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I was rooting for Korto (even though I have a pervy old-man nerd crush on Leanne), but it was apparent that Leanne was going to win. From the detailed photo review of the collections that appeared a month ago, after the actual runway show, I thought Korto had it in the bag, but last night Leanne's collection was simply better. Though Leanne is in fact a bit of a one-note, with the noodle-noodle-noodle. But: well done, Portland Girl.

Posted by Fnarf | October 16, 2008 12:16 PM

I'm glad that J-Lo didn't participate. I'm not a fan.

I was hoping for a tie or something, cos I wanted both of them to win so bad.

Posted by Jesse | October 16, 2008 12:20 PM

I was hoping Korto would win. Alas...

Posted by James | October 16, 2008 12:23 PM

I guess I was the only member of Team Kenley.

Posted by Dylan! | October 16, 2008 12:25 PM

Not having a TV I find this fascination with other peoples' seemingly charmed lives the last domain of the loser population of America. This is about ephemera, cotton candy for the mind, living life through other's success while you have nothing to show for your own life. One can only hope living with less material crap, as shall soon happen given the economy, Americans will strive to start living more.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | October 16, 2008 12:27 PM

Now maybe Leeeeeannnnnna can afford someone to do HER hair and makeup. Please?

Posted by StC | October 16, 2008 12:28 PM

5: Well, yeah, maybe, but there are a bazillion more garish examples than Project Runway, which traffics in creation, not debasement.

Posted by David Schmader | October 16, 2008 12:34 PM

What David said.

Posted by Fnarf | October 16, 2008 12:37 PM

I'm SO glad Kenley lost- She can claim ignorance all she wants, but her plagiarization of other designers works happened multiple times this season:

Posted by UNPAID BLOGGER | October 16, 2008 12:39 PM

Schmader, do you ENJOY ruining things for those of us who DVR'ed last night's show?!? God damn it. My wife told me that Yahoo had the winner on the front page, so I've been avoiding Yahoo all day.

Posted by Big Sven | October 16, 2008 12:40 PM

I wonder if the outcome would have been different with J-lo as a judge. I'd think she'd lean more towards Korto.

Still, I'm very happy that Portland Girl won. She also deserves an award for taking Tim Gunn on a bicycle built for two.

Posted by Explorer | October 16, 2008 12:40 PM

ps- I had a pervy not-so-old man crush on Kenley. Naughty girls need love, too.

Posted by Big Sven | October 16, 2008 12:41 PM

i [heart] when people say they don't have a TV. best self-righteous non-sequitur ever!

Posted by brandon | October 16, 2008 12:42 PM

Seriously. Way to be a dick. Luckily someone in the office spoiled it for me already.

Her: Did you watch last night?
Me: Of course!
Her: I can't believe Korto didn't win.
Me: I thought you meant the debate.
Her: Oops!

Posted by Dawgson | October 16, 2008 12:43 PM

I really wanted Korto to win too. And actually I liked her overall collection better than Leanne's one trick over and over again. She did a great job but I was bored after the 4th girl walked out on the runway. I thought even the pieces of Korto's that I didn't like as much were more interesting.

But I'm definately not bitter that Leanne won. She's got talent and I like her, she's funny. But Jesus H., someone give that girl a makeover!

Posted by monkey | October 16, 2008 12:43 PM

I was a Korto fan, but I loved Leanne's collection. I'm currently sitting in an aqua-and-cream room, a palette that I've been obsessed with since last spring, so I was pretty delighted to see what she had done.

The thing is, my real-life curvy-girl body would look great in Korto's clothes. I could never wear anything by Leanne. I appreciate couture, I like the art of fashion, but I also like actual clothes that make me look hot. So. They were both winners in my eyes, for different reasons.

Posted by violet_dagrinder | October 16, 2008 12:48 PM

Makeover mavens - settle down. Leanne knows perfectly well what look she is rocking.

Posted by tomasyalba | October 16, 2008 12:50 PM


Yeah, Project Runway is the only non-Comedy-Central TV that I watch (well, download) these days. Because I truly appreciate the creativity.

I've come to believe that wisdom and maturity are all about moving away from black-and-white towards shades of grey. TV is mostly crap. But it's not all crap.

Posted by violet_dagrinder | October 16, 2008 12:52 PM

Sorry, wounded spoiler-alerters: Once I saw Leanne holding court on the Today show I figured all spoiling bets were off. (If it's any consolation, I got the ending spoiled for me by a blabby east-coaster participating in the debate live slog.)

Posted by David Schmader | October 16, 2008 12:53 PM
That Im not just a designer, Im a mommy! crap is for losers.

Yeah, because parenting is so easy.


Posted by pffft | October 16, 2008 12:55 PM

@4 - no, me too. but leanne deserved to win.

Posted by jon c | October 16, 2008 12:56 PM

20: Uh, yeah, that's the point I was making. Nothing is easier than parenting.

If I got the sense you watched the show and had a brain, I'd explain myself, but I don't, so I won't.

Posted by David Schmader | October 16, 2008 12:58 PM

I had it ruined on the "And the Snap Polls Say" thread from last night by some asshole anonymous Slogger, so I am not mad at Schmader for spoiling. I knew there was a risk of spoiling when I chose to watch the debate instead of PR (they were on at the same time here), but it's going to be a bummer watching it without any suspense.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | October 16, 2008 1:00 PM

@19, me too, and I was PISSED. Before the show has aired on the West Coast = spoiling. After? Not.

Posted by Fnarf | October 16, 2008 1:01 PM

Thanks for throwing in those couple of "thank god the-other-contestants won!" in last night's LiveSlog, though, David. It at least helped me keep a little bit of suspension of disbelief.

I agree that Leanne deserved the win, even if the petal shape got old for me. I'm much more drawn personally to Korto's clothes and would be WAY more likely to actually wear them, but I can see how she wasn't necessarily bringing something new to the industry.

I actually detested Kenley's entire collection, pretty much, so if she was copying other designers she needs to get better at it... or I just have no taste.

Posted by leek | October 16, 2008 1:03 PM


Yeah, that person pissed me off. People who go out of their way to be assholes kinda mystify me. I mean. . . why?

Posted by violet_dagrinder | October 16, 2008 1:06 PM

I'm not a big J-Lo fan, but I am a fan of accuracy. She may have done the triathlon last weekend, but the actual runway show was a month ago. Still lame, yes, but it was longer than the 3 days you mention.

Posted by idaho | October 16, 2008 1:13 PM

The J-Lo confusion may have arisen from the dates on those stories -- the 12th and the 15th. But the US magazine story was SEPTEMBER 12.

Posted by idaho | October 16, 2008 1:15 PM

Re: the point brought up at 7: PR is one of the rare reality competition shows where contestants gain nothing from undermining each other or being enemies. It's about making art, not eating bugs, and I think this is part of the reason for the backlash against poor old Kenley, who came on in the total "I'm not herre to make friends" mode, when everyone else was like, "But this is the show where you're ALLOWED to make friends!" PR contestants are all in the same boat of trying to express themselves in a way they hope will be pleasing to the judges, and Kenley's antagonistic attitude stuck out like a sore corpse.

Posted by David Schmader | October 16, 2008 1:15 PM

I purposely avoided Slog once the debate was over last night, for the very reasons stated here.

Loved how Heidi had a dig at J-Lo on the runway, I remember how pissed she was in the press when it went down. Wish both Korto and Leeann could have won, both had beautiful collections.

I almost felt sorry for Kenley last night, she looked so shocked when she lost. I hope she learned some lessons from PR about being nice, and paying attention to those around her.

Posted by kerri harrop | October 16, 2008 1:16 PM

Yes Idaho, you are incorrect. Both the runway show AND the triathalon were over a month ago.

The word on the street it that J-Lo snubbed the runway show because the Weinsteins denied her a movie role she thought was hers.

Posted by akbar fazil | October 16, 2008 1:18 PM

Interesting point David @ 29

Posted by Non | October 16, 2008 1:19 PM

who knew that J-Lo had some pride?

Posted by um | October 16, 2008 1:20 PM

Leanne's adaptation of her petal style across a full season, then a full collection at the finale, put me in mind of the knockout Marii pleating Mary McFadden started to throw around so beautifully waybackwhen. Drool.

Posted by tomasyalba | October 16, 2008 1:21 PM

I wonder why they didn't do a reunion show this season?

Posted by Explorer | October 16, 2008 1:36 PM

Korto was robbed.

Posted by boz | October 16, 2008 1:55 PM

@31 -- Oh. My bad. J-Lo's a wench.

Posted by idaho | October 16, 2008 1:58 PM



Posted by princess | October 16, 2008 2:01 PM

Leanne didn't have any floppy petals during the entire season or in any of her past collections. She had some noodles and pleats, but that's it. Her finale collection had a lot of petals because it was, um, a coherent collection.

Posted by jrrrl | October 16, 2008 2:57 PM

I hate reality television with an intense passion, yet just recently got sucked into this show by my roommate. I really do appreciate the creativity, it's inspiring.

I thought Leanne deserved to win. Maybe the goal isn't to have a cohesive collection in this particular arena, but cohesion is something every artist struggles with (how many openings have you been to where no ideas were presented, and you find yourself looking at a "well, this is what I've been up to this year" exhibit?), and I though individually her pieces were great, as was the overall connection between them. I actually really like her personal style, as well.

Jennifer Lopez would have brought the show down a few notches, IMO. She's a pop star, not an artist. Glad she didn't show.

Posted by Dougsf | October 16, 2008 3:10 PM

Who knew that cohesion meant doing the exact same thing over and over again?

Posted by Dylan! | October 16, 2008 3:38 PM


It's not the "exact same thing", it's the thorough exploration of an IDEA, which is what a collection should be.

Posted by violet_dagrinder | October 16, 2008 3:51 PM


Fair enough. I guess I just feel that the idea wasn't all that original, and the clothes, while well crafted, weren't that visually appealing.

This is the time since season 1 that I am not satisfied with the winner.

Posted by Dylan! | October 16, 2008 3:55 PM

The Australian and Canadian versions of Project Runway are pretty damn good (the Aussie one especially) and well worth torrenting.

Avoid Project Catwalk (the UK version) like the plague though - it's Big Brother with some fashion stuff tacked on as an afterthought.

I haven't been able to find a subbed copy of Designerspierren (the Norwegian? version) so I can't judge that series.

Posted by whatwhat | October 16, 2008 8:05 PM

Yay! Now she can finally wash her hair!

Posted by Jenny | October 17, 2008 5:25 AM

I heart Korto. It is also my firm belief that Leann's use of the same repetitive noodling patterns indicate future mental illness. So there.

Posted by dr. thompkins | October 17, 2008 10:20 AM

Korto's collection was hands-down better than Leanne's. I was SO bored by her almost colorless palette and wave crap (all of those pleats made the models look like they had saggy asses ... didn't the judges *NOTICE* that?).

Posted by zil | October 18, 2008 5:15 PM

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