Meet the Project Runway Season 9 Designers
We’re still waiting on bios and portfolios (so keep checking for updates) but we have a longstanding tradition of making snap judgments here at the T Lo Institute for Reality Television Studies, so get cracking, kittens. Who’s the cryer? The bitch? The other bitch? That third bitch who isn’t as bad as the other two bitches? Who will send dozens of friends and family members to our comments sections to tell us we’re horrible people? Who’s the talented one? Who’s the least talented one? Who’s the one with the indecipherable accent? Who’s the crazy one?
Oh, we suspect there are going to be a LOT of crazy ones this season, kittens.
24, based in New York City
More about Amanda: Citing her style icon as Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City, the University of Alabama grad’s biggest “Runway” fear is having to make a tailored shirt. “I kind of hate them,” she says.
28, based in Baton Rouge, La.
More about Anthony: Auld is color-blind in red-green and blue-yellow. “The way I see solids is a little different,” he says. “It’s my biggest weakness.”
29, based in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
More About Anya: One early design was a slouchy gray jumpsuit — that she wore when she competed in the 2008 Miss Universe Pageant!
38, based in Portland, Ore.
More about Becky: The first garment Ross ever made? Barbie clothes! “I started sewing when I was 8 on a flimsy Fisher-Prince plastic sewing machine…I was more into making Barbie look great than “playing” with her!” says Ross.
57, based in Los Angeles
More About Bert: A graduate of NYC’s Parsons design school, the single Keeter warns Us, “I enjoy my space and can be difficult when I don’t get it.” (His nephews call him Uncle Tightass!)
26, based in Portland, Ore.
More About Bryce: Lady Gaga is not just his style icon. He tells Us he listens to her, “internet-stalks” her and wants to create something for her “so overdesigned, it would be offensive.”
34, based in New York City
More About Cecilia: The self-taught designer would love to create a garment for Ellen DeGeneres. “I would design her a jacket with a tail and a big convertible lapel, [along with] silk jeans,” Motwani says.
26, based in Minneapolis
More About Danielle: Always dress to impress! An intimates designer for Target, the engaged Everine says that the fashion faux pas that drives her crazy is sweatpants worn out of the house.
29, based in Boston
More About David: How would Chum — who runs his own fashion line, Selahdor — relax outside of the workroom? “If I wasn’t designing, I’d be at the beach, tanning, swimming and sipping a cocktail,” Chum says.
29, based in Denver
More About Fallene: Will Wells make for a drama-free season? “I can get along with almost anyone,” she says. “I let things roll off my shoulders.”
21, based in Louisville, Ky.
More About Gunnar: A hair stylist for AVEDA, self-taught designer Deatherage would “kill” to design for Nicole Kidman.
29, based in Los Angeles
More About Joshua: Why should Christensen win “Runway”? “I’m focused and driven,” he tells Us. “‘Runway’ is not about being on TV; it’s about being a designer. Plus, I have years of pent up creativity waiting to be unleashed.”
25, based in New York City
More About Joshua: The single McKinley is a spare-time runner, moviegoer and thrifter — but not a hard-core tube viewer. ”I honestly don’t own a TV set,” he tells Us.
35, based in Grand Junction, Colo.
More About Julie: Before studying fashion design at age 32, the avid skier and snowboarder was a pastry chef at a restaurant owned by Heidi Montag’s parents!
36, from White Plains, Md.
More About Kimberly: “The first garment I ever made that was actually wearable was a dress for my sister’s wedding rehearsal in 2007,” Goldson says. Years later, the designer has already crafted a garment in her head for singer Jennifer Hudson. “I’m thinking of a long-sleeved backless mini with gold and bronze gems [all over it],” she hints.
26, based in St. Louis
More About Laura: “I put my career before everything,” says the fashion design teacher. The single Kathleen, who has been auditioning since season 5, adds that the “love of my life” is her toy poodle, Oliver.
22, based in New York City
More About Olivier: Green’s most prized design was a men’s suit jacket he designed in 2010 that has been featured on Italian Vogue’s Web site.
27, based in Atlanta
More About Rafael: Cox’s celebrity style icons? Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen!
31, based in New York City
More About Serena: da Conceicao knows just which celeb she’d want to wear her designs. Dying to outfit Marion Cotillard for the Cannes Film Festival, da Conceicao would put the actress in a draped gown for the red carpet.
30, based in New York City
More About Viktor: The youngest of seven siblings, Luna would love to design for quirky singer Bjork. “I would make a futuristic voluminous gown and style her very alien-like,” Luna tells Us.
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