'Project Runway All Stars' Season 2: Lifetime announces returning designers and celebrity guest judges

project-runway-all-stars.jpgThirteen returning designers are returning to compete on Season 2 of "Project Runway All Stars," premiering Thursday, Oct. 25, Lifetime announced today (Sept. 27).

Joining the new host, supermodel Carolyn Murphy, is an A-list slate of celebrity guest judges, including Katie Holmes, Kylie Minogue, Stacy Keibler, Liv Tyler and Gretchen Mol.

Designers Diane von Furstenberg, Jason Wu, Margherita Missoni, Charlotte Ronson, Rafe Totengco and Elie Tahari will also appear as guest judges.

Here are the competing designers, with short bios to refresh your memory:

Wendy Pepper (Season 1, second runner-up) - A villain to remember on the first-ever season of Project Runway, Wendy made her mark in the workroom and on the Runway with her feminine dresses, structural form-fitting jackets, strong patterns and even stronger personality, beating out Austin Scarlett for the final spot to show at fashion week.

Andrae Gonzalo (Season 2): Best known for his emotional outbursts on his season -- and the subject of Santino's best Tim Gunn impression ("Where's Andrae?!") -- Andrae's designs frequently contrasted elements of poverty and luxury.

Kayne Gillaspie (Season 3): Kayne's pageant sensibilities proved valuable when he won the "Fit for a Queen" challenge and designed an evening gown for Tara Conner, Miss USA 2007 to wear at the Miss Universe Pageant.

Uli Herzner (Season 3, first runner-up): Uli's designs are feminine, flowy and colorful, inspired by the beaches and climate of her hometown Miami.

Suede (Season 5): Known for his confidence, brightly colored hair and speaking about himself in the third person, Suede's dynamic personality and eye-catching style attracted a major following. His designs can be seen on celebrities such as Britney Spears, Brooke Burke, Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Simpson and Christina Aguilera.

Althea Harper (Season 6, first runner-up): As stunning as one of her own models, Althea's design aesthetic emphasizes draping, silhouette and tailoring that flatters the curves of a strong woman.

Emilio Sosa (Season 7, first runner-up): With a record-breaking three consecutive challenge wins and more wins in the season than any other designer, Emilio was the favorite to win. But his jaw-dropping defeat to season seven winner Seth Aaron, left him speechless. This year, he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Musical for The Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess."

Peach Carr (Season 8): A favorite among the designers and fans who enjoyed her refreshingly positive, bubbly personality, her athletic design styles have built a strong following and loyal buyers.

Casanova (Season 8): Chock-full of personality, Casanova was the underdog everyone rooted for and the first Puerto Rican fashion designer to ever participate on "Project Runway."

Ivy Higa (Season 8): Big on attitude, high in self-esteem and full of talent, Ivy's opinionated and headstrong personality was the source of many conflicts during her season.

Anthony Ryan Auld (Season 9): Cancer survivor Anthony's sense of humor and sharp one-liners were memorable. But it was his "unconventional" birdseed dress that made him a fan favorite.

Laura Kathleen (Season 9): A self-proclaimed girly-girl with a sharp tongue and strong personality, Laura's designs are inspired by vintage style, tailoring techniques and the manipulation of fabric.

Joshua McKinley (Season 9, first runner-up): Loud and bold with a no-holds barred opinion on everyone else and their designs, he's ready for another walk down the Runway.

The Season 2 winner will receive $150,000, a sewing and embroidery studio, an all-expenses paid trip around the world to attend fashion weeks in cities such as Paris, London, Milan and Tokyo, a technology suite/office space from HP and Intel, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine and a position with the publication as Contributing Editor for one year, and the chance to create a collection for Nine West.
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