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Monday, March 7, 2016

Leanne Marshall Fall 2016

So what are your favorite Project Runway alums up to? Season 5 winner Leanne Marshall wowed the judges with her skills in draping romantic silhouettes.

She has become a popular indie bridal designer and showed her collections during NY Fashion week. For fall 2016, she took on a darker coffee, gold, grey and black palette. She opened the show with shorter silk rompers and cocktail length dresses. The showstoppers were the airy gowns in georgette and masterfully draped ruffles. Marshall also mixed in a few bridal looks that incorporated manipulated fabric embellishments or sexy inserts of lace.

For a designer who proudly flaunts her Californian roots, this was a darker, sophisticated collection perfectly at home in NYC. This city does that to people. The hair was slick and tied back. The eye make-up was dark and smoky.

The most memorable thing about this show was how the models looked while they moved in these dresses. Marshall clearly designed the dresses with how they would float or ripple as the wearer walked. I chalk this up to her experience working with dance costumes. At least you know these are dresses where you can move at an event.

Considering this was a relatively new label of a low-key designer, this show was fully packed where guests and press were spilling into the runway itself. Celebrities in the audience included Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach and Empire's Ta'Rhonda Jones. More established designers didn't bring crowds as big as this show.

There have been man Project Runway contestants. Very few have joined the ranks of really expanding their labels to the next level. Congratulations to Leanne Marshall for being one of them!

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