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Episode 8 Recap

Posted By LisaRaphael 12:54am GMT

Whenever someone’s like, “I hate when people misuse or overuse the word ‘literally,’” I cringe because they’re talking about me. In fact, they’re literally talking about me. This week’s challenge makes me think of my disastrous diction, because it’s the challenge where the designers’ downfalls could be in being too literal.

Project Runway All Stars UN Flag ChallengeIn a scene straight out of a very tame rom-com, the designers meet Angela on the roof of the United Nations building. Here, on this lush, cubic expanse of shrubbery, we all gain the perspective that our work problems are peanuts compared to those in the very building Ange’s heels are slowly sinking in the roof grass toward. World hunger, human rights, yada yada. But onto the challenge!

Duh, the designers must create a dress inspired by a flag and its country. They get a limited pick from one of the six in front of them that represent the major world regions (whatever that means.) At this point in the competition, it is less an irritant and more cold fact that Michael and Mondo are BFF. But now it appears Mila is bringing her alliterated self to the party. We also know that Austin and Kenley are buds, so the question really is: Where does Jerell belong?!

I love these challenges, because there’s always a choice that all of the All Stars are like, “Oh my goddddd, I’m soooo happy I didn’t get saddled with that option!” And this time it is Austin’s Seychelles flag, which is the kaleidoscopic nightmare that keeps Mila up at night.

At Mood, Mila’s “I didn’t come here to make friends” attitude looks like it’s about to pay off for her as we watch Mondo and Kenley give kind-but-questionable advice to Michael and Austin, respectively. This is a time when the wrong choice of trim (bright blue velvet) or fabric (iridescent, anything that can be described as “2-for-1”) can send you packing up your pincushion and heading home. Or to wherever sequestered, kicked-off contestants go.

Kenley Collins Polka Dot FlagWe’re led to believe that Kenley and her ’50s aesthetic are going to blow this challenge. I’m no fashion designer, but as a “Project Runway” viewer, I’d like to introduce the kettles to the pots. Most of the designers on this show, especially the standing six, have been proudly and successfully using their design calling cards throughout the competition — and why shouldn’t they? These aren’t aspiring fashion students; these are industry professionals who are known for what they do. As Jerell said re: Michael, “Greece, Michael Costello, draping.” As Kenley said re: Jerell, “This is so Jerell!” Before they picked flags, sketched, went to Mood, entered the workroom, I could have told you what they were all going to make:
Austin: a flowing, feminine gown.
Jerell: an (I’ll even quote him) “ethnic and embellished” dress with at least one scarf-like quality.
Kenley: a cute, vintage silhouette, most likely with polka dots.
Michael: a drapey gown for red carpet or resort.
Mila: a cool, color-blocked ensemble.
Mondo: a funky, brightly colored, pieced outfit in jersey.

By these standards and expectations, Mondo was really the only one who gave us something a little out of his ordinary. But then again, when you saw his Jamaican flag dress, didn’t it call to mind his Heidi/Jessica Simpson–approved polka dot gown? You know, the one where he transformed what looked like simple black jersey into a gorgeous red-carpet silhouette with a unique pop of print?

We’re used to watching “PR” and nodding along with the judges in agreement as they criticize the contestants for doing something “expected.” On “Project Runway All Stars,” we’re seeing individual challenges week-to-week, but we’re also watching the designers form a collection of their work. Whether they mean to or not. This isn’t meant to be a criticism; I think it’s one of the most interesting things about this season. This is reality television with seasoned vets, so let’s give their garments story arcs as well.

We’re going straight to the runway, and totally ignoring Joanna’s sudden call to action that all of these looks be bra-friendly. Like, really? Now? Who cares? They make so many contraptions for boobs these days that I’m not going to let my ta-tas stand in the way of fashion. (There’s a joke in there somewhere, I’m sure.)

Project Runway All Stars Mondo Flag ChallengeI don’t know if it was clear in the paragraph above, but I love Mondo’s look and think he was totally deserving of the win. His clothing is high-fashion but really wearable, and as a super hip young woman living in a metropolitan area, I want most of it. I also loved Kenley’s look and thought this was a weird time to tell her she needs to do something different … because she did, didn’t she? Isaac’s remark was kind of like that fight you have with your boyfriend or your roommate when they didn’t really do anything wrong but you’re pissed at them about doing other things over and over, and you’re just waiting for them to mess up again, and when they don’t but do something kiiiiind of similar and annoying, you lash out and say things you don’t really mean. Or at least didn’t mean that time. I’m not sure if Kenley’s dress was necessarily Chilean, maybe Chilean hipster expat, but I liked it and it was a cool, Kenley interpretation of both the flag and the land.

It definitely wasn’t the challenge for our other four contestants. Georgina Chapman and I have something in common — besides the fact that we’re both gorgeous, and we love Austin Scarlett and can’t bear to see him go. So he doesn’t!

Love your namesake red
— so divine on the runway!
No comment re: dress.

I don’t need to tell you or Michael Costello (who I think reads this blog … gulp … love yaaaaa, MC!) that the blue trim was not so great. I will say that I’m not a big fan of that type of completely open back on a dress. It just creeps me out, as the very hint of someone’s butt crack is prone to do.

Mila’s dress may not have been for the average lady (do you know how many mullet skirts I’ve tried to make work recently? Me neither, but I’ve bought none, if that tells you something), but it was such a cool concept! Jerell’s Indian look was so (SEE ABOVE) literal and kinda tacky, so I thought he was heading home for surrrre. I was literally wrong.

Bye, Mila! Send me a link to your leggings shop, girl! I will literally buy some!!!!

And don't forget — Laura Bennett is recapping the show over on Lifetime Moms!

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Kara's Exit Interview

Posted By LisaRaphael 4:37pm GMT

We were happy to ride the emotional rollercoaster along with Kara Janx on "PRAS," but now that the ride has finished, we're hoping the Season 2 vet will just, like, invite us over for a home-cooked family meal or something! After her teary Episode 7 departure, Kara turned on that ol' Southern [African] charm and discussed her friendships on the show, her business persona and which man in her life drops her legendary "Project Runway" "pee pee" line on command.

Kara Janx Project Runway All StarsLisa: How has it been since last episode?
Kara:
Well, it’s good. I mean, you know what’s coming so it’s no surprise to me. But it’s really so emotional, I had to turn off the episode.

Do you watch every week?
Oh, of course, of course. I’m completely addicted and hooked. I want to see what went down for sure!

How do you feel about the way you were portrayed this time around?
I look like I’m panicking constantly and for the most part, I am. But a lot of that is my process, a lot of that is sort of how I deal with my creative energy. I anticipate having some self-doubt — it’s like, “panic, panic, make beautiful clothes, panic, panic.” I’m so professional and I have such a strong business persona but… it’s very bizarre. It’s also just the difference from my regular life, being in a reality TV format. It’s just a different environment and I handle different things obviously in different ways, so no surprise there.

You mentioned your business persona, and other designers have talked about how you are one of the more successful of the All Stars — you actually sell clothing at Neiman Marcus, is that correct?
Yes I do, thank you. Going into the show, my agenda has always been to translate that into more grand equity. For me, it equals sales. It’s how you market yourself. It’s a direct reflection of your business and how you sort of yield the results of the show with the consequences of the show. For me, it’s always been a business consequence. I work really hard, I’m part of that hamster wheel of showing collections to the retailers in that shuffle and it’s really been good for me because that’s really my niche, that commercial space.

On “All Stars,” you talked a lot about your family and we can see what an influence they are in your work and life. I don’t think you seemed “panicked” on the show, but more “emotional.”
That’s a much better word for panicked, you’re right, I’m very emotional by nature. I’m very passionate, I’m very outspoken and I’m just sort of an open book. My family is everything to me as it would be to any mother and I go on the show in the best interest for my family, you know what I mean? You leave your kids and go on a show and it’s such a natural thing to miss them and not be at your peak.

On Season 2, I had nothing to lose and I had no personal attachments on the home front and now I have a great husband and beautiful kids and that’s a massive priority for me so if that’s how I went through the show, so be it. For me, it’s important that my kids know I have integrity and that I work really hard and I do what I do with the utmost passion.

What do they think when they watch the show. Or, are they allowed to watch the show?
They’re allowed to watch a little, they watch the recorded version. I think every time they watch it, my little boy laughs and says “snip your pee pee!” My daughter loves Miss Piggy, every time she sees me, she’s like “I always think it’s cool you were with Miss Piggy!” They know mommy was on a TV show and mommy’s on TV… it’s a very normal thing. Very normal. (laughs)

So they quote your iconic “Project Runway” line?
Right because of the commercials, you know in the beginning, now my son just sees and he’s just like “snip your pee pee!” and he just finds it really sort of cute and humorous.

That’s so cute!
It’s so cute. They’re tiny you know? They take it at face value, so it’s nothing. Well, it’s not nothing, it’s just like, “Oh, kids, mommy’s on TV.”

Well, you seem emotional but you also just seem like a mother and that really came across this season. You seemed kind of like the glue that held some of the people in the workroom together.
That’s very complimentary and I love that. I just feel I had some tactic relationships. There was no hidden agenda or malice so I feel like if they asked for advice or if they needed some kind of emotional console, I was there. I didn’t want to be the mother hen and by no means did I set out to do it, but we had such strong bonds and strong friendships. I’m always so gracious to be in that contemporary environment with similar minds. If you go and get those opportunities to be one of the people who are nice about design and competition and all these things, so I definitely like to think that I love them and they love me, so that’s nice.

I heard that you, Rami and Anthony were the Kardashians?
Yeah, my sisters! We were the ‘Dashes. We were our own little family and we loved that because it was our way of leaving that working place and just being our own little thing. It was hilarious, you can imagine how hilarious it was, especially with Anthony. I was Kourtney, you know, I was the one with the kids and the ponytails. I was quite happily Kourtney.

Yes, that’s a good one. Rami said he didn’t know why he was Kim.
He has the physique of Kim! He’s Kim! Like, how do you not know that?! Rami has the physique of Kim, Anthony has the physique of Khloe and I have the psychic of Kourtney. It’s obvious!

Kara and Kenley in the workroomYou also seemed really close with Kenley.
Kenley and I were best, best buddies. I like that she is just an open book, she’s so emotional and we really sort of connected. We both find each other completely hilarious and we just really enjoyed the experience. We went through the journey together. Watching last night reminded me of our special journey together. We were there for each other and we encouraged each other and picked each other up when we were down and, you know, you need that. She’s just a great girl with a lot of fantastic energy and I think sometimes she gets a bad rep and I just adore her, I just absolutely adore her.

Did you know that Mila was so perturbed by your relationship with Kenley? Watching the show, she talks about it almost every episode; did that come across in person?
Well, everybody has their ideal workspace and I think that everyone has to adjust and insert themselves into the environment that they’re in and I don’t know that Mila wants two girls running around, or that she wants a symbiotic, co-dependent type relationship. I don’t mean we were co-dependent, I just think that’s sort of how we are in our lives. I always say that the TV is a direct reflection of who you are in your life. In my season, I had Santino who was loud and crazy and would sing 24/7 but it was funny too and you just got to sit back and look at the situation and accept it so you can really embrace it. It’s difficult for everyone. Everybody works differently.

Next episode, the designers are creating looks based on flags. What country’s flag would you choose as inspiration?
Oh, I think that’s obvious. I would definitely go with the South African flag, for sure and I know its culture and its history and its change.

Do you have an idea of what you might do?
No, no, no, no! I’m not even going there, it’s always funny because whenever I watch seasons before I even knew I was going to be on “All Stars,” I would be like, I can’t believe I did that! Or, I don’t know how they do it! And when I went back I’m like, “I’m going to do it anyway!” But I’m actually not going to try and do it because I don’t know that anyone could give me a challenge again.

Who would you want to win this season now that you’re out of the running?
You know, I’m going to tell you that everyone can and may the best man win but obviously I’m rooting for my peeps, Kenley and Austin. It’s an exceptional challenge, you know, Mondo, Kenley, Austin, just very exceptional. And not easy.

Watch Kara's video exit interview and view her portfolio of work from this season and past collections here!

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See Mondo's Winning Look in "Godspell"!

Posted By LisaRaphael 11:49am GMT

Check out Mondo's winning look made into a costume worn by Lindsay Mendez for the Broadway show "Godspell": Austin Scarlett on Broadway

If you missed last night's episode, watch it online here and check out the Episode 7 recap here on the "PRAS" Blog. What do you think of Mondo's creation on Broadway?

Godspell Photo: Jeremy Daniel

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Episode 7 Recap: Let Them Wear Austin Scarlett and Mondo Guerra

Posted By LisaRaphael 6:30pm GMT

In the first frames from last night’s episode, Kenley gives Kara a run for her producer-friendly money. “Guys, can you beelieeeeve that Rami was sent home? It’s like, it’s anyone’s game now. I mean, any one of us could be next!” Yup, that is entirely true and exactly how it works. But to Kenley’s credit, all of the designers are rightfully solemn and pensive post Rami’s departure. Being the best of the best is tough when you remember that in “the end,” only one of you can actually be the best. Just ask the Kardashians.

Austin Scarlett on BroadwayBut the All Stars aren’t allowed to fear the seam reaper for too long. They finish their generic Wheaties, wrap their curlers in silk scarves and head to the next challenge: on Broooodwaaaay! If you don’t know anything about Broadway or the theater, let Austin Scarlett explain it to you: “The world of theater is a world of imagination, is a world of illusion, a world of fantasy.” Simply put, Austin Scarlett is theater. Theater is Austin Scarlett and is therefore probably spelled theatre and pronounced thee-ay-toooorrrrr. Austin feels like such a focus in the first moments from this episode, with hints of “this is a challenge fit for me” in the air, that I am initially worried.

For this challenge, the designers must create a look of separates for a super rich character in the Broadway show “Godspell,” so I have a feeling fabric choice will be a big player. Unfortunately for Kara, it is in fabric buying heaven Mood that Austin narrates a perfect clip about her rollercoaster emotions. She begins the one-part interpretive dance one-part panic attack that he describes over a pile of ribbon and thread at Mood and ends it in the workroom, after abandoning her tube-of-lipstick creation for a scarf duel with Kenley. Lots of scarves in this episode! Now I think, “ah, it is Kara’s clock who is ticking this episode and/or maybe has been for a few episodes.”

While Austin finds Kara’s personality charming, Mila is fed up with her and all the workroom revelry. I try to give Mila credit, probably because I like her leggings and her lipstick so much, like, “okayyy, maybe Mila isn’t always saying negative things. Maybe that’s just how she’s edited.” But you can’t edit these words into someone’s mouth: “I’ve noticed a lot of this sort of unnecessary, over-complimentary love for others’ designs.” What is that ‘tude, an L.A. thing? Girl. Come on. She almost redeems herself when she uses the word “dirndl” (love it) for the second time on the series.

The designers only have a day and a half to make their designs but thank Gunn for that second bit of day because at the end of the first night, it looks like they’ve got a lot left to do and at least a few breakdowns to recover from.

Angela Lindvall and Taylor SwiftOn the runway, Angela is a vision in sparkles and I can no longer keep the secret that she is in fact Taylor Swift’s sister. In a scene that was cut from last night’s episode, Taylor actually appeared on the runway with Angela, photo proof to our left. Sorry Swiftval, the secret is out and I feel GREAT about it!

I’m interested to hear what you all think, but for me, this might be the first runway where the top two and bottom two seemed crystal clear. With that being said, what was with all of those short skirts?????????? Mondo deserved to win in my book just for actually taking it to the necessary level (RICH, PEOPLE) and going floor length.

In the middle, Jerell is sent walkin’ back to the sit-and-wait room for his totally passable but boring school marm-y getup. Joining him in the middle are Michael (top middle) and Kenley (bottom middle) although I would have flip-flopped them. While I think it could have ranked higher if it was, say a hip garden party challenge, I wasn’t a fan of Michael’s look for this challenge. Plus, I liked that loopy, shiny fabric headpiece a lot more when he made it the first time around for Ms. Piggy. I don’t know where “rich” and “signature thrift store pieces” come together so it was definitely a miss for Kenley, although the brocade coat was to me exactly what would read both loud and rich in a Broadway show.

I went to Miami over Thanksgiving and my friends made me buy ridiculous clothing so that we could “get into the clubs.” I think Mila’s girl probably could have gotten into the club but she would have looked pretty silly even there for that is not a blouse you dance to LMFAO in. It was between Mila and poor Kara, who ended up leaving us (and going home to a family who I would have to believe is incredibly proud of her!)

Mondo and Austin are the top two designers and they ARE the top two designers, my favorite two this challenge and overall. Austin’s look was beautiful and I think would have been the absolute best if he had gone all-out gown on the bottom and ditched the black capri-length leggings. But let them wear Austin Scarlett — or Starlet — indeed.

Where Rami’s “Project Runway” legacy is in draping, Austin’s in gowns, Andre’s in Red Lobster, Mondo’s must forever be in prints. His selection of fabrics is an art form that I can actually FEEL when I’m watching him select and put them together. I’m happy he rebounded from last week with a winning look that I bet people in the nosebleed seats would “oo” and “ah” over from afar and still want to see close up.

Want more recapping fun?! Read Laura Bennett's Episode 7 Recap on LifetimeMoms!

Taylor Swift pic: Getty Images

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Rami's Exit Interview

Posted By LisaRaphael 11:54am GMT

Get a true-blue "Project Runway" fan to tell you their favorite and/or the most talented designers in the show's history, and Rami Kashou is sure to make the cut. I lovingly devoted significant blog space to my adoration and appreciation for Rami's glorious muscles, but as a serious "PR" fan myself, I'm also a legitimate lover and follower of his work. The kind he does with fashion and fabrics.

I'll speak for all of us (especially after reading the comments here, on Twitter and Facebook) and say that it was beyond shocking to see Rami go last week. Many of us pegged him as someone who would make it to the finals. But just because his time on "All Stars" came to a premature end, definitely doesn't mean Rami's reign as an All Star shared a similar fate. Find out what the gorgeous, multitalented king of draping is up to in his honest exit interview:

Rami Kashou Project Runway All StarsRami: Who am I talking to?
Lisa: I'm Lisa Raphael, I do the "Project Runway All Stars" Blog on myLifetime.com... so I’m the one who Photoshops all those photos of you in your tank top.
Rami:
(laughs) Now I know where all that came from!
You’re welcome! Well, I hope you appreciate it and don't think I'm crazy over here.
Rami:
Not at all, you’re marketing my arms for me, what can I say?

Yes, I would like a commission. Are you getting arm and muscle endorsements now?
Well, I booked an Effen Vodka campaign, which was amazing. They wanted to cast me after the episode when you saw me in the first tank top, I guess. A few days later I got a call from them and they said, "we like your look, we like your aesthetic, we like your designs, we want you to be in one of our ad campaigns." And now it’s coming out in April! So maybe you had something to do with it, who knows?

Perhaps! You can send me a bottle of vodka, that works for me. So it’s going to be your person, it’s not like you’re designing something for it?
It’s myself as a designer, and it’s literally a whole studio that was set up with a sewing machine and everything and my designs, and it’s basically me being myself as a designer, so … I saw some of the pictures, they look really cool.

Wow, congratulations! Is that something you ever thought about doing, like modeling or featuring yourself as a person rather than your designs being center stage?
I mean, I don’t think of myself as a model necessarily, definitely not, but when it comes down to merging that with my work, I think it’s great. I never thought of it, but if opportunities like this come to me, I’m very open to them. It’s great to merge with cool brands and cool aesthetics. Effen Vodka is all about creativity and fashionable people, it’s a growing brand. It’s flattering and it’s exciting, and it’s a great way to infuse your work in different areas of the creative field.

Can't wait to see them and sip some cocktails! Now I have to ask: What is your actual workout routine? You go to Crunch in NYC, right?
I go to Crunch in New York when I’m there. In L.A., I go to Gold's Gym. I go five times a week, and it’s an hour and a half of exercise, not big on cardio, more on lifting. And then of course lots of vitamins and protein and all that stuff.

How did it feel being — I don’t know if you saw that little video mashup that we have on the site — how does it feel to be labeled as the eye candy of "Project Runway All Stars"?
It’s very flattering. I mean of course, who wouldn’t want that kind of compliment? The video’s funny, especially the background music and the slow-mo, but it was great, it was like a nice little parting gift.

Well, let’s talk about another parting gift, which was, your designs featured at the Super Bowl.
I know, that was amazing, it was an amazing experience. The stylist was — this happened before "All Stars" aired — Madonna’s stylist was doing the entire performance and she was looking for Grecian costumes and she just wasn't happy with what she was seeing, and somehow she remembered my name when it came to draping and she instantly said, "Rami has to do it!" So she called me and she said, “Honestly, I know it’s very last-minute and we’re out of time but I can’t picture anyone else doing it, I would love for you to do it,” and of course I said yes, even though I was worried about time because there really wasn’t much time for approving the first sample, for re-doing it, till Madonna approved it and Madonna looked at the sketches, etc.

It was definitely an interesting experience to taste a little piece of Madonna’s world and how to operate under that amount of pressure. [The whole process] was two weeks. The first few days were sketching, and then the next week it was sending the sample to New York, then having it approved, and then her putting in her comments and what she wanted changed and us having to go in with new materials and redo the sample and send it in again. In the end, we had three days to finish those six gowns — and those chiffon gowns, they were 32 pieces each. You can’t just cut chiffon on a surface, you have to put the tissue paper underneath and cut it very gently so literally in like, 15 hours, everything had to be cut so it could go to the sewers. Everybody was freaking out as far as time, and then in three days we had six chiffon gowns with gold corsets finished, which I don’t know how we did it. It was worth it, of course.

Rami Kashou Madonna Super Bowl GownsAnd in the end, I had no idea they were going to be the first six that walked out who led Madonna and the gladiators! When I saw that, I was like “Oh my God, that is even bigger than I thought,” so it’s one of those moments where you’re like, I have to pinch myself, this is so amazing, I love what I do and it just makes everything worth it. It’s one of those moments where you’re like, I’m on the right track! So that was really cool.

How does the high-stress world of Madonna compare to "All Stars"? It sounds like kind of a similar thing, where you had a limited amount of time.
It’s similar and it’s probably even more intense in other ways. It’s just the way things work. You saw it, it was a huge performance. The main thing about her, honestly, is that she has to see and approve every single thing on everyone. Even down to the sketches. But just the fact that she saw my sketches, and I got her notes through the stylist, was pretty crazy.

Are you going to frame those?
Yeah, I think I should. I have lots of them because I kept re-doing them until she was happy.

Wow, so she’s a tougher judge than Angela and Isaac and Georgina?
Yes. Definitely.

We, the fans, all really felt you were going to make it to the very end for "All Stars." Did you also feel that you left too soon?
Absolutely, definitely I felt like I was just getting started, I was like, oh wow, okay. But yeah, I mean of course I wanted to show more of my work and felt like there wasn’t much encouragement from the judges during that challenge. I felt it from Georgina for sure. But it seemed like the others were adamant about me being out. I’m like, okay, let’s do this.

Rami Kashou and Mila HermanovskiOh, that’s so sad. If you could’ve gone back and chosen who you faced off against, would you have picked another designer?
I don’t think, oh, if I faced off so-and-so, it would have made a difference. I don’t think it honestly had anything to do with that. I’m not delusional, my top could have been a little bit better but in all honesty, let’s face it, my design was not about the top. Only the neck of the top was showing. Ironically enough, Isaac insisted on seeing the blouse and suddenly my design became about the blouse, when, in all fairness, let’s be honest, some other designers in other challenges, when they were suffering, they helped them out. So I found that really interesting, but you know what, in the end, it’s a game show and you take it with a grain of salt and move on. I am grateful for the exposure, I don’t think it’s about, oh my design was so horrible and I went home, I think there are a lot of different elements that play a part of it and that’s fine.

Well, you definitely seemed to rebound really well! It sounds like you came out of it with some surprise friendships too. I talked to Anthony and he said you two have become really close during the show.
Yes, and Kara and Jerell. Those were some pretty good outcomes.

Did you expect going into "All Stars" that you would make these sort of lasting friendships?
You never know what to expect and those sort of strong bonds you have with people, you don’t expect them to happen during a competition reality show because it’s such an intense process. But I think Anthony and Jerell and Kara, it just somehow happened. I don’t know who came up with it, whether it was Kara or Anthony, they decided to create a group called the Kardashians and suddenly I was Kim, and Kara was Kourtney and Anthony was Khloe and that just became the inside joke. (laughs) There were fun moments!

Wait, why are you Kim Kardashian?
I don’t know, that’s what they decided. I didn’t insist on being Kim.

So continuing to look ahead for you, you have so much going on — you have Madonna, you have the vodka campaign coming up ... What else is on your horizon?
I am launching a Bebe Bridal collection! I hope and aim for it to grow and become a huge project. I’ve been working on that collection for the past three to four months. That’s launching March 8, and for me to have an official bridal collection — it’s going to be Rami Kashou for Bebe with bridesmaids dresses — that’s probably one of the biggest endorsements that I’ve gotten and I’m very excited for that. And I think the part of having my line of greeting cards at Papyrus shows that my creativity can hopefully extend to different avenues and not simply clothes. I think that just proves that my brand has potential to become one day a lifestyle brand, so that’s my aim. Obviously Effen Vodka came after ["All Stars"], so I’m hoping exposure will give me opportunities like that. I think when people see it, they decide whether they want to work with you or not, so I hope my passion and my professionalism in what I do and the way I speak about my brand and maybe my design aesthetic will get me new opportunities like that, because that’s the one thing I think will be good from "All Stars," the exposure.

Still not enough Rami "exposure" for you? Watch his video exit interview here and view his portfolio of work from this season and past collections!

Super Bowl Photo: Getty Images

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"After the Runway" Begins February 23 After New Episodes of "All Stars"

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 3:29pm GMT

ISAAC MIZRAHI AND JOANNA COLES HOST "PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS" COMPANION SERIES, "PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS: AFTER THE RUNWAY," BEGINNING FEBRUARY 23

HALF-HOUR AFTERSHOW TO AIR THROUGH THE PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS FINALE

LOS ANGELES, (February 13, 2012) – What did he say on the runway?! She did that?! Burning questions from this season of Lifetime's "Project Runway All Stars" will get answered with the companion series, "Project Runway All Stars: After the Runway" following each night's the telecast of "Project Runway All Stars," beginning Thursday, February 23 at 10pm ET/PT. Hosted by designer and "All Star" judge Isaac Mizrahi and Marie Claire Editor-In-Chief and mentor for the "All Stars'" designers, Joanna Coles, each episode will feature the exclusive first interview with each week's eliminated designer as they get whittled down on the way to the finale. The half-hour show includes in-depth, roundtable debates and passionate discussions with "All Stars'" remaining standout designers as they answer pressing questions about what happened behind-the-seams both on and off the runway during that evening's episode. Special guests will appear in each episode, including "All Stars" judge and designer Georgina Chapman and Neiman Marcus's fashion director Ken Downing.

"24 Hour Catwalk" moves to 10:30pm ET/PT, airing after each night's telecast of "Project Runway All Stars: After the Runway," beginning February 23.

"Project Runway All Stars: After the Runway" is produced by The Weinstein Company and Bunim/Murray Productions. Executive producers include Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein (Co-Chairmen of The Weinstein Company), and Meryl Poster and Barbara Schneeweiss of The Weinstein Company, Jonathan Murray of Bunim/Murray Productions and Rob Bagshaw. Rob Sharenow, Gena McCarthy and David Hillman of Lifetime also executive produce.

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Episode 6 Recap: Bye, Hot White Guy!

Posted By LisaRaphael 3:02am GMT

Rate the Runway Episode 6For this, my birthday episode of “Project Runway All Stars” (please send all gifts in the form of donations, shoes, numbers of eligible bachelors or neon nail polish to Lisa Raphael c/o Austin Scarlett Fan Club NYC Chapter, Brooklyn, NY, the show is going to be all about couples. We know this, because we are immediately titillated by the budding romance between Mondo and Kenley. Mondo says Kenley is too loud, obnoxious and annoying, but Mondo is fairly reserved so that might be a good match. Plus, they both looooove polka dots — oops, SPOILER ALERT!!

Angela struts onto the runway with a bunch of “weekend bags,” or if you live in New York City, “regular every day purses.” I totally disagree with Angela’s suggestion that it is difficult to figure out what to wear on a weekend getaway. Girl, that’s the most fun thing to pack for because you just choose your favorite three or four outfits and it doesn’t even matter if you already wore them that week! What’s tough is having to figure out what to wear every day to work: “Hmm, will my office mate remember this skirt from last Thursday?” “Are lace accents really ever appropriate in an office setting?” “Can I wear my Team Gale necklace with my Team Edward t-shirt?” etc.

The designers get to choose their bags and then dig inside for the ultimate surprise decoder ring: the name of the season that indicates who their partner is. Austin and Kara make the same adorable “Price is Right”-presenter faces when they show their tag and they are our first pair with spring. Jerell and Michael have winter, Mondo and Kenley have summer and Mila and Rami have autumn.

With eight designers split so evenly into four teams of two, it is only fair that each couple must go head-to-head against each other to create seasonal looks for a girl going on a weekend getaway. We know there will be drama, we just don’t know between whom yet. Unless we watched the preview for tonight’s episode, then we know it’ll be between Michael and Jerell.

I die over this week’s backstories: Mila’s girl lives in NYC and is traveling to a place in Texas called Marfa for the Marfa Art Festival and I don’t believe for one second that either of those are things. Also, Texas doesn’t even have autumn, does it? Next! Austin’s woman is leaving NYC to check on the garden at her spring home. I wholeheartedly believe that Austin knows at least one woman who has a spring home, as opposed to a summer home. Kenley’s girl is “light and likes to have fun.” She’s “going to Miami for the, for the, um… that art thing. Yes! The Art Basel.” And she “just wants to be sexy and cute.” (Kenley, don’t sue me when I use this exact description for my “Bachelor” audition tape.)

Episode 6 WorkroomThe tension between Kara and Austin is only playful, their workroom smack talk features him teasing her ruffles, and she his pleats, but at Mood, we see Mondo and Kenley both going for polka dots and Michael and Jerell each selecting grey, striped wools so we know a storm's a-comin'.

Look, I wasn’t in the workroom. I don’t know who decided to make a drapey, capey, cowl-necked winter coat first, but yeah, from Living Roomland it definitely looks like Jerell did and Michael was influenced by him. My favorite parts about this particular drama were Joanna’s workroom conference (crazy to think about what those tension-breaking magazine meetings are like) and the lunch commentary.
Mondo: “This feels just like dinner at my family’s house.”
Michael: “Spaghetti?”
Jerell: “Awkward?”
Mondo: “Awkward.”
And Michael’s impression of Joanna is fantastic.

But the best part about this sort of conflict is that there is a winner and a loser. In this case, Jerell wins — the whole thing. But obviously, being justified is the greatest prize of all. When all is said and sewn, both are nice coats. Moses and Jackie O would be happy to wear either of them, I’m sure.

Back in the workroom, Kenley told Joanna that she thinks a lot of girls would want to wear her polka dot jumper. I think she’s wrong. I am a girl and I know a lot of girls, but know very few that would wear this. Especially on a “hot summer day.” I was shocked when she came out on top, but I guess not every emotional story arc can end in happiness. Sorry Mondo and Mrs. Guerra :’(

I agree that Austin’s look was Rose Nyland realness on the runway (A. Scarlett in spring / thank you for being a friend / beautiful year round), but Betty White is So Hot Right Now and he brought us SPRING, honey! Let’s get serious: his outfit wasn’t for the everyday, modern woman the judges kept referring to — it was for an eccentric lady who travels to her “spring home” on the weekend to tend her garden, for god’s sake. Do you know how many ruffled cardigans that woman owns? And her closet is all floral prints and pastels. For my feelings on Kara's design, I’ll just quote Cynthia Rowley: “To me I just don’t see anything original about any of these pieces. At all.”

Capes don’t really do it for me because I’m not in the business of solving mysteries in the 1800s, but I have to hand it to Mila. Her look was chic, autumnal and made me want to ride horses and go apple picking in a Tommy Hilfiger commercial. I thought she and Rami had the strongest designs overall. If only Rami had created a different top to put under that gorgeous blue blazer, I think he probably would have won. To celebrate his too-short time on “Project Runway All Stars,” watch and drool over a mashup of Rami’s hotness below. Do you guys think maybe Rami was actually born in ancient Greece, and the gods gave him mortality and muscles in exchange for togas? I guess we'll never really know.

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Anthony's Exit Interview

Posted By LisaRaphael 5:54pm GMT

Last week's elimination was the weepiest in the short history of "Project Runway All Stars" — for almost-out contestant Michael Costello and the fans, who were not ready to send home our sweet, hilarious Anthony Williams. Especially after a challenge he had in the bag. At least in execution and making us laugh. But life's a sewing machine-littered stage for Mr. Williams, who, post-departure, chatted with me about his haters, his lovers and how he can help me get a man. Because "Hi, Hot White Guy!" will apparently only get me so far.

Anthony Williams PRAS Episode 5Lisa: Have you gotten a good response from people since Episode 5 aired? This is the first “All Stars” elimination of that the fans were really upset about FYI.
Anthony:
Everybody has been so amazingly positive and supportive and I did not know how people were going to respond to the whole situation. I was very pleased with the way I came off on television and I think that people really got the message so I was happy about that.

Well that’s good! But what was the message?
The message that it could’ve gone any way. You know, it’s all about perspective. From the perspective of “Project Runway” and Lifetime, I did not obey — oh, that’s such a strong word — I did not follow the rules but the rules were… you know, I say this all the time: if you do not put it in ink, I think that rules are subject to miscommunication in some way because I thought something different at the beginning of the challenge and then Joanna Coles said something different in the workroom and then on the runway, it became something else so this could have gone any way. I’m not going to say that I should have stayed and someone else should have gone home but from a different perspective, everything could’ve been different.

You said you liked the way you came across; did you mean just the last episode, or all season?
No, the whole entire season. I thought I looked amazing, you could see that I lost weight, there is an obvious improvement in my work and my confidence. I didn’t have an agenda, I wasn’t looking for anybody to give me anything, you know, I came in with just Anthony and that’s all I had to offer. I came in with Anthony and I walked away with just Anthony.

There was something you said at the end of the episode when you were consoling Michael, that “All Stars” gave you what you needed and you’re ready to go on to the next path. What is the next part of your journey?
Well I want my own show that shows me in my whole capacity and uses me as a catalyst to work with people and celebrate other individuals. So that’s what I wanted to do, I wanted to see how I evolved and see if I was proud of myself and mostly see if I could maintain an audience with just my presence alone, and I could. They could have blocked out everyone on that show and I guarantee I could’ve maintained that audience.

It’s funny that you mention that because when I was watching you going around and talking to people to get their clothes, that did seem like what you were doing, like you were just hosting your own show. A show were you go around and asked people for their clothes off the street.
That’s what I did and it’s interesting because I was the only person on the runway to say the exact name of the person who I received the clothes from because I learned a long time ago that it is so important to remember a person’s name and the reality of it is that I need them, it is very important in the moment that I celebrate them because at the end, they’re doing me a favor so I will always find a way to connect with you in some aspect.

Anthony Williams PRAS Episode 5Then really, in this challenge, you feel like you kind of won it in your own way?
Most definitely, I think that you just hit the nail on the head! I won it because I remained Anthony, I didn’t have to step outside my box, it wasn’t a challenge to talk to other human beings, I was really just myself.

Diego was the other breakout star of the episode. I want you to give me lessons on how to get a man!
Well the first thing you have to do is get your confidence in check and don’t let his body be the focus. Did you notice? Everybody was surrounding his body. I was like, “I don’t give a damn about your body, give me the pants!”

Should I take this advice into the dating world?
Yes, you should. I went out with a guy on a date and he was very muscular and he flexed his arm and he was like, “Do you like that? Do you think that’s sexy?” and I’m like, “No, sweetie, you must think I’m the average. I don’t give a damn about you having muscles.”

Are you currently dating and looking for a man?
I’m looking for someone who understands that I’m really just a person. Don’t get caught up with what you see on television, I still have to check my account before I go to the mall. I want to be with a guy who sees me for me and understands that I’m not perfect, and I need a guy who gives me a little room to flip out. And I’ll tell you this is so interesting, but I love nerds. I date nerds and we get along so well. I love nerdy men. I love corny jokes. I love nerdy guys.

Sometimes opposites attract!
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. We are opposites. The only time it’s become a conflict is when it’s time to go somewhere formal and they still pull out their old New Balance sneakers and I’m like, “Take them off!”

You said that in this competition you were taking daggers for having a personality. Who was giving you any crap for having a good personality?
Mila. We were standing and talking about something and Mila’s like “Designers over here and personalities over there,” and I’m like, you know what, I hate that. Nobody gives a damn about watching a show where people are sitting in front of a sewing machine and just stitching dresses. At the end of the day, television is about entertainment. There is nothing entertaining about watching somebody stitch a dress. If so, they can just take a camera and they can just set it up at any sweatshop in China and just film the women showing there. And even though people say [Mila] doesn’t have a personality, the reality of it is, that is still her personality. And part of your talent is your personality. I have found in this world that your personality will sustain what your talent can’t even get you.

During your time on “All Stars,” did you make any surprise friendships, obviously not with Mila, but with any of the other contestants?
I can’t get mad at Mila for being who she is but I really connected with Kara and Rami and I wasn’t too sure we’d click at all. Rami and I actually talk every day and he’s been to Atlanta to visit me, I love Rami and Kara! Kara is… let me tell you what I think is interesting about that. They edit Kara to make her look like she’s crazy and all over the place and blah, blah, blah but she’s the only one of us who’s selling her clothing at Neiman Marcus. Kara is a good person and so is Rami.

I don’t know if you saw, but there’s an Anthony vs. Jerell video on myLifetime.com right now and it’s a mashup of your one-liners and hilarious comments (yall can watch it below!). Did you feel in competition with him, like who’s the wittiest, who’s the funniest?
Oh no. Jerell is funny as hell, I did not know he is as funny as he is because you don’t get to hear what other people say in their interviews. One thing I can’t compete with is the wittiness and the frankness and the bluntness and the factness, all of that is me, I can’t ever compete with somebody else and be the best Anthony I can be so no, we weren’t ever in competition. But did I laugh at him as much as I laughed at myself? Yes I did, he is hilarious.

The preview for the next episode shows Jerell and Michael going head-to-head with a similar look. If you got to choose what one designer to go up against, who would it be?
Michael Costello. I would want to go against him because he’s been getting a lot of praise for some very mediocre work and I think that the work is beautiful but I think that when you sign up for “All Stars,” it’s not just a title, it’s a responsibility. I don’t know if it’s something about his work but he’s judged really unfairly against the ones who really put time and attention into what they’re doing and taking all of the technicalities of the situation. I really think that somebody could beat him in a challenge.

And who do you want to see win?
I would love to see Rami or Austin Scarlett win. I think they not only have the work ethic but they have the character. You got to have the character that will allow you to build a bigger business and I think that they have the work ethic and the character to allow them to do so, especially Rami.

Watch Anthony's video exit interview and view his portfolio of work from this season and past collections here!

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Episode 5 Recap: Lady Antoinetta's Life Lessons

Posted By LisaRaphael 7:19pm GMT

Rami (kicking off this week's episode again, although this time, trading in the tank top for a white tee, a classic choice of muscular hotties across the land!) narrates the designers’ long and arduous journey — no sarcasm here, I know that walking around NYC in the summer is verrrry sweaty — in the hot sun. Angela waves at them from across Central Park, like she’s one of those women in the deodorant-or-something commercial where they wear bells to track their movement, which is the creepiest concept ever now that I think about it.

Anthony Williams PRAS Episode 5The challenge this week is to nab a New York City muse. Mila wrinkles her nose in disgust at the khaki-wearing common folk gnawing on hot dogs and asking "Which way is 9/11?" and off-camera requests her muse be shipped in from Brooklyn at the very least. BUT, not only do they have to find the Baptiste Giabiconi to their Karl Lagerfeld, they have to get their fashion inspiration to give them their clothes.

Kara is the dream reality television show contestant, “WHAT?!” she gasps and giggles with wide-eyed astonishment, mouth agape, looking at the stunned faces around her. “You want us, the esteemed designers from the first eight seasons of the Emmy-nominated television program “Project Runway” to walk the streets of the Big Apple and ask strangers to give us the clothing off their backs? Why, that’s preposterous and delightful all at once and should provide us with loads of laughs!” All with a South African accent! She’s great.

Anthony’s response is my favorite and he looks like he’ll be the star of this challenge. I bet he’s been “taking daggers” for having a good personality all of his life, which is likely why he’s a brilliant, hilarious misfit on our television screens and not Joe Schmo in the button factory. In other words, go Anthony!!!

The others process the news with a mix of skepticism and fear. Rami says: “New Yorkers don’t take that sh*t very well,” but he’s only partly right. Give us a break; our rent is high, most of us have been mugged and/or had a near death experience at some point and we've maybe never even tasted In-N-Out! Sure, a small percentage of NYCers will wave their weapon of choice in your face at the mere suggestion that you take something of theirs (re: mugging) but you can spot angry-crazies as you approach. Ignore them and anyone with headphones on or phone-in-hand and you will likely find other eager participants in highly-populated public spaces: nice-crazies who would love an excuse to take their clothing off, good time-loving NYers who are still drunk from brunch/the night before and, of course, non-NY tourists (“Honey! Honey, we’re going to be on TEE.VEE! You know, that one where the people make fashions? Get the camera!”). What city on Earth would be better for this task? Besides probably anywhere in Europe?

Jerell Scott PRAS Episode 5The designers’ actual experiences are too good for words, so if you haven’t watched the episode yet, please do it immediately. Like any challenge, everyone has a different approach to their quest. Watching people say no to the designers reminds me of that time Lady Gaga and Anderson Cooper went to the singer’s old NYC apartment and the current tenant wouldn’t let them up because she wasn’t wearing makeup! Who says no to people on TV?

Mondo’s delivery would have made me stress-cry, but he snagged some of the best goodies. Michael and Austin sweetly charm the shirts off their lovely lady muses, Mr. Scarlett’s earnest flattery making me yearn for my “On the Road With Austin & Santino” box set. Kara proves my theory that men in indeterminable shades of pink polo shirts cannot be trusted and Jerell, my theory that many a New Yorker will offer to strip for you, no questions asked. As promised, Anthony is adept at charming all articles of clothing off of people, including aspiring actor/models (?) with designer man panties and the latest in chin beard fashions from Milan. Who knew that a line like: “Hi, Hot White Guy, how are you?” works so well? Duly noted.

Even though the designers do get a trip to Mood this episode, 50% of their creation must come from the clothing they collected. Mondo tells us that this challenge is similar to his early work as a designer except back then, he was ripping apart and recreating clothing from thrift stores. A story like this can be a contestant’s final words, but I believe in Mondo’s ability to make something out of something else, and even his muse’s dress looks like a fabric he would pick out at Mood.

Austin Scarlett does his hair in Episode 5The next morning we get to see Austin do his hair for Workroom Day 2 and go from Tom Sawyer chic to vintage 2009 young popstar.

Dapper in straw hat:
Austin, Austin, Austin, oh
or Bieber-like swoop.

Maybe six hour challenges aren’t the worst thing to happen to our beloved All Stars, who, with an extra day to work on their looks, start to crumble. Anthony has taken his farmer market muse’s flowery top from hot pants to a top to a cardigan — and is only now being hit with a brainstorm. Jerell decides to find inspiration in the skin-baring NYCers he saw in the park with a look that Anthony likens to “Coming to America,” which ties with “League of Their Own” for my favorite Movie Always on TV. As you can see below, it is a very accurate comparison.

Jerell Scott Coming to America DesignThe vibe in the workroom goes from snarky to full-on “how DARE she?!” when Michael spots Kenley sewing Kara’s pants. Kenley is already too loud (by racial and regular workroom standards, according to Anthony) and now she’s being helpful. Mila is absolutely furious, and she isn’t the first designer in “PR” history to feel this way. As a viewer, I never really care about the helping thing. This is a “design” competition after all, so as long as the help in question is only in the final stages, that seems like fair game.

Sean Avery, controversial hockey star, man about town, friend of Anna Wintour, perpetual wearer of rose-colored glasses, teaser of Isaac, lover of all-black ensembles, defender of women’s stomachs is this week’s guest judge. I can’t tell how I feel about him, but I promise you I’ll Google the crap out of him and let you know.

It has gotten even more difficult to put our designers in top/middle/bottom, so I’ll organize this week’s looks into emotive utterances:
Ugh: Rami’s ornate shirt I liked, but I wouldn’t touch pleated, trimmed khaki shorts with a ten-foot pole. Also, everyone, in the key of Mommy Dearest: “No fedoras, EVERRRRR! I haven’t worn an outfit in the last nine years where I’ve been like, “Hmm, you know what would elevate my look? A fedora!” The last time I really saw more than one girl wearing fedoras was in the crowd at a Justin Timberlake concert… and that was five years ago.

I love Kara as a person, but I’m not at all interested in her clothing. To me, they all have a faded, blah quality. The fabrics for her top were a letdown and we’ve seen the cross shoulder thing a million times on the “PR” runway and off. Plus, those pants looked like ill-fitting sweats. Not a pregnant cupcake, but still “not the business.”

Deal with it: I loved the top of Jerell’s look. Maybe it’s because I’m watching “Friday Night Lights” right now (Season 3, Episode 12 — don’t you DARE spoil a second for me!) but the shoulder piece was really cool, both in fabric and construction. The rest of it was a complete disaster. And it looked way more Fergie-Gwen Stefani than Gwen Stefani-Gaga, by the way.

Eh: Mila’s top was average, but what I wouldn’t give to own a lifetime supply of her glorious pants and leggings. They looked amazing as always!

Michael’s jumper was fun, if ill-fitting on the top. I couldn’t tell if Mila was being snarky when she said, “she’s very elegant,” after his model did her runway walk but it’s Mila so probably. When Michael took his model to hair and makeup he gave a direction that I thought was ridiculous: “Sarah Jessica Parker 1999 meets 2002, but futuristic.” But that’s exactly what he gave us.

Ooo!: Kenley’s dress was different than anything we’ve seen from her this season. I don’t know what this means (besides the All Star is truly a star designer in his own right,) but it looked “very Mondo” to me too.

Austin’s look was incredible, and in terms of a muse, it was clear that he kept his New Yorker in mind and designed for her. Georgina mentions that his look is sweet but has a toughness to it, which is exactly what I thought of his muse. What he put on the runway looks like the high fashion, designer version of Jamie’s casual streetwear.

Mondo’s shorts are in my “top,” but I was disappointed by the rest of his look. The bikini was a snooze and I hated the fabrics he used for his jacket. YES, the construction was impeccable, detailed and incredibly well put together. But the faded black and the (gasp!) light denim were so undeserving of his craftsmanship. I would have loved to see a basic top underneath, maybe utilizing the green fabric and then a jacket that was black lined with accents of the shorts’ fabric!

Aww: Way, way too soon for Anthony to go home. You know who loves a jumpsuit more than Isaac and Georgina? Heidi Klum and Michael Kors (ahem, just look at the last two winning designers’ collections, Gretchen and Anya). This is the first time I missed their critiques, because I want Anthony Williams in my living room for one hour a week at the very least. The only plus side to him leaving, is that I get to interview him for the blog!

Read Anthony’s sassy Q&A here, check out Laura Bennett's Episode 5 recap on LifetimeMoms.com and share your Oo, Eh, and Ugh picks below:

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April's Exit Interview

Posted By LisaRaphael 6:03pm GMT

Forget that other young "Project Runway" designer you know and love for just a minute, Season 8's April Johnston is the new kid on the block. At age 22 she clocked in as our youngest All Star, but everyone from Lady Gaga to a Tim Burton-costumed-cast, to me dancing alone in my room would be lucky to wear her darkly divine designs. After her exit post-Episode 4's super speedy gelato challenge, April spoke with me here at the "PRAS" Blog to dish some dirt on her time on "All Stars," her beef with Michael C. and her Season 8 BFF.

April Johnston Episode 4Lisa: What did you think about seeing your elimination play out on TV?
It was a little hard to watch over again because I’m just remembering how uneasy it was to be eliminated.

It was a really emotional goodbye for you too!
Yeah, I mean because it’s a lot to lose, you know? It’s a big opportunity and just to see it kind of flutter away — oh, it’s hard.

You were only on "Project Runway" a couple years ago, what did you think the experience would be like this time around?
I pretty much have the same expectations for what it would be like. I just felt like it was going to be the same but also a little faster. The talent’s definitely more up to par, everybody there is obviously super-talented. [There is] more competition. I felt this time around, we were going to be a little more professional, a little less amateur. I felt like it was going to be faster.

So you expected there would be six hour challenges and crazy things like that?
Yeah, I was prepared for that... but obviously I wasn’t! You can expect things but what are you to do whenever it’s actually there in front of you? You do whatever you can.

A lot of the "PRAS" designers have talked about who from their season they expected to see. What did you think when you found out Michael and Mondo were back with you from Season 8?
I expected Michael to be there and obviously Mondo, because Mondo was the hopeful winner of our season. Michael, I expected he would be there because we had some differences beforehand.

Do you mean on your season or between seasons?
Yeah, on our season. I had said some things about how fast he works and we had disagreements. So seeing him wasn’t really a surprise, seeing Mondo wasn’t really a surprise. But me and Michael, since that episode, you know, we’re fine. He does what he does and I do what I do and that’s the name of the game.

April Johnston in the WorkroomYou guys definitely had some conflicts this season, picking the same fabrics, same colors. Did you see that coming or were you prepared?
No not at all. Well, he creates a lot of drama and I always tell him that. I wrote on his Facebook wall, I’m like, "Your middle name is 'drama!'" He loves to just start things, no matter what. I’m sorry, I didn’t know that the color red had Michael Costello’s name on it, you know? That’s just bizarre to me. I’m using a color for once and you’re going to bash me on national television for it? I mean, come on, I thought we had gotten over that hump, I thought we had worked out our differences and then to see that play out on TV after I thought we were cool, it was a little bit disappointing and kind of hurtful because I actually thought he was fine. So watching his interviews sucks.

Did you reach out to him at all?
Yeah, I mean we discussed it. At noon he said, “Oh, you’re using red?” and I said “Yeah, why, are you using red?” like, what’s the big deal? And then he just rounded the corner and told the the Mood guy, “Just don’t cut that, somebody else is using effing red,” and that’s why I was, in the interview, like, “If you want to use red, use red!" This is not second grade and Johnny is using the purple crayon! It’s just stupid.

How do you deal with that? You don't like something you see on TV so then do you Facebook him and say like, "Hey, I want to get it off my chest, that bugs me, I hope we’re cool now"? What do you do in that situation?
Well, we discussed it after the challenge, we got that kind of cleared up after the fact, but just watching the show and watching all the interviews that I didn’t get to see, on his part, it’s a little bit shocking how over-dramatic he can be. Sometimes it seems a little bit fake to me. I’m not like that at all so obviously I’m going to call people out on that because I’m a very down-to-earth person and I say it like it is. That’s just how I am.

On the next episode, the designers have to find muses on the streets of NYC, ask them for their clothing and create new looks using them. What kind of people or what clothing items would you look for if you had to do that challenge?
I would probably go for people who were wearing jackets because they have a lot of material and there’s also lining on the inside. And then, also, probably skirts, longer skirts, because you’re looking for the most material. That’s basically what I would have used for my strategy.

Going back to Season 8 for a minute, you and Peach had such a nice mom-daughter-older-younger-sister-friend relationship — do you guys keep in touch? I kind of had this vision of you guys spending Easter together.
Totally! Peach is coming to my wedding. She calls me probably two to three times a week. She’s always keeping track of me. She’s so sweet, she’s my number one fan.

Did you make any new, surprising friendships on "All Stars"?
Me and Mila, we got along really well. She was very down-to-earth, very much like me so I loved hanging out with her and she was also a great buddy to run on the treadmill in the morning with because we both run. I would say Mila was the one person I hung out with a lot and Gordana was really, really sweet, I love her too.

Do you think you’d ever want to do something like what Mila does working in film and TV?
Oh my gosh, yes! I would die to do some Tim Burton movies. That would be right up my alley, you know, that’s a huge dream of mine. The only problem is I’m on the east coast.

Would you relocate?
I think I would, if I had the right contacts and connections, I would definitely move out there. I’m one of those people who are like, "Should I not fear the unknown and just make that move or should I schedule things out, get things prepared and then make that move?"

What do you think is in the future for you and your designs after "All Stars"?
I hope to expand my clientele and maybe get some people on the red carpet dressed. Kind of just get my name out there more. Also, I have a fabric line at Jo-Ann Fabric Stores nationwide now so that’s really a big opportunity for me. People saw what I did on the print challenge on Season 8 so they thought that I was good at that so I kind of ran with that and started my own line. The fabrics are amazing and it’s something new for Jo-Ann’s, it’s a fresh take on fashion fabrics there because they’re trying to expand their clientele and I think what I bring in is very edgy aspects of textile design.

Who do you want to win "All Stars"?
I have said Mila, because I think that she has what it takes. She’s very professional, she’s very talented and has a very fashion-forward eye and I think that’s what "Project Runway" stands for.

Watch April's video exit interview and view her portfolio of work from this season and past collections here!