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Congratulations . . . Leanne Marshall! The Project Runway Season Five Winner

Some of you restrained yourselves when I shared the final Project Runway collections in September. Then, it was still six designers in the running, so I witnessed final collections by Joe, Jerell, Suede, Kenley, Korto, and Leanne. I still don't understand why this isn't planned better. I firmly believe only the final three should show at the tents. Plus, it's a waste of money. Anyway, another Project Runway has come and gone and now you can view them all! And, you can buy them all! While we await the decision on the future of next season, I want to share what I then observed about the winner's collection. I'm not one to toot my own horn, but I had a feeling Leanne would win. Last night, Kenley's collection wowed me over once again and for a second I thought she might win. Alas, a bad attitude and unoriginality spoiled Kenley's chance.

Here's what I thought about Leanne's collection right after I saw it — nothing has changed. It was fresh, innovative, and gorgeous.

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Funny how the six collections gradually got better. I think Leanne is going to win. Her collection was as stellar as any of the professional collections from the week. It was conceptual, beautiful, and theatrical. Leanne claimed she "lost a million hours of sleep" over it, and it showed. Sculptural skirts, dresses, and gowns floated down the runway to the beat of a neutral, cool palette. The craftsmanship was expert and you could just feel the adoration in the air. I would wear the ivory off-shoulder top and turquoise petal skirt and the ivory and beige corset mini dress in a heartbeat. And her modern wedding dress blew Suede's off the (project) runway.

To see all of Leanne's final collection,

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plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 7 years
I have often questioned the judges through this season, but when I saw the "6" final shows, it was totally obvious that 1) they choose the right 3 finalists - love love love Suede but his show was awful, ditto Joe & Jerell2) they definitely got the winner right too. I liked Korto's challenge designs better and I wonder if she does better with less time? - less time to overwork and overthink. Just look at the 2 dresses she whipped up at the last moment and compare them to that white ruffled thing. Leanne's colors were muted but the shapes were incredible, AND new looking. That was what really impressed me - I'd never seen stuff like hers. Whereas Kenley's, while cool, looked like a mismatch of other designers.It's interesting to read the Bluefly.com's show consultant impressions. She illustrates how Kenley's lack of professionalism (or even maturity) WILL hurt her as she tries to move forward.
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 7 years
I have often questioned the judges through this season, but when I saw the "6" final shows, it was totally obvious that 1) they choose the right 3 finalists - love love love Suede but his show was awful, ditto Joe & Jerell 2) they definitely got the winner right too. I liked Korto's challenge designs better and I wonder if she does better with less time? - less time to overwork and overthink. Just look at the 2 dresses she whipped up at the last moment and compare them to that white ruffled thing. Leanne's colors were muted but the shapes were incredible, AND new looking. That was what really impressed me - I'd never seen stuff like hers. Whereas Kenley's, while cool, looked like a mismatch of other designers. It's interesting to read the Bluefly.com's show consultant impressions. She illustrates how Kenley's lack of professionalism (or even maturity) WILL hurt her as she tries to move forward.
Egwene80 Egwene80 7 years
I was so in love with Leanne's collection. She is fantastic and super adorable.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 7 years
Congrats to Leanne! I liked what she did, but I was torn between her and Korto. Either one would have been fine with me. Overall, this year's cast wasn't as talented as last year's. Christian Sirano is my favorite winner from all of the season's that I have seen. He's definitely a visionary.
fortheloveofrock fortheloveofrock 7 years
NOT DESERVED!!!!COPIED OTHER DESIGNERS!
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i had to tune into Bravo again today to see these collections since they were re-airing parts 1 and 2 of the finale. i do think that the best person won, but i know that korto will have a lot of success in the future. the thing that wows me is that leane was able to take her original wedding dress and rework it to make it into what we see here. i think that it was a smart move for her to take the petals out of that dress since it was a bit TOO over the top even for couture.
lovely2190 lovely2190 7 years
i looove the colors she picked and it was all so cohesive!! BREATH TAKING, AMAZING, GORGEOUS!!! SHE DESERVES TO WIN!!
Neekoh Neekoh 7 years
Wow, I'm loving this collection! Now to find something similar yet affordable within the next month for my birthday...
lilprisci lilprisci 7 years
I love Leanne's architectural point of view. Her pieces have that timeless look to them.
Slightly-Mad Slightly-Mad 7 years
I am so happy Leanne won, she totally deserved it!
emalove emalove 7 years
Cubadog, I think Kenley is full of it too when she claims she has no idea what other designers are doing...riiiiiight.
emalove emalove 7 years
I was thrilled that Leanne won, but I wasn't sure she would after I saw the runway show...I thought all 3 ladies had fabulous collections, and I was nervous that Korto or Kenley might beat Leanne out. I'm so glad that didn't happen!
shmoo15 shmoo15 7 years
gorgeous architecture but dull color palate.I prefer both Korto and Kenley's collections
shmoo15 shmoo15 7 years
gorgeous architecture but dull color palate. I prefer both Korto and Kenley's collections
Meg1010 Meg1010 7 years
I loved Leanne and Korto, but I'm happy Leanna won. Her line was very creative. And I love what she wore to her show... very cute!
Renee3327 Renee3327 7 years
I thought Korto should have won - her collection was fun and cohesive without looking the same. Leanne's was a little boring and very much the same but I would have been happy with either Korto or Leanne...at least it wasn't Kenley!
cubadog cubadog 7 years
I was happy to see Leanne win. Go Portland! I think Kenley is a liar when she said that she doesn't look at other deisgners. That painted floral dress was totally Balenciaga her attitude and no orginality killed her.
sandy82 sandy82 7 years
I personally liked Korto's collection better. Leanne's collection seemed very repetitive. I was surprised she used only two colors!
loudserenity loudserenity 7 years
i'm so stoked leanne won. and i was even more stoked to see dani and bianca from ANTM. fierce. that all i have to say.kenley should take this experience as a lesson to listen and respect others, you never know what power they may hold later.
loudserenity loudserenity 7 years
i'm so stoked leanne won. and i was even more stoked to see dani and bianca from ANTM. fierce. that all i have to say. kenley should take this experience as a lesson to listen and respect others, you never know what power they may hold later.
ckeller825 ckeller825 7 years
Kenley really DID copy ideas...I was thinking the same thing!Leanne is so fantastic. I would buy her dresses in a heartbeat. Did any of you see her website? The style of the dresses she comes up with are just beautiful.
ckeller825 ckeller825 7 years
Kenley really DID copy ideas...I was thinking the same thing! Leanne is so fantastic. I would buy her dresses in a heartbeat. Did any of you see her website? The style of the dresses she comes up with are just beautiful.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
I knew Leanne was going to win since episode 1. Although I really wanted for Korto to win also cause she seemed really sweet and she is really talented.Kenley clearly copied ideas even if she didnt realize it. Which, come on, you are a fashion designer and you NEVER look at Vogue or Style.com??? Really?
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
I knew Leanne was going to win since episode 1. Although I really wanted for Korto to win also cause she seemed really sweet and she is really talented. Kenley clearly copied ideas even if she didnt realize it. Which, come on, you are a fashion designer and you NEVER look at Vogue or Style.com??? Really?
mellow2424 mellow2424 7 years
I thought Leanne's collection was a little bit redundant. everything was the same color, same petals. But I did appreciate the fact that she had pants, tops, skirts, etc. I really liked Corto's collection in the finale but feel that overall Leanne did very well throughout the season and has really great potential.
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