Hey guys, it’s Tamara and I’ll be your recapper for Project Runway All Stars this week. Our girl CJ Bomb is on spring break. So she is in Turks & Caicos. Oh wait, no she is not. She is in Colorado. So far she has been caught in two traffic jams due to avalanches, and is now socked in with snow. She’s not happy and only dreaming of warm tropical islands. So you are stuck with me. Let’s all pray that she is back next week. Actually the REAL project runway starts next week. We as yet have no plan for how to handle that!
This Week’s Challenge
There are only six contestants left so you are either on top, or on the bottom this week. They are getting their marching orders via a telecast with Alyssa Milano as a news broadcaster discussing climate change. Their design must be able to transition between two climates.This is some stupid shit. They all have to do a remote report on climate change that will reveal the two weather conditions that their resort wear must transition between. This is the worst season of any Project Runway ever. It is embarrassing that this is an International contest.
Christina Exie gets sunny to windy. Anthony Ryan Auld gets snowy to hot. Evan Biddell gets hot to severe thunderstorms. Dmitry Sholokhov starts with sun and then it snows. Michelle Lesniak has windy weather first, followed by rain. And finally,Irina Shabayeva has rainy weather followed by high winds. This show is way worse when you have to recap it. I feel the need to point out how stupid this all is fifty times and we are only four minutes in. That is four minutes where we won’t see any workroom activity. They have one day and $200.
Shopping At Mood
Michelle’s look is for a Costa Rican mountainside resort. She is doing a jumpsuit with a skirt on top. When the rain sets in the skirt can be whisked and used as a raincoat.
Anthony Ryan always wants to do more, but is limited by the unreasonable one day limit. He’d like to get three pieces in. With a transitional challenge, it would seem they would be given more time since they essentially need two looks. He has never seen a mountain. How is this possible? So all he has seen in the movies are puffy ski outfits. He’s making a dress with a puffy coat. Maybe. Oh, Anthony. I have rooted for you all season, but you make it hard, baby boy.
Dmitry feels like he has the hardest challenge. He has to go from sunny to snow. It would be easier if they were taking off clothes not adding them.
Christina plans to make a two piece swim suit for her traveler to Mykonos. Wind and rain are perhaps the easiest of the options. She struggles to find a print she likes and comes right down to the wire before choosing one.
Evan Biddell is also doing swimwear, with some sort of coveralls tied around her waist. This seems like a really good idea all things considered.
Irina has a Moroccan resort so she is inspired by those colors. She wants to do a caftan with pants. She wants her caftan to be waterproof so it can be used as a windbreaker.
I am getting Christina and Irina confused. I literally only know who Anthony Ryan and Dmitry are. So either Irina and Michelle and Christina all have the same idea or I’m to stupid to keep things straight. I’d bet on the latter if I were you.
In the workroom, Biddell is freaking out about his look. He’s never been to Miami but he is making a sexy one piece based on what he thinks it would be like. He has chosen a pink fabric and a green fabric that both remind me of pastel Easter egg dye. I loved his initial concept, but I am not fond of his fabric choices. Neither is Anthony Ryan who tells him that the swimsuit is “a risk.” I still feel like he could pull it off. Especially, if he has a black model. That would give the color some pop. If he has a pale model it’s just going to be pale on pale.
Who Want Some Bad Advice?
Michelle is the first to have her creative flow interrupted by the ridiculous and useless comments by Anne Fulenwider. I hate Michelle’s awful green prints. She knows the one for the skirt/raincoat looks like old lady wallpaper but forges ahead anyway. The other green print is basically leopard print in green and black. Anne is of course fine with it. And much like Biddell, it’s too late to turn back now.
Anthony Ryan’s dress has royal blue, bright yellow and orange. It’s sort of color blockish. Anne says he does blue every week. We are nearly to the end and he needs to show more range. Really Anne? It’s the blue she has problem with?
I’m not a fan of Irina’s red pants with a primarily gray print “caftan/windbreaker.” It seems good in theory but again, the fabric choices are horrendous. Especially when it transforms into a windbreaker.
Chirstina’s black two-piece swimsuit with a black, white and coral print kimono on top is the best look so far. That’s not saying much. And Anne is finally right about something. She says it’s not a very dramatic change. True. But she is only going from sunny to windy.
Dmitry continues to struggle with the issue that his model needs to add clothes rather than take them off like everyone else. I agree, and this seems unfair to him. He wants to make a dress and coat, but what to do with the coat in the beginning?
Biddell is a disaster. Yet, Anne tells everyone on the way out how fabulous they are.
The three women’s designs come out first. I am surprised at how good they all look on the runway. Irina and Michelle both had great, well though out transitions. Irina really improved her look to make it more dramatic. I didn’t hate any of their prints like I did in the workroom. Michelle could actually win this. Christina’s look was fine, but she put no effort into the transition. In fact, it took forever for her model to tie up her kimono at the waist. I no longer think she has the winning look. She will probably be in the bottom.
I don’t like Anthony Ryan’s look any better on the runway than I did in the workroom. One hour before the runway, Biddell whipped up an athletic two piece swimsuit. And just like that, he went from the bottom to the top. His last minute use of a water proof vinyl on his coveralls made his transition really work. Dmitry’s dress makes his model look fat. Simply putting on a black and white coat that doesn’t seem to go with the outfit, or the second season is problematic. Who wears a short sleeve white fabric coat in the snow?
The Judge’s Thoughts
I have Michelle, Biddell and Irina in the top With Christina, Anthony Ryan and Dmitry on the bottom. I’d give Biddell the win, and it’s really a toss-up which of the bottom three should go. I do think Dmitry got a raw deal on the is challenge.
The judges’ views were mixed on Iriana. The were not sold on the fabric colors. The did like her inventiveness and the ease of transition. The only person who likes Anthony’s look is guest judge and Broadway actress, Cynthia Erivo. The other guest judge, famous Lebanese designer Reem Acra muttered something about seeing ideas that could have gone further. Isaac points out she has one nude arm in the snowstorm.
The Reem agrees with me that Biddell’s look is great. Issac says it is a sports bra and a jumpsuit. Then Biddell pisses everyone off by saying they are all exhausted. I guess Michelle will win. Reem agrees that Dmitry’s coat and dress don’t belong together. Everyone hates it. Then Isaac randomly says he loves it and calls it an All Star piece. WTF?
The judges hate Christina’s look for a variety of reason. Isaac says the bathing suit looks cheap. The rest find it generic. They all love Michelle’s. Cynthia loves it. Reem loves it except for the shoes. Clearly, she hasn’t been told the shoes all have to come from JCP.
The Final Decision
The judges top and bottoms were the same as mine but with Dmitry in the top instead of Biddell. Alrighty then. I would have picked Biddell to win.
Michelle and Irina are top two! Michelle wins. Dmitry and Anthony are safe. That leaves Christina and Biddell on the bottom!!! Surely, they are just punishing Biddell for complaining about being tired. Christina is eliminated. She is shocked. So am I really. Anthony Ryan or Dmitry should have gone. Everyone is sad to see Christina go. Especially, Christina.
Next Week: Nina Garcia arrives and challenges them to make a gown for a royal ball. I imagine they will give them 45 minutes and a $25 dollar budget.
Hopefully, CJ and Les will be back recapping from the warmth and safety of her lovely home.