Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Taking time to smell the roses!

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 Hello my lovelies! There is mad construction going on outside my apartment, and has been since seven in the morning for the past two weeks -- what's a young lad supposed to do to get his beauty sleep darn it!!?!

I guess it's the nature of living in a city that is always changing. Anyways, just wanted to share some pics from when Kieran and I went to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden yesterday. The colors were phenomenal and definitely a great place for me to veg out and relax. I was in LA all last week and I'm sorry for those of you who live out there, but I just couldn't stand the traffic. Every time I go out there I think to myself "Oh, it won't be THAT bad ... at least the weather is nice," but no -- I end up getting so frustrated because half of my time there is undoubtedly spent looking at the rear end of a car.

(Wow, I just reread that and apologize if this blog sounds like a bitchy rant -- I guess I'm starting to realize how much jackhammer at 7 a.m. affects me.) I was out there for a huge book expo called BEA (it's kind of a big deal in the industry) and it was a chance for book buyers and whatnot, to meet me, find out more what "Fashion Inside Out" is about, etc. Overall, it went amazing well and there promises to be a LOT of support, come the book tour in October and November -- and that includes the UK -- so be prepared Brits because I'm coming to you!

OK -- back to the blog at hand, so anyways I needed to detox and have some relaxation time after traveling and whatnot, so Kieran and I decided to make an afternoon of it. Neither of us claims to be professional photographers but I must admit that there are a few pretty good shots in the mix, aside from the creepy stalker ones.

Enjoy and don't forget to take your own day off now and again. Off to a Vman/Hedi Slimane party later tonight, no doubt to be full of waif-like boys in skinny jeans and 100 yd stares. I think it's safe to assume that they won't be serving any food for these fashion emaciated ... xx dv_pic03.jpgdv_pic04.jpgdv_pic05.jpgdv_pic06.jpgdv_pic07.jpgdv_pic08.jpg  dv_pic09.jpg dv_pic10.jpg dv_pic11.jpg dv_pic12.jpg dv_pic13.jpg dv_pic15.jpg     dv_pic14.jpg  dv_pic16.jpg dv_pic17.jpg dv_pic18.jpgdv_pic19.jpgdv_pic20.jpgdv_pic21.jpgdv_pic22.jpgdv_pic23.jpgdv_pic24.jpgdv_pic25.jpgdv_pic26.jpg

The Final Showdown

Bryant Park was a frantic frenzy backstage but most kept cool.

After weeks of vigorous drawing, designing and sewing, the final three designers arrived at the last challenge. The pressure was on for Leanne, Korto, and Kenley as they geared up to show their collections at Bryant Park for New York Fashion Week!

As the TRESemmé Styling Team entered the fashion tents, we were filled with excitement and anticipation to see what the designers put together. Since each contestant had 10 models each, backstage was buzzing! Kenley was frantic because some of her models were missing and didn't even show up until the last minute. Leanne was the complete opposite - she stayed calm and collected and even had all her models ready to go way before runway time. Korto looked nervous but was ecstatic to be at Bryant Park. She told us it was something she had been dreaming about her whole life. After we gathered the 30 models, we split them up by designer so that the TRESemmé Styling Team could start transforming the girls. Korto's collection reflected her African heritage and culture. To complement the loud prints and bold colors, we decided to give Korto's models an up-do to accentuate the embellished detailing on the neckline of the garments. First, I started by taking a zig-zag section from ear to ear across the crown. I worked in TRESemme Anti-Frizz Secret Smoothing Crème to help create a sleek base. Then, we tied two separate ponytails to the right side of the head within the top and bottom sections. To add volume to the ponytail, we created waves using a 1″ curling iron, and then teased the hair. After, we lightly brushed the surface for a smooth exterior and neatly twisted and pinned the hair into a doughnut-shaped bun.

For Leanne's collection, she found inspiration by the lake near her home in Portland, Oregon. Each piece in her line had some sort of ripple or wave effect to it in different shades of blue and cream. We wanted to create a hairstyle that had a similar wave-like effect. Leanne envisioned the hair to look natural, organic and earthy. I began by generously spraying TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer throughout the models' hair. After blow-drying, I gave her models a deep left side part and tied back the front pieces of their hair into a ponytail. I pulled the remaining hair and the ponytail into one low pony and curled it to create soft waves.Kenley designed an assortment of colorful knee-length dresses that she hand painted herself! She wanted the hair to be classic and sophisticated, so we decided to give her models Marcel waves. To get this look, I created a low left side part from above the eye to the crown, then sectioned the hair from the crown to behind the right ear and clipped it aside. Next, I put the remaining hair into a side bun to the right side of the head. After, we released the top section of the hair from the clip and misted the hair with TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer before blow-drying for a smooth finish. Then, we finished by applying TRESemme Thermal Creations Curl Activator Spray to the front pieces and used a 1" curling iron to create face framing Marcel waves. Finally, we loosely pinned the remaining length of the hair into a bun.

Even though all the collections looked amazing on the runway, there can only be one winner of Project Runway. Tim Gunn, who surprised everyone as the guest judge, thought Leanne's line was uniquely structured and versatile. Heidi said her cohesive collection floated down the runway. The judges all agreed her designs were flawless and Leanne was crowned winner!

It has been such a memorable experience seeing Leanne grow into the designer she is today, and I'm sure we can expect many more beautiful collections from her. I can't wait to see what type of ripple effect this designer will make in the fashion industry!