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 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!