`Project Runway’ meets NY Fashion Week

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There was a touch of mesh in jackets and tops from Gunnar Deatherage, a self-taught, 22-year-old designer from Kentucky who learned to sew at age 7 from his grandmother.

Elena Silvnyak, 28 and originally from the Ukraine, sent models out with bright yellow and green lips, two-tone fitted dresses and tunics.

An always serious Budhu managed a rare smile at the end of his show, which featured impeccable bodices and necks in constructed layers of fabric on formal gowns and cocktail dresses in reds and off-whites.

Sonjia Williams, 27, another New Yorker, sent down an ode to herself, a “bold, strong, confident woman,” with blue lace in leggings and tops, a wide-waisted skirt in a floral print and shorts in a piped leatherette.

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