Project Runway All Stars: "Finale"comments (9) March 23rd, 2012
Last week, the designers were asked to create six looks in four days with only former contestants as help. We rejoin Austin, Mondo, and Michael on the day of the final show. They head to Gotham Hall and after relishing their place in the finale and the beauty of the location, the final three designers get to work finishing up their collections backstage.
The VIP show included some big names from the fashion industry, but didn't seem to carry the weight of the usual Fashion Week extravaganza. Nina Garcia was in the crowd, and thought the designers had come a long way from when she was judging them on Project Runway. The guest judges for the finale were Tommy Hilfiger and fashion director for Neiman Marcus, Ken Downing.
"Austin Scarlett" - I couldn't make this up. So here is the description directly from the mouth of Austin himself, "a story of a vampire from the 18th century who has lived many hundreds of years and now resides in Williamsburg and occasionally borrows clothes from her Hasidic dandy friends."
The judges thought this was more "best of" Austin Scarlett than a cohesive collection. They weren't sure about the red carpet dress, but loved the leather lacquered look. The final wedding dress was a big hit, but did it fit the rock and roll vibe of the collection? Finally, the judges thought Austin brought youth to a couture collection, and that as a designer he was full of ideas.