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“Project Runway” returns at 9 p.m. Thursday, July 24, on Lifetime, for its 13th season, and I’m hoping for a little less manufactured drama (I’m looking at you, Ken from Season 12), a continued demonstration of impressive vocabulary words from Tim Gunn (“faux bois,” anyone?), and another gorgeous “unconventional materials challenge.” With any luck, those materials might include flowers; as they did most recently in Season 11. This garden-party dress, designed by Kate Pankoke, is bursting with blooms; a brief life, to be sure, but a glorious one.

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