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    For those in and around the Toronto area go to slice.ca to enter to win tickets to Biddell's upcoming show at Fashion Week.
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    Toronto Star article about Toronto Fashion Week. TheStar.com | Fashion Week | From reality TV to the runway

    They duked it out on Project Runway – the Slice network reality TV show that pitted 12 relatively inexperienced Canadian designers against each other in a fight to the finish.

    In last fall's final episode only one winner, Evan Biddell reigned victorious, taking home the $100,000 prize money.

    The rest were left to lick their wounds.

    But for four Project Runway alumni who will premier their fall 2008 collections in a massive tent set up in Nathan Phillips Square this represents the final challenge, the real smack down. Theirs are just a few of the more than 30 shows taking place over the next four days during L'Oréal Fashion Week. But for Project Runway fans across Canada, this week is the real deal. This time it's professional.

    Lucian Matis, Carlie Wong, Kendra Francis and Biddell will once again go thimble to thimble as they compete, not for the attention of a panel of judges or a cheering TV audience, but for the attention of demanding fashion critics, difficult store buyers and, in the ultimate challenge, for consumers.

    Biddell, who shows today at 2 p.m., has been labouring in the studio of veteran Canadian designer Wayne Clark. "His taste has really rubbed off on me," says Biddell. "I've seen the quality of my work go up."

    The young designer says he is continuing to build the brand he discovered during the taping of Project Runway. "I'm in a position to take risks and focus on the work. I don't have to worry about selling the collection. I have a lot of freedom at this point."

    He also continues his commitment to the environment, with a completely "sustainable collection." Look for the dramatic black bamboo evening gown, for starters.

    When Project Runway ended, the 24-year-old Saskatchewan native took a trip to Paris and has since moved to Toronto.

    "Personality is a big part of the picture. That's what fashion is today. I'm the person behind the clothes," he says. Bold silhouettes and loud colours dominate the collection that Biddell affectionately calls "ferocious" even "obnoxious" at times. "It takes a big personality to wear these clothes."

    As for the $100,000 prize money, Biddell is uncharacteristically coy. "What's money for?" he asks.

    He admits he's feeling some heat, though. "I know people are going to want to see what I'm doing. There are people who are waiting for me to fail and there are those who want me to strive."

    His arch-rival Lucian Matis, 28, whose collection debuts tomorrow at 5 p.m., was runner-up on Project Runway. And he definitely feels he has something to prove. He's created 35 "looks," almost completely in black, inspired by a visit to Shanghai. Matis travelled to the Orient for two months after the last episode of Project Runway, "to get away from the buzz."

    Matis, who says he has injected military and '80s influences into the collection, describes the Project Runway experience as a "roller coaster."

    "I had to do things that I don't believe in to please the judges. I made compromises. Now, I want to believe in what I do."

    He maintains a friendly and competitive relationship with Biddell. "I always knew I had a competitive spirit," Matis says. "I took coming in second place better than I thought. Now I won't be labelled forever the winner of Project Runway. And I got so many nice comments from people who felt sorry for me. I went in very cocky and I came out humble.

    "Frankly, I like the real world better than television," he says. "I wish I could go to Evan's show (today), but I'm really busy."

    Twenty-three-year-old Carlie Wong from Vancouver was eliminated from Project Runway in the episodes before the contestants were required to build a collection. The fashions she'll show Wednesday at 2 p.m. will include 32 pieces, each one of them designed, cut and sewn by Wong. "I can't afford a team," she says, thankful that she learned to sew in high school and paid attention during her pattern-making courses in college.

    "Project Runway was torture," she recalls. "I'd make something that I thought was so beautiful and then they rip you apart." Wong and her supporters still believe she was wrongly eliminated.

    Has she got something to prove this week? You bet.

    "This is it," she says with a laugh, suggesting she will finally have the opportunity to showcase her talent.

    The TV show was "totally unreal," says Wong. "In real life, you'd never have 12 people vying for attention throughout all these crazy challenges – like making a dress out of umbrellas. Maybe the stress factor is the same," she allows.

    Kendra Francis will present a small 15-piece collection Thursday at 8:30 p.m. She feels her "after-five cocktail collection" plays to her strengths. She'll stick to a clean, body-conscious silhouette in a narrow colour palette of black, silver and grey.

    "I learned something about myself during the show," says Francis. "I learned that I am a very competitive person. As much as I say I don't care what other people think, I now know how much I want this.

    "The show gave me a new drive," she says, as well as a determination to stick to her artistic guns – to trust her instincts.

    Francis suggests she was eliminated because the judges didn't understand her aesthetic. Ironically, their criticism only bolstered her resolve to remain true to her own style.
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    has anybody else on here seen Biddell's new collection? It's amazing! The boy is proving the judges made the right decision!
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    ^ Some nice pieces. I like the olive green colour he used for several outfits.
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    does anyone have the site to look at Biddell's collection I can't find it? Thanks.

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    Google L'Oreal Fashion week. You'll find the website and it has photos of all the collections, including Bidell's and Lucian Matis's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CCL;2861400;
    Google L'Oreal Fashion week. You'll find the website and it has photos of all the collections, including Bidell's and Lucian Matis's.
    thanks so much I loved Biddell's collection and Lucian's was nice as well great job by both.

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    Wow, Biddell's collection was amazing! As was Lucians. They are both great designers. Carly is another great designer but I can't seem to be able to view the photos of her collection.

    BTW, I love that hoodie-like dress from Biddell's collection! Although I just prefer the red piece rather than the bottom black piece. But anywho, that was my favorite gown out of that collection, and I wish I owned it.
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    I wonder if either of the two Canadians on Project Catwalk season 3 in the UK would audition for Project Runway Canada 2; if or when they get eliminated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paridy;2862019;
    thanks so much I loved Biddell's collection and Lucian's was nice as well great job by both.
    I liked Biddell's red/gray dress and the green short dress (as in things I'd wear)

    Lucian's I wasn't as fond of, but the jacket was cool.

    Carlie? Well, you can only do so much with variations on a black dress with shiny straps and such. Cute dresses, but I'd expect to see them in Saks and such.

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