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Design partners Robert Tagliapietra and Jeffrey Costello sent dresses draped and colored for falling in love down their runway Thursday.

The two used a waterless heat-transfer process called AirDye to create double-colored pieces on fabrics as thin as chiffon, including some with swirly prints inspired by the look of paint on canvas.

They included a dress with a wrap front in pale violet and “dress coats” to complement all sizes in teal and rose. Many of the pair’s dresses, including some just above the floor, featured gathers at the side and center.

“We wanted it to be about falling in love. It was the emotion, the romance we wanted,” Tagliapietra said backstage after the downtown show.


There was intrigue _ and Heidi Klum in barely there gold _ at the “Project Runway” show that will decide who wins the 10th anniversary season.

Eight contestants thanked their loved ones and shared their inspirations in the hour-long parade before the judges on the Lifetime series and a huge crowd at the Lincoln Center tents.

But only three or four of the eight remain in the running to win the milestone season (the others were shills to keep us guessing). The finale, based on judging of the Fashion Week looks, will air Oct. 18 with guest judge Jennifer Hudson.

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.

Venn 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.


AP Writer Leanne Italie contributed to this report.

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