Saturday, January 24, 2015

Project Runway All Stars s4e10
Versatile Tops & Bottoms 22 January 2015

Last time on Project Runway All Stars the contestants were to be inspired by aquatic life to create an avant garde look.   

Dmitry won over the judges by merely copying one of his s10 finale looks.  2012 must still be very fashion forward, that it works as such in 2013/2014.   Justin unnerved Isaac with his silhouette so much that he was eliminated.   I thought the torso was like a vortex.

All I could see was House's work on Face Off s4.

I'm still recovering from a nasty head cold, so we're doing things differently this week.  Let's work backwards.

You know you wanna.

He doesn't wanna.

Here's what walked the runway:

Sonjia Williams

Fabio Costa

Helen Castillo

Michelle Lesniak

Dmitry Sholokhov

Jay Sario

Okay, not only what do you think, but, what was the challenge?  Doesn't it look like they all got different challenges?  Although, some must have been told "junior" for the first look, huh?

Sonjia Williams
The judges love it, although Georgina sees flaws, especially at the hip area.  She wants it backwards.  (Jump!  Jump!)  Diana Eng was using cut outs in season 2.  In season 4 Nina would say they were out.  How is this new?  Separates are nice, usable though.

Fabio Costa
Isaac thinks he is clueless as to what is going on in the world.  These aren't relevant.   His separates read too junior.

Helen Castillo
The two looks do not go together at all, but the judges like the high end, fashion forward look.  The separates could only be worn successfully by an emaciated little girl.

Michelle Lesniak
Some like the print, but I'm with Isaac, yuck.   Georgina likes her attitude.  George likes them, but thinks they are BOTH fashion forward.   I see that Michelle herself might look fine in it, but it's not for the everyday woman.   It's easy to see the cohesion, though.   
I can't stop seeing Willam on Little House On The Prairie.
Would Willam be Charles' first or second wife?

Dmitry Sholokhov
The judges love his work, but do not find the separates very accessible.   They love the dress, which is more sellable.   Okay, I'll say it, I'm just glad there aren't any cut outs used.

Jay Sario
We've had boring tops like this before.   They've sent designers home.  The pants do him in (too long, fit is bad, poor fabric choice.)  What a difference from the garbage bag pants in season seven, huh?  Why no one on set broke into "Land of Hope & Glory, Mother of the Free" is beyond me.

Still don't know the challenge exactly?   They were to create a 2 piece look for QVC (think 'the masses') and the winner would get to actually sell one of them on QVC.   They were also supposed to create a high end look inspired by the original 2 piece outfit.  No one ever asked for junior.  No one ever asked for a particular fabric.   VERY FEW thought about different sized purchasers.     There's nothing wrong with having a different niche in the fashion world, but do Helen and Jay really think that skinny little girls (not grown women) are 'the masses?'

How did they place?

At least we got to see Swatch.

Oh, and this happened:
IM: Hey Fabio, you've been in the bottom a lot.
FC: Yeah, I have, yeah, I have.
IM: Don't do it again. 
FC: Yes.  I won't.
IM: I mean it.
FC: Okay.

Either Fabio ain't gonna be in the finale, or this is an idle threat and he wins the whole thing.

"Don't be silly.  He can't win the whole thing.  *I* am still here."

How long has Isaac been impersonating Jack Benny?

Tune in next week when Sonjia, just after this big win, gets the loser edit.   Will she go home after a big win?  She did on season ten.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Face Off s8e2 Monkey Business 20 January 2015
Last week, on the premier of the season, fifteen new contestants participated in a 2 hour Foundation Challenge.  Rayce, Anthony & Laura, Face Off winners from seasons 2, 4 & 5, respectively, then selected team members, based on what they saw.  

Laura's Team:  Laura, Darla, Julian,
Emily, Gregory & Stephanie

Rayce's Team: Rayce, Adam, Anthony,
Rob, Logan & Regina

Anthony's Team: Anthony, Kelly, Alan,
Ben, Daniel & Jamie

Ve Neill returned (yea!) to name Darla the winner of the Foundation Challenge.  This earned her immunity for the Spotlight Challenge: Create 2 looks (by a team of 5, plus the 'coach')

"'Coach?'  Psoriasly?"

... come up with 2 beings that emerged from a spaceship that crashed in Vazquez Rocks.  We left off on the morning of day 2, when the contestants met some monkeys.

Not those guys.

Nor these, but, well, that's closer.

So, on day 2, they learn they have to create character, a tyrannical primate ruler from another planet. McKenzie stresses that guest judge Rick Baker worked on Harry & The Hendersons AND the reboot of Planet Of The Apes.  To me, that means, *don't forget that the new character must look like a simian!*

Team Laura picks Squirrel Monkey.

Team Anthony selects Mandrill.

Team Rayce grabs the White-Faced Capuchin.

Olive Baboon and Brown Lemur aren't chosen.

McKenzie gives them another day, so this becomes a 4-day challenge, with the 4th being the reveal day.

"Dios mio!"

"I wouldn't need four days."

Soon enough mentor Michael Westmore (without McKenzie) is there to inspect.   He reminds Alan to paint well under the hair work.

Anthony scrapped the lower face ventilation idea, to the delight of Mr. Westmore.  He advises Team Rayce to go with more muzzle, less human on the primate.

Stephanie plans to utilize the widow's peak on the simian.

Emily tells Michael that she will do a hair piece for Team Laura.  He is surprised she will finish it in just a couple of hours.

Kelly and Ben bond over molding.  Evidently it is too thick.  Ben is there to help, but she seems to be stressed by his help.  Ruh-roh!

"Don't Be Givin' Me Attitude!"

That evening the team leaders join the gang at the Face Off house for BBQ. 

And there was that.

On day 3 they open their molds and continue fabrication, and even prepaint.  Smart!

Laura doesn't think Gregory's monkey is looking like a monkey.  Specifically, he has too much going on, like extra wrinkles and holes where they aren't needed, and it is detracting.  He interviews about it, but he doesn't change it.

"Why can't you do it?"

Ben's primate hands don't come out of the mold well, but he seems to figure a workaround.

On reveal day Gregory and Ben are buggin' the most.  At last looks Kelly and Daniel ditch a teeth prosthetic on their primate.

Joining host McKenzie Westmore and happy judges Glenn Hetrick, Ve Neill & Neville Page is guest judge Rick Baker.

Team Anthony

Team Rayce

Team Laura

Everyone stays on the side, like this season of Top Chef.

Glenn enjoyed Team Rayce's insect alien.  Ve likes the attention to detail, the judges see cohesion, even though 4 people worked on it.

Ve is not excited about the design or the paint job of Team Anthony's alien.  Rick hates Ben's hands.  Glenn thinks the face sculpt is the crime.

Team Laura's alien is a hit with the judges.  Ve likes the luminescence, and sees the sea reptilian influence.

Team Rayce's simian ruler is a success.  Ve is beaming, wow.  Rick admires the color choices.  Glenn likes the tear duct placement, respecting their decision making.

Glenn calls Team Laura's monkey man inarticulate.  Rick sees turtle, not monkey.  Neville calls the muzzle *wrong.*  Yes, the same thing both Mr. Westmore & Coach Laura had said.

The top team is Team Rayce.

The individual winner is Logan.  They loved both his simian ruler and the cowl on the alien that he did.

Kelly, Gregory & Ben are bottom three.  Everyone else heads out back to the makeup/waiting room.

Team Laura's Gregory is eliminated.  

Rick gives a nice personal anecdote about persevering.   You know that they don't always lay accolades at the feet of the first to be eliminated.   This must speak to Gregory's level of talent, and maybe it bodes well for the season, when everyone seems to be of a certain (high) caliber.  Like the last few seasons, the first to go home had a long resume.  Did you think the youngsters, Emily & Stephanie, were going to do so well?

Next week:  Hunger Games!
Wait a minute, did they time that for Super Bowl season?

And, no more monkey business.

Okay, one last bit.  What would Tonya Reinman be saying about
Rayce always dropping his head to the side during his interviews?