By CJ Bomb
Hello all! I have a wonderful surprise! The Lovely Les is chiming in tonight! We were supposed to watch together but I had a client dinner that ran late to she is faithfully texting me her expert opinions. It is only the third challenge in and we are ALREADY doing the unconventional challenge. I was sneaking looks at her texts during dinner and I’m psyched to watch this based on her notes already. So let’s do it.
We get a quick recap of the nice Canadian who probably had more talent in his little finger than most of these people have in their entire bodies. I can’t talk about it. I’m still mad. Anthony Ryan’s look….seriously? Irina not leaving for her Jersey Housewife reunion dress???? I can’t…. So. We are off to the airport to promote Southwest Airlines, cause…fashion people! They get on a plane and why is Jasper carrying a stuffed dog? Are they going to Mexico? Europe? Alyssa is yammering from the cockpit and Michelle rolls her eyes and quickly deduces they are going nowhere. Literally and figuratively. Southwest airlines has been repurposing their leather from older seats and turning it into accessories? For charity? So I guess they do have a fashion connection and well done Southwest Airlines. Alyssa announces the unconventional challenge which is met with both excitement and groans. Michelle remembers winning her unconventional challenge in which she had to make a prom dress out of duct tape. That was actually a good one. Jasper is freaked out because they didn’t do this challenge in UK. All the materials are flight related. Seatbelts, old leather, serving stuff, etc…as Les texts: Let’s go! Or Let’s FLY! I admire her enthusiasm. A look for modern day air travel. So leggings? And a sweatshirt? Oh, they also have to design an accessory. Winning designers get to work with the designers upcycling the Southwest leather to sell, as well as a trip and the money. We don’t have to ever speak of JCP again.
They run to baggage claim and grab all the shit they can. Juli is completely freaked out by the aggressive snatching of crap. Welcome to the USA Juli! Sean grabs shiny stuff, Jasper grabs air sickness bags and cups? Michelle grabs cocktail stirrers and reflectors. They enter the workroom and dump the goods. Christina was a rebel when she was younger so this is a great way on expressing herself. Django was encouraged to become a fashion designer by his mom which is sweet. Seth Aaron is designing a literal seat belt dress. Michelle is smashing a zillion reflectors. Jasper references Jackson Pollack, Mark Rothko and air sickness bags in one statement. I’m guessing this is the only time in history those things have been referenced together. He’s turning 500 paper cups into fringe. Sean is going to a Paco Rabanne looking tile dress with sunglass lenses. Django is having issues and is not happy. He thinks he has to quit. Les tells him to embrace the pain and forced creativity. She wishes Tim was there to help encourage him. Les, we all want that. They end the first day and Django has nothing done. Les says there are no quitters in All-Stars!The next day Django regroups and starts putting together a halter dress. Anne comes in and tells them there’s a lot of pressure, but she’s there to help. Thanks Anne. She loves Michelle’s reflector dress but notes her accessory doesn’t really match. Anthony is doing a jumpsuit/romper he is constructing out of snack wrappers. Anne is not interrupting because he obviously has got a LOT of work to do. She thinks Django’s vomit bag dress looks like it also needs a lot more work. She’s getting nineties and horse bridle from Dmitry’s look which completely confuses him. She tells Jasper he needs to do more than cut out paper and to push himself. She asks Anya if she is celebrating the fact that she’s making her dress out of paper brochures or trying to diminish it. Anya wisly points out that if Anne didn’t recognize what it was initially, that is a good thing. Cynthia is making a Herve Leger looking dress out of belts. It has pockets! Pockets make people happy! I do love a good pocket. Les loves this look. Irina has designed a ginormous hat. Cause that’s what women want to wear to the airport.
Seth Aaron is embracing the seatbelt and made a dress that looks like a dress with seatbelts hanging off it. Anne is not impressed. She IS impressed by Christina’s funky jacket and compares it to Alexander Wang. That is a VERY good comparison. She asks Even if she can eat a bag of the peanuts he is taking the wrappers from and turning them into pants? These peanut pants make Les nervous. Sean’s dress is no longer Paco Rabanne and now just aviator glass lenses glued to a hazard vest. Anne thinks it is too literal. Juli, who has made outfits for an airline in Australia, has made an 80’s cocktail dress with “spew bags”. While I find that amusing, I’m still confused by the fact that she thinks someone would want to fly in a cocktail dress, no matter what decade it references. Anne says prom dress. Not good. Anne wishes them luck and heads off. The models come in and Seth is VERY confident with his seat belt dress. Michelle is getting car wash from it. I am too. Irina hopes the judges see the fun and whimsy in her look. Jasper is freaking out because of time. He will either win or be sent home. Les sees a Roweta iron and is very excited because she owns one as well. This is a very fancy nice iron. (I looked it up) I found our iron after 10 years when we moved. It was NOT a Roweta. Or functioning.
On runway day Jasper is still running around like crazy. Django asks if he has to completely cover his muslin. If you want to stay? Yes. Anya loves Juli’s look. Jasper is tutoring his model and its a bit weird. Ok it’s a LOT weird. Irina went Paco Rabanne and it works. It’s cool and funky. Sean? Not so much. Or at all. Jasper’s look is pretty amazing. Seth is still VERY confident in his look. He’s the only one.
Alyssa is wearing massive Ariana Grande ponytail. Sigh. Tamron Hall is the guest judge and Les is very excited. She notes that Tamron used to talk to Prince 3 or 4 times a week which is very, very cool and she’s also besties with Andre Leon Talley which is EXTRA cool. She then writes: who is Martha? She Martha Hunt, a model. AND she is legit. Ok, moving on…
Ok, Anya’s is cute! The pattern she made out of tickets worked. Les thinks she nailed it and it looks timeless with a modern twist. Les thinks that Christina’s dress didn’t have wow factor on runway and that the hemline was off. She loved the vision. I think it worked beautifully. She writes that the quitter (Django) might be the winner and is very impressed by the use of materials. While I agree with that, my question is who is wearing this to the airport? It’s also got a lot of ruffles and I have a ruffles issue. But that’s personal and I’m seeking therapy. She writes that “Peanut Pants” (aka Evan) edited his look and made it feminine and she likes it. I like it too, but have now decided that this challenge is not airport chic, but airport cocktail dress chic. Did I miss something? Digging the shoulders on this though. I want Michelle’s dress. That is all. Les chimes in: I need to own this now! We can share it. Our mutual fave so far. She says that Seth Aaron’s is a porn star dress for a challenge on the Playboy channel. She then apologizes because she is nice. I’m less nice. This sucks.
We agree that Juli’s look is simple and safe. Christina’s look is youthful and cool in a way that Anthony Ryan’s was NOT last week. Les thinks it’s modern and that she’ should be in a great place. Les is very impressed that Jasper went from virtually nothing to this in a few hours. We both think it is busy though. And we both hate Sean’s lame-ass sunglass dress. I like Dmitry’s dress at which point Les chimes in: CJ’s look by Dmitry. What??? Is it the black??? We agree that Irina’s cool armor is working on the runway. Thank God there was no hat. Les loves Anthony’s look but thinks he needs to stop recycling the same silhouette. I like the bag. Les picks Anya, Michelle and Jasper for top three and Seth Aaron, Christina and Sean for the bottom. Jasper for the win. I pick Michelle, Christina and Irina for the top, Sean, Seth Aaron and Seth Aaron again for the bottom. I pick Michelle to win because I am an eternal optimist, but it will probably be Jasper. He was featured so much this episode it’s kind of obvious.
Georgina thinks that Michelle’s look feels like a real dress, not a gimmick and is very smart. (British smart). Isaac thinks it comes off expensive but wants a little more volume. Tamron loves the look and Martha would buy it. Alyssa loved it’s wonderful energy. Georgina congratulates Irina on turning it around this week. She loves the proportions of the look and the handbag. Isaac doesn’t like it…he ADORES it. Tamron wrote down: intense, fierce, fun. Martha loves the details. Georgina wants to like Seth Aaron’s more than she does. Isaac thinks he didn’t take it far enough because if Seth Aaron was going for a witty approach it just looks like a dress made out of seatbelts. Tamron feels like she’s looking at a reluctant dominatrix which Les TOTALLY agrees with. Alyssa thinks it didn’t work.
Isaac thinks there is something unresoved about Sean’s dress. Tamron doesn’t think this look reflects the caliber of talent on the show. She is very proud of her pun. Georgina thinks he’s almost there, but it went in the wrong direction. Alyssa loves it. Not sure that’s a compliment Sean. Alyssa loves Juli’s dress and thinks it all works. Georgina on the other hand is bored. She needs a stronger pot of view. Isaac says it’s made of air sick bags and it makes him air sick. Tamron says she played it safe tonight using safety items. I text Les that Tamron is on fire tonight. OMG. Jasper references Peggy Guggenheim as his inspiration. Les was at her house in Venice this summer!!! Peggy was a MASSIVE patron and supporter of Modern art. Georgina is amazed by the work that went into it. Isaac says she doesn’t come across as Peggy, but as a tongue and cheek bimbo and he likes it. Um…..ok? Tamron got Michelle Obama which is about as far from bimbo as one can get. Martha thinks it is finished and polished.
Irina wins! Wow. Well done and nice turn around. THANK YOU LORD SETH AARON GOES HOME. I thought it would be Juli because she’s not enough of a personality but FOR ONCE they make the right decision. This dress was BAD. Sorry for so many caps, just really really happy. Seth is even cocky in his departure. I look forward to seeing what new iPad covers he comes up with. Hopefully Les and I will be together next week in front of the show AND a bottle of wine. Have a great rest of the week and holiday weekend! Xoxo CJ.