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Project Runway All Stars, Episode 6: “Marge Madness”

Guest judges (from left): Anthony Ryan Auld, Stacey Bendet, and Abigail Breslin.

We’re getting closer to the finish line, and boy is it apparent. Last week’s winner was finally voted off after spending several weeks in the bottom, Viktor practically ignored his previous challenge teammate, Christopher, for the majority of the episode, and Seth Aaron just couldn’t seem to capture his customer’s aesthetic.

In honor of The Simpsons’ 25th anniversary, Marge Simpson was the star client for this week’s challenge. Contrary to her usual philosophy, “Find a dress that looks good on you, and wear it every day for the rest of your life,” Marge asked the remaining seven designers to come up with an outfit for a dinner date with her husband, Homer. She requested that the design be any color but green, and it must be easy to remove, to allow for some post-dinner snuggling. The winning design will be animated and worn by Marge in a future episode of The Simpsons.

Sitting in for Georgina Chapman this week was Project Runway All Stars season 2 winner, Anthony Ryan Auld (who will be featured in our upcoming Spring 2014 issue of SewStylish, on sale February 4th!) Academy Award nominee Abigail Breslin and Alice + Olivia designer, Stacey Bendet, were also guest judges. Irina secured her first win of the season, while Jeffrey was the first previous Project Runway winner to go home.

The top:

Irina’s winning design:

Irina's design

Elena’s design:

Elena's design

The bottom:

Jeffrey’s losing design:

Jeffrey's design

Seth Aaron’s design:

Seth Aaron's design

The rest of the looks:

Viktor’s design (accompanied by the inspiration):

Viktor's design

Korto’s design:

Korto's design

Christopher’s design:

Christopher's design

I thoroughly enjoyed this week’s episode. It was fun to see what the designers were able to come up with, based on such a limited wardrobe for them to reference. I also think it’s nice when the designers periodically consult their friends for design advice. Are you surprised that this happens in such an intense competition?

On the other hand, I find it very interesting that the judges all seem to agree on the winner during their private discussion, but by the time they actually reveal the winner, it often changes. If you look back at all six episodes, no designer has won more than one challenge. This seems awfully strange to me. Do you believe the judges are staggering the winners on purpose, or do you really think each designer has only had one win-worthy design? Please leave a comment below!


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  1. danimom | | #1

    I think Marge would have thrown caution to the wind for her 25th wedding anniversary and picked Irena's dress. It is absolutely fabulous and the judges did the right job this time on picking it as the winner. Thank you judges. I loved everyone of the dresses this time except I thought Jeffrey's was a little outdated even though in his mind he was probably thinking of Marge's age along the lines of 45-55. This was a great challenge for the designers. I am anxiously waiting to see who wins and ofcourse, I secretly have my favorite. My heart hurts for Christopher. He seems so sad so much of the time but I was happy to see Viktor apologize to him during the program. They all have such great talent and I am so very proud of each and every one of them.

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