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Season 2 Q&A: La La Anthony Steps Up to the Judges Panel

By laurareineke 12/13/2012 11:30AM GMT

Project Runway All Stars La La Anthony

Actress and TV personality La La Anthony was tapped to join this season's roster of guest judges (along with superstar Kylie Minogue) for a creativity-stretching challenge involving glitter, garland and the spirit of the holiday season. We spoke with her about her time on the show and her interest in fashion—check out the Q&A below!

Q: What made you want to be a guest judge this season on "Project Runway All Stars"?
I’m into fashion. I love fashion. I love clothes. I love the show. So when I was asked I was just honored because to be able to see people be so creative and bring ideas to life is just still so fascinating to me. So I was happy to be a part of it, but I guess I would just say it was my love for fashion.

Q: What do you look for in a design? When you were on "Project Runway" what did you see?
The task that we had was to make an outfit out of Christmas decorations, Christmas ornaments, so of course in that kind of task what you’re looking for is creativity. The fact that these designers were able to make such amazing pieces out of Christmas supplies and ornaments, I was just blown away. But definitely what I’m looking for is creativity. Like how do you even take an ornament or wreath or something and turn that into something that we could actually wear. I was pretty blown away.

Q: What Christmas materials would you have chosen to make a look out of?
I think I would probably choose like garland because obviously you could make maybe a cool skirt or a cool top somehow out of garland. So that is what I would first go for. You can get that in different colors to kind of mix it up. But there’s no denying that making anything out of Christmas supplies and ornaments is very difficult and I was just blown away by what these designers were able to do.

Q: How did you decide what you would wear on the show?
That was a tough one because I knew it was a fashion show and people would be looking. Actually my stylist just helped me pick something out. I had a Tom Ford dress on, a Tom Ford sequined dress, but then I wanted to edge it up so I threw on a leather jacket on top, which I though was really cool to kind of throw a leather jacket on top of this Tom Ford Dress. I was really happy with how the look came out.

Q: Since you have watched the show over the years when you were a judge what was the experience like? Was it harder than you thought it would be? Was it more fun, easier? How does that go?
It was really fun, but at the same time you want to be honest with people. What I like to say is being honest doesn’t mean that you have to be mean. A lot of times when you get on these judges panels people just want to be mean and be so hard on people. All people want is your honesty and if you’re honest it doesn’t mean you have to be mean about it. So I really enjoyed being honest with my thoughts but also being positive as well and giving these designers encouragement because it takes a lot of guts to do what they’re doing.

Q: Which designer on the show would you most likely want to wear?
I do have a designer - just give me one second - that I said I absolutely loved. I just want to make sure I have their name right. I liked a lot of them, but I loved Casanova. I loved Uli—I really loved Uli. That was my favorite, Uli Herzner.