Monday, November 24, 2014

Project Runway All Stars: Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve (Episode 4.4)

Hey, everybody! Allison Pittman here with a confession: I watched this episode backwards, tuning in to see the runway show, and then watching the entire episode later. And, I must say, the jaded English teacher in me was ready to cry bull-schnauzer at their stories of Love as represented in their garments. 

Hillary here: bull-schnauzer is my new favorite term, and I am grateful for Allison bringing it into my life. 

Maybe I’ve just been subjected to far to many bad, bad student papers--thousands of words dedicated to analyzing every scrap of marlin in The Old Man and the Sea. But, after hearing their narratives while the work was in progress, I saw it. The heartache, the longing, the desire for long-lasting security and happiness. Except for Kate, who continues to be vapid and annoying. Luckily, though, she has life-long support at home, just in case her whole Project Runway relationship doesn’t work out.’s Nina! I loves me some NIna Garcia, and as an additional boost to my ego, Dmitry reaffirms my affections with this quotable: You know who doesn’t love Nina? People who suck.
Does Alyssa love Nina? You decide.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Off the Shelf: Rachel McMillan & The Blue Castle

Taking a brief break from the Project Runway Coverage on the blog today! I've long wanted to start a blog series featuring authors and the books they evangelize most. I'm delighted that my friend and writerly compatriot Rachel MacMillian is kicking it off today with a little novel called The Blue Castle. 

When I was a teenager, my ultra-cool Aunt Annette gave me a copy of A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf.  Any book gift (especially an unexpected one, without occasion or holiday) was a huge treat and I felt elated but badly-- as she pulled it from the shelf and placed it in my hand--- that her collection would have its spine-sized hole in it.

She bid me not to worry. She said something to the effect of it being a book that needs to be shared and given away.  She bought copies to give away. She shared it. She appropriated its voice and took ownership of its message and sent it out into the world, speaking for herself.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Project Runway All Stars: Something Wicked This Way Comes (Episode 4.3)

Hello Designer-Watchers, Hillary here! This week's Project Runway All Stars opens with the designers walking/skipping down Broadway towards their latest challenge.

They stop at the Gershwin theater, and their excitement grows once they figure out that that whatever they're doing has a link to Wicked. 

Allison here: just chiming in to say this is a much better fit for the show than last season’s Red Robin tie-in.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Project Runway All Stars: The Art of Construction, the Recap (Epiosde 4.2)

Hey, everybody! Allison Pittman here, and so excited to get to take the lead on the post about the first unconventional challenge. It’s not only a favorite of mine, but a fan favorite, according to Alyssa—it’s like she’s in my head.

We open with a shot of street construction, and the designers pounding on a giant roller door, which opens to reveal, according to Benjamin, a “massive vacuous warehouse.” But, this isn’t any ol’ vacuous warehouse. It’s Skylight at Moynihan Station. Someday, this will be a cutting edge fashion show venue. Right now it’s a hot mess of building supplies and nervous construction workers.
Jay and Sam both won their season’s unconventional challenge. OK. Helen and Kate were the sombrero dress dream team. So it’s Unconventional All Stars within Project Runway All Stars.

The designers are told they can take anything in the warehouse back with them to the work room. Shot to construction workers, followed by Jay launching into a song that includes lyrics about a “work bus.” I don’t know what that means, but if Michelle is worried about losing a finger, those workers seem to be worried about losing so much more.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Project Runway All Stars: Made in Manhattan, the Recap

Project Runway All Stars Season 4
Welcome Readers!! I'm so excited for you to join Allison Pittman and I in our enjoyment, conversation, and critique of Project Runway All Stars, Season 4.

This is new ground for both Allison and me - the recapping, not the watching. We're veteran viewers, and we've got thoughts. That said, here are the ground rules:

1. Everybody is up for discussion. This includes Host Alyssa Milano, judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman, as well as the Randomly Chosen Guest Judge (seriously - do they use the button bag? Discuss).

2. Designers will be judged regarding their past work, as well as the current season.

3. Awkward reaction shots will be encouraged.

4. The snark shall be reasoned and tempered with kindness.

Allison here…  5. We will choose our accessories wisely and thoughtfully.