They say pride comes before a fall. That may have been what happened to designer Joshua McKinley on “Project Runway All Stars” in the ninth challenge of the season, “Posen on the Red Carpet.” Always outspoken and self-assured, McKinley’s ambition got the better of him when he chose a difficult method for his design, and he was eliminated. Do you think the judges were right to send him home? Scroll down and vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.
The remaining seven designers were tasked with creating a red-carpet look that showcased their signature design technique using fabrics selected from guest judge Zac Posen‘s private studio. McKinley chose pintucking as his signature technique. He thought the difficulty of that approach would impress the judges, and he couldn’t resist throwing a little shade at his competitors in the process: “I’m going to try to wow them with something I don’t think the other designers are even going to think of — or let’s really call it, know of,” he said.
Unfortunately for him, his meticulous pintucking left him little time for the rest of his design in this one-day challenge. Fellow designer Ken Laurence thought the resulting look was like “a woman who just divorced her husband, so she snuck into her daughter’s room to get this dress to go to the club to meet some man to have sex with.” Even McKinley wasn’t satisfied with his dress when he saw it walk down the runway. “The skirt is fabulous, but the top is so unresolved,” he admitted. “As cool as the technique is, I really needed more time.”
And the judges agreed. Isaac Mizrahi commented that it looked “like two completely different designs.” Alyssa Milano “couldn’t figure out if I loved this look or hated it,” though she did admire his excellent pintucking technique. Posen even called the look “a little bit trashy.” Do you agree that McKinley deserved to be sent home, or did he deserve at least one more chance?
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