The Word: The softer side of couture

From left: Mondo Guerra, Kenley Collins, Michael Costello, Kara Janx and Austin Scarlett attended “Project Runway All Stars” at The Paley Center for Media on Thursday in New York City. “Project Runway All Stars” airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Lifetime.
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Aside from occasional dust-ups at the Neiman Marcus accessory wall, “Project Runway” is one reality show that isn’t known for its backbiting. At a New York screening of the spin-off “Project Runway All Stars,” contestants — including the dashing Austin Scarlett in beads and a bow tie — broke from the usual red carpet decorum to greet each other with squeals and hugs.

“I keep in touch with a lot of them,” said Kara Janx from Season 2. “I’ve formed some really solid relationships.”

So how do these “all stars” — favorite designers from the first eight seasons of “Project Runway” who are competing once again in a new series of fashion challenges — make it work the second time around?

“You need to admire your fellow designers and get inspired by each other,” said Kenley Collins, wearing her trademark red lipstick. “Make your life a little easier and just get along!”

“She’s such a diva,” joked Michael Costello, cutting in to throw an arm around Collins.

Meanwhile, Janx cited “mutual respect, mutual understanding” as the key.  “I don’t feel like you have to step on toes to get ahead,” she said. “You’re just so curious to see what other designers will bring to the table.”

It’s not just contestants who noticed the camaraderie on set. “Fashion is a community,” said designer Isaac Mizrahi, one of the show’s judges.

But that all might change in an upcoming episode, when the designers are given only six hours to complete a challenge. Executive producer Rob Bagshaw says those kinds of tasks were created to pit contestants “against the challenge instead of each other.”
We’ll see if the needles come out.

— With additional reporting from Rebecca Finkel

What’s up with Heidi and Seal?

Speaking of “Project Runway,” shocking news broke over the weekend that host Heidi Klum is planning to file for divorce from husband Seal, per TMZ. But now gossips and “sources”
the world over are starting to backtrack.

“Nothing is finalized or for sure,” a friend of the two told Us Weekly. “Seal flew back from the U.K. yesterday, and he and Heidi are in the house together now.”

According to some reports, Klum is fed up with Seal’s partying lifestyle. “When they had their holiday in Ibiza in the summer last year, Seal hit it hard. [He] was out at clubs and with his friends a lot, and Heidi was left with their kids trying to enjoy herself,” a source told The Mirror.

This is so sad; they always seemed like they were one celebrity couple who would make it. Hopefully Seal will man up and realize that Klum is a much better option than the bottle. If not, there is truly no hope for any Hollywood marriage.

For more gossip news visit Dorothy Robinson’s Word blog. Follow her on Twitter @DorothyatMetro.
 


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