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Grading the ''Project Runway'' designs

Grading the ”Project Runway” designs — We give the odds on who will win the sartorial reality challenge based on the finalists’ Bryant Park shows

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The final five designers of Bravo’s Project Runway showed their collections to a packed crowd (hello, Meryl Streep!) at New York Fashion Week. After seeing the lines, we predict the last designer standing, and the four who’ll be left with a parting kiss from Heidi Klum.

Jillian Lewis

PRO As she’s proved on the show, the girl excels at tailoring. Her shimmering, full-skirted party frocks, cozy knits, and sleek jackets were impeccably constructed tributes to playful femininity.

CON But do they add up to a cohesive collection? Ironically, Jillian’s versatility translated into a hodgepodge of a line.

BOTTOM LINE Solid, but without a clear unifying vision, she just doesn’t cut it with this crop of Runway contestants.

ODDS 7-1

 

Christian Siriano

PRO Avant-garde and intricately tailored, Christian’s ambitious ruffle-loving collection could hold its own against any of the other couture shows that graced the tents at Bryant Park. Impressive for any designer, much less a 22-year-old.

CON What is this, a 17th-century Dutch funeral? Where’s the color, Christian?

BOTTOM LINE With Victoria Beckham on board as guest judge for the Runway finale (airing March 5), Christian, whose dramatic aesthetic screams Posh, becomes our favorite to win the top prize.

ODDS 2-1

Rami Kashoú

PRO A staggering level of craftsmanship defined his evening gowns — the Oscar-ready gold number drew gasps, and then applause, from the fashion-jaded crowd. And he wins some major bonus points for steering clear of his signature draped jersey.

CON What a surprise — gorgeous red-carpet gowns! Oh wait, he does that EVERY week.

BOTTOM LINE The seasoned designer’s versatile collection makes him a strong contender.

ODDS 5-2

Sweet P

PRO Tinged with rock & roll, Sweet P’s youthful designs went above and beyond anything she’s produced on the show to date. And, finally, some color! Her lavender and gold pairing made for a nice twist on this season’s ubiquitous purple and yellow.

CON The fit wasn’t always right — sure to be a sticking point for the judges. And Sweet P’s mix of softer looks and loud, punk plaid didn’t make for a coherent collection.

BOTTOM LINE She wins the prize for most improved — and that’s it.

ODDS 20-1

Also Ran…Chris March

At first, the outrageous costume designer impressed with silk-screened frocks in rich jewel tones (including his show opener, the cobalt gown, modeled by Top Model vixen Bianca) that displayed a surprising amount of elegance. But then it all went very, very wrong with heaps of crushed velvet, glittering Goth jewels, and cuffs and hems fringed with hair (yes, human hair).

BOTTOM LINE We love Chris, and we predict a long career for him…in costume design. Anyone staging a remake of Sunset Boulevard?

ODDS 10,000-1

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