New York designer wins Project Runway

Project Runway judges, from left, Michael Kors, Heidi Klum and Nina Garcia pose before the Project Runway Season 6 Finale show during Fashion Week Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

November 20, 2009 7:04:54 AM PST
New York designer Irina Shabayeva's collection took the gold in "Project Runway," winning $100,000 toward her line, an agent and a trip to Paris.

Judges Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia and Susie Menkes chose Shabayeva over Carol Hannah Whitfield, who came in third, and Althea Harper, the runner-up. The three women all showed strong collections at February's fashion week in Bryant Park. The Lifetime show's finale was shown Thursday night.

The delay came because "Project Runway" - the cult series that transformed Bravo into a hot destination for addictive reality TV - lacked a home base. Trapped in lawsuit limbo, the series was mired in a dispute involving NBC Universal, which owns Bravo, the Weinstein Co. and Lifetime.

Shabayeva's collection was inspired by New York, right down to the detailed T-shirts worn beneath knitwear armor. Harper's vision was a look toward the future, inspired by science fiction; Whitfield was somewhat dreamy with her soft draping and airy fabric.