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 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!