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Project Runway Designs for the Treadmill - Not the Catwalk

By September 6, 2013

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Project Runway HKNB JacketI was interested last year when I saw that New Balance had forsaken its classic "Endorsed by No One" motto and enlisted Heidi Klum to design and brand their HKNB line of performance clothing. She made it a focus of a Project Runway challenge on the September 5, 2013 episode. The designers were tasked to design performance athletic wear. The winning designs are featured at NewBalance.com and at select New Balance stores. How did it turn out between one designer who has run 50 marathons vs. one inspired by motocross vs. one who says he hadn't exercised since...two centuries ago?

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Wendy's Fashion Police Review

Kate Pankote: The swing jacket seemed like it would be too breezy to be functional on a walk, until she zipped up the back zipper. Then I realized it would be great for warm-up and cool-down, as well as for being able to wear over a water bottle waistpack. I love the long sleeves with thumbholes, and the kangaroo pocket for easy access to your essentials. I like the running pants with the red trim.

Bradon McDonald: I like the green seams, but the arrangement of them on the running tights would not be flattering to most of us real women.

Alexandria von Bromssen I've seen these droopy-drawers Turkish pants on my European trips this summer. They must be comfy, but are they functional for fitness? Frankly, I find them horrifyingly ugly and unflattering. Luckily, the judges also pointed out that the pants just won't work for biking, running, yoga...

Helen Castillo: The mesh jacket looks great on the runway, but those long drapes will get annoying during any fitness activities. At least it has pockets, plus thumbholes on the sleeves. I like the kangaroo pocket on the top for carrying my iPhone during a workout. Michael Kors hated it.

Dom Streater: Nice pops of color and great design on the t-back of the tank. The jacket looks fun and functional. I also like the hat, which covers the ears enough to help keep them warm.

Justin Leblanc: Alright -- I love high-waisted shorts, although I don't want my buns hanging out down below. I'm not kidding, I've been waiting for higher waists to come back into style.

Ken Laurence: I like everything, but it seems pretty standard. Where's the design, other than the slightly pointy back hem

Jeremy Brandrick: I love purple. Looks fine, although pretty standard.

Karen Batts: I love the capris, they have pockets and are loose-enough for those who don't want to wear tights. I like the look of the looser top with the pops of color. I'd buy these. However, the judges didn't think this worked as fashion. And, really, it doesn't. It's great for a walk, but not the catwalk.

Alexander Pope: Nice look, love the high waist on the tights. But, oops, the judges aren't really up on high waists yet.

Winner: Project Runway HKNB Line at NewBalance.com

I wear the New Balance 890 shoes every day for my breaktime and lunch time walks, they are excellent shoes for fitness walking. The HKNB line features them in Fiery Coral color that is not-safe-for work. But if you can handle the color, they are my favorite shoes for walks of three miles or less. Compare Prices

What Not to Wear Walking

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for New Balance

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