Sneak peek at Project Runway All Stars
It's just been announced that Neiman Marcus will be sponsoring Project Runway All Stars, which is another departure for a show that is taking a different direction than the main Project Runway program. There is a different host, Angela Lindvall, different judges, Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman, and a new mentor, Marie Claire Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles. Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn recently explained that it was a scheduling conflict that kept the usual suspects from participating in the new show.
"Project Runway All Stars' overlapped with the taping of 'Project Runway' Season 9," Gunn told AOL TV. "Someone actually thought that Heidi, Nina, Michael and I could run back-and-forth, from one place to the next, and I said, 'Look, I'm not speaking for [Heidi Klum] or [Michael Kors] or [Nina Garcia] because I can't. But I can speak for me. When I'm doing Project Runway, I feel as though I'm overseeing an emergency room and that anything can happen. You want me to oversee two emergency rooms? That would put both shows at risk. That cannot happen."
The familiar faces you can expect are these popular (or infamous, as the case may be) former contestants: Kenley Collins - Season Five, Second Runner-up, Michael Costello - Season Eight, Fourth Place, Gordana Gehlhausen - Season Six, Fourth Place, Mondo Guerra - Season Eight, Runner-up, Mila Hermanovski - Season Seven, Second Runner-up, Kara Janx - Season Two, Fourth Place, Elisa Jimenez - Season Four, 10th Place, April Johnston - Season Eight, Fifth Place, Rami Kashou - Season Four, Runner-up, Austin Scarlett - Season One, Fourth Place, Jerell Scott - Season Five, Fourth Place, Sweet P/Kathleen Vaughn - Season Four, Fifth Place and Anthony Williams - Season Seven, Fifth Place.
Why the switch to Neiman Marcus? Well, the retailer already carries lines by three Project Runway alumni: Christian Siriano, Kara Janx and Andy South. They will now add the Project Runway All Stars winner to that roster, and supply "hundreds" of shoes and accessories for the show, according to WWD.
"We believed this would be a great way to expose a new audience to our industry leadership, our fashion director Ken Downing, and the depth and breadth of our accessories assortment," Ginger Reeder, vice president and spokeswoman, told the fashion daily.