'Project Runway: All Stars' recap: Let's Get Down To Business
Published Mar 9 2012, 13:06 GMT | By Lara Martin
We've only got four designers left on Project Runway: All Stars
, which means we're just one week away from finale and Austin, Kenley, Michael and Mondo will really have to bring their A game to this week's challenge.
It's all about marketability and good business practice this week as they'll have to design a ready-to-wear "irresistible, feminine and timeless" item for New York-based fashion designer Nanette Lepore, making sure they manufacture to a specific price point.
The winner will have their item sold in Nanette's stores worldwide, with profits going to savethegarmentcenter.org
, which aims to "promote, preserve, and Save New York City as the fashion capital of the world".
After a quick scout around Nanette's New York store for inspiration and meeting with a coster, who tells them what their proposed designs will cost when they factor in manufacturing, labour costs etc and how much money they'll have left for material, it's off to buy. But not before we see a mini disturbance between Mondo and Kenley.
The former's annoyed at hearing the latter say a real designer needs to be able to sketch, something which he, obviously, does not do.
No time to dwell, however, because there's a place at finale at stake! Joanna brings Nanette with her to check in on the designers this week, and first to talk is Kenley. Nanette thinks her design is turning out differently to the sketch and the looser style will be harder to sell than the more fitted style seen in the picture.
Michael's plunging at the front dress will also be tricky to sell, but he has a solution: hook and eye at the front. Can a woman wear a bra with the revealing outfit? Yes, hook and eye at the back for that too.
Austin's working on a glamorous raincoat which seems to be on track, although both Nanette and Joanna joke it could either be hideous or fabulous. Only time will tell! Finally, it's time to see what Mondo is doing. It's a dress made from various coloured patterns in a horizontal design. He thinks a woman could wear it on a date, a cocktail party, the possibilities are endless, while Nanette says it can also be playwear. Runway
Angela Lindvall returns to introduce us to our judges: Isaac Mizrahi, Georgina Chapman and, of course, Nanette Lepor. Who will be going to finale and who will be going home?Mondo
Retail price: $300
Fabric cost: $32.
He says he was in a dark place when they got the challenge but he threw himself into the design using things he loves: colour and mixing prints. He thinks he created a fun, flirty dress that can be dressed up or down. Isaac calls his balance of colours "masterful" but would have preferred it to be slimmer at the waste so the model doesn't look like a potato sack. Nanette calls it very cute but thinks it would be hard for a woman with curves to get into that silhouette. Angela would have preferred to see the dress with sandals rather than heels, which Isaac agrees with. Georgina says it isn't the most exciting dress but it's a good use of fabrics. Michael
Retail price: $380
Fabric cost: $48
He wanted to focus on the timeless and feminine parts of the challenge. He's never really done full print so he wanted to have fun. Nanette adores the design and says she'd put it in her suitcase, while Georgina says the fact it's sensual but not overtly sexual works in his favour. Isaac agrees. He doesn't like to objectify women as out of control sexy but this model looks in control and shows flesh. Angela likes the gathering but wonders why the dress is so long? Michael says it can be shortened for retail. Isaac thinks the strap across the back of the dress is too Canal Street, while Nanette questions how a woman can wear a bra because it's open at the back. She says backless things are sexy but don't sell well. Kenley
Retail price: $350
Fabric cost: $41
She saw the print in Nanette's studio and fell in love with it. She says the dress is flattering for the body and will make a girl feel good and conformable. Georgina loves the vintage quirk that she makes modern and feminine but thinks the print is a problem. Angela agrees that the eye is thrown off by the pattern. Nanette calls it nice and wearable but she's sad a key hole feature from the sketch isn't in the final design. Kenley says she had to throw it out because of the print, but Nanette says it would have made the dress more commercial because sellers like something a bit different. Isaac says it's a good dress but he kept waiting for it to change into something more inspirational on the runway. Austin
Retail price: $500
Fabric cost: $65
Austin says he was inspired by the challenge of working within a budget but wanting to look luxurious and expensive. The coat can be worn three ways: belted at the front only, full swing, or cinched around the waist. Isaac and Georgina are surprised to hear it's a coat, having mistaken it for a dress. Isaac says the fact it's a coat means he forgives some of the things he wouldn't have forgiven if it was a dress, such as the crumpled material, but says even a raincoat needs to be more pressed. Nanette agrees, and says some things that look great for retail don't always look great on the runway. Angela loves the colour, cut, practicality and sophistication of the coat and thinks it would sell well.Who goes home?
Austin is the first designer to make it to the finale, followed by Mondo, who is the winner of the challenge, and "shocked" to even be through.
Michael's dress was well cut but his designs are still maybe not wearable for the average woman and not sure what his point of view is. They love Kenley's quirky, vintage look, but this dress was frumpy and her stubbornness when it comes to listening to advice could get in the way of her being a great designer.
So, who goes home? Kenley. "I don't really compromise what my vision is," she says. "I stick to it and I do it. I have a vision and I go for it."
Kenley adds: "Of course I'm bummed, I wanted to win, but life goes on. This has inspired me to really push myself and just see where it goes."Project Runway: All Stars airs Thursdays on Lifetime