At the start of a new year, Project Runway All Stars has dwindled down to the last four designers, Joshua, Anthony Ryan, Emilio, and the only woman standing, Uli. The season has flown by and the competition is getting tougher. This week, PR was feeling philanthropic and took a trip to the Intrepid to ask designers to create looks for veteran women to wear to an upcoming special event. Each military branch was represented by an inspiring and beautiful veteran.
Designers had a chance to chat with their client to get a better sense of their style, occasion, and military background. Perhaps the most touching story came from Joshua’s army client. After being told she only had 24-hours to live due to a blood clot complication, she pushed through, surviving a leg amputation and gaining a prosthetic. She asked Joshua for a short dress to show off her prosthetic and pride for her story and accomplishments. Joshua’s brother is also in the military and was especially touched by the veteran’s past.
Designers head to Mood to choose the fabric for their creations. Joshua makes a risky decision and chooses to buy and dye a leopard fabric and repeatedly asks Anthony Ryan for advise. Anthony Ryan had hopes of concealing his clients chest using a delicate ombre fabric, but it was not as successful as he had planned. Despite Uli’s client notifying her that her favorite color is purple, Uli makes a nearly fatal mistake and again chooses a black and white fabric. Emilio designs in a questionable yellow fabric under his clients request.
While Mood was an iffy quest (to say the least), leave it to Joanna to assure both designers and viewers that they were on the right path. Yet even after positive reviews, designers worry that an inappropriately cut hem-line or the wrong fabric could send anyone packing.
After final fittings and Laura Mercier make-overs, the vets looked fabulous and rocked the runway. Katie Holmes and designer Carmen Marc Valvo were this week’s amazing guest judges. Uli’s flowy dress was a huge hit with the panel but her last minute embellishments kept her from winning the challenge. Instead, Joshua took first place in, could it be, his first win of the season. His design was truly beautiful and his win was well deserved.
Anthony Ryan had surprisingly not done as well as he has in the past during this challenge. His strapless ombre dress sparked arguments among the judges as some liked what he had done and others wished he edited for his clients body shape. Emilio was also a topic of debate. His yellow dress fit his clients needs, but was too “home-made” looking for the judges to appreciate. In a surprising turn of events, no one was sent home this week and all four will advance to next week’s episode. Thank goodness too, because I couldn’t deal with anyone leaving this week.
“Am I gonna be able to wear high heels?’” – Joshua
“You gonna be green!” – Anthony Ryan
“You have to give her the night of her life.” – Joanna
“I’ve been in the bottom but never been eliminated so… get used to it!” – Joshua
“This is just not what I imagined right now.” – Emilio
“It’s all gonna look better with sleep.” – Uli
“One inch can send you home.” – Emilio
“Not flattering at all.” – Emilio
“Just make it work.” – Uli (A little Tim Gunn never hurt anyone).
“If it doesn’t fit, I’m just gonna go home.” – Anthony Ryan
“So boom!” – Joshua
“I must of had a fairy-drag-mother today.” – Anthony Ryan
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- Kendall Hill
Source & Photos: Lifetime