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October 9, 2008
Leanne makes the final cut


Portland's waterways provided some fine fashion inspiration for Leanne Marshall, who last night made it to next week's finale of "Project Runway" .

Leanne, who grew up in Yuba City, took mentor Tim Gunn (pictured) for a bike ride to discuss the progress on her final collection, which he pretty much gave thumbs up to. Each of the finalists (Leanne, Jerell, Korto and Kenley) had to include a wedding gown in their collections.

Leanne's use of "waves" in her designs was beautiful, though Tim was a little concerned about all the white that she was factoring in.

Anyway, the foursome returned to New York, where one of them would get the boot before the finale. Here's what I don't get: Every season the designers return and are collectively stunned when told they have to complete one more challenge before the finale. This has been the case since the get-go.

Last night, the challenge was to add bridesmaids' dresses to go with their already-designed wedding gowns. Ends up, Leanne and Kenley nailed their dresses (both wedding and bridesmaid), even though I thought Kenley's bridemaid's dress was a little on the short side. Jerell, whose finale collection looked a little cabaret (too much beading, too many mixed fabrics) when Tim visited him in L.A., had me worried because his bride looked like she was a walking floral arrangement. Korto's two dresses were too similar in fabric, but too dissimilar in style.

Ends up, Season 5 will be an all-gal finale - a first for "Project Runway." Check it out next Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Bravo. For more pics, just click here.

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