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Project Runway Episode: "Finale Part II"

Season 5, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: The final designers are on pins and needles as the winning contestant is revealed in the conclusion of the Season 5 finale. Tim Gunn serves as the guest judge.
Original Air Date: Oct 15, 2008

Project Runway: Finale Part II Season 5, Episode 14

We've finally reached the much-anticipated season finale of Project Runway. With Jerell gone we've got our first all-female final three and there was no shortage of drama, stress, tears and Tim Gunn. So whose collection came out on top and whose didn't make the cut? Keep reading to find out!

After Tim announces that there's only going to be 10 looks shown (narrowed down from their original 12), he walks around to see how everyone is progressing. He gets to Kenley first and is still perplexed by her use of rope, feeling that they look arbitrary and contrived, but Kenley holds firm. "My decisions are final and I’m done with it," she says in the interview room. She's also sure that she wants her final look to be the wedding dress but Tim reminds her that it may not be the best choice to put in front of the judges. Why, Kenley asks, when they absolutely loved it? Well, Tim has a different take on how that judging convo went. While they marveled at her execution, they thought it was a knock-off. Of course she gets defensive and is sick of being called out by the judges. Time for someone to start reading fashion magazines.

After the final and somewhat disastrous challenge for Korto, she decides to axe the bridesmaid's dress and the wedding dress. And she doesn't stop there. Korto gets rid of two more pieces leaving her a lot of work to get done before the show.

In come the models. Did anyone else see that thong shot? Risqué Bravo. While Korto is working down to the wire, the other two are bad-mouthing behind the scenes. Kenley thinks Leanne doesn't know how to use colors while Leanne calls Kenley's collection "Holly Hobby," as if someone's child had painted over it. I love the last minute bashing. Tim comes in for his final "gather 'round" and tells his girls that they are about to go on the biggest fashion stage in the world. He's extremely proud of them. Hugs all around.

Time for the show! Look, there's Michelle Trachtenberg and ooh, it's Christian. We've got all of our Bravo stars in the house like Rachel Zoe and Padma. And what would a finale show be without behind the scenes drama? Leanne's top to her "ta-da" piece has fallen limp and somehow got too big for her model. They decide to switch her into a gown. And the biggest drama (and by drama I mean letdown) of all, was that JLo was a no-show. She had to bow out because of a foot injury (and if you remember she competed in a triathlon a few days later, but who's counting), but in the end it worked out because her replacement was Tim Gunn. Fitting that in the final season on Bravo our favorite mentor became a judge.

Okay, so here's how the show went and what my thoughts were. Kenley was first and um, what is coming out of her head? Did Michael's "flower pot" comment to Jerell not mean anything to you? Good thing you're not getting judged. I actually liked her collections and loved how the colors popped. Some of the silhouettes weren't my style but overall, good show. Next came Korto, strutting her stuff. Did anyone catch her "Don't I look hot?" comment at the end? And did anyone notice her Top Model alums Bianca and Danielle? I loved her yellow and green halter dress, that was definitely my favorite, and I thought her collection was diverse yet cohesive.

The final designer to show was Leanne. If only she would stop hitting herself during her speech I'd be able to relax. But onto her collection. I saw all of these shows live and I have to say, Leanne's was as gorgeous in person as it was on TV. That belted dress was amazing and everything else absolutely stunning.

The judges seemed very pleased with what they saw. Tim thought their points of view were so palpable and Nina agreed that each were clear. That's the first time that I can remember the judges thinking all the finalists had cohesive and focused collections. Up for scrutiny first was Kenley. Michael thought it full of charm, had a lot of spirit and that the painting was remarkable. He liked that she played with separates but maintained the look. Tim loved her concept and felt her construction was impeccable. Nina called it fantastic with wonderful spirit but pointed out that once again, she was derivative of a famous designer. Tonight it was Balenciaga and her flower print dress. They told her that it's necessary to know what's out there and for the first time, she admitted that it's time to do research.

Korto took her heritage and background and didn't make it costume-y. The judges called it effortlessly cohesive with phenomenal color. Tim thought she hit a bull's eye with her taupe dress. The only complaint was Heidi thinking some pieces overworked. Again, critiques we've heard before.

Michael loved Leanne's and called her workmanship divine. His only worry was that with all the petals she'd become Petals Marshall. Nina agreed that it may have been too one note but loved that she showed skirts, shorts, dresses, pants, AND a jacket. And I love that Leanne pointed out that half of her collection was sustainable textiles. Hard to imagine that materials good for the earth could create something so beautiful.

I think this was actually the closest finale I've seen. I was pretty sure what the outcome would be but it was hard to tell by the judge' critiques. First to be auf'd was Kenley. She looked surprised, pissed and devastated. And as Heidi likes to draw it out. "Leanne, Korto, one of you will be the winner of Project Runway………….. Congratulations……….Leanne."

So there we have it. Leanne is not only the winner of Season 5, but the final Project Runway winner on Bravo ever. Did you agree with the outcome? Until next season, if there ever is one, I’ll see you on the runway!


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We've finally reached the much-anticipated season finale of Project Runway. With Jerell gone we've got out first all-female final three and there was no shortage of drama, stress, tears and Tim Gunn. So whose collection came out on top and whose didn't make the cut? Keep reading to find out!

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