February 9, 2008

NY Fashion Week - Project Runway Finale

Yesterday we attended the New York Fashion Week at Bryant Park in Manhattan. It was the finale of Project Runway, Bravo's seven-time, Emmy-nominated reality TV series. The competition show provides budding designers with an opportunity to launch their careers in fashion. The finale is taped during the NY Fashion Week and provides finalists an opportunity to show their lines in front of fashion industry's top movers and shakers.

My wife is in the fashion industry (works at Donna Karan), so I was under the gun to use my influence (NBCU owns Bravo) and get us the invitation to the
Project Runway finale, which apparently was one of the hottest tickets during the entire week. Understandably so, given none of the regular showcases during Fashion Week blend the worlds of couture, entertainment and TV. The star power at Project Runway included the former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham (guest judge for the finale), Meryl Streep, Heidi Klum (show host, executive producer and judge), Nina Garcia ( Elle's fashion director and judge), Michael Kors (well known American designer and judge), Tim Gunn ( Chief Creative Officer at Liz Claiborne and mentor to the show's budding designers), among several other stars from the world of fashion and Hollywood. Apart from the chaos at the entrance, I found the overall experience quite fun.

"It's fun, it's sexy, it's exciting, and it sells clothes," executive producer Harvey Weinstein said before the show. It's a live version of
People and Us Weekly.

Below are some pictures we took at the event.

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