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Project Runway All Stars Recap: And The Winner Is…

January 18, 2013 04:53 AM by Donna W. Martin

Tonight’s episode of Project Runway All Stars brought us the much-anticipated finale! Season 2 started with thirteen designers but only three remained to duke it out for the biggest prize in Project Runway history. Who won? And who went home? Take the jump to find out!

For the final challenge, each of the three remaining designers had to put together a high profile runway show featuring a mini collection. And while this type of show typically takes months to design and create, Anthony Ryan, Emilio, and Uli had only four days! But they had full creative license to choose their theme, the music, and the number of pieces that would be in their shows.

After Carolyn described the final challenge, the designers went back to the hotel to brainstorm their collections. Uli chose a winter wonderland theme called ‘Mystical Winter’ because she had done well previously with light colors and fur and feather embellishments.

Emilio chose ‘Urban Plantation’ as his theme. He said he wanted to make a controversial statement by portraying the working women of America using classic American fabrics rooted in men’s work clothing.

Anthony Ryan chose ‘The Thin Line’ as his theme and wanted to strike a balance between dark and light places.

After they nailed down their themes, they were off to Mood where they had a budget of $3,000 and 90 minutes to shop. Then they went back to the workroom to get busy on their collections.

Carolyn came in and was accompanied by designers who had been previously eliminated from the competition. She explained that Anthony Ryan, Emilio, and Uli would get to choose a helper to assist them for a total of 30 hours. Anthony Ryan asked Joshua to be his helper but he declined saying, “I love you but I’m too tired.” So he chose Kayne instead.

Next, Uli chose Casanova and Emilio chose Althea. The designers and their helpers went to work but before long, day one was over.

As day two began, Casanova napped in the lounge while Uli worked…some helper! Joanna came in and met with each of the designers to review their work in progress. Uli was working with white and off white fabrics, leather, and fur. Joanna said her designs were very coherent and she understood the girl who would wear them but told Uli to remember that this was a runway show so she should have at least one spectacular piece.

Anthony Ryan said he wanted to take something innocent and create some chaos in it. Joanna said it was going to be a great show and she couldn’t wait to watch it.

Emilio had all of his sketches and fabrics laid out on his worktable but he didn’t have anything on the manikin. He told Joanna he was going for a mix of 1840’s Aunt Jemima and 1940’s Rosie the Riveter. She said his collection was very exciting.

As Joanna was leaving, she wished them all luck and told them to use every second they had to work on their collections. Then each designer consulted with Matin from Laura Mercier and decided on the makeup and hair look they wanted for their models.

Then day two was over and the designers went back to their hotel where they shared a toast and thanked their helpers.

Day three started with the designers and their helpers working as hard as they could to finish the collections, but before they knew it, it was time for their helpers to leave. Their 30 hours were up.

The designers said it was a chaotic and stressful day and Anthony Ryan said he had to win or he couldn’t do this anymore. He said he simply didn’t have the financial means to continue and that drove him that much harder to try to win.

Day four arrived. The designers went to Gotham Hall where they would show their collections. They had three hours to complete their work.

The models arrived and went to hair and makeup before getting dressed. Then it was show time!

Emilio’s collection was first. He had eight looks. Then Anthony Ryan, who had 7 looks, followed by Uli who also had 7 looks in her collection. All the designers had a great show and impressed the judges and members of the audience.

After the show, the designers met the judges back on the runway for their decision. The judges talked to each designer individually while the other two waited in the lounge.

Emilio was up first. Georgina said he did a “spectacular job.” Isaac said he was “so pleased” that Emilio showed something that was so “focused,” but said he went wrong where his designs “went junior.” Carolyn said the collection was beautifully constructed. And guest judge, Liv Tyler said she loved his use of color and detailing.

Anthony Ryan was next. Georgina said he had a “spectacular collection,” but let himself down with the last look because the “hem was puckering.” Isaac said, “That dress blows my mind,” referring to Anthony Ryan’s black and blue dress. Liv agreed saying it was “so sexy.” Guest judge, Margherita Missoni said the dress was unique and very appealing. And Carolyn said his collection made her feel like she was looking at a “contemporary art collection.”

Then the judges spoke to Uli. Isaac said he couldn’t believe how “great” the collection was. Georgina said she was “astonished” that she had created such a “concise” collection but the faux furs looked a little inexpensive. Carolyn said she was “crazy” over the neckline of the first piece. Margherita agreed saying she loved the “fairytale quality.” And Liv said she was “completely blown away” by the detail.

Then it was time for the judges’ final deliberations. They recognized they were looking at three very distinct collections and all of them were good. They had mixed feelings and went back and forth trying to decide who the winner was but were finally able to make a decision.

Then they called the designers back to the runway. Carolyn said, “The second runner up is Uli.”

Anthony Ryan and Emilio both seemed a bit surprised that Uli was in the bottom. Then Carolyn said, “And now for the moment we’ve all been waiting for…the winner of Project runway All Stars is… Anthony Ryan.”

Emilio looked deflated. Anthony Ryan got emotional and said, “Really?”

Liv spoke up and told Anthony Ryan she hoped to be the one to wear his black and blue dress. Then Joanna ran out to hug and congratulate him, followed by all the previously eliminated designers.

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7 Responses to “Project Runway All Stars Recap: And The Winner Is…”

  1. Holley M Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Based on this collection I think Uli should have won. I love Emelio’s work but hated the print he chose and things like the bandeau bra top over the white lace blouse. I didn’t like seeing the block designs of AR over and over. I thought some of them were ugly.

  2. Holley M Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    A second comment. Why such ugly makeup and hair?

  3. Patti Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Athony Ryans designs reminded me of the Partridge Family’s bus. They were way to simple and not creative at all. I wouldn’t wear any of his designs from the finale even if I could for free. Uli should have won. Her designs were creative, fun and beautiful. They were something I would wear to any special event. I have watched this show religously and will never watch it again. What were these judges thinking?

  4. vicki Says:
    January 18th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    very disappointed that neither Emilio or Uli were not the winner of the all stars. Anthony Ryan’s collection did not compare to Emilio’s or Uli’s.
    It was so simple and plain and even the judges didn’t like his final piece. very upset with the outcome!

    January 18th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I was very disappointed because I have watched almost all the seasons of project runway. The person I choose to win never wins. I really think Emilio should have won. Anthony Ryan had all of the same dresses just different colors. Emilio had pant suits, jackets, dresses etc. His collection was the best.

  6. Fitzzz Says:
    January 19th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I don’t think was any question, Anthony Ryan was the best, and I think he showed that as well in the other competitions over the past few weeks
    I was bothered by Emilio, to me it came across as being racist
    Just think if Uli had sent out on the runway
    all white, blonde, blue eyed models,
    Blacks would be up in arms
    but little is said when that policy is reversed
    one of the judges should have mentioned this

  7. Mei Says:
    February 2nd, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    ^Fitzzz, you really don’t get it, do you? I’m not African-American (I’m actually Asian), but I understand Emilio’s statement when he let all black women walk the runway – it’s NOT being racist, it’s about sending out a bold statement that IT NEVER HAPPENS. you always see all-white or mostly-white models walk the runway. most designers who do not want to be criticized as racist JUST THROW IN one or two black models and that’s it. so what Emilio did is not a racist act, it was a BOLD STATEMENT saying that there should be more colored women walking the runway. such a stupid comment.


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