Project Runway All Stars returns for a second season
Thirteen designers will get a second shot to “make it work” as “Project Runway All Stars” returns tonight for its second season on Lifetime.
Three competitors each from seasons eight and nine make up nearly half the roster of the 13 returning designers. The lineup also includes four first runner-up competitors during their initial “Project Runway” seasons. Plus, season one “villain” Wendy Pepper returns to the workroom as part of the group.
The new All Stars:
Wendy Pepper, (Middleburg, VA)-Season 1, Second Runner-Up
Andrae Gonzalo, (New York, NY)-Season 2, 6th Place
Kayne Gillaspie, (Nashville, TN)-Season 3, 5th Place
Uli Herzner, (Miami, FL)-Season 3, First Runner-Up
Stephen "Suede" Baum, (Barryville, NY)-Season 5, 5th Place
Altheas Harper, (New Haven, CT)-Season 6, First Runner-Up
Emilio Sosa, (New York, NY)-Season 7, First Runner-Up
Peach Carr, (Lake Forest, IL)-Season 8, 11th Place
Carlos Casanova, (New York, NY)-Season 8, 10th Place
Iva Higa, (New York, NY)-Seasson 8, 8th Place
Anthony Ryan Auld, (Baton Rouge, LA)-Season 9, 7th Place
Laura Kathleen, (St. Louis, MO)-Season 9, 5th Place J
Joshua McKinley (New York, NY)-Season 9, First Runner Up
From the designer lineup, you would think Harper, Sosa, Herzner,or McKinley (the first runner-up group) have the best shot at winning this time. Last season’s All Star winner, Mondo Guerra, also was a first runner-up during “Project Runway”’s eighth season. Fan favorites Carr and Casanova will have the toughest chore in placing higher than they did during their initial seasons.
Joanna Coles returns as the advisor to the All Stars, meaning the Tim Gunn role. Hopefully, she’ll be seen more on camera this time mentoring the group. It appeared last season’s shows were edited to have her segments go a certain length time wise, and then you didn't see her again the rest of the episode. She’s now editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan , after leaving “Project Runway” sponsor Marie Claire last month. So, a third season might not be in the cards for her, as “Project Runway” is so associated with Marie Claire. Longtime “Project Runway” judge Nina Garcia is Marie Claire’s fashion director.
Carolyn Murphy takes over for Angela Lindvall as “Project Runway All Stars” host this season. Isaac Mizrahi and Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman return as judges. The guest judge list includes Katie Holmes, Kylie Minogue, Liv Tyler, and ex-WWE diva, “Dancing With The Stars” competitor , and George Clooney’s girlfriend Stacy Keibler. Keibler is set to host another Lifetime reality series, “Supermarket Superstars”, produced by the “Project Runway” team of The Weinstein Company along with Studio Lambert. There's no sign of a return appearance by Miss Piggy to the judging panel this season.
The “Project Runway All Stars” Season 2 winner receives a cash prize of $150,000, as well as an all–expenses trip around the world to attend Fashion Week in Paris, London, Milan, and Tokyo. Additionally, the champ gets their own sewing and embroidering studio, a technology suite/office space, and the possibility to create a custom –branded capsule collection for Nine West.
The winner also will have a fashion spread in Marie Claire and a one year position as contributing editor with the periodical. The victor takes over the job from “Project Runway All Stars” first winner, Mondo Guerra.
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