Fourteen of the most talented designers in "Project Runway" history are competing for runway gold when "Project Runway All Stars" Season 4 premieres on Thursday, October 30 at 9/8c! With guidance from mentor Zanna Roberts Rassi, the returning designers must lay it all on the runway to impress host Alyssa Milano and judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman.
This season's highlights include a surprise visit to London for a challenge featuring British royalty, a collaboration with Broadway's "Wicked The Musical" and the first-ever wedding ceremony live on the runway. Guest judges for this season include: Laverne Cox of "Orange is the New Black," Emmy winner Debra Messing, "Modern Family's" Ariel Winter, Academy Award® winner Mira Sorvino, singer Nicole Scherzinger, Emmy nominated host Cat Deeley, reality stars Snooki and JWoww, celebrity photographer Nigel Barker, QVC® Program Host Lisa Robertson and many others. Designers appearing this season include Betsey Johnson, Michael Bastian, Elie Tahari and Ivanka Trump, and special appearances by Project Runway judges Nina Garcia and Zac Posen.
Drum roll please....the designers competing in "Project Runway All Stars" Season 4 are:
Samantha Black (Brooklyn, NY) – Season 11, 7th Place – Samantha has been working on her line Sammy B Designs, and taking business classes at Macy’s Business Program. Samantha was recently named "designer to watch" by both Essence and Ebony magazines.
Helen Castillo (Union City, NJ) – Season 12, 5th Place - Helen has been struggling to make a name for herself, although she has had some success and celebrity interest. She designed a Grammy® dress for Mary Lambert and mainly makes custom dresses for the everyday woman.
Fabio Costa (New York, NY) – Season 10, Runner Up – Fabio narrowly missed his chance to win his season, but was so inspired that he and his design partner went straight to work creating their own androgynous and minimalist line called NotEqual. He is ready to come back to the runway and this time isn’t walking away without the win.
Gunnar Deatherage (Louisville, KY) – Season 10, 8th Place - Recently the creative director of NFocus Magazine, Gunnar’s days are spent styling, overseeing photo shoots and working on his designs at night for his line, Deatherage Designs.
Justin LeBlanc (Raleigh, NC) – Season 12, 3rd Place - Justin returned to being a full time professor after season 12 and recently completed his Spring/Summer Collection, which will be debuted at the end of August at the Contemporary Art Museum. And on top of all of that, he is also working on a Fall/Winter 2015/2016 collection with a theme based on his definition of love without boundaries.
Michelle Lesniak (Portland,OR) – Season 11, Winner - Michelle returned to Portland after her successful run on "Runway" where she is currently in the process of opening her own boutique. Dedicated to local manufacturing and ethical business practices, she is undoubtedly playing a key role in shaping and growing the Portland fashion industry.
Benjamin Mach (New York, NY/Sydney, Australia) – Season 11, 11th Place - His made-to-order Benjamin Mach label launched February 2014, merging luxurious fabrics with a modern design.
Chris March (New York, NY) – Season 4, 4th Place - Chris continues to build his business, Chris March Designs, designing for stars like Madonna, Prince and Lady Gaga. He recently formed an exclusive partnership with Target to design costumes and wigs for Halloween season.
Patricia Michaels (Albuquerque, NM) - Season 11, Runner Up - Patricia returned to Albuquerque where she has been building a new studio and working on a ready-to-wear collection. On the side, she booked back-to-back fashion shows all over the country and is working on a short film with her son.
Kate Pankoke (Chicago, IL) – Season 11, 9th Place/Season 12, 6th Place - Third time’s a charm for Kate, who will stop at nothing to be the next big designer. She now has her own bridal line and a new collection launching in October. Her fascination with princesses has led her to design wedding dresses that enable every woman to feel like royalty on their special day.
Jay Sario (New York, NY) – Season 7, 4th Place - After his original season, Jay moved from Hawaii to New York, where he currently works as a full-time visual merchandiser for Calvin Klein North America and freelances on the side. His recent passion is bridal wear.
Dmitry Sholokhov (New York, NY) – Season 10, Winner - After winning Season 10 of "Runway," Dmitry created his own brand "Dmitry Sholokhov" and show his collection in Moscow. He has an exclusive collection for Lord & Taylor. He believes that the greatest thing he took away from Runway was all of the accolades and critiques he received from the panel of expert judges.
Alexadria von Bromssen (San Mateo, CA) – Season 12, Runner Up - Last year, Alexandria returned to San Mateo, where she manages her own clothing line, owns a designer boutique and runs a sewing camp for kids called Camp Couture. She is most proud of designing a modern and edgy wedding dress made from recycled fabrics and vintage lace.
Sonjia Williams (Woodside, NY) – Season 10, 5th Place - "Project Runway" really helped Sonjia understand more about the fashion business and what it takes to succeed. She currently has a collection with Anabelle NY and her clothes are available in Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. She is also working on her own solo line, Something by Sonjia.
The winner of "Project Runway All Stars" will be given the ultimate in prize packaging, which includes the chance to create their own capsule collection with QVC and appear during QVC’s Spring Fashion Week programming; a fashion spread in Marie Claire and a position at the magazine as Contributing Editor for one year; CHI Haircare will send the winner to stay in a luxury spa resort as a special guest at their International conference in Cancun, Mexico, plus product and staff for entire year of runway shows; from Mary Kay, an entire year’s worth of beauty products for their fashion shows and professional makeup artist services for their debut show; a cash prize of $150,000 and a complete custom sewing studio to launch the winning line from Brother Sewing and Embroidery.
Who are you most excited to see back on the runway?
Fresh off the heels of his debut collection for QVC, "Project Runway" and "Project Runway All Stars" winner Seth Aaron Henderson is back to launch his new label, SA by Seth Aaron, with an all-new collection this September. Inspired by vintage '20s looks and '50s rocker chic, the line will feature structured silhouettes and intricate detailing in figure-flattering designs meant for all shapes and sizes.
You can get a peek at the items (some of which are available now!) below and over at QVC.com. Be sure to tune in to catch Seth Aaron present the looks himself on Monday, September 8 and Monday, September 15 at 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. EST. Items will be available for purchase on QVC.com and the QVC apps while supplies last.
Since moving his business to Nashville, "Project Runway All Stars" Season 2 contestant Johnathan Kayne has quickly established himself as a red carpet designer in the region, and people are taking note. ZUSS Media and Country Weekly Magazine have named him their red carpet fashion correspondent for all major country music award shows. See him in action on the red carpetand check out all the celebrities and nominees he'll dress for the eventat the 49th annual ACM Awards on April 6th. Congrats, Kayne!
Alyssa Milano"Who's the Boss?" ingenue and premonition-having "Charmed" witchtakes the reins as host of "Project Runway All Stars" Season 3 this week. The actress dished on her love affair with fashion, her favorite Season 3 challenges, and the surprising ways her work on "All Stars" affected her; check out the full Q&A after the jump, and be sure to tune in for a brand new season of "Project Runway All Stars" this Thursday, October 24 at 9.8c!
Can you tell us how you reacted when the producers contacted you about hosting this edition of "All Stars"? I'm assuming you were probably a big fan of the show before.
Yes, a huge fan. And I guess it kind of happened in a very backwards kind of way. Harvey Weinstein had actually seen the episode of "Fashion Police" that I had co-hosted and sort of, you know, decided with Georgina Chapman that maybe I would be a good fit for the show. So it was a very big surprise when I got that phone call. And my initial response was excitement but I wanted to make sure that we were on the same page. So I went in for a meeting with Lifetime and people from Harvey's company, from Weinstein.
And I basically just said, you know, I love fashion. I do not want to come across like I'm trying to be a fashion expert, but really I want to be the voice of that audience member that might love fashion but who isn’t an insider. And they were all on the same page with that. So it was a very, very exciting thing to be a part of. And a little scary too, obviously, because it's so outside of my wheelhouse in what I am used to. But I loved it.
"Project Runway All Stars" is different in that it's a lot more competitive. The stakes are higher. We expect more from the designers because they've been through this before. So we sort of hold them really responsible for their work and a little tougher. I went into this with the hope that I could just sort of be myself and bring my love of fashion and my passion for creativity to the show. I think that you'll find that the energy is a little different because I've been in the public eye since I was a little girl, so people know who I am. I really try to stay true to that and bring an energy to it.
A brand new season of "Project Runway All Stars" will premiere on Thursday, October 24 at 9.8c! With a prize package worth almost a million dollars at stake and three past "Project Runway" winners in the running -- plus a new host, Alyssa Milano, and a new mentor, Marie Claire Senior Fashion Editor Zanna Roberts Rassi -- even the smallest mistake will send these designers packing at the hands of returning judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman.
Guest judges will include film and TV stars Abigail Breslin, Kristin Chenoweth, Gabourey Sidibe and Elisabeth Moss; actor, comedian and radio/TV personality Nick Cannon; rocker Debbie Harry; supermodel Bar Refaeli; anchor Gayle King and TV host Lisa Robertson; as well as esteemed fashion personalities Nate Berkus and Michael Urie. Also guest judging this season are "Project Runway" judges Nina Garcia and Zac Posen, along with previous "Runway" winners Christian Siriano (Season 4) and Anya Ayoung-Chee (Season 9), as well as "All Stars" winners Mondo Guerra (Season 1) and Anthony Ryan Auld (Season 2).
Take a look at who will be competing:
Jeffrey Sebelia (Los Angeles, CA) – Season 3, Winner – This self-proclaimed "god of chaos," known for his grunge and punk style, made his mark on "Project Runway" by surprising the judges during Fashion Week, making him the season three winner. Since his win, Jeffrey has developed a successful high-end kids' line called La Miniatura.
Mychael Knight (Atlanta, GA) – Season 3, Fourth Place - Season 3's fan favorite Mychael has made a big name for himself since his appearance on "Project Runway" and is hoping to make it to the end this season. His labels include Mychael Knight, Kitty & Dick (female and male lingerie) and MajK (unisex fragrance), and his designs have been worn on the red carpet by celebrities such as Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Rowland and Queen Latifah.
Korto Momolu (Little Rock, AR) – Season 5, Runner-up – Throughout her season, Korto was known for embracing color, diversity and her African roots into her designs. Since her time on "Runway," she continues her success by selling her collections and keeping things eco-friendly with the garment line Green Love, and has designed for Leila Lopes (Miss Universe 2011); the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; and for the Walton Family (Wal-Mart).
Irina Shabayeva (New York, NY) – Season 6, Winner - Being the Season 6 winner and never receiving any low scores by the judges, Irina has what it takes to win again. She started a bridal line after "Runway" and has designed for many celebrities, including the butterfly dress worn by Selena Gomez for the 2011 People's Choice Awards and the dress for Grammy®-winning singer Carrie Underwood on her album cover "Blown Away."
Seth Aaron Henderson (Vancouver, WA) – Season 7, Winner - This self-taught designer already proved once to the world he was the best, and knows he is capable of winning again. His designs are inspired by music, specifically new wave, punk and '80s goth, and he is committed to a sustainable future, so his designs feature organic fabrics and recyclable plastic bottles. Since winning "Project Runway," Seth has done red carpet commentary for E! and served as a part of the fashion judging panel for past "Runway" seasons.
Ari South (Honolulu, HI) – Season 8, Third Place - Wildly successful fashion designer and fan favorite Ari South (formerly Andy South) is ready to reintroduce herself to "Runway" fans and win the competition. Ari feels that living her life as an openly transgendered person gives her ability to impact not only who she is as a designer but also others. After "Runway," her first collection was picked up by Neiman Marcus in Hawaii and has been carried there ever since.
Viktor Luna (New York, NY) – Season 9, Third Place - Being a photographer as well as a designer, Viktor gains inspiration for his fashion from nature’s overlooked oddities. His collection is geared towards a woman who is empowered, elegant and edgy. Some celebrities who have worn his designs include Ciara, Carly Rae Jepsen, Big Boi and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
Melissa Fleis (San Francisco, CA) – Season 10, Third Place - From growing up in a tiny town in Michigan to competing on "Project Runway," Melissa knows how to make a big impact on the fashion world. She designs for "independent, savvy girls who like to wear black" and is inspired by the Dada and Bauhaus art movements, wanting to give women a feeling of strength and edge. Since "Runway," Melissa has been creating custom leather jackets and clutches, and one day hopes to create a lifestyle brand that includes interior design and furniture.
Christopher Palu (Massapequa, NY) - Season 10, Fourth Place - Although he didn't win his season, Christopher is coming into this "All Star" season with the most challenge wins among his fellow competitors. He has training from the Fashion Institute of Technology and his speed gives him an advantage when it comes to designing. Christopher is excited for this opportunity, since his last season gave him courage, strength and confidence.
Elena Slivnyak (San Francisco, CA) – Season 10, Sixth Place - Futurism and luxury are the key influences for Elena's designs. When it comes to fashion, shoes and accessories are musts, and her icon is Lady Gaga. Although "Project Runway" was one of the most stressful things Elena claims she has done, she is prepared and ready to compete for the win.
Daniel Esquivel (Austin, TX) – Season 11, Fourth Place - "Project Runway"'s most recent alum and best team player, Daniel, is ready to show his more competitive side this time around. His styles root from upbeat happy music and are described as free, modern and sexy. Since "Runway," Daniel has returned to designing for elite clientele in Austin.
Who are you most excited to see back on the runway?
Ready to head back to the runway? A brand new season of "Project Runway All Stars" is coming this fall, and with it a brand new host: Actress, producer, and designer Alyssa Milano! She'll be wrangling a fresh batch of "All Stars" contestants alongside returning judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman.
Milano was an original cast member on long-running shows like "Who's the Boss?" and "Charmed," and she starred in (and produced!) a number of Lifetime movies, including "Sundays at Tiffany's," "Wisegal" and "Casualties of Love". As for her fashion bona fides: she boasts her own line of sports-themed apparel and jewelry for women, called Touch by Alyssa Milano.
Check out a gallery of Milano's looks through the years, and let us know what you think of her addition to the show in the comments!
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After a so-so finish on Season 9, Anthony Ryan quickly emerged as the designer to watch on Season 2 of "All Stars", winning challenges left and right and dominating the judges' attention. He came out on top in last night's season finale and we spoke with him about the big win, his final collection, unhelpful Joshua, and his plans for all that prize money. Check out the Q&A below!
Curious about the inner workings of a successful fashion house? Next Thursday, Lifetime will debut a new half-hour documentary special on the inner workings of Marchesa, the brand built by "Project Runway All Stars" judge Georgina Chapman and fellow designer Keren Craig. Georgina shared with us some details about the docand took time to answer some spare questions about this season of "All Stars" as well. Check out the conversation below, and be sure to tune in for "Project Runway Spotlight: Marchesa" when it airs December 20 at 10/9c.
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 fashioncheck out the Q&A below!
Everybody's doing a brand new dance now! Iconic pop singer Kylie Minogue is joining Carolyn Murphy, Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman on the judges panel for this week's episode...the unconventional challenge! (TV personality La La Anthony is also sitting on the panel!) In the episode, the seven remaining designers play naughty or nice when the challenge brings them to a Christmas décor emporium.
Besides judging on "PRAS," Kylie's been busy celebrating her 25th year in the music industry. Her latest release, "The Abbey Road Sessions," includes her classics "Can’t Get You Out Of My Head," "Loco-Motion," "I Should Be So Lucky" and "All The Lovers." Watch the trailer for "The Abbey Road Sessions":