Sweet P: Fun And Funny

Sweet P talks about her last attempt at menswear.

What was your prior experience with menswear?
None. Zero. Nada.

Has this challenge made you more interested in designing menswear?
No. No. No. rate_runway_06_403.jpg

The male models -- what was the energy in the room?
The male designers were in heaven with the exclusion of Kevin. They all kept saying "wow he's so hot." It was funny. It was weird for me though because when I dress a female model I never think about their body part or lack of clothing. I was dressing my male model and went to tuck in his shirt and was like, "Oh my, what do I do?" I asked him if he could tuck in the shirt. I just felt self concious about reaching around in his pants.
Who do you admire the most, among menswear designers?
Hedi Slimane- I love his suits.

That room seemed so panicked up to the end. What was it like to be there?
Fun and funny. That challenge made us all nuts but I think it was hilarious. You really can't take this sh*t so seriously. Its not brain surgery.

How did you feel about the winning design?
I think Jack's outfit looked nice but I wanted Kit to win.

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What was your experience with Carmen?
Carmen is a very strong personality. She fills up a room. She was also our roomate and wouldn't let us smoke. I didn't like that part.

What do you feel was the hardest part of the challenge?
The shirt just totally f'ed me up. I don't know what happened. I thought I made the corrections but then I think I used the wrong pattern in the end. I just got flustered and wasn't paying proper attention to what I was doing

What was the last moment like for you, standing there at the end?
I was not surprised.

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That collar on that shirt -- it was very brave of you to send it down the runway. What went through your mind?
Oh my god I crack up thinking about it. I wanted to send him down in a wifebeater, the dreaded tie and the fantastically fit pants. Kit said she thought it would be better to send him wearing a shirt.

The last moments on the runway for you. What was that like?
I didn't think I was going home so I didn't feel too bad.

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!