Meet the Project Runway Season 12 Designers

Posted on June 21, 2013

For the 12th season of Lifetime’s Emmy®-nominated reality-competition series Project Runway (#ProjectRunway), die-hard “FAN-addicts” of the hit program will experience the show like never before when it premieres on Thursday, July 18, at 9pm ET/PT. Marking a series first, Project Runway’s legion of fans will be able to interact with viewers across the country in real-time during each episode through the new interactive on-screen feature, PlayRunway, empowering fans to use their smartphones, tablets and computers to share their reactions to episode storylines, design challenges and decisions by judges Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen, and mentor Tim Gunn.

Additional new fan integration elements include:

Runway Redemption (#RunwayRedemption) – a mystery contestant from a past season, chosen by fans on mylifetime.com, will be unveiled as the 16th designer for season 12.

Project Runway Superfan Contest – via video submissions, seven super fans will be chosen to be featured in an upcoming episode this season for a fashion makeover.

More Tim Gunn – fans have asked and Project Runway has delivered. This season, Gunn will join Klum and the judges to watch the runway show, answer questions the judges have about what transpired in the workroom and give them an opportunity to physically examine the workmanship of each design. Also, for the first time in Project Runway history, Gunn will be able to “rescue” one designer during course of the season he feels deserves a second chance.

A number of high-profile guest judges are set to join Project Runway this cycle, including actress and model Kate Bosworth, fashionista Kelly Osbourne, actress and comedienne Allison Williams, multiple Academy Award®, Emmy and Golden Globe® nominee Sigourney Weaver, TV stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Kaley Cuoco, as well as original Project Runway judge Michael Kors and Stacy Keibler, host of Lifetime’s Supermarket Superstar.

Runway Redemption Contestant
As part of the winner’s prize package, this season’s champion will receive $150,000 from GoBank, the award-winning new bank account made to be used on a mobile phone; $50,000 of next generation technology from HP and Intel to help enable their creativity and launch their new business; a year’s supply of Resource Natural Spring Water and an all-expense paid, luxurious spa retreat for two to the exotic Maldives, courtesy of Resource Water; a chance to design and sell an exclusive collection at Belk; a complete sewing and crafting studio from Brother Sewing and Embroidery; a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine; a 2014 Lexus IS 350; a $100,000 fabric allowance from Tide Pods to inspire fashions that truly pop; and a $50,000 styling contract with L’Oréal Paris. It is a prize package worth more than half a million dollars. The model paired with the winner of Project Runway will receive a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine and $25,000 from L’Oréal Paris.

Alexander Pope, 38 – Hometown: Los Angeles, CA; Resides in New York, NY

Current occupation?
Costume construction for Broadway.

Strengths as a designer?
My fine hand.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
I think I can. I bring not only fashion but a pretty extensive costume background to the table, and I think that knowledge really helps me design some creatively interesting clothing…

Alexandria von Bromssen, 38 – Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden; Resides in San Mateo, CA

Current occupation?
Self-employed designer/boutique owner.

Strengths as a designer?
Pattern making, design and vision.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Yes, I think I can win. I am smart, talented, skilled. I have a strong viewpoint in regard to fashion. And I promised one cool little kid in the world that I would win.

Angela Bacskocky, 33 – Hometown: Richmond, VA; Resides in Richmond, VA

Current occupation?
I’ve been designing full-time for my own label, Angela Bacskocky, since 2011. I showed my debut collection in 2012 and just showed my second collection in March 2013.

Strengths as a designer?
As a designer, I’m creative and clever. I’m skilled in all aspects of design and couture construction, obsessive over detail and presentation, and quick and efficient due to years of honing my skills under tight deadlines.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Of course! I put on an amazing fashion show, and my designs are classic but totally now. Recipe for success.

Bradon McDonald, 38 – Hometown: Lowville, NY; Resides in Los Angeles, CA

Current occupation?
Assistant designer.

Strengths as a designer?
Fabric manipulation, embellishment, uncommon hand-sewing techniques.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
There is a very slight chance that I could win, as long as the other 15 designers are blind and/or quit the show before the finale.

Dom Streater, 24 – Hometown: Philadelphia, PA; Resides in Philadelphia, PA

Current occupation?
Animal caretaker.

Strengths as a designer?
I am chock-full of innovation and creativity.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Hell yes! Haven’t you heard? Philly girls always hustle harder!

Helen Castillo, 25 – Hometown: Weehawken, NJ; Resides in Union City, NJ

Past jobs?
Gallery NYC, Reebok NYC, hair salon assistant, outerwear designer, sportswear designer.

Strengths as a designer?
Couture sewing techniques.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Yes, because I am confident and take my designs seriously. I live to design.

Jeremy Brandrick, 41 – Hometown: Birmingham, England; Resides in New York, NY

Current occupation?
I have worked at super and less super companies, but it has all been fun! Oh but I also worked in clothes shops and shoe shops as well as waitering and bartending whilst putting myself through college.

Strengths as a designer?
I have good technical skills and the ability to solve problems. I am also a really good, versatile designer!

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Yes! It could seem that my whole life is leading to this point. I have always been very driven in what I do. *I* got myself into the best college in the world. *I* got myself a job in Milan, *I* moved to America, as it is the land of dreams, and *I* got myself on the show. I work very hard at my goals and ambitions, and I have a huge amount of experience and creativity and knowledge, as well as enough people around me to ensure a subsequent business would be a success. I look forward to building a full lifestyle brand over women’s, men’s, home, etc., and in all product categories, employing people in this country and giving back some of the success it has given me!

Justin LeBlanc, 27 – Hometown: Tampa, FL; Resides in Raleigh, NC

Current occupation?
I’m an assistant professor in the College of Design at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. (Go Wolfpack!) I also co-faculty-advised the “Art2Wear” runway show at NC State University.

Strengths as a designer?
I enjoy exploring the use of exotic materials in my designs. I have considerable skills in fabric manipulation. I have the ability to direct my team (models, photographers, etc.) to attain the final product that I am after.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
I KNOW that I can win “Project Runway.” I have the skill, the passion, the drive and the knowledge needed to win. I think that I also have the personality to enamor the audience and judges. I do believe that I have the ability to inspire others; that’s a big thing in my book as a designer.

Kahindo Mateene, 34 – Hometown: Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Resides in Chicago, IL

Current occupation?
Fashion designer and owner of Modahnik.

Strengths as a designer?
Use of color and prints as well as designing to accentuate a woman’s body. Attention to detail.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Yes, I plan on winning “Project Runway.” I am up to the challenge as well as being very ambitious and tenacious. I work well under pressure, and it’s time they selected a Black (African) female winner (Moi).

Karen Batts, 29 – Hometown: Boca Raton, FL; Resides in Queens, NY

Current occupation?
Part-time babysitter/self-employed fashion designer.

Strengths as a designer?
My fabric choices, use of color and print designs and tailoring.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think I could take this epic challenge on! It would be amazo to win, and I think I have what it takes to create something innovative and with that certain winning element!

Ken Laurence, 24 – Hometown: Birmingham, AL; Resides in Birmingham, AL

Current occupation?
Freelance fashion designer.

Strengths as a designer?
Structural shapes and voluminous silhouettes.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Yes, I think I could win “Project Runway.” I am very business-minded, innovative, and inspiring to others. I am a force to be reckoned with.

Miranda Kay Levy, 29 – Hometown: Wilton, WI; Resides in Milwaukee, WI

Current occupation?
I am the gallery curator of Milwaukee’s Tenth Street Gallery, teach at the Art Institute Of Wisconsin and just finished a contract position as a color specialist for Kohl’s Corporate.

Strengths as a designer?
I enjoy making fun colorful garments that borrow from classic silhouettes and shape but still flatter a modern woman. I can think outside of the box and still stay true to my aesthetic.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Yes, I made it through boot camp. This is like boot camp without someone screaming in your face at 4 am…or maybe it will be like that. I guess we’ll find out. After 8 years of the Army, this should be a cakewalk.

Sandro Masmanidi, 28 – Hometown: Krasnodar, Russia; Resides in New York, NY

Current occupation?
Designer.

Strengths as a designer?
Handwork (beading, embroidery, applique, crochet), construction (boning, corsetry).

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
I believe I can win “Project Runway” because I am decisive and can quickly imagine the answer to a challenge, focused to complete project, and practical, with the ability to identify and overcome problems with the design.

Sue Waller, 45 – Hometown: Boston, MA; Resides in Brooklyn, NY

Current occupation?
Designer!

Strengths as a designer?
Originality, quality of work.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
YES! Why not?!

Timothy Westbrook, 24- Hometown: Wanakena, NY; Resides in Milwaukee, WI

Current occupation?
I am currently the proprietor of Timothy Westbrook Studio. I am my own boss and look at the space as an artist studio. I have 10 college apprentices who I am training in my studio. My team also includes a Director of Media Relations. We a presenting a fashion show September 21 at the Milwaukee Public Museum, which is essentially Milwaukee’s Museum of Natural History.

Strengths as a designer?
I’m ready for anything and I know my voice. I never hear “no,” I only hear of one more way I can’t do it, which in the long run means there must be another new solution. I have a naive optimism and a never-ending supply of adrenaline and excitement, passion and devotion to myself, my goals and those around me. I am not competitive. I understand that in order to make yourself look good you should not focus on making others look bad.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Absolutely! I think that I can win “Project Runway” as long as I have the opportunity to create a collection in my own comfort zone with my resources. The series is meant to challenge you and ask you to step outside of a typical working situation. Luckily I’m used to working multiple 15-hour days in a row, with limited construction resources, cameras in my face, and people relentlessly asking me questions about what I’m doing. I think that the next big American designer has to rethink fashion. I don’t think that the next top designer can depend on aesthetics alone. Urban mining is an important facet of material sourcing for any designer of the future.

 

 

[Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke/Lifetime]

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  • snarkykitten

    At this point, I’m just going to pick favorites based on Hotness. Helen & Ken are winning

    • DailyDose

      I m gonna pick whoever looks like a designer. Miranda Kay Levy looks like Edith Head, so maybe she is winning.

      • MoHub

        So far, I’m liking Miranda, just because her music choices include the Andrews Sisters and Buddy Holly.

        • snarkykitten

          Liking her more for that too. :)

        • Rand Ortega

          Am I terrible for thinking Miranda looks like a drag Sarah Silverman? I do respect her music choices particularly the Andrew Sisters, but I’m concerned she’ll lean toward a rockabilly vibe & be another Kenley (hide the cats!).

          • JDreesen

            not that terrible; i was thinking drag Parker Posey, but via her character on Louie (so i may actually be the terrible one here). no offense to Miranda, of course. or…offense. whichever.

            you know what, i decided on offense. how does that saying go? “he who cannot hang with the comedic genius of Louis C.K…..can go fuck himself.” or something like that. i may be paraphrasing. and quoting myself.

          • Rand Ortega

            The wisdom of the ages. Louis C.K. makes me wet myself he’s so funny.

    • MoHub

      I read all the Q&As on the Lifetime site and find I’m judging based on movie and literary preferences and who each saysis his or her favorite past designer. One has already lost me by picking Anya.

      • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

        I was baffled at Anya’s win. She excelled in the verbal description of design. I know that sewing isn’t everything, but someone who just learned to sew shouldn’t win.

    • Scott Fitler

      I’m basing it on shoe choice alone… Miss Westbrook is ahead.

    • TropiCarla

      I wholeheartedly support this strategy. I use it as much as possible in everyday life. I also think Ken is winning.

  • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

    Exhausting. Especially that last kid.
    I guess, it’s poor form to walk away from the original thing that brought you here, but I don’t see how you TLo, and the other BKs who still watch PR, can bring yourselves to do it.

    • Call me Bee

      TLo is the only reason any of us still hang around.

      • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

        And our fellow bitter Kittens. Without each other what do we have?

        • l_c_ann

          Without each other…..nearly comatose Thursday nights. (and a lot fewer laughs and smiles.)

        • tb

          And hopefully The Lounge? Save my seat please.

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            Without question, M’dear.

          • tb

            ugh-I hate my hair in this picture!

      • jjfg

        Exactly. You gotta pay to play, watch the show (in whole or in part) so you can appreciate/participate in the commentary here, which is generally more fun than the show itself.

    • Lucía Gavello

      It’s like they picked a bunch of random people based solely on their fucked up shoes. I mean, Alexander’s are ugly, Alexandria’s are hiddy, Brandon’s are butt ugly, Helen’s I CAN’T EVEN, Ken’s are cray cray, Sue’s are frumpy and Timothy, darling, if you’re gonna go the stiletto route for “shock value” you have to do better than those horrible things.

      Why do I bother you say? Because I’m afraid those shoes are going to be the only thing worth commenting on this season.

      • largishbearishAtlish

        A new challenge- design your outfit around the other designers crazy, ugly ass shoes! Lots of snippy comments in the work room, one designer sobbing “I didn’t know it was going to be this HARD”, 2 camera whores, a budding show-mance, a designer who can’t work a sewing machine, and a guest judge from a tv show none of us have heard of/seen before (and who is higher than a kite).

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        I LOVE Ken’s shoes! I want him to win entirely based on those.

        • iheartnarwhals

          Agreed. I would wear those fabulous Mardi Gras loafers in a heartbeat.

          • NYCGlamourpuss

            Threesies!

      • snarkykitten

        I’ve seen better shoes at TJMAXX than what Timothy is wearing

      • kim bunchalastnames

        i think ken’s shoes are kind of fabulous.

      • MartyBellerMask

        Who says Timothy is going for shock value? I know men who love to wear women’s shoes. I’ll admit, Timothy’s are pretty awful. But not necessarily meant to shock.

        • formerlyAnon

          Yeah. Especially for someone trying to be “memorable” the first week of PR.

          I wish the photograph and his ensemble had been better planned to show off the fact that he’s wearing a tail coat (if that’s the correct nomenclature).

    • kim bunchalastnames

      he says he can win “as long as I have the opportunity to create a collection in my own comfort zone with my resources.” … he’s pretty much one of those people who have never watched the show, then.

  • ushoda

    where’s the weirdo? i’m not seeing a REAL weirdo in here!…. now i’m sad

    • rougeort

      To me, all these people look like weirdoes. Judging by their own outfits there isn’t a single person on this page who looks like they have any fashion aesthetic.

      • MoHub

        The majority are also rejects from past seasons, including some who’ve applied as many as three times. Some didn’t even make it past the application process.

    • MoHub

      What about timothy? He’s wearing women’s gold platform sandals with 6-inch stiletto heels. Also, if you read the Q&As on the Lifetime site, you’ll find Karen keeps using the adjective amazo, which may not be weird, but it’s certainly off-putting.

      • Adriana

        They’re trying to coin their catchphrases early this season…

        • MoHub

          Well, there will never be another “hot tranny mess.”

          • Eric Stott

            What would they say if a contestant was a very sexy transsexual who made a horrendous dress?

          • MoHub

            I believe Christian Siriano has that phrase copyrighted. LOL

          • Ramon Figueroa

            As well as his lady wrestler name: Feroscia Coutura. That imp was one of the best personalities that show ever had.

          • formerlyAnon

            Don’t know what they’d *say*, but I’m all for a very sexy any-sexual who can get that across on the screen, just for a little change. Seems like there’s only one or two real lookers per season, and the stress of competition pretty much kills any chance they have of emoting anything but bitchiness, panic, despair or faux-confidence.

      • PeaceBang

        She obviously watches a lot of Rachael Ray. Yumm-o! *finger gun to head*

      • boweryboy

        At least she isn’t saying “Totes Amaze”. Equally off-putting.

        • MoHub

          Well she hasn’t said it yet. Give her time.

      • tb

        Just actually forced myself to watch this actually and actually after watching this amazing video of her apartment actually wondered why she chose not to actually dry her amazingly wet hair because actually didn’t she have an amazing heads up someone was dropping by to actually film her actually walking through her amazing apartment, actually?

        • MoHub

          I see what you did there.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      Maybe the one they bring back from a previous season will be the weirdo. Frokemon, or something… Daniel Franco for a THIRD time!! Ha ha ha ha ha!

      • MoHub

        The returnee is either Kate, Ra’Mon, or Valerie. viewer voting has been going on all spring.

        • formerlyAnon

          Isn’t Ra’Mon the one whose neoprene dress Tim (snarkily) bought at auction to give Heidi because she said in judging that she’d wear it? And there’s never been any evidence that she has?

          Oh lord, can I go vote for him still? I’ll go to Lifetime and brave their shittastic site visitor interfaces if it means that dress might come home to roost.

          • MoHub

            Tim bought it for Nina, not Heidi. To date, no one knows whether Nina has actually put it on.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

            I thought I read (in one of his books?) that Tim never actually gave it to her because it was so unfinished, and is sitting in a box at the bottom of his closet.

          • formerlyAnon

            I haven’t read his book(s) (I know, bad little PR fan, but there honestly are just not enough hours!), but if so what better use of bringing the designer back than having it fitted to Nina and finished?

          • Kit_W

            Of course not. It was also the one that was died in the toilet bowl I believe.

          • MoHub

            I think the word you’re looking for is dyed.

          • formerlyAnon

            But in context of the episode, one can’t really be sure!

          • Kit_W

            Ha! indeed it is. But I sometimes think a little piece of Tim Gunn also died that day.

          • MoHub

            I think Tim gave up the ghost when he was made a producer. However, Nina’s praise for that dress probably negated any respect he might have had for Ms. Garcia.

          • formerlyAnon

            Oh thanks for correcting me! It’s even *better* if it would come home to roost at Ms. Garcia’s judging stool.

      • http://kathrynb.net/ Kate Borbas

        Where did you go Daniel Franco, oh where did you go-ooohh…

  • KayEmWhy

    Dirty newspaper pants, I can’t.

    • Eric Stott

      sad thing is, they’re the only interesting print in the bunch. Might have made a nice dress- but pants?

    • charlotte

      Newspaper clothing should be left to Leslie Knope.

      • MoHub

        If one is doing a production of Through the Looking-Glass, there’s always the man in the newspaper suit whom Alice meets on the train.

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        Or Ivy Winters.

    • boweryboy

      I kind of like them. If they were a simple straight legged slim cut I would seriously considering buying a pair for going out…when I do … which is hardly ever.

  • hughman

    Oh for god’s sake. Just lock them in Open Mic night in a Williamsburg bar and set the whole thing on fire. Of course you can’t have pretension without tension so I guess they know their roles already. Blerg.

    • muzan-e

      omg! that would be amazo!

      It’s okay to go ahead and just shoot me right now.

  • Mary Nease

    Well there’s a guy from my home state. Go NC?

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      I have two from Florida. Which supports my theory that the flakes filter out to the bottom of the glass or country as it were.

    • formerlyAnon

      I am not sure what it means, but a design professor at NC State might have dressed EXACTLY like that, especially the cap and right down to the shoes, in 1979 or 1980, two years I spent in Raleigh at NC State. An untenured assistant professor prossibly would have skipped the leather(?) wristbands/bracelet until he did tenure, that’s the only difference.

      1979, appallingly enough, was 34 years ago. Have we gone full circle, stylistically, or are there just some sub-genres of fashion that never change?

  • Toby Ziegler

    I just can’t with this show anymore.

  • Latin Buddy

    I miss the seasons where you had Kara Saun, Jay, Jillian, Rami, Siriano, Laura B., Chloe. Nobody from the last few seasons makes the top list of great designers.

    • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

      Irina Shabayeva.

      • MoHub

        No, please! Not Meana Irina. If anything, that was the beginning of the downslide.

        • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

          Everybody has an opinion.

    • MoHub

      Latin Buddy, I find it interesting that all your picks are from the Bravo years. definitely says something about the move to Lifetime.

  • formerlyAnon

    Oooooohhhhhh Noooooooo.

    I just. just. can’t. Not yet.

    Is it my imagination or do they look, collectively, as if “my-friend-the-wannabe-stylist” was more often brought in to style them for the photoshoot than in most seasons?

    I will admit, that as a group, the shoes are more interesting. Not necessarily right, just more . . . interesting.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      It does seem that Season 12 has been spat out of the chute too darn close onto the heels of Season Team 11, eh?

      • BP180

        Ugh, definitely. Lifetime, why won’t you give me a little time to MISS Runway before you start jamming it down my throat again.

        • Ginny Ellsworth

          Because Heidi is going to have four kids to get through college.

          • Rand Ortega

            BOOM.

          • Eric Stott

            Her baby clothes line isn’t going to pay the bills?

          • l_c_ann

            Her perfume lines aren’t going to pay the bills?

          • formerlyAnon

            Between her and Seal, they could probably buy each one a college outright.

      • formerlyAnon

        Honestly NDC, it’s only the excuse to chat with my fellow Bitter Kittens about it that I am looking forward to at the moment. I imagine my interest will perk up some once there are garments and gratuitous drama by which to be appalled.

        • NYCGlamourpuss

          The Bitter Kittens bring the snark and the funny. It’s the best reason to hang around here during PR season.

      • EveEve

        Since Mad Men is ending >sob< this will get me back into the Lounge at least. More virtual drinking!

    • PeaceBang

      Justin LeBlanc looks like Santino 2.0.

      • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

        He looks older than 29.

      • Spicytomato1

        Everyone looks like Some Former Contestant 2.0 to me, every time. I get deja vu at the start of the seasons because the “types” are all there. Although there doesn’t seem to be an older woman, a la Peach, does there?

        • Sweetbetty

          Sue Waller is 45 (Peach was 50 in her season) but doesn’t seem to have been made in the Peach mold at all.

  • Knightley

    Geez, that last guy nearly gave us a novel and looks like he could be the shit-stirrer this season.

    • Eric Stott

      He’s got a pretentious attitude – at least it’s a contrast to the usual faux cheerful attitude

  • formerlyAnon

    Also: is that REALLY the exact same question mark graphic used in the late, unlamented “Mystery Date” board game? 1965 version?

    • kim bunchalastnames

      … *I* lamented it. lol.

      • formerlyAnon

        Hahaha. I had a deep and inexplicable LOVE for the mechanics of the game board (opening the door was honestly a big thrill), but I remember getting bored with the game itself almost immediately.

        I suspect if we’d been old enough to break out the wine and get creative with it, it would have had hilarious possibilities.

  • MilaXX

    Well this is interesting. Lots of added twist to the new season. Of course I’m going to root for the hometown gal. Two things I notice so far. 1) Lifetime *really* wants a brown person to win. I can’t recall ever seeing this many African American designers in a single season. 2) This season’s designer all have really interesting taste in foot wear.

    • MoHub

      One gal is actually from Africa.

      • l_c_ann

        Being FROM Africa didn’t help Korto.

        • MoHub

          No. But I’m just saying that not all black people are African American. In fact, a few years ago, I nearly choked when a newscaster referred to black students in France as African American. And I also remember Anthony on Shear Genius. who was a black Englishman, referring to “African-American hair.”.

    • UsedtobeEP

      Thank you! My, but it was all sounding cynical up there. We are getting ready to lose MM TLounge, so I for one am glad PR is back, and with More Tim!! OK, so it’s been on a long time, and it’s still one Lifetime, with all the issues that brings, but hey, it isn’t like we are all being forced to watch Dance Moms. In fact, it seems like TPTB have been hanging out at the Lounge, and have decided to add their own version.

    • julia / xandra

      Huh? There are three black contestants which is only one more than they usually have.

      • MilaXX

        Maybe it’s me getting my hopes up at the sight of one extra.

  • Sharon O’Rourke Frenz

    I have a reason to watch it. Miranda Kay Levy is from a small town near me and we have mutual friends. I had no idea she would be on, though! It’s worth it to follow!

    • Call me Bee

      Cool. I only know Wilton as the place to stop halfway between Elroy and Sparta on the bike trail. I am excited to see two MKE designers in one season.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      Does she walk around town with a crop? Because she looks like she does. All the time.

      • Sharon O’Rourke Frenz

        Er..not in WIlton. It’s a farm type town. However, she mentions being in the military. There is a large military base near here where many of the kids enlist and do their service. I appreciate her for that.

        • MoHub

          Well, she’s living in Milwaukee now, so she might be able to get away with a little more edge.

    • Rand Ortega

      That’s always fun! Woot Woot!

  • Laylalola

    First impression: REALLY not impressed with any of their personal styles here. (I’ll have to read through the text later.)

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    my home town is double represented…GO MILWAUKEE!

  • majorbedhead

    Yay, more Tim Gunn! Maybe that will help. (I know, I’m grasping at straws here.)

    And is there SERIOUSLY a show called Supermarket Superstars?? What the hell is that about? Should I even ask?

    • Tess Danesi

      I feel like googling it but shudder to think what I’ll find.

      • majorbedhead

        Right? There’s not enough Franzia in the WORLD that could erase that from my brain.

    • snarkykitten

      All I can imagine is it’s a fashion show with the winners of Supermarket Sweep as the designers

    • nyll18

      They should just cut the BS and call her George Clooney’s girlfriend. That’s her real claim to fame.

      • Sweetbetty

        I have an inexplicable like for Stacy Keibler. She seems like the only one of Clooney’s GFs who wouldn’t just fall off the map if they broke up.

    • Eric Stott

      I’m a bit worried about Gunn being in the judging. I don’t want to witness him drinking the kool aid and conforming

      • formerlyAnon

        Yeah. I believe he deserves to walk away from this when it all grinds to a halt with as big a pay-off as he can get, given how central he was at its start (and didn’t even get paid the first season!). But I REALLY don’t want to have to watch many, many minutes of dis-associated Puppet Tim every week.

      • Spicytomato1

        Yes. I wish Tim would walk away while his dignity is still intact.

    • Rand Ortega

      Is that all the currency being George Clooney’s “girlfriend” gets you these days? It used to at least get you a movie roll. The times, they are a changin’.

      • marlie

        His last ex got a stint on Dancing With the Stars. Let’s see what happens for Stacey after they break up.

        • Rand Ortega

          Given this gig, I’m guessing a hosting stint on “Celebrity Rehab”.

    • Sweetbetty

      I took the challenge and here’s what Supermarket Superstars is all about: Features aspiring food entrepreneurs pitching their food-product
      inventions to a panel of industry experts, with the ultimate victor
      receiving a nationwide launch in a major grocery-store chain.

  • Tess Danesi

    Based on personal style alone, I have no hope for Karen Batts.

    “My fabric choices, use of color and print designs and tailoring” she says, while dressed in floral scrubs.

    • Eric Stott

      She might be this season’s Peach – a nice gal with limited skills.

      • MoHub

        More like Becky. Peach is actually middle-aged; Becky was young but with an older aesthetic. Karen is only in her 20s but reads 50.

        • Eric Stott

          I wasn’t thinking so much of the age as the general attitude and aesthetic.

          • MoHub

            I’m just saying that Peach’s age gave her a certain “right’ to her aesthetic, whereas Becky’s aesthetic skewed far older than her years, much as I’m seeing with Karen.

    • quiltrx

      And don’t forget that visible bra strap. That sealed her doom for me.

      • Spicytomato1

        That’s bad but what sealed her doom for me instantly was THOSE SHOES. At first I thought she might be wearing them ironically but upon closer inspection I think not.

    • MandyM

      I was going to post exactly that. Lovely color, print and tailoring in that Supercuts smock she’s got on.

    • Darren Nesbitt

      Send her home now.

  • MilaXX

    Dom’s gonna get lots of Fresh Prince jokes. Sad that it’s another Duchess less season

  • Paula Pertile

    The guy in the high heels. Or the tweedy guy. The baby sitter will go home first.

  • Donna Tabor

    Bradon McDonald for the win!

    “Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?

    There is a very slight chance that I could win, as long as the other 15
    designers are blind and/or quit the show before the finale.”

    • Eric Stott

      I’ll root for him because he’s from Lowville NY – even smaller than where I grew up.

      • largishbearishAtlish

        and the red beard, yummmmm….

        • Eric Stott

          A full beard instead of sculpted designer stubble

          • formerlyAnon

            a-MEN

    • cowper

      Let’s hear it for a little self-deprecation!

    • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

      A winner MUST be able to picture winning. This guy is joking; and his joking is cute. When people say, “I didn’t expect to get this far,” they had programmed themselves not to win. You can see by these photos above that some of these designers lack confidence: Timothy and Karen will probably leave early in the show. Helen might be too rebellious. Justin and Bradon look super confident, maybe difficult to work with. Alexander looks like he’s a sweet guy, maybe too nice. (Guessing involves assumptions.)

    • joything

      I posted the same thing downthread. Refreshing!

    • TheAmericaness

      Amen. Only answer I went for.

  • Eric Stott

    What is it with all the tattoos on women these days? It puzzles me.

    • formerlyAnon

      I think that IS exactly the point. There’s something about the permanent (well, nowadays, sort of) body altering nature of a tattoo that either appeals or repels. For most people, that visceral draw is more important, really, than the nature of the actual tattoo, I think.

      Plus, the knowledge that some people will feel the antithesis of that draw can be a plus for some. There’s really not much that was once edgy which can still get a reaction these days. I remember when the slightly older brothers of my friends were actually getting thrown out of the family home for refusing to cut their hair.

      • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

        Some people have tats to get negative attention, or to shock people. (Please don’t anyone throw tomatoes at me. I’m making some generalizations.) Someone might want to share nice tattoos with their peers but still enjoy annoying others (like parents). I have a friend who likes to be different to shock people. I think once an individual dresses completely for herself or himself without being in rebel mode, that person will be more grounded and together. The designer above with the tats looks cute. But it will be interesting to see if she’s an angry person with an attitude. I’m just sayin’….

    • MilaXX

      Tats are in. Very much so.

  • JasmineAM

    Finally someone from Birmingham, AL. Im rooting for my fellow Alabamian.

    • mechanical_orange

      Me too! I’m so excited!

    • myristica_fragrans

      he has the best shoes!

  • Eric Stott

    “I am currently the proprietor of Timothy Westbrook Studio. I am my own boss and look at the space as an artist studio. I have 10 college apprentices who I am training in my studio.”

    Translation: I have no money and no income so I depend on free labor.

    Looks as if he’s wearing his mother’s castoffs.

    • charlotte

      “If I’m working on a particular collection, I will
      watch documentaries that inspire it. I’ve been watching a lot of
      dinosaur documentaries lately.”
      Oh my.

      • MoHub

        More like “Oh myyy!” Thank you, George Takei!

  • Call me Bee

    So nice to be back with my Bitter Kitten Unborn Fawn buds.
    This looks like a fairly normal bunch with not too many odd affectations (save for the guy with the high heels. Really?) I am stoked that not one but TWO designers are from good ol’ Beertown! Also stoked about more Tim Gunn. He can only improve the judging process.

  • Samuel Joesph Donovan

    That last guy is giving me hives…there’s a barbie with a stapled together dress in his portfolio.

    Other than that, this year seems pretty competent, if a little unoriginal, as always. Kahindo is my favorite automatically for going there: “YO, it’s been 12 seasons; where’s the diversity in this winner’s circle?” And for using print.

  • http://heartprintandstyle.com/ Vivi N

    If you’re gonna wear high heels at least wear some good fitting TAILORED jeans to go with it….Timothy!
    Dude with the newspaper pants? Nah.

    Ken’s shoes are amazing. In fact, I’m digging his whole look.

    I’m pulling for the voted returnee to win. Especially, if it’s Ramon.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      I KNOW Vivi! Mom jeans with those shoes? Really? What kind of closet drag queen is he? Own it sistah if you wanna do it at all.

      • formerlyAnon

        Honest to god, my thought was “Those look like the jeans I buy from Goodwill in the lean years. Why?, why?, why?” (And I AM both a mom and over 50.)

        • UsedtobeEP

          They probably cost a fortune, is the sad thing.

      • Rand Ortega

        WERD!

      • MilaXX

        I think Timothy may be one of those fashion flexible gays like Derek J. who just like wearing high heels. Alexander on the other hand I new was a drag queen, the minute I saw those eye brows.

        • MoHub

          Timothy needs to consult with Eddie Izzard as to how to do it right.

      • Anathema_Device

        My dearest Kilted, have you seen this? Truly a gem:

        http://hipsterswhodresslikejackie.tumblr.com/

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          A gem indeed, my darling Anathema. I had to almost force myself to stop laughing. But really, who has time to collect all this ephemera? lol

          • Anathema_Device

            I know. I feel I spend too much on pointless internet stuff, but i am very glad others do have the time to devote to entertaining me!!

          • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

            I do in fact thank many assorted deities, real and imagined, for those who have the leisure to gather such delicious silliness so that later, thee and me can delight in it.

        • MoHub

          Well, I just spit my coffee.

    • Rand Ortega

      Re: Dude w/ the newspaper pants. Confession: I own the identical shirt. & it’s Galliano.
      (Hangs head in shame)

      • formerlyAnon

        No shame. I am positive you wear it better. Just from your critiques/comments here.

        • Rand Ortega

          Daw! Such a sweet thing to say! Made my day!

  • tonibaloney

    Helen’s cloven hooves are giving me awake nightmares.

    • janegray

      I was hoping I was hallucinating that.

    • poggi

      I know. I find her footwear pretty disturbing. I guess camel toe on your feet is better than elsewhere, but not by much.

    • marlie

      OMG, now I can’t UN-see them.

  • Annabelle

    I’m eager for Season 12 to begin. Anyone else notice they’re all about the same height?

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    I am astonished, (though I suppose I shouldn’t be) that there is not a single designer pictured who has troubled to make sure that their clothes fit them perfectly. Some allowance can be made for any of the off the rack stuff, but many of them are obviously wearing their own work, and it isn’t working cause it isn’t fitting right.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Newspaper pants! Atrocious!

    • meowing

      Yeah, the woman who said she designs to accentuate a woman’s body (can’t be bothered to scroll up and find out who): outfit isn’t exactly doing her any favors. Or does she means “accentuate” in a bad way?

    • MilaXX

      I dunno, looking at the videos some of them were big label queens.

  • Toto Maya

    Are we still doing this? I never thought I would miss a season of PR, but I didn’t watch last season and it was honestly lovely. Have fun those of you who are still putting up with the damn thing.

    • Spicytomato1

      I didn’t watch least season either…but I’m feeling myself being pulled back in, if only because my only show, Mad Men, is about to close out another season…

  • sleepycat

    If Tim (the contestant and yes I am lazy) can get on Project Runway, then clearly I can because we both have a similar drawing style. Although I have better taste and my design portfolio was better presented. Alas theatre design didn’t work out, but I am in a field that makes me way happier, if not slightly more stressed.

  • OrigamiRose

    Project Runway’s legion of fans will be able to interact with viewers across the country in real-time during each episode through the new interactive on-screen feature, PlayRunway, empowering fans to use their smartphones, tablets and computers to share their reactions to episode storylines, design challenges and decisions by judges Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen, and mentor Tim Gunn.

    Translation: “There’s be a metric shit ton of text running on a crawl during the show that doesn’t interest you, but hey, #Tweets are trending!”

    Christ on a cracker, I bloody loathe “interactive” crap all over the screen when I’m trying to watch a program.

    • largishbearishAtlish

      or worse, when they school a bunch of crap and cover up what is being SAID….grrrrr

      • OrigamiRose

        It’s almost like they are trying to kill the beast at this point; wasn’t the interactive stuff the (long overdue) death knell for America’s Next Top Model? Not that I’ve watched it since the season with the legally blind model who fell off the runway but I still follow the news ;)

        On the bright side, Tim with more power? I’m cool with that. Guest judges? Ugh. Who *are* those people? Can they not get a Nicole Kidman or Anne Hathaway-caliber actress who I: a) know; b) respect for her style and; c) would expect some elevated critiques from?

        • snarkykitten

          Hey, don’t knock Sigourney Weaver. I don’t know what she has to do with fashion, but I might actually watch the ep where she guest judges. (please let it be a scifi challenge!)

          • OrigamiRose

            Oh shoot, my apologies – I overlooked her name. You’re totally right that she’s not to be knocked. I fixated on those names that mean little or nothing to me – Kaley Cuoco, Alison Williams, Kate Bosworth.

            Yes, definitely, more Sigourney-types! :)

          • Rand Ortega

            Sci Fi Challenge– My heart just skipped a beat. That would be epic!

          • MoHub

            She might be the token middle-aged judge for the “real woman” challenge.

            I’ve actually been hoping for a challenge with real models over age 50 to demonstrate age-appropriate but still killer design but without “hobbling” the designers with an assortment of body types.

          • OrigamiRose

            I think you’re onto something and have a great idea; if only the producers were listening :(

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      “Episode storylines” gets me. They aren’t even pretending that they don’t shape the narrative.

      • Darren Nesbitt

        Yes, they’ve been reading TLO and they don’t want to Auf designers in an order we don’t approve of.

    • decormaven

      I’m not a tweeter, but I am tempted to tweet some bizarre stuff just to play with these people. Way to run a beautiful concept into the ground all the way to China. What the f does any of this have to with design?

      • OrigamiRose

        Ha ha ha! I like your way of thinking :)

        • decormaven

          Don’t tempt me. “I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part!”

          • OrigamiRose

            I don’t like many people but I like you :)

          • decormaven

            Aww, thanks so much. Back at you.

  • Anathema_Device

    I was groaning over the gimmicks (viewer interaction, redemption designer, the godawful phrase “fan-addict”), but damn if they didn’t pique my interest with Tim sitting in on the judging and rescuing one designer. I thought i was done with this show, but Tim might bring me back.

    As for these designers? Eh, who knows. Can’t really tell until I see them in action.

  • Qitkat

    They’ve stolen the TLounge! How manic will that be?

    But I love Tim’s increased participation.

    Hmm, who interests me?
    Justin, exactly what a professor of design would be presumed to look like, I just like his vibe.
    Kahindo, that skirt says it all.
    Timothy, a “best little boy”? Impressive resumé.

    Who will have control issues?
    Jeremy, *I* *I* *I*, such a pity he’s not ambitious ; /

    Who doesn’t interest me?
    Karen, in over her head, sounds a bit ingenuous.

    Battle of the Tattoos:
    Helen and Miranda, major attitude, neither one suffers fools; they will both butt heads with Sue, who might have her shit together, but will have “that” stigma as the oldest contestant.

    Interesting personal style:
    Alexander and Ken, great shoes; Bradon, the sardonic one.

    The Heartbreaker:
    Sandro has this in the bag. And cool pants.

    The Wild Card:
    Dom, cute dress, but she may also be in over her head.

    The Cool Girls:
    Alexandria and Angela, good skills to bring to the competition.

    Of course, this is all superficial, I haven’t looked at their portfolios yet. But fun!
    Damn you, Project Runway! too soon to be sucked back in!

    • demidaemon

      On Karen–really should have stuck with just self-employed fashion designer. Part-time babysitter does not a good first impression make.

      • MoHub

        And she has two “amazo” kitties! Lost me as soon as I read that in her Q&A. Not the cats, mind you, but that horrible adjective.

    • Kate Andrews

      Angela has some really great designs — and she can sew leather, which means she can probably do anything. She’s from Richmond and so am I, so I’m rooting for her. VCU, her alma mater, has a great fashion school. Lots of talented, successful grads.

  • rainwood1

    More Tim is a good move or at least I hope it is. And they better not bring back someone annoying from a previous season. Those voting blocs can wreak havoc.

    And I’m in total denial that someone dating Clooney is going to host something called Supermarket Superstar. George, for the love of God, aim higher!

    As for the designers, I just scrolled past them. I’ll wait to be surprised or whatever.

  • rainwood1

    Oh, and given how the prize is structured, the winner is going to have to use all the money just to pay the taxes on the rest of the stuff.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vitantonio.dambrosio Vitantonio Bino D’Ambrosio

    Oh, man… here we go again!
    There’s not ime to miss the show, is there?

  • demidaemon

    I like the army girl best. Some of these people already need to shut up. Not sure about the new “gimmicks.” Seems a bit forced. Enh, I’ll still watch.

  • CommentsByKatie

    Oh, Jesus. I have faithfully watched since the beginning and this is the first season I’m finally feeling fed up with; I’m greeting it with exhaustion instead of excitement. I’m not sure I’m ready to watch this mess again.

  • Adriana

    The guy who said he might win if all the other contestants drop out our go blind? I’m rooting for him.

    • Jessica Freeman

      My sentiment exactly. Someone who had fun with the answer.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    Will RuPaul’s Drag Race once again be more watchable this season than PR?

    Discuss.

    • iheartnarwhals

      I certainly take the contestants a lot more seriously on RPDR.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Brandon is only slightly more appealing for his answer to the ridiculous “do you think you can win project runway?” What else are they supposed to say besides yes.

  • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for this nice preview. :-)

    I think they’re smart to give Tim a bigger role. They are putting his talents to good use.

    I don’t like the idea of social media involved in the judging. I think this waters the judging down. I’m not watching a TV program on design to see what someone from home thinks.

    How the designers style themselves can be somewhat telling. Why or why would Timothy wear those awful shoes? I have a good feeling about Laurence, Justin, Bradon and maybe Angela. I like a bow tie on a man, the right man. I’m hoping that one of the contestants from the last season will return (can’t think of her name). She got booted off for her prom dress design. The judges’ instructions were misleading.

    • Ginny Ellsworth

      That would be Kate. With Tu.

      • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

        Thank you, Ginny. I thought she got burned because the judges asked the designers to make something that a prom girl would actually wear, and that is what she did. That whole challenge was a gamble for all the designers because there was no guidance from the judges. In fact, I might be wrong, but I think Tim suggested to the winning design (while they were still working) that it wasn’t what the judges were looking for. I thought Kate was a good designer. I hope that she is the one who gets to come back.

      • MoHub

        Kate might well be back.

    • MilaXX

      Besides the fact that they are being worn by a guy, I think the shoes are pretty fierce.

  • MK03

    My vote for most annoying: Stiletto McBuzzwords up there. My vote for worst designs: Him plus the dogsitter and the babysitter.

    • MilaXX

      If you watch the video on Lifetime, he actually appears to be one of the more skilled and established designers. I can’t wait to see what he does on the show, because his textiles in the video were interesting

      • MK03

        Don’t forget, though, Patricia was a talented textile designer but she couldn’t make clothes worth a shit,

        • MilaXX

          I dunno, watching his video made me think he has a lot more on the ball than Patricia. Also let’s not forget Patricia made it to top 3.

        • EveEve

          yeah, (maybe) … but she made it to the finals. see also: Anya. It will be what it wil be. Talent may or may not matter.

  • Kwei-lin Lum

    There are two cute but slightly off-putting red-haired men, one from NY and the other from LA. Is this a competition in the works? I’m way out of the TV advertising demographic now so pickings for tube-watching are slim. I’m looking forward to how these pretty people design under crazy pressures, despite predetermined winners. At least many are genuinely trying to make clothes, and it’s better entertainment than Funniest Home Videos and Housewives.

  • http://theondioline.wordpress.com/ Ondioline

    Alexander Pope is looking great for being 325 years old!

    • MoHub

      “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing …”

  • snarkykitten

    oh my god I just realizes who Karen is. She’s Karen Brewster all growed up. She’s dropped gigogundly good and started using amazo. Shit, she’s even a babysitter!

  • joanna dash

    Why is everyone in the group shot exactly the same height??

    I want those newspaper pants in the worst way, my god. Dying right now. I also love Alexandria’s jeans. Give!

    Not a fan of Kahindo’s vagina patches.

    • alyce1213

      It’s not a group shot. It’s their individual shots photoshopped together to make a group and for some reason, they made them all the same height.

      • MoHub

        Also, some of them are bending their knees or leaning to appear shorter.

  • joanna dash

    “Strengths as a designer?

    Fabric manipulation, embellishment, uncommon hand-sewing techniques.”

    Here’s hoping Bradon isn’t this season’s Patricia. I already have a crush on him and his manbeard.

    • MoHub

      He named Patricia Michaels as his favorite pas PR designer, so he may well be her male fashion clone.

  • quiltrx

    It’s hilarious how opinionated I can become from just a picture and a tiny blurb. I don’t think I’m going to be watching (again) this year, but I will keep up here. You might be able to drag me in if they’re all as batshit as I’m hoping.
    First impressions…admittedly I tuned out on a lot of these blurbs based on not liking the image of the person LOL. But with just this and no research, I like Bradon. He has a wry smile, awesome shoes, and knows he will only win if everyone else dies. :)

  • MartyBellerMask

    Oh, wow. They really needed these new elements. Smart of the show to pep it up. I might actually give it another chance!

  • SophieCollier

    Babysitter goin’ home. If THAT is her idea of fashion… oy.

  • Bethany Roullett

    There won’t be a winner. I didn’t see anyone from Portland in this list.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

    Dammit! Already? I thought we were going to get a year break thanks to Heidi’s new judging gig.

    I’ll root for Dom because she used the word “hustle,” Kahindo because she makes a point, and Miranda because she looks like she will beat me to a pulp if I don’t.

    • MilaXX

      I was hoping for 6 mths, but I’ll take what I can get.

  • susan6

    I guess I’m going to vote for the professor at NC State. I’m curious as to how he finagled release from his teaching and departmental duties. I guess if it was filmed in the summer its OK, but you can’t just blow off a month or two during the school year (especially if you’re an assistant professor who is going up for tenure) unless you have permission from your chair.

    • alyce1213

      After a certain number of years faculty can get a sabbatical leave (I worked as a university administrator).

      • susan6

        Yeah, but he’s still an assistant professor; sabbaticals are usually only given after you’ve gotten tenure. Maybe he haggled a semester off of teaching as part of his hiring start up package.

        • alyce1213

          A sabbatical leave can be granted before tenure is granted, rank notwithstanding. Really. I worked as a university administrator.

      • formerlyAnon

        There’s probably enough variability it’s not worth speculating upon.

        He co-advised a big deal student fashion show at NCSU (Art2Wear) this spring, so he was working at that time in some capacity.

        (Insofar as I can tell from looking online, his terminal degree is a Master’s so maybe he’s not tenure track even if his title is “assistant professor.” Or “Teaching Assistant Professor” as it says on the NC State Design School web site.)

  • Shannon Campe

    Woah, Brandon needs to cool it a little with the self-deprecation…that was a bit uncomfortable.

    • asympt

      It made me laugh and it makes me root for him–he sounds fun.

      But I really enjoyed giving last season a miss and probably would really enjoy missing this one too.

      • Shannon Campe

        I don’t mind self-deprecation; it can be very funny! But I felt that he may have overdone it. He seems nice, though.

  • Shannon Campe

    Sue looks like Betsy Johnson.

  • omg_dora

    “it’s time they selected a Black (African) female winner (Moi).”

    Eh. Even if we all know it’s a crap show that doesn’t remotely seek out or reward talent, it feels like bad taste to basically say that they ought to give you the win for your ethnicity.

  • amyfromnj

    I’m picking punky Carrie Bradshaw.

  • MilaXX

    I guess they are saving it for the audition videos but so few of the designers actually showed their clothes. I’m not that invested in seeing their house except for the design space.

  • joything

    Bradon McDonald has a sense of humor that I like. “There is a very slight chance that I could win, as long as the other 15 designers are blind and/or quit the show before the finale.”

  • PeaceBang

    More Tim Gunn + fun contestants (except the Boca girl: she’s a decoy, right?) + a few hot guys = I might watch “PR” again for the first time in about six years.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    A lot of them wearing colors. I like it.

  • deitybox

    Whyyyy do they all look like douchebags?

    • kittentoes

      I think we go with the simplest answer here.

  • http://marshmallowjane.com/ marshmallowjane

    There are two designers wearing jeans with holes. These might have been stylish at one time. I don’t know what you all think, but both Jeremy and Alexandria are wearing jeans that look as though they need to be laundered. There is nothing funky about these looks. I’m digging Ken’s blue pants and his shoes. I have high hopes for Ken.

  • formerlyAnon

    O.k., I’m breaking down and reading the statements. Helen Castillo (ugly and cheap looking camel toe boots) wins for proving in the least words that she has never seen the show:

    “Strengths as a designer: Couture sewing techniques.”

    Um, no. Questionable advantage if you’re designing for mass market retail. At BEST, completely irrelevant for Project Runway. The Kiss of Death if you actually try to apply those time consuming, detail-oriented techniques to the 24 hour challenge.

  • formerlyAnon

    Without reading past what’s here, I’d say Sue Waller might be interesting. Based on her photo she’s experienced at holding her own as the oldest hipster in the room without making the mistake of dressing in the exact same way as the 20-mid 30s majority.

  • boweryboy

    Is it weird that the first thing I looked at is their shoes? And why do they always ask do you think you can win PR? Has anyone actually said no?

    And Timothy, alls I can say is, oh honey….really?

    • VCR1

      check out Braden’s answer. Kinda funny and refreshing !

      • librarygrrl64

        I’m pulling for him for that answer alone. ;-)

  • Alexis Peñafuerte Wenceslao

    The one in the highest heels is the first one out. :)

  • kittentoes

    Oh, the snowflakes are special this winter!

  • Therese Bohn

    The average age seems to be 38 here — What, no crabby seniors?

  • M. H. Leader

    I’m gonna vote for Justin for the win because he’s from NC (and I think he’s got great creds).

    Timothy is just too weird. Several others don’t have good credentials–they’re not likely to survive the short-term challenges.

    Based on experience, Alexander, Alexandria, and Andrea are all looking like good contenders.

    Kahindo and Sandro are dark horses–they might be great.
    Hottest looking males are Ken and Sandro–I like their personal style.
    And…is Miranda Kay another Kelsey???

  • bellesprit

    I love the plan to have more of Tim. Otherwise: yawn. And more yawns for the “high-profile” guest judges. There is not one in the bunch whose opinion matters to me in the slightest. Have they completely given up on the idea of actual designers as guest judges? I’ll watch a little bit to see what they’re up to and just to laugh along with TLo & kittens. If I was still a serious fan of the show, I’d feel sad and tired.

    • Supernumerary

      I feel like the ‘more Tim!’ angle is because, as you say, the show has been lagging — I’m not even a major fan, and I feel sad and tired. The past few seasons have alternated between dull, ridiculous and exhausting. More Tim is, comparatively, happy-making.

  • Ramon Figueroa

    The winning designer will sell a collection at Belk. Isn’t that kind of a step down? Sandro is gorgeous in a kind of slightly sleazy way (which I happen to like, even if I am going to be filled with shame in the morning). He seems like a gay version of Robert from season one (the good old days, so innocent). Let’s hope he has better skills. And that is a very hard .lived 28 year old. They should upgrade the price award for the winning model, even if just a little, and even if the shows no longer have as many inspiring ones.

    • MoHub

      I checked out the Belk site, and it certainly doesn’t have the cachet of L&T. More like a step back to Bluefly.

    • DuBey2

      Yes, it IS a step down. I mean, have you ever been INSIDE a Belk? They are now carrying Kate Spade bags, though, so maybe its a big re-marketing thing. Still, I would put them just slightly above (by an inch) Kohl’s and JCP. I just can’t wait to see Heidi tout this “Honor” with a straight face.

    • MoHub

      You forgot Grace and Gumby-legged Rachael in season 2.

      • Ramon Figueroa

        And Tarah, Nick’s model that Zulema stole after the MFWO. She was beautiful.

        • MoHub

          And she was replaced by Gumby-legged Rachael. However, Grace was the reason I was pulling for Chloe throughout.

          And then there’s Amanda Fields, who is a certified superstar as far as I’m concerned.

          • Ramon Figueroa

            Grace in that dress made of leaves was a vision. I don’t think those days will ever come back for this show.

          • MoHub

            Grace in the ice-skating costume was what did it for me. When she delivered that little ice skater’s kick as she retreated up the runway, she totally recruited me to her team.

  • EveEve

    Anybody else resent that they’re trying to steal the Lounge idea from TLo? The nerve. Bitter kittens unite!

  • Amy Ignatow

    FINALLY, a Moore Girl! All right Dom, do us proud.

  • Adella Thompson

    Oh my god, there’s another one? Well, although I stopped watching a few seasons back, I’m glad to have more TLo recaps

  • http://kathrynb.net/ Kate Borbas

    West Philadelphia represent! Psyched for a young Philadelphian designer to be on the show again.

  • Joe Brown

    um … is miranda a man?

    • DuBey2

      I just think she has that really strong jaw that looks like a man. I also always think this about Florence Welch, and of course, Hilary Swank. But they have mighty talent, and maybe Miranda does also. I’m rooting for her and Angela and Bradon(the humble). But I haven’t looked at any portfolios yet.

  • Kate Andrews

    Rooting for Angela — she’s my hometown girl!

  • MoHub

    It interests me that Angela, at 33, styles herself more juvenile than the designers in their 20s. Is she trying too hard to be hp?

    • Kate Andrews

      I feel like she can carry it off. At 39, I’m just saying screw it, I’m not going to dress my age. Not that I’m wearing cutoffs to work, but I’m also not wearing pantyhose.

  • GorgeousThings

    Snore….

  • jeneria

    Timothy seems all over the place. Kate Winslet, Grace Jones, Victoriana, McQueen. . .it’s hard to see how those disparate elements are going to mesh. After looking at his portfolio, I see that those shoes are his signature so it makes more sense. Actually all the younger designers seem a bit scattered.

    I like Bradon and Angela so far, based on purely superficial information.

  • Sunraya

    I’m picking. Miranda to go far, because she survived 8 years in the military, so,she is tough. She won’t whine and give up. And I like her music choices, too!

  • fiddlecub

    Did–did she say “amazo?”

    • MoHub

      Yes. Yes she did. Multiple times.

  • Kent Roby

    The last guy, Timothy, is already wearing me out. And the show itself…….so now that the “brilliant” idea of teams has been abandoned, I guess they’ll try every spin that ANTM has already used. Wake me up when they’ve finished with “PR: College Edition” and “PR: U.K. vs. U.S.”.

  • Kent Roby

    Karen Batts’ bio says nothing about why she’s in a hospital smock (with bra strap showing, no less).

  • Kent Roby

    Sandro (in the newspaper pants) is my pick to win the Unconventional Materials Challenge.

  • Julia

    “Hell yes! Haven’t you heard? Philly girls always hustle harder!” Yes. I love you already.

    Also, I appreciate Bradon’s humility. I’ve been waiting for someone to say no to that question.

  • librarygrrl64

    As with the last two (?) seasons, I will be skipping the show and living vicariously through your posts. :-)

    • DinaSews

      I envy you your strength. Like an addict, I just can’t give it up.

      • librarygrrl64

        The win for Anya raised my blood pressure so high that I was forced to quit under doctor’s orders.

  • Tracy_Flick

    I guess I’m the only one, but I still like PR and am excited to see what the new designers come up with.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I kinda have to give it up for Bradon McDonald for this gem: “There is a very slight chance that I could win, as long as the other 15 designers are blind and/or quit the show before the finale.” That right there is self-awareness, folks.

    However, I do really love Ken’s style. Making comfortable clothes totally stand out with eye-catching pops of color and patterns? Yeah, that’s my style too, so I kind of love him just based on what he’s wearing.

  • Danielle L

    Glad to see more designers who aren’t stick thin with perfect hair.

    Also, “Amazo”.

  • Lisa Hager

    Super-excited that my friend Timothy Westbrook is one of the designers! He does some amazing work with re-purposing materials in fabric design, which I hope will serve him well on PR.

    • Lisa Hager

      Also, many points for messing with gender binary and wearing feminine shoes in his publicity photo!

  • Shawn EH

    So far, Team Bradon. I like his complete confidence in his ineffectuality.

  • BrooklynBomber

    I just don’t know if I have it in me anymore. . .

  • kerryev

    Cautious optimism… few of them act too cool to have ever watched the show.

  • John11581

    My first thought…Oh no, not again!
    My second thought…Oh Karen honey, no. Just no. If your leading strength as a designer is your fabric choice, I hope you have a damn good explanation for what you’re wearing.

  • Robert

    The judging panel needs some color…Andre Leon Talley , Iman , Beverly Johnson, Stephen Burrow….just to name a few. A little diversity couldn’t hurt!!!

  • Johnny A Rodriguez-garcia

    Its s goinv to be bangin