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Ripping the Collections: Leanne, Part 1




Darlings, this is easily one of our all-time favorite Project Runway collections. We said we hadn't been this happy for a PR winner since Jay McCarroll won it in Season 1. There's a reason for that: like Jay's, this collection demonstrated an explosive, unique creativity that seemingly came out of nowhere; a pure expression of aesthetic.

She's been criticized for showing a boring collection that lacked differentiation between the pieces but because she's such an intellectual designer, you really have to get in there to look at things. Each piece was unique and different from the other pieces. The pleats were a unifying element as was the color scheme, but she clearly thought long and hard about each piece and made sure they were all different in their own way. Plus, she's the only designer out of the finalists to show such a wide range of pieces: skirts, tops, pants, shorts, dresses and jackets.

Let's start the show.





A great opening look. This is definitely one of our favorite looks from all of the shows combined. Sure, the top is a little floppy, but we lovelovelove that skirt. Some people have criticized her clothes for looking heavy and unwearable but looking at it up close that skirt looks light and airy and no less wearable than any other pleated skirt.






To us, these look like great separates that would look better separated. The wide hips on that skirt seem to be fighting with the boob waves on the top. We like both pieces but we're not crazy about both pieces together.




Gorgeous and unique. A lot of people seemed to dislike that top but we loved it, although it's a shame about the flap being in the wrong place. Love the high-waisted pants with the button detail too.






Love that top but this was the only skirt that we didn't like at all. All of the other skirts had pleats that looks natural and organic but these look tacked on. It's kind of an unflattering look.






Love it. She's been criticized for sending pieces down that looked too similar, but if you really look at them, you see that all of the pieces have a different pleat pattern. These are large and dramatic while others are smaller and more subtle. Unlike the previous skirt, these pleats looks organic. We can get behind the criticism that this skirt would be tough to wear, though.

Love the bustier and belt too.

[Photos: Getty Images]


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Leanne's clothes are gorgeous enough to make me put down the blueberry muffins and try to lose weight to get into them. The only look I didn't care for was the second one.

Kate from the IC


"boob waves" haha.

The first look is one of the few I've seen on PR that doesn't look out of proportion because the skirt is too short.

I get your likening her to Jay -- she really does seem to have a singular vision.


Leanne should be a designer for Anthropologie. Her aesthetic would fit perfectly with theirs. Also I would buy her clothes in a MINUTE.
SO GORGEOUS! I adore the pants very much.


I also lovelovelove this collection! Congratulations, Leanne!

I was surprised when Nina said Leanne was in danger of becoming the petals designer. OK, she's done the noodle thing a few times, but it's always different. And in this collection, the petal-noodles were a unifying theme without being gimmicky and without being a repeat of the previous noodles. Great way to play with volume. Gorgeous colors, too!

It is a bit of a fantasy, because I can't imagine what these clothes will look like after a few wearings. Just sitting down on the petals will crush them.


dead on, as usual. I looooved her pants, those buttons on the side are so adorable, I didn't notice those!

the last look you posted is one of my favorites, that skirt is gorgeous, and I loved the bustier as well, but it'd be one of those things I buy because I like it and it's pretty, and then stare at it and wonder where to wear it.


This was just a happy-making collection from start to finish. I totally agree that it ranks with Jay's for creative innovation and uniqueness.

And I thought the little "wardrobe malfunctions" on Look #1's top going limp and Look #3's flap going flappy were actually kind of helpful. The former kept the top from competing for attention with the skirt which really was the piece setting the tone for all to follow, and the latter was just endearingly odd enough that I thought, "Well, maybe that was intentional."


Thanks, TLo, for the close-ups.

A deserved win, overall. And yes, look #1 sets the tone for the whole thing. A beautiful, beautiful look - too bad about the steaming on the top....

I did not care at all for looks 2 and 4. While my middle-age spread couldn't handle 3#, the pants/top outfit, I admired its originality.

I don't get a heavy feel from her clothes, either, I don't understand those comments. Actually, I don't know who made them, either, so what the hell do I know. I thought her clothes seemed very airy and floaty.

Good luck to Leanne Marshall, and good move, dropping the "Leannimal" thing. yeeks.


The last look in this entry was one of my favorites. I kept telling my friend, "I want that look. I want it now."


Love Leanne's collection. I don't think it's as wearable as Korto's, but as works of art and examples of a unique aesthetic, she couldn't be beat.


I did not like the bustier at all. Not with that skirt. And the skirt TLo thought looked inorganic? Ditto.

The boob wave and the top with the slacks are my least two favorite tops, along with the aforementioned bustier.


i think judy noodles show was just beautiful.


Just fabulous. You're right on the money, TLo; this was a thought-out collection that builds upon and derives from the themes that are its foundation.

Light, airy, ethereal. And she chose her models well for these, too. One only wonders how the first look would have appeared had the collar not wilted with over-steaming.

Thanks, Boys, for the closeups; a feast for the eyes.

All the best,

NDC


"singular vision" (brooklyn bomber) is right. I thought her collection was the most high impact, high fashion, high drama. when I first saw all the pictures come out it made the biggest impact on me. But after staring at it for 3 weeks plus I have to admit I do find myself the most bored out of this collection than Korto's and Kenley's. I think that is because apart from pleats, as nina said, she has nothing else going on. she does miracles with her noodles but its all noodles, just various types of noodles. There is no play with colours or fabrics or even craftsmanship (kenley's painted prints and korto's jewelry)EXCEPT noodles. As a whole I think this collection was great but I dont see depth of design from leanne which makes me wonder of her next collection. If noodles were the motif of this collection she narrowed herself too much.

for example with Korto you see she can do colours, prints, jewelry, simple sillouettes, crazy detailing, more couture (that oughtta be wedding dress of hers) and more ready to wear. Kenly you see the different inspirations, techniques, play with different materials. With leanne, highest impact, shallowest depth.

But then again i think for an up and coming designer you need to make a lot of impact and often (something jay didnt manage but hopefully leanne will), after you become a bigger name you can focus on depth.

was it still one of the best 5 collections shown on project runway, im definitely saying yes


I love her colors and the construction - I'm a sucker for a look created from repeated use of a clean-edged detail, whether it's a pleat, tuck, dart, petal or noodle.

I will be interested to see how her line incorporates these looks. Her website and her own clothes demonstrate that she's well aware that real people have to actually sit down in their clothes.


I liked Leanne's stuff.

I did not like the second skirt.

These clothes are pretty.

I am glad that she won.


Her clothes are pretty in the pictures, but it's when you see them moving that they really pop! What I loved about this collection was the life those clothes had as air moved through them.


Kors once told Jillian that "you're clothes are _______, but I can tell that they were designed by a woman."

Whatever the heck that means, I think it applies to The Leanimal as well.


I know I'm in the minority, but I really disliked most of this collection. Too heady, boring colors, and very uptight -- to my taste. But I agree she's a wonderful craftsperson and fabric-itect, so to speak. Given the choice though, I'd rather wear Korto's clothes.


I thought this collection was beautiful, from beginning to end. And as far as wearability goes, couture doesn't have to be wearable, and Leanne has the sensibilities of a couture designer.


Congratulations Leanne!

Beautiful clothes! Original concepts, sophisticated color schemes, fun, sexy and feminine. Perfection.

And... I don't think it's right to critique her based on having a cohesive theme. That's one of the main points of creating a collection, isn't it? "We love it, but if you keep doing it we won't, so lets slam you for doing it in the first place." Huh? I think the judges should have held off on "we're tired of this" until at least after her SECOND runway show.

And... the only thing that threw me was the, well, TOUNGE hanging down from the top of the pants outfit. Wouldn't another small wave have finished that top better than a squared-off tounge?


LOVE the last look in this section. It's my favorite of hers (oh and that gorgeous blue dress). I think it's selling for over $1000 right now in the auction...


:) Leanne, a well deserved win. Loved your designs and loved the *show*.
Congratulations!


(and, a high five to Nathan for his perfect music)


Loved loved loved Leanne's collection, especially #1. Again, if I was a PYT I would work those clothes like nobody's business.


This is maybe my favorite collection ever on PR. It was just stunning. The clothes don't look heavy at all to me - instead, they look light and airy and dreamy. And seeing them in motion really reinforces that. I don't get the "one-note" criticisms. if you look at the work she produced on the show it's really quite varied. In this collection she focused on her noodles but every piece is different with different techniques. I had never seen her audition tape and looked at that recently. She showcased a huge range of very beautiful, very professional-looking pieces, all of them very wearable while still maintaining her esthetic. She's one of the few PR designers who really has the potential to have a serious career.

I agree with TLo's take on looks 1 & 2. Look 3 really is stunning but I wasn't crazy about the "tongue." #4 I disagree with TLo on this one - it was one of my favorites. I love that top and the skirt too. It seems pretty organic to me. #5 This was my least favorite look of hers. The noodles didn't work for me on this skirt - I kept thinking of tacos. Not crazy about the top either.

The shoes and belts work for these looks, IMO.

I will say that even though there were a couple of things I was't crazy about and some things one could criticize she really didn't make a single major mis-step, unlike Kenley and Korto who each had more serious issues with a couple of pieces. This was a well-deserved win and I can't wait to see what she does in the future. Go Judy Noodles!


Over all a very light airy collection. I thought it was wearable. It looks very much like old school couture.
1. Stunning. It's a shame she didn't get to show the collar the way she wanted to. Didn't anybody have a can of spray starch? Damnit.
Helpers can be more of a hindrance, than a help.
2. I love the bustier on this one. Nice skirt, too.
3. Love this. Again the dresser was careless. When I saw it on the runway I just knew Leanne was having a stroke about the collar flipping over. It still looks good though.
4. I'm not crazy about the off the shoulder blouse. I love the skirt. It's a little disshiveled, but cute. The white belts make me think of that sleezy guy from WKRP, what was his name Bill?
5. This one is an architectural masterpiece. I can't help but wonder how many hours each of the garments took to make. Amazing, really.

Bluefly let her down big time with the shoes, but fortunately the collection was strong enough to stand ;) without them.


I had to smile at the pants because they seemed to me to be a smirk in Kenley's direction. "See? I can make high-waisted pants that fit and look great."

I loved that first look so much; too bad that it got floppy and oversteamed.


I absolutely love this collection. As a few posters mentioned before, I wasn't particularly crazy about the "tongue" effect on the slacks outfit, but the bodice on the blouse and the slacks were pure perfection. I really thought that the "errant wave" on the blouse was supposed to be that way!!!

The only other piece of this first part of the collection was the last look, because of the bustier.
I am not crazy about bustiers in any way, shape or form, but the skirt was magnificent!
Great commentary as always, boys!!!
And so many contrats to Leanne for a beautiful collection.


I also think she deserved the win because I feel she had more of a wow factor than the others. And as B Bomber said, a singular vision.
Was it Heidi who said, "As soon as those clothes came down the runway, you knew they were Leanne's.
LOVE THOSE PANTS.

My only complaint was that I found the "noodles" a tad too repetitive although I see your point TLo.


I loved her line even the floppy top in the first look and would wear most of it ( she would have to make those tops bigger though ahah). However I hated those damn white shiny belts they took away from her look they didn't look like Leanne at all and seeing that there was something organic and natural about her line the belts made things less natural.


The problem I have with Leanne's collection is the fragility of the looks. All I can think of when I look at them is "Wow Beautiful, but when I climb out of a car its is going to look like used Kleenex."

The fabrics have the sort of crispness that requires standing. How do you sit on all of those noodles/flaps/petals...things and have them look right when you stand up? They will all look crushed.

I know that seems petty in the face of such beauty and creativity, but as a consumer I WOULD be thinking of that before plunking down the very big bucks these clothes should command.

Wearabliity has never been a major differentiator for this blog or the show, but there is something to be said for at least a brief consideration of the marketplace and a whiff of practical thought.

The collection is beautiful, creative and she is a lovely young woman, but at her CURRENT aesthetic, I think her ultimate BUSINESS success will be second to Korto's.


Love that last look the best. The skirt is unique and stands out from the others that look more similar. Looks great with the bustier and belt.


Love love LOVE the skirt that you didn't love, one of my favorites. I'd wear it and turn to the side and stay that way, just gorgeous.


I think the pants outfit will be the first thing we see on the pages of InStyle. It's so chic and hip at the same time.


I just love her skirts. They are the first "bubble" silhouette that I like. I love the pants, too.


Anonymous said...
I know I'm in the minority, but I really disliked most of this collection. Too heady, boring colors...


That's HEDLEY!!


Yeah, I don't see how people can criticize Leanne's collection for being "all the same" when the other designers just sent dress after dress after dress down the runway. If Leanne used her noodlage the same way over and over I'd understand it more, but she doesnt.

My favorite look of these is the last one, with the first look being a close 2nd. I love the colors she chose, if only because less muted tones would probably look garish and over-the-top with all of Leanne's structural detail.


I want a noodle skirt!!! I'm so happy for her win, I hope to see her really take off, out of all the previous winners, I do think her look is unique enough to move up the totem pole of fashion quickly and compete with the big dogs! Go Leeann!


Beautiful, unique, ethereal. Leanne has vision and maturity from a design standpoint. I think she will have an amazing career. I look forward to seeing the waves/petals/noodles evolve over the coming collections. Hopefully she will always have a signature piece that includes that aesthetic. She has very high standards and has already shown great depth in clothing outside of this collection.

I loved Korto's collection also and initially hoped that she would win, most likely because she could have taken such great advantage of the opportunity of the win, whereas I felt Leanne would succeed regardless. However, I totally understand the win of our "endearingly odd" (apologies to AG) Judy Noodles.

Congratulations Leanne!! Hope DVF throws that luncheon for you.


It was art on the runway. I loved it!! A well deserved win.


My goodness, this is some good looking stuff. Creative in ways that designers are supposed to be! But, just wondering, is it against the rules for the model to have flipped that one panel back on the pants outfit top? Did she not realize that was not the way it was supposed to look? Also, do you happen to have a picture of the first look before it got steamed into floppiness? Didn't Tia try it on?


#1 - I thought was a great way to start the show. It establishes her look and the color story. It's a great "here we go" piece. I liked the top better pre-steam but even wilted it was beaufitul.

#2 - I wasn't a hugh fan of this look either. The skirt is what bothered me the most. To me it looks unfinished somehow. Maybe something with the hem - it just looks like she cut the material really straight and left it. Dunno - could just be me. lol

#3 Love it! Love it! Love it! I really adored this look and those pants were heaven!!

#4 - Gorgeous blouse - love the colors, but that skirt looks very air-filter to me. Its a fine line she walks with her waves, noodles, whathave you - they can be appear to be a bit costumey. But - if this is as bad as they got (and they did) it's not as bad as it could be.

#5 - Absolutely adore this! Is it super wearable as is, no. Could it be modified slightly to be more wearable, yes, and it wouldn't lose the feel of the outfit. Again, just stunning!!


Sewing Siren said...The white belts make me think of that sleezy guy from WKRP, what was his name Bill?

WKRP sales manager Herb Tarlek was played by Frank Bonner. His wife Lucille was played by the fabulous Edie McClurg.


Bill said...
Sewing Siren said...The white belts make me think of that sleezy guy from WKRP, what was his name Bill?

WKRP sales manager Herb Tarlek was played by Frank Bonner. His wife Lucille was played by the fabulous Edie McClurg.


I love you. Mwah!


ha ha... her collections remind me of this
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Loved the clothes. I will parrot what many others have said about art, airiness and vision.

I would like to have seen one more color worked into the collection, but other than that, I loved it all.

For the criticisms regarding wearability, I thought the same thing about Korto's clothes. I am no womenswear or fabric expert (not by any stretch) and have only very rarely thrown on a dress (really!), but Korto's gorgeous fabrics looked to me like they would get good and wrinkly if you sat in them, too. IMHO, the runway shows present a vision and are more about the art of the clothes. The translation to ready to wear is a whole other thing.

I LOVE that she established a strong visual identity for herself. It got her foot in the door. Now she's on the map and can branch out and show the different looks that her earlier (pre-Project Runway) collections exhibit.


Oooh - and the slacks. Gorge! I got a real 70's vibe (in a good way!) off the look. I could see Shelly Hack kickin' down the runway in that outfit with a bottle of Charlie in her hand.


honesty.not.pc

I LOVED Leanne's collection, my only complaint would be the colors, not my favorite palette but definitely appropriate.

I love the first look, simple yet interesting. I am not a huge fan of the large hipped ensemble. Perhaps that's because I have naturally large hips :)

I dislike the pulled out body suit crotch top on the look with the pants. That is my least favorite item in the whole collection but I LOVE LOVE LOVE those pants. So chic! That's how you do high wasted pants Kenley! The last look with the sand colored pleated skirt and the bustier is my second favorite look in the whole shebang. I would frigging wear that in a heart beat. Its so fun and interesting and flattering!

I agree with you boys that this is the best collection I have seen since Jay! Speaking of Jay...I still covet some of the looks he sent down the runway. I look for similar items in stores but I have found nothing so fantastic as that blue poncho and quilted skirt that he made. So Gorge!


Shelly Hack, oh my god!! Bill you're too much! xo


Did the PTB decide not to show the backs of any of the designs because a certain designer was mostly bare backs, another was bland and only Leanne had backs that looked good both ways.
Thank you TLo for showing the back of the long white pants. The top was really interesting and would be flattering without the pouffiness.

About the colors: maybe city folk don't get them, but I'm country, I love the Pacific Northwest and I totally appreciate the pastels of a foggy morning by the sea.


Love. This. Collection!!!! Of course it has been no secret that I have really been rooting for Leanne to win this and she didn't let me down. Her creativity and unique style are way beyond any of the other designers. As for wearability - these look like they are wearable, although I can appreciate the concerns about sitting in them. (Certainly more wearable than the over-tulled can-can girl dress or wedding dress that Kenley submitted)

I liked the proportions on these garments -- too many of Kenley's & Korto's looked short-waisted and too short. Leanne's seemed to have a better fit and were still short but not obscenely so.

Still love Korto's aesthetic and I will be watching for an opportunity to buy some of her pieces in my bigger than 0 size, but I'm really glad Leanne won. She deserved it.


I couldn't come up with the right words but
too many cats got it perfectly:

pastels of a foggy morning by the sea


I've already gushed about Leanne's collection so many times that I'll just say I agree with every friggin' word you said, T Lo. Oh, and this was my favorite PR collection ever, including Jay's. Sorry, Jaybird.


bitchybitchybitchy

I do love the petal skirt that Leanne paired with the white bustier. Not a fan of the blouse with the pants, though- that tongue hanging down just doesn't work for me.

Overall, though, as TLo said a very carefully thought out collection, and I love love love her color story.


You know, I think that even the order of the designers showing at Bryant Park helped her. She was the last of the three to show and this collection just looked and felt like a breath of fresh air after all of the wackiness from Kenley and bold colors from Korto.
I don't get heaviness from these pieces at all and I don't even mind the "lack of color" because the shades that she did choose are heavenly. This collection looks clean and chic.


I liked her collection. It was very innovative but yeah to me its not very wearable....imagine wearing one of the skirts and sitting down somewhere. I wonder what would happen to the skirt after you got up.


Art.
Leanne's collection epitomizes the rare instance when functional objects transcend into a intellectual expression of how a person sees their world.
The 4th look however, communicated a wonky, flappity uneven world.
Love the top in look 3; but the pants really shined for me as a fresh interpretation of the sailor jean (very Gaultier in his Genet period).
Overall, as much as I adore Korto (wow, what a woman!) & her collection/jewelry, Leanne was the clear winner on innovation alone.


The first time I saw Leanne's collection, I liked it. But the more often I see it, the more I dislike it. And now that I saw the close ups, I can honestly say that I hate most of it.
I've seen so many noodles, I don't want to see even one more for the rest of my life.

This collection bores me.


Congratulations Leanne.
I think the collection is heavenly.


Bill & Sewing Siren...


BOOOOGER!

SisterZip


A well deserved win.

My only concern about Leanne is she works TOO much from her head. She needs to take all that mastery from her intellect, trust that it informs the work and then work more from her gut.

That's the next stage for her.


I love every single piece and the top/pants combo? I DIE. Thanks for the great close-up pictures, Tlo!


I can't believe how low the bidding is on some of the looks.

http://projectrunway.auction.seenon.com/viewitem.php?item=1316

I'm getting married on 10/10/10. That's a STEAL for a wedding gown, especially one with such beautiful detail. Wish I were still a 2, I'm a size 4/6. :(


"like Jay's, this collection demonstrated an explosive, unique creativity that seemingly came out of nowhere; a pure expression of aesthetic."



Exactamundo.

I adore those white pants & would buy them tomorrow. But the one thing I wish, about this collection, was that it combined LeeAnn's silhouettes with Korto's color story.

--GothamTomato


Someone applauded the diversity of Korto's models. Not only does Korto deserve this platitude, but so do Leanne and the other designers who showed at FW, as well as whoever else behind the scenes played a role in showing the various shades of fierceness on the runway.


krystina said, I'm getting married on 10/10/10. That's a STEAL for a wedding gown, especially one with such beautiful detail. Wish I were still a 2, I'm a size 4/6.

Girl, you've got two years! You can do it! I'd go for it. That dress is gorgeous.


I wonder if Leanne was restricted in her colour story because of her desire to use sustainable fabrics?

I think the incorporation of one other colour - say a stormy dark blue/grey (in the same ethereal fabrics) - would have kept the sea theme and provided a bit of a counterpoint.


I have said before how much I love this collection ! But most of all I love when the models turned and walked away the skirts flipped when they walked. So charming.

Fabulous

I agree that I haven't been as excited with a winner since Jay's collection.


I'm just some dumbo from Utah who often wonders if people in New York really can be seen walking down the street wearing this stuff (I suspect not, but what do I know).

But, like any red blooded American woman, I am completely entranced by the "art" of what I see on Project Runway. I loved Leanne's collection for the shear beauty and architecture of it, even though many of the pieces are simply not practical.

Like Bill, I would have loved to see another color, but I adored the collection the way that it is. I look at some of these pieces like I would observe a painting on the wall. There is a lot to see and think about in them.

And the sustainable fabrics? That's off-the-charts hot.

This ranks in my all time favs as follows:

1. Jay McCarroll
2. Christian Siriano
3. Laura Bennett
4. Leanne Marshall
5. Kara Janx


I loved everything in Leanne's collection- ESPECIALLY the tongue top! As for maintaining the look of the petals wear after wear, I recall a designer (whose name I cannot remember) from the 50's-60's. He had a hem that was not pressed and had a "noodle essence" to it. His solution was to send the dress back to him, he'd unhem it, dry clean it, and send it back.

I'm so bad with names, anyone else remember him?


And also, this collection is memorable. I think we will be talking about it for a long time, whereas many of the other PR collections have fallen into the garbage bins of the lost in time.


Leanne is very talented and I don't begrudge her her win at all.

That said, her clothes do not translate to the masses who are statistically size 14, 5' 5", 43 years old and 154 lbs, exactly the "old lady" crowd who she was so dissmissive of with her comment during the college grauate challenge.

Designers are really successful in the business when they can be inclusive of more than just one narrow demographic. She has not yet realized this.

I know TLo are great fans of Laura Bennet and so am I. That's why I was sorry to see that when she showed her famous gathered-front black dress on QVC, the plus sized version fell miserably flat with it's loose camp-shirt style sleeve (death to flattering a big bust and wide waistline) and odd length that just made the body look chunkier.

Hopefully, both designers will expand their vision to include other body types besides their own in a more successful way.


Sewhat? said...I know that seems petty in the face of such beauty and creativity, but as a consumer I WOULD be thinking of that before plunking down the very big bucks these clothes should command.

Wearabliity has never been a major differentiator for this blog or the show, but there is something to be said for at least a brief consideration of the marketplace and a whiff of practical thought. 11:30 AM


I think your concerns about wearability are valid. But I think that buyers know that what a designer puts on the runway or what is featured in an editorial is not what the designer expects to make available to the public. I think Leanne's unpopular second look and the dress Tia walked are her nods to wearability. Since Leanne is unproven in this area, even her Etsy designs aren't strong nods to wearability, she just needs to be able to show an investor sketches and prototypes of how she plans to translate her POV to RTW.

In fact who is to say that Leanne plans to become a prĂȘt-a-porter-ier. Interestingly Kors in his blog recommends that Leanne consider going to Asia or Europe. From what I have seen, RTW is a very complex and costly business to get into. Perhaps the couturier route is more sensible, of course I don't know enough about Leanne or the nuances of the business to say what is right

One thing that I am sure about is that Leanne is a smart woman who is hella ambitious (that's why I have dubbed her The Leanimal), once she determines (and she may have already done so) which route is most likely to lead to world domination, she will make it happen.


Oh Forgot

for the how would you wear this... I'm sure the "Everyday" line like her "Esty" shop will work on this problem.

I want one of her jackets or tops to wear with something I already have....

Fabulous . . .


What was missing, if she were to have copied herself or done a riff on herself, would have been a take on the "Bright Lights, Big City" dress where she first captured many of our hearts.
(And with a modification of that, she could also capture our pocketbooks.)


Oh Goodness . . . you would think this was Monday...

I second what "Bill" said.... Great !


I still hate that 3rd look's top. It looks like a too-small bodysuit that she couldn't get the crotch snaps done on.

I thought this collection was very nice, but the color palette bored me to tears and it all looked so unwearable. I also felt that 90% would be hideous on a non-model body. I am clearly not a fashion person, though. I liked the pleats.


I love Leanne. I'm really, really glad that she won. I LOVE those clothes! I wish I that could buy one of her things.*sigh*


" Anonymous said...

Leanne is very talented and I don't begrudge her her win at all.

That said, her clothes do not translate to the masses who are statistically size 14, 5' 5", 43 years old and 154 lbs, exactly the "old lady" crowd who she was so dissmissive of with her comment during the college grauate challenge.

Designers are really successful in the business when they can be inclusive of more than just one narrow demographic. She has not yet realized this."

Uh...no. Plenty of successful designers couldn't give a shit.


Absolutely gorgeous! Great post, guys!


"Uh...no. Plenty of successful designers couldn't give a shit."

Uh...no. In that industry, success is measured by the bottom line, not by how much crap a PR firm can pump out for a company.

The more people a designer can successfully sell to, the more $$$ spent with their company. It makes greater sense to sell to the majority of the population than the minority, or in the most optimal scenario, both.

Just sayin'...


SisterZip -

"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."


Of all the collections we've seen on PR, this one really was made to move on the runway, as I found when I first saw the video of her show on PRG, after only seeing the stills. It's not just that her collection incorporates movement (notice how she must have directed the models to snap their bodies horizontally at the end of the runway to show how the skirts move), it's that the theme of her collection was waves, and she was able not only to think about what moves on a runway, but about which clothes would also illustrate her theme. Her clothes moved like water. This kind of intellect is sublime and rare.


Totally agree with you boys about how great this collection really is. She really is a smart lady who knows what she is doing. She may end up being the most successful winner yet!


Bill...

I don't think I have laughed so hard in my life than I did at that show. I bought the season 1 dvd set as soon as it came out.

SisterZip


Does anyone else get hungry for tacos after looking at that skirt?


I couldn't say for sure but I think anyone who is the least bit active would look a wreck in any of her clothes after about 10 minutes. Those folds would rip and catch on anyting you sat on.

I do like the color, but wish there was more.

Intellectually I respond to it.
Emotionally not so much.
~Zombiebirdhouse


Normally my opinion doesn't vary that much from TLo's but...
Look 1 - Leanne said it was supposed to stand up at the neck with the front kind of "into the neck - - not a fan of that idea - I thought it was better this way.

Look 2 - don't know how much was just the model and how much was the outfit - but she looked hunched over and dumpy.

Look 3 - I still say a bodysuit where the crotch snap sprang open.

Look 4 - the top was cute - the bottom looked like she strapped a saddlebag belt over a straight skirt

Look 5 quite adorable


Bill and Sister Zip...

OMG . . . I remember the "but I thought Turkeys could fly . . . every Thanksgiving LOL !


""Uh...no. Plenty of successful designers couldn't give a shit."

Uh...no. In that industry, success is measured by the bottom line, not by how much crap a PR firm can pump out for a company.

The more people a designer can successfully sell to, the more $$$ spent with their company. It makes greater sense to sell to the majority of the population than the minority, or in the most optimal scenario, both.

Just sayin'..."

It depends on what one defines as being a Great American Designer and how much money the designer hopes to make.

Ralph Lauren sells to the masses, this is democratizing design. It is not a lifestyle brand. He is a
"Great American Designer".

Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford: these are lifestyle labels.... very few people can wear these, but they sure as hell aspire too, and their designs are copied by others. They too are "Great American Designers".

Ask Fashion Design students who go out on internships to places such as American Eagle, Gap, Old Navy, A&F, Diesel, Fossil, etc and they will tell you so much of what they are told to do is flats-work... which is mostly copying what other designers are doing and tinkering with it so its just different enough that it doesn't land them into legal trouble. That's the fashion world.

By being a lifestyle brand it doesn't matter if you make RTW... cause you are guaranteed to have other companies take your designs and do it for you.


"Does anyone else get hungry for tacos after looking at that skirt?"

That sounds like a job for photoshop...


Ditto the comparison to Jay's collection: I loved everything about this.

I think it's interesting that a few have commented that the color story was a little bland, or words to that effect. Leanne's collection would have held together just as well if her palette had been a combination of more vibrant colors. Can you say as much for Kenley's or Korto's collections?

Fantastic job Leanne!


but you bitch at christian for having the same elements but it's SOOOOZ AMAZINGZ DAHHHLINZ when she does it, huh.


" Anonymous said...

but you bitch at christian for having the same elements but it's SOOOOZ AMAZINGZ DAHHHLINZ when she does it, huh."

Actually, they praised Christian's collection.


I think it'd be best to ignore the plague of anonymous. All these nonsensical comments are getting tiresome.

You could at least postfix your posts with 'Penned by Kenley'


if it were possible for a collection to make me swoon, this would be it


I'm spraying a little "Troll-be-Gone" in my office.


I know the herd has decided Leanne is the best designer ever, so obviously I must be wrong and everyone should hate me, but I have to disagree.

Throughout the competition and then in every piece in her collection all she did was "noodle" flaps. A shirt with noodle-flaps. A dress with noodle-flaps. Skirt with noodle-flaps. Shirt with *different* noodle-flaps. Dress with noodle-flaps *here instead of there*. We get it. What else can she do?

Without knowing her PR competition history I could see why this collection would garner attention, but it's quite obvious it's the only trick up her sleeve. Korto and Kenley (not that they don't have their problems) showed they have a style sense that isn't anchored to a single trick. Remove the noodle-flaps from Leanne's looks and what are you left with?

Korto & Kenley still have things to say, while Leanne only has the one and has been saying it over and over and over since the show started. Of the three, who will take risks and explore new ideas and produce a varied and interesting collection next year? How will you feel about Leanne if her next collection is all noodle-flaps?


Noodles are not all Leanne does, in spite of brilliant conments to the contrary.
Where were the noodles on the Bright Lights Big City black dress?
Where were the noodles on the DVF dress and jacket?

By stating a case in absolutes, disproval is almost too easy.


These clothes are so beautiful. It's true, I can't imagine how some of these pieces would fare in action, with the wearer climbing in and out of cars and so on. But I am remembering that Leanne wore her own designs throughout the season. Fun and noodly mini jackets - clearly wearable, sellable, and manufacturable for ready to wear. Plus, the gorgeous creations on her own site make it clear that she can design beautiful and comfortable clothes.


I think that Leanne has shown that she has more range than noodles, but if you want to go the noodle route then fine, if all she did was macaroni, that would be an issue, but she does linguine, fusilli, angel hair, ziti and fetuccini.


I would wear all of those skirts in a heartbeat ... I'd wear the whole collection in heartbeat.
I remember Kenley saying that she doesn't use colour and its "boring". She does very well actually ... its a very smart colour palette that would look good on just about any woman. They just aren't bold colours, yet they speak volumes and are harmonious. Sorry I'm getting very artsy lol
Even though she had some minor problems (the baggy top in the first look) its all beautiful.
The noodles can be repetitive but come on, they are stunning.
Yay LEANNE!!!


Congrats, Leanne. What a fantastic, innovative, and memorable collection. It gets better every time I see it. I loved the color palette and am glad she didn't use more colors.

Look #5: stunning. Evokes a swan, doesn't it?

Look #1. I want it.

As for wearability, those fabrics look like they have a soft hand-- I bet they'd hold up to sitting and wear better than you think.

Look #4: would normally hate that type of top but it looks great with the skirt. Disagree with TLO on this one.

Look #3: not fond of the tongue; dislike high waisted pants but they look great on this model

Look #2: meh.


I love this collection! I love that last look the most. that skirt may be hard to wear, but it's so divine and looks like origami to me.

Congrats Leanne!!

Great job!!!


One of the things I like about this collection, and the best of Leanne's work, is that it rewards repeat viewings. Every time I look at this collection, I see something I like that I had missed before.

#1 is a total winner. When the model spun around at the end and those petals whooshed, I was sold.

#2 is not. There wasn't any movement, and the skirt really bothers me. I think this one should have been oversteamed as well.

#3 is ok. Love the pants, don't love the top.

#4 is ok. The top is ok, I like the skirt from behind, but not from the front.

#5, the taco dress! I love this. I like that it moved on the runway. It sold for over $2000 on the auction, more than anything else had all season.


I love the photos that you post-- it allows me to slow down and look at the clothes. Although these had fabulous movement on the runway, you can see the detailing and structure so well in the stills.

Agree with the comments boys.
I would love to wear her clothes-- now to invent a place to wear them... hmmm


1. This is a good opening look and it sets the tone for the show. We get a "moment" when the model twirls at the end of the runway and the petals fan out. I do think that the outfit loses something when you see the droopy back, but it is not a show stopper. Good model.

2. This look is meh. Perhaps Leanne was trying to show how her looks can be translated to RTW. Did anyone notice when Tim was visiting Leanne that there was a one shoulder top that I thought was cute and wonder why it was cut.

3. I really do like this look. I wonder if the appendage is why Leanne wanted to ditch it, I think Leanne's showing is better for having this look in it, even with the appendage and errant noodle.

Are the bottoms for looks 2 and 3 the result of the tea dyeing that Tim recommended.

4. This is possibly the worst look of the collection. The blouse and garish belt are worse than the skirt. I get the skirt inasmuch as it shows the alternating colors in each pleat.

5. This is a complicated look that stays within the boundaries of impressive versus over worked?


Leanne's collection would have held together just as well if her palette had been a combination of more vibrant colors.

Very true. There are quite a few pieces that I actually think would also look smashing in black and white. Totally different mood and wouldn't complete the ripples in water concept, but it would give an even more three dimensional effect to the pieces with the double sided pleats. It's interesting that so many people want to wear Korto's collection. I can't say that I share that feeling. After seeing all three on television, I'm most excited at the thought of owning a Leanne Marshall original. It would be something to wear on a very special occasion, and I'd probably run into the ladies room to admire it over and over again in the mirror, not out of vanity, but because I love the craftsmanship that went into making it. I have a favorite piece of jewelry like that - it's a one of a kind silver wrist cuff that looks like molten metal twisting around my wrist, a little wearable sculpture. I hope she still plans on selling some handmade pieces.


Loooved it. The first and last look were amazing, and definitely not the same. The pants outfit was unique and gorgeous too. Great win. best of luck to Leanne.


a said..
Are the bottoms for looks 2 and 3 the result of the tea dyeing that Tim recommended.


I was wondering about that as well.
It would be extremely risky on Leanne's part to garment dye these pieces. It almost never turns out evenly dyed, and to top it off she has some somewhat experimental textiles that are more than one fiber ,a silk/hemp blend is what I think she said she used.
On the other hand they don't look as bright white as they did when she showed them to Tim.


Still boring.


i like leanne. and nobody can stress enough how gorgeous her collection was and how much she deserved the win.

but i can't help but imagine...

the top of the 3rd look looked like the head of a jade elephant.

and the bottom part of the 5th look looked like potato chips.

still. gorgeous. and perfectly executed.





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