Two contestants from “Project Runway” season four produced both the best and worst outfits of the evening in last night’s season premiere.
Elisa Jimenez was eliminated after her clothing failed to wow judges Isaac Mizrahi, Georgina Chapman, and Angela Lindvall. Rami Kashou, however, received praise for his dress and advanced on to the next round.
Jimenez stated that the judges “couldn’t see my complete and total commitment to it [her clothing] being an outfit. They couldn’t see how it would translate into fashion. I’m very pleased with what I put out.”
Kashou described his win as a humble experience. “Winning the unconventional challenge was really unexpected. It’s an off-the-hook type of feeling.”
The show features a variable who’s who of former contestants, including Anthony Williams, April Johnston, Austin Scarlett, Elisa Jimenez, Gordana Gelhausen, Jerell Scott, Kara Janx, Kenley Collins, Michael Costello, Mila Hermanovski, Mondo Guerra, Rami Kashou, and Sweet P.
Joanna Cole spoke with The Huffington Post about her new role and said, “What’s fun about this show for the viewer is they already know all the contestants, but the other judges and I are new, and the presenter is new, so it’s like a reverse of the usual.”
When compared to beloved host Tim Gunn, Cole stated, “I feel the enormous weight of Tim Gunn’s brilliance on my shoulders. But Tim and I are good friends, and honestly, if I can be an acorn under his oak tree, I would be thrilled.”
One final twist this season: there is no immunity granted to weekly challenge winners. “Project Runway All Stars” airs Thursdays on Lifetime at 9:00 p.m. (EST).