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Isaac Mizrahi, designer of fashion, judger of “Project Runway All Stars,” wearer of a fabulous array of notable footwear, took a very important call (mine, and other bloggers across the entertainment and fashion worlds) and let us into his world. From the truth behind his Teletubbies obsession, the secret behind his shoes and hints about what he really thinks about the designers, I’ve rounded up a few important things you might not know about Isaac below.
No, yall, he really loves Teletubbies.
Not only is Isaac totally Team Teletubbies, he even uses them as inspiration. “Well, I love Teletubbies,” Isaac begins. “I know, it’s very random but you know what? I actually did a collection totally inspired by Teletubbies a long time ago. With the primary colors and the sky and the grass, it’s clean and beautiful and futuristic, I just love it. It has personality.”
You weren't the only one sad (and surprised!) to see Rami go home.
Coming into "Project Runway All Stars," Rami Kashou was seen as a definite frontrunner so it was a shocker when he went home on Episode 6 for us at home and Isaac on the panel. "I think I was the most shocked to see Rami go. When it happened, I felt like we could hear the gasp across America. Honestly, that was a very rough week because it was about highs and lows and was sort of a trick week for judges. We were extremely honest about our answers and our scores and that’s how we judge things, we score. The lowest score got eliminated and that happened to be Rami. It was a shock to all of us and he was such a great competitor and such a great thinker and such a great artist and it was just shocking, I hated it. I mean I hated every week eliminating but for me the most profound loss I felt for was Rami."
He thinks Michael is Most Improved.
When asked who’s grown the most since their time on “Project Runway,” Isaac says: "I think it’s Michael actually. I think he’s grown the most since his first season. I remember thinking about Michael when I first watched him [on Season 8] and thinking, ‘wow, he really needs to come a long way.’ And by the end of that particular season, I thought he did great, he really learned a lot. By the time he came to “All Stars,” he really was learning. He really involved into a really, really good [designer].”
He had a love/hate relationship with "Project Runway."
"I had watched [previous seasons] selectively," the PRAS judge admits. "I have not followed it obsessively. You know what? It’s my work so it was something I was both attracted to and repelled by. It was the subject of my life so as much as it’s interesting, I also kind of want to run away from it sometimes. So I watched it and I didn’t watch it."
Isaac + DVF sittin' in a tree!
Diane Von Furstenberg, mistress of all that is printed and wrapped was Isaac's favorite guest judge from this season. "I think she’s so eternal herself, like she’s such an icon and when she opens up to say something, it’s incredibly entertaining and it’s wise and stylish. I love watching her, I love being around her. The [designers] really, really learn from her because I think they respect her for being such in icon in so many ways, not just in her work, but the way she presents herself, her, look, everything about her. She really is just an inspiration as soon as she walks in the door."
On many seasons, we see a menswear or a "real woman" challenge. I asked Isaac which All Star he thought would pull out the W if these had been posed.
"Let’s see, that’s a good question," Isaac comments, praising my stellar journalism skills. "It's really hard to say because the chips fall where they fall each week and it’s always a big surprise. Men's clothes? Maybe Rami would have done very well because he has tailoring skills? And if it was plus-size or regular-size people, maybe Kenley because Kenley really thinks about the real woman all the time when she works and her almost 'fantasy creation' is always something extremely wearable and really abbreviated and witty. I think real women really respond to that, so I think it would have been Kenley." Good answer, Isaac. Good answer.
What question would you ask Isaac and the other PRAS judges?
A wise man once said: "After the show, it's the after party." That man (R. Kelly) may not have been directly referring to "Project Runway All Stars" and "After the Runway," but he might as well have been!
Tonight, tune in to an all-new "After the Runway" at 10/9c when Isaac Mizrahi and Joanna Coles grill the designers post-PRAS. Special guest stars, (like the sassy divo himself, Anthony Williams, Angela Lindvall and more) will be stopping by each episode.
If you could switch places with Isaac Mizrahi or Joanna Coles for the night, what questions would you ask the designers?
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.
Calling all designers! Do you think you have what it takes to be the next "Project Runway" contestant? "Project Runway All Stars" judge Isaac Mizrahi recently launched "Project Sketch," a contest (and a call-to-action!) to find the next great designer. All you have to do to enter is sketch your best design for Harry (Isaac's dog, pictured above). Your design can be anything; formal wear, a beach look, a wedding outfit anything for Harry!
Email sketched design submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: PROJECT SKETCH. Isaac will choose his favorite design sketches and the top 3 finalists will be posted on Facebook before the winner is revealed. Stay tuned for more information about the grand prize and a look at the finalists.
Visit Isaac Mizrahi's Official Facebook page for more info!
We finally made it!! "Project Runway All Stars" premieres TONIGHT at 9 pm/8c on Lifetime! While you're watching (and voting for who you think should be the winner of tonight's challenge) live-tweet with "All Star" designers Austin Scarlett (@austinscarlett), Mondo Guerra (@lovemondotrasho) [West Coast only], Kara Janx (@karajanx) and judges Angela Lindvall (@angela_lindvall), Georgina Chapman (@marchesafashion) and Isaac Mizrahi (@isaacmizrahi), plus our "Runway" blogger pals Tom and Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) and the folks at Marie Claire (@marieclaire) .
We'll be live Tweeting from the official "Project Runway" account each week make sure to check back on the blog to see who'll be joining us. Click here for a complete list of the All Stars on Twitter!
Whose triumphant return are you most excited to see on tonight's "Project Runway All Stars" premiere?