The judges made another controversial call on “Project Runway All Stars.” Episode seven, “A Kick in the Astro,” was an avant garde challenge in which the designers had to unleash their wildest artistic impulses inspired by the cosmos. Kimberly Goldson struggled to come up with ideas as avant garde fashion was outside of her comfort zone. And according to the judges Joshua McKinley struggled with too many ideas. It came down to the two of them for elimination. The judges picked Goldson to go home, but our readers would have picked McKinley. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for our complete poll results.
“There are things about it I really like,” said judge Isaac Mizrahi about Goldson’s neutron-star-inspired look, but Georgina Chapman thought the design was “confused,” and guest judge RuPaul Charles thought it was reminiscent of “a Quentin Tarantino villainess.” Almost a quarter of our readers (24%) thought it was the right call to send her home even thought she had never even gotten a low score from the judges before. She was the seventh woman in a row to get the boot; the only man eliminated this season thus far was Carlos Casanova, who got the axe in the season premiere.
Meanwhile, more than half of our readers (53%) would have eliminated McKinley, whose busy design looked to Charles like “a space queen from a porno movie.” And not only did his design miss the mark, his “defensive” attitude when receiving his critiques also frustrated the judges. But they decided to keep him in the competition, perhaps because he was just coming off a win in the previous challenge, “Thrown for a Loop by Betty Boop.” I’ll admit, I actually preferred his elaborate look to some of his designs that the judges have liked, so it looks like no one was on the same page with the judges: I thought McKinley was a lot better than they gave him credit for, while most of our readers thought it was even worse.
What did you think of the elimination? Was Goldson the right call? Should it have been McKinley instead? Or should the judges have gotten rid of another designer who wasn’t even in their bottom-three for the week?
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