Project Runway All Stars Recap: O! Say, Can You Sew?
Feb 23 2012 09:59 pm CET

Last Week: While the contestants all had to make a dress for Godspell, everyone's definition of "Rich Bitch" had a little bit of everything, but mostly tacky colors and overuse of the gold theme. Mondo ended up winning and churned an Anya-esque dress in about an hour.

The contestants woke up and Mila was worried that she needed to wow the judges. Kenley was worried about not having Kara around, but she found friendship in Austin. The contestants left the Flathotel and arrived at the United Nations building. The next challenge was a flag challenge. The contestants would have to create a dress based off of the flag and their culture.

Mondo - Jamaica
Michael - Greece
Mila - Papua New Guinea
Jerell - India
Austin - Seychelles
Kenley - Chile

The contestants had some time to sketch at the UN, had a dossier of each country and a $200 budget. The contestants worried about ethnic spirit and inspiration tying with the trends of current fashion. Personally, I'd think that the colors were a start, but the heart of the challenge was not to create national costumes that Miss Universe/International/World would wear. Michael looked for a great trim to really represent the Greek flag (but less of the Greek people). Since Austin was looking for elegance, he was worried about colors. Kenley arrived and gave Austin some supportive words. Kenley found some polka dot print and picked it anyway, even though her flag of Chile didn't have any heart-shaped dots.

At the work room, the contestants worried about drawing the line between literal and fashion. Mila wanted something that was "super modern" that would match her. The contestants had a dinner break, but Austin struggled with the colors and couldn't stop until his design was perfect.

Jerell wanted to use embellishments to emphasize the Indian culture. Michael threw his draped dress together and the other contestants called it very Marchesa; trying to win over Georgina is 1/4th of the battle. Mondo wanted to make sure that his dress was a dress and not a flag. Joanna arrived with her critiques and started with Mondo's Jamaican dress. Mondo was trying to make a sleek black dress with a special pop of color in the back. Joanna asked the obvious question: how do you wear a bra with the dress? You don't. Joanna thought Jerell's Indian outfit looked like a national costume, very Barbie's limited edition Indian Friend. She wondered if the sari-inspiration was too literal. Michael's Greek dress has a nice dress, even though there was no bra support. She wondered if Michael could push himself a bit more. Austin's Seychelles’ sunburst dress may have the illusion of no bra, but should have some bra support. Mila's dress was a half-black, half-red, half-long, half-short dress. It sounded like a Dr. Seuss book the way it was described. Kenley's print style was very Kenley and she tried to justify that the ruffles of the national costumes were a differentiating factor. Kenley wanted to point out that she was doing an asymmetrical dress with wacky prints.

The models arrived for fittings and Leslie fell in love with Michael's dress immediately. Mila was comfortable with the dress; she just needed to finish it perfectly so that there was no odd puckering or wrinkles. Mondo looked at Michael's dress and called it Miss Greece. Mondo made a long list of things he had to do before the runway and with time running out, he had to worry about his situation tomorrow.

It's the day of the runway and Mila was still worried about fit, Jerell regretted buying elastics, and Mondo was scared of making a black dress. Austin didn't realize how much work was left and while there was some laughter in the work room most of the room was stressed. Jerell found some great accessories to make her model really international.

It's the day of the runway and Mila was still worried about fit, Jerell regretted buying elastics, and Mondo was scared of making a black dress. Austin didn't realize how much work was left and while there was some laughter in the work room most of the room was stressed. Jerell found some great accessories to make her model really international.

Angela welcomed the contestants and along with Georgina Chapman and Isaac Mizrahi was guest judge Catherine Malandrino, who has done a whole collection inspired by the American flag.

Jerell - There was a degree of offensive, but I thought the gold was too cheap and too covered up by a cheap looking green.
Kenley - It's a lot of the same, but its cut well and I understand the use of the ruffles.
Austin - I could have sworn I saw Austin make the dress back in season one but in purple. I thought the back was nice and I understood the influences, but it just didn't work.
Mondo - Dreadlocks? Please Mondo, never do it again. I actually liked the cut of the dress and the back was the perfect cut but the green and yellow looked too much like the the Shoshinsha mark, for beginning Japanese drivers.
Mila - The half dress design was actually a lot better than I expected and I had a positive reaction to the concept. I don't think that it exactly matched the culture of Papua New Guinea at all.
Michael - The dress looked really nice, but the ribbons in the front looked awful. The back actually made Leslie look fat.

Since there was no more fodder all six contestants were reviewed. The high scoring contestants were Kenley (young attitude, strong spirit) and Mondo (well cut, questionable hair). Somewhere in the middle was Michael (Acceptable, but too beauty pageant). The low scorers were and Mila (distinctive, possibly Russian), Jerell (Nice white stripe, but too many ideas), and Austin (Pretty, but questionable colors). The winner of the competition was Mondo and Kenley was given a light tap on the hand for making a lot of the same. The contestant that was cut was Mila.

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