Last night on Project Runway All Stars, the challenge for the four remaining designers was to create a ready-to-wear outfit for designer and guest judge Nanette Lepore's line that was "irresistible, feminine and timeless." The winning design would be featured on the Nanette Lepore label, and profits from its sale would go to Save the Garment Center, an organization that's working to preserve New York's famed garment district.
Read on to find out how they did, and of course, to find out about the fate of Denver-based designer Mondo Guerra.
The challenge followed a different format than previous contests. Instead of sketching in the workroom, the designers went to Nanette Lepore's design room -- and instead of shopping at Mood, they shopped in Lepore's warehouse. The designers were given their budgets -- only after meeting with Lepore's coster (the person at each label who decides the cost of a garment), who appraised each proposed outfit and gave each designer less than $70 to work with.
Both Joanne and Nanette were present during the workroom critique, so that Nanette could make sure that the designers were sticking with their original designs. A few sayed true to the initial concept, others did not. Nanette was disappointed that Kenley veered off course from the sketch she'd showed her and took away some elements to better suit the print she'd chosen for her dress.
Because there were only four designers left, no one was safe and everyone was critiqued.
Mondo: A multi-colored sheath dress that had a fringe-like skirt.
Judges liked his use of color but wished he'd had added a bit more of a waist, saying the dress had a boxy look.
Michael: A lime green and aqua floor-length caftan with plunging neckline and virtually no back.
Judges criticized him for creating a silhouette similar to what he usually does; they also said they weren't sure how well a low-cut and backless outfit would sell.
Austin: A red trench coat that could be worn three different ways.
A few of the judges first thought this was a dress, but they liked the idea. While they didn't care for Austin's choice of fabric, saying they thought it looked wrinkly, they believed it would sell well in stores.
Kenley: A gray, knee-length, high-necked dress with a peacock feather pattern and tulip sleeves.
Nanette wished Kenley had included the keyhole neck detail she'd originally designed, and the judges commented on her inability to match up the prints at the seams.
In the end, Mondo was declared the winner (again!) and Kenley was sent home.
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That leaves Austin, Michael and Mondo to duke it out next week in the finale.