Project Runway All-Stars Launch Party

Project Runway All-Stars Season Three Chicago Launch Party On October 30th, Season Four of Project Runway All-Stars aired on Lifetime and I was honored to attend the Chicago Launch Party at the Mayne Theater, hosted by designers Kate Pankoke and Justin LeBlanc. Elaya Vaughn Kate Gown Inside the beautiful theater, several of Kate’s incredible wedding dress designs were showcased on stage. This Kate gown from her bridal line Elaya Vaughn is jaw-dropping, wouldn’t you agree?Kate Pankoke Project Runway All Stars Season Four Kate’s witty brother hosted the evening’s launch party, kicking it off with this hilarious, tongue-in-cheek video of Kate reminding him to not run late for the evening’s show and him running around his apartment and Chicago and then into the theater before sprinting in real-life onto the stage. A great entrance for an even greater event!Kate Pankoke and Justin LeBlanc Chicago Launch After introducing the designers Kate and Justin, we watched the first episode of Season Four live. During each commercial break the designers ran back out on stage to talk about their experience and have a little Q&A with the audience.October 30 2014 Project Runway All-Stars Party They spoke about the craziness behind screen and what they were actually experiencing during each part of the first episode, filmed in NYC this past summer.2014 Project Runway All-Stars Launch Party Project Runway All-Stars Chicago Launch PartyProject Runway All-Stars 2014 Launch PartyWasn’t Kate’s outfit just divine? #StripesandPleatsForeverProject Runway Designers Kate Pankoke and Justin Le BlancProject Runway All-Stars Season 4 Party ChicagoThey even hosted trivia giveaways and threw Project Runway t-shirts out to the winners in the crowd. Kate Pankoke Red Carpet Chicago Launch PartyPosing with my girls and the evening’s star, Kate, on the red carpet after the episode airing. You may recognize my bright blue LK Bennett dress — I posted about it previously here (available here).
Kate Pankoke October 2014 Launch PartyPhoto Credit for the last five images goes to the incredibly talented photographer, Stephen J. Serio. Be sure to check out his astounding portfolio of work here (especially his drool-worthy food photos!).Jackie Bender in Kate Pankoke Original DesignWhat I loved most (and forgot my flash to capture properly) was Jackie’s gorgeous top, a one-of-a-kind Kate Pankoke original design! Such a fitting tribute to such a talented designer and wonderful friend. Jackie Bender at Project Runway All-Stars 2014Christian Louboutins at Project Runway Launch PartyBut my favorite part of Jackie’s outfit was her pumps — what better to wear on a red carpet than those famous red soles? If only Jackie and I were the same shoe size! Available here.

And a huge congratulations to Justin for winning last week’s unconventional challenge on Thursday! Good luck to both you and Kate this season!! I can’t wait for Thursday’s ‘Wicked’-themed episode (sneak peek here).

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