South first to depart ‘Project Runway All-Stars’

Oct. 25, 2013 | 1 Comment

Hawaii designer Ari South’s “Punked” look on the runway during the season premiere of “Project Runway All-Stars” on Thursday, Oct. 24. South was the first designer eliminated this season. (Courtesy Lifetime)

BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

When it comes to state pride, Hawaii has a strong reputation for supporting its own in the national arena, so many were looking forward to seeing Ari South compete on the third season of “Project Runway All-Stars”, which began airing last night on Lifetime.

Unfortunately, the euphoria was short-lived as South was the first to exit the show. The episode, “Punked,” was an ode to the punk trend, fueled in part by Spring 2013’s Met Costume Institute exhibition, “Punk: Chaos to Couture.” The designers were sent to a makeshift workroom in the basement of the MOOD fabric store with the idea of creating a crude workspace for work that was initially rough, torn and battered.

Studying the exhibition would have been helpful to many of the designers, who didn’t seem to have a feel for the punk ethos. Only Seth Aaron Henderson and Jeffrey Sebelia seem to have grown up with the punk mindset, and, though Seth Aaron’s ensemble was fabulous, it wasn’t really punk in that it was way too polished. Similarly, the judges’ “criticism” for Ari was that her design was “too well tailored.”

In the end, Elena Slivnyak (Season 10), won her first challenge after following her model’s advice to wear her jacket backward. That gave it a straitjacket effect the judges, including Blondie’s Debbie Harry, liked.

After the episode aired, South posted to her Facebook page: “Thank you, to all my fans and family for your ENDLeSS love and support. … And for the result of tonights episode: Too well tailored, too well designed, and too classy might get you eliminated, but they also get you into Neiman Marcus. #stillwinning #honored #grateful

“(“Project Runway”) thank you for the opportunity, it was a great experience. #itiswhatitis Blessings are coming and I am ready. There is always perfection in the plan. Live and love to no end.”

South remains a fan favorite at the Lifetime site, with the most Facebook likes of all the designers. You can still show your support with a “like” on the page, or by shopping the designer’s latest collection at Neiman Marcus.

Click here to watch South’s “Project Runway” exit interview.

  • Malia

    Why have a spoiler as the title??? Ugh, this episode is still on my DVR.