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Project Runway All Stars Breaks Wind

When tasked with creating garments that will look good in front of a wind machine, how many designers blow it? Your editors discuss!

Our Players

Hello, I'm West Coast Editor Tara Ariano.
Hello, I'm East Coast Editor Sarah D. Bunting.

The Talk

I need to start on a note that's inconsequential and petty, if you don't mind, and I know you don't: what's the point of making such a big deal every week about the "blind runway" when it's immediately apparent as each look walks whose is whose because the designers make such a spectacle of themselves? I mean, I guess THEY don't care if it's actually blind, but if they don't, why not just drop the pretense that the judges don't know who did what as it walks?

And who cares in the second place? It's All-Stars.

And if Tim, the mentor, gets to watch the runway on regular Runway, how come Zanna doesn't?

That I'm okay with, because Zanna's become increasingly useless IMO. "Playing it way too safe"? What does that even mean in the context of this specific a challenge, in which the designers are tasked with showcasing how fabric moves -- through air and on the body -- and there's a wind machine? Exactly where does she suggest they adventure, into a pleated underpant? Shut up, Zanna.

Well, fair enough. Also, this challenge was dumb. Why not just call it the silk challenge and get it over with? I felt like I was just seeing the same thing over and over again, with the only variation being how BIG a cape or train or parachute was going to be. I give Stella shit for being so locked in on her aesthetic, but at least her fringe was different.

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Agreed. And veering away from the "home" aesthetic didn’t work out so well for Fäde, who went home on a silhouette the judges found matronly, though I can’t say I understand how that’s an auf-able offense with so much other garbage-time garmentry walking today.

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Yeah, I feel like everyone kind of phoned it in and assumed the "drama" of whatever they did would carry them through and cause the judges to overlook how very, very many of their garments weren't lined. I know we complained about this last season too, but seriously...the one-day challenges have got to stop.

They really, really do. Although I can't say more time would have induced Emily and Daniel Franco to line their garments. Which look did you think should have gone home? Or did you think Fäde's was the worst?

I feel bad saying it because I normally love her, but I was not crazy about Dom's. I thought it had too much strappy business around the bodice.

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I also found Mitchell's confusing for similar reasons, except all his fussiness was around the skirt. But then, MITCHELL SHOULDN'T EVEN BE HERE TODAY.

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...You?

I disliked Emily's, while respecting that she tried to do something and happened to fail due to the time constraints (though one of guest judge Vanessa Hudgens's few useful comments was that one braid at the neck was interesting; two was weird).

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I disliked Alexander's also, but not as much as the judges did, and if he'd done a different neckline it might have looked "fashion-forwards" instead of dated.

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And I'm with you on Dom's: too contrived above the waist. ("...The Sarah D. Bunting Story.") Asha could also have gone. Everything about it was slapped together and full of itself.

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Oh yes, Asha's was another one in my personal bottom 3: she just did a sheath with a salon cape stapled to it. But if we might move on to the looks that didn't blow (hee hee): of their top 3, I would have gone with Valerie, and I think the judges didn't just because she won last week.

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That said, my actual favourite was Layana's.

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Instead, Sam was the winner. Your thoughts?

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I was in the act of typing that my relationship with Sam and his work is complex, but it isn't. I hate him (I know Mitchell's being a baby but just apologize, you little prat, God), and I love his tops, and his look from this week...while acknowledging, as I wish the judges had, that the fabric did 97% of the work for him. I liked Valerie's a lot too; that color! Layana was better than most, but that’s not saying much. The neckline felt tortured, and maybe this is just me, but I reeeeally need a break from that royal blue.

The whole spat with Mitchell and Sam was hilarious to me. I couldn't believe the show was trying to create drama between a forgotten Runway failure and an Under The Gunn "who?" being snotty on the internet. If this is the best you can do for inter-contestant drama, just skip it.

Or kick Mitchell off like you should have last week and squash it that way.

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