Project Runway All Stars debuted its 7th and last season on Lifetime last week. The show ended with no eliminations. Then host Alyssa Milano brought out two more competitors. Part of the prize collection was a collaboration with JC Penney . The collaboration included being able to buy the winning look online immediately after the show. The fashion fallout continues for the Project Runway spinoff as that wasn’t the case.
Project Runway All Stars Premiere ends With Surprises On Air and Off
Last week’s Project Runway All Stars premiere of its last season on Lifetime came with a surprise ending for contestants and viewers alike. The first ever global competition featured a total of 12 past season winners from both the US and international editions. The contestants received their first challenge. Create a look inspired by your country of origin. Viewers were told as part of a collaboration with JCPenney the winning design would be available online.
The runway show was colorful and diverse. Judges Issac Mizrahi, Georgina Chapman and Milano were joined by guest judge Debra Messing. Several looks stood out. The judges narrowed the looks down to the highest and lowest scores. The judges disagreed on designer Irina Shabayeva’s ruffled red coat in homage to her country the Republic of Georgia. Some thought it was chic while the others deemed it “costumey.”
The one thing the judges did agree on was the winner. Fan favorite and two-time winner Dmitry Sholokov impressed judges with his dress which lent homage to his birthplace of Belarus. The judges had a harder time deciding who would go home. The designers on the bottom were Anthony Ryan and Anya Ayoung-Chee. Anthony broke down and confided his grandmother had passed away days before filming. Unable to make a decision the judges decided not to cut either one.
Thank you for your interest in our past collaboration with Project Runway. Season 7 was taped before our collaboration with the show was discontinued. We will not be producing winning looks from the show’s designers and apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
— JCPenney (@jcpenney) January 3, 2019
JC Penney no Longer Collaborating with Project Runway All Stars
Things took another turn at the end of the premiere episode of Project Runway All Stars. Two new contestants would join the already full roster. Season 13 winner of Project Runway Sean Kelly will join the cast. As will Juli Grbac, Project Runway Austraila’s first winner. The new additions will make the season even more competitive.
Fans loved Dmitry’s winning design. Several fans tweeted that when they went to JCPenney’s website to order the dress there was no mention of it. Twitter account @Ask JCPenney responded to several tweets with this message. “This season was taped before our collaboration ended. We will not be producing Season 7 winning looks and apologized for any confusion this might have caused.”
Fans thought that Project Runway All Stars should have run a disclaimer about this. On tonight’s show which airs at 9 pm on Lifetime actress Sofia Carson will join the judges. The challenge is to design a sophisticated graduation outfit. We will have to wait to see what designer will come out on top.
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