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December 6, 2007
Bitten by 'Project Runway'

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It's been two weeks since "Project Runway" designer Victorya Hong (shown above) had her triumph in the design-something-for-Sarah-Jessica-Parker's-Bitten-clothing-line challenge.

Despite Wednesday night's fiasco (more on that below), things continue to look up for Victorya. I just got word that her winning outfit for SJP's well-priced collection (nothing is supposed to be over $20) is now available at the Steve & Barry's store in San Francisco.

Bitten1.jpgPictured, the trapeze dress (in burgundy and black) sells for $19.98 and the shrunken vest is $14.98.

This isn't the first time an outfit from a "PR" challenge has made it to store shelves while the competition's still ongoing. In Season 3, the designers worked in teams of three to come up with an outfit for Macy's INC collection in select stores. Angela Keslar won with her three-piece pant, top and cropped jacket ensemble. That outfit made it to the Macy's in Roseville's Galleria. Alas, overall sales were, well, threadbare.

But you can't beat the pricepoint on the Bitten ensemble.

Here's what Sarah Jessica told Bravo after seeing Victorya's dress: "I loved the design immediately when I saw it during my appearance (on the show). And I'm excited Bitten shopers will have the opportunity to add our interpretation of the dress to their closets."

So, get yourself to S.F. Just in case you're wondering, I've been keeping my fashion ear to the ground when it comes to the progression of Steve & Barry's stores. They're opening two this month in San Jose and Hayward, so hopefully, Sacramento isn't far behind.

Oh, and would it to be toooo much to ask for an H&M store as well?

But, we digress.

Back to Wednesday night's show: The remaining 12 contestants were split into groups of three to interpret 12 outdated, horrific fashion blasts from the past (think: shoulder pads, pleather and underwear as outerwear).

It was beginning to look like Victorya was gonna top out. But, despite waaay too much drama between her and teammate/team leader Ricky, both survived to sew another week.


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