Girl Power

Giving you something to think about.


Didn't I say last week Ricky would get his chance to show what he could do? Well, he did this week and I am happy for him. He was so surprised when he won. The fact he had so much conviction about his dress was the most important fact though, as I feel he would have been happy with the acknowledgment of the day period.raterunway_01_409_220x415.jpg

I felt the strongest pieces were his, Rami's and Christian's. I feel that Christian, as usual, showed something very fashion-forward and wearable. More people would slip into a pair of jeans everyday than they would a dress, and I feel from Levi's perspective, this should be the most important deciding factor. raterunway_05_409_220x415.jpg 

I felt empty when I saw Victoria and Jillian left on the runway -- two very promising female designers who have both shown some of the more innovative pieces of the season. Do female designers repeatedly get sent home sooner than male designers who have left the judges uninspired? I think so. I guess they never take into consideration what the designers have been showing all season. The applause you receive one week for your innovative work is completely forgotten the next. I find that mentality difficult to respect and very unfortunate. If the show is about finding the next top American designer, why are the final few not the designers who have shown strength, consistency, and forward thinking? That is something to think about.


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The Real Winner

No doubt about this years Project Runway 5 winner!

Just a heads up that my book Fashion Inside Out is almost upon us! Though I've heard places are starting to ship it out, the official release date is on 10/28, so mark your calendars! I'm heading out on a book tour to celebrate with you all, so be sure to check my website for details on times, dates and locations: After a year and a half in the works it would be delightful to see all of your supporting faces!

But NOW, it's down to business! PR5 has finally come to an end. I hope after a week of digesting we've all be able to form clear-headed opinions about who we really thought was the winner.

Oh, don't get me wrong, I hands down think it should have been Leanne, but what did you think? Tightly edited, unique and comparable to no one, I think she did an excellent job of taking her inspiration and running it cohesively through each and every piece she sent down the runway. Unlike some of the other designers, Leanne's work is both subtle and intricate, and I applaud her to no end for being able to successfully straddle that fine line, especially at exactly the right time. Korto and Kenley both showed very nice collections, but I do think that Leanne was the one who had the whole package. Korto's sense of color and proportion are excellent, and the way she styled the looks was just intoxicating - the high buns, dewy skin, and fluttering fans - she certainly infused a lot of "earthy sexiness" into it. That being said, you take away all of the extras and we're left with clothing that didn't quite stand up to Leanne's more intricate work.

To me, watching Kenley's show was like watching your friend go into her glamorous closet, and parade out to see if the look is a "keeper" or a "throwaway." Although it was filled with definite highlights and interesting (sometimes costume-like) elements, I just didn't feel that it was a cohesive collection. One of the highlights for me was the green silk dress with the ballooned shoulders - I just thought it was a chic, well made, and truly stunning look.

All in all, these designers will find work and hopefully create stunning collections in the future. Congratulations to them all for coming this far and a HUGE congratulations to Leanne for the win! I'll see you in NYC sweetheart!


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