“Project Runway All Stars” is back for a new season and we’re totally excited to find out “what happened to Andrae” when Season 2 competitor Andrae Gonzalo returns along with twelve other past designers. Some of our favorites include Anthony, Uli, Emilio and Althea. Also returning in the Tim Gunn role is mentor Joanna Coles. In a recent conference all interview Joanna talked about the new season and what makes a successful designer.
Joanna Coles on what makes designers stand out
Joanna explained what she thinks is the difference between the designers that stand out and those that don’t. “It takes an element of bravery and it takes the ability to be able to surprise. And it also takes the ability to make sure that every garment is carrying your signature in it. So everything has to be cohesive and it has to feel like something you’ve done.”
Joanna Coles on not being like Tim Gunn
In her role as mentor she has never felt the need to be like Tim Gunn. She noted, “Tim is such a one off. It would be a hiding to nothing to try to imitate him. I am on the TV show like I am in real life. I’m very direct. I’m very straight forward. I say pretty much what I think, as I think Tim does actually, but we’re very different. So no I didn’t and I think I’ve had sex more recently than Tim.”
Joanna Coles on mentoring in the work room
In the workroom she counsels each designer based on their personalities and desires. She stated, “I try to be flexible depending on what I think people need. There were some people in the room who really want another voice to bounce things off and to try an idea out by saying it out loud and seeing what someone else’s reaction was. There were other people that actually needed you to talk about the shape and the silhouette and the fabric and was this going to work. There was a room full of very creative people and some were better actual designers than others. So there was a range of advice needed in the room.”
She said she even gets thank you notes from the designers after an episodes shoots saying they appreciate her insight and help. She added, “It’s an incredibly rewarding process.”
To find out which Joanna Coles thinks is more important — creativity or execution — visit Pop Culture Passionistas.
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