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Project Runway All Stars Tries To Show It's A Good Sport

Alyssa Milano's 'athleisure' line is the inspiration for the latest challenge. Which looks struck out? Your editors discuss!

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

The Talk

Tara, I am a little mad at this episode, starting with the clonkier-than-usual scene-change cues -- "Let's go off and sketch!" "This is a cool challenge!" Like, is this a social-hygiene film about getting along with others and not letting your temper get the best of you? I also didn't like that they dragged Alyssa Milano's super-bullshitty "clothing" "line" into it; I don't know if you've ever had the pleasure, but there used to be a Touch (...barf) shop at one of the local stadia and I'm sorry, but having fucked a couple of Los Angeles Dodgers doesn't make you a baseball-retailing mogul. And then at the end when she's acting insulted that Sam didn't get the challenge, and called it a slap in the face? Girl, I love you, but get over yourself. In conclusion, I hate the word "athleisure" and I thought the win stank, OKAY NOW YOU.

Should I...leave? Just kidding. Considering that I basically live in stretchy everything and reside in a part of the country where sweat pants and rubber flip-flops would be acceptable to wear to any occasion including being sworn into public office or a funeral, I was actually excited to see a challenge that I might actually have an investment in for one goddamn time. What a bummer! Let's start with the winner, which was bullshit for sure.

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I assume the script called for a Kini win this week in order to goose the conflict between him and Sam just in case those flames started to die out, because given the mixed reviews the judges gave the look, I don't know what other explanation makes sense. (But then, I guess when your guest judge is a renowned anti-vaxxer, making sense is not a priority, OH YES I DID KRISTIN CAVALLARI.)

I am wearing a baseball shirt and "herringbone" leggings right now; I get the concept. The word itself is annoying, and the challenge was annoying -- neither Zanna nor the judges applied it with any consistency. "Don't go too sporty"? What does that even mean? It certainly doesn't mean an ill-fitting Pearl River Mart jean and a shapeless Plan B of a jacket, but that's what won. I guess saying it's a boyfriend style makes it true. ...I totally agree with your assessment of why that look won, but I still can't comprehend how Dom doesn't wipe the floor with everyone else with her look.

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It's convertible; it's flattering; it's handy (pockets!); it has this 1920s-Vanity Fair-illustration flapper vibe. Clear winner, to everyone, including Kini I think.

That wasn't my favourite but I definitely agree that it was the most fashion-forward interpretation of the brief, which is why I thought it was weird that Kristin (rrrr) dinged it for being too fashionable to wear to a game. It was comfy and acted as its own stadium blanket in addition to looking like it could star in a Vogue cover. If that's not a winning look, why are we here? Speaking of "why are we here": Sam.

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Other than that his dress was made of mesh, that's "athleisure" how? It had Anthropologie sales rack written all over it, and pairing it with black Vans doesn't make that any less true.

Oh boy, I guess I get to be Sam's lawyer again. (Hee.) Although: you're right, my instinct to side with it/him because La Milano got so pearl-clutchy about the affrrrrrront entirely aside. I liked it more than you did; the contrast pairing of a somewhat mumsy lace and the junior cut works for me. But Ken was right too: that cut is baaaaasic, in all senses of the word. (Related: I may need to make Ken's pronunciation of the word "bullcrap" into a ringtone. It's everything.)

AND speaking of Ken: I was weirdly proud of him for bailing before he blew his stack, then coming back. And despite some finish problems I would wear the hayull out of his look.

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With you on Ken's emotional maturity. As to his look...more for you? I agree with Isaac that it doesn't push his customer forward so much as offer her something she could buy at Target today...or Dave & Buster's Steve & Barry's like ten years ago when Sarah Jessica Parker had her Bitten line there. If we're talking what we'd wear the shit out of, I have to speak up for Layana's bandage leggings.

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I don't get how you praise the workmanship on those and then send her home because her top was too overworked. I mean, it was, but that seems like something the hypothetical customer they're supposed to be appealing to would be all over -- and furthermore, I think if this challenge were for a spot in HEIDI's athleisure line, she would have given that head-to-toe look the win for sure.

..More for you this time. Not that you're wrong about Heidi, but her taste level isn't always what it could be, and I didn't "get" Layana's look at all, really. I understand that it took a lot of time, but the top is cut-rate Fly Girl, and this isn't Layana's fault, but I am seriously so tired of the black/white/royal color story, I can't even. It's called "emerald" or "tangerine," designers. Move the eff on. You too, Emily; you were lucky to be safe this week with a look that plain, though I did like it fine.

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Another safe look definitely makes me worried for Emily as we head into the home stretch. How can someone who does that post-apocalyptic eye makeup look on, like, a Tuesday design outfits that boring? Although I guess "boring" is better than "overly literal/Broadway chorus girl costume," ASHA.

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Ha! Yeah, that really was a "Damn Yankees-themed diner waitress" idea. I like it in theory, but once she saw it in practice she ought to have scrapped it, if only to give herself time to fit the top correctly.

Alt mean assessment: prudish server at a Reno sports bar.

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