October 16, 2008 at 10:23 am (Kenley Collins, Project Runway) (, , , , , , , , )

I was a little underwhelmed by the Project Runway season finale. It felt a little flat after all the emotion of the previous episodes.

I had seen photos of the final collections on-line before the show, and felt that Leanne was likely to win due to the varied (but still cohesive) nature of what she presented. Plus, the clothes seemed meticulously made– they all moved gorgeously on the runway.

I thought Korto’s line was smashing and represented her point of view well. But it didn’t always have the editing hand of Leanne, and the ruffled pieces felt overworked. I liked (but didn’t love the way the judges loved) the green evening dress. The second full strap looked off-kilter to me; I would have like it better without the second strap, and just one piece covering the entire bodice attached to the necklace. I loved the one-shouldered taupe dress she made in New York to replace her wedding dress.

I didn’t dislike Kenley’s collection, although they’re not garments I’d personally wear. She is enormously creative and has a definite point of view. I (like Tim Gunn) wasn’t a big fan of the tugboat rope. But most of all, I disliked that 9 of her 10 looks were dresses, and the tenth look was a blouse and skirt. No other separates, no pants, no jackets, nothing. I love a pretty dress as much as the next gal, but nine cocktail dresses don’t a complete wardrobe make.

This morning, I looked at the Balenciaga collection and, unless I am not looking at the right dress, the similarity between Kenley’s dress and this Balenciaga’s Spring 2008 ready to wear dress is minimal. Sure, there are similarities in the sleeves and the general floral print, but I think Kenley’s dress stands as a distinctively different piece.

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October 9, 2008 at 3:44 pm (Feathers, Hat, Kenley Collins, Tulle) (, , , , , , , )

I have begrudgingly accepted that Kenley Collins did indeed earn her spot at Bryant Park last night.

Despite her efforts to reconcile with her fellow Project Runway designers, she still has some maturing to do. She also has some chips-on-the-shoulder to lose. But it is about fashion and not about attitude in the end.

Watching the show, I wasn’t too aghast at Michael Kors’ comment about Kenley’s dress looking eerily similar to a recent Alexander McQueen dress. But looking at the McQueen dress after the show, I was shocked. I really hope that Kenley didn’t see the McQueen dress. Can we give her the benefit of the doubt, meaning she super-coincidentally designed almost the exact same dress? I hope she didn’t see the McQueen dress before. Truly. Or they just rewarded plagiarism.

But her design put her in the top two. Hence, Bryant Park — here Kenley comes.

I do feel badly for Jerell. His collection was overdone, sure. I didn’t disagree with last night’s judging. But the guy WON the  previous elimination challenge (inspired by the New York Botanical Garden). It’s a shame that the previous winner doesn’t get to move on. What was the point/benefit of winning that challenge?

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October 2, 2008 at 5:48 pm (Belt, Kenley Collins, Mock Turtleneck, Project Runway) (, , , , , , , , )

Kenley Collins really should have been auf’d last night on Project Runway. Isn’t it a *basic tenet* of reality TV that someone has to go home? Now, I gave them a pass last season because the bottom two (Chris and Rami) were neck-and-neck. But I was very disappointed this time around. Someone should have been auf’d. And I think that should have been Kenley.

Sure, Korto didn’t have her best showing last night. And none of them knocked it out of the park. But Kenley’s boring mock-neck-racer-back-scaly-fish number really should have sent her home. The only good thing about it was that she removed the fish-scale sleeves.

Add her attitude (“I wasn’t going for elegant, Heidi.”) and I’d say auf wiedersehen.

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