Thursday, October 31, 2013

Previously on Project Runway All Stars: Season 3, Episode 1

A.k.a. Punk Rock!

Previously on Project Runway All Stars, we got to meet the new cast of all stars including three past winners (Jeffery, Seth Aaron and Irina), six designers who made it to fashion week (Viktor, Mychael, Melissa, Christopher, Ari and Korto) and two very memorable wild cards (Daniel and Elena). We were also introduced to this seasons new host, Alyssa Milano and new mentor, Marie Claire's Zanna Roberts Rassi, and guest judge, Debbie (freakin') Harry.  Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman are back as judges, but this time there will be no immunity and no workroom- the designers will be working in the Mood basement instead. 

For their first challenge, the designers got to listen to a track from Debbie Harry's new album and they were asked to create a punk rock look inspired by the music. Let's take a look at the designs:

Safe

Mychael's first look was his signature shorty-short dress. The white didn't seem very punk rock but he did include some safety pins to give it some punk edge.

Mychael
Korto's look created a good shape and had an interesting low back, but it didn't scream punk rock. I'm not sure if she understood what 'punk' looks like.
Korto
Irina's dress looked like something out of an Avril Levine video. It's almost gives off the vibe that it's trying too hard.

Irina
Daniel's jacket and capris looked polished and well constructed. I'm not sure what he was thinking with the pink stuff around her waist and I'm not sure how this look represented punk rock.
Daniel
Christopher's look seemed almost post-apocalyptic. I would have liked to have seen his look in the top three rather than Jeffrey's.

Christopher

Top

I thought Seth Aaron had this challenge in the bag. He made the plaid pants and used a black, white, and red color scheme. On the runway Issac liked his proportions, Georgina liked his jacket and Alyssa said "That was, to me, exactly what the challenge [asked for]." So I was shocked when Georgina said she didn't think this was punk enough and in the end Seth Aaron was just safe.

Seth Aaron
When we're first re-introduced to Jeffrey he confessed that he has been focused on making children's wear and hasn't designed for adults in a year and a half. And as Jeffrey got sewing in the workroom I thought his break from designing for adults showed. So I was very surprised when I saw that Jeffrey ended up on top with Georgina calling it editorial, Alyssa saying she'd wear it, and Issac saying he "expressed himself and regarded us looking at it." Thankfully, Jeffrey was just safe.
Jeffrey
Elena stuck to her own aesthetic (but thankfully without the big shoulders) and I felt like the judges would either love it or hate it. Thankfully for Elena, the judges ate it up as Issac called her backwards moto-jacket  "a straight jacket, but in bright, fun colors". Debbie Harry liked it too and when Debbie announced that she'd like to wear the winning look to an up-coming performance, she brought Elena to tears. Elena nabbed her first win. Ever.
Elena

Bottom

Viktor spent his time in the basement hammering grommets into his blazer. On the runway the judges felt that his look was sporty and relaxed, but the look seemed too conformist to be punk. I thought Viktor would be out for his conformist look, but the judges chose to keep him safe.
Viktor
Melissa admitted that she did not have enough time to finish the dress, but the judges decided that her unfinished dress gave her punk rock looks some personality. Melissa was safe.

Melissa

Ari had some struggles with trying to find some balance between her own aesthetic and punk. Initially Ari had created a tank top with long pants, but after sleeping on it, Ari returned to the work table and changed the pants to shorts and added the pant legs as sleeves. I thought she'd had a stroke of genius myself! On the runway, Georgina praised Ari on her construction, but the judges decided that the look just wasn't rough enough. In the end, Ari was the first to go home.
Ari South
Initially when I saw the cast list I thought it didn't seem fair that they had brought back past winners and I thought they should have just given the underdogs and chance to win. However, after watching the first episode, it looks like some of the past winners may have let themselves go. Right now I'm cheering for the wild cards- Elena and Daniel, but I'm cheering for Seth Aaron too. I just hope that the winner is someone who hasn't won already.

Did you catch the premier of Project Runway All Stars? Did you agree with the judges decisions? Who are you cheering for this time around? Let me know in the comments below.

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