Kevin: I Love Every Day Women

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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


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

Kevin: I Love Every Day Women

Designing practical and realistic clothing.

What did you think when the models arrived on the runway?
First reaction: Holy Sh... What the f... is this? Please not the wedding dress. Poor Steven! I lucked out though, I actually got the client that I wanted.

What is your take on designing for what is referred to as "The Everyday Woman?"
I love designing for everyday women. I think it's more practical and realistic. kevin_01_405_320x240.jpg

Jack goes home because of the Staph infection. What were your feelings? How did that strike you?
I was devastated when Jack left! He became one of my best friends on the show. He is extremely talented and f...n hilarious. When he left, the morale dropped to an all-time low in the work room. He's ok now, and we will see a lot of him in the future!

The return of Chris March! What was that like?
I like Chris, but I don't believe in bringing back designers after they are eliminated.

There is a giggly sort of hilarity to having Tim in the workroom. Is that common?
Yes. We've all seen Tim on previous seasons, and when ever he says his wonderful catch phrases: "designers," "make it work," or "Carry on," we all lose it. He is such a fun guy, and it's comforting to have him around. I love Uncle Tim!


What did you think of Christian's design?
I liked Christian's design. His client gave didn't give him any design freedom. He had to work wonders with two very simple pieces. She was like, "I don't wear this, don't make it this way, I hate this, and if you mess with me, I will beat your ass!" Yeah, she was scary. Christian obviously thought she was fierce.

You sort of lead this charge to help Steven finish his design. What did you think of the design overall?
He was petrified from the moment he was chosen for that hideous wedding dress. We all had much more to work with, so Steven started at a disadvantage. His client wasn't that helpful, either. I knew he was stressed, I was finished already, and so I decided to help him. He would do the same for me. I like Steven a lot, and I did not want to see him go.


Was there anything else about this particular challenge that struck you as difficult or interesting?
Yes! The fact that I didn't win!

What is the trap of the "legging"?
The legging is starting to get a little dated, but it is such a staple item for certain outfits. Especially in this case. It's a makeover challenge. These women lost so much weight, and leggings are one way to expose their new figure.

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!