Project Runway: All Stars winner Mondo Guerra has a new collaboration in the works, and it's slightly more utilitarian than the bold, fearless couture we came to expect from him on the show: a collection of funky and functional eyeglass frames for SEE Eyewear, a brand Mondo himself has been wearing for years.
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SEE is a national brand that prides itself on carrying only its own designs rather than expensive designer labels, enabling it to keep consumer costs low -- but the company made an exception to work with Mondo, making him its first-ever collaboration.
A rising star in the fashion world, the Denver designer created a stir during his run on season eight of Project Runway when he revealed, in a very personal on-screen moment, that he was HIV-positive. A year later, he was back on Project Runway: All Stars, where he captured the biggest prize in the show's history -- $100,000 in office space and technology from HP and Intel, a boutique inside Neiman Marcus stores, a guest editorship at Marie Claire magazine, and $100,000 in cash from L'Oreal, as well as a forum where he could continue to be a fierce advocate for AIDS awareness and research. A portion of the sales from the "Mondo for SEE" Collection will go to amfAR, the American Foundation for Aids Research.
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This spring, you'll be able to see the collection for yourself at SEE Eyewear's Cherry Creek location -- but until then, Mondo's own penchant for stylish, retro frames gives us an idea of what to expect: