Thursday night on Lifetime saw the season 2 finale of “Project Runway All Stars” franchise. Tampa Bay viewers subscribing to Bright House Networks watched it on channel 38. With the “PR All Stars”, instead of the 90-minute presentation within the original series, this finale seemed very rushed during its one-hour broadcast. There was a lot to cover such as the top three finalists: Emilio Sosa (Season 7 runner-up), Uli Herzner (Season 3 runner-up), and Anthony Ryan Auld (Season 9 - 7th place) had only four days to complete their mini collections.
Each of them masterful completed the task with help from other All Stars, whom they each chose for their assistant. Fourth place finisher Joshua McKinley had a lot of chutzpah turning down an opportunity when he was picked by Anthony. Understandably he was tired after his recent and hurtful elimination, but it’s not as if these assistants were the ones under a lot of pressure.
It was on to Gotham Hall where the final runway show took place. First up, Emilio’s collection was dedicated to the women working in factories. “Urban Plantation” was his inspiration dedicated to Aunt Jemima from the 1840s and Rosie the Riveter of the 1940s. His pieces were simple, colorful and indeed urban. Anthony Ryan featured an all dress line. His was definitely futuristic looking, something straight out of “The Jetsons” cartoon series. His “Fine Line” collection did feature elegant lines. Uli took the audience on her dream called “Mystical Winter” with a vastly diverse collection of whites, off-whites, and greys.
After the show, the judges critiqued the finalists. They loved what they saw, with just a few minor criticisms for each one. If you went by the crowd’s reaction at the show, and the high praise Uli received from the judges, one would think she was the winner. Instead, Uli placed third. Emilio’s urban line was thought to be too junior, yet he once again was the runner-up. Anthony Ryan Auld was therefore declared the winner. The future and “The Jetsons” ruled the runway.