Cast Blog: #PROJECTRUNWAY

Not A Lot Of Fug

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Kenley Blogs Episodes 510-514

On The Road

The Real Winner

The Final Showdown

Leanne Speaks!

Finale, Part 2

What's Next

Tim Responds To Your Comments!

Love Is In The Hair!

History Repeating Itself

Garden Of Locks

Nature Calls

Rock 'n' Runway

Rock Steady

Rock N' Runway

Suede: Rockin' Out

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Take A Bow

Transformation

Joe: Straight Talk

Working Girl

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Best Of The Best?

Written In The Stars

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What's Your Sign?

I Saw The Sign

A Designer's Dream

Fashion Inside Out

Stella: Lovin' The Leatha

Double 0 Fashion

No Leatha, Mo' Problems

Making The Most Of It

The Fashion That Drives You

A Softer Edge

Fasten Your Seat Belts

Show Some Love

It's All An Illusion

Daniel: Oy Gevalt!

Good Queen Fun

Drama, Drama, Drama!

Joe: All Aboard!

RuPaul: A Drag Race

Not A Lot Of Fug

The talent is starting to come though- finally!

Another challenge done - another designer sent home. I feel at this point we're really starting to see who is consistently good, who has moments of greatness, and who is desperately trying to be remembered on reality TV. Considering this challenge was a fairly straightforward one - making an outfit that a woman can wear day to night is pretty much how most women dress nowadays - I was glad that I didn't see too much fug walking down the runway. Overall though, I wish there had been a bit more refinement and innovation. Don't get me wrong, some of them had pieces that were executed flawlessly, but then were paired with a supporting piece that looked kind of half-assed. I wasn't wowed by a full look - mostly just pieces within the look. That being said, let me know what your thoughts are after taking a read through!

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Blayne and Leanne
I don't think that Blayne or Leanne design for the "High-end woman working at a corporate job" type, and this outfit made that blatantly clear. I think that Leanne designs for herself (which is great) and Blayne designs for himself (there's a huge market of tweens) but unfortunately that led to a lack of focus on the actual client. I'm sure in Blayne's eyes, some of his 20-something working friends WOULD actually wear this to work... though they probably work at the local tanning salon where it's acceptable to wear something youthful and trendy. The other issue I have with this outfit was that there isn't anything particularly special about it; it looks like pieces you could buy at J.Crew and American Apparel, though styled in a way to make you think that it was something more.

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Kelli and Daniel
I couldn't agree more about what the judges said. I think that this design idea was decent, but the heavy-handed finishing and choice of fabrications really makes me question both of their taste levels. In this photo it doesn't come across too badly, but the close-up on the runway gave away much more. It appeared as though they chose two or three different black fabrics for the outfit, which I don't understand, because it gave the outfit a worn-out look, almost like the bustier had already gone through the wash many times before, the jacket a bit more, and the skirt had just been bought. I also don't think that even a fashion-forward career woman in her 40's would (or SHOULD) wear ANYTHING that shows her midriff, no matter how good it may be. Why not make it a dress? Why make the skirt so darn tight? Why not make it out of one fabric? Why such a cheap looking belt? Overall, I don't mind the 1940's style silhouette but wish that everything else had been rethought. I do hope Kelli's winning first look is remembered as her best - an excellent design that showed true originality and innovation. Congratulations on making it this far and best of luck with the new phase in your career!

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Jerell and Stella
Okay, I'm going to be honest, I really, really, really wanted to hate this look (I think a lot of that was because I was still left with such a bad taste in my mouth from Jerell's last debacle!) I didn't get the design at all when they were working on it in the workroom, but honestly, the overall effect leaves me somewhere in the middle ground. I find the combination of fabrics/textures/colors interesting and unexpected (much better then the typical black and leopard) and the overall shape is extremely flattering, especially for Brooke's body. I think that this team seemed more 50/50 than any other and you can see that completely in the design - Jerell's propensity for combining fabrications, Stella's rough and sexy approach to design... not bad. I agree that the leopard belt does come down to personal taste and for me it's a bit much, but I do applaud them both for taking a risk and making it work (Oy... I promised never to use that again.)

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Korto and Joe
I LOVED this jacket, I just love when Korto isn't afraid to bring lush color and luxe fabrics to the runway - this is just fab in my eyes! I also love that they decided to bring up the hem of the jacket to make it more proportional, and styled the belt at the natural waist to make it a bit more flattering, instead of low-slung on her hips. Those sleeves - fullness done right! It's bohemian, it's chic, and it would look amazing on Brooke - win win win. Now... the dress they got a bit lost. It was blatantly clear that there were execution problems, which leads me to ask the question, "Why not make it a simple tube dress?" It is extremely difficult to make a stretch fabric hug the body like it should, while still leaving an open back, and I'm surprised that neither Korto nor Joe thought of this beforehand. When I mentioned in the beginning of this blog that "some of them had pieces that were executed flawlessly, but then were paired with a supporting piece that just kind of look half-assed"...this is the one I was thinking about. Overall a fantastic statement piece - assuming that jacket stays ON!

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Keith and Kenley
I truly am a bit perplexed by Keith. He's sent out dresses that look like mundane versions of one another (girly silhouette, poofy-tucked skirt, etc) and then this week creates a skirt meticulously cut out of hundreds of chiffon scallops that simply exudes sophistication. I usually hate butterfly sleeves as well, but this print really makes the top look elegant (whomever is pushing these watercolor florals this season is doing a great job - you're right on trend!) I only think that the belt should've been restyled, it awkwardly rides a bit high on her ribcage and looked a bit cheap when viewed all together. Then again, I have no idea what sort of selection Blue Fly is offering, so I guess I should just be happy that they put one on her. Overall, congratulations to them both for working through their egos and creating something quite nice.

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Terri and Suede
I definitely can see this look working, but not without tweaking it for Brooke's character. The top is lovely, Bohemian, flirty and interesting, However the pants are black, bootcut, and boring, and look like replicas of what Terri sent down the runway two challenges ago (the night out in NYC). I feel this falls into the same category as Korto and Joe's design, a very basic supporting piece paired with something loud and eye-catching. Unlike the top 2 teams who took a risk and made looks with equally interesting tops AND bottoms, Terri and Suede just did one, which left us with a nice design, just not a top choice. On a show like this its okay to be "good" for awhile, but you have to pull out all of the stops to be on top... do you think either Terri or Suede can do it?

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!