All Star Rewind—with Yolanda McCarthy: Episode #5

February 5, 2012—Denver, CO—Hello, my fellow Project Runway pals!  It’s your girl Yolanda back for another All Stars Rewind for week 5 of Project Runway All Stars.  This week had the designers begging strangers for the clothes off their backs—literally!  Using whatever means necessary, the All Stars had to “charm the pants off” their design muses.

pras-rr-ep5-mondo-fIt was an action-packed evening last week at Beauty Bar Denver for Mondo’s All Star Thursdays and in the spirit of this week’s challenge, there were two very special guest event partners in attendance:  Goodwill Industries of Denver and Maclovia.  Mondo also judged a repurposed look contest using his shirt designs from!

Goodwill Denver was on hand to collect clothing donations and enter guests into a drawing for a pair of tickets to the Good Exchange Clothing Swap and Fashion Show.

Goodwill Denver welcomes Mondo back for a second year as judge for their event on Feb 8, 2012.  Fellow judges this year include Colorado Project Runway alums, Fallene Wells & Julie Tierney from season 9.

It’s a night of fun, fashion, & fabulous finds with a re-purposed runway show featuring the designs of local students in Goodwill Denver’s youth programs.  Mondo had the opportunity to mentor the young designers at his alma mater, Denver School of the Arts.

Mondo shared, “It’s like a full-circle moment for me because I started out my experience in fashion by going to thrift stores—like Goodwill—buying something, and then re-purposing it for myself.  It’s where I learned how to create looks from a mix of options, and now, I’m encouraging future designers to have fun and get creative.  It feels good!”

During the evening’s re-purposed t-shirt contest, nine contestants rose to the challenge, but only two claimed victory:  Kyle & Sara!  The crowd was thrilled with their creative, fun, and Mondo-licious designs.  Congrats, girls!

(Speaking of LoveMondoTrasho tees, did anybody notice the Mondo by Maryellen design cameo in this week’s episode?  Yay!)

A couple of handsome and gracious gentlemen took the spirit of the evening to a new level and removed the clothes off their backs to model the latest designs from Denver men’s underwear company, Maclovia.  Matt Riley & Robbie Neuman of Prime Talent flexed and entertained the crowd in Maclovia’s finest.

Still, the biggest rush of the evening came with the announcement of Mondo’s much deserved win.  Mondo’s reaction . . . “Finally!”  J

To close the evening’s viewing, Mondo shared a Skype conversation recorded with his muse—Grace.

Guests were invited to get up close and personal with the Prime models in a Maclovia photo booth courtesy of Jeff Ball photography.  Mondo met fans and signed merchandise before treating a few guest to his best runway stomp.  Work it, Mondo!

This week, Jerell Scott makes a special guest appearance for a faceoff between all the senses.  Wanna join us?  Get the details when they drop at!

Your girl,

Yolanda McCarthy