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‘Project Runway All Stars’ Recap — Nina Garcia Returns

Thu, December 19, 2013 10:01pm EDT by 14 Comments

A familiar face returns as the designers are challenged with another competition that features many twists and turns — but who will be in and who will be out?

Host Alyssa Milano introduces a familiar face to the designers: Nina Garcia of Marie Claire and Project Runway judge! Having recently become a part of editorial platform, Nina asks the contestants to pair up with a blogger featured on the website to showcase a trend for 2014. Several twists make up this challenge; not only will the bloggers be the designers’ models, but in the look they must incorporate Pantone’s color for 2014, radiant orchid. The winning look will be endorsed by Nina in a video that will appear on Hall of Style’s home page that will be viewed by the websites some fifty million subscribers. The winner will also receive a prize package from Pantone worth over $10,000! Not too shabby.

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Everyone makes great connections with their bloggers — a true Project Runway rarity since in most challenges like this at least one designer gets matched with someone totally different from them. They all get a good grasp on their designs; Christopher, however, has trouble at Mood when he can’t find army green lace and has to settle for a more olive shade of green. Elena has a moment of frustration when she notices Seth Aaron and Victor using neoprene — it’s one of her go-to fabrics that she has used several times in the competition. But Korto, Seth Aaron, and Viktor all seem to be confident about their garments.

However, the real issues arise when the bloggers come in for their fittings. Christopher’s lace trench coat dress doesn’t quite fit right, Viktor’s jumpsuit isn’t looking great on his girl, and Elena’s jacket almost swallows her blogger whole! Seth Aaron and Korto don’t have as major issues, but still worry about whether or not they will get their look done in time.

Runway time!

Joining Isaac Mizrahi and Alyssa Milano are this week’s guest judges: previous Project Runway winner Christian Siriano, (subbing in for Georgina Chapman), Nina Garcia of course, and creative director for Calvin Klein, Francisco Costa. What a great panel!

Seth Aaron’s blogger was probably the fiercest. She totally worked the sporty, body-con dress Seth Aaron made for her. Elena’s newly fitted jacket really looked amazing on her blogger, and Korto’s white suit with the peek-a-boo of radiant orchid was equally fabulous. Christopher’s look was pretty, but just crossed the line of over-worked. Viktor’s was surprisingly boring this week. He’s known for making some show-stopping outfits, but this challenge did not produce excellent results from him.

Let’s face it, there really was no top and bottom this week. The judges found compliments and issues with each designer alike. Korto’s was the best received because of her white pant suit combination and creative integration of the Pantone color, but her styling did not help the look at all.  The judges were disappointed with Viktor’s dress and jacket ensemble since both “trends” were already happening. They said Seth Aaron’s was the best at incorporating the color, but his dress was not very original. The texture of Elena’s jacket was loved by everyone, but the fit was still off for her blogger’s petite proportions. Christopher’s lace dress was “pretty, but it’s a funky color,” said Isaac. Who will the judges send home this week?


Winner: Korto! It makes sense why she would win this week. Nina loves a good pant and vest combo, and Korto hit the nail on the head with this look.

Loser: Viktor! Poor Viktor, he lost his steam since the beginning of last week’s challenge, and he couldn’t get it back in time for this week. It’s a shame we can’t see him duel it out with “frenemy” Elena at Fashion Week.

What do you guys think? Do you think the judges sent the right person home? VOTE and be sure to come back and see what happens next week.

— Katie George

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