The Fantastic Four

And then there were four.

OK -- so, we're sorry for not checking in last week. In case you didn't know, and honestly we don't know how you could have missed it, it was Fashion Week. And we are, no-fooling-tired. Seriously, for some of us, it was our first time going to Bryant Park for the shows, and although the shows were fabulous, we're all sick. Sigh. Woe is us.

We got to hang out with Daniel Vosovic as he worked to bring the best Fashion Week coverage to you guys all week long. raterunway_02_411_220x415.jpg

Anyway, the highlight of Fashion Week was of course the Project Runway show. All five designers showed, but as learned on tonight's episode, not all of them were competing. We won't tell you who our favorite was, but maybe we'll reveal after the finale. Maybe.

So, onto this week's episode. We thought the avant-garde episode was our favorite thus far, but this one was pretty spectacular. The designers got to really do kind of whatever they wanted. First, the designers are told they are going on another field trip -- which are always a mixed bag. The designers look like scared little puppies every time Heidi says "field trip." (Speaking of puppies, look at THIS! You're welcome.) But, you know, the Metropolitan Museum of Art -- can we go? Alone? With Tim Gunn? That is Grade-A Nerd Heaven, and we want in.


The designers have to choose from three wings for their inspiration. We were on the fence about Rami's decision to choose the statue of Aphrodite. On one hand, OK, he drapes. On the other hand, we kinda like his chutzpah for draping despite the judges' criticism. The designers head to the workroom and print out their images on super-nifty HP printers. HP, they really print stuff. (They were a sponsor, and while we weren't asked to plug them in this blog, we do get a little wrapped up in the moment sometimes...) Also, we're hoping that they'll send us a printer. Seriously, we know you guys hate the product placement, but we want one. We also want a Hershey bar.

While they're working, Jillian mentions she wants to show an edgy side to herself and she talks back to Christian. We mean, she signs her E-mails with an "XO" -- chick wouldn't hurt a fly, so it was kind of funny to hear her, um, raise her voice. In other news, Chris takes a nap. And Tim Gunn doesn't like it. It's a rarity to see Tim Gunn get annoyed, so we kind of enjoyed this part.


Sweet P seemed a little doomed when her model didn't turn up. Remember in Season 1 when Kara Saun had to search the streets of NYC to find a model? That was the definition of making it work. Going into the runway show, we honestly didn't know what was going to happen because the comments about Sweet P's dress went both ways.

We're gonna say it -- oh Sweet P, we are now destined to exchange an email or two every so often. But seriously, if you ever want to just stop in, hang out, watch TV with us here in the office, you know where to reach us.

We have no idea how Christian gets so much done in such a short time. Um, and we're fans of a strong brow too. (You heard us ladies, put the tweezers away!)

Alright, we'll write again come round time for the Finale. See ya then!

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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!


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