Ricky: Agreeing With "dull"

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Ricky: Agreeing With "dull"

Ricky Lizalde recalls the panicked menswear challenge.


What was your prior experience with menswear?
Besides making my hats and alterations on my own clothing I have no experiance in menswear....

Has this challenge made you more interested in designing menswear?
I'm the kind of person that learns from his failures. I definitely am interested in menswear, but the kind of menswear I'm interested in is the kind that I would wear. rate_runway_12_403.jpg

Those models were ridiculously cute. What was the energy in the room? A change of pace?
Yes, the models were freaking hot, but I was too busy trying to finish my garment to take too much notice.

Who do you admire the most, among menswear designers?

That room seemed so panicked up to the end. What was it like to be there?
It felt like being thrown into a big pool of water and not knowing how to swim.

How did you feel about Jack's winning design?
If copying your shirt and pant patterns is a winning design, I'm not interested.

What was your experience with Carmen?
Carmen was difficult to work around under so much pressure. One on one, she's a lot of fun.

Having to scale back on the original design is always hard, what do you feel was the biggest factor in having to re-work?
Timing was the death of me in this challenge.


What was the last moment like for you, standing there at the end?
I was crushed to think that a boring suit would send me home. I felt like I still hadn't shown what I was capable of.

You tried the muslin creation on the model, as a test. Does that happen often?
In my experience it's pretty common.

Nina called the garment "Dull" -- what did you think?
I would have to agree- I don't like suits, at least not a boring straight man's suit.

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!