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Project Runway All Stars recap: Drama Queeny

After the disaster of last week's episode, a theatrical challenge inspired some exciting designs. We're back!

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ANYTHING GOES on the runway! Sutton Foster joins the other judges to critique the designers' stage-inspired looks. (Barbara Nitke/Lifetime)

Project Runway All Stars

Season 1, Ep. 7 | Aired Feb 16

I had my crankypants on after last week’s horribly disappointing episode, but this week’s fun, Broadway-themed challenge put me in a good mood. Sure, I miss Rami — without him, there’s that much less potential to see a stunning design — but the designers proved that sometimes they just need to be given the right inspiration. Hear that, producers?

For that inspiration, the designers trekked to Circle in the Square theater in Midtown where the Godspell revival was in production. Angela Lindvall towered over Stephen Schwartz, the composer of Godspell and other blockbuster shows like Wicked (I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I’m such a Wicked geek!), who was on hand to announce the challenge. They had to design an outfit composed of separates to be worn by Uzo Aduba’s character in the play, a very rich woman who likes to show off her wealth. The outfit had to be colorful and ostentatious in an exaggerated way and still look beautiful — but also feel thrift-store-like, according to Stephen. Vintage and timeless, in other words. “It should feel like I’m really rich,” Uzo clarified. Basically, design an outfit for the type of woman who’d say, “I’m rich, bitch!” The challenge should suit some of the more theatrical personalities — namely Austin Scarlett and Michael — really well. (By the way, what was that terrible bathing cap Kenley was wearing in the theater? You think you can pull something like that off, Kenley, but you can’t. You just can’t).

Cut to: Joanna Coles’ workroom visit. I always love me some Joanna, but I thought she was on fire tonight with her brilliant compliments-that-are-kind-of-insults, and she’s been blessed with the most expressive face, which conveys every emotion other than joy. Despite her intimidating exterior, it’s clear that she cares about the designers. She first stopped at Austin Scarlett’s table, and after examining his “baroque, rococo” brocaded fabrics, she said, “I love how it straddles the line of hideous and fabulous. Right now it’s hideous but you’re going to turn it into something fabulous, right?” Oh snap, Joanna knows how to light a fire under an ass. You can bet Austin Scarlett was telling himself “Fabulous not hideous, fabulous not hideous” the rest of the day. It was then Kara’s turn to be turned into a quivering blob of jelly. Joanna doled out some tough love: “This [maxi dress] isn’t necessarily as ambitious as you need to be an All-Star.” Exactly, Joanna. That made Kara cry, but she needed to hear it.

Joanna pointed out some other stuff, like the fact that Kenley would be making her first polka dot-free look of the season (that’s a seriously disturbing statistic), but I barely heard any of it because Joanna revealed that she was ONCE IN A PRODUCTION OF GODSPELL!! Whoa, I would pay money for a copy of that VHS or old-timey film reel (Joanna Coles defies age).

NEXT: Jerrell somehow escapes the bottom once again… how does he keep doing this??

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