Project Runway All Stars recap: 'Finale'
The sixth season of Project Runway All Stars has finally come to an end, and it’s been a joyous, fabulous, and wild ride.
The final episode starts with the final three designers walking into the work room to a huge surprise: help to finish their collections. Helen, Candice, and Amanda are all back to help Fabio, Anthony and Stanley, respectively. What ensues is a burst of happiness and excitement from both the eliminated and finalist designers — and lots of hugs.
Each of the designers explains their collection to their little helpers and get to work really fast. Helen and Fabio are a match made in heaven and I love them together. They’re young, chic, and in the words of a Isaac Mizrahi, “fresh.” Candice is totally head-over-heels with Anthony’s Audrey Hepburn-meets-Rihanna collection but is worried about all the work they have to do in just a few days.
Oh in case y’all forgot, Alyssa told the final three designers that they have to add one more look to their collection — taking the total look count to seven per designer. They better WORK.
All three designers decide to re-work their signature look because they have newfound inspiration after the curveball the judges threw their way in the last challenge.
Anne Fulenwider, the mentor, checks in with the designers before they present the looks to the judges. Anne goes deep with Fabio and his blue, white, and hints of yellow collection. Ultimately, the collection is very Fabio, but Anne suggests adding a little more yellow — and he listens.
As for Stanley, well, his “modern, bold and classic” collection isn’t really as striking as it should be. Anne pushed him to do something that stands out. Honestly his color scheme is boring and for once, I agree with the All Stars mentor.
“You don’t get points for just tasteful, classy, and wearable,” Anne tells Stanley. Preach, girl, preach.
The mentor moves on to Anthony and with every look he explains to her, Anne’s jaw keeps dropping. She does tell him that he needs to take one minute to meditate and edit, edit, edit — the Project Runway golden rule.
The designers and their helpers are hard at work and everything seems to be going along well. Since they have to do an extra look, the designers get to visit Mood one more time. Anthony opts for a black velvet fabric, Stanley finds a fabulous pink fabric for a skirt, and Fabio ends up getting a vibrant yellow flowy fabric. Their minds are so powerful, it fascinates me.
It’s all seemingly going well until Candice realizes that Anthony only has three shells finished and Amanda and Stanley are close to having all seven shells of their designs completed. The issue is that Anthony is demanding extraneous amounts of detail and with the time the designers have to complete their collections, that’s not always possible.
Anthony starts to put pressure on Candice and it’s not cute, but you gotta do what you gotta do when you want to win, right? Project Runway is the name of the game, baby.
The mini collections start to come together and I can see the designer’s visions and I literally love it. Seeing the designs come to life is what I love about this show. These three designers are so fierce, talented, and powerful, and I am ready to see the collections. I am a little worried about my beloved Anthony; he seems to be a little behind schedule and it’s making my blood pressure rise. I don’t want him to be hurt. (Recap continues on next page)
It’s finally the last day the helping designers are on hand to help the final three, and they are making the best of their time together. Stanley and Amanda run into a slight issue: The zipper on a suede dress turns out wavy, and that’s a no-no. Finally, the helping designers leave the finalists by themselves and the pressure starts to kick in. The designers have one hour left to finish their collections. Fabio has final touches to fix, while Anthony has to finish pieces and Stanley needs to construct a jumpsuit. Whew, that’s a lot.
After the day is over, they are treated to some champagne and cake to celebrate their achievements this season. I love the friendship between these three designers and I want to be their friend.
Finale day is finally here and all three designers are pushing through to make magic happen on the runway. The models come in and the sketches that the designers have been working on come to life before our eyes. Everyone heads to the glam room and hair salon to define their beauty looks for the runway. As Stanley puts it, “it’s anybody’s game.” These designers did what they had to do to make it to the end, and it shows.
Alyssa makes her last grand entrance dressed in the ugliest and most ill-fitting green dress I’ve ever laid eyes on. The wardrobe people really saved the worst for last. The host welcomes back regular All Star judges Georgina Chapman and Isaac Mizrahi and proceeds to introduce the two fabulous finale guest judges: Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones and a Project Runway judge,Zac Posen.
The designers present their signature collections — first Stanley, Fabio follows, and Anthony closes the show.
Stanley tells the audience that his collection is about a “bold, modern, classic” American woman. Isaac tells him that he did “such an amazing job.” He falls in love with the red, long-sleeve dress. Georgina tells him he accomplished beauty with his simplicity and that his collection feels like real clothes. Zac tells him his collection is beautifully executed. Catherine is “wowed” by Stanley’s work. Alyssa loves the white pants that he created.
Fabio explains the “past and present colliding” nature of his collection and how it creates a contrast between modern and classic. Everyone loves the music he chose for the catwalk. Georgina is stunned by his pleating but wants to see more street and grunge. Isaac loves the yellow coat Fabio made, but he wants less delicate and more “f—- you!’ Catherine calls it a wonderful collection and loves the jumpsuit because it is the essence of his collection. Zac also loves the jumpsuit and compared it to Studio 54. Alyssa calls it innovative but relatable.
Anthony tells everyone about his amazing Audrey-meets-Rihanna inspirations and everyone is captivated by it. Alyssa calls his collection a “breath of fresh air.” Georgina is surprised by Anthony’s rock n’ roll hints but has some issues with his satin skirt. Zac calls his looks “divine” and says that RiRi would definitely wear the white satin skirt. Isaac loves his finale look. Catherine wants to buy all of it, especially the little black dress.
Winner: Anthony, for making beautiful clothes that are so now. It doesn’t hurt that he has an amazing personality.
A well-deserved and earned win for Anthony. What a season it’s been. It was such a pleasure to recap season 6 and hope that everyone is as happy as I am with the result. Do you agree with the judges? Let me know you what you think!
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