“As we all know in fashion, one day you’re in, and the next day you’re out,” and honey, this Project Runway designer was out… of fucks to give!
On the latest episode of the competition’s 18th season, designers were presented with an upcycle challenge, which meant they had to create their looks using clothes from a local Goodwill. To crank up the stress level even more, series host Karlie Kloss was their personal client du jour.
At the end of the episode, New Jersey-based designer Tyler Neasloney was on the chopping block for his look, which had judge Nina Garcia saying, “It’s not modern, it’s not innovative.”
Neasloney was ultimately eliminated, but some Project Runway viewers believe he was actually sent packing for major shade he threw at Kloss. After judge Brandon Maxwell said he “could not see Karlie wearing it anywhere, honestly,” Neasloney—whom fans know and love for his quick comebacks—replied, “Not even to dinner with the Kushners?”
Needless to say, the retort took Kloss—and the other designers watching backstage—by surprise, as their jaws hit the floor in unison.
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For those of you who don’t know, Kloss is married to Joshua Kushner, brother of Jared Kushner, a.k.a. Ivanka Trump’s husband. Kloss has never kept her marriage a secret, but it isn’t something usually brought up on Project Runway. “Keep it to the challenge,” Kloss told him.
Moments after his elimination, Neasloney addressed his comments on the runway: “Karlie, I want you to know that I’m not a jerk. I’m professional, so what I said earlier had no hidden agenda, no meaning, no, like, nothing like that.” Kloss thanked him.
On the Project Runway After Show, host Christian Siriano asked Neasloney if he still stands by his creation. Neasloney said he does, stating that “it was polished and refined. That’s me.”
Neasloney has made a name for himself in the New York fashion scene, designing for the likes of drag nightlife star Marti Gould Cummings. When not creating couture, Neasloney, who also has a drag persona named Kimberly Onassis, works for the Ali Forney Center as a special events and communications manager.
We’re sad Neasloney will no longer be competing on Project Runway, but damn, what a way to go!