We are coming into the final stretch of Project Runway All Stars, people! Or Limping as it were. Les is joining me via text as she is home with a sick kiddo. Project Runway on Lifetime will soon be no more. Project Runway on Bravo is ready to go and we are READY.
Evan Biddell is the last International All-Star standing. Five designers are left and hopefully we will have a double elimination to finish this up. Les thinks Alyssa looks like she is wearing a fancy dog collar. Nina Garcia strolls about on the runway and everyone is excited and terrified at the same time. Les types that Nina is a badass. Truer words. She thinks it is a tease for the REAL Project Runway to comeback, not this dog and pony show.
Nina has just returned from Thailand and was inspired by the amazing colorful silks used in that country. So the designers have to create a luxurious look for a royal ball?? With silk? We think this sounds so dumb. Who the hell wears ball gowns anymore? I hope they paid Nina a lot of money to say this. The designers have three hundred dollars and one day to make this happen. Nina is sending the winner to Thailand.
Everyone goes to sketch in the workroom and Evan Biddell is fangirling over Nina. He’s happy even if she hates his look, he just wants to talk to her. Irina is going try and do a unique take on a ball-gown with a corset. Dmitry is going back to black as he is sick of color and prints. Well, that’s smart considering Nina just told you how inspired she was by color. He uses the word “appliques” and I still have PTSD from banana girl. I won’t say her name. I like Evan Biddell’s sketch. I’m worried about Michelle when she mentions the seventies meets neon concept. But, I like her sketch so I’m cautiously hopeful. Anthony Ryan is going to create an ombre gown with feathers.
Oh The Stress Of This Dress!
After the trip to Mood, Michelle realizes she has screwed herself. She has a lot of fabric that doesn’t match and none of it on its own will make a complete garment. She’s going to have to piece it together.
Les thinks there is very low energy in the workroom. She doesn’t understand why Dima is doing a black and white quilt-like dress. And, Why can’t Michelle leave the patchwork zone? Dmitry learns that “zig-zag” scissors have an official name. I used to use my mother’s pinking shears for school projects. Dmitry doesn’t have enough fabric for his look and now he’s getting stressed.
Irina and Michelle start sniping behind each others backs as usual. Anthony is trying to figure out how to be him while being successful in this challenge. No one has any clue what Michelle is doing, including, perhaps, Michelle. I have to say her look seems crafty NOT luxurious.
Anthony and Michelle are struggling and looking more and more panicked. Evan has chosen a silk developed over 100 years ago for Cristobal Balenciaga which creates volume without boning and such. Everyone tells Irina that this is her specialty so now she’s thinking if she doesn’t do well she will be seriously letting the judges and herself down. So SHE seems stressed.
Anne Fulenwider Arrives To Alleviate Stress (lol)
Anne is lovin Evan Biddell’s look once he shows her the direction he’s headed. His Kenzo/Mary McFadden/Issey Miyake looking structured dress that will flare out and float is looking amazing. The red he chose is fabulous.
Michelle Lesniak welcomes Anne to crazytown and proceeds to explain that she is trying to make a piece of art with her cut up starburst dress. Anne is getting 1970’s kitchen. She doesn’t want it to go kitsch. Too late.
Irina Shabayeva is annoyed with everyone telling her that this is her challenge. Anne tells her that she wants to make sure the dress looks like it belongs on a runway, not the top of a wedding cake.
Anne Fulenwider thinks Dmitry Sholokhov’s dress isn’t formal enough. He asks, “What is formal really? She says….um, a royal BALL?
Anthony Ryan Auld is in tears. Anne tries to help him out by asking him what HIS GIRL would wear and telling him to hold onto that. Then, she gives him a hug. My heart softens towards Anne. She says that ball gowns are usually not high fashion, which is why this is a good challenge. She has a point. Jovani ain’t high fashion. It’s pageant, prom and the occasional cabaret show.
Les points out again that Nina Garcia was raving about the colors she saw in Thailand and Dmitry and Irina are doing black dresses. Michelle knows she’s screwed. She says she just needs gasoline and a match.
Make it Work Moments
On the day of the runway and everyone is freaked out except Evan Biddell. He is done so he dances around and then goes to hang out until his model gets there. Never smart. In the words of the great design pixie Christian Siriano, there is ALWAYS something to improve upon until the very last minute.
Michelle admits she absolutely hates her look. Anthony Ryan and Michelle are not impressed with Dmitry’s Golden Girl shredded dress. Anthony Ryan is gluing feathers on for dear life.
Irina Shabayeva’s model is half naked. Les says since it’s a royal ball challenge, perhaps she was inspired by the Emperor with no clothes. When Irina’s model tells her her look is beautiful does she say thank you? No. Quote “I know it’s beautiful, the rest of the stuff here is crap.” Right in front of the camera. In the workroom. In a regular voice. I know it won’t happen but I hope Nina eats her alive.
Iris Apfel Is A Judge!
The best judges were wasted on the worst challenge. Who the hell care what Alyssa is wearing?? Iris Apfel and Nina Garcia are judges!! We use the word Icon far too often but a picture of Iris should be next to that definition in the fashion dictionary. She’s 97 now and Les and I both want to be her when we grow up. There is a documentary on her that I strongly suggest everyone watch. We have died and gone to heaven.
Dmitry’s black and white dress with weird flowers dress doesn’t look like Dmitry. It looks like three different dresses. Les thinks the model looks like she’s wearing a dress to the ball before the Romanovs were killed off.
Les types Michelle, Michelle, Michelle. It doesn’t look finished. Les thinks it works for the I heart radio show ball. I think Michelle is headed home for this crafty felt patchwork dress.
Les digs Anthony Ryan’s look. Les is getting a middle eastern vibe and thinks it looks like something you would wear to a multi-million dollar wedding. I’m getting late sixties.
We both agree that Evan Biddell should win.
Les thinks there is too much skin showing in Irina’s dress. My hatred of Irina is messing with my ability to properly judge her. The bodice is good. The see through flowy tulle bottom makes it look like the model is going to the Headbanger’s Ball.
Again, both of us love Evan Bidell’s floor length red structured gown for the win.
We put both Michelle and Dmitry in the bottom for their patchwork messes, but Les thinks Dmitry will go and I think Michelle will be sent packing.
Georgina is torn on Anthony Ryan’s garment. She loves the idea, but hates the color story and thinks it is sad. Isaac doesn’t understand it and thinks it makes an awkward first impression, Iris is a feather girl but doesn’t get the patchy aspect of this dress. She wants full ON feathers, damn it! Nina LIKES the dress. She finds it elegant. Alyssa likes it, but doesn’t know if it’s appropriate for a royal ball as she has never been to one. Isaac assures her it’s not.
Iris thinks MIchelle’s dress could be fun for a summer evening but is inappropriate for a royal ball. Nina loves the colors but thinks the dress is more appropriate for a night out in Ibiza.
Isaac Gets Mad!
Isaac Mizrahi is MAD at Anthony Ryan and Michelle. He feels they didn’t get it, or try to get it at all. He thinks “his Michelle” is better than this.
Nina thinks Dmitry’s dress feels effortless but it’s not dressed up as it needs to be. Isaac thinks with a little “study” it could make it to a royal ball. Iris thinks it is the gown that is the most appropriate?? Huh?? She references Downton Abbey. Okay, twenties and thirties ball. Since she was actually alive then, I will let her have that one.
Isaac loves the effect of the top of Irina’sdress but is lost when he gets to the tulle bottom. Georgina agrees with Isaac and thinks the bottom should have been more filled in.Iristhinks it is beautiful and wishes she could wear it. Ninaalso thinks it’s beautiful and the work is well done.Alyssa thinks it is the most appropriate, which is not saying much.
Iris likes Evan Biddell’s dress but when Isaac asks if she would have worn it when she was young she says she doesn’t know because pleats can be a problem. She thinks it is a sad version of a Mary McFadden dress. Georgina has issues with the proportions. Isaac is getting daytime from the dress and thinks the waist could have been more fitted?? Nina thinks he took a risk and that he thinks outside of the box. Guess he shouldn’t have spent all that time dancing around.
Winners And Losers
Well, the only thing we got right was that Nina Garcia and Iris Apfel were wasted on this dumbass challenge. Irina wins for her heavy metal bridal gown and Anthony Ryan is sent home. Les is confused and we are thinking the colors he chose must have looked worse in person. So the meanest person won and the nicest person was sent packing.
As we limp towards the end of this season, please share thoughts and comments. Come back next week for of more disappointment in the Project Runway All Stars final four challenge.
We will be recapping Projects Runway’s return to Bravo where the winner will be working with the CFDA rather than JCPenney. Xoxo CJ and Les.
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