"Project Runway" final six make it work in NY

Fri Sep 12, 2008 3:37pm EDT
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By Christopher Michaud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The final six contestants on U.S. television's "Project Runway" showed their design collections on Friday, hoping to become the hit show's winner and someday join the professionals on the fashion show circuit.

The finale on the Bravo television network was staged as part of New York's semi-annual Fashion Week and will be broadcast in mid-October. The winner gets a $100,000 prize, a new car, a fashion magazine spread and invaluable media attention.

More than 200 designers showed spring collections this week in New York in shows that concluded on Friday.

Known by their first names to "Project Runway" fans, finalists Korto, Kenley, Suede, Leanne, Jerell and Joe each showed 10 designs.

Jerell made heavy use of sequins and metallics, offset with black stripes. His looks included a chain-maille jacket over black and gold sequined trousers and glamorous high-waisted dresses and gowns.

Punk-influenced Suede showed an unexpected palette of pastel pinks and blues, with a heavy does of voluminous ruffles and flowing skirts topped with corset-style tops and vests.

Korto, a crowd favorite, created intricate quilted and pleated tops over flowing skirts and used vibrant green and turquoise along with an earthy, muted gold. A pleated dress bore the oversized sleeves she often made on the show.

Joe, who said he was showing "Americana," went with denim slacks and skirts topped with leather and denim bustiers.   Continued...

<p>Models present creations by designer Kenley Collins (L) during the taping of the season finale of Project Runway during New York Fashion Week September 12, 2008. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid</p>