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Scent Of A Collection

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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

Scent Of A Collection

The smells of Rami Kashou and Chris March's collection.


I LOVE the episodes when Tim visits the designers in their workspaces and we catch a glimpse of their collections. Adrenaline was pumping through my veins, I was so nervous and excited for everyone.

It is unnerving we can't go directly to the final episode as I can hardly wait to see the outcome. I was very impressed with the amount of work each designer put into their respective collections and very muck look forward to see how each designer will style and present them in their entirety. It is so interesting to see how each designer works, what their apartments look like and how they arrange their equipment. I have lived in a space so similar to Christian's, sewing in a tiny closet, and folding up my bed in the morning ... that's the life. rate_runway_05_413.jpg 

Since I have already seen the show, I will not go into detail about certain pieces that stood out, but comment on what we saw today. I feel for Chris. Dedicating so many hours to a collection that may or may not be "in" must be incredibly nerve-racking. I applaud his innovative vision using human hair as fringe, and the safety pin skirt was intense -- wonder if if hurts to sit down in .... I see where he is coming from and see a cohesive vision -- I thought of Anais Nin and Henry Miller's wife June in the film about the author's life Henry and June. The women wear these Parisian darkly-dyed velvet gowns and robes, have voluminous wavy hair and dark, smoky eyes. They are stunning. If I were to say what Chris's collection smells like, I would say cigarettes and absinthe (I was asked today by someone what scent my collection smells like and I said Comme de Garcon ODEUR 53). Funny question. rate_runway_04_413.jpg

Rami's collection smells like champagne (don't take me for a jester here), as we heard Heidi claim that she would wear the black evening gown (that thought crossed my mind as soon as I saw it), and I'd imagine Rami's clients wearing his clothing, sipping champagne at an event in Hollywood. The polka-dotted draped dress was amazing -- I would love to take it apart to see how he constructed it. We didn't hear what type of fabric the black evening gown was made of and it has left me intrigued. I promise you will be impressed by Rami's complete collection.

I am going to save Christian and Jillian (how cute was her family) until next time, but I will say the competition is going to be tough. Jillian's collection will blow your mind with a certain technique she used and Christian has kept up his full momentum and fearlessness.

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!