Daniel: Oy Gevalt!

Daniel Feld gives his take on the drag queen challenge.

Bravotv.com: What was your first thought when you saw the drag queens?
When I first saw the drag queens I imediatley thought, "Oy Gevalt!!!" It was hilarious to see these characters in action and it definiteley brought some laughs to an environment that was usually chaotic and stressful. It was a nice change.

Bravotv.com: What drew you to your queen?
The thing that drew me to my queen (Annida Greenkard) was her Latin sass. I loved her character and was excited to get a chance to work with her.

Bravotv.com: Can you describe the collaboration?
The collaboration was a bit worrisome to me once I discussed my ideas with Annida. I presented some more extavagant ideas to the table like a lame crystal encrusted dress, a hairdo that would emulate a bird cage, and a dress that would be made entireley out of feathers. She was particularily set in a way of dressing and said that she loved Versace and Oscar de la Renta and so I really strived to please her with a look I felt would balance what we both wanted.

Bravotv.com: What was your inspiration for the design?
My inspiration for the design were the ropics and classic Latin dance I wanted it to be loud and definitely have alot of movement. Annida loved the colors orange and yellow, so I wanted to stay in within those tones.

Bravotv.com: How familiar are you with the drag world? Have you ever been to a show?
I am actually quite familiar with the theatrical world and have created over-the-top outfits for showgirls, drag queens, and contortionists. I love creative performers and it's awesome when you can express your ideas in a fantasy environment.

Bravotv.com: Were you concerned at all that the dress wasn't over-the-top enough?
I did have some concerns that the dress wasn't as over-the-top as I originally wanted it to be. Affter consulting with Annida I definiteley restricted myself with fears of not pleasing her.

Bravotv.com: What did you think of the other designers' looks?
I thought the other designers did an amazing job and everyone brought their personalities into their designs.

Bravotv.com: Last week, Kenley laughed out loud on the runway after you commented on your taste level. What was your reaction to that because you two seemed close on the show thus far?
Ah, Kenley. I absoluteley adored Kenley in the beginning and was very protective over her when she would fued constantly with many of the other contestants. Kenley would always laugh when I would say something in the most endearing way. The laugh on the runway was a response to the judges that I always cracked her up and that she loved me. However, she did rudely make a comment about my taste on last week's episode and I guess I finally see her true colors.

Bravotv.com: I'm sure everyone wants to know: How's it going with Wesley?
Wesley and I are doing great. I couldn't be happier, and I feel so lucky to find such an amazing guy.

Bravotv.com: How has life been since the show started airing? Are you being noticed?
Life has been quite a roller coaster after the show, and it's so nice to have people come up to you. It means so much!

Bravotv.com: Where can your fans see you next?
There will definitely be more of me to come. So keep an eye out.

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: www.danielvosovic.net. 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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