Meet the Project Runway All Stars Designers (UPDATED)

Posted on September 26, 2012

We got the scoop on this a while ago from one of our buzzing little Project Runway bees, but we didn’t feel right about breaking the story without confirmation. But it’s been leaking out slowly over the past day, so to hell with it. Here they are, kittens, the next generation of Project Runway All-Stars:

 

Althea Harper (Season 6)

Bring us up to speed!
I worked for a year as a designer at Tory Burch before working full-time on my own line, ALTHEA HARPER. You can view all the collections I’ve presented since the show at altheaharper.com. I also have an organic jersey line called Sittella, and I’m coming out with a workout line! In addition, I’m the creative designer at the suiting company Quincy. I also got married to Stewart, who was my boyfriend when I was on Season 6. We moved to the East Coast, where I split my time between NYC, where my showroom is located, and New Haven, CT, where my husband is in residency at Yale. I also became a mom to an adorable Min Pin/Chihuahua rescue named Chaolay (we named her after an inspirational trip to Thailand)!

Andrae Gonzalo (Season 2)

Bring us up to speed!
Ooooooh, my goodness, to say that this has been an amazing adventure is such an understatement! Since Season 2 aired in 2006, there have been some insane highs as well as some abysmal lows. I’ve been lucky to work for some sublime private clients who really believed in my abilities, but there were also companies that hired me, hoping to trade in on the popularity of the show, only to fire me when they didn’t profit instantly. There’s been rewarding work for the theater, as well as funds raised for causes that are dear to me, like gender equality and environmental preservation. I met Debra Messing, but I still need health insurance. Even so, I know there are millions of creative professionals in the same boat, that weren’t on “Project Runway.” AND, things are on the upswing! Last year, I relocated to New York (I’m not “SO L.A.” anymore), and I’m establishing a design operation in Brooklyn, under my own name. I’m excited about engaging with long-standing fans and friends of the show, in addition to those who aren’t familiar with the earlier seasons.

Anthony Ryan Auld (Season 9)

Bring us up to speed!
Since I was on “Project Runway,” I launched my nonprofit foundation, ROCKONE1, to benefit cancer victims of all types and their families. I also founded the first Fashion Week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in which Laura Kathleen, Bert Keeter, Joshua McKinley and I showed collections during a week’s worth of fashion-related events. It hasn’t even been a year since my season of “Project Runway”!!!

Casanova (Season 8)

Bring us up to speed!
I became a bag designer because I’m lazy. I don’t have to make any sizes, and it’s easy for customers to buy online at casanovanyc.com. I’ve also had a television show in Miami on Telemundo, and have been traveling a lot making personal appearances, and have visited Hawaii, Miami, Denver, Puerto Rico and Boston several times.

Emilio Sosa (Season 7)

Bring us up to speed!
I was nominated for a TONY Award for my work on “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” and I showed a collection at NYFW for Fall 2012, which will be sold online.

Ivy Higa (Season 8)

Bring us up to speed!
I’ve been fortunate enough to have been commissioned to design and create a dress for Lifetime’s president, Nancy Dubuc, for the Primetime Emmys. I had taken a break from my label to build capital, and had opportunities to work at Zac Posen, Diane von Furstenberg and Theory. I’ve dressed Olivia Munn for an MTV appearance, and British actress Christina Chong in London for an editorial shoot. Currently I’ve created a capsule collection of silk chiffon blouses as an “Essentials Collection” being sold on ivyhiga.com. A portion of proceeds are donated to an amazing cause I’ve been honored to be a part of, Nomi Network. They are a leading nonprofit organization that assists and helps create job opportunities for women in underdeveloped countries who have been survivors of sex trafficking. It’s important to me to help empower and rebuild hope in all women, and believe fashion is my platform to do so.

Joshua McKinley (Season 9)

Bring us up to speed!
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Kayne Gillaspie (Season 3)

Bring us up to speed!
Since “Project Runway” I was hired by Benjamin Walk Corporation to design a line of women’s shoes under my label Johnathan Kayne. The shoes are sold in over 2,500 stores in over 40 countries. I was also hired as creative director/designer for an international prom company. I currently own the dress line Johnathan Kayne that is offered in over 250 stores in 10 countries. I sold my retail clothing store and have been focused on building my brand. Most recently, I just launched the 2013 Johnathan Kayne for Empire Intimates line, which is my first line to be 100% Made In The USA!!!!!

Laura Kathleen (Season 9)

Bring us up to speed!
In the past year I have begun a jewelry line called Love Armour. I am also releasing a fine jewelry line. We are planning to launch a Fall 2013 collection available in boutiques. Also, I’m getting married!!!

Peach Carr (Season 8)

Bring us up to speed!
Since Season 8 I have been producing a line of tennis wear, which morphs into day wear with a change of shoes. I also have been dabbling in stretch sequin cocktail attire, under the name Peach Carr Designs. My line is carried in boutiques around the country and in my online shop. I also have been showing my collections in many cities, as well as traveling for speaking engagements. A year ago I participated in a fashion show for the American Heart Association featuring survivors. My survivor was a nine-year-old, Sarah. I speak to her and her family regularly and I have become an honorary aunt.

Suede (Season 5)

Bring us up to speed!
Since “Project Runway” Season 5 I have launched the SUEDEsays. brand, which is available worldwide and in over 3,000 stores in the United States. We offer fresh, modern, affordable solutions to the home fashionista and craftista. SUEDEsays. works with Simplicity Creative Group, who turns our women’s, men’s, children’s and accessory designs into paper patterns for the home sewer. Within in each pattern pack we offer different looks so the consumer can pick the style that represents who they are. Our patterns are available anywhere you can pick up Simplicity products. In July of 2012, we launched our first-ever SUEDEsays. line of fabrics, and they have been a huge success. Just in time for the Holiday 2012 season, we will be launching a line of “Special Occasion/Prom” fabrics, which will be exclusively available at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

Uli Herzner (Season 3)

Bring us up to speed!
I’ve continued selling my designs at high-end boutiques….and continued working as a fashion stylist.

And last, but by no means least… brace yourselves, now …

Wendy Pepper (Season 1)!!

Bring us up to speed!
I have opened my designer showroom in Middleburg, Virginia, to showcase my clothing. I run a confection company making artisan cookies called Skylar Hill Confections. I am head chef of a soup company I created called Houndstooth Soup Company. I have started a new jewelry line.
Holy shit, this is going to be such a spectacular trainwreck. But at least we should be guaranteed some interesting fashion.

 

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