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The Project Runway Season Five Finale Runway Show!

The grand finale of my Fashion Week was the Project Runway finale show. And what a show it was. Before the season five contestants showed their collections, it was a reunion among familiar faces. It's always a joy seeing Runway alumni gather and mingle. The recently booted Blayne and Terri were there — all smiles — and favorites like Jay, Rami, Jillian (wearing a familiar knit sweater from her collection), Chris March, and Jack Mackenroth (who I chatted with at the Jill Stuart show, he is so sweet) all made cameos. Enter Christian Siriano, who had his own Spring show the night before. Then, Michelle Tractenberg, Rachel Zoe, and Harvey Weinstein were chatting about. Quite the spectacle!Anticipation grew once Heidi, Nina, and Michael Kors all came out to welcoming applause. Side note: Are Heidi and Nina both wearing Roland Mouret dresses? They looked great, but I wonder if that was planned. At 9:30 a.m. the lights dimmed and Heidi appeared, microphone in hand. She said some heartfelt words to the people of Bravo and the Magic Elves (the show's producers) — saying goodbye and thanking them for five great seasons. To bring you up to speed, Runway is moving to Lifetime for their sixth season (and that will be interesting in itself).

The guest judge seat remained empty. All week long there had been rumblings about Jennifer Lopez being the guest judge, but it was anticlimactic when Heidi announced that Lopez was unable to due to "a foot injury." Boo. And so, Tim Gunn stepped in at the last minute to serve as guest judge. Don't get me wrong — I adore Gunn — but it was very exciting when Victoria Beckham graced us with her presence last time. Once all was said and done, the first collection, by Jerell, was unveiled . . .

To see the collections of Jerell, Suede, Joe, Korto, Kenley, and Leanne, and to read my reviews,

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Jerell
Jerell has one of the most lovable personalities, but his collection wasn't so. He came out and thanked his parents, boyfriend, and bestie, and I was really looking forward to his final collection. Bustiers, ruffles, dramatic bodices, and black and gold comprised his aesthetic. There was a regal undertone, as well as a pirate feel, but the taste level just wasn't that high. His two gowns didn't fit so well, and there wasn't a strong point of view. My favorite look was the embellished cardigan over a striped dress with sheer overlay.


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Suede
Oh gosh. I really didn't like this collection. It was immature and incohesive, and the Barbie girl color palette was ridiculous. Suede claimed "Suede's going to rock it" but he didn't. He mixed plaid with pastels, ruffles with one shoulder, and shredded and draped pieces; cotton candy fabrics were utterly unsophisticated. I didn't mind the wedding dress, but that was subpar.


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Joe
Joe is vanilla. His heart is in the right place, but his talent is hit or miss. Throughout the season, he's had some winners and losers, but his final works, which he claimed were Americana-inspired, were disappointing. He should have taken a more Ralph Lauren elegance take on the theme, and less Harley Davidson rough and tough. Brown leather corsets, patterned jeans, leather pants, and a navy dress with white stars were misses; a super cute paisley print dress, turquoise ornamentation, and a textured red ball gown skirt were hits. But this collection was not consistent enough to win.


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Kenley
Fun, quirky and feminine — just like the girl who made it. I like Kenley, although her distinct laugh annoys some, and her Alice in Wonderland take on "her dream wardrobe" was surprisingly versatile. Each piece was unique, and yet the collection melded together wonderfully. There were a few ooh ahh pieces: the black dress with fuchsia print overskirt (pictured above), the dramatic ruffle teal print blouse and black flounce skirt, and the pink and black colorblock bodice with dramatic tulle skirt dress. Her little feathered hats, which she has a penchant for, were a nice touch. This was possibly my personal favorite — full of eclecticism — but things heated up after she showed . . .


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Korto
I think Korto has the most interesting point of view, and her collection was beautifully exotic and elegant. However, there were one too many emerald green dresses, I'm just sayin.' Her collection was "inspired by nature and the landscape and clothes of her native country, Africa." She also designed the beaded and colorful jewelry (which I loved). Her color story was rich: emerald green, turquoise, mustard yellow, white, and ecru. Her silhouettes ranged from a slim halter gown and pouf sleeves to flirty cocktail dresses and asymmetrical cuts. The jungle printed banded belt frock was covetable, but a white frilly long dress was confusing. I loved the sometime Oscar de la Renta exoticism, though.


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Leanne
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 (pictured above) in a heartbeat. And her modern wedding dress blew Suede's off the (project) runway.


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vanityvanity vanityvanity 7 years
Well, fashion really is subjective. I felt that Leanne's collection was overbearing. Too many petals. It made me turn the tv off. I waited to see who had won and it was the petal queen. I would never wear a dress with so many petals on them. I have seen that look before. It is unoriginal. Well, not everyone has taste I see.
VogueGurl VogueGurl 7 years
SOooo Happy Leanne Won! =D
VogueGurl VogueGurl 7 years
SOooo Happy Leanne Won! =D
msmoney23 msmoney23 7 years
"inspired by nature and the landscape and clothes of her native country, Africa.".....sorry, but Africa is definitely not a country, it is a continent.
skyslang skyslang 7 years
Korto's collection was good, for sure, but it didn't have the polish of Leanne's.
arienne arienne 7 years
The show has never had only the top three show at Bryant Park. Even the very first season Austin Scarlet (who was the last eliminated) showed. I think you can still see his collection on YouTube. It's all about who is still in the show when it is time for fashion week.
hottinpink9021 hottinpink9021 7 years
Leanne's was sooooooooooooooo cute!!!!! Love hers the best!
peachy-thing11 peachy-thing11 7 years
korto is bomb hope she wins.
peachy-thing11 peachy-thing11 7 years
korto is bomb hope she wins.
AdriNicTrax AdriNicTrax 7 years
Kenley & Leanne are my favorite. I think Kenley is confident in her designs and doesn't let anyone boss her around so i believe she deserves to be there. Plus her style is very chic and different. Leanne's designs are plain unique and the color palette was amazing. I really loved Jerrel's pieces and looks that he created on the show but i only liked a few of his designs for the finale.
AdriNicTrax AdriNicTrax 7 years
Kenley & Leanne are my favorite.I think Kenley is confident in her designs and doesn't let anyone boss her around so i believe she deserves to be there. Plus her style is very chic and different.Leanne's designs are plain unique and the color palette was amazing. I really loved Jerrel's pieces and looks that he created on the show but i only liked a few of his designs for the finale.
missbrooke09 missbrooke09 7 years
Wow. There's a major model switch up somewhere. Jerell and Korto are the only ones with their original models. Kenley has Joe's model. Leanne has Suede's model. Joe has Leanne's model. And I don't even know Suede has. It'll be interesting to see how that plays out.
missbrooke09 missbrooke09 7 years
Wow. There's a major model switch up somewhere. Jerell and Korto are the only ones with their original models. Kenley has Joe's model. Leanne has Suede's model. Joe has Leanne's model. And I don't even know Suede has. It'll be interesting to see how that plays out.
debbie00486 debbie00486 7 years
Why did all these people get to show? I thought only the top 3 got to show..?
shuhui shuhui 7 years
the best collections are Leanne's and Kenley's. but i must say i prefer Leanne's and i want her to win!
mlen mlen 7 years
I think they def showed in the order of how good they were- save Jerrell and Suede- Suede should have showed last and Jerrell second to last. but Leanne's was amazing and I liked Korto second best. I hope they do place one, two.
emsmiley emsmiley 7 years
The quiet one always surpises! From the thumbnails, Leanne's collection is the most versatile and cohesive. I'm going to wait till the finale to see them "full-size," but thanks for the preview! :)
MsHauteStylist MsHauteStylist 7 years
So, J. Lo had a "foot injury" & yet she managed to muster up enough strength to do a triathalon today....hmmm....ok! Team Korto! I feel like all 6 collections were wonderful, seeing 6 wouldn't have been such a problem but the only 3 worth seeing were Korto's & Leanne's. It's most definitely going to be between the 2 of them. I think that they both come from very different view points; where Leanne is more Couture/(a little)Avant Garde, Korto is more Ready to wear/Easily relateable to all types of women. Personally, from this point on in Project Runway, if they're going to be searching for the next great American designer they need to look for a designer that will have the ability to create looks that can show at fashion week & still be able to create things that can be sold at Macy's. Hello, Michael Kors is a perfect example of this! If they are looking for innovation, someone with something to say, a designer that can appeal to eveyrone then Korto is the way to go. Honestly, all those pleats will not look very flattering on any woman whose hips are wider that 30" & that's real! Pretty to look at is nice & all but let's not fool ourselves. Oh & Suede needs to stop designing clothes like, yesterday......talk about wack-a-doodle!
MsHauteStylist MsHauteStylist 7 years
So, J. Lo had a "foot injury" & yet she managed to muster up enough strength to do a triathalon today....hmmm....ok!Team Korto! I feel like all 6 collections were wonderful, seeing 6 wouldn't have been such a problem but the only 3 worth seeing were Korto's & Leanne's. It's most definitely going to be between the 2 of them. I think that they both come from very different view points; where Leanne is more Couture/(a little)Avant Garde, Korto is more Ready to wear/Easily relateable to all types of women. Personally, from this point on in Project Runway, if they're going to be searching for the next great American designer they need to look for a designer that will have the ability to create looks that can show at fashion week & still be able to create things that can be sold at Macy's. Hello, Michael Kors is a perfect example of this! If they are looking for innovation, someone with something to say, a designer that can appeal to eveyrone then Korto is the way to go. Honestly, all those pleats will not look very flattering on any woman whose hips are wider that 30" & that's real! Pretty to look at is nice & all but let's not fool ourselves. Oh & Suede needs to stop designing clothes like, yesterday......talk about wack-a-doodle!
Nwrh Nwrh 7 years
Team Leanne!
Nwrh Nwrh 7 years
Team Leanne!
emalove emalove 7 years
I'm so rooting for Leanne...I just love her designs.
Fashion Fashion 7 years
Hey gals! I love hearing what you think of these collections. I totally don't know why they had six people show - it's a waste and bad planning if you ask me. In February, they had five people show because that's how many were left on the show and they couldn't spoil anything. But isn't the idea to only have the final three make it to Bryant Park? Six mini collections was a lot to witness - especially since only half of them were worth seeing. All it takes is some better planning, and moving the show start date up a few weeks. Oh well, it's still cool seeing all the clothes, no? xo
supertramp supertramp 7 years
I think that Kenley,Korto, and Leanne are going to be the final three. I at least hope Leanne is, I think she might be my favorite.
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