Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Previously on Project Runway All Stars: Season 2 Episodes 3 and 4

Episode 3 
aka The Graffiti Challenge

Previously on Project Runway  the designers were taken to a legal street art district where the designers got to consult with world renown "aerosol artists." The designers were asked to design their own aerosol art fabric prints in order to create looks worthy of the art gallery and the runway. Lets take a look at the designs.
 
Safe

Althea's animal print spray paint technique was interesting, but the dress was not. I wasn't a fan of the neckline, which felt sloppy, and the dress didn't make a big impact on the runway. 
Althea
Casanova's outfit didn't read as graffiti, but it still managed to look very "Casanova" with his touches of sparkle. 
Casanova
Joshua's dress defiantly read as graffiti art and I really liked this look. However, the judges felt that the top appeared a bit disjointed from the bottom, which kept Josh out of a top spot.
Joshua
I was really surprised to see Andrae in the safe group this week. I thought his print was kind of pretty, but his dress looked like student design work.
Andrae
Gone are Uli's long flowing gowns. I thought Uli's print was cool and remaniscent of a sunset, and the shoulder's were interesting. I'm interested to see what she'll do next. 

Uli
Top 

Anthony Ryan used the spray paint to create a look that was more graphic and print like than graffiti art. I can't deny that this was a cute dress that I would love to wear, but I felt like it didn't meet the challenge requirements as much as some others.
Anthony Ryan
Ivy was really inspired by Roy Lichtenstein and the idea of a strong, super hero woman, so she used the paint to create text bubbles with words like tenacity and passion. The judges liked the construction of the suit and the overall idea, but I'm not 100% sold on the final product.
Ivy
You could tell that Emilio really loved this challenge and really embraced using graffiti as inspiration rather than trying to mimic the big graffiti masters. His color palate made his model look like she was wearing a suit on fire. The judges only criticism was that they did not like the belt, but that wasn't enough to stop them from awarding Emilio with the win.
Emilio
Bottom 

Surprise! Surprise! Kayne decided to use the graffiti inspiration to make a hodge-podge of  prints and then shape them all together into an over the top, tacky gown. I was not a fan of this look and I wouldn't be surprised if Kayne is the next to go. But, for now Kayne was safe.
Kayne
I didn't feel like Laura Kathleen was more deserving of being in the bottom than Andrae. That being said, I did agree with the judges that the hemline was a little short and I wasn't quite sold on the piano braid hanging from the back. But, I'm glad Laura Kathleen was safe.
Laura Kathleen
Sarah says that Sarah was not surprised at all that Suede was sent home. This look had a very "junior" feel and when he started adding the circles and dots the look began to look like it was designed by a child. It was not good.
Suede

Episode 4
aka. Fan Photo Inspiration

Previously on Project Runway, the designers had the opportunity to browse through thousands of inspirational photographs submitted by their fans to use as inspiration for an outfit. The winning designer and look would get to be featured in an article in USA Today. Let's take a look at the designs. 

Safe

Before Kayne's look hit the runway, I thought he was doomed for the bottom since the other designers had already started referring to it as a "Parisian hooker" dress. However, the dress didn't appear as bad as the other's said. Although it wasn't innovative, it was nicely made.
Kayne
I was also surprised that Uli's flowy gown inspired by a picture of clouds taken from an airplane did not earn a top spot. I thought it traveled great down the runway and clearly depicted her image. Perhaps if she would have added a touch more color.
Uli
I thought Ivy did a great job of capturing her photograph of a butterfly and I could have also seen this in the top three. Perhaps the judges aren't fan's of hot pants on the runway.
Ivy
Casanova chose a photo of an androdgonouse woman in a white suit and gave us *drum roll* a white suit. I think Casanova took the easy route in this challenge and should have stepped more outside the box.
Casanova
Top 

Emilio chose the photograph of a young girl and created a look to recapture the innocence that  fashion often looses. I thought Emilio's dress was fun and made a bold impact on the runway, although I don't know many people who could wear such a dress in real-life. If the judges were looking to make a statement in USA Today, I thought this would be the winner.
Emilio
Laura Kathleen chose a photograph of a water droplet. I appreciated that Laura Kathleen created her own print to match the photograph, but it didn't make a huge impact on the runway. I thought that if the judges wanted a semi-wearable look in USA Today, then maybe they'd select Laura Kathleen.
Laura Kathleen
The judges surprised me this week by selecting Anthony Ryan as the winner. I thought that Anthony Ryan's dress looked great, but it didn't surprise me at all. He tends to be architectural in his design and he made the obvious choice by selecting a photograph of some scaffolding as his inspiration. Throughout the judges visits and USA Today interview Anthony Ryan repeated his story about his cancer battle. I don't want to down-play the trauma of battling cancer, but I already heard this story on Anthony Ryan's season and I feel like I've already seen this style of dress from him. I want to see Anthony Ryan show me something different.
Anthony Ryan
Bottom 

Joshua went way too literal by copying his color palate from his photo inspiration of some electric meters that had been spray painted and created an outfit that looked like a costume. Someone even described the look as very Rainbow Bright. I think Joshua was very lucky that another designer went a little more coo-coo this week, or Josh would have been out.
Joshua
Althea selected a great photograph of a train station with many architectural elements, but gave us a boring suit with some sad saggy pants. Althea needs to step up her game, or she's not going to last much longer in the completion.
Althea
Poor kookie Andrae chose to go experimental with his design by creating an outfit with mix and match zipper panels.  Unfortunately, his idea failed as it was difficult to convey on the runway and his use of stretchy fabric and zippers caused a buckling/ripple effect on the seams. The judges finally got tired of Andrae's coo-coo ways and asked Andrae to fly home.
Andrae
Have you been keeping up with Project Runway All Stars? Did you agree with the judges picks? Do you agree with me? Let me know in the comments below.

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