Milano expects all-star talent to hit ‘Runway’
Alyssa Milano is a softie.
Taking the hosting reins of the third season of “Project Runway All Stars” tomorrow (at 9 p.m. on Lifetime), the actress said her judging style for the reality TV fashion competition mirrors her personality.
“I’m a gusher,” she said. “The majority of the stuff that didn’t make it, I would wear. That’s how great the caliber of designer is.”
The high level of talent — season six winner Irina Shabayeva, season three winner Jeffrey Sebelia and season three fan favorite Mychael Knight are among the contestants — was a must for the “All Star” show, which is offering the biggest prize in “Runway” history.
“The stakes are really high,” said Milano, referring to the $150,000 in cash, the one-year contributing editor position at Marie Claire (and fashion spread), HP and Intel design technology, professional hair and photo services for a runway show, and a custom sewing studio.
While the original “Project Runway” is seen as a launchpad for a designer’s career, “All Stars” launches a brand, Milano said.
“Nobody is sending anything down the runway that is not done well,” she said. “The competition is really, really, really fierce. … Because they’re all-stars, we hold them to this pedestal and hype. They live up to expectations.”
Still, Milano was surprised how difficult the challenges were for the seasoned designers.
“It’s 10 hours for every design. They have to put something down the runway that’s gorgeous,” she said.
Seeing how “real and raw the emotion was,” she was relieved to be on the judging side. That group, which included designers Georgina Chapman of Marchesa and Isaac Mizrahi as well as celebrities Gabourey Sidibe and Debbie Harry, was hilarious, she added.
“Isaac and I pretty much consistently disagreed,” she said. “We didn’t see eye-to-eye in the fashion sense. We play our roles very true to who we are as people.”