In the final episode, three designers impressed the judges with their collection, but it was Nigel Xavier who emerged as the winner. However, the other finalists, Deontré Hancock and Bao Tranchi, had already established themselves as successful designers before the show. Their inclusion in the final round is a testament to their talent and will undoubtedly propel their careers further.
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Bao Tranchi, in particular, is a designer to watch. She had already made a name for herself with her fashion-forward clothing line, which bears her name. Since the show, Bao has collaborated with footwear brand United Nude and launched a festive collection that was featured in Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam. She also worked as a costume designer on Zac Efron’s latest movie, The Greatest Beer Run Ever, and attended its premiere.
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Bao has designed costumes for several movies, including Charlie’s Angels and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and has created looks for celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, and Laverne Cox. She even designed an outfit for Next in Fashion judge Gigi Hadid, which Gigi wore to the 2015 American Music Awards.
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Bao’s designs often feature cutout patterns and showcase her “absolute love and passion for the woman’s body,” as described by Tudum. Her costume for Ashley Graham’s appearance at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party is one of her favorite garments. Bao celebrated Graham’s body in a way that had previously been reserved only for sample size bodies. The outfit sparked a conversation about “what was properly sexy for a plus-sized woman” and became a “huge viral fashion moment,” according to Bao.
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Bao Tranchi is a talented designer with a bright future ahead of her. Her success on Next in Fashion is just the beginning, and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.