Project Runway: Meet the Season 10 Designers

Posted on June 15, 2012

Alicia Hardesty, 27

Hometown: Brandenburg, KY; Resides in: Los Angeles, CA

What’s your design training/schooling?
I went to Colorado State University for my design and production training.
Do you think you can win PR?
Does anybody say no? Yes, I think I could win. I do think I have something different to offer as a designer, a different perspective. I plan to let that shine as much as I can, and ride the roller coaster to the end.

Andrea Katz, 58

Hometown: Oceanside, NY; Resides in: New York, NY

What’s your design training/schooling?
Art school and self-taught on the job.
Do you think you can win PR?
Yes and no. Yes, because I feel confident about my ability to design and work under pressure. No, because I work independently of most conventional ideas about designing for a mass market – especially in the current economic atmosphere. But you never know.

Beatrice Guapo, 29

Hometown: Orange County, CA; Resides in: Marina del Rey, CA

What’s your design training/schooling?
Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing, Los Angeles.
Do you think you can win PR?
Yes! Fashion is my life’s inspiration. I love how the right clothes can actually create a positive emotional change. When you’re loving your digs, you love life a little more. When you’re loving them because I made them for you, I’m loving life with you! Besides having the emotional connection to fashion, i have the talent and fresh approach for the marketplace.

Buffi Jashanmal, 32

Hometown: London, England/Dubai UAE; Resides in: New York, NY

What’s your design training/schooling?
AAS in Fashion Design at Parsons. 2x summer courses at the London College of Fashion.
Do you think you can win PR?
I HOPE I WIN! I think I need to focus on my customer to nail the PRIZE! I could win because I am doing something different and fun and people notice my designs and style. As a designer I have always grabbed attention with my fun and quirky designs and prints and use of color. Nowadays people are taking a few more risks with how they dress. My overall collection might not be for everybody, but there is a piece in there for everyone.

Christopher Palu, 24

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY; Resides in: Massapequa, NY

What’s your design training/schooling?
Fashion Institute of Technology.
Do you think you can win PR?
Yes! Because my vision is crystal clear. I know what I need to do to win. I have what it takes to be the winner of Season 10. I have a lot of different looks, styles, techniques to bring to the table. I’m in it to win it, and no one can stop me!

Dmitry Sholokhov, 33

Hometown: Novopolotsk, Belarus; Resides in: New York, NY

What’s your design training/schooling?
I graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in Fashion Design.
Do you think you can win PR?
Absolutely YES!

Elena Slivnyak, 28

Hometown: Kiev, Ukraine; Resides in: Daly City, CA

What’s your design training/schooling?
I got an AA degree in product development and a bachelor’s of liberal arts majoring in fashion design from Academy of Art University.
Do you think you can win PR?
I think I have something different to deliver to the fashion world, a new take on the way I see the fashion world and a whole different girl than who everyone usually designs for. I feel I really grew as a designer in the last few years, and cannot wait to see what the future holds for me on the show.

Fabio Costa, 29

Hometown: Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Resides in: Brooklyn, NY

What’s your design training/schooling?
Fashion Design School.
Do you think you can win PR?
I know I can win. I understand my strengths and weaknesses, but I also understand that this is a design competition and I know that my ideas are unique and fresh. That’s what the judges are looking for, that’s what the industry is looking for, but ultimately it is what the progressive customer is looking for. People don’t want to look generic and boring, and I’m the designer that’s going to bring in the new.

Gunnar Deatherage, 22

Hometown: LaGrange, Kentucky; Resides in: Louisville, KY

What’s your design training/schooling?
Do you think you can win PR?
Absolutely. If you want something bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it.

Kooan Kosuke, 30

Hometown: Himeji-shi, Japan; Resides in: Queens, NY

What’s your design training/schooling?
Fashion Institute of Technology.
Do you think you can win PR?
YES! Because I SAY so. Well, because I am going to try my best of best and see what happens.

Lantie Foster, 48

Hometown: Sacramento, CA; Resides in: New York, NY

What’s your design training/schooling?
Two years at Brooks College in Long Beach, California, and two years at F.I.T. in NYC.
Do you think you can win PR?
I know I will. Why? You’ll see.

Melissa Fleis, 31

Hometown: Rogers City, MI; Resides in: San Francisco, CA

What’s your design training/schooling?
MFA in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California.
Do you think you can win PR?
Yes, because I am confident in my vision and believe “Project Runway” will recognize this.

Nathan McDonald, 33

Hometown: Zanesville, OH; Resides in: New York, NY

What’s your design training/schooling?
Fashion Institute of Technology.
Do you think you can win PR?
Yes, because I know how to play to win.

Raul Osorio, 27

Hometown: Canoga Park, CA/Honduras; Resides in: Minneapolis, MN

What’s your design training/schooling?
I learned from my mom, but I also went to MCTC for a while.
Do you think you can win PR?
I could win because I am very talented and I have a great sense of style. I am also a fast sewer and I’m just the best.

Sonjia Williams, 27

Hometown: Boston, MA; Resides in: Woodside, NY

What’s your design training/schooling?
I went to Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts.
Do you think you can win PR?
I think I can win because I have the talent and drive to do so.

Ven Budhu, 28

Hometown: Berbice, Guyana; Resides in: Kew Gardens, NY

What’s your design training/schooling?
I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in womenswear. I spent my third year of college attending Polimoda in Florence, Italy.
Do you think you can win PR?
I don’t want to bore you and give you the same answer that everyone else will about how talented and creative they are, etc. I am extremely passionate about being a designer. I strongly believe that like any other artist, musician, poet, actor, etc., it is something you are born with and are meant to do. Skills can be learned, but to have the passion and drive is just something that cannot be acquired. I am not a face that you see or affiliate with Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. I was born in a third-world country, moved to Queens New York at age 4, was drawing and designing at a young age, pursued my passion for design while living in the greatest city in the world, and finally graduated as Designer of the Year from the Fashion Institute of Technology, graduating class of 2006. Now I am seeking every opportunity that I can to make my dream a reality because I know this is what I was meant to do. I hope Project Runway will be the stepping stone of launching my career and I want to show the world that no matter where you are or where you come from, things don’t come easy but you have to work hard, take initiative, and make your dream a reality. IT IS POSSIBLE.


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    • Christine Clark

      Sweeties. . . . you are up much too early. But thanks for using that time to satisfy us Bitter Kittens. 

      • LesYeuxHiboux

         I thought I was just up way too late.

        • Christine Clark

          Oh, I am too. But in NYC, it’s 6:30 am. I’m just sort of assuming that they just woke up. Maybe not. 

    • Noshmek

      Dmitry Sholokhov, I dub thee Professor Snape.  That is all.

      • Squirrel_Monkey

        Wasn’t he on that Alexa Chung show?

      • EverybodysStarling

        Oh, guess I wasn’t the only one with that association. :) 

      • FloridaLlamaLover

        YES! Young Snape before he totally went BK.

      • Kathy Lewinski

        I totally thought that same thing!

      • drdirection

        that was my  first thought.  my second was, Alan Rickman, really?

      •ía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

        Totally! You wouldn’t catch Snape dead in those hiddy pants though.

      • 3boysful

         I was just fixin to write that!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Severus Snape….the untold tale of his years at Parsons….

      • Alloy Jane

        EXACTLY. So glad I’m not the only one.  I really hope he stays on the show just so TLo can screencap him as Snape. If the past few seasons are any indication of what PR10 will be like, the screencaps will be the only thing about this show that is worth paying attention to.

      • adnama79

        He looks even more like the demon hunter character on the Diablo III game.

    • David Louis Quick

      Whoa, Gunnar is back. Enjoy the name jokes, y’all.

      • Kathy Marlow

        I thought I recognized that name!

      • boomchicabowwow

        Help!  What show was he on?  It wasn’t an earlier PR was it?  It’s driving me NUTS!

        • Aly Light

           He was on last season, but he was one of the people who was immediately cut in the first episode. His stuff was tacky, tacky, tacky.

          • boomchicabowwow

            Thank you Aly Light.  If I had read the rest of the comments, I would have figured that out….

            • SRQkitten

              He looks like Josh v2.0.

              Not impressed.

              Although it does seem notable that there are a lot of folks with degrees and fashion or design school. Maybe the cretins at BM caught a clue that the drama around ms. “I just-decidede-to-start-sewing-last-week” turned off PR viewers.

              I can hope.


      • kingderella

         yes! GUNNAR DEATHERAGE! not gonna make jokes cuz that name is genuinely AWESOME!

        • Corazon Nunez

          Fakey, fakey, fakey name. Totally phony.

          • StillGary

            Yes! But cracktasticly so.

          • Jimmy Phelps

            Actually, it isn’t fake. His brothers have awesome names too…Zane and Gage.

      • JosephLamour

        He was on Season 9. I don’t like it so much when that happens (even though hes cute and his beard situation is impeccable.) All of a sudden this is Americas Next Top Model. I bet Heidi starts theme seasons next.

      •ía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

        Somewhere, Vin Diesel is firing the manager that suggested his stage name.

      • Susan Bullard Mayer

        This calls for some Daniel Franco!

    • Vitantonio D’Ambrosio

      Was Dmitry Sholokhov on 24Hour Catwalk, or is it just me? And are Christopher Paul, Fabio Costa and Gunnar Deatherage brothers or just each other’s clones?

      • Phyllis Craine

        You’re right!  He was the one that deconstructed the Hawiian shirt into a pretty chic little dress

      • Nancy Abrams

        It’s nice that Dmitry and his ice dancing partner, Elena Slivnyak, were able to get on the show together.

        • hearkentoit

           HAHA, I was also going to comment about the cute young Russians but you did it much better.

    • SarahLovesFabric

      I finally have a working theory about the scarves:  an excess of personal drama makes your neck icy cold. Now to test my hypothesis in the field…

      • formerlyAnon

        I work on a college campus. I do not think that your hypothesis needs testing (at least among those under 35), any more than the hypothesis that if one releases an object within the gravitational pull of the earth, it falls. But hey, science can be fun!

    • Pennymac

      My first thought: “Already?”  I used to have the first thought: “Finally!”

      • drdirection


      • H3ff

        How can we already be at the tenth season when the first one only started airing in 2005?

        • formerlyAnon

           They television entertainment world no longer sticks to the one-season-per-calendar-year model that it did for so long. A “season” is now any sequential grouping of episodes, separated from the previous or next sequence of episodes by a period in which reruns or other programming entirely uses that time slot.

      • H3ff

        How can we already be at the tenth season when the first one only started airing in 2005?

    • David Calder

      Oh these people look unbearable.

      • Gayer Than Thou

        And why are male fashion designers — or at least made Project Runway competitors — like the worst dressers ever?

        • Beardslee

          I know!  Austin Scarlett dresses well, and that guy from a few seasons later who did menswear (blond, forties, can’t remember his name) but the others seem to be from the ‘do as I say not as I do’ school of dressing.

          • SapphoPoet

            I know–the one guy looks like he took a bunch of rags and tied them around himself. 

        • Brandon Peters

          To be fair I’d say they are all fairly ridiculous looking…cough…buffi

      • muzan-e

        How can you say that?! They’re – they’re all so beautiful!


      • EveEve

        which will make it all the more fun.  Predictions people???
        I predict to go the distance:  Ven, Dmitry and Melissa

        • VicD

           I dunno – that Christopher seems to be extremely focused.  If nothing else, he wins the tightest pants award, for sure.

          •ía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

            He does look like he’s bringing the mean bitch factor though, doesn’t he? Or maybe his pants are TOO tight.

        • formerlyAnon

           Nah, Ven is pinging “cannot adjust to the time frame” to me.

    • michelle shields

      let’s see what kind of train wreck they can come up with this season. Although the last two season (excluding All-Stars)  has been less than stellar (and I am being nice this morning), this habit is just too hard to break.

      • LCTerrill

        I concur.

      • drdirection

        It’s like we all need 12 step programs for PRW.

        • Pennymac

          I declared I needed therapy from having PR PTSD last year, but I think a 12 step program would work, too!

    • EverybodysStarling

      Hey, didn’t know Severus Snape is into fashion. Great. 😀 

    • Phyllis Craine

      OMG is she the same Andrea Katz that does those horrible patterns for Vogue?

      • FloridaLlamaLover

        according to her linkedin page — yes

        • Phyllis Craine

          Oh gawd, clown clothes. For anyone who’s interested on the Vogue Patterns web site search on “AKO”

          • allisankelly

            Well, that made my morning a little bit more fun. Thanks for the heads up.

          • boomchicabowwow

            I just looked.  Holy wow, that should be……interesting?

          • drdirection

            Those clothes are great for my “bloated/fat” days

            • DocPooh

              Hey,  I have the white skirt pattern!  I like big skirts, though I’ll have to use a silky fabric so as not to make my wide hips appear bus-like!  I also really like the black dress, but my boobs make it prohibitive.  The rest of the pattern designs… well somebody must have bought them.  But maybe not as they are out of print!

          • VicD

             She certainly has a point of view.  And, like many POVs, it’s not going to be shared by everyone…

            The white pant suit – nice jacket, but PANTS WHAT?  Still, as a pattern designer, she could have some mad skillz to bring to the challenges.

            • Phyllis Craine

              I’m not sure she can draft patterns, Vogue generally does that in-house I belive.  She’s also a self-taught designer and pattern drafting is a fashion school skill.  The basics can be learned from a book but devleoping industry grade skill requires training.

          • jmorino08

             I don’t know what ya’ll are talking about. This is simply faaaaaabulous!


          •ía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

            Jesus those pants are grotesque! 

      • Ginny Ellsworth

        She’ll never win. Her clothes…some of them have SLEEVES!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          And sleeves are soooo hard….I mean, like, you kinda of have to know how to sew……can’t I have my stand-in do thaaat???????

    • Bob Sponge

      Oh, Ms. Buffi’s pants. I can already imagine La Nina roll her eye. Is she coming back this season?

      • Melissa Brogan

        LOL. Those aren’t even pants. They’re shiny blue shorts and print tights underneath with socks (is girlfriend cold or what?). I have a feeling all of Buffi’s feedback will be: edit.

        • vanjar

          I have a feeling all of Buffi’s feedback will be: edit. That and “taste issues”. :)

      •ía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

        I sure hope she comes back as Original Flavor Nina, because Mild Nina is boring as hell.

    • fafafab

      and not a single straight man in sight

      • Sam

         And that’s how I like it!

    • Andrew Hay

      zzzzzzzz….how boring. I already hate the two that look like they’re auditioning for an LMFAO video….

    • IAmJ

      Wow, lots of trying-too-hard hair. These people are going to be annoying.

    • Patrick Cleary

      GUNNAR DEATHERAGE! I was so disappointed when he wasn’t picked last season, just for the name. Now he and his two-toned hair are back! Excellent.

      • Cassie

        I’m watching this season pretty much for Gunnar Deatherage.

    • Logo Girl


      Oh, and another one is from my town – that’ll be interesting…

      • VioletFem

        I thought the same thing, very 90’s-looking.

      • formerlyAnon

         With selective incursions back into the ’80s. I kinda want to build Ms. Buffi Jashanal her own in-house roller rink.

    • minnye

      At first glance, Fabio and Andrea look the most interesting to me. But we shall see.

      • boomchicabowwow

        Andrea seems at least a little bit self aware.  She’ll probably smell the Bunum-Murry BS early on and leave for not giving enough “personality” (i.e exagerated drama with other contestents and tear filled one-on-one’s about her dying mother/husband/sister etc.)

    • Therese Bohn

      I bet they’re all going to be jerks. But Ven has promise, I liked his answer.

      • Melissa Brogan

         Ven looks like he made an effort. It’s definitely got a style to it, and he looks pretty sharp. But you’re right, I don’t think he tried to play up an archetype/stereotype too hard.

      • muzan-e

        Having committed the unforgivable crime of being the most interesting person there, he’s due to be headed home by episode 3. Dammit.

        • Bridget Smith

          Really? I mean, I’m coming to this from a weird perspective, because I read hundreds of letters from writers who want to get their books published every week so I see this sentence a LOT, but “I am extremely passionate about being a designer[/writer]” is the least interesting thing anyone can say when they’re competing against other people who are also obviously extremely passionate about being a designer[/writer] or they wouldn’t be there.

          • Beardslee

            I agree.  Lots of what they said sounded like it was quoted directly from their resumes.

      • boomchicabowwow

        Add Andrea to that list.  They’ll probably be the first two out.

    • Janet Selman

      Is it too late to be the first to hate Buffi?

      • ecallaw


      • vanjar

         Get in line, it start around the corner. 😉

      • MoHub

         Immediate negative reaction to her responses. It’ll take al lot to get me to make a 180.

    • ccm800

      please let this not suck. 

    • nicole seligman

      Sonja looks just like Dita Ritz, yes?

      • boomchicabowwow

        OMG!!!  I was actually wondering if she was the 3rd Williams sister (Serena, Venus and…SONJA!), but now I’m hopeing that she lasts long enough to stomp down that runway in a tacky blond wig and a WalMart T-shirt.  CHEESECAKE!

    • tignor

      SO excited that they gave a shot to Gunnar again. He was kicked out too early and really deserves this.

      Beatrice interests me, as does Ven…but I’m mostly excited to see what Melissa will bring.

    • Gary Ford

      These people don’t seem to understand what it takes to win PR.  All you need is to be a beauty queen with a sex tape.  You don’t even need to match prints up at the seams.

      • EveEve

        hell, you don’t even need to have seams…

        • vanjar

           But in case you do need seams, just ask if someone else will help and make them for you.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Remember to cultivate the contestants who can actually construct garments so that they will be stupid and help you.

    • Brian @ PWYJudges

      We need Gunnar Deatherage to make it for his name alone, even if he wasn’t impressive enough to make the cut last year.

      And if you can’t even assert your ability to win the show in a little paragraph blurb, you will probably be eaten alive once those cameras start rolling. In bocca al lupo, Andrea Katz…

    • Ogden1990

      Go Sonjia! Lasell College is in my neighborhood! Across-the-street-and-around-the-corner-in-my-neighborhood. Can a Lasell College student compete against an FIT graduate?? An FIT Designer of the Year graduate???

      • Bridget Smith

        My mom went there for a while! She dropped out when her father died (and she was never the academic type anyway), but as this is the second time I’ve ever heard it mentioned, I support Sonjia as well.

        • Ogden1990

          It’s a tiny co-ed (used to be all women’s) college in a lovely, but somewhat secluded neighborhood. Newton is not recognized for its fashionistas, although there are some well-appointed among the minions–who most likely shop in Boston. Had no idea fashion design was even offered at Lasell. It’s better known for its Early Childhood Education curriculum.

    • ecallaw

      Wow, Buffi is trying WAY too hard with that outfit.

      • Sara Munoz

        Doesn’t speak well of her design skills. “just throw a bunch of crap together.”

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          That worked for last season’s winner, though, didn’t it?  Yup, still a bitter kitten here!

          • Nelliebelle1197

             Who was last season’s winner? I forget.

    • Violina23

      Looks like they are going for the most eccentric group of people possible, which I suppose fits into the expectation that the show is far more about interpersonal drama than fashion now.  Who am I kidding though, I’ll watch anyways…. *grumble*

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I know I’ll be watching this trainwreck and I feel as if I should be creating a designer paper bag to wear while watching, ala the sports fans of really, really pathetically bad teams. 

    • SewingSiren

      I like Andrea Katz shoes. I wonder why she didn’t name the art school she attended.

      Kooan Kosuke looks like Al Franken.

      • MilaXX

        Every time I see Kooan I hear that stupid Sexy & I know it song.

        • random_poster

          Yes.  I picked up the laptop off the table and turned it to my teenage son saying that guy from LMFAO will be on PR this season. 

    • cam_lo

      wait. why does gunnar deathridge get to be on again? 

      • terekirkland

         Right? Doesn’t seem fair if he already got his shot… *shrugs*

        • makeityourself

          Google “Daniel Franco.”

    • UrsNY

      It feels like they got the Quirkiest® people they could find to fight against sagging interest. I’m still not sure I have the heart to watch. I’ll definitely read TLo recaps tho. 

      On first look, I’m cheering for Andrea, a fellow old & freaksome art chic, Gunnar, because he’s from Louisville, and Buffi, because of misplaced Whedon nostalgia. They aren’t rational choices, but PR hasn’t been sensible in ages.

      • boomchicabowwow

        Ohhhh.  I was already on board the Andrea train, but you’ve just explained why I’ve felt so defensive of Buffi.  If she’s reality TV savy, she’ll use her one-on-one’s to talk about missing her BFF Willow back home.

    • CozyCat

      Why did they waste time on such useless questions?  They should have asked questions that can help predict who will win? 

      –Have any of your close relatives died in the past 6 months?
      –Has a close friend died?
      –How ’bout a pet?

      • Nildita

         This made me laugh so loud. My cat was sitting on my lap jumped off and scurried under the bed! Those would be the perfect questions to ask!

      • makeityourself

        Do you have a serious illness or disease?
        Have you made a sex tape?

    • GorgeousThings

      I’m betting Andrea Katz will be first auf’ed.

      • jw_ny

         wondering if she’s a spitter? 

      • Call me Bee

        ITA, GT.  I was going to root for her, being a…more mature contestant…but I get a bat-shit crazy vibe from her that’ll be her downfall.  I’ll bet she just won’t be up for all the competition and drama from those young people. 

        • Nelliebelle1197

           Crazy and pretentious.

    • mhleta

      I’m going to go out on a limb right now and say Ven Budhu takes it all the way to the end. First one eliminated? Either Sonjia Williams or Buffi Jashanmal.

      • mhleta

        Actually, I’m going to revise that to say Andrea Katz first on the chopping block. I don’t see a big demand for Teletubby shaped clothing. 

    • MilaXX

      I pick Alicia to be the first to go home. Andrea sounds sweet, but not cut throat enough for this competition. Beatrtice is boring. Buffi is giving me an Eliza vibe.  Christopher = twink. Dmtry = twink. Elena – nothing yet. I hope Fabio is straight cause I have the biggest crush on him right now. 
      Kooan Kosuke reminds me of the guys in LMFAO,  I  like Sonjia for having the hair color I always wanted and I like her shoes.  Ven sounds too sane/normal. I hope he stick around. No real impressions on the rest just yet.

    • Kiltdntiltd

      Awwwwwwww Gunnar is back for another go!!!!!

    • Sean McArdle Pflueger

      The cast seems a little too good looking, like they were casting Survivor instead of Project Runway.

    • Sara Munoz

      Ughhhhh… I just can’t work up any enthusiasm. Even as a bystander. I will sit this season out, even the recaps.

      • mappermom

        Same for me.  After such devotion in the early years, my interest has begun to wane in the past few season.  I don’t really blame the show.  It’s hard to keep things fresh and interesting over many years.  I wish that shows were killed before they reached such a sad and tired stage.  Kudos to HBO for pulling the plug on many shows while they were still lively.

        • Sara Munoz

          Six Feet Under is a good example. And the finale was brilliant!

    • UglyCasanova

      New faces, same personalities.  Kind of makes you wonder about people and their dreams, how many dreams are subsided by reality.

      Andrea was the only one that caught my attention, maybe it’s because it seems she comes from the same planet as Elyse.

    • miagain

      Gunnar Deatherage…. say no more!!  What a fabulous name…

    • Spreecord

      Very few of them can dress themselves worth a damn, I see.

    • Beardslee

      I don’t know, Tom and Lorenzo – I think you may be taking this one for the team.  Not sure I can sit through another season.  I alreadydislike Nathan Paul.  He’s going to win because he” knows how to play to win”?  He’s going to be one of those highly obnoxious contestants that the producers know will be reliably malicious.  No thank you.

    • Annie Leung

      I honestly think I’m looking forward to your posts more than the actual season! So glad to see that Gunnar is continuing the tour of DEATHERAGE.

      Why do I feel like singing that circus-afro song from Madagascar 3 when I look at Kooan Kosuke?

    • Jennifer Ford

      Did they interrupt Fabio while he was gardening? Because: GRUBBY!

    • jw_ny

      Seems 1/2 of them left out their training at The Fashion Institute of Clowns.  

      1st  impression pics are difficult to access talent, but do reveal clues on character/personality.  I sense a lot of egos, and drama to come….perhaps some humor too…?

      (Buffi…that outfit…really?  edit! edit! edit!)

      why don’t I remember Gunnar?  

      • MilaXX

        Oh thank goodness. I don’t remember him either.

    • MasterandServant

      Fabio looks like he may be moonlighting as ‘homeless man on the subway’

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      It is sort of exhausting just to see the group – with so many who look just like people who came before.  It’s like “Ok, there’s the Michael Costello.  There’s the Josh M.  I don’t think I can do it…

      • Call me Bee

        Oh darn.  I had just gotten that awful Josh out of my memory…

    • Wendi126

      I’m picking Elena. Other than her misguided haircut and pop of color shoes she’s dressed to work. And hopefully she has an underground sex tape

    • kingderella

      so, pre-judging:

      buffi & andrea are obnoxious and batshit crazy. eliminated early.
      alicia is sweet, but not for this competition. eliminated very early.
      beatrice is irritating and mediocre, and is allowed to stay for way too long.
      ven is pretentious and tiresome. goes all the way.

      kinda liking sonjia, mostly because she reminds me of rye rye, whos album im listening to nonstop at the moment.
      impossible to judge all the hipster gayboys, because they can be super talented, super not, or anything in between.

    • BeeBeauNYC

      Did Fabio accidentally walk through a clothes line just before his picture was taken?

      • formerlyAnon

         If so, I think some of the clothes were dirty.

    • Bridget Smith

      “Does anybody say no?” HAH. I like you, girl. Your pants are ugly, but that’s also the answer that I’d probably give, so.

      Much more interesting than the guy who says, “I don’t want to bore you with the same answer as everyone else.” It may be *slightly* different (not really, though, because do you SERIOUSLY think that none of the other designers here have passion for it?), but it’s also way too freaking long.

    • Kate Andrews

      Sigh. I just can’t. Especially with Juan Epstein. Too much hair product up in here.

    • Stacy Clarke

      WOW.  Is it lingering annoyance with PR that ALL of these people annoy the piss out of me already?  I think I’m actually going to to stick to my statement of ‘not watching’.  I WILL be reading your recaps, though.

      • Synnamin

        My exact reaction. If there were a few people in that lineup who looked at all interesting, I might have watched it (while doing something productive, like playing computer games), but they all seem extremely irritating and/or dull. Worth reading the TLo reviews, though!

    • SapphoPoet

      Gunnar is back!

      Ok, I guess I’m in. :)

    • In_Stitches

      I feel like Lantie Foster is wearing an outfit that got someone kicked off of PR for having designed…

    • Elena

      Will initially be rooting for Elena just because we have the same name. That’s grounds for picking a favorite, right?

      Og, and that Buffi chick cannot dress. Yikes.

      • Call me Bee

        I want to root for her for the same reason–I was Elena in my 7th grade Spanish class!  Plus–she looks to be the most down-to-earth of the bunch.

      • kittle

        Totally legit.
        I’m going for Elena as a fellow (part) Ukrainian

      • Kathleen Gillies

         Buffi, not fit to wear the name of a vampire slayer.

        • boomchicabowwow

          Except, to nitpick, the slayer’s name was BuffY.

    • MightyMarshal

      This is stupid. Where’s the diversity? All we got was a collection of prissy hipsters. And there’s usually at least ONE straight guy. It looks more like they’re casting Big Brother than Project Runway. It’s time to put this one to rest. Give it to a channel that doesn’t turn it into a tasteless cat fight or just end the show. It’s used to be about talent. Now it’s about cat fights.

    • Scarlet39

      I think it’s a sad commentary that if all of them can at least make sleeves, I’ll be happy. 

      • Susan Crawford

        Yes, after Anya the two-seam wonder, if at least three of these folks can do sleeves and a fitted bodice I will be thrilled!

    • Julia Carole James

      Dmitry=Professor Snape; Kooan=Bob Ross/Andy Warhol hybrid; and Melissa=tall Tara Reid(pre-plastic surgery).

      • Susan Crawford

        OMG! Dmitry IS Professor Snape! High-larious, Julia! All he needs is a wand and a couple of fashion-curses:

        “Unravellus Hemlinus!”

        “Dissapparate Kluminatus!”

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          We definitely need this guy to stick around for at least a few episodes so that we can devise more fashion curses for him.

    • Charmella

      Oh GOOD LORD! Really people! This looks like a bunch of DRAMA QUEENS! I can’t even sense any talent. So I guess that I’ll have to resign myself to reading the recaps here.

    • gsk241

      I’ve been much happier since I gave myself permission to not
      watch PR anymore.  Them giving the win to Irina for her plagiarized
      design was just too much for me.  I love hanging out in the TLounge and
      reading the recaps, but I just can’t watch the show any more.

      For me, PR ran it’s course many seasons ago.  I know that “reality” TV shows are going to be about drama and interpersonal conflict, etc., but PR doesn’t even pretend to be a  design competition anymore.  Thanks, TLO, for watching it for me!

    • thrillckr

      Fabio looks homeless . . . and looks like he would be odiferous. 

    • Judy_J

      They all look like they were picked from Central Casting. “We need a homeless type, a crazy type, a funky hippie type, a cute, spunky type, a counter-culture type….”

    • DinaSews

      I predict Melissa for the win.  She is obviously the sister (daughter?) to Heidi Fleiss (she dropped the second ‘s’ to mask her identity) and will give graphic details about the prostitution ring once everyone finds out who she is.  Her design repertoire will be lingerie that was used by her sister (mother).  Her final collection will be available at Fredericks of Hollywood online.

    • Mary Stone

      Fire up your glue guns y’all…
      I am definitely sitting this one out.  Judging from the comments above (only one contestant sounds like they’ve got active brain cells to me), I’m going to peek TLOs recaps…occasionally.

    • melissa ann cook

      *sigh* Does everybody know how to sew this time? These guys look like they could be verrry annoying…

    • ChristinaRi

      First impressions:

      1.  The poses!   Let’s hope they aren’t poseurs as well.  :p

      2.  Gunnar???   Gunnar is back?   ¿Porque por favor?

      3.  Please let these people be better than they look.  

    • MoHub

      Gunnar’s back! His name alone should keep him around for a while.

    • Elias Pineda

      is it sad that after somemany dissappoiments i still want to watch this new season?

    • jmorino08

      Well aren’t those nice some little reality TV sterotypes!

      Alicia : Colorado + dreads = “I’m earthy and don’t conform to fashion standards.” The Duchess is going to eat her alive.

      Andrea: Wearing a lampshade and frankenstein Jesus sandals just screams fashion, no?

      Beatrice = Anya 2.0

      Buffi: Think styling and editing her looks will be an issue? NAH! Drum major jackets TOTALLY go with sequin tap pants, leopard print tights and cowboy boots!

      Christopher: Looks and sounds like a walking cliche

      Dmitry: Demon love child of Severus Snape and Rick Springfield

      Elena: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      Fabio: Ew! That jacket is nasty!

      GUNNAR IS BACK!! … evidently playing the role of Austin Scarlett this season

      Kooan: I’m quirky because I have an afro and wear lots of colors! That’s not going to get old fast, at all!!

      Lantie: Season 10 bitch

      Melissa: Season 10 bitch’s bitch

      Nathan: I predict he will be Tim’s favorite. “What happened to Andre?”

      Raul es muy serioso!

      Sonjia: Femail Anthony

      Ven: OMG! Shut. Up.

    • MK03

      Jesus. This show has officially become a parody of itself.

    • Ted

      i hope the way those designers dress won’t represent their fashion sense because i can’t even with those outfits above. 

      • guest2visits

        I’ve come to think that this is the official uniform of struggling designers everywhere.

    • Sam

      I’m usually all about the pretty boys for the first couple of introductions, but not liking what I’m seeing here. There should be a certain effortless look when someone’s attractive, but all these people reek of over thinking how hot they are. I guess I like Elena out all of the designers. She’s not dressed like a total buffoon, and out of all the designers she at least managed to really smile. 

      • terekirkland

        I’m hoping Elena will be the dark-horse of the season, quiet and observant at first, and then suddenly around episode five BAM! she whips up a killer jumpsuit (with sleeves!)out of a Hefty bag that blows everyone else out of the water and they begin to fear her as a rival. Good times!

    • Girl_With_a_Pearl

      Koan Kosuke
      Sure looks kooky

      I’m not sure I have the patience for watching any more non-Bravo Project Runway Seasons, but we’ll see.

    • Kelli Anderson Taylor

      I don’t think I’m ready for this.

    • Tamara Hogan

      I covet Melissa’s ensemble. Majorly.

    • cheesebomb

      I want to root for Buffi Jashanmal for her name, but root against her for those shorts.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        the blue sequin/shiny short shorts with the pink leopard/cheetah print are majorly hiddy.

    • Allie Carter

      Gunnar Deatherage is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • jilly_d

      Ven: “I don’t want to bore you….” *insert longest boring paragraph ever*

      • Lisa_Cop

        If you were Designer of the Year you would have a good job and not be on this increasingly stupid show.

    • Paula Pertile

      What a delicious buffet, can’t wait. 

    • wonderdivaEtsy

      They largely look like a bunch of Scooby-Doo characters come to life as fashion designers.  The only thing I’m rooting for is funny T-Lo recaps, because I’m not taking the time to watch!

    • Cynthia Yuen


    • Therese Bohn

      Let’s see, how many of these were chosen mainly for their hair…Alicia, Dimitry, Fabio, Gunnar,Kooan and probably Sonjia.   Chosen for outrageousness…Buffi and Kooan, chosen for their Josh-ability, I’m guessing Gunnar just because he looks like a whiner. Funny, I found myself reading Dimitry’s answers with Snape’s voice!   I’d love it if he really sounds like Alan Rickman, but he’ll probably be a whiner too. 

    • mom2ab

      Ugh-the usual crop of reality “stars” and I bet none of them can sew to save their lives.  Watch Season 1 again- even the first 6 auffies could sew- really sew- sleeves, seams, darts, and everything fit.  I am predicting a lot of sleeveless glue gunned sacks with sashes and long complicated personal stories to justify the asserry.

      • Crow Winters

        Now you’re just making stuff up. Vanessa was aufee 4 and she blatantly said “Hi, I can’t sew.” and was eliminated for it.

        You’re deluded if you think past seasons weren’t cast into stereotypes as well.

        • mom2ab

          Um last I checked not deluded- yes there were some “characters” but the quality of Vanessa’s work got her auffed and as you note her admission of I can’t sew was not well received.  The same work (and probably attitude) would have placed her in the final 4 in the Lifetime seasons.

    • fursa_saida

      I am in love with Fabio already. He’s like a skinny version of my teddy-bear-iest college friend.

      Do you think Koan is intentionally trying to look literally like a clown?

    • Susan Crawford

      Gunnar Deatherage – I remember him, and if only because I love that name, I’m glad he’s back! It’s WAAAY too soon to start picking faves, but I’m looking forward to the cray-cray again to take the edges of my jones for Mad Men, Downton and Revenge. Honestly, if PR were NOT starting in a few weeks, and I had no T and Lo, no Merlot and no NetFlix, I’d be mizzable.

      Good luck to the contestants – I hope you are honing your skills at making apparel from dollar store items, studying floor plans of Mood, and Googling one another to find vulnerabilities and weaknesses. Remember, the Bitter Kittens are counting on you!

    • Therese Bohn

      Buffi says: ” My overall collection might not be for everybody, but there is a piece in there for everyone.”  Well, judging from your unfortunate outfit, I do like the jacket, but the rest of it is hurting my eyes.

    • ShivaDiva

      Can’t.  Won’t.  But I will rely on your recaps for entertainment!

    • aimee_parrott

      Gunnar Deatherage!  He was almost on last season, right?  I remember the name.

    • CarolinLA

      I wonder why anyone would apply to PR now that Fashion Star is getting a second season.  That’s some serious cash and you get a lot of time.  

    • Call me Bee

      It is always interesting the affectations ” artists” feel the need to adopt. So silly…

    • j_anson

      I’m not sure anyone should refer to themselves as a “sewer.” But anyway, yeah. Taking a pass on this one, in spite of the clear effort to pick pretty people being made. But looking forward to the recaps!

    • kcliff

      Why is Gunnar Deatherage so familiar? Did we already know he would be on the show? 

    • AuntieAnonny

      So, Beatrice Guapo wins, right? I’m going to thank you guys now for watching this crap so I don’t have to.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Oo, thank you.  Shall the snap-judging begin?

    • 3boysful

       I cannot see myself–or most anyone, really–wearing anything by Buffi if her own ensemble is indicative of her work.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      i couldnt even read this–it matters so little in a fixed contest. maybe i’ll come back to it later.
      still, i’m for the old lady, against the faux punkrocker[s] &, no matter if i said it already, weary of the whole affair.

    • Caaro3

      Quoting Dana Carvey as Pres. George H. W. Bush,   “Not gonna do it.”   

    • Jessica Charlotte Siewierkiewi

      Kooan sounds exactly like the villainess in Sailor Moon (

    • Tam Duong

      These are the gayest looking contestants yet.

    • Jessica Charlotte Siewierkiewi

      Kooan sounds exactly like a villainess from Sailor Moon (

    • terekirkland

      $3.99 for that pattern is a steal! 😉 It’s almost like they’re paying YOU to buy it!

      • jmorino08

        They would have to!

    • Markatha

      Why are ‘Clothes Designers’ the worse dressers on the planet?

      • golspie

        It’s like actors. Why do they speak so beautifully and yet talk such BS when they don’t have someone else write script for them?

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Snap judgments:

      Alicia Hardesty
      Thought she was McKell at first.  They’ll give her a few episodes just to make  up for eliminating McKell early.
      “Does anybody say no? Yes, I think I could win.”
      Translation: I’m going to be the eye-roller who acknowledges how silly all of this is. Do you have a good angle on me for that comment?

      Andrea Katz
      Oh dear.  Just… oh, dear.
      “I feel confident about my ability to design and work under pressure. No, because I work independently of most conventional ideas about designing for a mass market”
      Translation: See how avant-garde I am? SEE??????? I am totally INDIVIDUAL!  And I will lose because they won’t understand my unique version of unwearable clothes, and that loss will prove that I am SO MUCH BETTER than they are!

      Beatrice Guapo
      Actually looks kind of sane.
      Fashion is my life’s inspiration. I love how the right clothes can actually create a positive emotional change.
      Translation: I was, like, totally a cheerleader!  I loved clothes and spent every weekend at the mall, and all the other cheerleaders love me!

      Buffi Jashanmal
      She alone can slay the color coordinators, the sane, and the tasteful…
      “I think I need to focus on my customer to nail the PRIZE! I could win because I am doing something different and fun and people notice my designs and style.”
      Translation: I know I totally need to listen to other people, everyone says so, but look what I’m doing over here and OO, SHINY!

      Christopher Palu
      Well, he certainly knows how to costume himself like a stereotypical fashion designer.
      “Because my vision is crystal clear. I know what I need to do to win.”
      Translation: This is a competition, and I’m not here to make friends.

      Dmitry Sholokhov
      I agree with whoever said “Snape” above.  Like Snape, he will also have legions of fangirls that make everyone scratche their heads.  Maybe I will be one of them, depending on what he sounds like when he opens his mouth.
      “Absolutely YES!”
      Translation: Really?  You asked that question?  Are planning on asking a more sensible one like “Why?” later?

      Elena Slivnyak
      And we’ll do it OUR WAY! Yes, OUR WAY! Make all our dreams… come true… for me and you!
      “I think I have something different to deliver to the fashion world, a new take on the way I see the fashion world and a whole different girl than who everyone usually designs for.”
      Translation: Sometimes, my models are a size three, and one was even over twenty-five.

      Fabio Costa
      Sorry, I don’t have a dime to spare.
      “[I]t is what the progressive customer is looking for.  People don’t want to look generic and boring, and I’m the designer that’s going to bring in the new.”
      Translation: I want to design clothes for people who can pay me a lot of money, but don’t want to make money themselves because they’d rather “be themselves.”

      Gunnar Deatherage
      Yay!  I remember TLo had a ready-made nickname for him before last year’s first episode–don’t remember what it was, but I was sorry they weren’t going to get a chance to use it.  Oh, and Flock of Seagulls hair.
      “If you want something bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it.”
      Translation: “My on screen personality apparently didn’t work for anyone last year, so this year, I’m totally going in with a new attitude.”

      Kooan Kosuke
      Feel the power and see the energy–Electric Not-So-Youth!
      “Well, because I am going to try my best of best and see what happens.”
      Translation: Like Alicia, I recognize that this is a game and roll my eyes at it, but unlike her, I plan to have fun playing it.

      Lantie Foster
      Darling, the sorority mixer will be entirely droll this year.  Did you bring the chardonnay?
      “Why? You’ll see.”
      Translation: I learned my moves from Irina.

      Melissa Fleis
      Look!  She can wear a potato sack and combat boots and still look like a model!
      “I am confident in my vision and believe ‘Project Runway’ will recognize this.”
      Translation: I haven’t actually seen this show.

      Nathan Paul
      Looks like it’s a wonderful day in his neighborhood.
      “I know how to play to win.”
      Translation: I learned my moves from Emilio.

      Raul Osorio
      I can’t tell if he’s wearing a hat or sculpting his hair to look like one.
      “I could win because I am very talented and I have a great sense of style.”
      Translation: I suspect I’m here as cannon fodder, but thanks for the opportunity.

      Sonjia Williams
      That’s a lot of ruffle.
      “I think I can win because I have the talent and drive to do so.”
      Translation: I’m tired and I have a million things to do, and I don’t have time for your questionnaire.

      Ven Budhu
      All-nighter in the dorm lounge to finish that project.
      “I want to show the world that no matter where you are or where you come from, things don’t come easy but you have to work hard, take initiative, and make your dream a reality.”
      Translation: Hopefully, my fashion designs are good.  If not, please remember that I have a great story arc.

      • Call me Bee

        Nailed it. 

        • Lisa_Cop

          Yes, substitute Guyana for Trinidad.

      • viridian61

        I believe the initial tag line was: “Gunnar Deatherage – burns Norwegian churches at midnight!”  I don’t think he was around long enough for a nick name.

    • MandyJane

      Who will the producers help win this season?

    • formerlyAnon

      Read about those first two gals and i was thinking, “woah, are they going for low key & reasonable?” but I was quickly relieved to see that there’s the usual assortment.

      Buffi’s ensemble needs roller skates to complete it.  (If she needs company, perhaps Kooan will don a pair.)

      Mr. Costa is perhaps the first PR contestant to actually look homeless.

      Dmitry might be cute, hard to tell in that photo.

      The only one whose future I want to predict is Mr. Ven Budhu – while “Designer of the Year” in his graduating class might indicate that I’m wrong, he’s pinging “passionate about his vision but out in the first 4 weeks because he talks a better game than he can bring to the insanely ridiculously short timeline of the format.”

      • formerlyAnon

         Oh, and do you think Beatrice Guapo will snap the and decapitate someone if they start in on the “Ms. Guapo, muy guapa today!” jokes that she’s been sick of since childhood?  ‘Cause her clothes may strive for sophisticated yet down-to-earth, but  the answer and her expression read “high strung, highly driven and sorority-hardened.”

    • Cathy S

      Gunnar Deatherage is back!

      • golspie

        What a name!

        And yet why do I feel that somewhere in Pre-Life Limbo there’s a thrash metal drummer screaming; “Wait! There’s been a mistake! He’s got my name and I’ve got his! *I’m* supposed to be ‘Gunnar Deathrage’ and *he’s* ‘Floralle De Prancelot’!”

        • Cathy S

           That’s just hilarious. “Floralle De Prancelot”–so perfect.

    • granddelusion

      Enh. Can’t even care anymore.

      • golspie

        You will be made to care!

    • KathKo

      Yeah ! Gunnar’s baaaack !
      You’re gonna be able to do TONS of jokes about his name !
      Oh, and Budhu speaks waaaaaay to much. I can’t wait for the half an hour per episode we’re going to suffer listening to his musings.

    • Jenna Gordon

      i don’t know if i am ready for this. after project accessory and all star i’m kind of crapped out on this show. both of those shows were so obviously tampered with and fixed. i do miss tim gunn though…

      • LambeeBaby

         Tim Gunn will be the ONLY reason I watch this season

    • golspie

      Sassy, argumentative black designer (male)? Check!
      Sassy, argumentative black designer (female)? Check!
      Quietly professional black man too good for show? Check? Bizarre sex dwarf with crazy hairstyle? Check!Sweet old woman terribly out of depth? Check!Bipolar manic depressive pixie chick? Check!Brooding, defensive ‘straight’ crash-out? Check!Leathery middle-aged woman with face so lifted it looks like Noh mask? Check!Boring man in even boring pork pie hat? Check!Torpedo lesbian friendlier than her biker gang overalls suggest? Check?…Well, it seems like the gang’s all here. Except for an adorable fatty and a shrewish Asian woman but beggars can’t be choosers.

      Meanwhile, somewhere in Manhattan, an soigne, grey-haired gentleman with rimless pince-nez is saying; ‘Armand! Appletini! And leave the shaker, dear boy!’ and sighing deeply as he looks through the cast photos.

    • Flooby

      Is that her whole collection that Buffi’s wearing?  Cause, I actually don’t see any pieces in their for me.  Yowza.

    • joe_tey83

      It’s kind of funny that the first person’s answer to “Do you think you can win PR?” is “Does anybody say no?” and the person immediately after her answers “Yes and no” to the same question. And it ends with the last person saying “I don’t want to bore you and give you the same answer blah blah blah” after everyone gave the same answer. And later, he pretty much just gave the same answer everyone gave anyways.

      Such is life.

      That’s all.

    • bluefish

      Thank goodness for the sensible and likable answer from Ven Budhu — a bit long but well stated and a refreshing change from the usual, stupid automatic YES answers to that ridiculous question.  Why can’t designers dress themselves worth a damn?  I mean with few exceptions they seem to enjoy the hot mess thing.  Tiresome.

      • Kathleen Gillies

         You know, I never expect designers to dress like their fashion models.  My expectations are more utilitarian–simple, chic clothing that they can work in and don’t need to over think.  However, they all disappoint in my low expectations by dressing like they are blind and on crack.

    • butter nut

      i’m already exhausted with this season.  

    • Ms_Flyover

      Dear Beatrice – as I understand it, sex tapes are no longer required, but if you can kick up a dead relative, you’ve got this in the bag.  remember sleeves are overrated, as is sewing quality.  Manufacture a mood emergency eery few weeks.

      I’m actually amazed at how little I care about this show.  I doubt I’ll even read your blog entries, and that’s saying A LOT.

    • Qitkat

      I spontaneously just said UGH when I saw this post.
      Not gonna do it.
      Not even gonna read it.

      • Elizabetta1022

        Never gonna let you down, never gonna give you up, oh no. (Sorry. I just Rick Rolled myself.)

    • quiltrx

      I don’t plan to watch this season, and that might be good, since I sort of want to slap most of these people.

      But I see Gunnar is back!  Go Gunnar!

    • Thee Jetti

      I forgot this show existed…..
      I hate about half of these designers already.

      But I’ll tune in. Only for TLo <3

    • Helen

      “Do you think you can win?” –everyone said YES except the 58 yr old.  Age does give people wisdom and make them more realistic. 

    • LittleKarnak

      Maybe I’m just getting old and crabby but every single one of these people just looks annoying as hell….not gonna waste the dvr space on this season…..

      • Lauren Lynch Fox

        Yeah, you can just see the soap opera aspects at play. Endless cultural clashes with fashion thrown in.It makes me sad and longing for re-runs (which run on the Style network all the time)….but I will probably watch at least at the start….

    • Diane_G

      YAYYYYY!!! I’m so glad Gunnar is competing again! He’s the nicest guy and never forgets a face. :)

    • Andrew

      Ven, Nathan, and Dimitry are the only members of the male sex this season to wear something that could actually be called “clothing” and not something they picked up from a bin at a thrift store for women.

      Why do hipsters get into the fashion industry? Aren’t they supposed to view the mainstream mass market with disdain? Did they just take up fashion design because their indie band never took off?

    • Snickleboom

      So Deatherage is getting another shot?  Okay.  Looks like the usual bunch of stereotypes.  Let the games begin!

    • LinXGUA

      I’d actually tune for this season. I muted some “oh no, honey” here and there, so i’m on. As an example, you see Fabio there. That 3 layer shirt is actually 3 different shirts he can take off and offer to random needed people. He’s such a good friend. He even carries a chess tatoo if someone’s forgets the board game. A real pal. 
      Hey Fabio: win that shit ma boy!
      PS: Since when is Guyana a Third-World country? Yeah, I’m sure Ven have some major achivements in his live. But he sure worked real hard to move to the States at AGE 4.  So, Mr. Budhu, please don’t disdain your identity as a comodity.

    • Jane_Lane

      What in the eff is Buffi wearing? And I’m impressed that her parents managed to take an already twee name and make even more twee by spelling it with an I. She was doomed from birth to be a poorly dressed hipster on a reality TV show. 

    • Truly_Outrageous

      I didnt read all the short bios but Andrea Katz all the way. Shieeet!

      • Truly_Outrageous

        No wait. The Japanese guy with the afro. Woo woo!

        p.s. I think he needs to school Buffi on how to mix n match clothes.

    • bitterk

      I’m intrigued

    • Igor Buarque

      I DON’T KNOW IF I’M WRONG..BUT HERE WE GO:Alicia Hardesty  = MCKELL MADDOX(SEASON 8)Andrea Katz  = MARLA DURAN(SEASON 2)Beatrice Guapo = ANYA AYOUNG-CHEE(SEASON 9)Buffi Jashanmal = JOSHUA MCKINLEY(SEASON 9)Christopher Palu = CHRISTOPHER STRAUB(SEASON 6)Dmitry Sholokhov  = MILA HERMANOVSKI (SEASON 7)Elena Slivnyak =????Fabio Costa = JERELL SCOTT(SEASON 5)Gunnar Deatherage = ???Kooan Kosuke = MONDO GUERRA(SEASON 8)Lantie Foster = ?Melissa Fleis = APRIL JOHNSTON(SEASON 8)Nathan McDonald  = ???Raul Osorio = MICHAEL COSTELLO(SEASON 8)Sonjia Williams =???Ven Budhu = JOSHUA CHRISTENSEN (SEASON 9)

      • Rich Sitelogin

         The obvious… Gunnar Deatherage = GUNNAR DEATHERAGE (SEASON 9)

    • judybrowni

      with the possible exception of a couple of the guys, choices of their own clothing = THE PARADE OF FUG

    • Ros Clarke

      I really hope Mr I Know How To Play To Win goes out in the first week.

    • buttmunchdisqusgeek

      …jeeth krysth, everyone knows, the proper answer to “Do you think you can win PR?” is “I am bisexual, non-ageist, and give better service to anyone before me, including reality show producers, judges, asexual mentors, and recently divorced hosts.  and, I just learned to sew!”

    • Dagney

      Project what?

    • malvernite

      thanks for this, TLo. Despite shenanigans past, i do enjoy project runway, and like to take each season on its own merits. i look forward to your recap. my only regret is that i’m not in a part of the world that enables me to watch the show as it happens, so i can’t partake of your TLounge hospitality.

    • PastryGoddess

      I don’t know if I can do this again…  I’ll probably need massive quantities of wine and gin to get me through this season

    • FloridaLlamaLover

      Kooan Kosuke…looks like Milan from RPDR to me.  

    • Lisa_Cop

      I like Nathan’s shoes, the fact that he went to FIT and the brevity of his answers to stupid questions.

    • Karen

      there is always one who throws on every hideous item in their closet and calls it a ‘style’.

    • donkeygospel6

      So is like a thing now that most designers dress like crap? Like intentional irony?

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      I am dreading the Japanese Richard Simmons dude.  Oh no.

    • Logo Girl

      OK, after watching a smattering of their videos, here’s a prediction for how it will go:
      Ep 1 – Andrea OUT (didn’t understand assignment)
      Ep 2 – Nathan OUT (too shopping mall)
      Ep 3 – Lantie OUT (not current enough)
      Ep 4 – Sonjia OUT (allowed herself to get trampled on during group challenge)
      Ep 5 – Alicia OUT (does something menswear inspired for a pretty dress challenge)
      Ep 6 – Raul and Kooan OUT (they don’t understand their visions – the former is too boring, the latter is too odd)
      Ep 7 – Buffi OUT (does something kooky for an active wear challenge)
      Ep 8 – Dmitry OUT (does something unflattering for the real woman challenge)
      Ep 9 – Ven OUT (does not lead his team well)
      Ep 10 – Gunnar OUT (does something too glamourous for a hip and trendy challenge)
      Ep 11 – Beatrice and Elena OUT (do not push enough for the “open-ended get inspired by a beautiful place” challenge)
      Ep 12 – Christopher, Fabio and Melissa go to Fashion Week.
      Ep 13 – Fabio 3rd, Christopher 2nd, Melissa WIN.

      • judybrowni

        thanks now i don’i have to waste my thurs nights

    • Sau-Chih Feng

      Elena Slivnyak from the Ukraine and Kooan Kosuke from Japan have the best and most fun poses. Everyone else poses boring.

    • EverybodysStarling

      I’m sittin here and watching Disney Junior with my junior and all of a sudden I know, what Andrea Katz reminds me of: Does anybody know Higglytown Heroes? She totally looks like one of them with that “dress” 😀 

    • judybrowni

      andrea: “comventional markets’ = ‘clothing sane people wear.’

      • judybrowni

        melissa doesn’t finish the season. i predict a tragic escalator accident, ala isadora duncan.

        • judybrowni

          i predict kooan and buffi mate, and give birth to a forever 21 dollar bin they name koobuf.

          • judybrowni

            fabio has developed head lice from the outfit he mugged a bag lady for, sonia is caught shoplifting at wet seal and elena at walmart, an ’80s kmart called and wants lanie’s outft back, the munster kid called raul and asked for his hairline back, a ’60s grecian formula ad sues gunnar for bi-hair copyright infringement, nathan suffers from a gravity-induced back problem and dimitri is convicted for lifting his high school band uniform pants (he played the triangle.)

    • marishka1

      Ugh. Buffi, mixing a bunch of crap together doesn’t necessarily say “fashion designer”. Sometimes it says “crazy bag lady.”

    • Kathleen Gillies

      What is sad is that I always used to get so excited about this show coming up– anticipation etc.  Now, kind of the opposite, it’s more like “should I bother?”

    • Conner Emery

      They just filmed the first episodes runway on Saturday. Get ready for
      another season of sporadic editing that forgets good reality TV has
      character arcs.

      Nathan McDonald looks fun.

    • Conner Emery

      They probably want Gunnar to win and people to react along the lines of, “And they cut HIM? But he’s so good!”

    • Conner Emery

      So I watched all the videos and these are my impressions:

      Alicia Hardesty: ADORABLE. She is my favorite so far and seems like someone they would have cast when the show was on Bravo.
      Andrea Katz: is the mom from Troll 2.
      Beatrice Guapo: is going to cause Drama. She tries to show how messy she she is by throwing clothes on her spotless table. She might try too hard to be likeable, but should embrace her inner bitch. It’s there.
      Buffi Jashanmal: Oddly charming. She’s very self-aware and in the wrong hands that can be annoying, but so far she doesn’t take anything seriously. Should be fun.

      Christopher Palu: Seems talented. He’s definitely in it for the personality, but some of his designs are really interesting and could overshadow some of his quirks.
      Dmitry Sholokhov: I don’t know what to make of him, but he loves stripes. Personality casting for sure.
      Elena Slivnyak: Has really interesting ideas. She says she doesn’t like to move fast, but mentions she makes a new outfit every time she goes out. Has potential to be a new Leanne.

      Fabio Costa: He’s interesting. I don’t know how long he’ll stay, but I have a feeling he’ll be a big catalyst for the group interactions.

      Gunnar Deatherage: Gunnar Deatherage loves vintage clothing. That’s all that really stuck out about him to me honestly.
      Kooan Kosuke: is everything you don’t understand about Japan.

      Lantie Foster: seems really sweet and could be a good contender.
      Melissa Fleis: She’s like April without the snark. She’s really into goth, but I’m not sure if she realizes that and might just consider herself “unique”. She’s very strange.
      Nathan McDonald: He’s a total nerd and I love him for it. I don’t know what his designs or longevity is gonna be like, but I want him to stay around just to be the awkward person he is.
      Raul Osorio: could get insufferable really fast. He’s the art kid of the bunch, but most of the clothes he showed off were designed by him unlike a lot of the others. Menswear designer.

      Sonjia Williams: has a great sense of style and good instincts for restructuring old outfits. How she handles the time will determine how far she goes.

      Ven Budhu: Thinks color is a good substitute for design. Would fit in wonderfully with season 9!

      Take all of these with a grain of salt as I realize how they appear in the comfort of their own homes isn’t always how they appear in the workroom. Kimberly last year was a good example of this. Her home tour was hilarious while her TV edit was low-key.

    • e jerry powell

      Are those platform Birkenstocks Andrea is wearing?

    • JMansm

      They all seem extremely unlikeable, with a few exceptions. 

    • Vodeeodoe

      I’m thinking it’s Dmitry and the lady wearing the homemade 1980s Japanese lantern dress.

    • Therese Bohn

      Ane how many of these contestants were chosen soley for their Hair?

    • Jane Morris

      A Marina del Rey girl! That’s where I live!

    • Ygritte

      MCTC?  It’s a community college in Minneapolis. There’s no fashion-related classes there. And bringing back Gunnar? Guess they didn’t have enough drama last go-round.

    • Darko Rosie

      Ven’s a big smug, but his dress is GLAMOUROUS!