'Next In Fashion' Season 2: Where Is The Winner Now?
*Warning: Next in Fashion season 2 spoilers follow*
Next in Fashion season two has officially arrived on Netflix, introducing fans to a fresh group of aspiring fashion designers competing for a $200,000 cash prize and the chance to debut their collection on e-commerce fashion platform Rent the Runway.
Queer Eye's Tan France returns as host and judge for the second outing, along with supermodel Gigi Hadid (who replaces season one's Alexa Chung), and a star-studded panel of guest judges including Bella Hadid, Donatella Versace, Emma Chamberlain, and Vogue contributing editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson.
Each episode sees the budding creatives design and sew visionary looks in various themed challenges, ranging from Met Gala-ready ballgowns to transformation outfits worthy of a Ru-veal on the Drag Race main stage.
The original 12 contestants were eventually whittled down to finalists Bao Tranchi, Deontré Hancock and Nigel Xavier, who were tasked with showcasing a collection of eight looks for the final runway with only three days to prepare and a team of experienced sewers on hand.
The trio went all out for their collections, but Nigel's Woodstock-inspired looks and impressive showstopper came out on top, meaning that the Atlanta-based designer was crowned this year's Next in Fashion.
'The world is seeing my vision and this is really going to change my life,' he said after his triumph. 'I don't know where it's gonna go, but I know that I have what it takes to be next in fashion. I am next in fashion.'
But what has Nigel been up to since his big win?
Where is Nigel Xavier now?
Aside from taking home the $200,000 and his upcoming collection launch with Rent the Runway, Nigel will reportedly be hosting a Culture + Diversity panel with three of his Next in Fashion co-stars – including Denotré, Desyrée Nicole and Amari Carter – where each of the designer's looks will be on display (via thecinemaholic).
Since filming for season two wrapped, he's also displayed his work at CultureCon in New York City, which is described as 'the go-to conference for diverse creatives and young professionals,' and has had some of his clothing appear in GQ Magazine.
In a new interview with Tudum, Nigel opened up about his plans for the future and said that he's going to try to take his clothing 'to that mass market level'.
'I get bored of things very easily, so I’m trying to get out of that and grow my mind more on a business level,' he continued. 'I see myself more as an artist than a fashion designer. I just want to create art, but I know I need to tap more into that role of being a fashion designer and having a fashion house. I want to leave a legacy here, and this show helped me jump-start it. I need to just follow up with some pressure.'
Nigel is best known for his 'patchwork and textile manipulation,' with his unique style drawing influence from '90s and early '00s fashion, as well as the music industry.
While winning Next in Fashion is sure to catapult his career to new levels (the fact he's already gone from 16k to 131k followers on Instagram should be a good indication), Nigel has already designed for a number of musical clients – most recently, 2 Chainz.
The former football player has also admitted that 'adapting and observing different cultures has made [him] versatile and open-minded,' with his most-prized garment being an oversized pair of patchwork denim jeans that can fit up to six people in them (via Tudum).
Next in Fashion seasons 1 and 2 are available to watch on Netflix.
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