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Isaac Mizrahi Set to Judge 'Project Runway All Stars'

In Fashion by Wendy Michaels , on Friday, December 30, 2011, 10:40 AM (PST)
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Isaac Mizrahi on Project Runway All Stars
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Isaac Mizrahi to Judge 'Project Runway All Stars'

Eccentric fashion designer (is there any other kind?) Isaac Mizrahi will join a new series, Project Runway All Stars, serving as judge to 13 contestants who previously appeared on Project Runway.

Color me excited.

It's one-two punch of some of the best designers of Project Runway's run, combined with the fabulousness that is Mizrahi.

I can't even explain how much or why I love him like I do, but Mizrahi is one of my fashion faves.

Project Runway All Stars will premiere January 5 on Lifetime Television.

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Mizrahi told WWD, "You learn as much as you teach in these situations. I saw some incredible talent. When you're only speaking about their work, you're making notes about your own work. There's something about the naked truth of their presenting their clothes that they've designed. It teaches you about your own work and your own process."

All Stars will be hosted by model Angela Lindvall, and features a new panel of judges, although the premise of fashion challenges remains the same as the original.

Joining Mizrahi and Lindvall as judges are Georgina Chapman, co-founder and designer of Marchesa (and Harvey Weinstein's wife).

Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Marie Claire, will be mentor, a la Tim Gunn.

Look for a 12 episode run, which will include guest judges Miss Piggy, Miranda Kerr, Rachel Roy, Diane von Furstenberg, Catherine Malandrino, Pharrell Williams, Nanette Lepore, and Mark Badgley and James Mischka.

PR All Stars will feature 13 contestants who didn't win the grand prize: Austin Scarlett, Kara Janx, Elisa Jimenez, Rami Kashou, Sweet P/Kathleen Vaugh, Jerell Scott, Kenley Collins, Gordana Gelhausen, Anthony Williams, Mila Hermanovski, April Johnson, Michael Costello and Mondo Guerra.

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Mizrahi loved the experience, sharing, "I have to say it was such fun to do. Project Runway is such a great brand, and they have such a distinct point of view."

He added, "I think that's what people love watching, that process. They really do deliver that better than any other reality show."

The All Stars' winner gets an exclusive designer boutique in select Neiman Marcus stores and on neimanmarcus.com, plus $100,000 in technology and office space from HP and Intel and $100,000 cash from L'Oréal Paris. They also get a feature spread in Marie Claire, working as guest editor for year, and a Brother International sewing and embroidery studio.

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