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Last night's episode of Project Runway, "Bright Lights, Big City" challenged the remaining designers to create a look designed for a night out on the town inspired by New York City at night. The designers were loaded onto a double decker sight seeing bus where mentor Tim Gunn explained that they would be split into groups and dropped off at different famous New York locations. They then had an hour to take photos of their inspiration that they would ultimately translate into their garments. (Sound familiar? That's because this challenge is almost a carbon copy of the episode "Inspiration" from Season 2. First Gristedes, now this?)

The guest judge for this episode was noted comedian, actress, and "New York nightlife aficionado," Sandra Bernhard.

Lovely FIDM Grad, Leanne, learned quickly from her last mistake of over-designing and produced an absolutely fabulous separates outfit inspired by the grate of a tree planter. Tim Gunn exclaimed the piece was "gorgeous" and hostess Heidi Klum proclaimed that it was "impeccable" and she would "wear in a heartbeat." However, runner-up from the last challenge, Kenley, ultimately claimed the win with her marble inspired, "painted print" dress. She will also receive immunity for next week's challenge.

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On to the bad news. New York designer, Jennifer ended up in the bottom two with her clock-face inspired look that the judges described as "boring and matronly." But it was Sacramento based designer, Emily who was Auf'd because of her light and energy inspired design that was described as "distracting and cliche." Notoriously hard-nosed judge, Nina Garcia stated that she had "no comment." This "no comment" review sealed Emily's fate and she was sent packing.

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For more photos from the Runway Show, including FIDM Grad Kelli Martin's rockin' look inspired by a black fire hydrant, visit the Rate the Runway feature on

Next Wednesday's episode entitled "Rings of Glory" features guest judge Apolo Ohno, five-time Olympic medalist and winner of the hit show Dancing with the Stars. My guess is the challenge will have the designers creating an outfit for or inspired by Ohno that is wearable for the Olympics. This should be interesting... 

Until Then, Stay Tuned and Stay Fashionable!

-- Alaythia


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