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Project Runway 5 – Episode 14
Posted on October 18th, 2008

Finale

The Challenge

With only a few days to go until Fashion Week there was no official “challenge” (although I wouldn’t have been surprised if they threw another one at the designers). However, the designers still had their hands full selecting models, conducting final fittings, and completing the finishing touches for their collections.

The Design Room

With the judges’ critiques from last week weighing heavily on her mind, Korto ambitiously hustled to create two completely new looks for her collection.

As Tim came around the room, Kenley couldn’t resist giving him attitude regarding the originality of her pieces. On at least 3 other challenges, the judges made reference to the strong similarity between Kenley’s designs and other major designers. “It’s insulting” Kenley sneered, as if it were impossible for anyone else to think of the same ideas.

The Runway

While the three ladies all presented great collections, I didn’t really feel the talent measured up to Project Runway finalists of past seasons.

Kenley kicked off the runway show at Bryant Park. While there were a few great styles that stood out, the remainder of the collection was a rather predictable display of her usual 40’s style dresses.

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Project Runway 5 - Episode 14

Project Runway 5 - Episode 14

Korto’s collection was sophisticated as always, with a strong flair of her African heritage. While her execution was beautiful, the collection just didn’t stand out as uniquely different from anything else out there.

Project Runway 5 - Episode 14

Project Runway 5 - Episode 14

The collection that had the most unique impression on me was Leanne’s. The architectural detail and structure was perfectly executed, although I would have liked to see the “wave” effect evolve throughout the collection. Her simple, yet romantic and sophisticated color palette complemented the pieces perfectly.

Project Runway 5 - Episode 14

Project Runway 5 - Episode 14

The Elimination

As fate would have it, Jennifer Lopez the slated guest judge couldn’t make it due to a foot injury, so who else but the “hottest hotty” Tim Gunn stepped in to fill the empty spot. In perhaps the most honest display of her true personality, a shocked Kenley reacted to this surprise with “Are you kidding? Maybe I should have improved my attitude!” So only people who are in a position of power are worthy of politeness?

Of course as a true gentleman, Tim didn’t let his personal feelings for the designers influence his judging. But that wasn’t enough to save Kenley from being the first designer eliminated. With only Korto and Leanne left on the runway, the judges announced that Leanne was this season’s winner of Project Runway.

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