February 16, 2012 11:49 PM by Ashley Lee
After Rami Kashou was eliminated in last week’s sportswear challenge, everyone pushes themselves harder for award-winning “Wicked” composer, Stephen Schwartz, who poses the challenge to design separates for the revival of the rock musical, “Godspell.” Who will make their Broadway debut and who will be kicked offstage? Read on for the full recap of Project Runway All Stars!
The seven remaining designers head to the center of Broadway in New York City for a Project Runway first—and a first for Broadway altogether: designing an outfit for a Broadway musical! Stephen Schwartz, the award-winning composer of “Wicked,” challenges the All Stars to design an outfit for the 40th-anniversary production of “Godspell,” a rock musical about Jesus and his apostles. The winning designer will have their design onstage and a bio in the Playbill program!
Who will wear the creation? Played by Uzo Aduba, the ensemble character is “a very rich person who likes everyone to know just how rich she is,” explained Schwartz. The outfit must be exaggerated but fabulous, and it has to look like it’s compiled from a thrift store or the back of a closet. Even more so, the other actors will be assembling these pieces on this character onstage, meaning the designers must make separates.
At mood, most of the contestants head for furs, velvets and brocades, while Mondo Guerra strategizes to mix a few prints. Signature Mondo, of course! And thank goodness—Kenley Collins doesn’t grab a single polka dot.
In the workroom, some designers find the challenge to be more like twisting an arm rather than breaking a leg. A consultation with Joanna Coles goes harshly for some.
“Is it hideous or is it fabulous?” asks Joanna to Austin Scarlett. Because right now it’s hideous, but you’re going to turn it into something fabulous…aren’t you, Austin?”
“I think this is not necessarily as ambitious as you need to be to be an All Star,” says Joanna to Kara Janx, pushing her to tears to the cameras. “I’m thinking to myself, ‘Well I’ll be damned; I really, really thought I was.’” Mondo is also a bit haunted by the comments from esteemed designer Cynthia Rowley during last week’s challenge and can’t seem to focus this week. He takes apart all his hard work from the first day and starts all over from scratch.
Kenley feels confident though. “I don’t make mediocre, half-assed pieces. I do every piece beautifully, with a wow factor. So it must be so annoying for those other designers.”
The runway’s guest judge is award-winning Broadway actress Sutton Foster, and the only designer who is safe is Jerell Scott. First at the top is Michael Costello with his modern Chiquita Banana woman. ”She feels like a rich party girl that’s a little wild, but I like that.” raves Sutton. Austin is also at the top: ”You managed to keep it modern and I can see the nod towards Marie Antoinette” says Georgina.
Mondo is also commended for reviving his look and getting his groove back. “She’s so sexy, in a crazy kind of passive aggressive way.” says Isaac. His layering of fabrics and prints earns high praises from the judges. What a comeback: Mondo wins the Broadway challenge!
At the bottom is Kenley, who seems to have only heard the words “thrift store” and “vintage” when the challenge was explained. In fact, her outfit makes the model look poor instead of rick. ”It’s not like she lives in the East Village, it’s like she lives in a doorway of the East Village,” says Isaac.
Mila Hermanovski, the master of geometrics, went too separate on this challenge—her gaudy fur coat has nothing to do with her neon green miniskirt. “It borders along someone who walks the streets,” comments Sutton. Even worse, Isaac notes, “She looks like she’s using drugs.”
Kara’s look is good in theory, but lacks development and proper construction. Even more so, her giant silver bow belt is too much costume—even for a Broadway challenge. Though Isaac comments that it’s the best work she’s done thus far, he later clarifies after the designers have left the runway: “I thought it was her best challenge to date, but I didn’t like it.”
And neither did anyone else: Kara’s out of All Stars. “I don’t know that this was the best challenge for me, I gave all that I had, every time,” reflects Kara. “I’ve learned how much I’ve grown over the past five years, and I’ve learned how much more I have yet to grow creatively.”
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