Project Runway All-Stars: Episode 8

On this week’s Project Runway, the designers and robo-Joanna took a little field trip to the United Nations, where Joanna tasked the alleged all-stars with creating a look based on world flags. Did anyone else find this challenge odd? I mean, I’m fairly certain these designers cannot identify most world countries on a map. And, more to the point, it seemed like a fairly lame source of inspiration.

Anyway, all that aside, here’s what I thought of this week’s designs.

My Top Three:

  • Mondo: I liked this dress a lot, and I thought his challenge win was quite well-deserved. I loved how stark black the dress was from the front, and I thought the green and yellow chevron stripe in the back was a fun surprise. Isaac, however, didn’t like the pop of color. To that, I say, pipe down Isaac (I’m finding him increasingly grating).
  • Kenley: How fun! I adore the contrasting fabrics (what an unexpected combination) and the ruffle. I thought this was somewhat less 50s-ish than her typical looks, so it was a nice change of pace for her.
  • Mila: This was very simple, but I actually liked it. I loved how bold and striking it was. Yes, the mismatched lengths were odd, and yes the yellow strip down the front was strange. And, yes, I did think that if you just cut the bottom off altogether, it would have been better. Still, I thought this was original and more fashion-y (technical term) compared to the others, and I definitely didn’t think it was worthy of being sent home (that honor should have gone to Jerell!). Also, Isaac said he got “Communism” from this dress, and then clarified to say he just meant “Russian.” Uhhhh, those are two different things, buddy, if you want to get technical about it.

My Bottom Three:

  • Austin: I liked this dress, though it was pretty basic. My main problem with it was that it simply wasn’t anything special – it didn’t go above and beyond. I also thought the fabrics looked cheap, and the presentation was sloppy. Unlike the judges, however, I did like the color combo. Any proud Wolverine loves a good maize and blue color palette when she sees one!
  • Jerell: This was downright tacky. I might have liked the dress on its own, but with the fabric explosion atop it, the look just did not work. Georgina said the piece needed editing, and I definitely agree with that.
  • Michael: Ugh, I HATE the gigantic big blue bow on the sleeve. I also thought the back of the dress looked too baggy, like someone could easily sneak a peek down the back of it (scandalous!). This dress looked so promising in the work room,but it didn’t really pan out.

Random Bits + Pieces:

  • The episode opened with Austin and Kenley talking about there being a “lack of inspiration” with Kara out of the competition. Um, what? Maybe season two Kara, but not this season’s Kara, who bumbled her way through every single challenge.
  • When Joanna walked into the workroom, she said, “This is the most talented room in the history of Project Runway.” Again, I say – um, what? Most of these people are clowns. Give me Season 3 or 4 any day!
  • One remark Joanna made that I loved: “Let me ask you a question designers hate….How do you wear a bra with this?” I always wonder about this – sometimes the designs on this show are so impractical!
  • Mila complained about Kenley always doing the same 1950s silhouette (which is a valid criticism), but maybe someone who always does black and white color blocking shouldn’t whine about repetitive design.
  • On the runway, Joanna delivered the usual spiel, but added a little twist: “One day you’re in and the next you’re out. That’s never been more true than on All-Stars.” What? How so? The eliminations here work the same as any other season. Joanna brings the pretty, but not so much the words.
  • This week’s guest judge was Catherine Malandrino. I love her! She was on one of the early seasons (season 3?) and all I remember is finding it hilarious to hear her say “hideous” in her thick French accent (eeeee-deee-ousss).

Bitchy Lines of the Night:

  • “I’ve never seen a polka dot flag before, but I guess the State of Kenley Collins has polka dot flags.” (Michael, on Kenley’s fabric choice)
  • “Is this India? I have to say it looks a little bit like a national costume…It looks like one of those dolls you might buy at the tourist office when you’re leaving Delhi.” (Joanna to Jerell)
  • “All she needs now is a crown and she could possibly win Miss World 2011.” (Mondo on Michael’s dress)
  • “I love Jerell, but I really think the outfit…it was one of the most vulgar, tasteless, hideous things I’ve ever seen in my life.” (Austin on Jerell’s dress. Ouch.)
  • “I think that bow would look better on a Christmas present.” (What??? Robo-Joanna comes alive with a rare dash of wit!)

And in case you missed ‘em: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5, Episdoe 6, and Episode 7.

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