Fashion enthusiasts around the world were pretty excited about the recent release of Season 2 of Netflix’s Next in Fashion. Hosted by Tan France and Gigi Hadid, the reality show has everything you could ask for. From futuristic clothing to iconic judges, there are a variety of reasons to fall in love with this show. However, the competition wouldn’t be the same without its talented cast, always ready to live up to the expectations of the judges and viewers. Needless to say, people are very curious as to where the Season 2 contestants are. Luckily we have just the answers you need!
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Where is Nigel Xavier now?
We start with Nigel Xavier, winner of Next in Fashion Season 2. The Atlanta, Georgia based designer has captivated everyone with his phenomenal work in a variety of fabrics. Thanks to his victory, Nigel won a cash prize of $200,000. In addition, his clothing collection is scheduled to be released on March 10, 2023 on Rent the Runway’s website. The Georgia native was pretty excited to promote his TV appearance. Additionally, he and some of the other cast members, including Deontré Hancock, Amari Carter, and Desyrée Nicole, were planning a Culture + Diversity panel for March 4, 2023 in Atlanta.
Through his label Moonman, Nigel is known for sharing a wide range of looks with his followers who just can’t get enough of his work. Heavily influenced by the 90’s and early 2000’s, his designs are mostly denim. Some of his styled clients include A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti and Travis Scott. In fact, the designer recently had the opportunity to collaborate with 2 Chainz. While most of his loved ones are immensely proud of Nigel, few were as happy as his parents, Stella and Marshall, when he won the fashion contest.
Where is Bao Tranchi now?
Thanks to her sensual and stylish designs, Bao Tranchi’s position as a finalist surprised few. Over the years, the fashion expert has worked with some of the biggest names in fashion. In fact, she was even asked by Peter Farrelly to work on his film The Greatest Beer Run Ever, which stars Zac Efron, Russell Crowe and Bill Murray. The Los Angeles, California resident has also had the pleasure of dressing celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj and Laverne Cox.
Launched in 2015, Bao’s eponymous label seems to be thriving largely thanks to its unique options. The reality TV star, who has been in the fashion industry for over 20 years, is a big advocate of body positivity and often creates designs that allow clients to fall in love with their natural bodies. Above all, Bao is a dedicated mother who loves her daughter Sadie dearly and hopes to make her proud through her work and accomplishments. She is also very close to her sisters Chau and Crystal.
Where is Deontre Hancock now?
The next finalist on the list is none other than Deontré Hancock. The Washington DC based designer has his own fashion brand Hoodlvm which offers mostly streetwear options. Deontré, who dominated the competition from the start, has many fans celebrating his win, including his sister Stella and nephew Steve. The reality TV star, who learned the fine art of designing herself, has also expressed his appreciation for everything his parents have done for him. Deontré also seems to be very fond of travel and can often be seen visiting locations around the country.
Where is Amari Carter now?
Amari Carter may have narrowly missed out on being a finalist, but her silhouettes were certainly the talk of the town when she was still part of the competition. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she is a graduate of the London College of Fashion with her own brand of the same name. She currently works as a women’s wear designer for New York & Company and is the owner of Yor Atelier. Amari’s work was also featured in Kolor Magazine.
The reality TV star is close to her brother and parents including their mother Latonya Carter. In October 2022, Amari shared the news of her grandmother’s death, which inspired her granddaughter to pursue a career in fashion. “I will miss you so much, heaven is so lucky to have you. Thank you for blessing me with the gift of sewing and design,” she shared in an Instagram post. “I just wanted you to be proud of me! I’m so upset that you can’t see me succeeding at something you taught me. 🤍🕊”
Where is Desyrée Nicole now?
All the way from Waterford, Michigan we have Desyrée Nicole. The self-taught designer founded her brand Todd Patrick in 2016 and named it after her younger brother. Since its inception, the luxury men’s clothing company has become very popular for its trendy looks. In addition to being Creative Director on Todd Patrick, she is also an NFL wardrobe stylist. In addition, Desyrée is the founder of Bar Tap, a mobile application dedicated to guiding people to the best bars in the area.
Perhaps the happiest of all news in Desyrée’s life is her recent engagement to partner Gaby Paulino. As Todd Patrick’s COO, Gavy was delighted that the reality TV star agreed to her proposal. “My buttah, my soulmate, my other half. Nobody else in this world that I want to live with. Love you forever and can’t wait to live life with you 💜,” she wrote in the Instagram post celebrating the couple’s engagement.
Where is Megan O’Cain now?
With her use of vibrant color and bubbly personality, Megan O’Cain had our hearts from the moment she first appeared on the Netflix show. Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, the designer now lives in Brooklyn, New York and has her own fashion brand name after herself. The Parsons School of Design graduate prides herself on her playful designs, which often evoke a strong sense of nostalgia. Inspired by the ’60s, Megan’s designs often incorporate handcrafted elements that add to the charm of this particular look. Because of her work, she was one of the 25 finalists of the Eyes on Talent Award 2019 while she was still studying.
Where is Danny Godoy now?
Born and raised in Inglewood, California, Danny Godoy grew up with three older siblings and can trace his roots back to Mexico. The former Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising student used to work as Beverly Luxe but has since used the name Godoy. The reality TV star, who discovered the world of drag as a student, is a full-time drag queen and often dresses up other queens to make them look even more fabulous. As the owner of GisforGodoy, he’s also had the opportunity to work with James Charles and has even created some of the looks from RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Where is James Ford now?
James Ford currently resides in Los Angeles, California and serves as the designer and creative director of Rowena Social Club. Founded in 2021, the brand primarily focuses on making tailored suits for its clients, although the company also offers other clothing options. As a trans man, James is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and hopes to be an inspiration to others in the group. On March 2, 2023, The Rowena Social Club launched an entire line of apparel, including the Ultimate Grandma Vest. The clothing was made from scratch by Los Angeles’ LGBTQ+ residents. Those interested in buying know that only 8 pieces of this particularly unique look were created.
Where is Eliana Batsakis now?
Cheerful Eliana Batsakis from Cincinnati, Ohio graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2021. She then received sponsorship for Atlantic City Fashion Week 2022 and was featured as a designer on CFDA Runway360. Currently, the reality TV star designs under her own name and has designs you could only wish for. More good news: Eliana got engaged to boyfriend Ethan Murray in September 2022. The couple has been together for over 12 years and their middle school love story certainly took a turn for the better.
Where is Qaysean Williams now?
Devoted to the spirit of self-expression and glamour, Qaysean Williams became known for his bold styling choices. In addition to being the founder and designer of Manikin LLC, the reality TV star is also the Assistant Manager of Styling and Wardrobe at Plitzs Fashion Marketing Inc. The designer goes by a variety of names including QayseanRoe, Manikin and The One Hand Sewing Man. The latter refers to the limited functionality Qaysean has in his left arm as a result of Erb’s paralysis. However, the designer has never let the conventional definition of normality hold him back and has rubbed shoulders with some of the best in fashion.
In a recent interview with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), Qaysean shared, “I want to create fashion that bridges the gap between accessibility and style by creating garments that don’t indicate a person’s obvious disability. When shopping or dressing, why should we (or anyone else) think about what we can’t wear? We just want to look good and feel good. My mission is to create adaptable garments that follow the same aesthetic of other brands with modifications in stretch fabrics, textiles, drape, comfort, bling accents, loops, zippers, unique cut, mock looks, adjustable straps/lengths etc. , so everyone can “kill” by expressing and showcasing their uniqueness without the label.”
Where is Courtney Smith now?
As the owner and designer of Courtney Noelle Inc, Courtney Smith is at the forefront of fashion. The designer lives in New York City, New York and her brand is known for catering to plus size bodies. The Williams College graduate might have had a brief reality TV stint, but she left an impression on everyone who came into contact with her. Her designs have been featured on many TV shows like Good Morning America and worn by celebrities like Mary Lambert and Danielle Young. Her crowning glory, however, might be the fact that she got the opportunity to design the dress worn by Alex Newell for her portrayal of Ursula for Disney’s This is Me Pride 2021 celebration!
Where is Usama Ishtay now?
Syrian-Venezuelan designer Usama Ishtay’s foray into the world of fashion was certainly unique. Despite being the first contestant to drop out of the second season of the Netflix show, there’s little doubt about the sheer talent the designer has. Since 2015 he has worked as CEO, owner and fashion designer for his eponymous brand. Over the years, the former Petroleum Engineering and Geology student has designed for celebrities including Tyra Banks, Carrie Underwood, Chiquis Rivera and Lauren London. He also recently collaborated with Saweetie, presenting his collection at Los Angeles Fashion Week 2022.
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