January 06, 2012 02:22 PM by Ashley Lee
The first elimination of Project Runway: All Stars was suffered by season four contestant Elisa Jimenez, whose unconventional aesthetic and design methods could not compete in the premiere’s unconventional challenge. However, she is taking the loss in stride and is sharing on her brief return to the the Runway: what she thinks of the new judges and workroom mentor, and how she defends spitting on clothes and working on the floor!
Elisa Jimenez admits that she went into the All Stars season with fresh eyes and was incredibly complimented by the offer to return.
Yet she recalls feeling insecure when mentor Joanna Coles first approached her in the workroom with strong comments. “When you have such a highly intelligent and well-respected woman as Joanna Coles come up to you and the first conversation she’s having with you is about your process, you know that somehow the dialogue has shifted. Your whole method is coming into critique, not what you make.”
However, the eliminated contestant stands by her unique process. “I think my unconventional methods and my unconventional ideologies at times throughout my entire life have made it difficult for certain groups of people to totally understand or accept something can come out of that.”
Jimenez says that she was pleased to be judged by Isaac Mizrahi. “I truly respect Mr. Mizrahi. I’ve seen him around in New York for 17, 18 years. So to have his compliment and his dialogue really meant a great deal because I was more connected with admiring his work. He’s someone in fashion who has constantly reinvented himself in an industry that’s very fickle.”
Even though he didn’t enjoy her work as much as she’d hoped, she has no regrets. “I was really proud of it and I think the work stands for itself,” she says. “I wouldn’t have changed a thing.”
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