The last challenge before the finale is here — and it proves to be the most suspenseful elimination yet. Who got sent home right before the final show?
This week’s episode of Project Runway All Stars had me on the edge of my seat, as the designers were treated to a viewing of the trailer of Lifetime’s Marilyn Monroe miniseries trailer before Alyssa Milano announced the competition. The designers would be tasked with creating a Marilyn-inspired gown, or a “timeless look that sparkles and shines” — and the designer’s will be given their biggest budget all season, $500, and one day to get their look together.
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Aside from winning a spot in the finale fashion show, the winner will also be hired by Lifetime to design a wardrobe for a leading character for an original movie or event on the network — a costume designer job is up for grabs! Now things are getting serious. When the designers enter the workroom, they see a red carpet down the middle of the floor– something is clearly up!
Isaac Mizrahi comes into the workroom and the designers are shocked by his arrival. Sonjia, (and the rest of the designers!), are praying there aren’t any more surprises in store. “Ain’t nobody got time for that,” she says, which sums up the sentiments perfectly — but, of course, there’s a twist. Isaac says he is going to bring in another Hollywood icon — who could it be?
It’s Lassie the dog! Isaac gives them all a theme and a bag of supplies and the designers must participate in a mini challenge, crafting looks for their assigned dogs, who were all from the Best Friends Animal Society, for which Lassie is an ambassador.
Is it just me or is this the cutest runway ever? “I may be allergic to dogs, but I’m more allergic to losing,” Dmitry says — everyone has their game face on. The dogs are walked down the runway by their respective designers and Lassie announces the winner — it’s Michelle!
The doggie fun didn’t end there. Michelle also created a capsule collection for Lassie fans which launches Feb. 6 on www.Lassie.com!
OK, back to the dresses and the drama — Helen is getting on everyone’s nerves as she hammers down the beadwork on her chantilly lace, (which many say isn’t sparkly enough for the competition). Although red carpet is totally her go-to, it is obvious that the designer is unraveling.
The claws come out in the workroom, as Helen calls Dmitry’s dress a “dirty mop” in her confessional. After Zanna comes in, the pressure only continues to grow. Helen plans on totally changing the top of her dress — can she pull it off?
On runway day the designers all receive critique from the judges. Although last week he was way harsh, this time around Isaac is like a proud father — and we cannot get enough of him. “Hey All Stars,” he says. “This was the best.” From the construction to the way the dress moves, Dmitry’s flapper-esque frock is the clear winner. Alyssa calls it her “favorite thing I’ve ever seen on the ‘All Stars’ runway ever.” Wow, tell us how you really feel!
Sonjia’s dramatic separates earn her second place — but now there’s only one more spot for the finale show.
Personally I thought Michelle’s dress had a very Tom Ford vibe. From the fabric to the bare back, it reminded me of one of the designer’s sexy creations — but not all the judges loved the fabric. Although Michelle spent a fortune on it, the addition of a chain and the material came off a bit cheap and not totally chic.
Helen, the red carpet power player, let everyone down with her gown. Although Isaac loved the color, Georgina said it was too safe — and I have to agree. While the dress is just gorgeous, I definitely expected more from her.
Eliminated Designer Revealed:
The judges can’t decide who to send home, so they call Helen and Michelle out to state their case. After they do, the judges still can’t decide so they give them an hour to make an outfit out of the three looks that sent their peers home — and that’s when Helen totally loses it.
The designer begins to sob and can’t fathom ripping up someone else’s work — and in a very sweet, supportive moment Michelle walks over and gives her a comforting hug.
At the end of the hour Helen manages to pull together an amazing dress that totally wins over the judges — and I couldn’t be happier. I understand that Michelle’s gown wasn’t enough to send her home, but throughout the season I’ve been more excited by Helen’s designs — not to mention the fact that Michelle totally broke the rules and only used two looks in her right-on-the-runway challenge!
What do you think? Are you pleased with the designers that are heading to the finale?