Alyssa Milano returns to host Project Runway All-Stars, Laverne Cox to guest
The fourth season of Lifetime’s Project Runway All Stars is set to premiere on Thursday, October 30, at 9pm ET/PT. Coming back this season will be host Alyssa Milano, she will reveal that two former Project Runwaywinners, Dmitry Sholokhov and Michelle Lesniak, are back, sure to make the season one of the best yet.
TV fashion correspondent and Marie Claire’s Senior Fashion Editor Zanna Roberts Rassi returns to mentor the designers as they are judged each week by Isaac Mizrahi and Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman. S
some of the biggest names in fashion and entertainment make up this year’s A-list celebrity guest judges including Emmy® Award nominee 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 photographerNigel Barker, QVC® Program Host Lisa Robertson and many others. Designers appearing this season include Betsey Johnson, Michael Bastian, Elie Tahari andIvanka Trump, and special appearances by Project Runway judges Nina Garcia and Zac Posen.
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.
Designers for Project Runway All Stars season four include:
- 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 andEbony 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 2014/2015 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.
- Alexandria 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.
Last season, Project Runway All Stars posted significant jumps among the key demographics versus season two, including a +13% increase in Total Viewers and Woman 18-49, +9% with Woman 25-54 and +3% in both Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49. Season three also the number unscripted series in its Thursday 9-10p time period among Woman 25-54.
Project Runway All Stars is produced by The Weinstein Company and Bunim/Murray Productions. Executive producers are Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein (Co-Chairmen of The Weinstein Company), Meryl Poster and Barbara Schneeweiss of The Weinstein Company, Jonathan Murray and Gil Goldschein of Bunim/Murray Productions, Rob Bagshaw (Top Chef Masters, Paradise Hotel, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge) and Rob Sharenow, Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and David Hillman of Lifetime.