Project Runway: Making It Work

Tasked with creating an inspired look for the modern working woman, season 10 Project Runway designer Melissa Fleis stepped out of her comfort zone and into the spotlight.

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Tasked with creating an inspired look for the modern working woman, season 10 Project Runway designer Melissa Fleis stepped out of her comfort zone and into the spotlight.
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"I never expected to hear Heidi [Klum] call my name. It's the absolute best and most relieving thing you can hear on the runway." Of course, only when it's not followed by, "You're out."

Jordan Hathaway in top by Raul Osorio, and skirt by Sonjia Williams; Kailah Lindsey in jacket by Elena Slivnyak, and pants by Alicia Hardesty.

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But it was Melissa Fleis' royal-blue cowl-neck frock that earned her the win. Rightfully so. "I want to do away with typical 'office clothes,'" Fleis says, echoing a popular sentiment among so many busy ladies. "Working women today are looking for that edge in life and the workplace. I want to help them achieve it." Fleis, however, who had yet to win a challenge in the season, was shocked to have landed on top.

Alex Wynne in top by Raul Osorio and skirt by Sonjia Williams; Lacee Teel in the winning dress by Melissa Fleis.

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"I never expected to hear Heidi [Klum] call my name. It's the absolute best and most relieving thing you can hear on the runway." Of course, only when it's not followed by, "You're out."

Jordan Hathaway in top by Raul Osorio, and skirt by Sonjia Williams; Kailah Lindsey in jacket by Elena Slivnyak, and pants by Alicia Hardesty.

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"Anyone can make something great in a low-stress situation. The true talent of any designer lies in how they handle problems when the heat is on." — MELISSA FLEIS

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The designers' workstations.
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Melissa Fleis working on her winning look.
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Raul Osorio (far right) of Team Six gives his feedback on hair and makeup.
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"Melissa's dress not only stood out for being dramatic yet wearable, it also photographed beautifully."— JUDGE NINA GARCIA

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Photographer Tom Hines shooting Team Six's final collection.
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DRAMA ON THE SET Call her a workroom bully or a brutal dose of reality, Elena Slivnyak didn't make any friends on this challenge. "I feel like Elena just escaped from the woods," designer Christopher Palu quipped in the workroom. "She is an animal right now!"

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With choice language (too many F-bombs to count) and harsh criticisms, Slivnyak "negatively impacted the mood and morale of our team," Fleis says. But unlike teammate Osorio, whose anger toward Slivnyak erupted upon his elimination, Fleis remained positive."Focusing purely on the negative side of things is a waste of precious time."
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"When that dress came down the runway, it looked like two puppies wrestling in a sack." — GUEST JUDGE JOANNA COLES ON ONE OF TEAM FIVE'S UNSUCCESSFUL DESIGNS

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