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Project Runway Fetes 10 Seasons

“Project Runway” celebrated its 10 seasons with a soirée at Lord & Taylor’s Fifth Avenue store in New York on Wednesday night.

The store’s second floor was teeming with celebrities, including the Lifetime show’s own Tim Gunn, as well as former contestants, and a smattering of other big names, including Olympic ice-skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi.

Gunn addressed the crowd, praising the “Project Runway” partnership with Lord & Taylor this season. The department store provides footwear and accessories for the show, and contestants recently designed dresses for a challenge in which the winning ensemble would be featured in a capsule collection from the retailer.

“It brings me to tears,” Gunn said of the contestants’ creations, which were on display during the party. But he refused to share any hints about what “Project Runway” fans might expect next. “Never a dull moment,” was all the mentor would reveal.

Season seven winner Seth Aaron Henderson was on hand to chat about his latest endeavors. “I’m currently working on my women’s and men’s fall ’13 [ready-to-wear] collections and I’m also doing a conceptual collection for a sponsor,” he said, adding that he couldn’t reveal the name. “Let’s just say it’s a really big company.”

Jay McCarroll, who won the debut season of “Project Runway,” is also creating the next season of his eponymous apparel and accessories line, and said he, too, has a collaboration coming out with a major online retailer.

Season four contestant Chris March, who has since starred in his own reality show, “Mad Fashion,” and appeared on “The Real Housewives of New York City,” has a secret project in the works as well. “I wish I could tell you about it but I just signed the contract today,” he said. He noted that he is also making a dress for Cyndi Lauper to wear during New York Fashion Week, he just finished creating 200 wigs for the Chanel runway show, and he is creating his own holiday theater production for the New York stage.

All three designers said they were interested in getting into footwear design, and they confessed to being shoe fanatics.

“I love Jean-Michel Cazabat,” March said. “I would sell my mother for a pair of those shoes.”

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