Luck of the Draw

"I felt bad for Patrick that the outfit was so not him, his “jumper dress” became a bathing suit! It was horrible and Kevin’s was horrible as well."

So, the challenge this week was a one-piece outfit inspired by animals. I thought the animals were great for inspiration. I love exotic animals and think it was interesting or luck of the draw that certain designers chose baskets that had animals that were perfect for them. Like Merle loving the tortoise, it did go perfectly with her color palette. Kevin was happy getting the llama, Louanna liked her monkey and felt he was fluid like her designs. The zebra for Kathy Rose was great. I fell off my couch laughing with Patrick’s response to getting the snake, that Cleopatra was killed by one.

The no dress rule is quite a challenge as well. I still think Coco is such a downer and I am not into her connection with Marilyn. Marilyn is being a good sport, I would have to say, which shows a lot about her. Coco needs a chill pill, but she is telling Marilyn to relax!!

I love the trim room panic and I was glad Kathy got her wish with the Zebra fabric being in there. I also like how Kathy and Emil worked together and made a black jumpsuit. That was a very good move over the first 2 options. Luckily Patrick is too reserved to slap Roberto! Roberto is so demanding and loves to push Patrick’s buttons, it's irritating.

I have a big scent issue and I hate so many smells so I could totally relate to Merle when she was dying with the sage. I am sure it was strong and even though it was Kathy’s inspiration I could see where it would totally hinder the other designers. I also love that she went and told her to put it out, I would have done the same thing. I felt bad for Patrick that the outfit was so not him, his “jumper dress” became a bathing suit! It was horrible and Kevin’s was horrible as well. I thought Kathy’s was great. I was bummed at Eric and Galina’s design too, I think they could have done better!!

Until next time Xo LK

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It's Been Real

"As each designer introduced their collection and I saw their work unfold on the runway it made me so proud to be a part of LML."

It's been real - Kathy and Emil and Native Rose are victorious! What a finale! (How cool was Fergie? Positive, confidence building, supportive and kind - thanks for celebrating the designers rather than turning their world upside down in the last hours before the launch.)

I love that the finale was aired in 2 parts. While watching last week's episode, the stress and chaos (especially for Kathy and Emil) had my stomach was in knots and I knew the outcome. Listening to the teams reflect on our critiques as part of the creative process was awesome. We (hosts/judges) took our job seriously and are proud to have played a role in the team's evolution. As each designer introduced their collection and I saw their work unfold on the runway it made me so proud to be a part of LML. There can only be one winner, this is a competition, but in life and fashion Eric, Galina, Merle, Thai, Kathy and Emil are ALL WINNERS - BRAVO!

Eric and Galina - you stayed true to your girl from day 1. The Desi J girl loves life and is sexy 'cause she feels it. And in these clothes she will look it! You were a wonderful "mix" of personalities and talent and treated each other with kindness, class and dignity at all times. I hope you collaborate on a line and please send me the look book to place an order. Best of luck in everything, you deserve it!!!

Merle and Thai - WOW! When I saw the evening gown hit the runway all I could think about was where I was going to wear it! The asymmetrical long dress, convertible distressed look, high waisted pant - I will forward my address and credit card privately as I MUST OWN! Your vision was clear since the beginning and focus fixated on a woman like me and so many others who want versatile, beautiful clothes. I believe in each of you individually and as partners you have potential for greatness. Everything happens for a reason. I know your connection and collection will live on way past LML. Please keep in touch, I can't wait to see the future of Inside/Out. It was beyond a pleasure to spend time with both of you.

Kathy and Emil - YAY!!!! Native Rose will be launched and I can't wait to shop Rue La La and get my hands on the strapless zebra dress and black jumpsuit! I am thrilled for you. Your integrity and value for each other and the Native Rose collection was clear in both your designs and relationship. Even in the arduous moments you respected each other, never made it or took it personally. The ability to work with others, manage, lead, is a true gift and a major ingredient in the design and business recipe.

Kathy, YOU are a JEWEL! May you only experience wonderful things in your life and actualize your dreams. Emil, you exude sophistication and charm. Native Rose is going to be on everyone's radar this Spring and I hope in seasons to come.

Congratulations on it all - I am so proud of and happy for you!!!

Dan and Dean- You are my G's and I, your J. New York, LA, Mykonos, London, Milan (Italy, Europe - ha ha!) Can't wait to see you soon!

Lisa Kline - LML did not introduce us but brought us closer. In the darkest moments of your life you radiated and marched on. You are a winner and a warrior and I love you. Viki, Holly, Mark, Jen and the entire LML family - thank you for a wonderful experience.

Until we meet again

- xx Stefani

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