Real Fashion

At last, true fashion inspiration.


The four most important elements of this episode were Cavalli, Christian, The Met Museum, and Jillian. Darlings, after a season of candy-coated fashion ... literally! Finally a challenge that embodies the most important inspirations to the fashion industry: Art! NO more wrestlers, candy bars, recycled Levis, etc. This challenge was about real fashion.raterunway_02_411_220x415.jpg

Sweet P's elimination after showing at Fashion Week was very sad. I am excited to know now who wins. Can I just say Christian and Jillian's collections at Fashion Week were gorgeous! I want that feather mohawk hat, Jillian, if you are reading this .... Who will be the next great American fashion designer? I personally would like to see a season where the winner does not find such hardship and that there will actually be great success for them. Who will be the next head of design at Dior or the next Calvin Klein or Adrian, or win a CFDA award, be invited to show in Paris at couture, or sell at Bergdorf next to Zac Posen. I hope to see great success for the finalists this season.There is nothing like the feeling you have after presenting at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. I cried the most wonderful tears of joy after my very first showing there this season. I recommend to all of them to build a strong team of people that know the business and hire a great publicist. Longevity is important in this business and live for the very moment you are in. Keep your signature style but do not be afraid to evolve. Remember why you did it -- not to become a persona, there is not much longevity in that.

Darlings until next week I send you all love. Do not forget to moisturize and always remember a quote that was shared with me as a boy: "A dream is a wish your heart makes." I know its' from Pinocchio, but it has such great meaning.

Chin-chin, darlings, and Sweet P: Chin up -- you will be great.


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!