On the evening of November 5, 2015, in the lobby of the elegantly modern Aloft Hotel, Edmond Newton’s Road to Project Runway & New York Fashion Week Celebration kicked off. The intimate event was held at the Aloft’s WXYZ Lounge where friends, fans, family and industry professionals all met up to show their unfailing support and love to our local Project Runway Finalist. Just the week prior, fans witnessed the heart-gripping episode where the idolized Tim Gun used his save to keep Edmond in the running and provide him with the chance of a lifetime as one of the top four finalists to showcase their own signature collection for New York Fashion Week. I mean, Edmond had every right to commemorate this amazing time in his life as one who has zealously tried out as a contestant to be on Project Runway for 13 seasons in a row. The celebration of his experiences to get where he is today surrounded by people who have been there with him all along as well as those who have come to know him in the process, made this party one to never been forgotten.
As guests poured into the WXYZ Lounge awaiting next steps from Edmond Newton himself, there was a sense of honor and total respect for this heroic designer whose story is nothing less than inspiring and amazing. Edmond started off by sharing how he feels totally ecstatic to have everyone present. He very genuinely expresses his gratitude to all who have cheered him on and given him the courage to accomplish the things he has thus far. Edmond reflects on his life and spontaneously invites up family and industry friends who were able to attest to his passion for fashion and his diligence as an emerging designer in a beastly competitive industry. Edmond says, “Growing up, I thought I was the class clown, but I later found out that Fashion is my superpower.” And superpower it is! As a winner of three challenges this season, exceeding expectations, and creating some very elegant staple pieces throughout the season, this party was one that was a must not only for Edmond, but more importantly, for the people who believe in his work.
After a series of photos taken in front of the creative Edmond Newton branded step and repeat, the time for the Project Runway Season Finale was at hand. As we all gathered around the flat screen in the lounge to watch this highly anticipated episode, the crowd lit up every time Edmond was spotlighted throughout the episode leading into the showcase of his collection on the NYFW runway. As always, we were stunned at his phenomenal execution of the task he was delegated as such genius designer; true to his sophisticated aesthetic and brand. In our eyes, he didn’t miss it, he killed it! And although Edmond did not win as top designer. He still remains a winner in many respects. As the show finalized and the celebratory cake was dispersed, we were both disappointed and yet expectant in the same breath. For us and especially for Edmond Newton, this only marked the beginning of greater things to come and never the End.