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Thirteen designers return to compete on Project Runway All-Stars S5. This season started last Thursday and no one got eliminated! The judges want to see more. Alyssa Milano hosts Project Runway All-Stars. The judges are designer Georgina Chapman and designer Isaac Mizrahi as well as a celebrity guest judge each week. Zanna Roberts Rassi will again be the workroom mentor.
Here are this season’s competing designers:
Valerie Mayen–S8, 7th place
education: graduated from Cleveland Institue of Art with degree in illustration
–started a company called Yellowcake
–first generation Guatemalan-American
Stella Zotis–S5, 9th place
New York, NY
inspiration: Ozzy Ozbourne; David Bowie; The Rolling Stones; Iggy Pop
fashion icons: Alexander McQueen; Balenciaga; Vivienne Westwood
Sam Donovan–Under the Gunn, 2nd place
education: Parsons School of Design
Mitchell Perry–S13, 12th place
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
education: Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
–teaches children to sew and up-cycle clothes which then get donated to the homeless
Layana Aguilar–S11, 5th place
New York, NY
–grew up in Brazil
–interned for Oscar de la Renta
–launched the lines Layana Aguilar and Laya Land
Kini Zamora–S13, 3rd place
–started his own label called Kinizamora which includes the lines KiniZamora Custom; KiniZamora Ready to Wear and KiniZamora Bridal and KZHawaii
Ken Laurence–S12, 8th place
–writing a book
–launching his own online boutique
Fade Zu Grau–S13, 9th place
Coral Gables, Fla.
–born and raised in East Germany
–works in graphic design by day
Emily Payne–S13, 5th place
San Francisco, Calif.
–grew up in a small town in Texas
–has a children’s line
Dom Streater–S12, winner
–born and raised in West Philadelphia
–first African American to win Project Runway
–designed an exclusive clothing collection for Belk stores
–designed a collection of headphones for Velodyne
Daniel Franco–S1 and S2
Los Angeles, CAlif.
education: BA from Otis College of Art and Design; AA from FIDM
–worked as assistant to Richard Tyler in New York
–worked as designer for BCBG
–inherited the Albertson Chapel in 2007 from his father
Asha Daniels–Under the Gunn, 3rd place
education: University of Cincinnati
–interned at Marchesa
Alexander Pope–S12, 7th place
–grew up in Hollywood in the 80s
–former drag queen
–designs costumes for Broadway shows
Project Runway All-Stars airs on Thursdays at 9pm on Lifetime.
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.