The Project Runway All Star finalists, Mondo Guerra, Michael Costello and Austin Scarlett show us why they are "All Stars" in part one of the season finale, in spite of a near meltdown. Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman joined host Angela Lindvall on the runway to deliver the final challenge to the designers. Mondo, Michael and Austin were challenged to create a mini collection of five looks in just four days.
The last trip to Mood was possibly the most stressful visit of the season as they only got one hour to shop for their fabrics. (Remember, they were shopping for five looks!) However, their budget increased to a whopping $3,000!
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After a (fabulous) visit with Joanna Coles on her turf, the Marie Claire Magazine offices, the designers were offered (more) mentoring and pep talks by Isaac and Georgina in the workroom. Sharing their designer/runway experiences was soothing and it was nice as a viewer to see the personal interaction from the judges. And its not that I don't miss Michael Kors and Nina Garcia as much as its that I've enjoyed the new judges more. It's been refreshing.
Of course, it wouldn't be Project Runway without a twist so two days into production the boys get a workroom visit from Angela who announced that they wanted a sixth look on the runway. But that was just half of the twist. The real challenge was that they were to use fabric scraps from previous challenges to create the new look. In grand PR style, former All Star cast members came back and Mondo, Michael and Austin had to choose one designer (each) to assist them for 24 hours on the infamous sixth look.
Michael is doing what he does best, a combination of draped and structured garments in record time. I'm not impressed with his color scheme and I'm concerned that he's giving us the same same...
Mondo delivered a major dose of drama with his near meltdown. You know that I love Mondo but his behavior made me want to bitch slap him while shoving a happy pill down his throat. It was painful to watch such a talented artist shut down. He eventually pulled it together and during the After the Runway show, Mondo shed some light on personal matters that have been haunting him, hence, explaining his mood swings.
"Starlet Scarlett" as Mondo referred to Austin so appropriately, may possibly blow us all away with his "glamor" collection. The sketches are amazing and the little peeks we got from the outfits on the dress forms were stunning. Definitely not hideous!
The All Star finalists prepare for the greatest show of their lives! I believe all three will present all star worthy collections but there can be only one winner. YOU know Mondo is my pick. Who is yours & why?
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