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 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!