Saturday, February 11, 2012

Project Runway All-Stars Episode 6: Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall

Snowy, Flowy, Blowy,
Showery, Flowery, Bowery,
Hoppy, Croppy, Droppy,
Breezy, Sneezy, Freezy.
~ George Ellis, The Twelve Months

Greetings, Project Runway Fans!  We're down to eight contestants now.  Four seasons.  Hmmm.... time for a Face-Off challenge!

This week, four pairs of designers were given a season for inspiration and asked to make an outfit.  There may have been more to the challenge than that...perhaps they had to sew at least two seams standing on their head.  Maybe they had to hand sew some part of it blindfolded.  That would explain some of the ugly seaming on the runway this week.
Cynthia: So what do you think, Isaac?  Is it better to have a design contest show with professional sewers or not?
Isaac: I have to be honest.  I'm quite upset that my producers never found someone like Just Raymona.

Oh, there was drama.  Five challenges in, the designers are beginning to express their true opinions about each other.  Clearly, some of the designers were matched up with people they did not respect and certainly didn't want to lose to.

Let's see how our contestants did this week!

Showery, Flowery, Bowery....

Cheer up, girls!

Ahh, Springtime....when a young man's fancy turns and ruffles.

Talbots presents: the Austin Scarlett Collection.
Kara Janx took hers in a different direction.

"Springtime is when a girl needs an outfit that instantly goes from the yoga studio... the dog park"
Kara's outfit was very boring.  Matched up with anyone else, she would have been last.  But Austin's outfit was so shockingly suburban and commercial, that Kara ended up safe.  It wasn't that Austin's outfit was bad in any way.  Cynthia Rowley liked the pants, for instance.  It was that the judges, much like the voters in the Michigan, Minnesota and Missouri Republican primaries, wanted to send a strong message.

"Really Austin.  You can't keep dressing your model as if she were married to Mitt Romney."
Because of it, Austin was almost booted off.  He was spared this week because another great designer did far, far worse.

Hoppy, Croppy, Droppy...

"Summer dreams...ripped at the seams...but oh, oh, those summer dots!"

Kenley Collins just edged out Mondo Guerra with her baby blue romper with the mismatched dots.  Mondo's outfit was just a bit too sloppy for the judges tastes.  Moving on....

Snowy, Flowy, Blowy...

Jerell Scott is a lucky, lucky designer.  He got winter this week, which forced him to make a wearable outfit.

Michael Costello, on the other hand, was flummoxed by his fabric and had to abandon his first design.  He started to copy Jerell, but let's face it, no one can really copy Jerell.  Jerell's mind is on a completely different wavelength.

The top was asymmetrical with two button closures.  Underneath was a sweater tunic.

It appears as though Jerell made at least two garments, maybe three.  It was an interesting, layered look.

Michael's outfit was also quite well done.

The tunic underneath and the coat on top were impeccably made.  Yes, this model looked a bit older, but  certainly not matronly in any way.  Unfortunately, the one thing Isaac hates more than red and brown put together is a legging stretched over a pump.  Bad Michael!  How dare you stretch a legging over a pump!  That is the worst styling mistake ever!

Really?  That's all you could think to say?  Why not just say that Jerell's had slightly more complexity and be done with it?

Anyway, Jerell got the win this week, but in my opinion, Michael had the better constructed garment and Mila's was close behind.

Breezy, Sneezy, Freezy...

Mila Hermanovski vs. Rami Kashou.  I think we all can figure out where this is going.

Mila continued her departure from black and white.

And while she struggled a bit with the cape, she managed to pull off an impeccable garment.

Why the long face?
Perhaps she got a look at Rami's outfit.  Isaac did and had some strong opinions.

"FUGLY!"'s not enough that the color is really ugly and that the fabric is really shiny and flimsy...

It's the stitching.  The exposed seam cut the model up and added nothing to the design.

It's a shame, really.

The jacket seemed so promising.  But in the end, the draping was just too much and the colors were weird.

It was sad to see Rami depart.  Millions of viewers will miss those biceps.

Until next week!

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