Nervous 'Runway' contestants display their wares

JOCELYN NOVECK
The Associated Press
Modified: September 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm •  Published: September 13, 2011
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photo - Project Runway judges, left to right, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Michael Kors, and Lauren Scott pose before finalists show their designs Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, during Fashion Week in New York.   (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)
Project Runway judges, left to right, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Michael Kors, and Lauren Scott pose before finalists show their designs Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, during Fashion Week in New York. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

NEW YORK — If Bryce Black happens to win this season of "Project Runway," look for his new T-shirt: "Klum of Doom."

That's the garment the nervous contestant told his Lincoln Center audience he was planning to design, so afraid is he of the plainspoken "Project Runway" host and supermodel, Heidi Klum.

Yet there was one thing even more frightening, he said at Friday's show, and that was appearing in public.

"OK, finally I've found something more terrifying than Heidi Klum," he said as he gazed out at the imposing crowd to introduce his collection.

Black is one of nine remaining contestants on the show's ninth season. His clothes included a number of odd-looking military-style jackets, some in pastel colors, and a lot of trousers with large, exaggerated seams.

Who's on track to win? Hard to tell, but the crowd seemed to like the bright, breezy style of Anya Ayoung Chee, from Trinidad. She said her collection was inspired by "the easy, sexy vibe of the Caribbean." Her designs included a long, silky colorful dress with a metallic halter strap, and a fetching black-and-white bathing suit with a flowing matching coverup.

Representing the over-50 set was Bert Keeter, 57, who seemed a bit surprised to be there. "I don't know quite how this happened," he told the crowd, to sympathetic laughter. He favored simple designs in white, tan and black — a typical item was a plain white dress with an armband for one sleeve.

Laura Kathleen got some approving looks for her collection, which she said was aimed at the everyday woman, who "goes through battles of vulnerability," and who may have her guard up, but "lets it back down for love." Her clothes were heavy on metallic accents, but also had their silky, filmy side.

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