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Project Runway All-Stars S5: the designers


Thirteen designers return to compete on Project Runway All-Stars S5. This season started last Thursday and no one got eliminated! The judges want to see more. Alyssa Milano hosts Project Runway All-Stars. The judges are designer Georgina Chapman and designer Isaac Mizrahi as well as a celebrity guest judge each week. Zanna Roberts Rassi will again be the workroom mentor.

Here are this season’s competing designers:


Valerie Mayen–S8, 7th place

Cleveland, Ohio

education: graduated from Cleveland Institue of Art with degree in illustration

–started a company called Yellowcake

–first generation Guatemalan-American


Stella Zotis–S5, 9th place

New York, NY

inspiration: Ozzy Ozbourne; David Bowie; The Rolling Stones; Iggy Pop

fashion icons: Alexander McQueen; Balenciaga; Vivienne Westwood


Sam Donovan–Under the Gunn, 2nd place

Astoria, NY

education: Parsons School of Design


Mitchell Perry–S13, 12th place

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

education: Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

–teaches children to sew and up-cycle clothes which then get donated to the homeless

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Layana Aguilar–S11, 5th place

New York, NY

education: FIT

–grew up in Brazil

–interned for Oscar de la Renta

–launched the lines Layana Aguilar and Laya Land


Kini Zamora–S13, 3rd place

Kapolei, Hawaii

education: FIT

–started his own label called Kinizamora which includes the lines KiniZamora Custom; KiniZamora Ready to Wear and KiniZamora Bridal and KZHawaii


Ken Laurence–S12, 8th place

Atlanta, Georgia

–writing a book

–launching his own online boutique


Fade Zu Grau–S13, 9th place

Coral Gables, Fla.

–born and raised in East Germany

–works in graphic design by day


Emily Payne–S13, 5th place

San Francisco, Calif.

–grew up in a small town in Texas

–has a children’s line


Dom Streater–S12, winner

Philadelphia, Penn.

–born and raised in West Philadelphia

–first African American to win Project Runway

–designed an exclusive clothing collection for Belk stores

–designed a collection of headphones for Velodyne


Daniel Franco–S1 and S2

Los Angeles, CAlif.

education: BA from Otis College of Art and Design; AA from FIDM

–worked as assistant to Richard Tyler in New York

–worked as designer for BCBG

–inherited the Albertson Chapel in 2007 from his father


Asha Daniels–Under the Gunn, 3rd place

Cincinnati, Ohio

education: University of Cincinnati

–interned at Marchesa


Alexander Pope–S12, 7th place

Ridgewood, NY

education: FIDM

–grew up in Hollywood in the 80s

–former drag queen

–designs costumes for Broadway shows

Project Runway All-Stars airs on Thursdays at 9pm on Lifetime.



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DMITRY SHOLOKHOV wins Project Runway All-Stars S4


Current New York resident and Belarus native Dmitry Sholokhov and Project Runway Season 10 winner beat out fellow finalists Helen Castillo and Sonjia Williams with a final collection created in only four days.

Dmitry had several memorable quotes about being an All-Star throughout the show:

“To be an all-star you need to know exactly who you are.”

“Winning All-Stars rockets your career hopefully.”


The final three created an eight piece collection representing all four seasons.

Dmitry designed for “a collector who loves special pieces. timeless but have an edge about it. fluid and fragile.” Helen went for “a couture Wednesday Adams.” She called her collection “Coco on Wednesday.” Sonjia, whose father passed away in January, designed for herself. She called her collection “Urban Egyptian.” “She knows who she is and she owns it,” she explained.


Project Runway All-Stars S4 finale show was at Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel. While all three collections impressed, Dmitry won over Runway All-Stars host Alyssa Milano, judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman, mentor Zanna Roberts and guest judges Zac Posen and Mira Sorvino.


winner Dmitry

“Amazing job. This collection shows total control of your ascetic.” –Alyssa Milano

“You are the master of technique.” –Georgina Chapman

“I love the confidence, the consistency and the strength of your looks.” –guest judge Mira Sorvino

“You understand architecture and form.” –guest judge Zac Posen









Guest judges Zac Posen and Oscar winner and all-around talented and fabulous Mira Sorvino:


runner-up Sonjia

“You have the ability to redefine proportions of a woman’s body.” –Isaac Mizrahi

“The was something regal.” –guest judge Mira Sorvino

“The gown didn’t have the modernity where we started. The red lace dress is market-ready.” –guest judge Zac Posen





son pantsuit

son dress

sonjia pantsuit


first runner-up Helen

“I see some very contemporary looking clothing.” –guest judge Zac Posen

“I love the black. It’s very edgy. The first dress is very Chanel-y. I’d love to wear that.” –guest judge Mira Sorvino

“You can’t tell if she’s flirting or pushing you away.” –guest judge Isaac Mizrahi








host Alyssa Milano

host Alyssa Milano

As the winner of Project Runway All-Stars season four, Sholokhov receives:
–chance to create his 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 Sholokhov to stay in a luxury spa resort as a special guest at its International conference in Cancun, Mexico, plus product and staff for entire year of runway shows
— an entire year’s worth of beauty products from Mary Kay for fashion shows and professional makeup artist services for Sholokhov’s debut show
— cash prize of $150,000
— complete custom sewing studio from Brother Sewing and Embroidery to launch his winning line.

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TV RECAP: Project Runway All-Stars S4.Ep12

FOUR designers remain this week: Helen Castillo; Michelle Lesniak; Dmitry Sholokhov; Sonjia Williams

This week’s challenge: create dazzling red carpet gowns to be remembered forever

Of course this is tied-in to an upcoming Marilyn Monroe biopic and the actress playing Marilyn introduces the challenge via video.

“It’s red carpet. It’s what I do,” says Helen.She’s designing something with a cap sleeve again. Helen purchases a beaded fabric in a mint julep color. Sonjia wants to design a dress with “bow that’s in your face.” She chooses several gold fabrics. “I want a moody romance,” Michelle explains. She spends her entire budget on one fabric, a silk burnout velvet. Dmitry buys off-white lace and white fringe which he plans to tea dye to match the fabric.

Helen in the workroom

Helen in the workroom

In the workroom, Michelle and Dmitry tell Helen that her fabric doesn’t have enough sparkle. She flips out a bit. She says: “I bought Chantilly beaded lace. You’re going to tell me, the girl that has made a Grammy performance gown [for a performer I’ve never heard of] that my fabric is not sparkly.”

Isaac Mizrahi arrives to interrupt the designers with a mini-challenge. He says he wants to introduce a legend. “She’s been saving the day in Hollywood for 75 years.” In trots Lassie. [Lifetime is paying the bills yet again.] The winner will be designing for Lassie. Well-trained Lassie delivers the gift bags to each designer which include fabric and their themes and rescue dog assignments. Helen gets sci-fi; Michelle has Western; Dmitry gets gangster and Sonjia receives musical comedy.



Mini-challenge: design a piece of movie-themed canine couture

Michelle who has yet to win a challenge wins.

Michelle with the rescue dog

Michelle with the rescue dog

Back to work on the main challenge, Zanna arrives for critiques in a fabulous outfit but with terrible hair. Why doesn’t she do something about her hair? Her clothes always look spectacular. Her hair looks overworked and dry. Dmitry’s never been in the bottom but Helen thinks his fringe dress looks like a “dirty mop.” Although Zanna thinks Helen’s dress is Victorian looking and too old-fashioned, Helen comments: “I’m feeling confident because I see black, I see dirty mop and I see cheap gold.”

eye candy: Dmitry in the workroom

eye candy: Dmitry in the workroom

Runway critiques



design by Sonjia

design by Sonjia

“It feels dramatic and memorable.” –Isaac Mizrahi
“It’s impactful.” –Georgina Chapman


design by Michelle

design by Michelle

“I think the textile is the star of this dress. I didn’t love the chain.” –Alyssa Milano
“This is the best you’ve done. It’s mysterious, where it’s lined. I can’t tell where you’ve lined and where you’ve left sheer. The back is enchanting.” –Isaac Mizrahi
“It’s very pretty. It’s a simple shape. The patterning doesn’f feel expensive.” –Georgina Chapman


design by Helen

design by Helen

“It’s a classic silhouette.” –Alyssa Milano
“Very safe but perhaps too safe.” –Georgina Chapman
“I love this dress. It didn’t move beautifully.” –Isaac Mizrahi


design by Dmitry

design by Dmitry

“This dress blew me away. Might be my favorite thing ever.” –Alyssa Milano
“It really looks like this is thousands of dollars. Your length is great.” –Georgina Chapman
“Beautiful dress but fringe is maybe not Oscar.” –Isaac Mizrahi

Dmitry is the WINNER

Sonjia is IN

Michelle and Helen must compete in a last minute challenge. They have to reinvent a look using at least three losing designs in an hour. Helen freaks out as she doesn’t like destroying other people’s designs.
Helen: “I can’t cut up somebody else’s work.” [but she can critique them.]
Michelle: “Well just cut up the really ugly stuff.”

Sadly Michelle is OUT. Helen is IN.

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TV: Project Runway S4.Ep11 RECAP

FIVE designers left this week: Helen Castillo; Fabio Costa; Michelle Lesniak; Dmitry Sholokhov; Sonjia Williams


Designers head out over to the Marchesa showroom and Georgina Chapman and co-founder of Marchesa Keren Craig greet them to introduce the challenge. They meet a bride-to-be and will be assigned a bridesmaid for whom to design a dress. Alyssa Milano will officiate the wedding on the runway. Why? Because she can. And so the bride gets a free Marchesa wedding gown.


This week’s challenge: design bridesmaid dresses suitable for multiple events

The winner will be a VIP at Marchesa during New York Fashion Week, receives beautiful china set as well as a Marchesa diamond ring.

The bride said her color choices are navy, plums, taupe and gray.

“I love love. I’m so excited for you,” Michelle gushes.

Helen says: “I love bridal so I’m so excited.”

They sketch at Marchesa until heading to Mood with a $150 budget. “I never know what my things will look like until I start working,” Sonjia admits.

During dinner Sonjia starts crying. “It’s hard to challenge yourself every single week to come up with a great design,” she explains. “I’m exhausted. It seems whatever I’m doing isn’t working.”

“Why did I pick this bitch organza?” Fabio laments


“Looking around the room, I think mine is the most romantic here,” Michelle opines.


“Everybody is more developed and everybody is more experienced. It’s the best of the best. So it’s harder to compete,” says Dmitry in maybe his most humble comment yet.

Michelle: “Helen’s three words are wool crepe, cap sleeve and lace. Every design that’s what she does.”

the judges with guest judge Cat Deeley

the judges with guest judge Cat Deeley

The critiques


—says she designed a fit and flare


“It’s really flattering.” –guest judge Cat Deeley
“It is a very nice dress. I just wanted a bit more.” –Georgina Chapman
“It’s really flattering but it a little heavy. It skews a bit older.” –Alyssa Milano
“Tasteful is good but I’m looking for a bit more here.” –Isaac Mizrahi

—wanted the bridesmaid to be comfortable and have fun in it


“I’m conflicted. You got me thinking. It’s one of the more exciting dresses on the runway.” –Georgina
“I’m baffled. Too much drapery.” –Isaac
“I love that Studio 54 feel.” –Cat
“This was my favorite dress. I love this dress. I gave it the highest score of the day.” –Alyssa


—said he wanted to design classic and modern simultaneously


“It’s a little bit of a departure for you. Hemline kinda a mess.” –Alyssa
“I love the shoulders but would like the sleeve to come down more.” –Cat



“I’m getting a little phallic from this center applique piece and the bottom to me looks a little circus.” –Alyssa
There’s something unresolved about the sleeve and it’s a pretty ide what you’ve done. I appreciate that you pushed it a little bit. –Georgina
Later Georgina adds: “Michelle is onto something more interesting than Fabio.”

—aimed for elegant but modern


“It’s so unattractive. I don’t know where to start. The Cleopatra neckline, the draping at the bottom.” –Isaac
“Not your best week All-Stars!” –Isaac
“There’s nothing new about this dress. –Georgina
Later Georgina calls it “offensively dull.”
“I kinda like this dress. But it’s safe.” –Cat


FABIO is ELIMINATED (after weeks in the bottom)

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Project Runway All-Stars Returns in October with host Alyssa Milano

Project Runway All-Stars Season 4 premieres Thursday, October 30 at 9pm on Lifetime.


Hosted by Alyssa Milano
Judges: Georgina Chapman and Isaac Mizrahi
Mentor: Zanna Roberts Rassi


Designers for Project Runway All Stars Season 4 include:

designer Samantha

designer Samantha

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 and Ebony magazine.

designer Helen

designer Helen

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.

designer Fabio

designer Fabio

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.

designer Gunnar

designer Gunnar

Gunnar Deatherage (Louisville, KY) – Season 10, 8th place – Recently the creative director of NFocus Magazine, Gunnar spends his days styling, overseeing photo shoots and working on his designs at night for his line, Deatherage Designs.

designer Justin

designer Justin

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 debut 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.

designer Michelle

designer Michelle

Michelle Lesniak (Portland, OR) – Season 11, Winner – Michelle returned to Portland after her successful run on Runway and 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.

designer Benjamin

designer Benjamin

Benjamin Mach (New York, NY/Sydney Australia) – Season 11, 11th place – His made-to-order Benjamin Mach label, merging luxurious fabrics with label launched February 2014, merging luxurious fabrics with a modern design.

designer Chris

designer Chris

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.

designer Patricia

designer Patricia

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.

designer Kate

designer Kate

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.

designer Jay

designer Jay

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.

designer Dmitry

designer Dmitry

Dmitry Sholokhov (New York, NY) – Season 10, Winner – After winning Season 10 of Runway, Dmitry created his own brand, Dmitry Sholokhov, and showed 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.

designer Alexandria

designer Alexandria

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.

designer Sonjia

designer Sonjia

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.

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Project Runway All-Stars with new host Alyssa Milano airs October 24 on LIFETIME


Host: Alyssa Milano
Judges: Georgina Chapman and Isaac Mizrahi
Mentor: Marie Claire Senior Fashion Editor Zanna Roberts Rassi

The Designers



Ari South
S8 (2nd Runner-Up)
–formerly Andy South. Educating world about transgender community.



Christopher Palu
S10 (4th place)
–worked as shoe designer for Sam Edelman but was laid off
–“obsessive” designer of handbags
–grew up on Long Island
–trained at Fashion Institute of Technology



Daniel Esquivel
S11 (4th place)
–role model for Hispanic LGBT community, he speaks out about being bullied as a child.
–from Austin, Texas


Elena Slivnyak
S10 (6th place)
–from Ukraine, immigrated to U.S. at age 10
–has an online shop for her brand and ready-to-wear line called iimuahii42wear
–she also works as a costume designer


Irina Shabayeva
S6 (winner)
–Parsons School of Design graduate
–started own bridal line
–designed gowns for celebs such as Selena Gomez for 2011 People’s Choice Awards



Jeffrey Sebelia
S3 (winner)
–former member of the band Lifter
–tooks classes at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
–clothing line Cosa Nostra
–celeb clients include Gwen Stefani, Dave Navarro, Madonna, Marilyn Manson, and Jennifer Lopez
–developed high-end children’s line La Miniatura available in Niemen Marcus,, Harrods, Bloomingdales, Barney’s and Fred Siegel



Korto Momolu
S5 (runner-up)
–born in Liberia and immigrated to Canada in 1990
–studied fashion design at L’Academies des Couturiers Design Institute in Ottaw, Ontario
–lives in Little Rock, Arkansas
–designs The Saba Collection of eco-friendly jewelry for Madera Exotic Woods



Melissa Fleis
S10 (2nd runner-up)
–grew up in Michigan, attended University of Michigan
–while working as a sales associate in Los Angeles she decide to study fashion at San Francisco’s Academy of Art


Mychael Knight
S3 (4th place)
–born in Germany and raised in Alabama
–worked as an intern at Wilbourn Exclusives
–became a stylist in the music industry
–has his own label Mychael Knight
–designs have been worn by Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Rowland and Queen Latifah

seth aaron

seth aaron

Seth Aaron Henderson
S7 (winner)
–has created designs for Lexus, Intel
–designed a line of fashionable iPad covers
–has been involved with the Project Runway family by serving on fashion judging panel for seasons 8-12



Viktor Luna
S9 (2nd runner-up)
–born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Los Angeles
–attended FIT in New York but didn’t graduate


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Project Runway All Stars [no Heidi, no Tim but there’ll be Isaac Mizrahi!]

The All Star Designers

Austin Scarlett [New York] – Season One, Fourth Place – known for eccentric ball gowns and ability to produce glamorous fashions under tight deadlines, including a gown made entirely out of corn husks.

Kara Janx [New York] – Season Two, Fourth Place –known for her signature wrap dress

Elisa Jimenez [New York] – Season Four, 10th Place – known for marking her clothes with spit, rather than a fabric pencil.

Rami Kashou [Los Angeles] – Season Four, Runner-up – known for his signature Grecian-style draping look

Sweet P/Kathleen Vaughn [Pasadena, CA] – Season Four, Fifth Place – known for her club-influenced garments and retro pieces

Jerell Scott [New York] – Season Five, Fourth Place – known for creating stunning and opulent designs

Kenley Collins [Brooklyn] – Season Five, Second Runner-up –known for her vintage, flapper-inspired looks.

Gordana Gehlhausen [San Diego] – Season Six, Fourth Place –showcased her signature knit and crochet wear.

Anthony Williams [Atlanta] – Season Seven, Fifth Place – Known for his competitive spirit and aesthetic for bold and striking colors and sequins

Mila Hermanovski [Los Angeles] – Season Seven, Second Runner-up –she chose to show a black and white collection inspired by shadows at Bryant Park.

April Johnston [Savannah, Georgia] – Season Eight, Fifth Place –known for her dark textures and grunge-inspired pieces.

Michael Costello [Palm Springs] – Season Eight, Fourth Place –known for and his draping style and being one of the designers without any formal training

Mondo Guerra [Denver] – Season Eight, Runner-up –revealed his HIV positive status on the show

Prizes include:
–an exclusive designer’s boutique in select Neiman Marcus stores and on
— $100,000 dollars in technology and office space to help grow their business from HP and Intel
— $100,000 cash from L’Oreal Paris
–a feature spread in Marie Claire, for which he or she will serve as a guest editor for one year
–a sewing and embroidery studio provided by Brother International

Judges: designers Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman
Host: supermodel Angela Lindvall
Mentor: Marie Claire Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles

Project Runway All Stars will premiere later this year on Lifetime.

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