In Episode 4 of Project Runway, Season 20, the All Stars were tasked with creating a look fit for a Queen in a challenge that can be dubbed as “Fit for Royalty”.
Project Runway Season 20 | Episode 4 Recap
With filming taking place shortly after the coronation of King Charles III, producers had a plan. The contestants would have to create a formal gown fit for royalty. It needs to feel modern and fresh; fit for a royal of today. That could mean the likes of Meghan Markle, and Kate Middleton, or even pop royalty like Beyoncé.
Mentor Christian Siriano then had everybody pick a single tea sandwich from a serving tray, following a very flamboyant welcome to the runway. He revealed that for this challenge, they would all be separated into pairs. Whoever had the same tea sandwich as somebody else, would join that person for this week of the competition. The pairs were:
- Kayne and Viktor
- Brittany and Anna
- Kara Saun and Laurence
- Rami and Bishme
- Hester and Fabio
- Korto and Prajjé
Everybody seemed thrilled to be teamed up; but one team more than any other found it difficult to work together, as we soon found out.
For the most part, the pairs enjoyed one another’s company. Brittany soon began to find Anna’s presence frustrating, however. “I’m not a seamstress here to execute her vision,” she said in confessional. It seemed a little harsh; Anna was simply giving her advice to someone who she should have been able to bounce ideas off of. Of course, in such a high-intensity pressure cooker, we only get a glimpse of the whole day. It’s bound to become stressful, and sometimes those closest to us are who first feel our wrath in such a situation.
With only $1,000 to spend on fabrics for this challenge, some contestants are bemused. They got to spend double that amount the week prior on toys! Still, it’s enough for them to execute their visions, as they got to work. At the end of the first day, an extremely honest conversation was had. Korto and Rami felt a little underappreciated by Christian and the panel of judges. Their original seasons of Project Runway were some time ago, so they feel they’ve not got the same connection to those who decided their fate as the more recent additions to the franchise.
As day two comes around, Brittany and Anna seem to be on much stronger ground. They’re now listening to one another, and might actually be able to pull something together using both of their expertise. When Christian arrives, however, he has some harsh words for the pair. “It looks like you just stuck [the beading] on the skirt,” he tells them. Anna is thrown, as she says she spent six grueling hours putting that together.
Christian doesn’t hold back when he visits the rest of the pairs. He wants something “more dramatic … less safe,” from Bishme and Rami. “Things that are a bit ‘off’ will be better,” he advises. As for Kayne and Viktor? “It is looking a little bit like a medieval costume,” he worries. “I think you could do something cooler and more modern.”
When the models arrive, Christian has more advice, this time for Hester and Fabio. “It’s not the most beautiful fitting pant,” he tells them. The pair immediately get to work on changing it, confident that the rest of the ensemble is top tier.
It’s runway day! Our resident judges Nina Garcia, Brandon Maxwell, and Elaine Welteroth, are joined by guest judge Wes Gordon. He has dressed American royalty, Michelle Obama, and serves as creative director at the fashion label Carolina Herrera, having taken over from the woman herself in 2018.
The runway presentation is almost flawless. As the judges repeatedly note, there isn’t a single bad look among the bunch. There are simply some that are better than others.
Brittany and Anna deliver a romantic, yet simple piece. It is quite ill-fitting in parts, which brings the entire design down. Kara Saun and Laurence’s offering, however, delivers everything the judges wanted and more. It may take a second to get used to, the clash of colors and textures, but Laurence is right when she calls it her “redemption.” Kayne and Viktor, meanwhile, have a dramatic and daring, almost Game of Thrones offering. The headpiece is gorgeous, and the gown is beautiful, but the corset takes away from the rest of the design.
Viktor was ultimately the judge’s decision on who to send home. Despite his win in the competition the week prior to this one, the corset he was adamant about should have been a part of his and Kayne’s design was responsible for seeing him sent out. Nina reassured him that “what we saw of you was fantastic and I know you have that talent in you.”
On the opposite end of the scale, Prajjé and Korto were celebrated with the best look of the week. Korto was announced as the overall winner, thanks to her hard work on the gown. “I feel seen,” she said. “I’m so thankful to represent my people. Laurence and Kara Saun joined them in the top four, and history was made, as four African Americans enjoyed success in the top four, for the first time.
Project Runway: All Stars continues Thursdays at 9/8c on Bravo.
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