Project Runway Winner: Portland, Oregon’s Michelle Lesniak Franklin

Michelle Leniak Franklin was declared the winner of Project Runway officially during the season’s finale episode, Thursday. The decision has been a closely guarded secret since February’s final runway show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York at Lincoln Center.   The eleventh winner of the reality contest, Michelle is the FOURTH designer to win from the Pacific Northwest area.

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Portland, Oregon seems to be a breeding ground for artistic design with a burgeoning fashion and artistic community. A city with an unofficial motto of “Keep Portland Weird”, it seems to be a condusive area for originality and creativity. TIME magazine ranked Portland’s Fashion Week as #1, outside NY.

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Congratulations Michelle, we will be keepng our eye on you (and Portland)!

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