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Ten collections! Three real and seven decoys! That's how Project Runway's producers dealt with Fashion Week arriving so early in their season.
You'd think this would have upset the cast's already aufed contestants, who didn't get to show, but they seemed to be having a great time just roaming around the tent, acting like celebrities. Jesus and a blonde wigged Ping were posing for everyone, along with another contestant, who's obviously the next to go (look after the jump for the spoiler). Joining them were many Project Runway stars of yore: Korto, Epperson, Gordana, Laura Bennett, Suede, Logan and Nicolas. Even Jay McCarroll was there, being his usual controversial self. We overheard him say to fellow Runway winner, Leanne Marshall, "Christian really fucked everything up." We're not exactly sure what he meant by that, but we can guess...
Some of the other famous faces at the show included Beth Ostrosky, Nigel Barker, Raven-Symone and special guest judge, Faith Hill. Rachel Zoe failed to show, which sent one of the show's producers scrambling to fill her front row seat.
The first of this season's designers to show, was Jay. He presented a dramatic, romantic, and cohesive collection, elaborating on his deigns from the burlap sack and Marie Claire cover challenges. The most exciting moment of his collection, however, was when a man tossed a pen all the way across the runway to Nina Garcia, who obviously needed one. Fortunately, no models were hurt in the throwing of this pen.
All the collections were interesting and most were at least somewhat cohesive. There was Janeane's body hiding one, which was somehow inspired by crystals and rocks. Jonathan showed his "Aviary" collection, with its wing-like wide legged pants. Jessie presented forties military inspired clothing, which he introduced after telling his fiance that he couldnt wait to marry her. Seth Aaron also showed a military influenced collection, but his had a Jeffrey Sebelia feel to it. Emilio called his collection, "Color Me Bad," but he could just as easily have called it "Color Me Well Made, Bright and Tasteful." Mila's collection incorporated less of her blocking techniques than usual, possibly to her detriment. Fan favorite Anthony only showed eveningwear. Some were red carpet ready, while other pieces looked like they should be worn in a disco. The final collection of the night's, was Amy's. She used photographic digital printing and pleating to create very innovative dresses, including one which covered half the model's face, as though she were hiding in a giant lampshade.
The collection which was the most surprising, however, was that of the often overlooked Ben. His rich looking, well styled sportswear and dresses caused Marie Claire's Joanna Coles to nod and comment her approval.
SPOILER: The next designer to be aufed will probaby be Maya.
· Fashion Week Fall 2010 [Racked]