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Project Runway All Stars Recap: Wearable Graffiti

November 09, 2012 05:37 AM by Donna W. Martin

On tonight’s episode of Project Runway All Stars, the 11 remaining designers were challenged with the task of creating wearable art. Doesn’t sound too tough, does it? But there was a twist; their designs had to be inspired by some of the world’s top aerosol artists. Take the jump to find out who rose to the challenge and who went belly up.

The designers assembled at a warehouse housing the world’s largest collection of legal graffiti. Their challenge was to create wearable art that would make an equally good showing in an art gallery and on the runway.

The designers were given 7 yards of white fabric in their choice of cotton or chiffon. They were also given a crate of spray paint. They had 2 hours to sketch their designs and then it was time to break out the aerosol and get creative spraying their sketched design directly onto the white fabric. Three of the world’s top aerosol artists, Meres One, Sen2, and Zimad were on hand to show the designers tricks, tips, and techniques for using the paint. Then they were off to Mood where they had $50 and 15 minutes to shop for necessities to complete their look.

A little drama broke out between some of the designers this week. Kayne told Ivy that Laura Kathleen was offending people and was “getting on our last gay nerve.” And when he had the opportunity, he told Laura Kathleen to “be careful how you word things so you don’t upset people.”

But when Ivy laughs, Laura Kathleen goes on the defensive calling her “mean.”

Laura Kathleen later said, “Ivy talks about people but I don’t have to be a b*tch to compete.”

After the designs hit the runway, Carolyn asked Ivy, Emilio, Suede, Anthony, Kayne, and Laura Kathleen to step forward. She tells everyone else they are safe and that they can leave the runway. Those asked to step forward make up the 3 top and 3 bottom designs.

The judges remarked on each designers work.

Georgina told Anthony “I’m always struck by your proportion. It’s always dead on.” She explains, “It’s short but it doesn’t feel short. The nip at the waist is a little high – I like that – cute details.”

Carolyn loved the “cut out in the back” and Isaac thought the design was “divine.”

Guest judge, Robert Tagliapietra said, “What I love is the shape lineates the body.”

And guest judge, Jeffrey Costello said, “The only problem is its a little young looking. It’s not bad – it just doesn’t fit into an art gallery setting.”

Next up for critiques was Laura Kathleen. Georgina was a little torn saying the design looked like two dresses. “I’d really like to have seen the skirt longer.” She said the top was elegant but the bottom cheapened the design a bit.

Robert said he really liked the dress but would like to have seen it come to the knee and Jeffrey added, “If the hem had gone straight across, it would have been cleaner looking.”

“And I would have done without the fringe,” Carolyn said.

For Suede’s design, Georgina said, “I love that you tried to take a feminine approach here while a lot of people have gone very sculptural and geometrical.” The she added, “I don’t feel that this is particularly wearable.”

Jeffrey said, “I love the softness that you did with the handkerchief hemline. My issue with the dress is the waistline.”

And then it was time for Emilio’s design. Carolyn said, “I love this look. I think the design and shape is such perfection. I want to wear this – please.”

Georgina added, “The silhouette is just divine and the proportions are fantastic. But I would love to have seen the belt a little wider.”

Robert said, “I’m really drawn to things that feel honest and I think this piece feels honest. It feels like an exaggerated denim jacket.” The he added, “The only issue I have is maybe the belt and also the zippers.”

Georgina said of Ivy’s design, “I really like your woman. She feels modern yet she has this sensual edge. You do this beautiful tailoring and then you give it a little juxtaposition of flirty and feminine.”

Isaac said he didn’t care for the word “tenacity” on the jacket. It felt a bit too on the nose.”

And Jeffrey added, “Great play on a suit look. My only issue is the white (on the bottom).” He said it would have looked better in red or orange.

And then last but not least, Kayne. Isaac said, “I think you brought us probably the most dramatic thing in the show. I think the top is beautiful but with the skirt – there’s such a disconnect.”

Jeffrey said, “I think what jars me is the stripe across the knee and the ribbon on the front hips – it creates an optical illusion of girth. Let’s face it,” he said, “I don’t even want to look big.”

Georgina added, “I think perhaps there are too many ideas going on in this dress.” She explained, “Its labor intensive on the eyes. It’s lost its fun.”

The designers left the runway and the judges made their final deliberations. First, they discussed the designers with the highest scores. Isaac said Anthony had “such a light touch – effortless” and that his design felt the “most developed.” Then added Emilio’s design was “chic and dead on.”

Robert said he loved the fit of Ivy’s jacket. But Georgina questioned whether it was the same jacket they’d seen before.

Then it was time to talk about the designers with the lowest scores.

Georgina said Laura Kathleen’s “top looks like it could be a really great dress but oh, oh, oh when you get to the bottom.”

And Carolyn and Isaac agreed her design “didn’t give graffiti at all.”

Carolyn said Kayne had “a lot of intention. He really took the time on the seams and the lines.”

Jeffrey added, “But is he a seamstress or a designer?”

And Isaac said it was “almost something a little tacky.”

Carolyn spoke of Suede’s design saying, “I don’t know what happened.”

And Georgina added, “Too much happened. He had a lot of good ideas but he just needs to pause.”

The six designers returned to the runway. Carolyn told Ivy and Anthony they were safe and Emilio was the challenge winner.

The designers that had the lowest scores were Laura Kathleen, Suede, and Kayne. Carolyn told Laura Kathleen she was safe. “Suede, it’s nice to see feminine but overall, it looks confusing.” And to Kayne, “You brought a lot of drama but we felt velvet didn’t sit well with the rest of the fabric.”

Carolyn told Suede he was out and Kayne was safe for another week.

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Did you like the wearable graffiti designs? Which design was your favorite? And do you agree with the judges’ decision to send Suede home? Post a comment and let us know what you think.

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2 Responses to “Project Runway All Stars Recap: Wearable Graffiti”

  1. CatalinaLaGrande Says:
    November 9th, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Who were those two judges? The lumberjack version of Tweedledee and Tweedledum? They were funny, cartoon-like.

  2. Regina Says:
    November 9th, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Did you actually type “sheik”? I haven’t seen the episode yet but I’m fairly sure he must have meant “chic”!

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