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Wedding Noodles





The judges' reaction to this dress was one of, if not the, most overwhelmingly positive reactions to a garment the judges have ever had on the show. At one point during the breathless gushing, Tom turned to Lorenzo and said, "Wow. They are totally moist."


And rightfully so. Neither the pics nor the video do this dress justice. In person, it is absolutely breathtaking. On video, it tends to look heavy and ponderous but in person it has a light, wavy, dream-like quality to it.



It has a somewhat strange silhouette that still manages to be flattering and beautiful.


And normally, we would find that little flap at the bust distracting, but it's crisp and the proportions are just right, so it doesn't bother us.


They had absolutely nothing bad to say about this dress and their compliments were, as we said, breathless. At certain points, they seemed almost speechless. We can't think of any other time - maybe Jay's Chrysler Building dress - where the judges were so ebullient in their praise.


And if we were judges, we would be too. This is definitely among the top looks ever produced on the show.


We're happy to see she ditched the original design completely because that dress was heavy and overdone. It looked like some sort of air filter.


Leanne has an intellectual approach to design and someone like that naturally responds well to constructive criticism. It's notable not only that she took Tim's advice about her wedding dress...


But she also took his advice about shortening the length of the bridesmaid dress. The floor length hem takes the focus away from the beautiful bodice and makes the dress look bland in comparison.


Turning it into a shorter dress keeps all the focus exactly where it should be. We think this dress is equally as pretty as the wedding dress and unlike a lot of the entries (all of them, really), this looked to us like a bridesmaid's dress.


The only issue we can see is that the petal pleats in the bust look a bit sloppy.


We suspect she simply didn't have enough time to execute them properly.


And it looks like she played around with the design a bit before deciding which way they should go. We actually like this version better.


They don't lay correctly and it does some weird things to her bust. It looks like her right boob exploded. Still, this is only a minor complaint. We got the idea behind them; we just don't think she had the time to execute them perfectly. The judges didn't seem to have a problem with them because they never mentioned it.


And she didn't use the bridesmaid dress in her final collection (although one of the dresses had a similar skirt), so she must have been less than thrilled with the results herself.

Still, despite that, these two dresses really were breathtaking and really did look like they belonged in the same wedding party.


[Photos: Getty Images - Screencaps: Projectrungay.blogspot.com]
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Did you boys explain in another post how we know Kenley got the win? I know someone asked about it, but I must have missed the answer.

I wish I could have seen this dress on the runway, because it does seem slightly heavy in stills.

I love the bodice of the bridesmaid dress, but didn't love the bottom, but that might just be because I know what Leanne is capable of, and this dress isn't amazing.


Leanne's wedding dress was off-white...yet another thing she stole from Kenley (who invented short bridesmaids dresses, feathers, and off white gowns).

Leanne's model also wore shoes....Kenley should really copyright her ideas.


winkleperi said...

Did you boys explain in another post how we know Kenley got the win? I know someone asked about it, but I must have missed the answer.


She didn't. We're old and tired and get confused easily.


I'll have to take your word that it's light and airy because you're right, it looks really heavy in stills, even on tv. I was imagining wearing that dress and carrying around those 8,000 yards of fabric all day, not to mention the cost! Not practical, but interesting design.

And the bridesmaid's dress, even though short, looks like a bridesmaid's dress (Kenley & Korto), matches the bride (Kenley) and is pretty (Jerell).

If Kenley wins this whole thing, ugh!


Leanne really had been interesting to watch.
And she listens to The Tim!


Loved the bridesmaid's dress, and you're on about it being the only one that really looked like a bridesmaid's dress. Not the best look for every girl but if you happened to have tall leggy bridesmaids (like my genetically gifted sister, damn her), it would have been perfect. Oh what I wouldn't have given for a few noodles at my wedding!


bitchybitchybitchy

Love, love, love this dress. It is truly beautiful. Agree with TLo that the other bodice treatment for the bridesmaid's dress was more flattering.

May Leanne have a bright, bright future in fashion.


LeAnne's wedding dress is an absolute dream and I cannot imagine anyone finding one single flaw or fault with this garment. I love the fact that she decided not to go with white because it would've given the dress an entirely different look and feel. Love the b-maid's dress as well. It's the kind of dress that any girl in a bridal party would salivate over because it's flattering, fresh, innovative and could possibly worn for another occasion. Love LeAnne. The girl has talent, vision, skill and intelligence.

- edina -


I absolutely loved the wedding dress, as well as the bridesmaid. Very on-trend (see: Monique Lhuillier).

I'm not sure it should necessarily be compared to Jay's Chrysler dress for only one reason. While it is absolutely stunning, it also had a much higher budget and a lot more time to be constructed than any garment during the normal season. Compared to, say, other Bryant Park collections, it is a top contender.


I love Judy, I love these dresses. Sigh.


Jacob said...

I'm not sure it should necessarily be compared to Jay's Chrysler dress for only one reason.



They're not comparing the dresses; the judges' reaction.


The bottom of the wedding dress is beautiful, but it bugged the hell out of me to see the model walking with her hands stuck in between the folds. Who puts pockets on a wedding dress???

And to me the top looks unfinished. I don't care for the flap hanging down, but the bodice needs something.


i absolutely LOVED this wedding dress. you are right the bridesmaid dress looked like it did belong in the same wedding.

go judy noodles!


This was the most successful pairing of looks IMO. LOVED the innovative wedding dress, and thought the bridesmaid's dress was attractive and interesting without diminishing her role in the wedding.
The bridesmaids dress' colors look very nice. When they showed her picking out aquas and light yellows at Mood, I thought it was going to look barfy, but it looks so nice! Too bad she stole that short bridesmaid's dress idea from Kenley...
Yay Leanne! Great job!


I am so rooting for Leanne now. She already has a pretty established business over at Etsy and I am pretty sure she would use the money in a clever way (just like Chloe).
Leanne manages to make slightly quirky clothes that look both wearable and high fashion, and I think that such a precious skill should be rewarded!


I thought this was a phenomenal combo. Out of all the outfits presented the other night, these were the only two that truly looked like they went together. And look -- absolutely no pesky discussion of where Leanne got her ideas! I really do hope she wins the whole thing.


Just gorg. I can't wait to see her collection. It looks like Leanimal is the one to beat. Oh and if you've ever work a wedding dress all day, you's wish you had pockets.


I thought this should have been the winner. It was so amazingly original and so Leeane. And the color of the bridesmaid's dress was lovely.


thanks for clarifing leanne's wedding gown. i'm not all that wild about it on tv. i don't care for the flap -- to me, it looks like lips on her bust.

still, i think leanne's collection is my favorite. if leanne or korto win, i'll be happy (though i'm leaning toward leanne).

thanks for the post.

xoxoxoxo


Yes - Leanne deserves the win at Bryant park on the strength of her wedding dress alone. It's stunning and new!

(As opposed to stunned and Ew like most of you-know-who's work.)


I wonder why she didn't have Tia model this dress in the tents. Which look did she send down last, the wedding dress or the blue gown Tia wore?


A beautiful pair of dresses. But poor Karalyn looks so miserable.


My only concern with Leanne is: when do I start to get really, really tired of the noodles?

Cause, honestly, it's starting to happen.

For now, I agree that it's new and beautiful, but I want to see what else she can do.


Anonymous D


One of my favorite arcs of this seaon has been Tim's LUURVE for Judy Noodles? I think she's been his chief consolation for the indignities of having to mentor Kenley.
-- CAAF


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"We're old and tired and get confused easily."

Hey wait, I thought that only applied to me!


I'm curious if this episode won't hurt Leanne's chances for the win.

The judges have already seen her most impressive work, and her most stunning use of the noodle detail. It could be that the rest of her collection will be a let down for them (while Korto's collection is significantly better than what she showed in this episode).


I love, love, LOVE the fact that she made something very constructed and architectural while still keeping it flowy and feminine. My only real complaint about her is that her color palette is a little too muted. It's okay to make something bright!


I think had I been there I would have gasped when this came down the runway.

I think Leanne more than any other designer on the show has done IMPORTANT pieces: her Inspiration skirt, the carparts dress, the DVF dress and now this.


Leanimal forever!

That dress was gorgeous and TOTALLY UNIQUE *cough* *cough* Ahem... Anyway.

Can't wait for next week!!


Hi, Your blog has carried me thru this season. I'm nothing w/o T.Lo after PR's latest episode. There are so many comments that I can't read all of them after your terrific posts. Working mom's blues. I feel bad that I sent my 5-year-old to bed before she saw Leanne's creation. She loved Nora's dress at the previous PR wedding challenge! Leanne's was so beautiful that I think she will influence other wedding dress designers. It was perfect for a young bride's 1st marriage. I keep thinking of the word "fresh". I'm so behind the times that I thought it compares with Vera Wang. Jacob woke me up to 2008 and compared it with Monique Lhuillier. On Rachel Zoe's show, she got some dresses from Marchesa for her best friend's wedding. Leanne's dress would have fit right in with their innovative craftmanship and design. Though the bride-to-be wasn't as fresh and young to wear it. Great blog! Thank you. -Frances Spencer


Was the wedding dress stunning and beautifully constructed? Absolutely. Is it one of the best ever seen on the show? I'm not so sure. Maybe it looked better in person, maybe not, but on my screen it looked very heavy and I cringed a little. I'm back and forth on whether I like how the noodles sit on the dress; at times I think it is gorgeous, at other times it looks like the model put on a long white gown and then jammed a smaller, noodly dress on over top of it.

Still, this was the best wedding dress on that runway, hands down. The bridesmaids dress actually looked like a bridesmaids dress, something that couldn't have been said for any of the other entries. I wasn't too cracked about the hem and the bust was odd, but the colors were great and it fit in well with her wedding dress. She definitely deserves her spot at Bryant Park.


I've been meaning to ask this question for awhile, but there seems to be no apprpriate place to ask it, so since time is running out, I'll ask it now.
Do the decoys at Bryant Park also have an 8000 budget or are they allowed to show whatever they've designed before? Do they have the two month time limit? Obvious Jerrel was financed and had the 2 month time limit, but if Joe and Suede didn't have the 8 Grand, maybe that explains (partially) why their collections were so awful.


I actually kind of thought this dress was ugly. Well, not ugly, but not great. Impeccably made, of course, but I really liked the bottom of her first wedding dress (the bodice was a wedding cake nightmare). Perhaps you do need to see the new one in person.

The bridesmaid's dress was perfect. I thought the choice to shorten it was obvious. Floor-length bridesmaid's dresses are SOOOOO dated, they inevitably look so prom.

I really adore Kenley and her designs, and Korto is very talented as well....but if Leanne doesn't win this season, it truly will be the biggest travesty in all 5 seasons of PR. She is, by far, the most innovative and original and I don't think any of the winners since Jay McCarroll have really owned their own aesthetic. GO LEANIMAL!!!


It was original and unexpected.
Most beguiling.

Tom, don't forget. She also stole Kenley's idea of using a model!


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what happend to "patsy stone" miss her comments.


What bride wouldn't LOVE having pockets in her dress! Some place to put a little lace hanky for the inevitable crying. This dress is simply perfection.


Would the bride wear a veil or just pin some papparedelle or fettuccine in her hair?

kidding!

I liked it very much. It looked polished and well thought out. I could quibble about the choice of shoe, but I didn't even notice them until your recap. It really was a stunner.


The thing about LeeAnn's work is that even though it is very complicated (with all those noodles), it still manages to be simple and elegant.

This wedding dress sings. Not crazy about the color on the bridesmaid dress, but I'll forgive her.

--GothamTomato


the model she used in the BP show is absolutely the most precious thing i have ever seen.


Truly beautiful - I can just picture those dresses at an actual wedding. Leanne seems to be very intellectual about her work. She thinks out her designs, as opposed to throwing things at them (Jerrell) or putting together discordant concepts (Kenley). She also has the ability to edit her work, most of the time anyway. She is a refreshing change from many of the past winners with their over the top personas, and I hope they hark back to Chloe and give her the well-deserved win.


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Very interesting to read your report on how it looked "in the flesh." I've often wondered if there's a difference between what we see on TV and how things look if you're really seeing it.

(B.Bomber away from her own computer)


Would the bride wear a veil or just pin some papparedelle or fettuccine

Perhaps some small seashells and dried starfish inserted into an updo.

I sure hope Judy Noodles saves this dress for her own wedding someday. But I think it'll be in the hands of a celebrity and worn in yet another Hollywood wedding. I wonder which one.


that wedding dress was one of my fav project runway designs ever. as far as perfectly executed elaborate designs, it's right up there with jeffrey's couture dress and team sissyfierce's avant-garde look, both of which i loved. and the colors on the bridesmaid dress were so dreamy.


What bride wouldn't LOVE having pockets in her dress!

The pockets are for cab fare in case she changes her mind.


Leanne's wedding gown is just breathtaking. Loved the bridesmaid dress too, though I agree that the bodice is a little wonky. I know Leanne could fix that, though, and it would be perfect.


FunButNutz said...

I've been meaning to ask this question for awhile, but there seems to be no apprpriate place to ask it, so since time is running out, I'll ask it now.
Do the decoys at Bryant Park also have an 8000 budget or are they allowed to show whatever they've designed before? Do they have the two month time limit? Obvious Jerrel was financed and had the 2 month time limit, but if Joe and Suede didn't have the 8 Grand, maybe that explains (partially) why their collections were so awful.


Sweet P said last year that they informed her very late that she would need to make a decoy collection and did not get the full $8,000 budget. Of course, they don't necessarily do the same thing every season, so I don't know about Joe or Suede. (However, their collections were so very them - ugly and tacky - that I can't imagine the materials/time hindered them all THAT much).


Am I the only one here who see a resemblance to Naomi Campbell in LeeAnn's model here?

Maybe that's why the judges were so ebulient with their praise: Maybe she had a cell phone in her hand, and wasn't afraid to use it.

--GothamTomato


"Bailey said...
if Leanne doesn't win this season, it truly will be the biggest travesty in all 5 seasons of PR. She is, by far, the most innovative and original and I don't think any of the winners since Jay McCarroll have really owned their own aesthetic. GO LEANIMAL!!!"


I totally agree with you.


Congrats Judy Noodles! These 2 pieces were great, especially the wedding dress. I do agree that the earlier version of the bust of the bridesmaid dress looked better.

I did get a little tired of the same pattern and colors in her final collection, however, but you can't fault her execution.


I loved both of these dresses, especially the color of the bridesmaid dress-perfect for a blond model. One thing I don't get though is people thinking that the bride's dress and bridesmaids' dresses have to "belong in the same wedding." "Normal" (read:non-designer clothing buying) people don't really care about this. The bridesmaid dress just has to be the color you want and flattering to the girls in the wedding party. Who says it has to mimic the style of the bride's dress? If anything, you'd want the bride to stand out!


While I do agree there are breathtaking elements to the dress, I can't really get beyond the big bubble around the butt and hips. Maybe that part should have been smaller with the lower layer full? I'm not sure, but it's just not right.


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I like both dresses very much. The bridesmaid gown looks much fresher short and actually relates better to the wedding gown (not that it really has to).
Leanne's work reminds me of an Italian designer named Roberto Capucci and a little bit of Charles James.


"FunButNutz said...

I've been meaning to ask this question for awhile, but there seems to be no apprpriate place to ask it, so since time is running out, I'll ask it now.
Do the decoys at Bryant Park also have an 8000 budget or are they allowed to show whatever they've designed before? Do they have the two month time limit? Obvious Jerrel was financed and had the 2 month time limit, but if Joe and Suede didn't have the 8 Grand, maybe that explains (partially) why their collections were so awful."

Joe said on After the Sew that he got the $8,000 budget.


I am planning my wedding and would D-I-E to wear this wedding dress. Does anyone know if and where it will be available for sale?


LeAnne make beautiful things, but I wouldn't want to iron them. Wear once, then toss it out the window. Who the hell would want to try to press those dresses back into form?

Regarding the wedding dress, beautiful -but I'm definitely in the ANTI-pocket camp. What is she keeping sandwiches in there? Give the girl a flower to carry, fer chrissakes.


The wedding dress is breathtaking and I love the way it moves as the body moves. But something about the silhouette makes me think the bride could tear off the bottom section for dancing at the reception . . .


beth said...

I loved both of these dresses, especially the color of the bridesmaid dress-perfect for a blond model. One thing I don't get though is people thinking that the bride's dress and bridesmaids' dresses have to "belong in the same wedding." "Normal" (read:non-designer clothing buying) people don't really care about this. The bridesmaid dress just has to be the color you want and flattering to the girls in the wedding party. Who says it has to mimic the style of the bride's dress? If anything, you'd want the bride to stand out!


This is an intriguing point. In this day and age, the "rules" regarding weddings are about as antiquated as the old "you can't wear white after labor day" yarn. Many people don't get married in church, many women have male attendants, don't wear white, etc. I felt like some of the judging ("Does it LOOK like a bridesmaid's dress?") just felt so...fussy and old. But perhaps that's because I'm 23. Anyway, an interesting point!

-STEPHANIE


Shoulda won. Original-looking, fresh, beautiful. Judges clearly smoking crack this season.


Basil Stickshift

another laura said...

Shoulda won. Original-looking, fresh, beautiful. Judges clearly smoking crack this season.


Nobody won, there was just "top" and "bottom." What would be the point of having a winner in the penultimate episode? The challenge was designed to eliminate someone, nothing more.


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I love the wedding dress as well - but HATE those shoes with it. They are really distracting from the elegance of the dress!


Kanani said...
What bride wouldn't LOVE having pockets in her dress!

The pockets are for cab fare in case she changes her mind.
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And she will, if she's smart!

SisterZip


Leanne is the one to beat in this competition. I hope she wins it all.


Sorry, a pedant here

PRfanalaPenn said...

If those are pockets on that wedding gown, that's another stroke of genius.

They blend into the noodles for a total trompe-l'oeil effect.


Trompe-l'oeil is an optical illusion illusion, creating the appearance of 3 dimensions using only 2. If there WERE actual pockets, there's nothing trompe-l'oeil about it...they're just pockets. If she somehow used noodles to creat the appearance of pockets...well, that's still not trompe-l'oeil, as her noodles are 3D.


Absolutely beautiful wedding gown.
Different, yet classic. Understated, yet exciting.
And as someone mentioned the pockets earlier, I also think the pockets are a great idea. Gotta have somewhere to stuff the kleenex and lip gloss!!
Loved the bridesmaid dress, also. And I do agree that the original bodice was a much better look.


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What a great dress. Such an interesting design--even though we've seen the noodles many times. Far far better than to copy another designer *cough* Kenley *cough*


Several people seem to think that this dress "should have won" and didn't. People, pay attention! There was no winner this episode; the judges simply announced that Leanne and Kenley were in and would be competing at BP while Jerell and Korto had to battle it out for the third spot.

I agree that this is one of the most beautiful and original dresses ever produced on PR. It's certainly in my PR Hall of Fame. It's magic. Not much else to say, really. I'd love to see it in person, worn by the beautiful Tia.

The bridesmaid's dress worked so well and was beautiful also. Altogether stunning work from our little Judy Noodles!

The judging is so clearly rigged this season, starting with Stella's surviving that garbage bag debacle in the very first episode. (Love her, but come on.) So who knows what the judges will actually do. But if there's any integrity and justice at all in the judging then Leanne is the clear winner of PR. Her collection doesn't have a single misstep.


Amanda in Austin

I have to disagree about the wedding gown. Maybe it looks awesome in person and I just have to see it, but on tv I think it looks bulky, weird and that top tier of "waves" is just awkward and ugly.

I no likey.


le sigh ~ I want to sleep on a cloud of Leanne's fabric. Beautiful dresses.

Kenley should grow up, get smart and cultivate a relationship with Leanne. Complete with fabric shopping lessons.

Still haven't seen the episode.
Thank you Fashion Goddess for Tom and Lorenzo. <3


What I loved about Leanne's dress is that it had little bits that remind the viewer of other designers, but it was so original in its own right. My only quibble is that I wish Tia had been holding something like a noodly bouquet rather than walking with her hands in her pockets. I have yet to see a bride stroll down the aisle (in either direction) with her hands in her pockets.

Loved the bridesmaid dress, and it was nice to see Leanne use Karalyn again.

Leanne or Korto for the win!


Sage said...

le sigh ~ I want to sleep on a cloud of Leanne's fabric. Beautiful dresses.

Kenley should grow up, get smart and cultivate a relationship with Leanne. Complete with fabric shopping lessons.

Still haven't seen the episode.
Thank you Fashion Goddess for Tom and Lorenzo. <3

11:45 AM


Oh yeah, no one can pick out gray like Leanne. *Snort*

Their styles are completely different, and that's ok. Neither needs to 'learn' anything from the other.


Her wedding dress silhouette reminds me of a dress that Marc Bohan did for Christian Dior in the late 80s or early 90s. I love how she did the noodles on it to get that shape. Gorgeous!


blushlife said:

LeAnne make beautiful things, but I wouldn't want to iron them. Wear once, then toss it out the window. Who the hell would want to try to press those dresses back into form?

This really made me laugh at myself. I used to iron T-shirts.


PRfanalaPenn said...

mjude said...
what happend to "patsy stone" miss her comments.

10:56 AM
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Eddy forgot to collect her.




heeeeee! I have a visual of a very messy Patsy amongst the ruins of a raucous wedding reception :)


Leanne's dress was pretty. Just make sure you have strong knees if you plan on wearing it.


blushlife said...

LeAnne make beautiful things, but I wouldn't want to iron them. Wear once, then toss it out the window. Who the hell would want to try to press those dresses back into form?


HAHA! I never thought about that. Seriously, that must be so much work! I assume her RTW would be less elaborate and more practical with upkeep.


What is with the big tear at the bottom of the dress during fashion week? I dont think it was there when it showed w/ the bridesmaid's dresses.


Anonymous said...
Several people seem to think that this dress "should have won" and didn't. People, pay attention!

Hey, I'm blogging, enjoying a cocktail and yelling at my kids to get to bed while I'm watching. You want me to pay attention too?

Leanne's dress was gorgeous and unusual. And remember, as even Laura Bennett observed two seasons ago, this ultimately is a design competition, not necessarily a beautiful dress competition. To me, Kenley's treatment of each challenge was similar to Laura's-- perfect execution but very little design innovation.

Leanne's "noodles" represent a sculptural aesthetic that seems to fit the times. You see quite a bit of that in Marchesa's Spring 2009 collection (showing NOW!) but it's not the sort of thing you can copy off the bat. You've got to be able to execute it appropriately.

Leanne can do that. And to me, those sculptural and versatile shapes are more innovative than Christian's poufs and ruffles.


i have been an unabashed fan of our little judy all season -- and these dresses have cemented my fandom... absolutely gorgeous! and i am continually amazed at her originality with all of the sculptural elements in her designs. yes, the bridesmaid dress is a little wonky in the construction - but it seemed like they only had the one day to do everything, so i'll give her a break on that. her design aesthetic is spectacular and when given the time her contruction skills are beautiful too.

go judy noodles!!!! the judges better give her the win otherwise it's really going to look rigged...


" Neither needs to 'learn' anything from the other" -- kenley could take some humility lessons from leanne.....


What's up with those shoes paired with this gown at BP? If the boys say it works in person, then I'll take them on their word.


Oh wow. Leanne really came out from behind, didn't she? The longer the show has gone on, the more I have fallen in love with her look. The wedding dress is amazing.


And another thing ... when is LeAnne going to make the metamorphosis into the hot chick? I was so disappointed to see that both she and her boyfriend had the same haircut.


Where did I say gray?

There's Kenley Prints *snort*

and there's Fabulous Prints

on delicious fabrics. And life after tulle. ;)


I'm so glad you wrote this, T Lo. Leanne's wedding dress is absolutely stunning. I loved it when I saw the first photos. I loved it even more when I saw the video and I could see the folds. And I loved it even more when the episode gave it even more airtime and I really got to see it come down a runway. Breathtaking. And I love that it has pockets.

For me, it beats everything that's ever come down a PR runway. Including Jay's Chrysler dress. So when people carp about Kenley or how this season is lame or the thinnest talent pool ever, I think about this dress and the rest of the collection that precedes it. I'm so glad we got to see what Leanne can do because it's absolutely breathtaking.


I think the wedding dress is beautiful on Tia. I didn't like it so much in the images from the runway show, but it fits better on Tia, and I could really get a sense of the flow.

I love the layered, wispy quality of the bridesmaid dress, and especially appreciate how it was cohesive with the rest of her runway collection.

Well done, Judy Noodles! I'm pulling for you.


honesty.not.pc

Thank God for Leanne. This Dress combo seriously saved PR for me. It was the only thing this season that I said "Holy shit I want that". I actually looked at my husband and asked for a divorce so that we could get married again (thankfully he laughed). Its so flattering and unique. It is simple while at the same time eye catching and interesting. That bustline is lovely. I loved the BM dress too, the colors remineded me of my grandmothers house by the ocean (a good thing)!

Spectacular Leanimal!


It's so interesting to watch Leanne's designs evolve with her signature noodles while Keith did not do the same with his fringe techniques. What a difference between two designers with similar approaches to their work.


blushlife.....
LeAnne makes beautiful things, but I wouldn't want to iron them. Wear once, then toss it out the window. Who the hell would want to try to press those dresses back into form?

Her RTW looks don't appear as delicate as you might think. Hasn't she been seen on several episodes wearing some of her own garments? I recall seeing many a noodle-inspired shirt worn by LeAnne.

They actually remind me of several pieces designed by Donna Karan several seasons back where she used "noodling" as trim on shirts, sweaters and dresses. I own a few from this collection and they've fared pretty well over the years. I still love them.

- edina -


bitchybitchybitchy

Kanani said...

I sure hope Judy Noodles saves this dress for her own wedding someday. But I think it'll be in the hands of a celebrity and worn in yet another Hollywood wedding. I wonder which one.

11:01 AM

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prfanalapenn said:

My guess would be Pam Anderson's next weekly husband. Just make sure to add matching crotchless panties.

Leanne's dress wouldn't give Pam's girls the maximum exposure that they crave...I think Pam would go more for Jerell's jewel-encrusted boobage...


I just went back and looked at her collection again and I still have problems with it. I understand that a fashion show is about the art of fashion and innovation and all that, and she's got that, but are her clothes practical or even, dare I say it, pretty? When I think of how they might translate into wearable clothing, I can't figure out who would wear them. You couldn't sit down with all those flaps around your ass. And any of her looks would make someone bigger than a size 0 look huge.

Intellectually, I get it, but emotionally and practically, it just doesn't wash.

Korto FTW!


morrissey's pompadour

What the hell is with the anti-pockets crowd? How can you even be anti-pockets when they're done this invisibly? I'm not even sure if there were pockets in the dress, or if Tia just sticking her hands in the noodles. And you're not either. You can't be. So, I ask, when is it ever bad to have the ability to carry things? This is probably related to the fact that I'm a straight guy.

Also, Leanne better win: her collection is ridiculously good.


I wasn't impressed with the bride's gown from the pictures from Bryant Park, but now that I have seen it move I am impressed, no, blown away by this dress. I agree Leanne has a career if she can use her architectural eye to translate other shapes to fashion. I would hate to see her get stuck on wave/noodle shapes.


Can we please refrain from talking about the collections? I haven't seen them yet. Thanks.


Sage said...

Where did I say gray?

There's Kenley Prints *snort*

and there's Fabulous Prints

on delicious fabrics. And life after tulle. ;)


Well, if you say Kenley needs fabric shopping lessons from Leanne, clearly you think she needs to emulate Leanne's fabrics...which have been neutrals or very muted the entire season until now. But please, make sure to take everything so literally so you can ignore my real point.

I agree Kenley uses too much tulle, but really, the prints she chooses really work and look fabulous with what she does with them. Anyone with taste can tell you that, even if it's not their own personal style. (I am personally drawn more toward's Leanne's neutrals.)Wow, what?! It's possible to like Leanne AND Kenley? Who would've known with the crazy mob mentality here? OFF WITH MY HEAD!@#$!$!@%$!@%


So I told my sig O I would like to divorce and get remarried wearing Leanne's gown. He didn't take kindly to the suggestion, and reminded me how much I paid for the WONG that's packed away in mothballs somewhere. He meant Vera Wang. Ha ha.

Seeing this dress hit the catwalk in HD was my first gasp out loud moment of Season 5. It was dreamy. Internet videos and photos really don't do it justice. Truesay, boys. And you saw it in person! *is jealous*


that boob flap on he wedding gown really bothers me. I mean, is it there to catch the crumbs from the wedding cake? A shelf for her contact lens gear?

I dunno, I guess I'm just not a big fan of the baleen collection. Yes, it's interesting, but it's too...much.


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C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

Judy Noodles has absolutely saved the season for me, TLo.

I've been starving for, waiting, anticipating something absolutely gorgeous to finally come down that runway, and these dresses are it!

Sure, wonderful critics all of you are, you have quibbles, but I do not see them taking away from the whole idea or form of the design.

It's been great to watch Leanne grow over the course of the competition. Seriously, on the first challenge when she was just gluing those horrid confections to a tablecloth, I thought there was no hope for her. But after getting slammed by the judges on the 'green fabrics' challenge, boy has she become the creme de la creme!

Not so say that she hasn't had clunkers since, but she really has showed everyone what she can and cannot do as a designer. When she is on, it's fabulous to see. And that is a large part of what I watch the show for!

Leanne for the win!


This wedding gown is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful designs I have ever seen on this show. Judy, you are a fashion designer!


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Mariana (The Unoriginal)

THAT's what I want to see on this show. REAL fashion, REAL creative ideas.


Today is Leanne's birthday! Happy birthday Leanne!


Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous! Both of them. Judy Noodles FTW!


Triple thanks to TLo for the comments about the wedding dress appearing lighter in person. That explains a lot. I thought it was elegant but a touch ungainly.

edina monsoon said...
LeAnne makes beautiful things, but I wouldn't want to iron them.
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Edina, you cracked me up! So very very true!

Tho' the day I pay designer prices for my clothes, I may be able to hire someone to do my ironing . . .


KnitBitch said...

Can we please refrain from talking about the collections? I haven't seen them yet. Thanks.


DEAL. Seriously. No one's even said anything that specific about them. Even if they described a look in detail, you still wouldn't know until you've actually seen the garment. 30+ people aren't going to avoid a topic just because you're "saving yourself" for the finale. If you're that concerned about 'spoilers,' I suggest you don't look at PR blogs.


Is it just me, or does Korto's final wedding dress for the BP show, (not her current one) have almost the same silhouette as Leanne's?


Loved the gown. Hated the flap at the bodice. Made it seem like dress was falling apart.


If Leanne isn't proclaimed the PR5 winner, I'm going to stop watching! Really! Korto's was lovely, except for the too short green dress, but Leanne's was flawless. And Kenley's can't compare; she doesn't have the range. Cheri


I really enjoyed the architectural elements to the gown. Not sure how practical, but them when is a wedding about practicality. I enjoyed the comment by the poster when they described the "baleen" qualities, hilarious, and oh so appropriate.

The BM (Oooh, that doesn;t lok to too good). I mean the bridemaids dress, does look like one to me. I know it's not the actual color, but it screams "seafoam green" to me, which I find to be such a cliche. It is a nice dress though.

Oh, and Stephanie...You better not let Beverly Sutphin hear you defending wearing white after labor day!

"...but fashion has changed!"

Beverly: "No. It hasn't!"

THWAAAK!!!


KnitBitch said...

Can we please refrain from talking about the collections? I haven't seen them yet. Thanks.

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Sorry! Cheri


i think it would be a fab trick if the wedding dress detached just under the top wave billow to become a short and adorable reception dress!


Daxx said...

Oh, and Stephanie...You better not let Beverly Sutphin hear you defending wearing white after labor day!

"...but fashion has changed!"

Beverly: "No. It hasn't!"

THWAAAK!!!


LOL!!! I think of that movie every time!!! Haha. No offense Serial Mom, but times have changed! Please don't kill me with a telephone!

-STEPHANIE


Joanie has referred to Leanne's collection as "The Baleen Collection" in at least a couple of posts (along with the comment about the bodice of the wedding dress being a crumbcatcher. Just curious - does Leanne herself call this the Baleen Collection? Or is that something you came up with and are trying to make stick?

I'm trying to see the connection - Leanne is from the Pacific Northwest; there are whales in the Pac NW. She said her collection was inspired by waves; waves are in the water and whales swim in water. But her work doesn't evoke whales or whalebones at all. So...it's a bit of a stretch for me but if you can make a connection I'd love to hear it. I actually think "The Baleen Collection" sounds very poetic and like something I'd be interested in seeing but I haven't heard Leanne refer to it that way.

And I think her collection is stunning!


I love 90% of Leanne's designs... but not the ones she chooses to wear herself!

I'm rooting for J.Noodles :~)


Teddy G - Sorry but it just goes to show if ask 5 people you'll get 5 different opinions. Kenley's choice of prints made me want to gag.

As for Leanne's dress, sheer perfection. Loved everything about it. I hope she gets the win.


I'm probably going to be hit on the head by taste police for saying this... ;)

But the T.Lo. screen cap that cuts the dress off at the second bubble made me think that it would be awesome if you could detach the lower bubble and rock the shortened dress for the reception!


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

Okay, this is a bit off-topic, so scroll down if you want to read more reactions to the dresses themselves.

Ahem. My name is Lola, and I'm a bike geek. I was impressed that Leanne had a tandem bike, and I wonder if her and her hubby ride it often.

Why? Because my friends who sell them at bike shops often refer to them as 'divorce makers'.
The person in front has to trust that the person behind is pedaling well and not just enjoying the ride. The person on the rear has to trust that the person in front isn't going to steer them off the path or into a tree.

A lot of trust and good communication is needed for a duo to ride a tandem, and if Leanne and her boyfriend ride that bike often, it says loads about their relationship. (Sorry, Alex.)

I'm impressed and slightly jealous....

PS: Tim on a bike? Adorable! And he rides with surprisingly good form....


judy noodles is exactly that - noodley and portlandey - ewwww.

i would wear kenley's dress anyday over leanne's air conditioner dress. and ANY bridesmaid would be glad to wear kenley's adorable blue dress.


Anon 2:02...no, this is ONE bridesmaid who would refuse to wear that blue bubble dress of Kenley's. It is not figure friendly to about 75% of the population.


dharmabum said...
"So I told my sig O I would like to divorce . . . He didn't take kindly to the suggestion, and reminded me how much I paid for the WONG that's packed away . . . He meant Vera Wang."

He's a keeper. Definitely straight.


bitchybitchybitchy said...

Leanne's dress wouldn't give Pam's girls the maximum exposure that they crave...I think Pam would go more for Jerell's jewel-encrusted boobage...

12:39 PM


I can totally see Vincent eagerly designing Pam's dress. And it's not a good vision.


I loved the pockets, too. It was a great way to lift and show the dress on the runway. (also perfect for the bride's hanky!)

I like this girl and hope she won.... Just a little nervous that Kenley seems to be getting a bit of a redemption-story arc.


Anonymous said...

dharmabum said...
"So I told my sig O I would like to divorce . . . He didn't take kindly to the suggestion, and reminded me how much I paid for the WONG that's packed away . . . He meant Vera Wang."

He's a keeper. Definitely straight.



"Don't a you stomp your little last season Prada shoes at ME, honey!"

"He's gay! Enrique is gay!...straight men don't know shoes!"


The dress does not look like an airfilter. However, it does look like two of those tacky, paper foldout wedding bells stacked on top of each other. The bodice? No. The pockets? Good lord in heaven, no.

Yes, the dresses were from the same wedding. However, the bridesmade dress only made the wedding dress look all the more ridiculous.

Kate


TOM IN KC...

OMG,I think I love you.... especially that first comment.... your comments are so clever.... and speaking of...
where is Patsy ? miss her, hope you fine...
I feel like Judy's noodles will evolve with time. Maybe have a piece or two to FAB up your outfits,have to say I love them. I would love to see a Jacket


Judy Noodles sure is creative! She understands proportion and has taste.

And no one can say they saw her dress on the runway.

Now if they would only tell us what the fabric was she used for the dress.


just gorgeous and breathtaking, even in the stills. Leanne is crazy talented and she better win this thing!


charmingdinnerguest

Stephanie said - You can wear white after Labor Day.

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Stephanie, it depends on the people you travel and work with. Your friends probably wouldn't mind if you wore white after Labor Day.

But when you grow up, you will find that if you break accepted cultural mores, you do it at your own peril, even when the rules seem silly.


charmingdinnerguest is not very charming or polite. Why imply that a person hasn't "grown up" because she expressed her opinion - which is widely accepted now - that one can wear white after Labor Day?

I myself do not, but accept that this is an old rule that has gone by the wayside. My white shoes, dresses and slacks go into storage. But this doesn't make me any more mature or grown up than Stephanie. It's my preference.

There have been so many personal jabs being thrown around here lately. More than normal. It's not necessary. Let's stick to judging the designers and not each other.


If I had the connections and money, I would wear everything Leanne makes. Good Lord it is breathtaking, fresh, and delightful. And she's such a sweet lovely girl.


"charmingdinnerguest said...
Stephanie said - You can wear white after Labor Day.

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Stephanie, it depends on the people you travel and work with. Your friends probably wouldn't mind if you wore white after Labor Day.

But when you grow up, you will find that if you break accepted cultural mores, you do it at your own peril, even when the rules seem silly."

Huh?


Being a conservative southern gal, I'll admit that sometimes I just don't "get" fashion and wonder why anyone would go crazy over some of the things that pass as fabulous, but I think Leanne's wedding dress and the bridesmaid dress are THE two prettiest dresses ever to have been designed on PR. They are both beautiful, especially the wedding gown.


charmingdinnerguest said...

Stephanie said - You can wear white after Labor Day.

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Stephanie, it depends on the people you travel and work with. Your friends probably wouldn't mind if you wore white after Labor Day.

But when you grow up, you will find that if you break accepted cultural mores, you do it at your own peril, even when the rules seem silly.

2:48 PM


LOL. Only if you're a stuffy old lady throwing dinner parties, Grandma. If someone fucking cares that you're wearing white after an arbitrary date, you don't need them anyway.

PS look up "winter white" and see how many people are doing it. I don't care to follow "cultural mores" from 50 years ago, thanks.

-STEPHANIE


I have to say, I'm starting to look around at wedding dresses and I haven't seen anything like Leanne's yet, it's stunning. I teared up. It's exactly what I'm looking for- not a lot of embellishment, just a clean, pretty, flattering design... hey, Judy Noodles! I want to buy your wedding gown!

Think they'll sell it on Bluefly? haha


bitchybitchybitchy

I can totally see Vincent eagerly designing Pam's dress. And it's not a good vision.

2:12 PM

OMG-a hideous vision of Vincent slobbering over Pamela Anderson's chest while moaning that they "turn me on".....MY EYES MY EYES....

Then again, an alternate choice would be peek-a-boo fleurchons for Ms. Anderson, as designed by our lovely Angela..an explosion of fleurchons surrounding each nipple as the center....excuse me as I vomit for this truly unappealing spectacle.....to quote R. Zoe, I.DIE.


I liked the dress - but I think that I might have loved it if the bottom half of the bottom of the dress had "stood on its own" meaning the short skirt over the long skirt was distracting from how pretty the flow on the very bottom really was.

I can even kind of see a "wave" influence in the bottom half of the bridesmaid's dress. Too bubbly looks ridiculous (Kenley???), but this appears well done. (I recently found a jacket with a "bubbly" hem and it would have been gorgeous, except the execution was too messy.)


Pockets? Yes! Yes! Yes! A lace hanky in one, a hip flask in the other.


I've been rooting for Leanne ever since the New York Lights challenge when she came up with that stunning skirt. Especially after Terri was eliminated.

The wedding gown was exquisite. I can't think of another word for it. And the bridesmaid dress lovely.

And having sneaked a peek at her BP pics, I can't wait to see her collection in motion on the runway.

The judges never seem to choose the "wearable" designer, which probably gives Judy an edge.


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potty mouth princess

I was definitely more impressed with the wedding dress during the episode than when I saw the BP stills or even in motion.

I think it just had to do with a bigger screen, in which I could see the detailing better.

I agree with others that it still looks heavy, but I'll forgive because of the exquisite detailing.

I liked Korto's dress better in the smaller shots, but now looking at them on normal (well, 19" and 32" screens, YMMV ;-) ), her dress was really a klunker.

Given what most of us have seen, I'm predicting a Noodle Win!


edina monsoon said...
LeAnne makes beautiful things, but I wouldn't want to iron them.
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formerlyanon said...
Edina, you cracked me up! So very very true!
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Sorry, formerlyanon, but I can't accept credit for that line. In my post I was actually quoting Blushlife's earlier comment in their post about LeAnne's garments. I responded that her RTW looks are probably more wearable and laundry-friendly than they appear. But, thanks for the thought.

- edina -


Well, pockets would come in handy for spare ammo if it's a "shotgun" ceremony. Not to mention the keys to the limo.

I've been chuckling at the idea of an outfit for a Pamela Anderson wedding (thanks PRfanalaPenn) and all I could think of was this. That seems like the proper balance among opulent, bare flesh and tacky for Ms. Anderson.

As for the missing Patsy Stone, I'm starting to wonder if she's "vacationing" at the Betty Ford Center???


charmingdinnerguest said...

Stephanie said - You can wear white after Labor Day.

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Stephanie, it depends on the people you travel and work with. Your friends probably wouldn't mind if you wore white after Labor Day.

But when you grow up, you will find that if you break accepted cultural mores, you do it at your own peril, even when the rules seem silly.


I think the most hilarious thing about this comment is when you state "even when the rules seem silly." As if they're actually NOT. Welcome to the 21st century - no one cares anymore! Sounds like you need to travel and work with better people.


Anyone see this adorable picture of Nina and her son on Perezhilton.com? How cute!

http://perezhilton.com/2008-10-10-we-cant-handle-the-cuteness


Nina is beautiful, but I'd like to see Mr. Nina...what an adorable kid.

SisterZip


Anonymous 10:29 said...
thanks for clarifing leanne's wedding gown. i'm not all that wild about it on tv. i don't care for the flap -- to me, it looks like lips on her bust.

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Ever since I read this, all I can envision are the "bust lips" singing "Here comes the bride ..." Otherwise, a lovely dress. I like the comments about a tearaway lower portion for the reception.


I haven't been the biggest Leanne fan (leafanimal?) this season but this wedding dress really was one of the best garments ever produced on Project Runway!


I actually think the skirt of this dress is unflattering and weird. I don't like it at all. It is too...lumpy. I really liked the bridesmaid dress, however. I like the color combination and how the blue was a soft shimmer over the top.

I would be curious to see how Leanne (and Korto for that matter) would have fared in another season.


Leanne is truly talented. There is nothing cliche, derivative or boring about her work. How many Project Runway designers had such a strong point of view and was utterly original?

Jay comes to mind. Not Chloe (not very original, although she's got some good ideas and executed the heck out of them). Not Daniel V. Santino? Jeffrey? Maybe. Not Laura Bennett. Not Uli. Not Christian (too derivative). Not Rami (draping's been done).

So, it's a short list of designers who have a uniquely strong and creative vision that we truly haven't seen before. Go Judy Noodles!!!!


I love these dresses. They made me dream. And thank you Tlo for the screencaps. It's so nice to see all the details that go by so quickly and I'm always missing something.


The bridal gown is truly a masterpiece. I suspect that Leanne will go very far in her fashion career. She is wise beyond her year as she really listens and learns from the constructive criticism given to her - *without* losing her own point of view. I have been sewing for 30 years and am in complete awe of her talent!


Charmingdinnerguest

Nothing personal.
Do whatever makes you happy.


As to the no white after Labor Day: I do believe that refers only to shoes and not many people follow that rule anymore. I despise white shoes so I won't wear them before, on or after Labor Day. :-) Nothing more chic than a white coat in winter though!


I really think Kenley's attitude with Tim is gonna bite her in the ass, since he is guest judge in the finale. However, the fact she takes criticism well from Tim may help Leanne to win.

I LOVED her wedding dress!


LOVED IT! I do recall another time the judges "gushed" and that was when Christian and Chris March did the avaunt gaurde look. Remember that Nina supposedly "gasped?"

Kathy from Austin


Sublime.
The Duchess really encapsulated my impression by saying, "It's modern, but still dreamy".
She reminds me of Laura Bennett.
There's an incredible attention to detail in their designs that is just unparalleled.
The Bridesmaid's dress was just as gorgeous.
I think Leanne's got this competition (yes, I'm using the pun) sewed up!


Leanne's wedding dress was designed for a tall, thin woman, and on that body type it works beautifully. It's not a dress for the average height or rounder woman. She definitely prefers that body type. O think even Karalynn was a little thick for her tastes.


This. Wedding Dress. Rocked.

I preferred Kenley's bridesmaid dress, but only by a smidgen. As you rightly pointed out: Leanne created two gowns that belonged together.

Just wished Judy Noodles would comb her hair and trim her stringy ends. She possesses a twee quality that is lost in all that plain wrapping.


"the T.Lo. screen cap that cuts the dress off at the second bubble made me think that it would be awesome if you could detach the lower bubble and rock the shortened dress for the reception!"

i thought the same thing -- i actually made my wedding dress with a detachable bottom/train so that it turned into a great short dress for the party!


Er, I have to make a clarification. I preferred Kenley's bridesmaid dress over Leanne's bridesmaid dress, but J. Noodle's bridal gown totally blew me away.

I have liked Leanne since the 2nd episode. Our watercooler crowd had pegged her for the top three all along. Frankly, if she doesn't win, then there's no justice.


"PS look up "winter white" and see how many people are doing it." -- FYI, "winter white" is traditionally a cream color - meant to be acceptable after labor day. that said, we don't worry too much aboout those rules here in so. california -- we're still experiencing 80 - 100 degree weather here, so we're still wearing our summer clothes.....


i'm not dorothy gale

"Winning Noodles"...I think Leanne is going to win. And good for her!


Off-topic: but I was listening to Randi Rhodes today and she mentioned Hedda Lettuce. She was talking about fake names that are on the voter rolls like Pat Mawheeny. She said that if someone registered as Hedda Lettuce, it might be suspect.


I thought both dresses were exquisite


I wonder if Alex is going to favor us with a recap...


He's a keeper. Definitely straight.

Definitely a keeper. And I'm pretty sure only straight guys erroneously believe that Old Navy can fill all your wardrobe needs. ;-)


That last screen cap makes me want that dress in a different color with the second tier cut off the bottom... how gorge would that be?

Kat


bg said:

"But the T.Lo. screen cap that cuts the dress off at the second bubble made me think that it would be awesome if you could detach the lower bubble and rock the shortened dress for the reception!"

I love this idea! I was actually thinking about how much I'd love this as a bridesmaid dress (or even wedding gown; I wouldn't be your average bride and wouldn't mind a short dress, so that I could sass it up on the dance floor) if it were cut off mid-way.

Thanks, TLo, for your answer re: the win.


The silhouette was brilliant.
Leanne kept the top simple; the bride could wear something 'borrowed', such as a string of heirloom pearls, and the integrity of the design would not be compromised.
Austin Scarlett must have gasped when he saw this gown.


re: She reminds me of Laura Bennett.

Laura's designs were much simpler and definitely more elegant.


Le' Yawn


Sidewalk Story said...

re: She reminds me of Laura Bennett.

Laura's designs were much simpler and definitely more elegant.

I agree w/ you. I meant in their meticulousness, their attention to even the smallest detail, not the aesthetic.


I loved both Leanne and Kenleys dresses, they were both gorgeous and I can hardly wait till the end show.

Kzspot


If Leanne doesn't win there's something wrong with Frau Seal, Michael, Nina and Tim. Original and well made. Fashion forward, not thrown back to another era. I love alot of Korto's things too but The Noodler ruled the runway.


Honestly, in the original BP pics, I couldn't see the noodle-age and thought that this was a sloppy and boring bubble skirt monstrosity and that it was unworthy of being in Leanne's collection, let alone being the finale piece.

After watching it move last night and seeing the pictures you guys have posted here, I've changed my mind. This is a complete and total stunner. The noodle-age is incredible


Breathtaking. I honestly don't know what to say. Just wow.


I hope the next season reunites the Rungay commenters. It seems like there's so much tension/fighting in the comments lately.


Just judging from the pictures I do not like the wedding dress too much but you guys say that the dress looks a lot better in reality, so maybe I'm wrong here.
On the pictures it has a strange shilouette and looks very heavy.

The bridesmaid dress is horrible. I would never ever want to wear a dress with these strange petuls growing on my breasts - no way. And just think about how it would look on an average bridesmaid who actually has breasts? Even if your bridesmaid only wears a B cup this dress would be totally ruined.


Wearing white after labour day - the Manolo has spoken.

http://shoeblogs.com/2008/10/02/the-maestro-agrees-with-the-humble-shoeblogger/

"Ayyyy! The Maestro Manolo Blahnik is in agreement with the humble Manolo the Shoeblogger, who has said many times that the white shoes are acceptable after the Day of Labor."


BG said...
I'm probably going to be hit on the head by taste police for saying this... ;)

But the T.Lo. screen cap that cuts the dress off at the second bubble made me think that it would be awesome if you could detach the lower bubble and rock the shortened dress for the reception!


I thought the same thing.
Olivier Theyskens did a floor length ,all over (yes) white feather, strapless gown for Lauren Santo Domingo's (nee Davis) wedding after party. For the after, after party he cut it off at an angle several inches above the knee.

~~~~~
Lauren is the one that wore Sarah Jessica Parkers "Sex in the City" New York premire gown to the Super Hero gala at the Met. She was accompanied by none other than Olivier Theyskens!


stephanie lucas said.....
I wonder if Alex is going to favor us with a recap...

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Stephanie, it would be quite awesome if he did. In fact, after watching the season 5 marathon yesterday (the whole darned thing, thank you), I'd loooove to see bridalwear from the whole bunch. Imagine wedding gowns from Stella (!), Blayne (!), Suede (!), Terri, Keith, etc.

Alex, if you're reading --- a season five all-stars wedding challenge cartoon would be pretty cool if you're looking for ideas!

- edina -


A lot of people have argued that Leanne's designs are not mass market friendly because of the upkeep pleated details would demand. I would argue that Leanne's work is mass market friendly--when she designs for the mass market. The clothing we see coming down the runways of Fashion Week are not the clothes we shop for at Target; they are not the clothes we wear to the gym. They are clothes that we will be willing to pay hundreds of dollars for the upkeep of over the course of our lives. You cannot buy expect to buy a couture gown and be able to pop it in the washing machine; similarly, you can't seriously expect to buy something from Leanne's collection and not slave over the upkeep of them.

It is clear, from her collection, Leanne is designing for a competition with judges who are judging her on the scale of Alexander McQueen--who, might I remind everyone here, doesn't always design 'pretty clothes' you can live in on a daily basis--Coco Chanel, Marc Jacobs, etc. The final collection is not about 'can you sell this to the majority of the middle class Americans watching the show' but 'show us your best design.' The final runway show is a design show--not a marketability show.

But looking through Leanne's etsy, I have seen that she has made clothes that are easy to launder and care for. I could buy any of Leanne's dresses marketed on her etsy and be able to care for them (and I'm a college student). She doesn't show that side on a high-end fashion show because she's making clothes for the sake of clothes in this context--not for the sake of sales. Looking at mass marketability capacity is more or less outside of the scope of the final challenge: could you imagine buying Chole's evening wear collection at your mall? could you imagine Christian's work at the mall? could you even imagine Jillian's jackets, Rami's draping, Jay's tasteful quiltwork...at any mass-produced venue? Absolutely not; and designers have shown time and time again that they are not designing for marketability but for design.

On that note, we'll have to consider what counts as 'good design.' Everyone assumes that 'good design' = 'something everyone will want to wear;' however, this is not true. Design doesn't have to do with practicality, wearability, or even beauty (when you hear about good design, you don't always hear beautiful design--but successful design). For me, good design is about innovation, unity, impact, and proportion. I think Leanne has all of these elements in her design--whether I want to wear them or not or whether they are beautiful or not.


anonymous, I've called Leanne's final garments the Baleen Collection because that's what the petals remind me of. Maybe it's because I've spent a lot of time looking at baleen with my son (little guy loves his cetaceans), handling it, admiring it...but that's what Leanne's clothing evokes.

Structurally, it's pretty damn neat. But there's so much of it. Always.

It's too much for my liking is all I'm saying.

Looking at Korto's collection, which I like more, there's greater diversity and yet I still see a theme.

In the end, it's not about one collection being better than the other, they're just different and it comes down to individual taste.


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Sadly, the more I look at this dress, the less I like it.

And a dress that doesn't look great in photos or videos is of no use to most brides.


Sewing Siren, thanks for the namedrop for Roberto Capucci. I ran a google search and wow, he really does seem to be an inspiration for Leanne. Especially this flickr photo and also the dresses in this post by Crossover Aesthetics.

Lovely stuff.


Along the lines of the earlier post wondering about Suede and Joe's budget.....I wonder if Joe was the last to be told he was showing, since he did not have anything resembling a wedding dress. And his collection looked very much like items he would have already designed since he is in to sports wear.


Leanne won this challenge.


t.goodfellow,
Thanks for the flickr link. I started thinking about him (in relation to Leanne's work) after the drag queen challenge.
I had never seen some of those Capucci dress before. I love the green one with the paper chain effect on the skirt. If I could wear that to the Mimosa Ave. Christmas party, I DIE.


I would love to see this gown in person. When the model (who does look like Naomi, BTW) stands still, the noodles fall so well and make me think of water and serenity. Just gorgeous. While she's walking, it looks like she's carrying some sheets to the washer.

I also want to catch Judy actually making the noodles. How does she lay all that fabric out, fold it and make it behave? Architectural design, indeed.

I agree that Leanne has an intellectual approach to all of this that really serves her well when it's time to edit or make changes of any kind. Leanne all the way.


Love these dresses. I want them for my wedding : )


They're so elegant and sophisticated. Dreamy is the right word to describe them.


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