Season six of Project Runway All Stars may have come to an end but that does not mean we’re putting it in the past.
In fact, we’ve never been more obsessed.
This season, the Lifetime show made history as the final five (The Fab Five) were all men of color! We could not be more excited. As we followed along the journey this season, our hearts were captured, with each design, the final contestants absolutely captivated our hearts with their true passion for fashion!
We got to know the infamous Fab Five so you know we had to give you the inside scoop! Follow us along as reintroduce to you, the men who made history, the Five Fab of season six Project Runway All Stars!
Can you tell us about yourself? How did you end up on Project Runway?
Well, I went to design school here in Los Angeles and after graduating, I had a brief internship with Bob Mackie. I started to get a bit side tracked because my dad got sick and I started working on styling videos. I ended up getting into the Motion Pictures Costumers Union and I have been working on commercials and television but I always wanted to have my own designs, my own clothing. I started a private client business on the side where I would work on different television shows and private clients. Project Runway came around and I auditioned a few times and I believe it was after the fourth time that I was cast.
What was it like for you to return for Project Runway Allstars?
I was looking forward to it! I didn’t think I was ready for it because I was asked a few times before but I declined. This time, I was excited and thought that I was prepared. I knew that if I went on, I would probably make it until the end.
You’ve worked with numerous celebrities, the best of the best. Is there someone you were most excited about working with?
Right now, I’m working with Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis-Ross. I work on the Costume Department on “black-ish” so I get to work with them on a weekly basis. We get to work with the designers and break down the scripts so it matches their looks for the show. It’s a lot of fun and working with Tracee has taught me a lot about my own design esthetics just by how she puts clothes together. It is just a lot of fun to be able to work with her, not to mention working with the costume designer of “black-ish,” Michelle Cole.
How would you describe the designs you create?
I am a minimalist because the last time I was on Project Runway, I was just in my whole design esthetic, I have a lot of ideas in my head but for some reason, in the past I have tried to put everything into them. I think that since I have grown so much as a person, I have evolved and taken a more spiritual path in life. In my process, I usually start pretty big on paper and then after a series of leaving it alone or stepping away from it, I find ways to get around to wildling it down to its simplest form but it’s not that simplistic because of the fabrication and the techniques. It may come across as a simple design but once you actually put it on, feel it on your body, and experience it, you can tell that it is not just a simple design. That’s one of the hardest things for me to do is to challenge within myself to break things down to it’s most simple form.
What can we expect from Stanley Hudson in the future?
Well, I’m so glad you asked me that because if you stay tuned, this week there is going to be a series of videos dropping because my fall collection will be debuting next week. Stanleyhudson.com will be launching next week as well where you will be able to see my fall collection! I’m pretty excited about it, I have been working on this for about a year now and it has all of the influences of my grandmother and mother. I just lost my grandmother about a year and a half ago. She was 105-years-old and was probably the most stylish woman I have ever met so this is a tribute to her, my mother, and the women in my life so I am pretty excited about it.
Can you tell us ab out your experience with Anthony L. Williams, Ken Laurence, and Fabio Costa?
Those men are just exceptional and outstanding. I don’t think I could’ve gotten through this whole experience if it hadn’t been for them. Through their support, their friendship, from day one it was as if we grouped together to support one another. We walked into it sharing our supplies, our knowledge, and lending a hand whenever we could. I don’t stand here alone.
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