Project Runway All Stars, Episode 4: "Made in the USA Today"
News, style, and social media collided in "Project Runway All Stars" exciting fourth challenge.
The first-ever USA Today challenge was also the first "interactive" challenge for "Project Runway."
The national newspaper asked readers to submit photos via Twitter. The photos were images that said something about the readers - who they were, how they felt about Project Runway, and their own personal styles.
Each designer selected one fan photo to inspire their runway look. There were environmental scenes, self-portraits, still-lifes, detail photos, and much more - a veritable buffet of imagery.
The prize was something every up-and-coming designer craves: Publicity! The winning designer was photographed and featured in a USA Today editorial. That's some significant exposure, so the pressure was on as the competitors sought to outdo each other.
The guest judges were popular young designer Charlotte Ronson, who has been favored by starlets from Blake Lively to Kirsten Dunst, and teenage fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson, the 16-year-old who writes TheStyleRookie.com. On to the fan-photo inspired fashions!
Anthony Ryan Auld created a sleek, sexy little dress. It was an evocative interpretation of his chosen photo, and the judges loved it.
Andrae Gonzalo. It was another odd idea (zip-together knit panels), poorly executed (again), and with a disjointed explanation on the runway (once more). He seems to be a sweet guy though, and everyone wished him success (just maybe not in fashion design).
The rest of the top three
Emilio Sosa's design:
Laura Kathleen's design:
The rest of the bottom three
Joshua McKinley's design:
Althea Harper's design:
The passing designs
Ivy Higa's design:
Uli Herzner's design:
Kayne Gillaspie's dress:
Your turn to vent!
Would anyone out there think Andrae was unfairly booted off the show? Do you think Althea's drop-crotch pants or Joshua's Color-Brite separates were the items really deserving a losing score?
What did you think of the interactive challenge? Did you submit a photo? If not, would you next time?
What did you think of Anthony's win? Did you prefer Emilio's dress or perhaps Laura Kathleen's dyed fabric? Share what you think!