Project Runway All Stars returns to Lifetime for a second season with Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief, Joanna Coles back as style mentor to the designers.
For the second season of Project Runway All-Stars, mentor Joanna Coles, former Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire, returns to stylistically steer thirteen new designers in the right direction throughout the competition.
When the fashion competition returns to Lifetime on Thursday night, Coles joins new supermodel host Carolyn Murphy and judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman as the elite team.
After working with last season’s group of designers on Project Runway All Stars, Joanna Coles is looking forward to her role as mentor with a new crop of former favorites. Like Tim Gunn on the regular Project Runway, Coles helps each designer prepare their fashions through expert advice before they face the panel of judges.
So, what did Joanna Coles do differently this season as compared last?
“I insisted on a bit more air time,” admitted Coles to The Deadbolt ahead of the second season premiere, “because I felt that the mentoring process is so important. I spent more time with each designer. I think I got a bit more involved emotionally with the designers this year. I wasn’t expecting to but I felt that I did. There was a wider range of designers this year and I felt that I became closer to them than I did last season.”
With Project Runway All Stars back for a new season, fans will see several past favorites return to the workroom for another shot at being the last designer standing. Although each designer has already appeared on Project Runway, they’re now competing in an increasingly expanding fashion world.
Since fashion has become more accessible, and more designers are becoming their own brands these days, the demand to be outstanding is greater than ever before.
What does it take for a designer to stand out today when it’s so easy to be the same? For Joanna Coles, it goes far beyond fabrics, patterns, and style.
“It takes an element of bravery,” Coles continued about standing out on in an incresingly growing market, “and it takes the ability to be able to suprise. It also takes the ability to make sure that every garment is carrying your signature in it. Everything has to be cohesive and it has to feel like something you’ve done.”
Unfortunately for many, unique can often be confusing since our new social world makes it’s trendy to follow instead of being an individual.
Interestingly, as Coles pointed out to The Deadbolt, for an unknown designer to stand out in a crowded fashion field requires the same philosophy as the world’s biggest names.
“And you can say that about all of the really good designers,” Coles added about being unique. “Even if you think of the extraordinary range of someone Marc Jacobs, who’s an absolute Colossus as a designer, everything he designs you could recognize at thirty paces. Similarly with Michael Kors, similarly with Tory Burch, or Diane von Furstenberg, any of the really big designers. And what you’re looking for is their signature style and the bravery it takes to create that and stick with it.”
Project Runway All Stars returns Thursday, October 25 at 9/8c on Lifetime.