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Project Runway All Stars, Episode 6: “Green Dress for the Red Carpet”

Dec 11, 2012
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The eight remaining designers await the sixth challenge in New York City's Highline park.

In the most recent episode of Project Runway All Stars, the designers had to create dresses using only eco-friendly fabric, plus trims recycled from their own past All Stars designs.

The episode began with Carolyn Murphy and the designers gathering at New York City’s High Line, a elevated railroad track that’s been reclaimed as a public park. 

For the challenge, each designer was able to select a fabric from a group of recycled textiles. The choices were limited – just enough for the remaining eight designers – so not every All-Star was happy with his or her material. But that’s what makes it a challenge, right?

Fashion designer and High Line supporter Diane Von Furstenberg was the guest judge. This caused Laura Kathleen to become panicky, because Diane is her favorite designer.

On to the competition!

The winner

Laura Kathleen won, and the victory was even sweeter, coming from her idol, DVF. Diane and the other judges, Joanna Coles, Isaac Mizrahi, Georgina Chapman, and Carolyn Murphy, praised Laura’s evening interpretation of a jumpsuit.

Laura Kathleen's look. 


The loser

Althea Harper went home, booted for her pieced dress that Georgina Chapman referred to as “a bit tatty.” It was difficult to pinpoint anything the dress had going for it, not color, nor silhouette, but Althea did sew and fit it well.

Althea Harper's design.

The rest

Ivy Higa’s design. As Isaac put it, “That’s the worst that fabric’s ever looked.”

 Ivy Higa's design.

Anthony Ryan’s design. Well received, except for the fact that the model’s panties showed when the dress was in motion.

Anthony Ryan Auld's dress.

Uli Herzner’s dress. Once again, Uli scores with the artful use of trims.

Uli Herzner's design.

Emilio Sosa’s design. So close, but no cigar. Emilio was disappointed in himself for the lack of finishing.

Emilio Sosa's design.

Joshua McKinley’s design.

Joshua McKinley's design.

Casanova’s design.

Casanova's design.

What did you think?

What was your favorite design from the competition?

Althea hasn’t fared all that well through the whole competition so far, but did she really deserve to go home instead of Ivy?

What did you think of Ivy’s design?

Casanova has quietly been doing good work while Uli, Emilio, and Anthony pile up some wins. Do you think Casanova could surprise the judges in the weeks ahead?

Laura Kathleen has been reviled by her fellow designers. Do you think it’s because they are a teensy bit jealous?

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  1. DMBDMB December 18th

    It really is annoying that we can't see larger pictures to really examine the work.

  2. sews4fun December 12th

    I was sorry to see Althea go home but I agree that she was the clear loser. As much as I dislike Ivy because of her behaviour from the first time she was on the show, at least her dress showed some element of design, as poorly as it was sewn, there was at least an idea behind the look.
    I don't know what possessed Althea to put out that dress, and for the red carpet? It looked like "Daisy Mae takes belly dancing lessons" to me.
    I loved the red fabric Emilio chose, it was gorgeous. Clearly a missed opportunity for him.
    The patchwork quilt fabric of Cassanova's was saved only by that lovely lining but it was not a red carpet look by any stretch.
    Laura Kathleen's look was nice but not a red carpet look either. I would like to have seen Anthony Ryan's dress have some other color trim on it than black, it looked like fat pieces of elastic to me. His dress was nice but the roman toga look is not new.
    In the end, as often as I have seen Emilios look, it was the most suited for the red carpet IMO. Too bad he didn't "Emilioize" it like he has some of his other looks, he missed his chance.

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