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Season Six "Project Runway" winner Irina Shabayeva has been busy since her 2008 crowning.  Not only has she debuted her Fall 2011 collection at Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, but she's also been working on recent projects such as developing a capsule collection for Macy's and designing one-of-a-kind dresses for Campbell's Soup.
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Season Six "Project Runway" winner Irina Shabayeva has been busy since her 2008 crowning.  Not only has she debuted her Fall 2011 collection at Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, but she's also been working on recent projects such as developing a capsule collection for Macy's and designing one-of-a-kind dresses for Campbell's Soup.

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By Oliver Quillia & Julia La Roche
Posted 11 Feb 2011

Macy's INC International Concepts

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As if a Lincoln Center debut isn't enough to keep Shabayeva busy, the designer revealed her Macy's INC International Concepts capsule collection of 13 looks including footwear less than a month ago. The collection is expected to appear in 50 Macy's stores and on its Web site on Feb. 19. 

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Last-Minute Touches

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In a workroom on 38th Street in New York's Fashion District, Shabayeva's team works two days prior to the Lincoln Center debut to put the last-minute touches on the garments.

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Waiting for the Right Fit

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Models wait patiently for their fitting. Shabayeva needs to determine which garments they will wear during the show at Lincoln Center.

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The Fitting

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Shabayeva pins a gold cocktail dress with Swarovski crystal detailing on a model for tailoring.  Shabayeva is known for her well-tailored designs that accentuate the body.

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Completing the Full Look

Black Swan
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Before the show, Shabayeva has to make sure every detail is taken care of including hair, makeup and nails to complete her collection's overall look.  This model shows of her manicure done by Creative Nail Design.

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Getting Dressed Backstage

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Models backstage put on their first look before walking the runway.  Shabayeva's collection featured a motif of fire and ice.

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Hair & Make Up

Hair & Make Up
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The final countdown to the show begins. A model sits backstage at the Studio in Lincoln Center as she gets her hair done by Jordam M for Bumble & Bumble and makeup done by Mizu for Maybelline.

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Striking a Pose

A model walks the runway at the Irina Shabayeva Fall 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on February 10, 2011 in New York City.
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A model strikes a pose on the runway for Shabayeva's Fall 2011 fashion show.  Several of Shabayeva's designs featured snowflake embellishments and had a touch of Spanish flare.

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The Last Walk

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Models walk the runway for the show's finale.

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Irina

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A grinning Shabayeva waves to her audience after the completion of her Fall 2011 show.

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