Blondie’s Debbie Harry is still an inimitable force when you it comes to punk period. Whether it be musically, or in this case fashion, punk’s reigning queen was featured front and center on the season premiere of “Project Runway All Stars” Thursday night. Now in its third season, this other “Project Runway” franchise allows former designers from previous seasons, including past winners, to compete for bigger prizes and extremely difficult challenges. Opening the show had all the designers meet its new host, Alyssa Milano, who has her own sportswear fashion line.
For the first challenge, the designers were informed it would be a punk theme. This brought a lot of excitement. Added to the euphoria was the fact Blondie’s lead singer Debbie Harry is the guest judge. One designer was beside herself, Elena Slivnyak from Season 10, because her father is a huge fan of this punk icon. Debbie was also there to promote Blondie’s upcoming album “Ghosts of Download.” The designers got a special treat when listening to three tracks never before released on their iPods while sketching. During the course of the one-hour show, a caption at the bottom of the screen alerted viewers to Twitter where they could unlock the track “Sugar on the Side.”
After the designers were cramped into Mood’s basement to create their punk look, instead of Parsons, it was on to judgment day. Debbie came across stern and reserved while looking at the presentations on the runway. Her remarks were articulate and certainly not sugarcoated. She definitely knows a lot about style. Not surprisingly it was two previous winners known for their punk aesthetic, Seth Aaron Henderson and Jeffrey Sebelia, who were in the top three. Elena was the other designer that the judges all loved. A twist was added by Debbie when she informed the three best designers she would wear the winning look. At the end the winner was a very emotional Elena who praised her dad that she made something for his idol. Ari South’s (previously Andi South from Season 8) too perfect creation sent her home.