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‘Project Runway All Stars’ Recap: The ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ Challenge

Thu, November 21, 2013 10:01pm EDT by 9 Comments

This week the designers paired up and travelled back in time to the 1930s, using ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ for their inspiration. Keep reading for what host Alyssa Milano called “the best runway show yet,” and our recap of ‘Project Runway All Stars’ season three, episode five!

With Lifetime’s new mini-series Bonnie and Clyde hitting the network soon, the designers were greeted by two of the show’s cast-members, Holliday Grainger and Modern Family‘s Sarah Hyland! The designers are asked to work with a “partner in crime” and design an updated 1930s look for a couple like Bonnie and Clyde. The looks must relate to one another, but each designer’s outfit will be judged separately — will the designers get along okay??

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The designs this week are extra ambitious: Christopher and Viktor plan to make a red carpet look for the woman and a heavily tailored jacket for the man; Mychael and Irina plan on making several different pieces for each look in a variety of difficult fabrics; Seth Aaron and Jeffrey have a similar problem but with the reality that Jeffrey is almost on his way out of the competition; and Korto and Elena design two looks with challenging layers of fabric.

Perhaps the intensity of the clothes stole all of the possible angry energy the designers usually experience during group or partner challenges. Everyone pretty much got along with one another, mainly stressing about their individual looks. What was potentially the most disastrous partner team was Korto and Elena — Korto is extremely confident to the point of being obnoxious, and Elena is equally obnoxious in her mood swings. However these two got along so well — what a pleasant change!

Runway Time!

After slaving away in the workroom for a day, the designers finish everything just in time for the runway show. This week there were several guest judges! Previous Project Runway All Stars alum Austin Scarlett, super model Bar Refaeli, and designer Elie Tahari! There should be some interesting commentary on this week’s outfits.

Boy did the designers pull a fast one on this challenge! Every look was expertly crafted, and almost all of them had more than two pieces- that’s a lot of work! Leather, wool, and hardware were popular elements this week, emphasizing the tough attitude of Bonnie and Clyde.

Top: Christopher, Irina, and Jeffrey. This is the third week in a row Christopher landed in the top scores! His burgundy chiffon dress and buckle halter was stunning, with Isaac stating, “The belt is so fascinating in a new kind of way.” Irina’s outfit was also incredible. While her jacket didn’t hit the right notes, the judges definitely took her top and skirt into consideration and gave her a high score. The surprise this week was Jeffrey. He has barely made it through to the next round the past three weeks, and it turns out his menswear look was exactly what he needed to show the judges he belongs there, Elie Tahari remarked that his men’s look was the best.

Bottom: Seth Aaron, Mychael, Viktor. What a good crop of designers to be in the bottom this week! Seth Aaron’s look, while very 1930s, was just too conservative, with Bar Refaeli saying, “Its not Bonnie.” Poor Mychael has had trouble executing his ideas the past couple weeks and this challenge was no different. His concept was great, but his metallic, tight-fitting jacket did not do his model any justice. Viktor’s look was very well constructed, but the 20s fringe and unnatural collar on his jacket were all wrong. What will the judges decide?


Winner: Jeffrey! Wow, what a turnaround. Let’s hope this motivates him to make some really great clothes for women.

Loser: Mychael! Mychael was so promising this season, and he made some really great outfits, but his look was the poorest this week. Are you sad to see him go?

What do you guys think? Do you think the judges chose the right winner/loser?

— Katie George 

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