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Project Runway All Stars, Episode 9: “Fashion Cents”

Guest judges (from left): Michelle Smith, Nick Cannon, and Kristin Chenoweth.

With only four designers left, this episode determined who will get to present their final collection in next Thursday’s season finale.

This week’s ready-to-wear challenge was presented by Michelle Smith of the Milly collection, a NY-based fashion house. Each designer was asked to create a design for Milly’s clientele, using Michelle Smith’s fabrics. In order to keep the designs in Milly’s price range, the designers had to meet with Milly’s president to make sure their creations could sell for a total of $400. The winning design would be manufactured and sold as part of Milly’s “urban travel” collection, and all profits would go to the the charity Save the Garment Center.

This week’s judges were Georgina Chapman, Isaac Mizrahi, Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress, Kristin Chenoweth, TV host and fashion entrepreneur, Nick Cannon, and the owner and designer of Milly, Michelle Smith. While it was clear that Seth Aaron was this week’s winner, the loser was not as evident. To determine which of the bottom two designers would go home, Korto and Christopher were asked to redesign three of their previous challenge looks into one new outfit in just one hour. Despite a strong showing from both parties, Christopher was sent home.

On to the designs…

The winning design:

Seth Aaron made a classic-cut cocktail dress, with a pop of color along the center front bodice:

Seth Aaron's design

The losing design:

Christopher’s dress incorporated hard and soft fabrics, with leather at the top and chiffon at the bottom:

Christopher's design

The rest of the looks:

Elena chose to make a white dress with mesh fabric that she lined with neon panels:

Elena's design

Korto mixed prints to get this racerback pullover dress:

Korto's design

I can’t believe there are only three designers left, and next week is the season finale. Where did the time go? For this challenge, I thought all of the designers did a spectacular job. Any of those dresses could’ve won, even Christopher’s, in my opinion.

Now that the season is almost over, who do you think will win the finale? Have you been rooting for a particular designer all along? Did you expect Seth Aaron to finally win a challenge? Share your comments below!


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  1. sews4fun | | #1

    I feel that Korto has been given much leadway over the other designers, let me count, I think this is the third time she's had a crack at being in the finale on one P.R. or another?
    Her drab frock should have sent her packing, instead, she gets a face-off with Christopher whose dress was far better than hers.
    Then, lo and behold, Christopher gives us nothing inspired and tries to "decorate" it with accessory more than design. Kortos look was far better than his.
    IMO, there should have been a third face-off because they were tied, his first look was better and her second look was better. Why do I feel that Heidi Klum has far more influence over Allstars than it appears? It is no secret that she has had a girl crush on Korto since she appeared on the first challenge. How many designers do we have to repeatedly see and then there are other designers (good ones) who have never been seen again.
    My money is on Seth Aaron to win but I am super interested in seeing what Elana puts down the runway. I am tired of Kortos "ready to wear" look.

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