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.


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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Leanne Speaks!

May we present season 5 winner of Project Runway- Leanne Marshall!

Bravotv.com: How did you feel when you won?
I was just in shock for a good couple of minutes after Heidi called my name. I was exhausted and exhilarated. It was the most amazing moment of my life.

Bravotv.com: Were you shocked by the result?
I was shocked. It was a big shock. I had hoped and I had my fingers crossed but it had been a long week and I was really sleep deprived so I didn't know.

Bravotv.com: What are you going to do with the money?
Going straight to the horse races... No, I'm actually going to re-locate to New York to further develop my clothing line. I'm actually going to hire some people to help me and hopefully show at fashion week again.

Bravotv.com: What did you think of the criticism the judges had for you?
I definitely would have had a lot more variety. I just always had in my mind, throughout doing the collection, to keep it really cohesive. Creating it I had so many different ideas and I started to go off on tangents so I was thinking that I can't do too many things with such a small collection, I had to keep it cohesive.

Bravotv.com: What did you think of the other collections?
I think Korto showed a really strong collection. I loved her colors and she makes great clothes for women. I think Kenley had some surprising pieces that looked really great on the runway. I definitely liked certain elements of Jerell's collection, the drama and the sparkle. It's very Jerell. Joe surprised me too. It was really well made. And Suede also did a really good job.

Bravotv.com: Are you prepared for your life to totally change as of tomorrow?
I'm not. After finding out and coming back I've been living my life normally as if nothing ever happened. Yes, it's going to be crazy and I'm really excited about it all.

Bravotv.com: How did you keep the secret?
I threatened to break anyone's arms who spilled. No... My family, my boyfriend, everyone was as strict as making sure that they don't say anything as I was. It's a great surprise and we want everyone to be surprised in the end. And I don't want to ruin it for anyone.

Bravotv.com: You're only the second female to win Project Runway. How do you feel about that as a female designer?
It's awesome. It's really exciting. I think there are a lot of strong female designers out there. It just so happens that a lot of the Project Runway winners are male. It's definitely about time.

Bravotv.com: Have you kept in touch which any of the other contestants?
I have been in touch with Korto and Jerrell. Also, Blayne every now and then. I definitely would love to keep in touch with them for a long time.

Bravotv.com: Where can we buy your clothing?
Go to my website, LeanneMarshall.com, and I also link to my Etsy page where I sell things online. Two shops in Portland, Oregon, Seaplane and Foundation Garments. And I just got a ton of requests so hopefully everywhere soon!

Bravotv.com: Any final words for your fans?
I'm just so touched and thank you for supporting me, coming up and saying hi and all that. I love it and I'm so appreciative of all of it. It kept me going and propelled when I was creating my collection. It's hard putting your self out there but one of the rewards is having [great fans.]

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