We are only two episodes into Project Runway Season 9, but it's time to take a look forward at the upcoming Project Runway All-Stars!
Two months ago I highlighted my dream cast for All-Stars, choosing simply on talent instead of ratings-grabbing dramatics. This morning, the contestants, host, judges and mentor were announced, and it seems Lifetime didn't exactly take the same approach I did. Take a look at who they chose...
- Austin Scarlett (Season 1)
- Kara Janx (Season 2)
- Elisa Jemenez (Season 4)
- Rami Kashou (Season 4)
- Kathleen "Sweet P" Vaughn (Season 4)
- Kenley Collins (Season 5)
- Jerell Scott (Season 5)
- Gordana Gehlhausen (Season 6)
- Mila Hermanovski (Season 7)
- Anthony Williams (Season 7)
- Michael Costello (Season 8)
- Mondo Guerra (Season 8)
- April Johnston (Season 8)
The Judges: Fashion Designers Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman, fashion designers
The Mentor: Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief of Marie Clare magazine
First of all, I'm sad to see that Heidi, Michael, Nina and Tim are not a part of All-Stars. I didn't love Isaac Mizrahi on Bravo's The Fashion Show (a.k.a. "We lost Project Runway but watch this instead!"), but I'm willing to give this new lineup a shot.
As for the All-Stars themselves, I'm happy to see that 5 of my dream picks made it: Jerell, Gordana, Mila, Mondo and April. There is way too little representation from Season 2 and ZERO representation from Season 3... criminal! Elisa, Kenley, Anthony and Michael are obviously there to vamp up the craziness/drama factor—is "spit mark girl" Elisa really one of the best designers in the show's history??
No word yet on a premiere date, though I imagine it'll be sometime in late fall.
Are you excited for Project Runway All-Stars? What do you make of the designers and the new judges/host/mentor? And who would you have liked to see brought back that was snubbed?
[Image Source: Marie Clare]