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FOUR designers remain this week: Helen Castillo; Michelle Lesniak; Dmitry Sholokhov; Sonjia Williams
This week’s challenge: create dazzling red carpet gowns to be remembered forever
Of course this is tied-in to an upcoming Marilyn Monroe biopic and the actress playing Marilyn introduces the challenge via video.
“It’s red carpet. It’s what I do,” says Helen.She’s designing something with a cap sleeve again. Helen purchases a beaded fabric in a mint julep color. Sonjia wants to design a dress with “bow that’s in your face.” She chooses several gold fabrics. “I want a moody romance,” Michelle explains. She spends her entire budget on one fabric, a silk burnout velvet. Dmitry buys off-white lace and white fringe which he plans to tea dye to match the fabric.
In the workroom, Michelle and Dmitry tell Helen that her fabric doesn’t have enough sparkle. She flips out a bit. She says: “I bought Chantilly beaded lace. You’re going to tell me, the girl that has made a Grammy performance gown [for a performer I’ve never heard of] that my fabric is not sparkly.”
Isaac Mizrahi arrives to interrupt the designers with a mini-challenge. He says he wants to introduce a legend. “She’s been saving the day in Hollywood for 75 years.” In trots Lassie. [Lifetime is paying the bills yet again.] The winner will be designing for Lassie. Well-trained Lassie delivers the gift bags to each designer which include fabric and their themes and rescue dog assignments. Helen gets sci-fi; Michelle has Western; Dmitry gets gangster and Sonjia receives musical comedy.
Mini-challenge: design a piece of movie-themed canine couture
Michelle who has yet to win a challenge wins.
Back to work on the main challenge, Zanna arrives for critiques in a fabulous outfit but with terrible hair. Why doesn’t she do something about her hair? Her clothes always look spectacular. Her hair looks overworked and dry. Dmitry’s never been in the bottom but Helen thinks his fringe dress looks like a “dirty mop.” Although Zanna thinks Helen’s dress is Victorian looking and too old-fashioned, Helen comments: “I’m feeling confident because I see black, I see dirty mop and I see cheap gold.”
“It feels dramatic and memorable.” –Isaac Mizrahi
“It’s impactful.” –Georgina Chapman
“I think the textile is the star of this dress. I didn’t love the chain.” –Alyssa Milano
“This is the best you’ve done. It’s mysterious, where it’s lined. I can’t tell where you’ve lined and where you’ve left sheer. The back is enchanting.” –Isaac Mizrahi
“It’s very pretty. It’s a simple shape. The patterning doesn’f feel expensive.” –Georgina Chapman
“It’s a classic silhouette.” –Alyssa Milano
“Very safe but perhaps too safe.” –Georgina Chapman
“I love this dress. It didn’t move beautifully.” –Isaac Mizrahi
“This dress blew me away. Might be my favorite thing ever.” –Alyssa Milano
“It really looks like this is thousands of dollars. Your length is great.” –Georgina Chapman
“Beautiful dress but fringe is maybe not Oscar.” –Isaac Mizrahi
Dmitry is the WINNER
Sonjia is IN
Michelle and Helen must compete in a last minute challenge. They have to reinvent a look using at least three losing designs in an hour. Helen freaks out as she doesn’t like destroying other people’s designs.
Helen: “I can’t cut up somebody else’s work.” [but she can critique them.]
Michelle: “Well just cut up the really ugly stuff.”
Sadly Michelle is OUT. Helen is IN.
FIVE designers left this week: Helen Castillo; Fabio Costa; Michelle Lesniak; Dmitry Sholokhov; Sonjia Williams
Designers head out over to the Marchesa showroom and Georgina Chapman and co-founder of Marchesa Keren Craig greet them to introduce the challenge. They meet a bride-to-be and will be assigned a bridesmaid for whom to design a dress. Alyssa Milano will officiate the wedding on the runway. Why? Because she can. And so the bride gets a free Marchesa wedding gown.
This week’s challenge: design bridesmaid dresses suitable for multiple events
The winner will be a VIP at Marchesa during New York Fashion Week, receives beautiful china set as well as a Marchesa diamond ring.
The bride said her color choices are navy, plums, taupe and gray.
“I love love. I’m so excited for you,” Michelle gushes.
Helen says: “I love bridal so I’m so excited.”
They sketch at Marchesa until heading to Mood with a $150 budget. “I never know what my things will look like until I start working,” Sonjia admits.
During dinner Sonjia starts crying. “It’s hard to challenge yourself every single week to come up with a great design,” she explains. “I’m exhausted. It seems whatever I’m doing isn’t working.”
“Why did I pick this bitch organza?” Fabio laments
“Looking around the room, I think mine is the most romantic here,” Michelle opines.
“Everybody is more developed and everybody is more experienced. It’s the best of the best. So it’s harder to compete,” says Dmitry in maybe his most humble comment yet.
Michelle: “Helen’s three words are wool crepe, cap sleeve and lace. Every design that’s what she does.”
—says she designed a fit and flare
“It’s really flattering.” –guest judge Cat Deeley
“It is a very nice dress. I just wanted a bit more.” –Georgina Chapman
“It’s really flattering but it a little heavy. It skews a bit older.” –Alyssa Milano
“Tasteful is good but I’m looking for a bit more here.” –Isaac Mizrahi
—wanted the bridesmaid to be comfortable and have fun in it
“I’m conflicted. You got me thinking. It’s one of the more exciting dresses on the runway.” –Georgina
“I’m baffled. Too much drapery.” –Isaac
“I love that Studio 54 feel.” –Cat
“This was my favorite dress. I love this dress. I gave it the highest score of the day.” –Alyssa
—said he wanted to design classic and modern simultaneously
“It’s a little bit of a departure for you. Hemline kinda a mess.” –Alyssa
“I love the shoulders but would like the sleeve to come down more.” –Cat
“I’m getting a little phallic from this center applique piece and the bottom to me looks a little circus.” –Alyssa
There’s something unresolved about the sleeve and it’s a pretty ide what you’ve done. I appreciate that you pushed it a little bit. –Georgina
Later Georgina adds: “Michelle is onto something more interesting than Fabio.”
—aimed for elegant but modern
“It’s so unattractive. I don’t know where to start. The Cleopatra neckline, the draping at the bottom.” –Isaac
“Not your best week All-Stars!” –Isaac
“There’s nothing new about this dress. –Georgina
Later Georgina calls it “offensively dull.”
“I kinda like this dress. But it’s safe.” –Cat
FABIO is ELIMINATED (after weeks in the bottom)
I haven’t been doing my usual weekly Project Runway update for Project Runway All-Stars S4. I’m starting now until season end. My favorite designer Samantha Black is gone so it doesn’t matter that much anymore. However I do like watching arrogant and gorgeous Dmitry Sholokhov. I’ve seen most Project Runway seasons except for his (10) and season one.
SIX designers left this week: Helen Castillo; Fabio Costa; Michelle Lesniak; Jay Sario; Dmitry Sholokhov; Sonjia Williams
Fabio for some reason thought he needed to design his own fabric and created a truly dull product. pastels on white. spattered paint look. Michelle chose an unusual print that no one liked. Sonjia doesn’t sketch and waits for the material to speak to her. She really works in a strange organic manner but managed to create lovely designs this week. She had a piece of bright yellow fabric and didn’t know what to do. So she hyserically says: “So I decide to YOLO this dress.” And poof! a cool tube dress.
Isaac Mizrahi, Georgina Chapman, Alyssa Milano and Zanna Roberts Rassi rang the closing bell for NASDAQ.
This week’s challenge: design two-piece separates for QVC. also design another more high fashion look that coordinates with the separates.
Sonjia is the WINNER.
Jay is OUT.