Sean Kelly just couldn’t get it together on “Project Runway All Stars.” He won the red carpet design challenge in “Pedal to the Metal,” but that turned out to be a rare triumph for him. He was plagued by inconsistency, and he ended up with more low scores than anyone else this season so far. This week, in “All-Inclusive,” he landed in the judges’ bottom three for the fifth time, and that was the last straw. Scroll down to vote in our poll to let us know if you thought he deserved his fate.
As a male “Project Runway” fan,” the “All-Inclusive” challenge was my favorite of the season so far since it required the designers to create gender-neutral street-wear looks for variety of male, female and gender-nonconforming models — at last I could judge the designers by whether I would be caught dead in their looks! Kelly’s idea was to deconstruct a pinstripe suit. He was “inspired by Wall Street, and then a leather bar as well.”
Judge Isaac Mizrahi thought it was “stunning,” but considered Kelly’s interpretation of a pinstripe suit “cliche” and “dull” for this particular challenge. Guest judge Asia Kate Dillon also thought it was “disappointing” in how predictable it was. But Georgina Chapman gave him credit for his “interesting ideas,” and Alyssa Milano thought he did “a really nice job.” The judges were divided on most of the looks, not just Kelly’s, but Chapman and Milano’s appreciation wasn’t strong enough to counter how underwhelmed Mizrahi and Dillon were.
I probably wouldn’t wear it either. Kelly’s design didn’t look to me like anything we wouldn’t see from him on a gender-conforming female model, and the pinstripe look was an odd choice for a street-wear challenge, though I probably wouldn’t have eliminated him for it — I preferred it to Dmitry Sholokhov’s silver Martian trench coat. What did you think? Vote below.
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