November 1st episode
I love Thursdays. Thursdays mean Project Runway All Stars time, which is never bad. Well sometimes it is bad, but bad in a way that is good.
Can I just say that I adore Georgina’s dress in the opening sequence? Because I do. Quite a bit.
Let’s get down to business.
The designers start out at the Nine West showroom or “shoe heaven-arama” according to Suede, where it they are told their challenge for the week: disco party-wear as inspired by Nine West’s disco-bright shoes. Oh. My. Well, um. Alright. It does explain all the platform heels in the showroom montage.
Wendy Pepper is excited because she lived through the 70s. Really? That’s your motivation? The fact that you were alive then? Ok hun. Anthony Ryan picks first – really the biggest surprise was that Andrae was picked last and not Wendy Pepper.
So we find out that the winner will be featured in Nine West’s fall ad campaign which as Uli points out, is fantastic nation wide exposure. Designers are sent off to sketch: Andrae is worried because of being on the bottom last week yet his sketch looks oddly familiar. We shall see I suppose. Uli is a little lost as she grew up behind the iron curtain and fears her disco is different than everyone else’s disco. That’s fine honey, embrace being different. Casanova’s shoes look like hooker heels. Sorry but they do. I don’t even listen to what he’s saying because all I can do is stare at his mirror-esque shoes. I suppose they are reminiscent of a disco ball so there is that. Anyways, hookers have distracted me again. I kid, I kid!
Off we go to Mood. Andrae has the admirable goal of desiring to make a garment that doesn’t require explanation. Lofty goal for him. Wendy Pepper is making leather pants and accessorizing with a large chain. This could go horribly wrong and because I am horribly wrong, I hope it does.
The designers get back to the workroom and quickly get down to business as this is a shorter challenge. Runway is tomorrow kids! Anthony Ryan tells us that we will probably see glue guns come out, always a sign of quality construction, but it’s okay because they have such a short leash on this challenge.
Oh cute, Kayne wants to make a jacket out of his remaining gold sequin fabric. I say no sweetie. The gold matches your fake tan just a little too well. Apparently Althea thinks Laura Kathleen is annoying and that Emilio and Uli are the “real” designers that perform at her level. Be careful with your words honey. You’re good, but you’re not that good.
Uli is excited to have her white fabric stick out in a sea of bright colors – this first close up of her fabric is…um. Fish scaley? We shall see where she goes with this. Casanova is far too excited about this challenge because it evokes “sluttiness and drinking”. Seriously?
And in weird news: Wendy Pepper and Suede have become BFFs. Um. That was definitely not something I saw coming. It’s kind of fitting, they’re both a bit delusional. Suede thinks that being on the bottom works in his favor. Um. Sure. Although he does have a point, learn from the judges. Too bad that saying you’ll learn from the judges and actually learning are two very different things. So Suede wears these very mid-90s chains on his pants. Wendy Pepper weirdly thinks that they are very now. Already her outfit is a hot mess or as Laura Kathleen points out “If you’re making a 70s costume, Wendy is killing it!” and Joshua agrees with some “welcome to Thunderdome” snark. Oh how I love his snark.
Joanna Coles arrives to critique our designers and first up is Kayne and it’s just a bit about lining up his stripes which I agree with. That always drives me nuts. I mean I realize they’re under pressure and time constraints but please, line up your damn stripes! Ouch. Apparently Joanna slept through the years of the 70s that Uli’s dress is meant to evoke. She really is deliciously quippy.
Model fitting time means our first glimpses of the finished product. First impressions? Ivy’s is boring. She wants to embellish it some more but I think it will need more than a few sparkles to snap life into it. Suede’s dress? Holy crap. Fugly. Or as Uli put it “gold refrigerator.” Wendy’s pants are an abomination and definitely costumey.
Kayne pulls everyone into the lounge to have a disco dance break. Sure that was his idea. Suuuuure it was. Hi producers-trying-to-create-a-party. Oy.
They go back to their loft to a letter from Carolyn and a taped message from Karl Lagerfeld. Can’t lie, it made me geek out a bit too. He is such an icon, so that was pretty darn cool.
Andrae is struggling with his organza. Not a shocker. Pretty much a rerun of last week. Wendy Pepper feels oddly confident. Sorry but yeeeah, not so much. Time for hair and makeup and tons of product placement, natch. We have lots of freak outs from designers who aren’t really ready. Casanova is slipping back into his role as Ivy’s assistant and is helping her sew. More freakouts and it’s time to walk!
We have judge introductions: our guest judge is, not surprisingly, from Nine west. Here is what we have all been waiting for: showtime! Emilio kicks off the show with a gorgeously flowy halter top golden dress with hot pink accents, beautifully draped of course. Love the little cut out on the back. Holy crap. Wendy Pepper’s model looks like a teenager who is trying so hard to look older, that she ends up looking trashy. There are no words for that outfit. There isn’t a single redeeming quality.
Anthony Ryan sends out a sparkly (but not overly so) color blocked cocktail dress. It’s a perfectly nice dress but it doesn’t really evoke disco to me. From the front, Casanova’s dress is nice. Flowing on top, tight on the skirt but the back is where the fun is. The spiderweb design is fun and not overdone. Suede’s golden refrigerator is out next. It is terrible, just terrible.
Andrae’s outfit has another overly complex jacket. The halter and skirt are nice if not a bit boring but the jacket thing has to go! Ivy’s outfit is confusing a bit. I thought it was a dress at first and then I realized it was a short jumpsuit. Whatever it is, it’s old looking, it doesn’t say party to me at all. I wish we could see Uli’s look better but the camera has a hard time with all that sparkly white. I do like what I can see – it’s youthful and moves very well.
Joshua’s pantsuit is, again, perfectly nice but isn’t really anything we haven’t seen before. I do adore the color and the cutout on the back was a nice touch but still, nothing new. Laura Kathleen’s jumpsuit is great. Flattering cut with good movement. I don’t know that the jacket goes with it. I like the jacket. Pair it with some jeans and a black top and I’d rock it, but with the jumpsuit, I’m undecided. It is a very Diane Von Furstenberg look, which is what she was going for. Not a big fan of Althea’s dress. The top looks cluttered and heavy and by the look on Isaac’s face, I think he agrees. Wow. Hi J-Lo. Kayne’s outfit is so incredibly J-Lo. The sequin top and palazzo pants are very disco but still, all I can see is J-Lo.
Judgment time. Sounds so ominous. Wendy Pepper, Kayne, Casanova, Ivy, Uli, and Andrae are called out as the top and bottom three. Ivy is up first and, surprisingly to me at least, she’s in the top. They love the color but are split on the dress. Wendy Pepper time. Good to know the judges agree – hot mess or as Isaac puts it “goes a little theme park.” All I took away from Kayne’s critique is that they agree that it is very J-Lo and that they love that he lined up the chevrons. Seriously, I have no idea if he’s in the top or bottom.
They love Uli’s dress – it’s futuristic yet modern but still has a definite 70′s disco flair. Casanova’s dress is a hit. They love the sexiness and the color as well as the unexpected back. Oh look. Andrae is explaining and trying to not cry again. The judges have the same opinion as I do: lose the jacket.
The designers leave and we get to hear a bit more. Best line: “are we in Spanish Harlem?” in regards to Wendy Pepper’s monstrosity. For. Real. Isaac is not impressed by Kayne’s lined up stripes and they all hate the boring top so I’m guessing he’s on the bottom. Good to know.
Casanova is safe, which leaves our top two as Uli and Ivy. Hooray! Uli wins! She had a good look and it was a helluva lot more interesting to me than Ivy’s, but that’s me.
Kayne is safe out of the bottom three. It’s down to Andrae vs Wendy. Which is worse? The Spanish Harlem harlot or lazy boring but overly complicated? Today they don’t favor the harlot.
Wendy is out.
Part of me is a bit sad to have her vitriol leave so soon but that was a terrible outfit. She leaves with a less bitchy interview which is nice for a change. Suede is blue. Boohoo.
Alrighty, have a wonderful week!
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