Since Project Runway All-Stars is starting in less than a week, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the previous collections created by the All-Star competitors. I think it will be interesting to see how their work has changed over the years since they were on the show. Some of the competitors for All-Stars made it to the finals in their respective seasons and competed with their collections at Fashion Week. Other contestants didn’t make it to the final, but were able to create decoy collections for Fashion Week. Still others never made it to that point in their season, or their season did not include decoy collections, and so they provided other portfolio work to showcase their abilities.
Today will be focused on the competitors who were brought to All-Stars from Season Four. Three contestants from that season are competing this season: Elisa Jimenez, Rami Kashou, and Sweet P. Of this group, Eliza did not make it to Fashion Week, Sweet P showed a decoy collection, and Rami competed for the win.
First up is Elisa Jimenez. Frankly, I don’t remember much about her output while on the show. She is probably most remembered for her technique of using her saliva to mark her fabrics, which is pretty strange. I’ll be kind and characterize her simply as a “free spirited” designer. As Elisa came in tenth in her season, she did not create a collection for Fashion Week. Instead, these images are from her portfolio.
Things I hope Elisa brings back to this competition: I actually find it hard to ennumerate what I hope she brings back, as I don’t remember her output all that well. I’m sure she will bring back some of her seemingly odd peccadillos, which I’m sure will make for good tv. But in discussing her work, I hope that she brings some of the creativity I see in pieces like that in the Second Row, left image. There is something about this red and blue garment that I find appealing. There is something quite interesting about the shape and color combination of this look, so I hope she brings some of that spirit of creation to her appearance on All-Stars.
Things I hope Elisa improves upon in this competition: I hope that her sewing and construction skills are improved over what I see in this portfolio work. Although it appears as though this work is for some sort of stage production (play? modern dance?) the construction appears to be quie basic and rather unfinished. Her pants construction (as seen in images Row 2, right image; Row 3, center image; and Row 4, left image) especially needs some work. None of these pants appear to be well constructed or fit the individuals well. Overall, I just find the work in the provided images to be quite amateurish, and I hope that her work on All-Stars will show a sophistication that is not evident in the work shown here.
Next up is Sweet P. Sweet P is another competitor that is not terribly memorable to me. I do remember enjoying some of her output, but I cannot point to any particular examples of what I liked about her work. Sweet P came in fifth in Season 4, and showed a decoy collection at Fashion Week.
Things I hope Sweet P brings back to the competition: I hope she brings back the finishing skills that this collection exhibits. The looks in Row 1 center, Row 2 center, and Row 3 center show that she has the ability to create interesting, polished-looking works. I also hope that she brings back her way of combining the edgy and the lady-like. This collection shows a lot of potential for this seemingly contradictory combination. I also admire her fearless use of color.
Things I hope Sweet P improves upon in this competition: Editing! This collection is really all-over the place. Although I admire her using color, I feel there are too many elements in this collection. And this is not limited only to her color choices. I find the sillehouttes to be quite disparate, and the styling is just too much. I also hope Sweet P is more discerning when it comes to fabric choices. Several of the textiles she used here don’t look particularly high-quality.
Finally for Season 4 we have Rami Kashou. Rami is probably best remembered as by far one of the best “drapists” in the show’s history. His gowns were always quite beautiful and impressive; he was able to achieve complexly tucked and worked dresses with a light, artful hand. Rami came in second place, so clearly this collection was shown at Fashion Week and was certainly considered a contender for the win.
Things I hope Rami brings back to the competition: I hope Rami’s skill with manipulating textiles is as strong as it was during Season 4. In this collection he showcased twisting (Row 1, right look,) weaving (Row 3, right look,) and pleating and tucking (Row 4, center and right looks.) I hope that he also brings back the level of sophistication and elegance that this collection exhibits. His fabric and color choices, for the most part, denote an easy luxury.
Things I hope Rami improves upon in this competition: I hope that Rami brings a bit more mindfulness about the body to his work. Some of the looks here are a bit lacking in the way that they flatter the body, particularly the looks of Row 1, left side; Row 2, center, and Row 3, left side. I also hope that he can control his tendency towards fussiness. I love the level of detail and adornment he utilizes in his gowns, but this same level of intricacy looks a bit over-the-top in separates, especially the looks in Row 2, Left side, and Row 3, left side.