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Here's something you may not know: Sweet P missed her dog during the filming. A lot. She told us this on the third day of the competition. She cried a little. God bless her, that horrible collar she sent down the runway tonight was wow, utterly utterly tragic. Still - cries about her dog. What's not to love?

When we saw that it was a menswear challenge -- we got very excited. And then, there's handsome Tim Gunn at Rockefeller Center introducing the designers to ... Tiki Barber! Who...plays in some sort of footie match! And is on the TV! (Quick phone calls to our mothers revealed that he's very popular and they all have huge crushes on him.)
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Then there's this weird part where Jack is carrying Christian around in a tote bag. When we met Christian, he told us he was fierce. At least three or four times. And he is fierce. So it's good to see he's also into being carried around by a muscley dude as well. That's kinda hot, almost. Speaking of which -- there should probably be more male models challenges on "Project Runway." Market research will probably (just guessing) indicate that a Bravo audience is probably going to respond to a bunch of shirtless 20 year old dudes standing around trying on pants. We've been wrong about this sort of thing before, but something tells me we're spot on here.

Mood, the fabric store, really looks like that. And is also up like a thousand flights (there's an elevator) -- you know what's shocking? Fabric is kind of expensive. That sounds sort of foolish, but whenever we hear Tim say things like, "your budget is $80" and the designers all gasp -- yeah, it turns out -- $80 dollars is hard to do. And we're not so sure about Jack's design. Yes, it's adorable, and much more Tiki-ish than say, Christian's outfit. (which is, as advertised, fierce) But we were really into Kit. Which apparantly is not her real name. (Kit Pistol? Not her real name? You're joking...).

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A blazer made of fleece probably has to be seen close up to really appreciate (or not appreciate) it, but that guy looked great in that jacket, and if Tiki was covering any kind of event that was outdoors - he would have looked fierce in it. You know what we like about Carmen? It's hard to tell if she's mean. We're pretty sure that if we're ever in a bar with Carmen and fighting with anyone over a booth - we'd win because she'd make it happen. That's all we have to say about it. She's just sorta cool, in the way that makes us not want to cross her in any way. Also - she's got a thing for Zora Neale Hurston. And being that there's a shockingly high percentage of theatre majors among us, there's something awesome about that. So, it's sad to see her go.

Did we not introduce ourselves? We're the people who read your comments every day, who alert our bosses when you're looking for a recipe or more information about what happened to Jo on "The Real Housewives" - we're the people who make this website. Sometimes we do interviews with talent. It's "Project Runway" season - which is why we look so tired. And so, drunk with our own power, (and trapped in the building during the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting...) we decided it was time.

We're mostly some bookish, nerdy gay dudes, some wildly over-qualified and very chic women (who have a lot of gay friends), one or two insanely hepped-up recent college graduates who can identify each member of the cast of "The Hills," and then a whole SLEW of straight dudes who design and produce all of our insane ideas. Also, we write the in royal we. Nobody's sure why. But we always have. And we're sticking to it.

In a nutshell, working here is like watching "Project Runway" with both the cast of "Will and Grace," and the cast of "M*A*S*H." We'll catch you next week, gang.

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!