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"Project Runway All Stars" premiere

Janelle Vreeland

"Project Runway All Stars"

“Project Runway All Stars” sends Elisa packing

“Project Runway All Stars” premiered Thursday night, boasting new judges a new mentor and new rules.

Thirteen previous “Project Runway” designers were given the chance to redeem themselves on this season of “All Stars.” But in order to win the biggest prize in “Project Runway” history, they have a new set of judges to impress. Model/actress Angela Lindvall hosts the series and joins designers Georgina Chapman and Isaac Mizrahi on the judging panel. Mentoring the “Project Runway” contestants this season is Marie Claire’s editor-in-chief Joanna Coles. 

The designers had the opportunity to show off their most recent creations with a mini runway show. Each designer chose a piece that they thought embodied their aesthetic, but some were soon regretting their choices when they were presented with their first challenge.

Lindvall took the contestants to a 99-cent store, and gave them $100 to create a look that drew inspiration from the piece they presented to the judges. Drama reared its ugly head early on as season eight alums April Johnston and Michael Costello found themselves creating similar looks using mop heads. Season one alum Austin Scarlett also ran into trouble when a nearby hot glue gun burned a hole into his plastic dress. Despite these problems, Johnston, Costello and Scarlett all found themselves safe.

The top three looks this week were created by season eight favorite and runner-up Mondo Guerra, season four runner-up Rami Kashou and season five alum Jerell Scott. Meanwhile, season six alum Gordana Gehlhausen, season four alum Sweet P and season four alum Elisa Jimenez found themselves in the bottom three. In the end, Kashou was declared the winner of the week’s challenge and Jimenez was declared “out.”

You can watch Jimenez’s “Project Runway All Stars” exit interview below.

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