Suits And Safety Pins

Taking notes from this week's menswear challenge.


Ladies and gents! Today I went to an event for Susan Sarandon so I saw the episode on Tivo. Menswear! I am so jealous. I have been dying to launch a men's line. I make all of my own clothes, except for a few pieces of YSL I love to wear.

I see some familiar faces in the male models from when we were casting at fashion week. Good choice, producers. I have never seen Heidi blush on the show... hehe!

There are three looks I really want for Christmas: I want Rami's jacket, Kevin's entire look, and Jillian's suit. She even welded the pockets... Genius! One thing I did before I went into the women's business was learn to create men's suiting. I create all of my own looks. It is very difficult compared with womens because it's like building a full couture gown from the base up. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Jack, and anyone who is going through what he is! I do charity work with many different organizations during the year that benefit AIDS and HIV related charities. Elisa is really starting to impress me with her work, and that braided seam on the inside of that waistcoat was beautiful.

Darlings, Jack took off his shorts and cut a pattern. Talk about making it work. I wonder if this season there will be an extra DVD of Jack's outakes: "Making it work! In little or nothing!" I am just jealous, since I have not seen my six pack since 1998! Oh, where did it go! HA HA!


I am fascinated at how witty Michael is, and the beautiful Nina is always so insightful. Darlings, I once had a collection showing where everything was safety pinned because we ran out of time. Oh, darling! Never again. Ricky, please go play some lovely music and dance. Dance those tears away. Well, This episode proved that diversity is so important in this industry. I have a suit to finish and a lovely martini waiting for me. I will see you next Wednesday, but until then, have lots of vitamins and remember to moisturize. It's winter, after all.


PS I have a BIG surprise for you....

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!