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Photos: Fashions on the 'Project Runway' finale catwalk

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    Models present creations during the "Project Runway" Fall 2010 fashion show at New York Fashion Week, Feb. 12, 2010. Ten contestants of Lifetime's "Project Runway" showed collections anonymously at New York Fashion Week, part of the reality show's efforts to keep the three finalists secret until the television season ends.

    SPOILER ALERT: The following images show fashions and designers who have advanced to the finale of "Project Runway," season seven. (Brendan McDermid / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Models present creations during the "Project Runway" Fall 2010 fashion show at New York Fashion Week. (Brendan McDermid / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. A model presents a creation during the "Project Runway" Fall 2010 fashion show at New York Fashion Week. (Brendan McDermid / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Models present creations during the "Project Runway" Fall 2010 fashion show at New York Fashion Week. (Brendan McDermid / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Designer Anthony Williams walks the runway with one of his models. (Brendan McDermid / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Williams focused on cocktail dresses and evening wear embellished with ruffles, sparkling ombres of paillettes and swishy fringe. (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Williams' designs sparkled on the runway. (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Designer Amy Sarabi walks the runway with one of her models. Her line featured pleats-and-prints separates, and although interesting, appeared to be the least wearable. (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. A model shows of one of Sarabi's creations. The designer said she embraced "photographic digital prints and pleating" for her line. (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Another design from Sarabi. (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Sarabi redefines the peekaboo dress with one of her garments. (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Designer Ben Chmura showed off a colorful line for which he cited "The Martian Chronicles" for inspiration. (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. An up-close look at one of Chmura's outfits. (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Chmura appeared to tie his designs together with a splash of blue on each model. (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Seth Aaron Henderson said his line was inspired by "1940s Russian-Germany military," as reflected in this outfit on one of his models. (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. More military chic from Henderson's collection. (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Jesse LeNoir was one of the designers who said his line, which resembled costumey pinups reminiscent of World War II nurses, referenced the military uniform. (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Another design from LeNoir. (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. A model shows off the colorful palette used in designer Emilio Sosa's line. (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. In addition to color, Sosa also went with a flowy look in his collection. (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Designer Jonathan Peters said his aviary theme was “an experiment in volume and a celebration of all things insect.” (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Another look from Peters' fashion line. (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Designer Mila Hermanovski's line offered striped knitwear in cocoon and batwing shapes. (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. A model shows off another look from Hermanovski's line. (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Janeane Marie Ceccanti also found inspiration for her line in nature. Her mantra was “things that aren’t alive but grow anyway, like crystals.” (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Designer Jay Nicolas Sario was another "Runway" contestant who referenced the military uniform. Sario's vision was that of a futuristic urban warrior. (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  27. Heidi Klum and designer Michael Kors watch as models present creations from Sario's collection. (BRENDAN MCDERMID / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. A second gown from Sario's collection also emphasizes his vision of the urban warrior. (Stephen Chernin / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 2/17/2010 11:16:44 PM ET 2010-02-18T04:16:44

The Friday finale runway show of “Project Runway” had so many designers that even its surprise guest judge had trouble keeping track.

“I remember pieces,” country singer Faith Hill said after the show, admitting that she hadn’t yet learned the names of the contestants that she’ll be critiquing. “If I had my book in front of me, I would be able to remember. But I just remember the pieces so vividly.”

To prevent the audience from leaking the identities of the show’s final three contestants, “Runway’s” remaining 10 designers all offered collections, turning a normally refined runway into a whirlwind of faces, names and genres. Even with the larger number of lines, many themes repeated in the designers’ pieces: military, industrial colors, sportswear, the 1940s and conversely, back-to-the-future looks.

Jay Nicolas Sario and Jesse LeNoir referenced the military uniform, ranging from Sario’s futuristic urban warrior to LeNoir’s costumey pinups reminiscent of World War II nurses — and flight attendants. Seth Aaron Henderson claimed his inspiration was “1940s Russian-Germany military.”

Other designers found inspiration in nature, including Jonathan Peters and Janeane Marie Ceccanti. Peter said his aviary theme was “an experiment in volume and a celebration of all things insect.” Ceccanti’s mantra was “things that aren’t alive but grow anyway, like crystals.”

Video: Klum on fashion industry ‘hustle’ Fan favorites like Mila Hermanovski and Anthony Williams presented cohesive, wearable lines. Hermanovski, who has notched several wins on the show, offered striped knitwear in cocoon and batwing shapes. Williams showed cocktail dresses and evening wear embellished with floaty ruffles, sparkling ombres of paillettes and swishy fringe.

Ben Chmura cited "The Martian Chronicles" as his inspiration.

By far the most interesting, though least wearable, were Amy Sarabi’s pleats-and-prints separates. A white pantsuit looked like it had various water stains that formed an ethereal pattern, while an off-white knit dressed exploded with pleats that draped the body haphazardly.

Though judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia both said before the finale that the latest season — the show’s seventh — its most directional in terms of the contestants’ styles, to show mentor Tim Gunn, there was only one designer who stood out. But he’s not naming any names.

“I’ve never seen a season of ‘Project Runway’ that has had such a distinctive point of view among a group of designers,” he said furtively after the presentation. “Any of the 10 could rise to the top, to be honest.”

Reuters contributed to this report.

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