Who's Who on 'Project Runway All Stars' Season 5

Here's your (re)introduction to this season's contestants.

Here's your (re)introduction to this season's contestants.

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Mitchell Perry

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Previous season: Project Runway Season 13

Marie Claire: Do people tell you that you have a celebrity look-a-like?

Mitchell Perry: It's less of a look-a-like, but people always tell me I remind them of Napoleon Dynamite! I know…crazy, right? I think it's because I am totally goofy and that makes the connection for people. I suppose we have some of the same mannerisms too. EAT YOUR FREAKIN FOOD TINA!

MC: Describe the moment you knew you wanted to become a fashion designer.

MP: I grew up drawing fantasy characters a lot, and one day my roommate saw my sketchbook and said I needed to learn how to make what I had been drawing for years. It was a pivotal moment in life. Thanks, Molly!

MC: If you could only wear one outfit every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

MP: Short shorts, a tank top, flip flops, and a cute floral backpack full of beach supplies #aboutthatbeachlife

MC: What are your hobbies outside of fashion?

MP: My hobbies include but aren't limited to day drinks with friends, long walks on the beach, brunch, and lunch. I also love swimming—I was a competitive swimmer for eight years.

MC: What would you say you are most known for from your season?

MP: Saying "the shorter the shorts, the closer to God" to Heidi. To this day, people still approach me and say it. I always giggle at it.

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Sam Donovan

Hometown: Astoria, NY

Previous season: Under the Gunn

Marie Claire: Who are your style icons?

Sam Donovan: Amelia Earhart and Katharine Hepburn.

MC: How would you describe your design aesthetic?

SD: Sporty, slouchy, chic Brooklyn working artist. Basically, if Taylor Swift was actually the hipster she claims to be.

MC: What is your favorite food?

SD: Coffee. Every true fashion designer's favorite food is caffeine oriented.

MC: What would you say you are most known for from your season?

SD: If I'm being honest, probably revealing my suicide attempt from when I was a kid. Not a lot of people are willing to discuss those kinds of things so openly, apparently, and I've received countless messages from people all over the world relating to my story. That, or the ever present sass. I seriously cannot contain it.

MC: Any workroom habits?

SD: Oh, I procrastinate like it's my job. I'll obsess over something until I have twenty minutes to whipstitch it together.

MC: What is your dream design challenge, if you could create your own on the show?

SD: I don't care what they are, or what the other designers say about them: I love unconventional challenges. There, I said it.

MC: What is something most people would be surprised to learn about you?

SD: That I've always dreamed of earning a medical degree, as well as becoming a fashion designer. I know, weird!

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Stella Zotis

Hometown: New York, NY

Previous season: Project Runway Season 5

Marie Claire: Do you have a nickname?

Stella Zotis: Stella Barbarella. It was given to me by Jimmy G of the band Murphy's Law back in the early 90s, because I dressed like Barbarella.

MC: Do people tell you that you have a celebrity look-a-like?

SZ: Old ladies tell me I resemble Elizabeth Taylor, especially the eyes. I've also been told Cher.

MC: If you could only wear one outfit every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

SZ: I can and I do wear one outfit almost every day—black leather pants and a black leather vest.

MC: Do you have a secret talent?

SZ: I'm a holistic healer.

MC: Any workroom habits?

SZ: To get in the zone, I play heavy rock music.

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Ken Laurence

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Previous season: Project Runway Season 12

Marie Claire: Do people tell you that you have a celebrity look-a-like?

Ken Laurence: I've heard I look like Kanye West. But, I think it's more of the demeanor. Personally, I look like Ken Laurence. Google him.

MC: What is your favorite food?

KL: I'm greedy! I eat everything!!! But my favorite would have to be any type of seafood. It just tastes good.

MC: What is your favorite piece of clothing in your closet?

KL: My favorite piece of clothing in my closet is my black leather motorcycle jacket. It goes with everything. It's great to add that edge needed to some looks.

MC: Do you have a secret talent?

KL: God blessed with an abundance of talents. But, a hidden talent of my is dance. I'm pretty good at modern an abstract dance. I love it with a passion.

MC: What is your favorite memory from your season?

KL: Learning to speak sign language with Justin. I actually became pretty good at it.

MC: How have you changed, as a person and as a designer, since competing on your season?

KL: Since competing on my season of Project Runway, I've learn there is a time and a place for everything and some behaviors aren't necessary at certain times. I've grown so much as a fashion designer. I've finally discovered my point of view as a designer. You'll see that this season.

MC: What would you say is your biggest strength? And what about your biggest weakness?

KL: My biggest strength would be my endurance. I always pick myself you and continue in spite of my situation or circumstance. My biggest weakness would be my attitude. The older I get the better it becomes. Honestly, I wish it just had an off switch.

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Kini Zamora

Hometown: Kapolei, HI

Previous season: Project RunwaySeason 13

Marie Claire: Do you have a nickname?

Kini Zamora: My full name is Kiniokahokuloa which means (King of the morning star) in Hawaiian, so "Kini" is my nickname.

MC: Who is your style icon?

KZ: Coco Chanel

MC: How would you describe your design aesthetic?

KZ: Structural pieces with sexual sophistication

MC: What is your favorite food? Why?

KZ: Steak! I love a good piece of meat.

MC: What is your favorite piece of clothing you ever created on the show, during your season?

KZ: My umbrella dress for the rainway challenge

MC: What is your favorite piece of clothing in your closet?

KZ: My vintage Hawaiian print blazers

MC: What do you miss the most from home when you're competing on the show?

KZ: Freedom! But I like that I'm disconnected and have to really create.

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Layana Aguilar

Hometown: New York, NY

Previous season: Project Runway Season 13

Marie Claire: Do people tell you that you have a celebrity look-a-like?

Layana Aguilar: People say that I look like Kristin Kreuk (from the Superman-inspired TV series Smallville). I have actually had three people mistake me for her and ask for my autograph!

MC: When did you know you wanted to become a fashion designer?

LA: I used to listen to my grandmother's stories of how she learned to sew because my grandfather did not have enough money to buy the latest fashion trends for my mother and aunt when they were teenagers. I will never forget the joy on her face when she said that my mother was the most beautiful girl in town so she needed to have the most beautiful clothes. It was the first time I understood how clothes can enhance a woman's personality and brighten her spirit.

MC: What was the first garment you ever made?

LA: I took apart a pair of old jeans I had and turned them into a skirt, then embroidered a blue butterfly on it! I wore it to school the next day and got three orders for it from my friends. I was 13 years old.

MC: How would you describe your design aesthetic?

LA: As a wife, mother and businesswoman, my designs are an ode to the many roles that women play in their day-to-day lives, letting them own their individuality while looking extraordinary.

MC: What is your favorite color?

LA: Black, you can never go wrong with black!

MC: What are your hobbies outside of fashion?

LA: Dancing and building my own furniture.

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Daniel Franco

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Previous seasons: Project Runway Seasons 1 and 2

Marie Claire: Do people tell you that you have a celebrity look-a-like?

Daniel Franco: I get Keanu Reeves a lot…Do I look perpetually stoned too or what?

MC: Describe the moment you knew you wanted to become a fashion designer.

DF: I guess watching MTV in the 80s as a kid. I admired the styles of David Bowie and Prince. They left such an impact on me that to this day, they are the two artists I care most about in this world. They are infinitely influential to me. I'm loyal when I choose my icons. I chose wisely.

MC: What is your favorite food?

DF: Japanese Kushiyaki—meticulously grilled, bacon-wrapped vegetables. There is no better food for my taste.

MC: What would you say you are most known for from your season?

DF: The song " Daniel Franco, Where Did You Go? " It's not only catchy, it is an existential riddle that humanity has yet to truly solve.

MC: What is something most people would be surprised to learn about you?

DF: Probably that I am a talented entrepreneur in the wedding industry. I own Albertson Wedding Chapel in L.A.

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Dom Streater

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Previous season: Project Runway Season 12 Winner

Marie Claire: Do people tell you that you have a celebrity look-a-like? If so, who?

Dom Streater: I often get Janelle Monae when I am in a curly bun.

MC: What was the first garment you ever created?

DS: As a kid, I cut up all of my jeans into strips and sewed them into a bell sleeved top. It was super ambitious, and while my mother was not happy, I think she saw the pride in my accomplishment.

MC: What is your fashion motto?

DS: Never make something that already exists.

MC: What is your favorite food?

DS: File Gumbo (my family is from New Orleans) and lately Borscht (My SO is Ukrainian). Apparently I have a thing for soups.

MC: What is your favorite piece of clothing in your closet?

DS: I have a beautiful leopard brocade jacket from Lanvin that is my prized possession. It is beautifully cut, has a perfect version of the leopard print, is season-less, and goes with everything. Depending on how I feel when I wake up, it can be elegant or rock n roll.

MC: What are your hobbies outside of fashion?

DS: I love love love to paint. I paint large scale paintings every Sunday. It's how I started as a creative, and is my go-to as stress relief.

MC: What is something most people would be surprised to learn about you?

DS: I'm an avid camper. State parks are amazing places to get off the grid!

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Asha Daniels

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Previous season: Under the Gunn

Marie Claire: What is your fashion motto?

Asha Daniels: Life is too short to be basic.

MC: Who is your style icon?

AD: Tracee Ellis Ross—she's a fashion goddess.

MC: What is your favorite food? Why?

AD: Porkbelly tacos from Nada in Cincinnati.

MC: If you could only wear one outfit every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

AD: I have a black sequin floor length gown I made for my friends' Vegas wedding and I'm over the top enough to choose that.

MC: What is your most embarrassing moment?

AD: I don't embarrass easy, but one time I was out with my girlfriends grabbing Chipotle and totally walked into the glass window spilling my drink everywhere. It was so ridiculous I had to laugh myself.

MC: Any workroom habits?

AD: I usually start off with choosing the most difficult design I can think of and then I come up with lists and time frames in my head. Dom, Ken, and I also formed a workroom choir and would sing gospel music whenever we got stressed out, which was pretty funny and a great way to relieve stress.

MC: What is your dream design challenge, if you could create your own on the show?

AD: Creating the showpiece for Beyonce's next music video.

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Fäde Zu Grau

Hometown: Coral Gables, FL

Previous season: Project Runway Season 13

Marie Claire: What is your fashion motto?

Fäde Zu Grau: Stand out! Be off! In fact, my slogan is "way off thinking", the word "off" spelled with two f's.

MC: What is your favorite color? Why?

FG: Gray! Light gray cotton looks just fabulous, especially if it is bleached by the sun over time. It reminds me of easy days on the beach.

MC: What is your favorite food?

FG: Anything healthy! No sugar. Most people don't know that I used to be big as a child until I educated myself about food, especially sugar. Every single day I have to make conscious decisions about what I eat. Living healthy is very important to me, and with lots of discipline and a good workout routine, I keep things under control. It's a life-long battle, where education is key. I never eat stuff that hardly has any nutrients, like pizza.

MC: What is your favorite piece of clothing that you own?

FG: A white, long-sleeve shirt with the word "atheist" on it. I wear it all the time and often get into interesting conversations with people. After appearing on Season 13, I received many invitations from organizations and even gave a speech about my secular life at the American Atheists Conference in Memphis last year.

MC: What are your hobbies outside of fashion?

FG: Freestyle or hip-hop dancing to some '80s and '90s music can keep me going for hours. And I love driving around in my car—a Crossfire that I painted myself. I also like to make furniture and plan to do something in music some day.

MC: What is your dream design challenge, if you could create your own on the show?

FG: For many people, being resourceful and working with what they have is a challenge. I find use for everything, from fabric scraps to random stuff that people discard. So, it would be interesting to see what designers can come up with when there is no shopping trip involved and the access to materials is restricted. A push to their creative limits. I definitely would win that one!

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Emily Payne

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Previous season: Project Runway Season 13

Marie Claire: What was the first garment you ever created?

Emily Payne: Faux fur separates, totally club kid!

MC: What is your favorite color?

EP: Blue—can you guess?

MC: If you could only wear one outfit every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

EP: A post-apocalyptic leather catsuit

MC: What are your hobbies outside of fashion?

EP: Photography, Yoga, and playing with my daughter Devon

MC: What would you say you are most known for from your season?

EP: Hoodies and not talking shit about other designers

MC: How have you changed, as a person and as a designer, since competing on your season?

EP: I'm faster, focused, and much more "in the moment."

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Alexander Pope

Hometown: Ridgewood, NY

Previous season: Project Runway Season 12

Marie Claire: Do people tell you that you have a celebrity look-a-like?

Alexander Pope: I'm told on a daily basis that I look exactly like Tilda Swinton. The two of us are true Doppelgangers. Plus, I'm sure she's told the same thing, that she looks just like me!

MC: What is your fashion motto?

AP: More is more!

If you could only wear one outfit every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

AP: My birthday suit.

MC: Do you have a secret talent?

AP: I can annoy people so well that it seems I have an innate talent to push just the right buttons.

MC: What would you say you are most known for from your season?

AP: Throwing the ironing board across the hotel room.

MC: Any workroom habits?

AP: I always listen to music, and I'm always singing…poorly.

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Valerie Mayen

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Previous season: Project Runway Season 8

Marie Claire: What is your fashion motto?

Valerie Mayen: There are no rules in fashion. If you love it, it fits well, and you feel phenomenal in it…go for it.

MC: Who is your style icon?

VM: David Bowie. He was the chameleon king and could pull off anything. Daring, conservative, classic or artful—he did it all, and well.

MC: What is your favorite color?

VM: Marigold yellow. It brightens up any room and my day.

MC: What is your favorite food?

VM: Mangos. I was raised on them. They remind me of my culture, and they are so filling and healthy!

MC: Do you have a secret/hidden talent?

VM: Not unless you count being perpetually late for EVERYTHING...

MC: What is your biggest weakness as a designer?

VM: Learning when to edit something out that I really love.

MC: What is something most people would be surprised to learn about you?

VM: That beyond being a successful fashion designer or businesswoman, my biggest dream is to be a mom someday. But I kind of wear my heart on my sleeve, so most people probably know that.

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