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Project Runway All Stars Heads To The Firehouse For The Unconventional Challenge

How many of the looks are fire, though? 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

Before we get into the unconventional challenge, we have to get to the conventional critique of Alyssa. After she was turned out so well last week, she's backslid for this week's runway with a neckline so high, it's making me claustrophobic just to look at it.

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Madam: you have big boobs and you cannot lie. Don't jam them into a straitjacket.

Oh, I know. That dress is so cute, but not...on her. I liked her Lyssie From The Block turnout for the challenge, though! That braid was hot.

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I agree. The jumpsuit was such a good fit with the firefighters' gear, they looked like they could have posed for a Marie Claire spread right then and there.

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The reason she was WITH firefighters in the first place was that their firehouse -- including EMT gear -- was where the designers would be collecting their material for the unconventional challenge, and since this isn't the first time any of them has done this (...I think? I doubt anyone who got into All Stars got bounced before this challenge came up in their first go-rounds), they mostly avoid the usual pitfalls of lazily making garments out of things that look like fabric. And yet, with so many really cool and interesting looks, the winner is...Sam? For this?

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I can't. Can you?

I can! I get why Ken can't, because oh my god I loved Ken's so much, and I wanted to hate Sam's because I often hate Sam himself, but he made me laugh many times this week -- "and Mitchell, because holy shit Mitchell" made me giggle for five minutes -- and I really liked that look. I would wear it if it were a dress, for sure. With that said, and please understand that I love Wujek a lot, that whole flirty exchange with those two made me want to barf.

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OH MY GOD THANK YOU. I had SVU on mute on my TV while this was on and when "You are a little flirt" hit my ears, for a second I thought I sat on the remote. Ewwwwwwww. I am surprised you were into Sam's because normally we're in lockstep, but since we're already having the first disagreement of our non-carnal marriage: I didn't get all the praise for Ken's look either. Even Alyssa and Georgina could barely bring themselves to mention the weird fit on his neckline and bodice, but that ruined it for me.

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I suspect they were mostly relieved that it wasn't blue, purple, bandage-based, or...whatever that was that Mitchell skated by with somehow.

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I will bet you that Bubble Yum Crazeberry Flapper foolishness only got through so they wouldn't have to look at it directly any longer; I am NOT a crackpot.

Both his and Asha's...

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...looked like 3D doodles to me. Like, they started with an okay idea and then started embellishing in such a half-assed way. Contrast what Asha did with the x-rays with Dom's look which HOW WAS IT ONLY SAFE. That was my favourite this week.

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On THAT, we agree. WUT. I loved everything about it: the long sleeve, the length, the cape with the harness bit in front, everything. Then again, I also had "Forever 21" in my notes about Stella's top, but in my case, it was a positive, because I am cheap and basic, I guess?

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Stella had to learn the hard way that you don't always have to listen to the mentor; Zanna's not a judge and she's not always right. She...was right in this case, because I didn't get how plastic tubing is supposed to be a sleeve either...

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...but if your choices are commit to what you've been doing or whine on the runway about getting steered wrong, there's kind of no choice, and Isaac was right to tell her that. She sealed her fate in that moment, I think. What other looks did you like? I was surprised Kini's rubber-glove feather look only got a safe ruling too. It was surprising and fun.

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Wow, we really ARE out of phase this week! I didn't dis-like Kini's, but it didn't feel creative or unexpected to me. Valerie's, same: maybe I've just seen too many of these unconventional challenges, but a skirt that's more labor than innovation with a big-nothing top didn't seem like it should have landed in the top looks.

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That or Alexander's -- what did you think of that one? I enjoy him personally, but the praise for that dull Flintstones-y minidress baffled me.

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I definitely fell out of love with Valerie this week too, though not for the needlessly bitchy reasons Mitchell cited in his TH. "Unconventional challenge" doesn't mean you have to make the material unrecognizably different -- but, again, I would have told Valerie to commit, too: either cover the whole skirt with Q-tips or don't bother; what she did was like a butt cape. Alexander's didn't impress me that much either, except for the fit. Ken.

Notice that we haven't mentioned Emily's; I feel like that happens a lot? I liked her look, though it didn't push hard enough...

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...but what I really like is how she talks about the other designers' work. I wish she were the mentor instead of Zanna.

Yeah, Emily's been middling-to-bad this season; when the rest of the real dead weight goes (Mitchell), the judges are going to remember she's there, and not in a good way. Meanwhile, I have the opposite feeling about Layana, though I didn't think her look this week was super-awesome.

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Could we not? With the peplum? But generally she strikes me as a sleeper hit -- maybe not holding back the way Swapnil was last season on Runway regular, but middling-to-good and could explode any second.

Aaaaand we agree again! That space-picnic thing isn't for me, but at the same time it looked stealth comf? She's better than anyone tends to remember because she's usually the little red lighthouse next to the great grey bitch of her co-stars (Michelle).

Great, you said her name, now they're going to bring her back for next All Stars. Hurry, burn some sage!

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