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'Project Runway All Stars' recap: '4 Seasons in 1 Finale'

The three designers have to create eight looks—in four days.

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Pawel Kaminski

Project Runway All Stars

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
Reality TV

Each time the cast of Project Runway All Stars is announced, people are always outraged when past winners are included. Yes, they already had their moment, but an argument can also be made that All Stars is the best of the best—winners should be included. And from that argument, it follows that a winner should win again. And that’s what happened here: Dmitry, season 10 winner, was crowned winner of them all tonight. Let’s take a look at how he did it…

The episode starts with the remaining three contestants lounging on the Gotham West patio when Alyssa comes to deliver the challenge. Most fashion collections are tied to one season, she says for the purpose of informing the audience. No one has ever tried in include all four seasons in one collection—but that’s exactly what the designers must do for their final challenge.

The final three will each create an eight-piece collection—two looks for spring, two for summer, two for fall, and two for winter. But Alyssa loves her All Stars twists, and she has a doozy of one for the last episode: The designers get four days. Sonjia immediately sits down and has to fan herself.

But one bit of good news: They each get $3,000 for their final collection. So after a bit of sketching on the rooftop, Sonjia, Helen, and Dmitry head to Mood. They only have an hour to buy all the fabrics for their eight looks. Sonjia starts grabbing up ruby reds and golden yellows in a variety of patterns and textiles. Dmitry also goes for the variety route with assorted weighted wools, lace, sequins, etc. Helen starts with a black lace and builds from there. She really wants the designers to see she knows how to buy fabric, which—correct me if I’m wrong—does not seem like the point of this show.

Nevertheless, they get back to the workroom, where they start talking strategies. (I’m assuming the producers had to ask for lots of commentary with so few designers left and very little drama.) Sonjia and Dmitry are taking one look at a time, but Helen thinks she has an upper-hand by doing draping on all eight looks first. But as Day 1 draws to a close, every single one of them is behind.

Day 2: “Creating a collection in four days is batshit crazy,” Helen says. And she’s not wrong, but that’s what makes this show so fun to watch. There’s just the tiniest hint of drama today when Sonjia mentions Dmitry’s fringe and he sasses back, “Are you doing lace again?” But then they all quiet and get back to work. (Helen is working so hard she has her hair up, which I don’t remember seeing all season.)

Zanna comes in for her critiques. She’s very into Sonjia’s fabrics and her idea to use a knit for a final gown. She tells Dmitry not to let his perfectionism get in the way of producing complete looks. And she advises Helen to pump up the drama because her black and white lace pinafores are a little dull.

Day 3: The cavalry has arrived! As the designers enter the workroom for the third morning, they see Fabio, Kate, and Jay. The designers scream and hug their respective friends before getting straight to work. They’ll have the assistants for 18 hours.

Later in the day, about a million models enter the room for the fittings. Right about this time is when I started realizing just how much work the contestants actually had to get done. Checking the fit on one model is tedious enough, but these designers had to do it for eight.

Day 4: The assistants are still there. The designers have to do hair consultations with Chi and makeup consultations with Mary Kay. Dmitry worries about dying from exhaustion. No one dies.

NEXT: Runway Day