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!

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Leanne Speaks!

May we present season 5 winner of Project Runway- Leanne Marshall!

Bravotv.com: How did you feel when you won?
I was just in shock for a good couple of minutes after Heidi called my name. I was exhausted and exhilarated. It was the most amazing moment of my life.

Bravotv.com: Were you shocked by the result?
I was shocked. It was a big shock. I had hoped and I had my fingers crossed but it had been a long week and I was really sleep deprived so I didn't know.

Bravotv.com: What are you going to do with the money?
Going straight to the horse races... No, I'm actually going to re-locate to New York to further develop my clothing line. I'm actually going to hire some people to help me and hopefully show at fashion week again.

Bravotv.com: What did you think of the criticism the judges had for you?
I definitely would have had a lot more variety. I just always had in my mind, throughout doing the collection, to keep it really cohesive. Creating it I had so many different ideas and I started to go off on tangents so I was thinking that I can't do too many things with such a small collection, I had to keep it cohesive.

Bravotv.com: What did you think of the other collections?
I think Korto showed a really strong collection. I loved her colors and she makes great clothes for women. I think Kenley had some surprising pieces that looked really great on the runway. I definitely liked certain elements of Jerell's collection, the drama and the sparkle. It's very Jerell. Joe surprised me too. It was really well made. And Suede also did a really good job.

Bravotv.com: Are you prepared for your life to totally change as of tomorrow?
I'm not. After finding out and coming back I've been living my life normally as if nothing ever happened. Yes, it's going to be crazy and I'm really excited about it all.

Bravotv.com: How did you keep the secret?
I threatened to break anyone's arms who spilled. No... My family, my boyfriend, everyone was as strict as making sure that they don't say anything as I was. It's a great surprise and we want everyone to be surprised in the end. And I don't want to ruin it for anyone.

Bravotv.com: You're only the second female to win Project Runway. How do you feel about that as a female designer?
It's awesome. It's really exciting. I think there are a lot of strong female designers out there. It just so happens that a lot of the Project Runway winners are male. It's definitely about time.

Bravotv.com: Have you kept in touch which any of the other contestants?
I have been in touch with Korto and Jerrell. Also, Blayne every now and then. I definitely would love to keep in touch with them for a long time.

Bravotv.com: Where can we buy your clothing?
Go to my website, LeanneMarshall.com, and I also link to my Etsy page where I sell things online. Two shops in Portland, Oregon, Seaplane and Foundation Garments. And I just got a ton of requests so hopefully everywhere soon!

Bravotv.com: Any final words for your fans?
I'm just so touched and thank you for supporting me, coming up and saying hi and all that. I love it and I'm so appreciative of all of it. It kept me going and propelled when I was creating my collection. It's hard putting your self out there but one of the rewards is having [great fans.]

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