This week on Project Runway Allstars, we are down to the final nine designers. We begin with the designers heading to Broadway to the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory set. Christian Borle, who plays Willy Wonka in the play is there to help Alyssa Milano tell the designers that they have ONE FUCKING DAY to create an avant garde look which also has “an invention” of their own design included in the theme and construction. The thing is, I have liked the challenges this season, it’s just so sad that these poor people don’t get more time to DO them. The thought of JCP recreating an avant-garde look makes me spit out my wine.
The Designers. Inventions
The designers each pick a chocolate bar and whoever gets the golden ticket gets an extract $100 for their $300 materials budget. Of course Evan Biddell gets it. Anthony Ryan has some deaf friends who always pull out their phones or note pads to communicate, so his idea is to do a garment that can be written on. Michelle Lesniak is designing a garment that is inspired by a friend’s autistic son. It’s a cocoon to cut off sensory overload and anxiety. Several Broadway shows have done versions of their plays and musicals for kids with special needs. They take out the loud noises and flashing lights and giving the children a place to retreat if they get overwhelmed. It’s a great concept and I like Michelle’s idea. Irina’s girl is going to be in a flying dress. The designers also have the option to use unconventional materials. Sean is designing lego clothes with zebra print leather.
Michelle Lesniak reminds Dmitry Sholokhov when they did this challenge on their season he won and she was in the top two. He says, “Ah, yes…let’s do that again.” Django is NOT getting this challenge. At all. He thinks having a purpose in a garment is the exact opposite of avant-garde. He needs to read my past blogs regarding the subject. Christina Exie’s woman is going to be a walking speaker. Michelle has a ginormous roll of carpet padding, this is either going to work or be a disaster.
Anne Fulenwider’s Critique
The Female Designers
Anne loves Michelle Lesniak’s idea and look. She suggests that instead of covering the carpet padding she should use it as it is. Cynthia Hayashi is doing a “new kind of armor”. Anne tells her if she’s going to be working in metaphors she really needs to focus on the shape to keep it avant-garde. She tells Cynthia that her look could go super eighties Madonna dominatrix which is a look, just not an Avant-garde look. Next, she checks out Irina Shabayeva’s flying dress. She says it should be in an action movie. Irina beams. Django is NOT impressed.
The Male Designers
Anne thinks that’s Dmitry Sholokhov’s idea of temperature clothing is great, but wonders what the judges will think of temperature control not ACTUALLY being in the coat. She loves Anthony Ryan’s blank slate clothing idea and gets Dmitry Sholokhov’s bitchy wondering who needs to write on clothing when people have electronics? Anne is worried about Sean Kelly’s fabric choice, but likes his idea. She reminds him to keep it high fashion.
Gird your loins, here she comes Django Steenbakker! Evan Biddell is doing “anti-surveillance” fashion to stay off the grid so to speak. He picked fabric that doesn’t show up on cameras? Anne loves the story but doesn’t want it to look like a sweatsuit. Oh Lord, here we go. Django is doing an apron that you can wear different ways? Anne rightly asks if he thinks this is brand new to fashion. He insists the way he does it, it will be. She’s worried. He’s not. He tells her “whatever” like my fourteen year old son whenever I scold him about something these days. When Anthony says, “Thank you Miss Anne!” like way he always does, Django basically tells him to fuck off. Anthony, very wisely, decides not to get into it with an angry Dutchman who has just been told he has no design concept.
Later, Irina thinks Django is being a jerk when he judges Christina’s look to her face and tells her it’s not the job of the designer to be an inventor. Then, of course Irina is about to totally be a bitch regarding Michelle’s look, so pot…meet kettle. She thinks Michelle keeps making the same look over and over. Biddell hates Irina’s, so there.
Dmitry LOVES MIchelle’s look and says so on camera. Django loves it too. Michelle loves Anthony Ryan’s….Biddell loves Django’s hat…there’s a love fest going on except for when Django demonstrates how he will give the judges the finger if they don’t like his look. Sean Kelly is starting over?? With thirty minutes left? Not good. On Runway day he knows he’s going home. Anthony is sewing like a madman. Michelle is worried her fabric is going to fall apart. Cynthia in a rare show of shade, is NOT impressed with Irina’s look because it is too heavy and she’s done it before. (HA)
Alyssa comes out in a look that undoes all of the nice things I have recently said about her. I look forward to your descriptions in the comments. Thierry Mugler gone very, VERY wrong. The guest judges are Anna Camp and Andrew Rannells, both actors I like and have been on Broadway quite a bit so I guess we are sticking with that theme….
Irina’s dress looks like a voluminous pregnancy gown. Too much fabric, not enough concept and I hate the color. Looks like something Kanye West would do. That is NOT a compliment. I love Cynthia’s look, it’s like Matrix in the front and an awesome bad eighties futuristic movie in the back. Not sure just how avant-garde it is, but I dig it. I think Anthony Ryan’s is fun, inventive and all around awesome. I take it back, BIDDELL’s design looks like something Kanye would do. You want to avoid attention so this is what you wear? She looks like a deflated Michelin man.
Oh Sean Kelly, the pocahontas punk princess with interchangeable parts? You are in trouble my friend. But not as much trouble as Django. This is for mosquito prevention?? He should have just sent out that awesome hat which is the only part of this look that works. I LOVE the idea of being a mobile DJ. Great concept. Well done Christina. Not sure how avant-garde THIS is but she and Cynthia’s woman can go out together, play some tunes and kick some ASS. I feel like Dmitry’s look is a direct response to Michelle winning with the cut-outs. That being said, I don’t think it bad, just not thrilling me. Love Michelle’s, love the shape, love the concept, love the use of material….love it.
CJ’s Hits & Misses
My top looks are Michelle, Anthony Ryan and a tie between Cynthia and Christina. Sean Kelly and Django are in the bottom with Django to go…but who knows? Stranger things have happened. Like the last three episodes with Django still here.
Isaac Mizrahi thinks that Christina’s design comes from an industrial perspective and he loves it. Andrew loves how functional it is. Alyssa wants a DJ jumpsuit and I shudder at the thought of her in this. Anna thinks that this is the coolest girl in the room and that the tailoring is impeccable. Georgina Chapman thinks she wins based on the idea alone even though she went to far with the horsehair applique.
Andrew Rannells thinks Michelle’s dress moves beautifully and was stunned by the material. Alyssa loves that it is beautiful and has purpose. Georgina thinks it is graphically stunning to look at. Isaac called the dress underneath “one of the best dresses of the season” and I can sense Irina’s rage from my couch. Anna loves the element of surprise.
Georgina Chapman loves the childhood imagination aspect of Anthony Ryan’s outfit and thinks it would look at home in Italian Vogue. Alyssa calls it smart and innovative. Anna Camp thinks it looks like a sketch come to life and Andrew is getting cartoon in a good way. Isaac thinks it comes across very chic and avant-garde.
Anna got an emotional response from Irina’s dress. I did too, but I don’t think it was that same one. Georgina loves the concept but thinks it’s too costumey. Andrew thinks it looks too heavy. Isaac hates the little tacky tank dress underneath and says that it hurts him that this look came from her. Alyssa loved it.
Anne is confused by the bottom of Sean’s look. Andrew loves it. Georgina didn’t get avant-garde. Isaac thinks it looks junior-ish.
Andrew finds Django’s look to be super “weird”. Anne is nicer and calls it cinematic. Georgian says her issue “this week” is that it isn’t avant-garde, it looks historical. Isaac is angry because he was expecting Django to go “hog wild” this week.
Anthony Ryan is the winner of this challenge. Auf wiedersehen Django!
I am ever hopeful that Les will be with me next episode, if not on the couch at least by phone. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!