Cast Blog: #PROJECTRUNWAY

Elisa: Conciously And Intuitively

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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

Transformation

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

Elisa: Conciously And Intuitively

Elisa Jimenez shares her Sarah Jessica Parker experience!

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When you heard it would be a fashion icon as a guest judge, who did you hope it would be?
I had absolutely no clue who the fashion icon judge would be, but was terribly curious.

Which icon would you most like to dress?
I have consistently said that I would love to dress the 1800's actress and provacateur , Sarah Bernhart, but living -- I would choose to dress Sophia Loren or The Dixie Chicks...all of them.

What are your feelings on the team challenge, in general?
I feel group challenges in any field are extremely progressive and helpful for creative people. Group challenges are forced productive collaborations which evoke ingenious problem solving of each collaborators when handle without ego or arrogance.

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And then, what about working with Sweet P?
Oh! I so wanted to work with Sweet P! After the first challenge, I had chosen to not work with any of my previous known skills, but to surrender to the work rooms plethora of information unknown to me. It was obviously that all those trained in fashion felt they had information that surpassed my own. I was asking the Universe to provide me with the most inciteful and lesson learning colllaborator, but I really wanted Sweet P due to her amazing skill and knowledge. Plus, she's a babe.

The guest judge. Thoughts?
When Sarah Jessica Parker walked out, I was suprised and endeared. I have admired her work as an actress, wife, and mother for a very long time. I was unsure as to what our task would be.

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There you are, one of the final people standing on the runway. How did that feel?
When I found Sweet P and I on the runway, I was bemused as to whether it was because our collaboratio was deemed good, or if by some mischance we had been interpreted as not acceptable. I was like, "OOokkaay, what's next?" I also felt very protective of Sweet P and her dreams associated with Project Runway...I did not want her to suffer consequences on my account and choices, though i was very pleased and proud of our collaboration.

What is your impression of Marion?
I admire Marion and his aesthetic. I was so sorry to see him removed from the process. It turned out that we were both in a museum show together and his piece, which pushed the boundaries of materials and art couture, was my favorite in the exhibit.

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You seem very adaptable to the things that other contestants and judges say to you. What do you feel like the largest lesson was for you?
Wow. The largest lesson for me has always been to have a strong center and reflect and ruminate on what goes on around me. "Know your Truth" and then everything else is simply nurturing for the garden of your Self. You can only take in what will serve the best in you, everything should simply be allowed to drift away. Afterall, Project Runway was my personal vision quest. 
There is an inherent belief in the essence of materials in many cultures including my own. As an artist and and a fashion designer I have intuitively and consciously used materials to imbue my works with these essences and symbolism. "Spit marking" the points of my clients or my own designs was a symbolic way of situating them in time and space and bonding them to me as a conduit for good intentions.
The marks are tiny, they fade, as do we. It was an innocent intuition of taking the temporal and making it corporeal. I have also used oils and herbs for same purpose. It definitely seemed to freak people out.

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!