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WOW! 'Project Runway' Is Back & It's Better Than Ever! Sorry To Say Designer McKell Maddox Was Eliminated!

Fri, July 30, 2010 10:49am EDT by 1 Comment
Courtesy of Lifetime

Courtesy of Lifetime

McKell may have been kicked off, but designers Casanova, Jason Troisi and Iva Higa still need to watch their backs — they could be sent home next!

It wasn’t just a regular premiere July 29 for the eighth season of Lifetime’s Project Runway. It was still audition time for the designers and one of them just didn’t make the cut. Host Heidi Klum, judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia and guest judge Selma Blair sent 29-year-old McKell Maddox packing!

But, McKell wasn’t the only ones the judges were tempted to cut loose; they also called out designers Casanova, Jason Troisi and Ivy Higa for their questionable designs.

The first challenge began with Heidi asking the contestants to “please open up [your bags] and pull out one item you would like to incorporate into your garment … now pass it to the person on your right.”

For designer Casanova, this meant giving up a pair of Dolce & Gabbana pants that cost him more than $1,000 and watching competitor Valerie Mayen rip them to shreds!

For his own design, Casanova received a silk blouse that he turned into something the judges described as a dress for “a pole dancer in Dubai.” It was “unusually” revealing and barely covered the model. You could even see her butt crack!

Another competitor asked to defend his design, Jason, basically just turned the dress he received inside out and put it on the model backwards. Jason openly admitted you could see the staples he used to hold the piece together. Selma must have been the one who saved him, because she thought the piece had an usual take.

Ivy was the other designer to face the judges because, like Jason, she just took a pair of pants and just rearranged the stitching. It was a tough challenge for her, but the judges kept her around to see if her attitude and work ethic will change.

After seeing these three designers’ work, I think all three should have been sent home — but the judges seemed more forgiving since it was the first episode.

The winner of the first challenge was 28-year-old Gretchen Jones.

HollywoodLifers, who is YOUR favorite designer after watching the first episode? And do you think McKell was the right contestant to send home? Drop us a comment and let us know what you think!

— Lindsey DiMattina

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