Project Runway All Stars Season 6 Recap: Astro-Nomical
After a week off for the Olympics, Project Runway: All Stars returns with the Avante Garde challenge.
After a couple of rocky weeks where we had a substitute challenge and then a completely in-house one, this week, Project Runway: All Stars finds their footing once more by having Alyssa take the designers to the Hudson Planetarium. No complaints here, the stars are a great inspiration for any fashion challenge, as evidenced by Alyssa’s great dress.
She quotes Star Trek, but this is not a challenge set in the 23rd century. It’s Avante Garde week! hey, maybe for once, we’ll have a room full of designers who actually make Avante Garde designs! After all, they have a decent budget for once ($350) and two full days to work, though the critique won’t come until day two, to maximize drama, as always.
There’s no picking which celestial heavenly body they’ll choose, but the designers helpfully tell us they’re inspired by neutrons (Kimberly), the milky way (Anthony), Neptune (Fabio), etc. I approve of Joshua picking Pluto and Edmond going for a quasar. Swatch sleeps through the Mood trip, much to the camera’s disappointment. Merline, who has been designing Star Trek outfits all season announces this challenge is hers to lose. (Well, sort of.) Helen reminds us that her first answer to “make an Avante Garde outfit” was to produce a slightly-better-than-Khols office outfit.
Having two days causes the designers to go a little crazier than usual. Or maybe just Josh, who attempts to build an entire outfit’s worth of appliques out of hot glue. The show runs the days together, but when Anne shows up it is clearly already Day Two, and several of the designers have not used their time wisely.
Let’s see if she has any opinions worth listening to.
- Anthony: He promises this won’t be “pageant, prom, or wedding” before Anne can even get a word in edgewise, so she laughs and gives him no actionable advice at all.
- Kimberley: She’s got gold leather. Anne worries it will move like crap on the model.
- Fabio: He’s got lots of blue fringe trim but that’s not Avante Gard, and Anne agrees.
- Merline: She says she’s inspired by “orbit” which is more a concept than an astrological body. Her outfit is more a concept than a wearable item, so I guess it works. Anne wrinkles her nose.
- Ken: He’s covering his model’s face again. Anne notes this is a repeat move.
- Helen: She calls it an explosion. Anne is not impressed.
- Edmond: Anne asks if his design is Avante Garde. “Not in the state that it’s in,” responds Edmond.
- Joshua: Anne sees the hot glue and “editorial bondage gear” and keeps a straight face. Good work.
- Stanley: He chose the solar eclipse and made a little black dress. Anne’s face asks “How boring can you be?”
Anne is bored and tells the designers so. Then she leaves them all to crumble from insecurity inside their own packages. The models act like it’s been an age since they saw the designers. Joshua’s model looks ill. (You would think she’d been used to this right now.) Kimberly realizes she doesn’t have enough and starts throwing crystals and paint at her leather. Fabio also realizes his fringe outfit is just a whole lot of Cousin IT hair and not enough design.
Day of runway and Fabio starts braiding his fringe out of desperation. Stanley starts pulling out Avante Garde accessories out of nowhere. The Branded Hair and Makeup salons earn their money by pretending to care about the inspirations of these designers. (Or know what these astrological terms they’re throwing around are without watching hours of How The Universe Works on Science Channel.) Helen freaks because the serger is broken, while Merline is “sewing eyeballs” though I don’t really see eyeballs? Whatever.
Let’s go to the runway.
Alyssa’s star-based outfit is not nearly as flattering as the one she had one at the Planetarium. It’s too chiffon-y and too childish. Georgina has that “Happy Face!” look women get when they’re dreaming of murdering their soon-to-be-ex-husbands. Isaac showed up. This must be post-Weinstein revelations, because we have two judges here for Georgina’s moral support, both men of course. The first is Jesse Tyler Ferguson from the very old and tired Modern Family that needs to be taken off the air three seasons ago. The other is RuPaul, but not in his female persona, so he’s introduced as RuPaul Charles and male pronouns it is.
Pictures of the outfits to come when available.
Ken: She’s wearing a fabric version of a nutshell.
Helen: Considering she had two days, you think she could make more than a leotard.
Edmond: He made a real Avante Garde looking outfit without being tacky, so of course the judges mushy middle it off.
Anthony: It’s a little literal, but the paint and the pants are fun. Georgina loves that he did an extended peplum on pants because of course, she does. JTF calls out the circle as being too literal, but the other judges don’t care. RuPaul: “Take a chance with pants! That’s going to be my life’s goal!”
Merline: This really is in her wheelhouse, though it’s more Star Trek than Astro. Because RuPaul and JTF haven’t seen her work before, they are bowled over. Isaac and Georgina are just grateful Merline didn’t embarrass herself.
Stanley: He pulled the “cover the models face” move and it saved what would otherwise be a pantsuit with extra flare. JTF is the only one who calls out the wearable-ness of the outfit. The other judges all fan themselves over it. RuPaul is 100% taken in by the face covering. He’s given the win, which, since he’s the only one in the Top Group that is even close to Avante Garde, I suppose is the right choice. If the Top Three had been correctly chosen of Stanley, Edmond, and Joshua, Edmond would have won.
Fabio: It’s a braided bathrobe. Isaac calls it hideous. Georgina tried to find reasons to like it. No one admits it’s just a terrible bathrobe because they want to send him to safety first.
Joshua: The judges are going to hate this, and the actual outfit is hilarious, but it’s the only true Avante Garde look left on the runway after Edmond is mushy-middled off. Joshua is ready to fight them and clearly pisses off all the regular judges during his critique. That is sad because RuPaul loved the shit out of this: “Next level gay shit!” The regular judges don’t — Isac blames the color scheme — but hey, at least one judge gets it.
Kimberly: It’s a whole lot of nearly-naked model with a small gold leather cape. JTF calls the cape a “Christmas Tree Skirt.” RuPaul likes the cape, but there’s nothing else there to critique. Which is why she’s going home.