Remember Leanne Marshall?
Hop in your DeLorean and flashback to a time not so long ago before Project Runway was almost sued off the air to the series' most recent winner.
Surely after that very messy lawsuit, Christian Siriano's whirlwind success, and Kenley Collins' projectile-cat case, you have room in the corner of your brain to remember the quiet bespectacled brunette who described her design theory as "Holly Go-Lightly attends a Salvador Dali exhibit?"
Finally, after months and months of waiting, and a change in the show's network to boot, her collection for Bluefly has hit online shelves. The nine-piece collection features softly draped and sophisticated pieces in oceanic blues and corals. Each piece is made from eco-friendly materials, with prices ranging from a bit under $100 for delicately ruffled tops to almost $1,000 for an elegant empire gown.
But despite her bold style statement, there's a definite "deja vu all over again" kind of feeling when you look at the pieces, no?
The vintage-y meets architectural origami aesthetic was fresh and new just a short season or two ago, but style waits for no man. Or woman. Now, ruffles and folds and pleats have been turning up everywhere from the Oscar red carpet to your neighborhood Ann Taylor Loft.
Honestly, she had to sew practically every day on PR and produce a collection for the finale, couldn't she have sewn faster or something?
Love the the look of Leanne's line but not the price tag? Make it work! Check out these Leanne-inspired looks for less:
1. Moonlighting ruffle skirt, Mod Cloth, $39.99
2. Ruffle tank, Gap, $9.99
3. Soft petal dress, Forever 21, $36
4. One-button jacket, Bluefly, $82
5. Warehouse Concertina pleat dress, ASOS, $85.50
Project Runway fans, what do you think of Leanne's Bluefly collection? Worth the wait or should it be auf'd from shelves?