Project Runway Season 12 Finale

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While most reality shows fade to black unable to maintain steam, the Emmy-award winning fashion designer competition, Project Runway continues to be must-see fashion-reality TV with an ever broadening demographic. Project Runway returned to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week spring 2014 for its Season 12 Finale.

The best of the fashion and entertainment industry came together at Lincoln Center for the eight finalists looking for their chance to present their 10-piece runway collections. Though television audiences only witness the top three competing finalists, MBFW Lincoln Center audiences witness the final eight.

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Supermodel Heidi Klum hosted the Finale in a stunning gold Max Azria Atelier floor-length gown and introduced the all-star panel of judges that included celebrated high-end fashion designer Zac Posen, Marie Claire creative director Nine Garcia, and actress Kerry Washington. “I’ve had to learn about fashion because as an actor, it’s such a huge part of the marketing,” says Washington in a pre-show interview floral print Stella McCartney dress with sky-high red patent heels. The runway show opened with opulent, goth-inspired,  avant-garde looks by contestant and native New Yorker Alexander Pope followed by an elegant collection of cocktail dresses and tailored pieces from contestant Kate Pankoke.

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The contestants showed the extent of their fashion expertise and background with electrifying collections, worthy of being in the Season 12 Finale. “This year it’s going to be very tough,” she said. “They could all win. The quality is great.”

Each contestant was able to deliver chic collections with its own unique aesthetics from futuristic twists on classic trends like 24-year-old Philadelphian, Dom Streater’s collection to Jeremy Brandrick’s enchanting floral patterns inspired by early spring blooms.

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Project Runway’s Season 12 Finale airs on Thursday, October 17th at 8pm on the Lifetime Channel.

—Dana E. Givens

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