Joanna Coles is leaving her position at Marie Claire magazine to become editor of Cosmopolitan magazine. Along with her switch in jobs Joanna Coles will also be leaving her role as mentor to the competing fashion designers of “Project Runway: All Stars.”
When news broke last week of Joanna Coles appointment at Cosmopolitan magazine the fate of her role on “Project Runway: All Stars” was left up in the air. But during a short interview today with Fashionista Cole confirmed suspicions that the move meant she would also be leaving season two of the “Project Runway” spin-off series “All Stars.”
“I’m sure that [new Marie Claire editor] Ann Fulenwider will be shoving me off the set the minute she can because she’s looking forward to mentoring everybody,” Coles told Fashionista. “So I’m assuming that’s what’s going to happen.”
The news is just the latest in a series of upheavals the spin-off series has seen since its inception. Fan interest in the show was high when it was announced in January of 2011. But interest flagged when it was announced that “Project Runway” regulars Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, and Michael Kors would not be taking part in the show. Early reports linked their absence to a disagreement over paychecks though Tim Gunn later stated it had more to do with scheduling difficulties since at least the first season of “All Stars” was being filmed in tandem with season nine of “Project Runway.”
Fans were surprised earlier this year when they learned that “All Stars” would be returning for a second season. The news broke that Rosie Huntington-Whitely would be stepping down from hosting duties, a role filled first season by model Angela Lindvall, before rumors had even started about her taking the role. Most recently it has been suggested that Carolyn Murphy would take over as host.
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So with Joanna Coles and Rosie Huntington-Whitely gone who can fans expect to see on the second season of “Project Runway: All Stars?” Isaac Mizrahi has made a public statement about filming an episode with guest judge Katie Holmes, so there’s two we know of for sure. It is assumed that Georgina Chapman of Marchesa will resume judging duties.
No word yet on which fashion designers will appear on “Project Runway: All Stars” or when the new season will air. It is expected that it will coincide with the ending of “Project Runway: Season Ten” which is currently airing Thursday nights on Lifetime.
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