On Your Marks, Get Set

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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


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

On Your Marks, Get Set

Recapping this week's Gristides challenge!


On your marks .... get set ... darlings, Gristides? I love that they are reenacting previous challenges. I only wish that the contestants had been more creative. This is where the chef in me comes out -- a little seaweed, some shrimp skin, and a few lobster tails, and voila!!! Or better yet an escargot corset ...

A dress for a couture collector, but a tablecloth, OMG!!! Anyone can use a tablecloth. Actually I think the rubbish bag bit is hilarious!!!! I must say Heidi looks brilliant in McQueen's red dress. I only wish that they had cut it from the waist instead of shortening it from the bottom. It has such interesting detail. OH well .... I wonder when I will have the honour of dressing fraulein Klum. She is so stunning.

I have never seen Tim so irritated. Poor darling!

It appears that Jerry was at a loss. He made a complete look, even though it was not really what they were looking for. He tried instead of making excuses. I have to say Daniel and Korto really impressed me. I liked Wes' work -- that shoulder detail and the back bow, though done a million times for Spring '07, is very chic.

As I stand here draping my finale dress for my fashion show in September, I find the element of rubbish bags appalling. I apologize but goth and rock and roll clothes are so beautiful. I feel for someone who thinks that anyone besides Belinda Carlisle in 1982 would wear a rubbish bag. Thank god that was before I was born. Ha! Sorry!!!


Darlings, I love that Scarlett has returned. He is the epiphany of charm! And so incredibly talented. I am excited to see what this season brings. There are some real characters but they all seem so incredibly talented.

OMG -- what was Suede thinking? They had so much time and so much to choose from. I would like to know how Daniel's model sat to get her hair done in that amazing plastic cup creation.

All I can say is I hope that Blayne and Daniel go far -- they are the most artistic in the group. Wes, I think, will do well also and I am rooting for Korto. Darlings, she has an eye for colour, and silhouette. Well intil next week.

Chin-Chin ...

P.S. Kelli, that was genius.

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!