The second season of Project Runway All Stars premieres later this month and we now have final confirmation on the cast!
There will be 13 designers returning for the second round of All Stars fun and they are: Wendy Pepper (season 1); Andrae Gonzalo (season 2); Kayne Gillaspie and Uli Herzner (season 3); Suede (season 5); Althea Harper (season 6); Emilio Sosa (season 7); Peach Carr, Ivy Higa and Casanova (season 8); Anthony Ryan Auld, Laura Kathleen and Joshua McKinley (season 9).
I’m most excited about the return of Andrae, Uli and Kayne. Andrae and his emotions made for great TV as did Kayne’s flamboyance (and questionable taste). As for Uli, most fans (myself included) believe she was robbed her season and think she deserves another chance at the title. Maybe this will be her season.
Model Carolyn Murphy will take over hosting duties from Angela Lindvall but the mentor and judges remain. So we’ll again see Joanna Coles in the Tim Gunn mentor role and Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman in the judges’ seats.
Project Runway All Stars 2 is set to premiere Oct. 25.
Wendy Pepper (Middleburg, VA) – Season One, Second Runner-Up – A villain to remember on the first-ever season of “Project Runway,” Wendy made her mark in the workroom and on the runway with her feminine dresses, structural form-fitting jackets, strong patterns and even stronger personality, beating out Austin Scarlett for the final spot to show at fashion week. Since her time on “Project Runway,” she opened her own boutique and launched a new line called “Pretty World.”
Andrae Gonzalo (New York, NY) – Season Two – Best known for his emotional outbursts on his season, Andrae’s designs frequently contrasted elements of poverty and luxury. After the show, Andrae was given the challenge to create an original duffel bag for the “Keep a Child Alive AIDS” charity auction.
Kayne Gillaspie (Nashville, TN) – Season Three – Kayne’s pageant sensibilities proved valuable when he won the “Fit for a Queen” challenge and designed an evening gown for Miss USA 2007 Tara Conner to wear at the Miss Universe Pageant. Since his season, Kayne has established the award-winning shoe line “Johnathan Kayne,” produced by Benjamin Walk Corporation.
Uli Herzner (Miami, FL) – Season Three, First Runner-up – Uli’s designs are feminine, flowy and colorful, inspired by the beaches and climate of her hometown Miami. She currently has continued success with her designs and even has her own show called “It’s Very Uli” on Plum TV.
Suede (Barryville, NY) – Season Five – Known for his confidence, brightly colored hair and speaking about himself in the third person, Suede’s dynamic personality and eye-catching style attracted a major following. His designs can be seen on celebrities such as Britney Spears, Brooke Burke, Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Simpson and Christina Aguilera.
Althea Harper (New Haven, CT) – Season Six, First Runner-up – As stunning as one of her own models, Althea’s design aesthetic emphasizes draping, silhouette and tailoring that flatters the curves of a strong woman. Since “Project Runway,” Althea was invited to become part of the Tory Burch design team and she has since designed full-time for her own successful line “Althea Harper.” She is currently the head designer for Quincy.
Emilio Sosa (New York, NY) – Season Seven, First Runner-up – With a record-breaking three consecutive challenge wins and more wins in the season than any other designer, Emilio was the favorite to win. But his jaw-dropping defeat to season seven winner Seth Aaron left him speechless. This year, he was nominated for a Tony® Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical for The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.
Peach Carr (Lake Forest, IL) – Season Eight – A favorite among the designers and fans who enjoyed her refreshingly positive, bubbly personality, her athletic design styles have built a strong following and loyal buyers. Peach’s designs can often be seen on “Real Housewives of NYC” castmember Alex McCord on red carpets.
Casanova (New York, NY) – Season Eight – Chock full of personality, Casanova was the underdog everyone rooted for and the first Puerto Rican fashion designer to ever participate on “Project Runway.” Casanova is a spokesperson for Microsoft’s HP Touchsmart PC and continues to show his designs at Fashion Week.
Ivy Higa (New York, NY) – Season Eight – Big on attitude, high in self-esteem and full of talent, Ivy’s opinionated and headstrong personality was the source of many conflicts during her season. In 2009, after “Project Runway,” Ivy was chosen by NBC New York’s ThreadNY as designer to watch and has dressed celebrities such as Olivia Munn.
Anthony Ryan Auld (Baton Rouge, LA) – Season Nine – Cancer survivor Anthony’s sense of humor and sharp one-liners were memorable, but it was his unconventional birdseed dress that made him a fan favorite. Anthony founded his own charity ROCKONE1, a movement to fight cancer with fashion, and founded the first fashion week in Baton Rouge.
Laura Kathleen (St. Louis, MO) – Season Nine – A self-proclaimed girly-girl with a sharp tongue and strong personality, Laura’s designs are inspired by vintage style, tailoring techniques and the manipulation of fabric. Laura recently opened her own business and released her ready-to-wear collection.
Joshua McKinley (New York, NY) – Season Nine, First Runner-up – Loud and bold with a no-holds-barred opinion on everyone else and their designs, he’s ready for another walk down the “Runway.” Joshua is currently developing his own line and continues to design for his private clients.