Project Runway All Stars: Fashion 911
March 4, 2016 11:26 AM - Season 5, Episode 4 - Subscribe

In the notorious Unconventional Challenge, designers turn NYC emergency services materials into runway worthy looks. Johnny Wujek guest judges.

A decommissioned firehouse fills in for Mood as it is filled with emergency medical supplies to be used for the Unconventional Materials challenge. The biggest mystery is why Mitchell is not only still there, but safe.

All the looks here.

Top Three: Valerie, Ken, Sam; Sam wins
Bottom Three: Asha, Alexander, Stella; Stella goes home
posted by TWinbrook8 (7 comments total)
That they didn't even keep him there to discuss the hanging stars is ... ridiculous.

For me, as slapdash and last minute as Stella's was - including a scrub shirt barely modified and a basic bandage skirt - the stars was just horrifying.

There was entirely too much use of bandage material in this episode. The bandage and hose were such easy crutches to make fabric that I automatically ascribed -5 points in my head to everyone who used them to the practical exclusion of all other things. This unconventional challenge felt not-that unconventional outside of Valerie's hanging swabs .

Why in heck didn't stella cut those hoses in half - or even quarters?

posted by julen at 4:27 PM on March 4, 2016 [2 favorites]

I totally agree with julen about the stars. Mitchell's asthetic and level of skill is on a par with a 9-year-old girl's. But how Kini's pinata dress wasn't in the bottom I don't know. Horrendous. And when Valerie and Asha both made pretty much the same dress (except for the cotton swabs), I don't get how one was on the top and the other on the bottom.

I hated Sam's look and thought that Ken's was far more accomplished. I quite liked Stella's final look but I see how the judges got Forever 21 from it.

I love Ken. He drips acid from his facial expressions alone.
posted by essexjan at 2:30 AM on March 5, 2016

Yes -- did you see the expression on guest judge Johnny Wujek's face (I think it was him) when the crazy starry dress came down the runway? What was up with that?

My only thought is that maybe these dresses look very, very different in person. The lighting + video probably does change our perception of them, in addition to the years of experience the judges have. Maybe they're seeing very different dresses than we are?
posted by amtho at 7:39 AM on March 5, 2016

I thought it was hilarious when they were telling Stella she should have went with her gut - there is no way that tube coat was going anywhere.
posted by bleep at 7:24 PM on March 5, 2016 [1 favorite]

Despite watching this twice, I fell asleep both times so I can't say I've seen it in its entirety. So can anyone tell me, Stella's skyline x-rays, did she create them herself, ie with overlapping film? Because I (think I) remember someone holding up a film that was a little silhouette of a running rabbit. Not that that makes sense with the "medical supplies" theme but then fire hoses didn't make sense either.

The same with Mitchell's god-awful stars, did he create those? or were they supplied?

I actually liked Sam's the best and his styling was spot on. Dom's was interesting but I think the long vest thing was a mistake. She needed *something* but not that, it looked cheap.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 5:19 AM on March 6, 2016

Yeah, the theme was emergency services in general, so the materials were from fire, medical, and police departments.

I'd have put Dom in the top over Ken. Ken's thing was nice but it had a dented monoboob on top and I think the fabric was too stiff for that shape to really work on the bottom. I remember liking everything Dom's made so far; I'm a little worried production is ignoring her because she doesn't have as much of a story as Ken (either a redemption or villain storyline, depending on his behavior) or Sam (young ingenue from Under The Gunn proves he can swim with the big fish).

That said, I did actually really like Sam's and I thought it was a good choice for the win — I mean, it's no Austin Scarlett corn dress, but what is.
posted by en forme de poire at 10:39 PM on March 6, 2016

Mitchell's safeness was angering.
I sometimes feel like watching this show is an exercise in the Kubler-Ross stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
posted by sciencegeek at 4:37 AM on March 9, 2016 [2 favorites]

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