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Techie Textiles for Project Runway Finalists

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    This morning, we were invited to sip mimosas play computer games, all the interest of finding out how the Project Runway designers do it. We caught up with finalist Jay Sario to talk reality TV and techie fashion.

    "Basically, they gave us a sketchbook that also happened to be a computer," says Jay.  "It was so easy to use -- I would absolutely love to have one of these to create a signature textile, you know, like Gucci or Louis Vuitton." The computer imaging program used on last night's episode of Project Runway allowed finalists to create custom textiles for their garments. According to judge Vivienne Tam -- who made an apperance at today's brunch sporting one of her butterfly-print "digital clutches" -- the challenge was about "bringing creative vision to life through technolgy." We tried our hand at creating a pink-and-yellow print on the computer screen, but alas, the final product looked more "Kid Pix" than "haute couture."

    As far as how Project Runway compares to the real-world biz, Jay actually descibred the experience as being "authentic." "We're being judged by industry giants like Nina and Michael, but also our viewers," he said. "That same kind of judgement exists out in the real world. It's good preparation."