Kenley Collins, cat thrower, is back on Project Runway All Stars.
Kenley Collins may be better known for her fiery attitude and run-ins with the law than her designs, but that isn’t stopping this fashionista from bringing her talent back to television on Project Runway All Stars.
The talented yet controversial designer was born and raised in Pompano Beach, Florida. Her career began at the age of 16, when she developed a knack for repurposing vintage clothing she’d find in local shops for herself and her friends.
Collins went on to graduate from Florida State University and headed to New York, where she managed to land a job with a clothing company as a designer.
In 2008, Collins appeared as a contestant on Project Runway season five, where her outspoken personality caused her to clash with the rest of the designers as well as Tim Gunn. In later interviews, Gunn revealed Kenley would laugh inappropriately when he was in the workshop speaking with other contestants and often yell her own comments out unprovoked.
Despite her unprofessional behavior and inability to accept criticism, Collins’ talent carried her through to the final runway. Her use of rich colors, classic lines and playful fabric choices allowed her to create romantic silhouettes that the judges were fans of, despite how abrasive they found Collins to be. After losing in the finale, Collins returned to New York and continued designing.
In 2009, her anger got the best of her and she was charged by police following a violent dispute with her then fiancé. She spent time in jail for assault after attacking him with a laptop computer and a household cat. Unsurprisingly, Collins has credited her time behind bars as the inspiration for her 2010 collection.
Will she leave the drama at home on Project Runway All Stars or do you think Collins will maintain her “love-to-hate” persona and continue to clash with the judges?
Tune in to Lifetime on Thursday nights to find out.