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Michael Costello denies new 'Project Runway' spin-off in the works

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Earlier today sources started reporting on a brand new “Project Runway” spin-off show that would air this summer on the Lifetime Television Network. The show, said to be called “Life After the Runway,” would be hosted by Michael Costello and feature celebrity guest appearances from everyone to “Project Runway: All Star” winner Mondo Guerra to legendary fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg.

“Life After the Runway” caused a stir among longtime “Project Runway” who had been clamoring for this kind of shows for years. However, on Twitter, Michael Costello confirmed that the show is nothing but an internet rumor.

“Don't know anything about this .... Sign me up sounds nice,” Costello tweeted. He soon followed up with, “It does sound great but I think it's confused with “After the Runway.”

“Project Runway” fans will just have to wait until the new season airs to get their fix of Tim Gunn, Mood Fabrics, and fashion drama. Season ten of the award-winning show just finished casting this week for a new batch of hopeful fashion designers. The casting period ended with an Open Casting Call in Hollywood, California.

Michael Costello appeared on season eight of “Project Runway” and then came back to compete again on “Project Runway: All Stars” last year. He was the runner-up to Mondo Guerra in the competition. Michael Costello recently showed an all new collection at Fashion Week El Paseo, in Palm Springs. Many of the women in the crowd were wearing Michael Costello gowns and the designer received a standing ovation when walked the runway after his show with his son Giovanni.

Click here to see the new Michael Costello collection

One of the highlights of Fashion Week El Paseo was when “American Idol” Pia Toscano took the stage in a custom Michael Costello dress and performed during the runway show. At a press conference earlier in the day Toscano told the assembled reporters that she had met Costello a few weeks prior at a fashion shoot and the singer expressed her admiration for Costello’s designs.

Click here to see Pia Toscano performing on the runway at Fashion Week El Paseo

During its ten year span “Project Runway” has seen its share of spin-off series and outright knock-off shows. Pop star Rihanna recently announced that she would be producing a “Project Runway” style competition for a British audience. NBC is currently airing “Fashion Star,” a design competition that many have declared a “Project Runway” clone.

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