Project Runway All Stars S6, E13: Finale Recap

Project Runway All Stars Season 6, Episode 13: History in the Making

It’s the FINALE!

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photos courtesy of mylifetime.com.

In this episode, the three remaining designers had to finish seven-piece collections to show on the runway for a few hundred people. Past-eliminated designers were on hand to help with the final sewing, as everyone was only given five days to complete their looks. Candace helped Anthony, Amanda helped Stanley and Helen helped Fabio. It was a love fest. I’ve never actually seen more actual sewing, pressing, fiddling and overall process on this show and it was such a welcomed change. No drama–just a bird’s eye view on their process. It was fascinating.

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Stanley went with an “all-American” collection, featuring a sportswear take on red, white and blue.

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Fabio went with an oversized collection, including his smocked look from last week and hinting at it in other garments in the collection. He edited his fabric print and swapped it with a bright yellow that really made things pop.

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Anthony did his “Audrey Hepburn turned Rihanna” collection, and it didn’t disappoint. He included velvet, mesh, paint and an interesting print to tie it all together. He was the most concerned with construction technique, falling behind to make sure everything was sewn impeccably. Candace was continually worried for him, but she managed to help him achieve his goals.

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After a very long deliberation, it wasn’t clear who was the winner. All of the judges liked each collection for different reasons, with Alyssa favoring Fabio, guest judge Catherine Zeta Jones favoring Anthony and Isaac favoring Stanley. I still secretly wanted Anthony to win for his sheer delight and enthusiasm alone. Enthusiasm goes a long way in my book.

I thought Stanley’s designs were too basic. The red dress, which Isaac fawned over, looked so simple to me. I thought Fabio’s looks were interesting but not wearable and, to Zeta Jones’ point, looked too “strange,” as if someone on the street might wonder who you were and what you were trying to be. Anthony really went with his vision, stating it several times. It showed. His attention to detail and editing eye all played a part in his sleek collection.

And… to everyone’s surprise. ANTHONY WINS! I honestly couldn’t believe the judges trusted him with this win. I thought for sure they would choose safe, polished Stanley. Even Fabio had a leg up because of his artistic point of view. I’ve never been more happy and in more agreement of a Project Runway winner. His squeal was everything.

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 Project Runway All Stars S6, E13: Finale Recap
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