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Realistic But Not Extreme

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Leanne Speaks!

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Tim Responds To Your Comments!

Love Is In The Hair!

History Repeating Itself

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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

Realistic But Not Extreme

A great challenge to celebrate a terrific feat!

Kudos to whoever thought of this challenge: realistic but not extreme, inventive but relatable, and models who really seemed to love walking down the runway! I gasped when I heard the amount of weight that some of these women had lost... 169lbs! AMAZING! Granted, it was still a very difficult task for the designers to cover so many basis, while still being relatively confined, but I thought that there were some really fun pieces... let's get started! rate_runway_05_405.jpg

Though I hear that people are griping about him designing the same jacket twice in the first few episodes, I really thought that it was a great match for this challenge. He toned it down and made the proportions much more approachable, and used the contrast of matte/shine to bring some visual interest to the jacket. Everything seemed to fit her very well, and though, as a rule, I despise Capri jeans on woman, I feel that it is modern enough to keep her looking hip, but still like a woman (as opposed to those creepy older women who wear their daughters clothes thinking they look sexy... I actually once saw a woman wearing a t-shirt that said "I'm easy"...while walking with her 5yr old daughter. I vomited.). rate_runway_10_405.jpg

Obviously there was more against Steven than his design (construction issues were quite evident), but I'm a bit torn about the original wedding dress. It's tricky because the challenge was to create something for their "everyday life", and lord knows that a thousand and one ideas came to mind when I first saw the dress - cause honestly - even that was salvageable, but how to make that much beading appropriate for everyday was the hardest part. I know someone like Laura Bennett would scoff in my face and pronounce something fabulous like "Darling I change diapers in couture!" but still, that's a lot of white and a lot of beading for daytime. Even if he made it into a chic cocktail number, though he may have gotten flack for it not being "everyday" appropriate, I think it still would've saved him from the chopping block. rate_runway_04_405.jpg

I thought that the color combo of the navy and cerulean blue are lovely, but I know that these women would all benefit from a bit of structure in their outfits. I'm obviously aware of the constraints Chris was in, but perhaps pairing the skirt with a wide belt from the overly-blatant product placement wall it would've given the well-needed balance to the outfit. Granted, the shoes and choker were all wrong, but at least he's back with a second chance, which is a hell of a lot more than most designers get. I guess we'll have to postpone out hot coco date for at least another week! rate_runway_07_405.jpg

Now here is the structure I was talking about... unfortunately the design is a bit haggard. Volume is a great thing when on the right body, and I guarantee that women, who have spent their adult lives in clothing that "tents" their body, really want to show off all of their hard work off. Make the hem less choppy, lob off the back tail of the red jacket, and some more interesting design details throughout would've made this look work for her client. Oh, and calf-length black leather boots are extremely difficult for most people to wear as it visually chops their legs off... and it kinda screams "the mall" to me. rate_runway_02_405.jpg

The color and shape are very nice, and though I feel she was a bit sneaky ditching the fabric altogether (I don't see trim as counting), I think the final look is fairly good. Same concern with Chris, I think adding some structure like a nice belt, would've really defined the waist a bit more and made it a bit more polished and smooth. The overall shape is great for her body, and most women, and really lets HER stand out. rate_runway_09_405.jpg

I think if this was "The Clothes Off Your Back" challenge from Season 2, Kevin would've taken the gold. I don't see any semblance of a bad, boxy blazer anywhere in that design, and kudos to him for making a nice shape and cute top out of something so eehhh. Same comments as Kors about the leggings, especially paired with ankle strap shoes - these women want to look taller and leaner, stop chopping them up! As it was, it wasn't "everyday appropriate" in the judges eyes, but something tells me that his model was in love with her new look and would be more than happy to look and feel as good as she did on the runway! rate_runway_08_405.jpg

I actually like the idea of this dress: the contrast of prints (which is definitely becoming her signature), the proportion is great, and the color works for me. I think it could've used a little more refinement all around, especially in finishing like the under skirt (?) and the dinky little bow in the back. Then again, that's the story of Project Runway as a whole isn't it? With just "a little extra time" it could've been great... oh well, I think it's cute and looks great on the model, and snaps for putting her in a peep-toe shoe WITHOUT an ankle strap. rate_runway_11_405.jpg

This is the structure I was talking about! I think it works great with the fabric he had to work with, and is balanced beautifully with the soft gathering of the top. I actually think that his model looks the most svelte from pre to post designing, and she's glowing, look at her she's LOVING it! I also admire how Rami was able to take a garment used formerly as a jacket, and successfully make it into a cute skirt (or I'm assuming as the front buttons look like a sleeve placket). Polished, clean and sexy, I don't know why he wasn't in the top 3... rate_runway_03_405.jpg

Sheers are a tricky thing, especially in a nude fabric, ESPECIALLY for someone who isn't 16 years old and size 2. The trim is nice enough but it's just kinda "nice", no pop, and unfortunately we're yet again perpetuating the idea that jean Capris are ok... I don't get it... I just don't. These are creative people designing to be "America's next great designer" and they're sending down jean Capris!... oy, I need a drink. rate_runway_01_405.jpg

Sweet P
The look is very Sweet P, which is good, as well as a universally flattering design for most women. It fits her fantastically and is a great color, but I wish it would have more "pop" as well, which is what I guess the critique always is... it's nice, but is it fashion-forward enough? Though I think Sweet P is a doll for crying throughout the entire episode - I'm a sucker for the nice guys. rate_runway_06_405.jpg

Although the updated dress is fit well and relatively flattering, I feel that it misses the mark as far as 1) making it appropriate for everyday use and 2) making it feel modern and fun. Granted, forest green velvet is tricky enough to work with, and honestly, I'm at a loss for what I would've done, so a few snaps to Victorya for at least making something sewn and fit well, out of nothing.

Love Is In The Hair!

Soft and romantic is in high demand.

The competition came to a head during this week's episode. With four contestants left and only three spots at New York Fashion Week, you could imagine how high the tension was in the air! Tasked with the challenge to create a wedding gown, the designers learned last minute that they also had to create a bridesmaid dress!

Jerell came down to the salon first (as always!) with his model Nicole wearing an elaborate gown comprised of white tulle and champagne-colored silk on the bottom and dark green beading on top that gave his garment a modern flare. Jerell's bridesmaid dress for model Alex was a long teal strapless gown with a cream waistband accented with pink orchards. To complement the pink orchards from the bridesmaid's dress, Jerell created an elaborate orchard headpiece for Nicole to wear down the runway. Jerell wanted Nicole's hairstyle to be simple and romantic so that the focus would be on the floral headpiece. The TRESemmé team created Marcel waves in the front of her hair and tied the hair into a low messy bun. Nicole′s ornately decorated up-do was my fave this week!Leanne designed a classic cream-colored dress for model Tia. She wanted Tia's hair to look soft and romantic. I started by misting TRESemmé Thermal Creations Curl Activator Spray throughout Tia's tresses and used a curling iron to create curls along the sides of her face and towards the bottom of her hair. We pulled Tia's hair back into a low ponytail with soft wavy ends.

For the bridesmaid dress, Leanne designed an above-the-knee light blue garment for model Karalyn. Since Karalyn has short hair, I started by spraying TRESemmé Big Boost Root Lift Spray at the top of Karalyn's head to add volume. Then, using a curling iron, I created small curls throughout her head. To complement Leanne's romantic design, we accented Tia and Karalyn's hair with little cream-colored flowers that Leanne found in a gift basket in her room!

Jerell's extravagant design certainly made a statement on the runway. However, the judges felt the look was overdone and sent him home. This elimination was one of the saddest for me as I know he has the potential to bring it at Fashion Week! I will definitely miss his vibrant personality and incredible sense of humor. Nevertheless, the show must go on. Only one week away from the big finale, we are all on the edge of our salon chairs dieing to see who be the next winner of Project Runway!