If you missed seeing NC State’s Justin LeBlanc on Project Runway last summer, you’ve got another chance. LeBlanc, an NC State alum who teaches in the College of Design, is competing on Project Runway All-Stars.
The first episode airs at 9 p.m. EST tonight on Lifetime, and LeBlanc will be one of 14 Project Runway designers returning to New York to compete. Like Project Runway, the show pits fashion designers against one another, challenging them to create garments on tight deadlines, often with unusual materials.
LeBlanc has been busy since he won friends and fans on the show for both his design talent and his no-drama attitude. (Oh, and he won third place, too.) His 2014 fall/winter collection premiered last spring at Charleston Fashion Week in South Carolina, and in September, he presented a preview of his 2015 spring/summer collection at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh.
Next month, he’ll be showing designs at ArtDenver in Colorado. All this is in addition to teaching at NC State (including a studio class in shoemaking) and serving as co-director of the Art2Wear show.
We don’t know what happens, even though the show’s already been taped. LeBlanc isn’t saying, but Lifetime says this season’s highlights include a visit to London for a challenge featuring British royalty, a collaboration with Broadway’s Wicked the Musical and a wedding ceremony live on the runway.
The winner gets prizes including the chance to create a collection with QVC and appear during QVC’s Spring Fashion Week programming, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine, a stay in a luxury spa resort and $150,000 in cash.
A publicity photo released by the network shows LeBlanc hard at work during one competition wearing what appears to be one of his signature bow ties made with a 3-D printer. (We’ve seen Marvin Malecha, dean of the College of Design, wearing a similar one.) Stay tuned.