Project Runway All Stars Season 6 Recap: Eliminating Pairs
Project Runway All Stars does our second team challenge, in hopes that a double elimination will make our designers behave badly.
This week’s episode starts in a fancy dining room at Restaurant DANIEL (Michelin: Two Stars) but it won’t end there. Alyssa arrives wearing something that looks like it was shredded on the way to the production. (That challenge was last week!) She tells our dining designers their assigned seatmates are in fact their team for this challenge. Also, for all the talk of a fine dining experience, everyone is getting exactly one dish and one wine tasting, so they skimped out on that too.
That’s because the winning pair this week gets the full dining experience, and the losing pair…both goes home. You would think this would give our designers more incentive to make this work. Too bad Tim isn’t here to push that philosophy, though somehow in team challenges, he never does, does he? Elegant looks, inspired by the single dish (or wine), they have to compliment each other. One day challenge, $400 at Mood (that each team splits.)
Merline & Candice: White Asparagus/Veltliner
Anthony & Kimberly: Lamb Chop/Syrah
Melissa & Ari: Citrus Cured Hamachi/Chablis
Ken & Fabio: Guinea Hen Duo/Pinot Noir
Char & Stanley: Lobster/Rosé of Pinot Noir
Joshua & Amanda: Black Sea Bass/Chardonnay
Helen & Edmond: Minted Pea Soup/Chenin Blanc
The smarter ones immediately go into “us against the world” mode. The lesser ones…do not. Also, the amount of designers who decide to be inspired by the wine instead of the food is…questionable. It means there are a lot of gowns with pink undertones in the sketching. I suppose that suggests they are not as into the food as they should be. Perhaps a few episodes of Chef’s Table would help?
Anne comes in and tries to talk up how great their dining experience last night was, and now one designer manages to sound enthused. To be fair, Anne is so intent on delivering the lines on her cue cards, she sounds rather robotic about the whole thing as well. If Daniel Boulud paid money for this advert for his restaurant, he should demand a refund.
She also reads off a laundry list of successful designer pairs with the energy of someone who is determined to get her coffee back as soon as she exits this room. So inspiring, I’m sure. Let’s whirlwind with her through the pairs.
- Anthony and Kimberly: They decided to be inspired by the way the sauce was painted on the plate. So they’re painting their fabric. Anne hates their tops.
- Melissa and Ari: Ari has gorgeous fabric choices, Melissa’s fabric is called “Florida pantsuit.”
- Char and Stanley: Their choices are boring and obvious and Anne loves them. Make of that as you will.
- Helen and Edmond: Hellen has an empty dummy, and Anne looks askance at it.
- Joshua and Amanda: There’s a leather neck and not much else. Amanda accidentally says they thought this would be ‘safest” and Anne is already mentally sending them home.
- Ken and Fabio: They’re making boring black eveningwear. Anne doesn’t seem like she cares much. One more pair until that coffee!
- Merline and Candice: Our biggest drama couple emphasizes Merline’s lack of Project Seamstress skills. Anne snaps they could go home if they don’t make anything and practically runs from the room.
Let’s hope the models have the energy to care a bit more about the designs they’ll be wearing than our so-called mentor! At least some of the fittings go well. Fabio and Ken are in good spirits. Helen produces a dress out of nowhere. Merline and Candice have more drama because they have been the most successful in getting the editors to keep them on camera. Ari is also great at producing drama sounding things as if she might be at risk, as Melissa scrapped her whole look because those pants were embarrassing.
Day of runway and those who bit off more than they can chew are chewing fast. The Accessory Wall and the hair and makeup commercials pass quickly, as does the sneering of the designers at the other groups’ work.
Let’s go to the runway, and see what the judges have to say.
Alyssa has been allowed to wear pants. Alyssa looks so much better in pants. Why isn’t Alyssa allowed to wear pants every week? Georgina does not cry when Alyssa mentions Marchesa because she probably doesn’t know at this point how dead her label will be by the time the series airs. Isaac is here. And our guest judge is Whoopi Goldberg, who Alyssa reminds us has no need to push any projects, she’s already an EGOT.
Helen & Edmond: Sea creatures, one of which is preggers. (Blue Planet II stars this weekend y’all!)
Joshua & Amanda: The safety school of bridesmaids gowns.
Char & Stanley: Happy Valentine’s Day! Oh wait, that wasn’t the challenge, was it?
Anthony & Kimberly: My gods, Anthony’s painted gown. Kimberly’s outfit is riding his coattails. Isaac calls Kimberly’s “one size too big” Whoopi is jazzed by it though. Everyone loves Anthony.
Ken & Fabio: Ken’s taking cues from Merline that architectural is in with these judges. Fabio is going train. Isaac feels like this is the only group that actually nailed the concept of “pairing” without going “matching.” Whoopi love’s Fabio’s get up. Everyone else loves Ken’s.
Merline & Candice: Merline didn’t get away with it this week. Candice was clearly inspired by chocolate that wasn’t served. Georgina is mad as hell at herself for getting on the Merline train and clearly hates the dress and her. (It helps that Merline admits she knows she failed.) Whoopi digs Merline anyway. Alyssa calls Candice “unacceptable,” the only one to pay her dress any attention.
Melissa & Ari: Melissa’s dress is an embarrassment and Ari’s is too tacky. Hello, crotch shot. Georgia hates Melissa’s terrible dress and her. Whoopi notes even she could have made that. Ari’s dress is just deemed slutty.
Forced to choose between Ari’s potential and Merline’s, the judges decide to frustrate the better seamstresses in the competition and keep Merline and her ideas around for a few more weeks. Sorry Melissa, sorry Ari! I’ll at least miss one of you.