where you come from. Keep teaching class at Poeh! Congratulations :)

  • peisley posted at 12:46 am on Fri, Apr 26, 2013.

    peisley Posts: 1

    Patricia was like Mondo who also came in second. There will be a lot of upset viewers,too. Nina had it it for her practically from the start and she's one hard nut to crack once she's made up her mind, which is a questionable quality in a judge. Heidi probably wasn't a happy camper since she's been behind Patricia the whole time. Glad to hear Patricia is already benefitting from the experience. I think she'll get even bigger offers. The show's turned into another American Idol, where the runnerup is the real winner and usually benefits most in the end.


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