NEW YORK - The four finalists on Bravo's fashion reality show, "Project Runway," staged presentations on the same catwalk used by Richard Tyler and Joseph Abboud during New York Fashion Week.
But before the first model stepped onto the runway Friday, supermodel-host Heidi Klum explained that only three of the four aspiring designers would be seen when the show's finale airs Feb. 23.
Klum didn't want the media to be the spoiler for next week's episode, during which one of the four - Jay McCarroll, Wendy Pepper, Austin Scarlett and Kara Saun - will be sent packing. "Project Runway" airs on Wednesday nights.
McCarroll's "stereotype" collection, which featured models wearing headphones dyed to match their outfits, seemed to be the favorite of fashion fans in the audience.
The flamboyant 29-year-old from Lehman, Pa., showed a gold quilted wrap with a gold sequined skirt with a patchwork applique and a turquoise cardigan with an oversized collar, a wood bead chestpiece, an obi belt and a miniskirt paired with leggings.
"I hate to pick favorites, but Jay's collection was far and away the best," said Carson Kressley, the fashion expert on "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." "A fashion show is all about point of view. ... His show told a story."
Pepper, 39, from Middleburg, Va., explained that her collection was inspired by the annual rite of the harvest. Her looks included a brown cashmere cocktail dress with lace trim and a green charmeuse evening dress with darker green feathers at the bust.
When it was Scarlett's turn, models strutted to a jazzed-up version of "Yankee Doodle Dandy" in Americana clothes, such as a tweed day dress with fringe and buttons, a matching bolero jacket and ruffled front blouse.
The 23-year-old from Eugene, Ore., said the clothes were made with a patriotic theme: "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
Saun, 37, who describes her hometown as "the world," created a collection that embraces the things she loves most: luxury, sexiness, strength and passion.
Her designs included a fuchsia cracked patent leather aviator jacket with rust chinchilla trim and a white double-silk gown with a plunging V front, a jeweled buckle and fox fur wrap.
The winner of "Project Runway" will receive $100,000 in seed money to help launch his or her own fashion line and a mentorship from the Banana Republic design team, according to the show's Web site.