Take A Bow

Malan Breton says goodbye and recaps his Bryant Park experience!

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" Out of the tree of life ... I just picked me a plum!" Darlings!!! It was a morning of all mornings -- the air was perfect, the city at 5:30 is so quiet, I arrived at the tents at Bryant Park with coffee in hand, and in my other the original sountrack to the film that was the inspiration for my show.

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As the models all arrived I had a chance to chat and calm my nerves. Then it all began. Sweet P was there covering for MTV, then there was SOAPnet, then Cognac, Newsday, and so many others all inquiring as to what my inspiration was ... etc. At one point my emotions became overwhelming and tears ... well let me say this: In life when you see that your dreams have come, true how could you not get emotional, Especially after being told all your life you would never amount to anything.

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Darlings. The show started with Michael Buble singing "The Best is Yet to Come," a song that has been a part of my life for many years and became even more special after I befriended its author Cy Coleman. The show at Bryant Park went by so quickly. The girls looked so wonderful in the clothes and my new Bijoux collection. Then Ubah and Amanda Fields grabbed my arms for my bow. I nearly lost it. Darlings, I was so honoured -- I received my second standing ovation in a row this season. I went backstage and tried so hard not to cry. I remember someone telling me the only person to get a standing ovation in the tents is Ralph Rucci. As this is a designer I adore, I was even more honoured. Afterward I met some friends for brunch at the Roosevelt. Then it was off to see Rebecca Taylor then Christian Siriano. Beautiful work darling!!!What a brilliant day!

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Friday morning was the Project Runway finale. It is always an honour to see the work of these new designers. It is always good, I had my favourites that morning. I had the honour of being seated by Laura Bennett and the lovely Kara Janx. Later that day with Amanda Fields and Luca Orlandi we closed the NASDAQ. Then I went to the Project Runway wrap party. I was so happy to see Rich Bye and Jane and Alex from Magical Elves. Without them my journey with Bravo and Project Runway would never have begun. Darlings I was desperately in need of sleep. I woke Monday and went to the premiere party for Ugly Betty -- it was lovely chatting with Vanessa Williams and many of the cast members. I hope this season to be featured on the show. Now its time to take a moment to remember the beautiful moments I have had with Project Runway and Bravo. Do you remember this blog:bravotv.com/blog/malan? So many brilliant memories with Project Runway, then having my very own show, The Malan Show. Meeting everyone at Magical Elves and everyone at Bravo over the years: Zac Hug, Jason Comis, Bo Powell, Chris Slava, Andrew Cohen, Valerie Brown, Lauren Zalaznick, who have been my family for so many years.

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Darlings, and most of all allowing me a place to share my dreams with all of you. Always promise me you will try and that you will not let anyone stop you from your dream. I hope I have shown you that anything is possible no matter what life obstacles you have experienced.

Darlings this will be my last entry for Bravo as my time has become so occupied with my collection and my international television appearances. I will always cherish the special moments we all shared and hope you will stay in touch with me over the years. Thank you.

If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Wanta change the world?
There's nothing To it

So one last time, in tears of joy I raise my glass to you and chin-chin! To all of my beautiful friends all over the world, thank you. You gave me something I never dreamed I would ever have in my life, a family of wonderful friends.

Love,
Malan

P.S. I like how they say it in Hawaii, "Aloha" ... Until we meet again!

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!