Diva Name: Team Runway

Reviewing this week's amazing avant-garde challenge!

We were pretty happy to see the models come back tonight, and we were even happier to see them with some crazy hair. Heidi told the remaining designers that they had to create avant-garde looks inspired by the model's hairstyles. It made us think of the episode of Blow Out when Jonathan did soft curls for one of many runway shows and got into an argument over the hair because he thought the hair was as important as the clothing. We just realized that describes every episode, but either way we liked that this challenge showed the importance of hair. We might just be excited for the new season of Shear Genius, but anyway .... This week we're give you a bit of a play-by-play:

Tim told the designers that they would be paired up in teams. Whenever this happens, we kind of make judgments about who has the weaker links, but what's weird is that we think these teams were fairly evenly matched. We knew right away that Christian and Chris -- Team Fierce -- would make something fabulous, and we're happy we that we didn't see their look too much before the runway show because the payoff was huge. raterunway_02_408_220x415.jpg

This episode also reminded us of the Top Chef Season 3 episode when the chefs got to show off their skills in New York City. Everyone stepped up, but we have to say Rami's losing us a little, because he's being mean to Sweet P, who's a total tulip, and kind of a lamb. Unless we're all being fooled by editing and she's, you know, eating babies off-camera. Which she's totally not -- every interaction we've ever had with Sweet P has kind of been amazing. Even her e-mails are awesome.

It's weird because Rami has always stayed sort of diplomatic and yeah, a little business-like. But he's starting to come off as a little "efficient" -- which can sometimes read as, well, a little bitchy. You know, we get it -- it's a competition, and everyone is trying to make sure that they don't get sent home. Everyone responds to teamwork differently, but Rami's just treating Sweet P like she's stupid. And she's not. She's awesome.

And it kinda screwed up the dress. Even the Kors-meister called it -- he's throwing her under the bus. Yeah! Step off, Rami. Real quick, let's talk about the commercials: Some of you won't have seen this, based on your affiliate network, but did anyone else catch the Levi's commercial, where the dude pulls his pants up, and then magic things happen and everyone on the street gets sucked into his apartment? Um ... in this one, some other blond guy shows up, and they like each other? Um ... wasn't that ... didn't that commercial used to have a woman in it? It's not like the smart smart ad people we work with don't know the audience, but ... that commercial had a lady in it previously, right?

The commercials for shows on our network are fun for us to watch, because it's also the first time we've seen them. Make Me A Supermodel is, yes, totally taking up everyone's time, but tomorrow, there's more shirtless people looking gorgeous for a living. And let's be honest, is there any reason to watch television that's better than that? (Except for Planet Earth which we all got for Christmas, and has been totally awesome....)

Sidenote: Is it just us, or is Beyonce an endorsement machine? This challenge seems really fricking hard. There's avant-garde; there's ready-to-wear; and then there's a hairdo for the "everyday woman" to be featured in Elle. Also, the designers have to work with materials that they find -- in Narnia!

Tim Gunn. OK -- let us say this about Tim Gunn: He's like this in real life. He's sweet, he's funny, and he's kind of terrified of upsetting people, and this scene where he comes in and tells them about the ready-to-wear part is kind of terrifying. His blog tell the story about how awful it was for him to come in and tell them about this part of the challenge. Seriously, Tim is the kind of guy that we feel like we can invite out to get a little sauced and he'd actually show up. In fact, Tim, the offer stands. The Web team wants to get you drunk and hear your secrets.

Oh! Lookie there! Model in a G-string. Bravo's showing butts now. We should probably disclaim -- there wasn't a memo or anything, but it seems like, yeah, this week on Supermodel, this week on Runway ... looks like we're showing butts. Christian and Chris totally did good stuff. Seriously. That dress was fantastic. This happens every year, so we can't wait to read the comments about it -- inevitably, someone's going to write in: "But who would wear this?" And the answer is "No one." There's not a lot more to say: Nobody would wear the avant-garde stuff. It's not meant to be worn. It's just to advance the art form of clothing design. We say this because we've been approving comments for a couple of years. And we love that part of our jobs.

We just want to be clear. Nobody.

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And Kit. Oh, Kit Pistol, how we love you. Seriously, come hang out at the office. You can make a hoop skirt outta nothing. And we need some. We have a few, you know, places to go ... in hoop skirts.

Oh, and Christian, if we were a diva our name would be "Team Runway."

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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!

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