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.

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.]