Rue Recap: Project Runway All Stars Season 2 Premiere

Well hello there, Project Runway fans! We’re but a week out from Dmitry’s win, and it’s already time to re-meet our second All Stars cast. Though this season doesn’t have the same purposeful, righting-a-wrong vibe as the first, it’s exciting to have some P-Way to kick back with on Thursday nights.

The designers were well-behaved in the workroom this week, but with a mix including Ivy Higa, Joshua McKinley, and the original Runway villainess, Wendy Pepper (who can officially be added to this video after last night), I wouldn’t expect the lovefest to last. Tim Gunn–replacement Joanna Coles held a schoolyard pick to decide teams (cue the groan chorus) for this week’s challenge: create a mini collection inspired by an attitude.

Emilio, Peach, Andrae, Suede, Laura Kathleen, and Joshua made up Team Bold, and Ivy, Althea, Casanova, Anthony Ryan, Wendy, Kayne, and Uli decided to call themselves Team Confident. (Did no one notice that “bold” and “confident” are basically same thing?)

Though Joanna wasn’t necessarily a fan (her one-liners included “When I think of lace and black leather, the word that comes to mind is hooker!” and “I’m thinking stegosaurus”), Confident’s collection clearly outshone Bold’s less-than-fresh, black-and-blue color story.

Ivy’s jacket was slimming, original, and gorgeous, though I agree that it would have paired better with lace shorts or Anthony Ryan’s stunning white pants. Overall, the runway show seemed underwhelming for an all-stars season, especially considering Emilio’s tube-top-and-jumper ensemble, Peach’s ill-fitting, two-tone sleeves, Wendy’s batwing bodice, and Suede’s breast-cup shoulders (though I liked his handkerchief skirt – its movement was lovely).

What did you think? Did the judges (returners Georgina Chapman and Isaac Mizrahi, new host Carolyn Murphy, and guest judges Rachel Roy and Mondo) choose the best designer to win, and send the right person home?

See you next week. For now – auf Wiedersehen. 

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer 

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October 26, 2012