By Nadine Kam
This week's designs were meh. From left, creations by Anthony Ryan Auld, Emilio Sosa and Uli Herzner, the only one worth wearing in the bunch, though we've seen this dress many times from her.
"Project Runway All-Stars"
Episode 10: "All Stars and Stripes" recap
Although hometown designer Ivy Higa left the competition last week, I'm continuing to blog "Project Runway All-Stars" episode recaps through the season's end. As closure, you can read about Ivy's fashion journey from the Big Island to New York, and her thoughts about being on the show in her journal: ivyh.net/the-journal/2012/12/
This week, the remaining four designers met at the U.S.S. Intrepid where they are introduced to their models for the week, four women from different branches of the armed services. They will be dressing them in suitable garments for specific events the women will be attending.
Joshua McKinley is paired with an army captain who lost a leg after developing a blood clot. She will be attending a formal event honoring veterans, so he created a short dress with a fitted bodice, flared skirt and pretty illusion hemline with a black-and-white animal print he dyed green. For once, his design was restrained, accommodating her wishes for animal print without going overboard or obvious.
Anthony Ryan Auld designs for a woman in the Air Force who will be celebrating her 40th birthday.
Emilio Sosa is paired with a Navy veteran who needs a dress for her best friend"s bachelorette party in Vegas.
Uli Herzner is paired with a woman who just left the service, and wants a "long, flowing Uli dress" for a wedding.
The guest judges are Katie Holmes and designer Carmen Marc Valvo, a really fun designer I had the opportunity to meet once during his appearance at Neiman Marcus. In judging, he appears to be more serious than he really is.
Host Carolyn Murphy spoke of this week's presentations as being a phenomenal runway, but for me it was just meh. It's sad that designers tend to show so little imagination every time it comes to dressing women who are not models.
Joshua's winning dress.
Joshua ended up winning the challenge, but I thought his dress was too girly for his subject, and too casual for her formal occasion. It fit her well, however, without making her look huge like Anthony Ryan's design did for his client, or like she found her dress at a sundry store, like Emilio's outfit.
Both Emilio and Anthony Ryan's dresses looked like my 6th grade sewing projects, when I was just learning to sew. It was no surprise they were the bottom two, but they have also been the judges' darlings all season, so I wondered who they would send home.
For a while, it appeared Anthony Ryan might be going home for emphasizing his client's bust, when she wanted to minimize that area, but in a real cop out, the judges declared a tie, and both designers were saved, proceeding to the finale. In very simple math, I wonder how it could be a tie when there were five judges???!!!
Joshua had his first win. Though Uli's dress was superior, it was also a design she's already known for. It wasn't much different from the dress she wore in opening scenes, which her client gravitated to because of its flowing femininity.
I was hoping Anthony Ryan would go home, paving the way for Uli to win. I really don't want him to win because he displays so much attitude and ego for no discernible innovation or vision.