Project Runway All-Stars isn't the only fashion-centric show on the spring television schedule, though it's likely the most anticipated. Favorite contestants from past seasons are returning for an "all-star" season full of beautiful clothes and -- more importantly -- high drama. Thirteen designers will compete for $100,000 in cash, $100,000 worth of office space and equipment, and a one-year "guest editorship" at Marie Claire, as well as a boutique in select Neiman Marcus stores.
A review of the handy cable guide reveals even more fashionably-focused shows debuting this week, both reality and scripted. Let's take a peek, shall we?
Project Runway All-Stars First let's look at our cast of characters on PR: All-Stars. The show premiers on Lifetime this Thursday, January 5. Love them or hate them, many of the better known names from past seasons are reappearing. Unfortunately Santino Rice is not one of them. Boo!
• Season One: Austin Scarlett is outrageous and theatrical. Will he drape his way to victory? • Season Two: Kara Janx, the architect-turned-fashion designer, barely missed the cut for finals in her original season. • Season Four: Both Rami Kashou and Elisa Jimenez will appear from season four. Hopefully their All-Stars appearance proves more memorable. Sweet P (Kathleen Vaughn) will also return to compete. • Season Five: Model-turned-designer Jerell Scott and Evil Bitch/Tim Gunn nemesis Kenley Collins represent from season five. • Season Six: In regard to Gordana Gehlhausen we ask -- who? Do you remember her? We don't. • Season Seven: Mila Hermanovski was a top three finisher in season seven, although some contestants complained she was "one-note". Darling fan-favorite and charming cuddle-bear Anthony Williams also returns, so the workroom will be fun for at least a little while. • Season Eight: Michael Costello was controversial for his inconsistent design and his secrecy regarding his sexual orientation; Mondo Guerra was season eight's runner up, although many fans felt he was robbed of the win by crunchy-granola Gretchen Jones. April Johnston, also from season eight, rounds out the cast.
Get ready for the All-Stars premiere and learn more about the designers and judges at Lifetime.com. Michael, Heidi, Nina, and Tim are sitting this one out. Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief of Marie Claire (U.S.) will play mentor to the contestants while "model and occasional actress" Angela Lindvall plays Heidi host. Judges are Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman.
Also on the spring lineup:
Immediately following Project Runway: All-Stars is 24 Hour Catwalk. "Each episode of '24 Hour Catwalk' gives four talented designers the chance to compete to create their own collection...in just one day." Hosted by Alexa Chung, judges include designer Cynthia Rowley, fashion editor Derek Blasberg and publicist James LaForce. 24 Hour Catwalk premiers Thursday, after Project Runway.
It's a Brad, Brad World follows Brad Goreski, a former Rachel Zoe assistant, as he breaks out on his own. The show premiered last night, but in true Bravo fashion it will be constantly re-aired and episodes can also be found online.
Jane By Design premiers tonight on ABC Family right after Switched at Birth. The commercials are cryptic but it seems like high school fashionista Jane lands herself a job in the high-powered fashion world (her boss is played by Andie MacDowell) and then has to balance her two lives, which are each a secret from the other. Yeah, we'll watch it.
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