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The sixth season of Project Runway All-Stars pits rookies [designers new to the Project Runway All-Stars] vs. veterans [designers who have been on prior seasons of Project Runway All-Stars]. Alyssa Milano returns as host along with judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman [clearly taped before her husband’s exposure for perpetual sexual harassment]. This season’s mentor is Anne Fulenwider, Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire. Guest judges for season six include Catherine Zeta-Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Dita Von Teese, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Olivia Culpo, RuPaul and Kelly Osbourne.
Kimberly Goldson from Brooklyn, NY – PR Season 9
Stanley Hudson from Los Angeles, Calif. – PR Season 11
Amanda Valentine from Nashville, Tenn. – PR Season 13
Char Glover from Los Angeles, Calif. – PR Season 13
Kelly Dempsey from Boston, Mass. – PR Season 14– extremely entertaining. plus fun and talented. #teamfannypack
Edmond Newton from Atlanta, GA – PR Season 14
Candice Cuoco from Oakland, Calif. – PR Season 14
Merline Labissiere from Miami, FL – PR Season 14
Anthony Williams from Atlanta, GA – PR Season 7, PRAS Season 1
Joshua McKinley from New York NY – PR Season 9, PRAS Season 2
Casanova from New York, NY – PR Season 8, PRAS Season 2
Ari South from Honolulu, HI – PR Season 8, PRAS Season 3
Melissa Fleis from Los Angeles, Calif. – PR Season 10, PRAS Season 3
Fabio Costa from New York, NY – PR Season 10, PRAS Season 4
Helen Castillo from Weehawken, NJ – PR Season 12, PRAS Season 4
Ken Laurence from Atlanta, GA – PR Season 12, PRAS Season 5
The winner of Project Runway All Stars Season six will receive a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine and a position as contributing editor for a year, and a complete sewing studio from Brother Sewing and Embroidery. The winner also receives a trip to London, England, and luxurious skincare and makeup from Rodial and accessories and styling services from Intermix, to enhance their next collection. The winner receives a $100,000 grand prize to elevate their business and build their brand.
Project Runway All Stars will premiere Thursday, January 4 at 9pm ET/PT.
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.
“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:
“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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
“It feels dramatic and memorable.” –Isaac Mizrahi
“It’s impactful.” –Georgina Chapman
“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
“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
“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.
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.”
—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)
I haven’t been doing my usual weekly Project Runway update for Project Runway All-Stars S4. I’m starting now until season end. My favorite designer Samantha Black is gone so it doesn’t matter that much anymore. However I do like watching arrogant and gorgeous Dmitry Sholokhov. I’ve seen most Project Runway seasons except for his (10) and season one.
SIX designers left this week: Helen Castillo; Fabio Costa; Michelle Lesniak; Jay Sario; Dmitry Sholokhov; Sonjia Williams
Fabio for some reason thought he needed to design his own fabric and created a truly dull product. pastels on white. spattered paint look. Michelle chose an unusual print that no one liked. Sonjia doesn’t sketch and waits for the material to speak to her. She really works in a strange organic manner but managed to create lovely designs this week. She had a piece of bright yellow fabric and didn’t know what to do. So she hyserically says: “So I decide to YOLO this dress.” And poof! a cool tube dress.
Isaac Mizrahi, Georgina Chapman, Alyssa Milano and Zanna Roberts Rassi rang the closing bell for NASDAQ.
This week’s challenge: design two-piece separates for QVC. also design another more high fashion look that coordinates with the separates.
Sonjia is the WINNER.
Jay is OUT.
Samantha Black is cool. She stood out for me from the first episode of Project Runway S11 and I was rooting for her. I like her personal style and the clothes she designs. She’s laid back yet edgy. Plus she’s smart and genuine. The 28-year-old Brooklyn resident and Pratt Institute graduate runs two clothing companies Sammy B Designs and Samantha Black. In 2011, Black presented her first show at New York Fashion Week [NYFW]. Solange did the music for the show, attended and sat in the front row. “I’m really excited when people want to wear my clothes and people see it,” Black told me. She’s shown at NYFW nearly every season since. Named “designer to watch” by both Essence and Ebony magazine, Black created garments for celebrities such as Kerri Hilson, Brandi, LaLa Anthony and Angela Simmons. She’s back on Project Runway: All Stars which airs Thursdays at 9 pm on Lifetime.
I spoke to Sam by phone last week.
Amy Steele: I was a really big fan of yours during your season (11) so I’m so happy to speak with you. And I just really like your style and everything.
Samantha Black: Thank you!
Amy Steele: When did you get interested in fashion design?
Samantha Black: I always liked clothes and when I was 16 someone said I should take classes in fashion design. ‘You know you like to doodle.’ So I took a pre-college fashion design course and I loved it. And ever since I thought ‘I want to be a fashion designer.’
Amy Steele: Did you go to fashion school?
Samantha Black: I went to Pratt. I got a bachelors in fine arts but my major was fashion design.
Amy Steele: What did you take away from going to a design school?
Samantha Black: It’s actually really intense. At least Pratt’s program is really intense because you still have your liberal arts program and you have your major classes. [AS note: this sounds like Berklee College of Music] So fashion classes are six hours long. Serious projects. It’s a serious, intense program. You lose half the class. Pratt puts out more entrepreneurs. That’s the path I want to take eventually.
Amy Steele: What inspires your designs?
Samantha Black: I get inspired by art, architecture. I live in New York so you see such crazy style every day. Even my personal style. I dress funky one day and preppy another day. I wanted to create a line that embodies all those things because you can dress that one girl who likes a lot of things.
Amy Steele: I was going to say who are you designing for? So she sounds eclectic.
Samantha Black: She’s definitely an eclectic woman. She’s into all different kinds of music and culture and things like that. Some people say the IT Girl’s closet has to have something from each genre and that’s kind of my line all-in-one.
Amy Steele: So Sammy B is your line?
Samantha Black: I started off with Sammy B and I also have Samantha Black. Sammy B is a little more funky and easy to wear pieces. I’ve really been pushing my Samantha Black line for the last couple of years. In 2011 I started working on the Samantha Black line.
Amy Steele: And this is all on your own.
Samantha Black: I originally started in the industry working [corporate] and I did that for about four years. When they closed my division I started working on my own line. I started working freelance too. I don’t have any investors. All the money I make I literally put into my line. It’s a hard struggle to balance the two. Sometimes I freelance and have to go to an office depending on who the client is.
Amy Steele: What is your greatest challenge as a designer?
Samantha Black: It’s the business side. I definitely don’t think from that side of my brain. I’m an artist. Over the past few years I’ve taken business classes [Macy’s Business Program] so I can really up that side of my business for it to really be something. I’m getting into programs and learning how to be a fully functioning business. To really prosper I have to do it the right way. Budgets. From the ground up. It’s more important than designing because even if you have a good design, if you can’t get it sold . . .
Amy Steele: What is a little bit of your process? Are you setting aside specific time to design? Do you carry around a sketchbook?
Samantha Black: I have three sketchbooks in my purse right now. While I’m riding the subway I use it as my sketch time to try to get some ideas. I might have swatches in my bag. I like to get a few ideas and then I like to search the market. I get inspired by my fabrics. Then I start working on patterns and things like that.
Amy Steele: Who are some designers you admire?
Samantha Black: McQueen, LAMB, Alexander Wang. I think they’re young and hip and edgy at the same time.
Amy Steele: How would you describe yourself as a designer?
Samantha Black: I think I design feminine with an eclectic edge. I try to make the designs flatter a woman’s body and be sexy and be comfortable at the same time. Easy to wear. Details. I like prints. I like patterns. My clothes are a direct representation of my personality. The way I dress, the way I design. My personality comes out in my clothes. I’m usually the loud fun one. I have a big personality. Sometimes I wonder if people can really see it on the show.
Amy Steele: It’s the editing but you can see it in your clothes. You said you’re loud but you seem very laid back. How are you under pressure?
Samantha Black: I’m very chill. I grew up with a lot of boys. I kinda grew up as a tomboy as well. I’m not really into drama at all. I could care less about it. I tell people how I feel right away so I never really talk behind someone’s back. People always know how I feel.
Amy Steele: What was your takeaway from season 11? [Season 11 was the Project Runway: Teams season]
Samantha Black: That season was a little different. A little interesting. Because things are happening so fast and you’re always so stressed out it’s hard to stay true to yourself as a designer all the time. It’s important to make something but always stay true to your vision at all times.
Amy Steele: What interested you in coming back for Project Runway All-Stars?
Samantha Black: Season 11 got a bad rap for being teams and the way it was set up. I wanted the experience of working by myself. I wanted the experience that every other season had. I didn’t make it where I wanted to in my season so it was another opportunity. This is people from seasons 10, 11 and 12 and Chris and Jay from the Bravo seasons. I kind of knew everyone’s skills and visions. It’s good knowing that.
Amy Steele: What is the best part of being on Project Runway?
Samantha Black: I love seeing people actually work. It’s a special thing to see other creatives in the same field and see how they work. In corporate fashion you’re on a computer. I’m the only one of my friends who has my own line so I don’t get to see others work. There aren’t that many of us that have our own lines. I don’t get the same out of it as everyone else does.
Past seasons were surprised by how close season 11 was. It ended up being the closest season. I think because of working in teams we had to get along. Other seasons you start off everyone to themselves. We’re a lot closer than other seasons. This season of all-stars we’re close. We are younger and newer seasons so we have a bond.
Amy Steele: Good luck with everything. It was really nice talking to you and I’ll talk to you on Twitter.
Samantha Black: Thank you. Have a great weekend.
You can follow Samantha on Twitter
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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