JUDGING FASHION: Orange County’s second annual Style Week, a mix of runway fashion shows, designer appearances and in-store events, is getting a slight “Project Runway”-style makeover this year. About 10,000 attendees turned out for the inaugural event last summer, which featured a fashion show by “The Hills” alum Lauren Conrad. Not only will this year’s three-day series of events involve fashion shows, but skate-streetwear label Ezekiel and Active Ride Shops will present the Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising’s Needle & Thread competition, as well. Six FIDM graduate students will show up to five original looks on the runway they have created for Ezekiel’s spring 2010 collection. The designs will be judged by a panel of industry experts, and the contestant with the best overall designs will receive a $4,000 scholarship, with the designs carried in Ezekiel’s spring line. Unlike last year’s Style Week Orange County events, which were free, seats for this year’s shows will be $10; proceeds will go to Benefit nonprofit HomeAid Orange County. The three-day series of events will kick off Sept. 24.
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