The Challenge: Design an outfit for your client, an amazingly badass female veteran, to wear to an upcoming event and model in the runway show.
Guest Judges: Katie Holmes and designer Carmen Marc Valvo. They have nothing to do with the challenge, and Katie Holmes is much less qualified than her six-year-old daughter to judge a fashion competition, but what can you do? It’s not All Stars without a useless guest judge and an unsurprising “surprise” ending where no one gets eliminated.
ANTHONY RYAN AULD
This was atrocious, and it took an offensively huge suspension of disbelief not to laugh at Isaac defending it tooth and nail. Every design decision Anthony Ryan made except the ombre was unflattering to his kickass client, who deserved a much better look than this one. We all know this entire season has been rigged in Anthony Ryan’s favor, but never was it more disgustingly obvious than in this challenge, when Isaac Mizrahi made a fool out of himself by refusing to hear a word against this truly terrible gown.
This was terrible constructed and had very little design to it to begin with, so Emilio is also lucky the producers were in a benevolent mood. This had no place on a runway, especially an All Stars runway, and Emilio’s skills in both design and construction are far beyond this sad yellow sack. His client looked infinitely more beautiful before he laid a hand on her.
Joshua killed it this week. With a brother in the military, he was particularly inspired by the challenge and hit it off incredibly well with his fabulous client. He hand-dyed a geometric pattern to make a sort of leopard print camo in a stunning blue-green color, and it was a great decision. The sheer strip above the print is beautiful, as is the additional embellishment in the back. I agreed with the judges that I’d have liked it better as a dress than a top and a skirt, but there was so much to love about this. The styling, Joshua and his client’s pride at displaying her prosthetic leg – he even made a matching outfit for her service dog, for God’s sake!
A matching print for the pooch? After a mostly underwhelming season, Joshua really earned his win tonight.
This was also fantastic, from the sexy straps to the beautiful print to the exquisite draping. It was a classic Uli dress, 2nd-season style – nothing more than a fantastic flowy pattern and some deliciously embellished straps. She even made the back adjustable, once again proving that unlike many other designers, Uli understands the kind of versatility women are looking for in clothes they can actually wear. The only reason I wouldn’t have given this the win was because it’s just so in Uli’s wheelhouse – she basically just had to create a black-and-white version of what she was already wearing to make her client happy. It came easily to her, and the result is easygoing and beautiful, but I’d still have given Josh the win.
Next time: all four designers jet off to Paris, where the judges will presumably continue to award Anthony Ryan all the praise in the world for no apparent reason. See you then, dear readers!
Judges’ Top 2: Joshua and Uli
Diva’s Top 2: Joshua and Uli
Judges’ Bottom 2: Anthony Ryan and Emilio
Diva’s Bottom 2: Emilio and Anthony Ryan