'Luxe For Less' on HGTV: Who is Anthony Elle? ‘Project Runway All Stars’ winner will be design expert on show

'Luxe For Less' on HGTV: Who is Anthony Elle? ‘Project Runway All Stars’ winner will be design expert on show
Designer Anthony Elle from HGTV's latest series 'Luxe For Less' (Instagram/@anthonyelle)

ATLANTA, GEORGIA: HGTV’s latest show, ‘Luxe For Less’, is a unique addition to their vast list of renovation shows. The new series features Atlanta’s top interior designer Michel Boyd remodeling homes into some of the most luxurious abodes, but all under a tight budget. The designer will use some neat tricks and hacks to give his client’s homes a plush makeover while ensuring that the expenses are a fraction of the actual cost of luxury.

To help Michel with his daunting task, three design-oriented professionals will be at his beck and call. These three will be part of Michel’s elite team that will assist him and share insider tips and creative solutions. The innovative team comprises design professionals Kai Williamson, Laura Green, and his ‘Rock The Block’ partner Anthony Elle.  Michel has known the three throughout his career and invited them personally to be a part of his team in ‘Luxe For Less’. So, while viewers are waiting with bated breaths for the show to premiere, here are the details of one of the designers, Anthony Elle.


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Who is Anthony Elle?

Anthony Elle is a fashion designer, TV personality, and stylist from Birmingham, Alabama. Many will recognize the designer from HGTV’s ‘Rock The Block’ in which he is set to star alongside Michel. Some eagle-eyed fans will also recognize Anthony from ‘Project Runway’, a show where he was a recurring contestant. But during his ‘Project Runway’ days, Anthony went by the name Anthony Williams. After winning ‘Project Runway All Stars’ Season 6, the designer changed his name to Anthony Elle to create his Anthony Elle fashion and lifestyle brand.


Anthony turned to reality TV after his pageant career ended in 2006. He started his stint in reality TV with ‘Project Runway’ Season 7. According to Marie Claire, despite finishing fifth, a challenge win landed his blue one-shouldered dress on model and host Heidi Klum for a cover of Marie Claire. The fan favorite returned for the first season of ‘Project Runway All Stars’ in 2012 and placed ninth. Anthony returned for Season 6 of the show and finally bagged the title of winner with his seven 'vintage-meets-eclectic' looks that he showcased in his finale collection. The collection was filled with hand-painted details, fitted silhouettes, and bare shoulders inspired by Rihanna and Audrey Hepburn.


Anthony is currently based in Atlanta, where his atelier is situated. He has carved out a distinctive niche in the ever-changing world of DIY and couture. According to Anthony’s website, “His work as a costume designer has been featured on VH1’s ‘Single Ladies’, as well as ‘November Rule’ and ‘The Trapp’ on Netflix. Through film and television, Elle has dressed celebrities such as Queen Latifah, Heidi Klum, Paula Patton, LaLa Anthony, Letoya Luckett, and Billy Porter. As an entertainment personality, Elle has made appearances on HLN as a guest commentator, as well as the HBO Max, hit show 'Craftopia' with host Laura Rii Himaki, where his witty personality and engaging presence were ever present. Recently Elle landed his first acting role on ‘How High 2’ playing the role of Quenton on Netflix. In between TV opportunities, Anthony continues to design custom couture gowns under the Anthony Elle label.”


Catch the innovative Anthony Elle as he assists the design expert Michel Boyd in ‘Luxe For Less’ set to premiere on Thursday, December 1 at 9/8c on HGTV.

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