What a crock of doo doo.
Not only should Rami Kashou not have gone home on “Project Runway: All Stars” Episode 6, he should’ve won his particular fashion face-off (and I love Mila) and stayed a frontrunner to win the whole season. Instead, the spoilers seem to be playing out exactly as listed — the preordained anointing of certain designers who will not deserve what they get. Sorry, but it’s true.
Austin should’ve gone home for that embarrassing top. (I’m seeing a lot of floral prints at NY Fashion Week, but not like this.) Or Kara should’ve gone home for putting everyone to sleep. The “Spring” selections for American Sportswear were a total bust — the groundhog definitely saw his shadow.
But the judges/producers/whoever shot this episode in the foot by deciding there had to be one winner and one loser from each season. The second it came down to Rami vs. Austin, Michael and Mondo you had to know they would kill off the least reality TV friendly personality.
Jerell definitely deserved his win and he deserves applause for how he handled the Michael Costello design inspiration scandal. It’s a tricky thing, but when you design something first and a couple of hours later someone else right next to you creates something that even the judges notice is very similar to what you did — it’s important to speak up. This is not a sewing competition, it’s a design competition. Jerell was right to speak up when Joanna Coles asked about it and he was right to talk to Michael directly about it.
Michael may be sensitive because, on Season 8, he was accused of cheating by using tape of some kind, but this is completely different. And no, Mondo, I don’t think it had anything to do with Michael having won a couple of previous challenges. The Team of Mondo + Michael is nice to see, but their little whisper campaign was way off this week.
I also did not care for Mondo’s Summer design — which didn’t seem like much of a 60th birthday present for his mother either. I felt bad for him when he burst into tears (somewhat like Michael sobbing when he didn’t make the Season 8 finals) but I was very impressed with Rami’s opposite response to being eliminated.
Rami was poised and classy to the end. He felt like he accomplished what he came there to do — he promoted his brand and got more name recognition. Bravo to him. (Or Lifetime to him?) However, it is a crime for him to have been eliminated before Kara, never mind lose to Austin’s horrible top.
Here are the remaining all-stars, ranked in order of my personal preference:
• Mila Hermanovski (Season 7)
• Jerell Scott (Season 5)
• Kenley Collins (Season 5)
• Michael Costello (Season 8)
• Mondo Guerra (Season 8 )
• Austin Scarlett (Season 1)
• Kara Janx (Season 2)
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