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Project Runway All Stars Gives 'Til It Hurts

Which designers best showed off their gifts for a philanthropy challenge? Your editors discuss!

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

The Talk

My god, Alyssa hates Sam. Like, she hates him. And not that she shouldn't -- that dumb outfit with its pointless built-in Girl Scout sash was overworked, and I can't believe it wasn't greeted with a shower of confetti and balloons for being the season's 1,000,000th jumpsuit -- but at this point her critiques are less about his work and more about him personally, and I don't mind that the show's letting us witness how over him she is.

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...Sarah D. Bunting, Sam's Attorney At TV Law. I need a moment with my client? ...Just kidding, mostly, although I felt like I was taking crazy pills when everyone was in talking-heads all "but seersucker isn't edgy," like, isn't that the...point? Subverting the posh expectations of that fabric is what makes the idea fresh, hello. That said: he didn't do enough with it. It needed a much more punky silhouette, like ripped pants or a moto jacket. But here's where we part ways on the Milano thing: she used the term "slap in the face" again to describe Ken's look, and while I don't disagree that that was weak-ass and probably should have gone home, it seems to me like S5 Alyssa is falling into the Heidi Klum trap of taking herself juuuuust a bit too seriously.

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On Sam: I didn't have a problem with the seersucker aspect; at least that's an appropriate fabric for a summer look, unlike some others I will get to in just a second. I just really hated that flap so much. When Isaac likened it to a Baby Bjorn, I was like, "Yes! Thank you!" but then that was actually an admiring observation? Somehow? No idea.

On Ken: yeah, I would love for the guidelines of Runway respectfulness to be laid out somewhere. Sometimes people just crap out at this stage in the competition because they're out of ideas AND YOU ONLY GAVE THEM A DAY TO POOP SOMETHING OUT. I don't think it's reasonable to act like Ken was just fucking with them. Yeah, it was boring, but at least when I looked at it, it made sense.

NOT making sense? Kini. Can you explain how he heard "summer" and made a beeline for the brocade and tweed? At least he realized the latter was a mistake, but those jodhpurs looked pure après-ski to me.

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I really wanted to hate Kini's, and I would never WEAR Kini's, but I enjoyed the blending of the b-girl and the DA's-office vibe of the blouse. I have a vintage dress in a very similar print to the fabric of the pants and something about that pastiche of eras worked for me. It did make her butt look ginormo, but at least it was made properly, unlike almost everyone else's, so I'm with you on the one-day time constraint being a serious problem. The finishing is almost uniformly lumpen and amateurish; just give them another day, God.

Especially when they've been at it this long! Everyone has got to be burnt the fuck out; the judges should be happy whenever a runway isn't just a parade of garbage bags with arm holes poked in them. Speaking of garbage bags: this week's winning look. BUT I KID EMILY! I guess I can accept that this was the best option in a kind of blah selection, but again, it didn't read summer to me at all. What did you think?

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Loved it! I got such a SoHo-summertime-in-the-'80s vibe from it. Just put a Cost Fucked Madonna shirt over top and you're all set. The construction was a little...see above, but that kind of worked with the punky vibe she had going. My only real quibble is that I wish it had been a skirt instead of culottes. Although any look that wasn't as tortured as Asha's probably had nothing to worry about.

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God, what a mess, and I agreed with guest judge Debi Mazar right down the line: dated, looked uncomfortable, doughy around the waistline. Not sure it should have gone home, but if the show is legally obligated to keep one Under The Gunn-er around -- and it apparently is, ugh -- it's not going to NOT be Sam, so I guess that was that.

Yeah, I liked her fabric choice okay (though, again, not that summery -- I'm not sure why I'm Summer Cop this week?), but at this stage in the competition, you can't count on a print to get the job done, and everything else about it was just fussy where it wasn't dull. However, her model could at least be pretty confident that she'd be able to walk the runway in it without having to get a wax first. Dom.

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Yeah, that just looked sweaty as hell. The top looked itchy, the bottom looked heavy...did nobody consider just hammering some grommets onto a linen shift? Why on earth would you quilt a summer look -- the word is QUILT!

haha, totally! Both Nev AND Max were wearing the jacket version of that skirt last week when Catfish went to Iowa in the middle of winter. Summer Cop has a warrant for Dom's arrest. (That model always looks kind of pissed, but she seemed especially irritated having to try to sell that thing.)

None of them looked too pleased. Hammer banana pants, strangle brocade, a seersucker jumpsuit with basically a baby bunting on the front...rough week.

Indeed -- but now we have our top five. Assuming there aren't any more bullshit saves, we're two cuts from the finale; who do you think the next victims will be? I have a feeling Ken's not coming back from snapping at Isaac this week no matter how impeccable his next one or two looks are, and if Sam gets into the final runway show, Alyssa might quit in protest.

Ken is on borrowed time as it is, I think, so unless he rises from the ashes with some flawless couture next week, he's out. Beyond that, I'm less sure. It does feel like the show wants Sam there until the end, so I think Emily's out next.

That would be so mean after she just won, but I can see that happening too. Fucking Sam. Alyssa's right!

Objection -- this is obviously Daniel Franco's fault!

Now there's a ham sandwich who really should be indicted on a capital charge.

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