February 21, 2009
Spoiler alert! When you see the first episode of the new season of Project Runway, you may know who the winner is.
This is the word out of New York's Fashion Week today, where the three finalists of season six strutted their wares on the catwalk.
"I think we'll know pretty early on who [the likely winner] is," season five's champ, Leann Marshall, told us at the show.
Based on our totally unscientific poll of the other P.R. alums in attendance (including Suede, Jack Mackenroth and Kevin Christiana) today's third designer is the clear winner, and his or her designs should be immediately recognizable to viewers when the sixth season premieres. (You can sneak a peek at the designs below!)
Of course, the big question is when fans will get the new season...
Because of the legal dispute between Lifetime and Bravo that has kept season six off the air, today's season-finale shoot was different than in previous years: No decoys were used and the finalists themselves were not shown (they hid backstage).
"Unfortunately nobody has seen the show yet," Heidi Klum said. "I'm a little bit sad for our designers that they don't get that recognition today. We're all in a bit of a limbo."
Our Ryan Seacrest chatted up Runway's big boss, Harvey Weinstein, this morning, and he had this to say about season six's whereabouts: "We've taped all 13 episodes, and no one has seen anything. It's held up between these two giant entities, Lifetime and Bravo. With Bravo being part of NBC, we thought we'd move the show successfully, apparently there is some contention. Hopefully we can sit down and work this out. We've been trying to work it out to get it on."
When asked which home he prefers for the show, Weinstein said: "Well, I think we made a deal with Lifetime, so it's fair that it airs there. I think pretty much everybody does, but there [are] sometimes technicalities in contracts, and that's unfortunate for us."
Today's guest judge was Suzy Menkes, Fashion editor for the International Herald Tribune, and according to People, Christina Aguilera, Eva Longoria Parker and Rebecca Romijn will also be guest judges this season.
Now check out the three collections from today's Project Runway show:
Do you agree the third is the best? And how about Suede's assertion that the first collection is so blah "I thought it was a decoy!"
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