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LEANIMAL: Project Runway’s Rising Eco Fashion Star

Posted By Jill Fehrenbacher On September 10, 2008 @ 2:00 pm In Accessories and Fashion,sustainable style sundays | 1 Comment

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Project Runway [2] is my favorite reality show on TV, and here’s why: While most reality shows pit desperately unremarkable people against each other in questionable ‘skills’ such as bug-eating, trading spouses, or competing for the love of Brett Michaels [3], Project Runway [4] is a show that is actually about talent. The designers who come on the show have real skills, and every season there are a few who are exceptionally talented and visionary. This current season of Project Runway [4], all of my bets are on eco-minded fashion designer Leanne Marshall [5], who is turning heads with her creatively structured, eco-chic couture.


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Despite my avid following of eco-fashion [6], I knew nothing about Leanne Marshall [7] when I started watching Season 5 of Project Runway [4]. My interest was immediately sparked, however, when the Portland based designer started talking about recycling textiles and her use of eco-friendly fabrics such as hemp, bamboo, and organic cotton in her designs. When I checked out her beautifully structured pieces at her website Leanimal [7], I was immediately hooked.

As season 5 of Project Runway has unfolded week by week, Leanne [5] has consistently charmed viewers and wowed the judges with her impeccable tailoring, creatively structured garments, and thoughtful approach to each week’s contest. The Portland-based designer started the season off on somewhat shaky ground, but has quickly risen through the ranks to become the competition’s most promising designer, winning the last two challenges single-handedly. Leanne even had immunity from the previous week, and still managed to win last week’s Diane Von Furstenberg challenge [8], which is doubly impressive.

At this point in Season 5 of Project Runway, we are now down to eight contestants, and the competition is getting fierce. I have no doubt that Leanne will go to NY Fashion week (which is actually this week in NYC – how do they keep the winner a secret when there is a NYC fashion show involved?). Those of you who are interested in green fashion, now is the perfect time to start watching Project Runway, [8] to support the eco-fashion ambitions of Leanne Marshall. Whether she wins Project Runway or not, this rising star is clearly one to watch. Go Leanimal! [7]


+ Leanne Marshall [5]

+ Leanimal [7]

+ Project Runway: Season 5 [4]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/10/project-runway-sees-green/

[2] Project Runway: http://www.bravotv.com/Project_Runway/

[3] Brett Michaels: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_of_Love_with_Bret_Michaels/

[4] Project Runway: http://www.bravotv.com/Project_Runway/season/5

[5] Leanne Marshall: http://www.bravotv.com/Project_Runway/season/5/bios/bios.php?designer=leanne

[6] eco-fashion: http://www.inhabitat.com/category/accessories-and-fashion/

[7] Leanne Marshall: http://www.leanimal.com/

[8] Diane Von Furstenberg challenge: http://www.bravotv.com/Project_Runway/season/5/blogs/index.php?blog=burning_questions&article=2008/09/leanne_leanimal_instinct

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