“I have always been a huge ‘Project Runway’ fan,” Milano tells Zap2it. “I watched since the very first season.”
Milano, who has a licensed sports apparel line for women — and is the daughter of a designer and granddaughter of a milliner — says she loves being around the fashions from creation to execution.
The new “All Stars” season features designers Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman returning as judges, joined by newcomer Zanna Roberts Rassi of Marie Claire magazine. Guest judges include Kristin Chenoweth, Michael Urie and Nate Berkus.
“The emotion is really raw on competition television and because there is always a clock ticking down. It [lends] itself to the drama,” Milano says. “The fun of it for those of us watching at home, we all have our own pick. Sometimes it does not work out as we think it should.”
The first challenge, in honor of Harry from Blondie, is punk. Though some designers whip up beautiful outfits, they’re a lot more chic than the grittiness of punk rock.
The returning contestants bring attitude, and a need to avenge themselves, except for Jeffrey Sebelia, who won Season 3.
Most seem to feel the way Viktor Luna (Season 9, third place) does: “I was robbed,” he says.
Others are poised for a fight.
“I am here to sew stitches and cut b****es,” says Christopher Palu (Season 10, fourth place).
The tension is pretty clear from the moment the designers hit Mood.
“There is drama, personality conflicts, and the drama is heightened because they are all tired and the competition is so fierce there is no way they couldn’t be emotionally drained and drama gets more and more as the episodes progress,” Milano says.
Despite the cattiness, tension and the fact that scissors make great weapons, no one is hurt.
“There are no physical altercations,” Milano says. “I think it is all pretty professional in that sense. There is definitely ego involved and personality conflicts.”
“Project Runway All Stars” premieres at 9 p.m. ET Thursday on Lifetime.