Project Runway All Stars Season 6 Recap: Balls To The Walls
Project Runway All Stars finally get around to their first unconventional challenge? Balls.
Something was off about the introduction this week of Project Runway All Stars. We start with Alyssa, in a black and white number, promising to send our remaining contestants to a “castle” with the suggestion of a medieval theme. But then she lays out all the details before they leave, which is not how the show works. If the contestants go somewhere to promote it, all the details are given on site, to maximize the camera time the location paid through to nose for.
To wit, everyone is to individually make a Princess worthy ballgown, there will be no trip to Mood, because “everything they need” will be provided at the castle. Not fabric but “everything they need.” Obviously, this is am Unconventional materials challenge. Also, it’s a one day challenge with the runway tomorrow, which doesn’t leave them much time to be standing around while someone promotes their business does it?
No, that’s why it’s not someone’s business. It’s all a fake out. The “location” is a bouncy castle in the middle of a park, that’s been turned into a ball pit. Not the old school hard plastic balls of the traditional ball pit, but balls of all shapes, sized and ball making materials. There’s no one there controlling the chaos, so the designers all run up, dive in and start grabbing as many balls as they can. It is, in short, screaming chaos.
Amanda is my favorite, she sits outside and grabs everything that comes flying out. Everyone else struggles with the gravity principals of bouncy castles, and their own lack of being in shape. Meanwhile, I’m wondering what happened in scheduling this week that they had to go with this weird last minute cheap cop-out challenge, where no one even bothered accompany the contestants to the park to call time. (Was this perhaps filmed in mid-October when a sponsor would suddenly feel the intense need to pull out of a show made by the Weinstein company? The weather certainly suggests it might have been.)
Once back in the workroom, there’s lots of whining over Unconventional challenges, working with nonfabric materials, and the issue of how little material there is per ball, which makes the creation of the gowns take longer than if they could cut from yards of fabric.
Let’s see what Anne says when she realizes most of these guys aren’t going to have the balls to make full-fledged gowns.
- Candice: Her critique reminds us she was on the bottom last week because Anne doesn’t care about her Rainbow Bright design.
- Amanda: Her idea is great, but there’s barely any balls on the dummy. Anne side eyes it.
- Edmond: His Themiscrya armor is great, but there’s no way there are enough balls to hit the floor with it.
- Ken: He says “understructure” like he has enough to make an over one. He does not.
- Char: She’s making basketballs complex. Anne tries to care.
- Kimberly: She has pink boob structure and little else but cotton balls. Anne doesn’t get it.
- Helen: She’s going to make her own textile. Anne attempts not to laugh at her.
- Josh: Anne looks like she can’t believe he’s still here.
- Merline: Anne tells her to stick to her vision without letting us know what that vision is.
- Anthony: He tells her his fabric is falling apart and she’s telling him she can’t wait to see it. Someone isn’t listening.
- Fabio: He also is making Themiscrya armor, and he also doesn’t have enough to make it.
- Stanley: Straight up says he doesn’t have enough balls. Anne: “Mmm, hmmmm.”
Anne tells everyone as she leaves that the modern day princess wouldn’t wear a floor length gown anyway, so work with what you have. It’s becoming rather obvious this was not a well-thought-out challenge on anyone’s part, either on the production side or the designers’ side. One wonders if the judges will be filled in that the show shifted the parameters and the definition of “ballgown” out of necessity halfway through the day.
Day of runway and everyone seems to be hosed. Glue is coming out, which is always a sign of desperation. (And once upon a time would have been disqualifying had the judges realized they didn’t sew.) Fabio gives up and cuts his dress into a mini when he runs out of time. He did indeed have the balls after all, just not the time. Instead, that time goes to promoting the hair, makeup, and accessory walls, and then it’s off to the runway.
Alyssa is wearing a far more flattering dress than usual, but still black and white and fashion all over. Georgina Chapman is wearing more diamonds than anyone needs to unless they are meeting the queen or dealing with the end of their marriage and their fashion line on the red carpet. Isaac is here, in an old-school 1940s gangster jacket. The guest judge this week is country singer Kasey Musgraves, who does an actualfacts royal wave. I blame Georgina’s diamonds.
Char: Cheap Goth Princess.
Merline: Rainbow Polkadot Princess.
Anthony: Children’s Candy Princess.
Ken: Shower Curtain Princess.
Josh: Trashy And Proud Princess.
Edmond: Diana, Princess of Themiscrya.
Kimberly: Pink and purple, but at least it moves like fabric. She’s on the top because of that. Georgina doesn’t like it standing soon. Isaac says it’s super young though.
Fabio: Sometimes Princesses Grow Up To Be Generals Princess. Isaac loves it. Alyssa calls it “a big piece of jewelry.” He made the top over Edmond, but I think both of them should have been.
Stanley: Orange Peels Princess. The judges voted for this because it was different. It has no business bei8ng here. Merline or Edmond should have been in this spot instead. And absolutely no business winning. It’s just not even good enough.
Amanda: Bad Black Panther Princess costume knockoff. I like the better than the front. So does Georgina. Isaac is confused it’s not a ballgown, proving no one told the judges about the change in direction. It just doesn’t fit either.
Candice: Kluzily Made Princess. She admits it’s not her best work. Isaac recognizes she got stuck in a corner determined to force something to work that wouldn’t. Alyssa is frustrated. Georgina hates it and her.
Helen: Your stereotypical plastic looking Unconventional princess. isaac says it’s not enough. Georgina is bored. Helen throughs EVERYONE under the bus accusing Stanley of gluing, and Candice and Amanda of looking like a clownfish dress. It’s an ugly act of desperation that wasn’t necessary. Candice is obviously the worst of the three by miles and is obviously the one going home. Helen is going to be safe. Alyssa says she can’t be eliminated for this, it’s not bad enough. So why did she do that? Isaac actually wants to send her home for the outburst, the dress was fine.
Backstage the rest of the designers are like “what even was that?” causing Helen to run off crying and then be late returning to the runway. All of this is ridiculous, since Candice is out, as expected.