Project Runway All Stars Season 6 Recap: Superhero Soup
Project Runway semi recovers after last week’s wacky disaster with a reminder that Lifetime is owned by Disney.
After last week’s Project Runway All-Stars where the sponsor and opening guests clearly pulled out last minute, this week, we’re keeping it all in-house. We know it’s a “this is part of the advertising you paid for” week for either the hair or makeup people because Alyssa starts out her spiel praising how hard they work every week. And then the owner of our Makeup Product Displayers, Rodial, comes out, cards in hand to distribute.
Except they actually let Stanley distribute the envelopes since he won last week, but since he doesn’t know what’s in them, it’s not much of a prize. Turns out its terms Rodial uses for their products, some of which are useful and some of which are basic. But it’s not *just* a Rodial challenge, as the makeup owner is surprised to learn. it’s also a “Superhero” challenge, lest we forget that Lifetime is owned by Dinsey which also owns Marvel, and which has been having a Superhero extravaganza as they lead into the MCU’s 10th anniversary year. Their superheroes are to be inspired by the makeup term.
Amanda: Pink Diamond
Anthony: Dragon’s Blood
Helen: 24 Carat Gold
Merline: Magic Gel
Char: Bee Venoms
Ken: Super Acids
The budget at Mood is $150, and the runway is tomorrow, as always. But first, the owner of Rodial gets to wander around and “advise them” about their superhero, which is really just her getting another 90 seconds to spew the advert buzzwords for each product they have. Then they get to shopping. We have a lot of Amanda kvetching about how she doesn’t like superheroes, followed by Anthony being sick on camera, and more on Helen’s continuing negging and general misbehavior towards her fellow contestants.
With that out of the way, let’s see if Anne can rouse herself to care about any of the creations this week, or if there wasn’t a large enough Starbucks in the world to make that happen.
- Amanda: She’s ignoring the superhero aspect and focusing on the Pink Diamond. That would be great if this was a challenge based on the makeup. Anne doesn’t notice.
- Anthony: He’s behind because he’s sick. Anne looks concerned that his concept is too bridal.
- Merline: She’s making a melting dress out of angles. Anne calls it Star Trek. Merline feels like that’s a compliment, but doesn’t mistake it for one.
- Char: Her dress is two pieces of stripes that belong in Target. Anne loves it.
- Helen: She has very shiny ballgown fabric. Anne wrinkles her nose and says “tacky.”
- Stanley: His idea for smoke is a chiffon overlay. Anne is already halfway walked away bored when she says “Don’t just make a pretty dress in two fabrics.”
- Kimberly: Her roses fabric has showstopper potential. She’s doing pants under a dress. Anne says “gimmickry.”
- Ken: He was going to do a jumpsuit with ruffles. Anne says “it’s so you.”
- Fabio: He’s going literal. Anne loves the fabric not results, “It’s grandma.”
- Edmond: He’s going for a modern day superhero. Anne wonders why she’s covered up and wearing sequins.
- Joshua: His superhero wears their underwear on the outside. #OnBrand. (Anne is horrified.)
Anne whines that everyone is too bland. Lady, Joshua is anything but bland. Anthony, Ken, and Fabio start powwowing on how to fix Fabio’s grandma’s gown. Helen reminds us (all together now) SHE’S NOT HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS. (Girl, we noticed.) Models come, models go. No one is actually in a bad spot since it’s Week 5, and they know their models by now.
Day of runway and Amanda doesn’t have a top yet. Merline is frantic to finish her Original Series Star Trek look. Anthony is still pep talking Fabio, even as he feels like he’s failed this week. Amanda sneers she wouldn’t ask for help, even as the others help Merline finish. One of them is going to regret their position before the end of the hour.
Let’s go to the runway.
Alyssa’s looks are steadily improving week to week. The removal of Weinstein is good for her I think. I love the sleeves. Georgina Chapman manages to look like someone who’s brand stock hasn’t crashed through the floor, good for her. Isaac is merely here. The guest judge this week is Karolina Kurkova, whose claim to fame (I’m pretty sure) is being Taylor Swift’s best friend. She certainly sounds like someone who would be Taylor Swift’s best friend anyway.
Helen: At least she understood the challenge and made her idea of a Black Panther extra’s costume, even if it’s a bad one.
Char: They sell superhero suits at Khols now apparently.
Kimberly: Oh look, the idea of the detachable flares from the yoga and dance pants world turned up on Project Runway. Etsy will be thrilled.
Stanley: That’s not bad. It’s at least Lord & Taylor’s level, maybe even Nordstrom.
Ken: Ok, he gets massive points for doing the bald cap, even if it’s terribly done because the hair salon people are not actually good at their job of theatrical headwear design, they’re good at displaying products at the camera. It also really makes the outfit pop, even if it’s so ruffled Utz might flinch. Georgina and Isaac question the bald cap, but he shouldn’t be blamed for that. Alyssa liked the clothes being the focus.
Anthony: Pepper Potts would totally wear that. This is the only dress that therefore meets the challenge as presented, and should win. Alyssa would also wear it. Isaac can’t believe he did it in a day.
Fabio: His solution to the grandma dress was to put a drawstring bag mullet skirt on it. Apparently, it flies with Georgina. And the dress underneath is even liked by Karolina, which I guess means it’s not grandma after all. In fact, they like it so much they accidentally give this the win, when the real winner was obviously Anthony.
Edmond: Apparently Edma Mode never told him “No Capes!” Isaac agrees with Edma: no capes! Alyssa loves the cape, which upsets Isaac, because every Kardashian wears one, as does every drag queen. NO CAPES!
Merline: Star Trek: The Last Generation. Georgina bitches about the construction. In fact, so does everyone, as if the problem isn’t the fact that the dress is from the 22nd century.
Amanda: K-Pop Chic as Superhero would be a kind interpretation. Alyssa hates the color blocking. Georgina calls it “curtains” and “sad.” Sorry, Amanda. Maybe next time you compete.