Jaws were on the floor during the latest “Project Runway”.
On Thursday night’s episode, 29-year-old designer Tyler Neasloney threw some massive shade at host Karlie Kloss over her relationship with the Kushner family.
In a clip from the episode that went viral on Twitter, Brandon Maxwell commented on one of Neasloney’s designs, telling him, “I cannot see Karlie wearing it anywhere, honestly.”
The designer quickly responds with a cheeky smile, “Not even to dinner with the Kushners?”
The shocked expression on Kloss’ face said it all.
Kloss is married to Joshua Kushner, brother of Jared Kuchner, who is senior advisor and son-in-law of Donald Trump.
After a moment of stunned silence, Neasloney attempted to smooth things over by telling Kloss, “That’s your husband!”
“I was going to Paris, that was your challenge here,” Kloss responded. “Keep it to the challenge.”
Critiquing his design, Kloss added that he had “really missed the mark here, on all accounts.” He was then eliminated from the show.
However, in a subsequent interview Neasloney insisted that his remarks were misinterpreted, and he was simply joking.
“I felt like we had built a really cool rapport. I was laughing, they were laughing, we were going tit-for-tat. There was shade, there were jokes, and it was really fun,” Neasloney said in an interview with Bravo’s “Daily Dish”, as reported by People.
“So, I came into the episode four runway after being in the bottom twice before that in a row, I came in there being like I’m friendly with the judges now. We’ve spoken, we’ve kikied, we’ve laughed. I can be my normal self,” he said.
“That’s what is bothersome about some of the coverage, both press and Twitter, is a lot of people are treating it as this non sequitur,” he continued. “It was non sequitur; it was entirely related to the aesthetic of the look.”
Added Neasloney: “I’m not a nasty person. I thought we were on a friendly enough playing field. So Karlie, at the end of the day, she’s human, so I don’t want her to just hate me or feel awful about what I said.”
Despite how people might have taken his comments, Neasloney is using the 15-seconds of fame to his benefit.
The designer is selling t-shirts for $35 with half of the proceeds going to the Ali Forney Center, which supports homeless LGBTQ youth.
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