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