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Project Runway: It’s back.


“Project Runway” is a bad habit I just can’t quit.

Not as deadly as smoking, or even Peppermint Joe-Joe’s, but  dangerous addiction none the less. Every season, I say I’m done with the lackluster designs and the self-important drama queens.

Especially after season six, which was held in legal limbo for so long, was filmed in Los Angeles and had Nina Garcia and Michael Kors MIA for most of the episodes.

So it shouldn’t be a shock to anyone that I’m staying true to my fickle Gemini roots when I say that after watching the first episode of season seven (which airs at 10p Jan. 14 on Lifetime), I may not be over the show after all.

They’re back in New York City, Heidi is pregnant (best not to think on it too hard — daughter Lou was born in October) and MK is there, front and center, with his barbed, bitchy tongue. Tim Gunn and his wonderful vocab are here too.

All is right, right?  Yeah, I guess. There is potential for fireworks, especially when you consider the wide age range of the contestants (some are well into their 40s! Gasp!).

There’s Seth Aaron who is vaguely reminiscent of Suede in hair and third person speaking voice.

There’s Janeane who may have set a record for the number of crying fits in a single episode. One was prompted by only mentioning Bryant Park. After that little display, I expected little from her designs. Until I saw what she sent down the runway.

My early early fave? Costume designer Emilio. He’s mature, thoughtful and experienced.

Look for Birmingham, AL’s Anthony to be entertaining — in design and personality.

Check out the new season on Thursday and be sure to let me know what you think. In the meantime, check out Tom & Lorenzo’s Project Rungay for in-depth designer profiles and hilariously catty insight.

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The chiffon/tulle ombre grown prompted applause during it's first trip down the runway (AP Photo)

The chiffon/tulle ombre grown prompted applause during it's first trip down the runway (AP Photo)

Project Runway winner Christian Siriano certainly knows his audience.

And, now, with his third showing in the tents at Bryant Park, his Spring collection reflects a maturity that has come with that knowledge.

Inspired by the Mediterranean, he paired cool, luxurious blues, greens and golds were accented by blushes, khakis and even some volcanic colors. An aerial photo of the Italian coastline was manipulated to make create the core fabric (which resembeled electrified marble), according to his show notes.

It played out in a duality on the runway: for every muted, gently pleated piece that his ladies who lunch would adore, there was an overworked number that was a little too, well, fierce.

His motocross jacket in a satin oceanic print, paired with a pleated silk skirt has a soft, polished edge.

But a ball gown with excessive pickup pleating was more Scarlett O’Hara than night-at-the-opera chic.

I can’t hate too much, because clearly the man loves a dramatic shoe, as illustrated by his “bullhorn” heeled collection for Payless. The comma-shaped heel and platform cut an impressive silhouette, but just don’t expect to walk too far. During the final walk, one model had to ditch her kicks and finish barefoot.

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Nina Garcia get out of my head!

I found myself nodding in agreement and giving the “Project Runway” judge and Marie Claire editor mental high-fives while devouring her latest book, “The Style Strategy: A Less-is-More Approach to Staying Chic and Shopping Smart.”

In her third book (I’m also a big fan of last year’s “The One Hundred“), she’s not breaking new ground, but authoritatively making the argument to buy less, but buy better.

The book is worth a read for the Ruben Toledo illustrations alone, but you’d be missing out on a guide to editing your closet, assessing needs and wants, along with pithy stylish quotes and a quick-hit course in the historical implications of fashion.

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