Two episodes into Drag Race All Stars season seven and it’s already clear we’re in for fairly the deal with. After a couple of questionable seasons of Drag Race that left viewers wanting extra (we’re you UK Vs. The World), it’s already apparent All Stars 7 is right here to offer us with every part one may hope for in an all stars season of the beloved present. A part of that has to do with the caliber of expertise on this season—the contestants aren’t simply nice drag queens, they’re nice on the recreation of Drag Race. There’s additionally the dearth of eliminations this time round, which not solely grants the eight queens the flexibility to take dangers with out worry of going house, but in addition permits them to point out off each single look they introduced for the primary stage and after the primary runway, it’s clear why that’s so vital. It’s identified that All Stars runways are normally a caliber above these on a standard season. The queens have gained cash and connections by the point they go on All Stars and that’s most evident in relation to their appears. So, if that’s the case, it is sensible that runways for this inaugural All Winners season are even a head above the run of the mill All Stars, made evident when Shea Couleé stepped out for the episode one runway in Valentino Haute Couture.
In reality, All Stars 7 basically has proven the franchise’s gradual shift towards excessive style, a transfer that isn’t too shocking. Drag is an artwork kind in spite of everything, one which depends closely on style, and through the years, the standard of runway appears has been on an incline. “In season three, there was a whole lot of dolling up quick style with intelligent jewellery,” mentioned Raja, who is taken into account the unique style queen of Drag Race instructed W. “Eleven years later and every part has modified. Some have designer items and every part’s encrusted in stones.”
It’s potential Raja was speaking about Couleé, who has been displaying off many designer appears all through the All Stars 7 press circuit, together with items by Marc Jacobs, Christopher John Rogers, and Valentino. All of it led as much as the premiere, which dropped on Paramount+ final Friday. For the primary runway of the season, themed—“I’m crowning”—Couleé stepped out in a floral printed robe and gown with wool fringe from Pierpaolo Piccioli’s fall 2019 couture assortment for Valentino, making her the primary queen to ever put on high fashion on the present. The Nefertiti-inspired look was accomplished with a crown product of braids, jade inexperienced gage earrings, and exquisite gold equipment.
The beautiful look, although, was simply the fruits of Couleé’s excessive style All Stars premiere, which additionally included a go to from “legendary queen” Naomi Campbell, who offered suggestions to all of the queens on their runway walks. Through the years, Drag Race has boasted many A-list company, from Girl Gaga to Michelle Williams, however Campbell’s look looks as if her approach approach of granting approval for the present to enter into the world of excessive style. It additionally made for a heartwarming second. Most of the queens revealed they discovered to stroll the runway from watching Campbell, and it was Couleé who made it clear how vital it was to stroll for the supermodel. “That is my second to point out my instructor all that I’ve discovered,” she mentioned. When Couleé’s stroll introduced Campbell to tears, it grew to become apparent why she has been chosen by many designers to be the queen to deliver excessive style to Drag Race.
Drag Race has at all times been crammed with excessive style references (simply try @fashioncandrag on Instagram who paperwork them) and that is hardly the primary time a chunk has gone from the style runway to RuPaul’s runway. Simply final season, we noticed Kerri Colby put on Versace on the primary stage and Kahmora Corridor, the self proclaimed “Mackie Doll,” put on a gown from Bob Mackie spring/summer time 2001. Nonetheless, this season feels completely different. On the second episode of All Stars 7, which dropped together with the primary, Monet X Change stepped out for the pleather-themed runway in a fantastically constructed brown column gown impressed by a glance from Daniel Roseberry’s spring 2021 couture assortment for Schiaparelli. Whereas she didn’t put on Roseberry’s precise design, the reference proves these queens are engaged on a totally completely different style aircraft than ever earlier than, and contemplating we’re solely two episode in, chances are high we’re in for lots extra excessive style moments.