Joshua McKinley advanced safely through season six of “Project Runway All Stars” without a single critique from the judges until episode six, “Thrown for a Loop by Betty Boop,” when he not only advanced to the next round but was named the winner of the design challenge. The contestants had to create a chic Hollywood look for the famous cartoon character, so McKinley assembled an urban look with a graphic tee and a see-through mesh skirt. Judge Georgina Chapman said, “I love your take on the New York t-shirt,” and Isaac Mizrahi thought it was “racy” without being “vulgar.” But some of our readers begged to differ.
McKinley has pushed the envelope this season with his sexy looks, including a peekaboo “Ball” gown during an unconventional-materials challenge and a lingerie-inspired “Superhero.” For designers who like to walk on the wild side there’s always the risk that sexy will cross over into tacky in the eyes of the judges — Ari South was eliminated in “Perfect Pairings” in part because of an exposed bellybutton — but McKinley has consistently gotten the judges’ seal of approval. However, one “Runway” fan commented that “he never learned taste,” while another didn’t understand his use of “that weird white underwear thing with the strap that looked like some kind of medical support garment.”
What do you think? Are McKinley’s designs high-fashion or low-taste? Check out some of our readers’ comments below and vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.
Katherine Chavis: “I felt that Josh’s outfit looked like a street walker. You could see the tighty-whities underneath. I am starting to become disappointed with ‘Project Runway.'”
Elizabeth Jones: “I completely agree about Joshua. Looks like he never learned taste … How can anyone think that Joshua makes anything decent?”
Renae: “You’re right. His outfit in episode five looked like a hooker on the streets, but yet he was honorably mentioned by the judges; I don’t get it.”
Meryl fine: “I agree about Joshua’s taste issue. I did think the top was cute and his idea of giving her street wear was inspired. It’s the only thing I’ve ever liked that he’s done. But that skirt! With that weird white underwear thing with the strap that looked like some kind of medical support garment. Atrocious.”
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