It’s back to the workroom for Gordana Gehlhausen, better known as Goga, the S.D.-based designer who appeared on Project Runway’s Season 6. Goga, who came in fourth on the show, has her own namesake boutique on Market Street in the Gaslamp. But you can see the designer on TV again when Lifetime debuts Project Runway All Stars on January 5 at 9pm. Goga is among more than a dozen past contestants competing for prizes that include a designer boutique in select Neiman Marcus stores as well as online, a spread in Marie Claire magazine where the winner will be a guest editor for a year, and more.
Goga is sworn to secrecy about the outcome of the show, which was shot over five weeks in New York in temperatures that topped 100 degrees. “I remember during the first episode, being on stage, and wondering, ‘What the hell was I thinking?’” she recalls. “People have no idea how hard it is to be so sleep-deprived, to be under constant pressure.”
Judging from past seasons of Project Runway, there will be plenty of drama. “You are working with 13 different types of personalities. So, of course, there’s going to be a lot of drama,” says Goga, adding with a laugh, “I stayed out of it because maybe I’m more mature, and I also think it’s not worth it.”
Goga says she was honored to be chosen for the show, a measure of her popularity with viewers, and plans to use the opportunity as a springboard. She’s currently working on her own show, what she calls “a Martha Stewart for fashion.” Says Goga: “Who knows where life takes you after that? Hopefully, sometime next year, some things will happen.
”Designers Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman will serve as judges on the new series hosted by model Angela Lindvall. Miss Piggy, the porcine fashionista, will be a guest judge. ANDREA NAVERSEN