Envious And Relieved

Sarah Jessica Parker's history making appearance!

 Who got their socks (or stockings) knocked off this week? What would I have done if I were at Parsons and SJP sauntered into the work room? I may have dirtied my knickers at all of the Steve & Barry stores across the country. Even the judges faded in the spotlight. This was a landmark of sorts in Project Runway history, a landmark which made me envious and yet relieved as I was perched contentedly on La Rive Gauche, happily observing the challenge with a glass of red wine, and yes, much empathy.

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The most striking piece I see immediately is Victoria's. I am so pleased she is on the show representing a completely unique and abstract equation of fashion design and conceptual art. Her style is needless of explanation and unnecessary to define, it beckons Yohji Yamamoto & Rei Kawakubo. The ensemble is deceivingly simple, but in actuality, quite deep. Like a piece of fine art, it is incredibly difficult to create such a perfect balance of harmony & chaos, the chaos lying subtly in the A-symmetry of the dress. I can visualize passing many different women in NYC wearing either the dress or the vest..(and did you notice SJP was wearing a little vest of her own?)
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Upon recalling the other ensembles, the only one that really "bit" me was Ricky's red dress which slipped through the judges' grips of merit. I found the detailing and construction to be flawless & strong (for the 3 seconds of runway time we have to appreciate it)..but where was the second piece? I noticed a belt cinching the waist, but I didn't see an accompanying garment to the mandatory two piece look...maybe that's why the judges weren't intrigued enough.
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Christian, one of my favorite looks from episode 1, created something similar to what we saw last week as his "signature look" (the jacket), paired with a more demure blue knit dress. The silhouette looked too fierce for Bitten, and the color choices were a tad 80s reminiscent, but his creation had soul, strength & personality. He should have been safe, it's absurd he was in the bottom. I could see SJP wincing over the deliberation and pitied her situation. It must be incredibly difficult to pick & choose the best & worst designers, based upon a sketch and a $15 budget. I fear whether the judges would have chosen Victoria's fashion forward piece as the winner had SJP not been present..My gut instinct is that they would have chosen the frumpy spat-upon capelet and jersey dress and over-looked the significance of Victoria's outfit.

rate_runway_07_402.jpgI cried for Marion and understand all too well the feeling of not having enough time to prove yourself and your talent. But I trust he will find the experience to be one of worth and rare exposure..and I loved what he was wearing, the white leathery-looking coat. He's got talent & style and it will take him far.

Until next week,
au revoir.

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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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