Project Runway premieres tonight (10/9C — eee!), which got me to wondering about what past contestants and winners have been up to. Leanne Marshall had probably my favorite final collection of all the seasons, and it seems she’s only gotten better. Aren’t these pieces to die for? Leanne says her F/W 09 collection was inspired by the repetitive skyline of her new home-base, New York City, and the fantasy of glamour one has when moving to a big metropolis. Lovely.

You can follow her blog Petals and Waves and catch glimpses of custom wedding gowns she’s been making, as well as the new Spring 2010 collection (video above; pictures below). Pretty, pretty, pretty – and just peachy (love that hue). It’s also so great to read an up-and-coming designer’s honest thoughts, like “Sometimes this all just feels like a very expensive hobby.” So relatable.

Do you like the direction she’s going in?

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