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Debacle On Saville Row

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Kenley Blogs Episodes 510-514

On The Road

The Real Winner

The Final Showdown

Leanne Speaks!

Finale, Part 2

What's Next

Tim Responds To Your Comments!

Love Is In The Hair!

History Repeating Itself

Garden Of Locks

Nature Calls

Rock 'n' Runway

Rock Steady

Rock N' Runway

Suede: Rockin' Out

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Take A Bow


Joe: Straight Talk

Working Girl

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Best Of The Best?

Written In The Stars

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What's Your Sign?

I Saw The Sign

A Designer's Dream

Fashion Inside Out

Stella: Lovin' The Leatha

Double 0 Fashion

No Leatha, Mo' Problems

Making The Most Of It

The Fashion That Drives You

A Softer Edge

Fasten Your Seat Belts

Show Some Love

It's All An Illusion

Daniel: Oy Gevalt!

Good Queen Fun

Drama, Drama, Drama!

Joe: All Aboard!

RuPaul: A Drag Race

Debacle On Saville Row

Menswear, it's a whole new species!

What a debacle! This challenge was like asking a pianist to to play one of Beethoven's overtures on the harmonica. Am I glad I wasn't there? Clearly. I am half way through the episode and haven't the faintest idea who is going to survive. Menswear, as it has been stated repeatedly throughout the episode, is brutal. It's an entirely different species altogether. I've decided to leave the tailored menswear wizardry to Saville Row.


Jack definitely did a fine job on the bias cut detailing of his shirt, it reminded me of old British tailoring techniques and was sewn quite well. Stripes with stripes alarmed me at first, I found it almost too busy, but the more I looked at the ensemble, the more I appreciated the balance of color and subtle quirkiness of the contrasting stripes. The pair would look nice with a jacket to break up the graphic quality of the look.


I found Kevin's to be the most exciting look of the day. I really enjoyed the color combination and sharpness of the ensemble, a perfect balance of vintage & modernity. Had it been sewn by a meticulous seamstress with plenty of time and given a good press, I feel he would have won the challenge...well, if Heidi liked purple...

Kit's set seemed to have the best pants of the day, they fell perfectly and looked just right on her model. I never would have thought to use fleece as a more formal jacket's material and found that aspect interesting. Because she made three pieces, I figured she would take the trophy, but the sharpness of Jack's shirt I believe stole the show.
I feel the final deliberation should have been between:

Sweet Pea

and Carmen.

Although it was not mandatory to create a three piece look, I feel it was an obvious assumption to do so, (when they met Tiki -- he was wearing one). The problem for me lies in construction.


You could see where Ricky was going to take his look, once sewn & pressed it would have held water next to Sweet Pea's gaping neck of a shirt, even if the color palatte was classical, everything about Sweet Pea's shirt was wrong.

It was a very difficult challenge to watch, and the surviving designers must be incredibly relieved. Again, another designer feels short-changed, and I send the best of luck to Carmen. We shall see what comes next.

The Real Winner

No doubt about this years Project Runway 5 winner!

Just a heads up that my book Fashion Inside Out is almost upon us! Though I've heard places are starting to ship it out, the official release date is on 10/28, so mark your calendars! I'm heading out on a book tour to celebrate with you all, so be sure to check my website for details on times, dates and locations: After a year and a half in the works it would be delightful to see all of your supporting faces!

But NOW, it's down to business! PR5 has finally come to an end. I hope after a week of digesting we've all be able to form clear-headed opinions about who we really thought was the winner.

Oh, don't get me wrong, I hands down think it should have been Leanne, but what did you think? Tightly edited, unique and comparable to no one, I think she did an excellent job of taking her inspiration and running it cohesively through each and every piece she sent down the runway. Unlike some of the other designers, Leanne's work is both subtle and intricate, and I applaud her to no end for being able to successfully straddle that fine line, especially at exactly the right time. Korto and Kenley both showed very nice collections, but I do think that Leanne was the one who had the whole package. Korto's sense of color and proportion are excellent, and the way she styled the looks was just intoxicating - the high buns, dewy skin, and fluttering fans - she certainly infused a lot of "earthy sexiness" into it. That being said, you take away all of the extras and we're left with clothing that didn't quite stand up to Leanne's more intricate work.

To me, watching Kenley's show was like watching your friend go into her glamorous closet, and parade out to see if the look is a "keeper" or a "throwaway." Although it was filled with definite highlights and interesting (sometimes costume-like) elements, I just didn't feel that it was a cohesive collection. One of the highlights for me was the green silk dress with the ballooned shoulders - I just thought it was a chic, well made, and truly stunning look.

All in all, these designers will find work and hopefully create stunning collections in the future. Congratulations to them all for coming this far and a HUGE congratulations to Leanne for the win! I'll see you in NYC sweetheart!