Friday, January 6, 2012

Project Runway All-Stars Arrives! (PR 10.1)

Here it is! The highly anticipated Project Runway All-Stars. While I've already bemoaned some of these supposed "all-stars" versus people I think they should have brought back. Here is the run down of who actually is going to be competing for the biggest prize ever (line sold at Nieman Marcus, guest editor for Marie-Claire, sewing machines, fabric printers and tech and office space, and 100,000 cash)
Rami's outfit
  • Austin Scarlett- Season 1 (4th place)
  • Kara Janx- Season 2 (4th place)
  • Elisa Jimenez- Season 4 (10th place) aka Wackadoodle
  • Rami Kashou- Season 4 (2nd place)
  • Sweet P- Season 5 (5th place)
  • Jerell Scott- Season 5 (4th place)
  • Kenley Collins- Season 5 (2nd place)
  • Gordana Gehlhausen- Season 6 (4th place)
  • Anthony Williams- Season 7 (5th place)
  • Mila Hermanovski- Season 7 (2nd place)
  • April Johnson- Season 8 (5th place)
  • Michael Costello- Season 8 (4th place)
  • Mondo Guerra- Season 8 (2nd place)
I'm going to call it now: I think Austin Scarlett, Mondo and Kenley are going to be the top 3. I think Rami probably should be in the top 3, but there is no way in hell that Lifetime is going to have a final 3 without a woman. It just won't happen and Kenley, while a pain in the ass, makes adorable, stylish clothes. Plus lifetime loves a villainess (see Season 8).

Up first they had each designer bring a piece with them and they suit up their models and make them walk right away. My initial reactions are cute; weird; cute prom dress; Austin Scarlett you can do better; Did Elisa really make that dress? Adorable Rami; is white chiffon really high class? OMG April you made another funeral dress; cute; cute; really cool.

And then the challenge comes and its the unconventional materials challenge! OMG Squeee! These are always my favorite challenges of the season. I mean you knew Austin Scarlett was a front runner in season1 when he made a dress from corn husks. Same with Jillian in season 4 when she made a dress from Twizzlers. This time they took them to the 99 cent store but their look has to be inspired from the outfit they previously showed.

Gordana's dress
The contestants are grabbing mops, dishtowels, feather dusters, umbrellas finger paint, paper bags, and tinfoil. And then they start sewing and the trash-talking starts. Jerell dislikes Sweet P's ruffly hand-towel dress, and Mondo thinks Gordana's dress reminds him of a pinta at a Mexican Easter. Also, we've confirmed that Elisa is still a wackadoodle and will now be known as such.

And then we got to the part everyone really cares about: RUNWAY! There were some amazing outfits. Rami's suit (made with shopping bags and umbrellas, pictured above) was amazing and really couture looking. I mean made from umbrellas it was really amazing.  I thought Kenley's shower mat and loofa dress was really whimsical looking, young and hip. Jerell managed to make an almost identical version of his first dress from scarves and placemats, which was kind of shocking, and it was gorgeous.

Mondo's dress
And there were some let downs. I love Mondo but his dress (from binders and electrical tape) just didn't WOW me, it was basic black with some really cool features but it looked like something April would have done and that isn't good.  Mila whole outfit from gift bags and curtain liners was just weird and funky and not in a good way. I couldn't see anyone wearing that. Sweet P took the easy way out with a frumpy hippie terry-cloth towel dress, it was pretty but not very interesting or inventive. I can sew towels together. Gordana's streamers dress was a cute idea but it wasn't executed well and had too many parts and made her model look fat. Making a model look fat is a no-no.

Top: Mondo, Rami, Jerell
Winner: Rami
Bottom: Sweet P, Gordana, Elisa
Out: Elisa
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