Meet the Project Runway Season 13 Cast!

Posted on June 24, 2014

It’s time, darlings! Time once again to let a bedraggled gaggle of attention whores back into our lives so we can all yell at them on our couches!

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Yes, the premiere of Project Runway season 13 is a month away and y’know? We’re ready for it. We needed a good long break after season 12, which is why we paid not a bit of attention to any Project Runway spinoffs, from All-Stars to Tim Gunn’s Amateur Hour. So we find ourselves in the somewhat unique position (for us) of being less burned out on Project Runway than the majority of its fanbase is likely to be at the moment. We can’t guarantee we won’t get annoyed at some point, but for now, give us some Heidi, Nina and Tim to see us through our summer.

And in the mean time, let’s all sharpen our claws and prejudge this year’s batch o’ wannabes. Who’s going to be the cryer? The crazy one? The screamer? The other crazy one? The bitch? The sassy one? The other bitch? Make your predictions now, kittens!

 

 

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Alexander Knox
22 – Hometown: Kankakee, IL; Resides in Chicago, IL
Current occupation?
Stylist at Scotch & Soda.
Weaknesses as a designer?
My inability to use bright colors is my weakness that I am working hard to overcome.
Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
I know I can win “Project Runway.” I’m bringing the experimental edge this season and through my vision and ambition I will be the last man standing.

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Angela Sum
32 – Hometown: Toronto, Canada; Resides in Torrance, CA
Current occupation?
Computer Engineer/Programmer. Just recently left a job doing technical work for an investment bank.
What’s your design training/schooling, etc.?
I took miscellaneous courses at night when I could in Toronto during my computer internship semesters at Humber College and Ryerson University. But mainly I learned on my own through my own projects to start. When I moved to NYC, I started taking night classes at FIT. In 2009, I enrolled at FIT full time, for a one-year accelerated fashion design associates degree.
Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
To be honest, I’m not sure. I believe I have the skills and creativity but there’s a lot of tough challenges and I could choke, or just have a bad day and get kicked off. I’m also someone that never likes to get too ahead of myself. So, all I can do is try my hardest and hope for the best.


Project-Runway-Season-13-Cast-4Carrie Sleutskaya
24 – Hometown: San Diego, CA; Resides in Los Angeles, CA
Current occupation?
I am a self-employed designer and costumer under my own label, Halcyon!
When did you realize you had designer potential?
I’d been sewing since I was 10 and thought I would be an artist, but after reading a Japanese comic book about fashion design (whose character had my name and look and eerily similar friends), the level of detail in the designs triggered something inside of me and I knew INSTANTLY that that was my path.
Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
I do. I feel I have a lot of interesting design that people want to see more of, and want to see me expand on. I absolutely love playing new levels of seaming, structure and construction and texture and feel it is MY TIME to showcase my point of view and help evolve fashion into a new era. I want people to step into my world and step out as evolved creatures. I’m really open to all aspects of design because although I have my own style, the only way to prove yourself as a versatile designer is to be fearless and willing to test boundaries, especially where you’re not comfortable. I’m aiming to show a glimpse of that through PR.

Project-Runway-Season-13-Cast-3Char Glover
37 – Hometown: Detroit, MI; Resides in Detroit, MI
Current occupation?
Cosmetology.
When did you realize you had designer potential?
When I graduated from high school, I would make mine and my friends’ clothes.
Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Yes of course! I’m what the fashion world needs: a breath of fresh air. I break all the rules. 

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Emily Payne
40 – Hometown: Temple, TX; Resides in San Francisco, CA
Current occupation?
Design my own line, leather tongue; sell to private clients; also work at Britex selling fabric.
Strengths as a designer?
Great at sewing and draping. Great eye for fabric. Work well with others. Great personal style.
Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Yes! I have the talent, drive, and the best motivation – Devon!

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Emmanuel Tobias
29 – Hometown: Dallas, TX; Resides in Dallas, TX
Current occupation?
I am the Creative Director for a private label crafting/accessories brand that sells to large fabric/craft retail chains and other mass-market retailers. I am also a part-time draping professor at a Dallas fashion school.
What are your influences?
In the past I was influenced by dark imagery, fantasy art, and spirituality, and now it is a mix that includes street culture, androgyny, fine textiles, and prints.
Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
YES. I don’t think I would ever audition if I felt I wasn’t ready to WIN. I am a very fierce competitor and I have an exceptional skill level to my craft.

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fäde zu grau
45 – Hometown: Coral Gables, FL; Resides in Coral Gables, FL
Current occupation?
Graphic designer in an advertising agency.
What’s your design training/schooling, etc.?
Self-taught and naturally talented.
Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Yes. Maybe because I have a different take on fashion than the designers I compete with.

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Hernan Lander
33 – Hometown: San Francisco De Macoris, Dominican Republic; Resides in New York, NY
Current occupation?
Fashion designer.
Weaknesses as a designer?
Sometimes it is hard for me choose one single idea. Too many ideas at the same time.
Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Yes, because I have a unique style and the experience to win in the competition.

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Jefferson Musanda
25 – Hometown: Lynn, MA; Resides in Brooklyn, NY
Current occupation?
Designer and retail.
Strengths as a designer?
Great sense of creativity, proportion, and silhouette.
Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Of course I do. I not only have the talent I was born with but turned that into a skill, and my drive is unparalleled.

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Kiniokahokula Zamora
30 – Hometown: Kapolei, HI; Resides in Honolulu, HI
Current occupation?
Full-time designer for my own company.
When did you realize you had designer potential?
When I was little I always sketched. Started sewing when I was 10 and loved everything about it. I could see a sketch come to life.
Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Yes I know I could win because I have the skill and drive to be the next top American fashion designer. I have the talent and creativity, and I can bring something no else one has since I’m from Hawaii.

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Korina Emmerich
28 – Hometown: Eugene, OR; Resides in Brooklyn, NY
Current occupation?
I manage a high-end consignment shop in SoHo called Roundabout.
What’s your design training/schooling, etc.?
I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Apparel Design form the Art Institute of Portland.
Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
AI wouldn’t be here today if I didn’t believe I was ready to win “Project Runway.” My work is current, interesting and wearable. I design for today’s woman. Strong and confident. I’m ready to take on each challenge that arises during and after the show. I’m not here because I just want to be on TV- I’m not here for my 15 minutes. I’m here to win and that’s my step number 1. This is the opportunity of a lifetime for those of us who don’t have all the connections, who weren’t born into a rich family. The only thing that matters is our skill and drive. I’m so excited to show everyone what’s up my sleeve.

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Kristine Guico
26 – Hometown: Naperville, Illinois; Resides in Brooklyn, NY
Current occupation?
Designer.
Weaknesses as a designer?
I can push and design things that are not ready for the general masses and can be too fashion forward to make a profit and meet sales goals. Also, I am interested in so many things that it’s hard to edit or sometimes be cohesive.
Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Of course I think I can win, why else would I be here? I think I have the taste and a vision that is only in the start of its great beginnings, yet I also have a knowledge of what is realistic for execution for the real world.

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Nzinga Knight
33 – Hometown: Brooklyn, NY; Resides in Brooklyn, NY
Past jobs?
Marc Jacobs Collection intern, production associate at Jones NY, designer, freelance consultant and production coordinator, fashion instructor at Pratt Institute, makeup artist/color specialist at Sephora, museum tour guide at the Studio Museum in Harlem, peer educator — my very first job when I was 16 was educating teens about HIV & STD prevention and abstinence.
Weaknesses as a designer?
Estimating how long it will take to complete a garment.
Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Yes, I think that when it’s my time to win I’ll win. When I focus and express my raw and refined talent, am unafraid to be bold and have faith I can do anything.

Project-Runway-Season-13-Cast-16Samantha Plasencia
27 – Hometown: San Antonio, TX; Resides in San Antonio, TX
Current occupation?
Visual display.
What are your influences?
I get inspired by everything.
Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
It’s anyone’s game, I just have to be sure to push through each challenge.

Project-Runway-Season-13-Cast-14 Sandhya Garg
28 – Hometown: Birmingham, AL; Resides in Birmingham, AL
Current occupation?
Self-employed designer.
What are your influences?
I have looked at royal families of India for expensive and refined taste. When I was at Alexander McQueen I learned the power of flawless craftsmanship. My aesthetic is to design garments that please and intrigue the eye.
Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Yes, simply because I live for this. I live for fashion design, to show my work to everyone. Being in “Project Runway” for me is like putting King Kong back in jungle after captivity. I might be struggling through some challenges as I do have my flaws but I have the strongest determination in the group. The phrase “Make it work” could be my first name.

Project-Runway-Season-13-Cast-15 Sean Kelly
25 – Hometown: Wellington, New Zealand; Resides in Brooklyn, NY
Current occupation?
Retail sales at A.P.C. New York.
Strengths as a designer?
Vision of the bigger picture and eye for detail.
Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
I think I can win “Project Runway” because of my unique vision and design abilities.

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The Mitchell Perry
25 – Hometown: Jacksonville, FL; Resides in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Current occupation?
I actually quit my job to do “Project Runway,” so I am currently jobless.
What’s your design training/schooling, etc.?
I studied fashion design at The Art Institutes of Fort Lauderdale and received a Bachelors degree in my program. My first sewing teacher (Juanita Alcena) can tell you the exact machine I used in her class and that I broke 9 needles my first day. I was a mess!
Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
I wouldn’t have auditioned if I for one second though I could not win. This opportunity isn’t about being on TV for me, it’s about inspiring any person who’s ever felt like they can’t rise and better themselves because of their personal situations. I can win “Project Runway” because I have creativity bursting at the seams and the drive and determination to fight for what I believe in and show really cool fashion. I come from very little, and I have worked so hard to slowly elevate my own quality of living. I am not so narrow minded as to tell you that you won’t find anyone more deserving than me, but I will tell you I can win this, and am prepared to.

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Tim Navarro
32 – Hometown: Rochester, MN; Resides in Minneapolis, MN
Current occupation?
I am a small business owner. I just closed the doors of the store I owned and operated with my twin brother, Thom Navarro.
When did you realize you had designer potential?
I realized I had designer potential when I saw my brother making money off of designs he created. I thought, I’m a tailor and am just as creative as he is; if he can do it I can. I love the direction it has taken me and still keep a healthy sense of competition going between us.
Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
I feel that my background in tailoring lends itself to my success with in the show. I just have to allow my creativity to take control. The rest is just muscle memory.

 

And finally, all the deets, rendered in high publicist-speak:

 

Season 13 of Lifetime’s Emmy®-nominated Project Runway returns on Thursday, July 24, at 9pm ET/PT with an all new group of aspiring designers. Project Runway is creating a one of a kind, full-season experience with Instagram which kicked off with #RunwayRedemption. Offering one past designer the chance to come back to the workroom and compete in season 13 fans were able to vote on their favorite designer’s “InstaPortfolio” choosing from former season favorites Ken Laurence (Season 12) Alexander Pope (Season 12) and Amanda Valentine (Season 11). The victorious designer will be revealed in the premiere episode to compete against 18 Project Runway newbies. Each will have to make a lasting impression on judges Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen, and mentor Tim Gunn in order to advance to the next level. But no decision is ever final as Tim will have one opportunity to “save” one designer from being eliminated.

Elimination may come sooner than expected for some! In the premiere episode, the designers are in disbelief when they discover there is one final audition before being granted a spot on the show. Before they get to even get to the first challenge, three designers will be sent packing. After that hurdle, the remaining 16 will get their first challenge, -they must create a look that would give the judges a glimpse of what their spring collection would like if they present at New York Fashion Week. The designers will be able to complete their looks with shoes and accessories from the ALDO accessories wall but with only a trunk of fabric to use, like it or not, they have to “make it work.”

Guest judges joining Project Runway this season include Emmy award winning Modern Family actress Julie Bowen, Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss from Mad Men, Shay Mitchell from hit series Pretty Little Liars, Olympic gold medalist downhill skier Lindsey Vonn, entertainer Dita Von Teese, fashion designer Christian Siriano, British television personality and renowned photographer Amanda de Cadenet, and YouTube celebrity Bethany Mota.

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Lifetime]

    • ktr33

      SIX, count ‘em, SIX from Brooklyn. And I could tell, as soon as I scrolled down to just the shoulder, it was a Brooklynite. [yes, I live in Brooklyn, and occasionally spot one in its natural habitat.]

      • MarissaLG

        I noticed that too- Brooklyn…Brooklyn…Brooklyn…Brooklyn…Brooklyn…Brooklyn…
        [Hi from Queens! Just like Brooklyn but less fun and less terrible!]

        • eight_of_nine

          Yay Queens! *high five*

          • Raspberry2012

            WHEEE for Queens! Me too!!!

        • Democracy Diva

          “Just like Brooklyn but less fun and less terrible!” should be on the “Welcome to Queens” sign. (If Brooklyn gets “fuhgeddaboudit,” Queens should have something even more hilarious.)

      • Kent Roby

        Apparently PR has now resorted to setting up a kiosk in a mall in Brooklyn where they beg passers-by to be contestants.

      • Lilithcat

        No surprise there. Only one of them is actually from Brooklyn. The others all moved there from somewhere else. NYC is a natural habitat for fashion designers, and they sure can’t afford to live in Manhattan at this stage of their careers!

      • Raspberry2012

        Six!! I wonder how many of them are born and bred, and how many are transplants, a.k.a. “Those Fucking Hipsters”. EDIT: Holy shit – ONE natural born in Brooklyn girl! The rest are all transplants!

        (Now, normally you can tell by their clothes, but sometimes that doesn’t work. My niece was born and raised in Brooklyn, and is a total hipster anyway, so there you go!)

    • Democracy Diva

      Really? “THE Mitchell Perry”? I already hate this guy.

      • MoHub

        Interestingly enough, the definite article is not present on the BPR site.

        • Democracy Diva

          But it is on the official Project Runway site. However, when I blog about this season, there is no way in hell I will be using the definite article.

          • MoHub

            Good for you! And I will be following you faithfully as always.

            • Democracy Diva

              Thanks Mo! <3

          • barbarienne

            I can’t wait to see what he asks the other contestants to call him.

            Maybe we should all just call him “The,” as in “I didn’t like The’s design. It was kind of predictable.”

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              “The Mitchell Perry”-sounds like an especially twee artisanal cocktail

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              I for just calling him The. He asked for it.

          • Oekmama

            Use the indefinite article. That’ll show him!

            • write_light

              “Hello! Are you A Mitchell Perry?”

        • Kent Roby

          If he gets his own label, it should be called Haute Mess!

      • largishbearishAtlish

        and he is all of 25…they are so cute at that age.

        Fellow BK’s we have our prerequisit (sp) Villain for the season.

        • UsedtobeEP

          Yep, I think so. Or should that be The prerequisite Villian…

      • uprightcitizen

        It is just to laugh, no? What a silly, pretentious affection. Was there not room on the application to fit in “one and only”? How about fäde du grau? Without any capital letters?

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Mr. zu grau has such an aura of pretense that I”m already fatigued.

          • Oekmama

            No, don’t hate already. Fäde zu grau is just a stage name, from someone with really bad german. Fade to gray. Um, yeah!

            • Phillip S

              zu grau is the correct translation of to grey but it’s not a last name, Fäde is just silly fake german though, it has no meaning it’s just fade with an umlaut.

              I don’t like the guy based on his name alone, I wonder if Heidi will be able to keep a straight face when she says it, it already sounds weird in english but to a native german speaker it’s absolutely ridiculous.

              I’m sure he doesn’t even know how to properly pronounce “Fäde” in german, I bet he simply says it like english fade with makes the pretentiousness even more annoying, an umlaut is not just an a, o or u with two dots, they are seperate letters and pronounced differently, if he goes to the lenghts of using a german umlaut in a fake german name he better knows how to pronounce it. If he says something like “fade zoo grow” I’m gonna punch the screen.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I read this designer’s name and it set off my internal pretension/horse manure meter. I’ll watch to see if he can deliver some decent design.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              Don’t forget the glasses! They add that extra special touch.

            • YoungSally

              The umlaut is totally pretentious — perhaps more so than “The” MP. I sorta hope that Herr zu grau turns up as a character on Dieter’s Dance Party. But I would not ever touch that monkey.

            • AnneElliot

              And is it seriously all lower case? Ye gods, I’m so hoping it’s just a typo.

            • Call me Bee

              The correct pronunciation for that made-up word would be “fay-deh” I guess. In keeping with all the German rules I learned….

            • Modeniete

              Yep, close enough for colloquial usage — if you wanna be a fancy snob you can make it sound slightly different, but no one bothers much any more in everyday speech. And as I said below, the pronunciation you indicate also means “feud” in German. So, shädes of things to come. :-)

      • UsedtobeEP

        I was wondering if that was a first name I hadn’t heard of, or what…

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

        Hate him more or less than The Sucklord (from Work of Art season 2)?

        • TAGinMO

          The Sucklord was at least pretty entertaining, IIRC. I know it’s just a still photo and a few quotes, but I’m not getting that vibe from The Mitchell.

      • bogill

        when you’re from Jacksonville Florida you have to do something

      • Dora Kishinevsky

        I want to put The Mitchell and Mr. Umlaut in the same room with Malooooon Bretooooon from Taiwooooon (I still don’t buy either his name, his accent or his biography! So there!) for an epic douche-off.

      • Becky Simmons

        It looks like his name dot com wasn’t available so he added “the” to the beginning to get the domain name. So… you know… at least there’s a good reason for it…

    • Martha Anderson

      THE Mitchell Perry guarantees to be the simpering pain in the ass

      • GillianHolroyd

        Really? I think “fade zu grau” takes that prize.

        • MoHub

          At least that looks like a name—except for the lack of uppercase—and he doesn’t have a definite article as part of his name.

          BTW, is there a requisite straight guy in this group? It’s hard to tell from the brief Q&A.

          • Mike Turk

            It’s not a name. He took the English word “fade”, popped an umlaut on it, and finished the phrase with “zu grau”, which is German for “to gray”. I hate him already.

            • MoHub

              In that case, I’m with you on the hate wagon.

            • Skippymom1

              Can I sit next to you two?

            • MoHub

              Sure. Plenty of room on board.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              We’re going to have to have very long sectional virtual sofas to fit all of us who find Mr. zu grau annoying.

            • Call me Bee

              Save me a spot. Ach du Liber!

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Consider it done!

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              And me!

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              We’ll have a cozy time here, sipping our favorite beverages and talking snark about these folks

            • Kent Roby

              “Overly Pretentious, table of one”. Well, since he has a German moniker, he’ll know exactly what Heidi is saying when she bids him farewell at the end of the first or second episode.

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

              Only one at that table??? LOLOLOLOL

            • Oekmama

              Will Heidi be able to say his name to his face with a straight face?

            • CPK1

              Oh God, me too. Soooo much.

            • j_am

              That’s hilarious. Agreed!

            • Dora Kishinevsky

              Oh my gods, that’s hysterical. Thank you for the clarification. I thought he was east European or whatever.

            • Gatto Nero

              Wow. That’s all I need to know. Thanks.

            • Malve Lyborg

              And “Fade to Grey” is the title of a New Romantic (european) hit single by the band Visage.

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              Glad I read the comments before saying that very thing. 1980 – great song!

            • revlisacat

              I actually had that album! Great song… the guy sounds like a …… (choose your own word here).

            • UsedtobeEP

              Hilarious, if that’s the case. At least it wasn’t fade zu noir.

            • AnneElliot

              Or fade zu schwartz!

            • MoHub

              There was an original Outer Limits episode titled “Dissolve to Black.”

            • fursa_saida

              INCREDIBLE. I suspected that was what it was (there was definitely no way that was his real name) but was too lazy to look it up. Truly it is A Masterpiece.

            • Modeniete

              I literally groaned when I saw this post, and regroaned at both FTG and “The”.
              But good thing he added the fake Umlaut, because without it, “fade” (two syllables) in German means (ready?):

              BLAND, TASTELESS, DULL, BORING, TRITE, BANAL, INSIPID

              And in this context, “zu grau” can also easily mean “too gray.”
              So feel free to pick your favorite from the above list for his season nickname.
              I can just hear Heidi shaking her head and hissing, “Das ist aber dermassen faaaaaade…!” (“That is sooooo boring….!”)

              On the other hand, with the Umlaut, the pronunciation is close to German “Fehde,” which means “feud”.
              Either way, the guy’s name spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E.

              So overall, great choice of name, dude; can’t wait to see your design choices.
              Class dismissed.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Can’t you just hear Heidi telling Herr zu grau that his clothes are ‘sad’?

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

              Fade is a new word Zac Posen can use, since he already loves banal, trite, etc!

            • KBz

              I like that umlaut guy’s initials FTG can also stand for “F This Guy”
              Now I don’t hate it as much

            • Raspberry2012

              Between him and the “THE” guy, I hate them both.

        • Patricia Groves Dobrowski

          I think we’d have to review the photo finish on that one.

        • CT14

          You forgot the umlaut.

          Don’t think he won’t notice.

      • Kent Roby

        Ugh, yes, in his torn jeans; he’s already wearing me out. He’s already admitted to being a mess (first day of sewing class), and will likely work the “but I quit my job for this!” angle. He’ll cry as they run to grab whatever for the first challenge.

    • http://attiresmind.blogspot.com/ Kiltdntiltd

      Well, here we go, chillun’s. Keep your hands and arms inside the car and stay seated till it comes to a full and complete stop.

      • StellaZafella

        ’round abooooout the 3rd episode, I’d say.

        • http://attiresmind.blogspot.com/ Kiltdntiltd

          Yep, by then we will know exactly what personas everyone had glommed onto, and be well and truly over the histrionics.

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

      If “The” is not pronounced “Tey”, he deserves to be disqualified just based on that.

      • UsedtobeEP

        I said something like that above—a name I didn’t recognize. And it could be. But it’s more fun to think it’s an article, no?

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

          Sadly it is the more plausible option!

      • demidaemon

        You know, I can’t believe I missed the “The” on my first pass. The overwhelming stench of attention whore must have distracted me.

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

          If it is your eyes protecting your brain from too much douchefume, I think you should embrace it.

          • demidaemon

            I would if I could go back in time. :(

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              Ah, the things we would all do differently and un-see if we could go back in time….the haircuts we would never have, the cherry sloe gin we would not drink, the times we would answer “Is this a good idea?” differently…

            • demidaemon

              So true it should be a mantra on our walls.

    • MoHub

      Two designers who aren’t sure they can win. Neither of them will.

      • GillianHolroyd

        Since approx 80% of them are hilariously deluded regarding their talent and skills, I appreciate ones like Angela whose engineering training allows her to be more objective. Nonetheless, she’ll be an early auf.

        • MoHub

          Delusional or not, one doesn’t enter a contest without thinking one can win it.

          • Gatto Nero

            I’m not sure about that. We can’t know what motivates these people. For some, the exposure may be enough.

          • fursa_saida

            Meh. I can imagine doing it as a challenge, to see how far one can get, without necessarily being certain one can win. I always find that certainty these contestants project so baffling, but maybe it’s just a personality thing. I used to toy with the idea of going out for American Idol just to see what would happen (I predict I’d make it to Hollywood, but no further–but it would be interesting!)

          • Alloy Jane

            This isn’t a merit-based contest. It is a reality show masquerading as a competition. Very different. How many cringe-inducing hacks have waited in line for hours just for the chance to see themselves televised for five seconds on American Idol, warbling pathetically? I can’t imagine many of those terrible singers honestly believe they can win.

            Besides, she’s of a scientific disposition. She’s just testing out the hypothesis that when 16 designers are isolated from society and expected to churn out well-constructed, inspired fashion in a short amount of time, given her technical skill-set and problem-solving experience, she will be the last designer standing. But she is not discounting the many variables that have yet to present themselves in the course of her experiment. Her uncertainty doesn’t come off as “What, lil ol’ me?” It’s more like she’s being very matter-of-fact about it. Who knows though? We shall see.

            • Daenyx

              The number of times I have had the daydream of going on PR and winning as an engineering PhD student through the powers of Realism, On-The-Fly Cost-Benefit Analysis, and Superior Preparation is… moderately embarrassing. I will therefore be rooting for Angela like mad, and I will be terribly disappointed if she doesn’t turn out to be any good. xD

        • FuhUgh

          I’m already pulling for her … I have a friend who trained as an engineer and now does customs sewing projects, designs her own patterns, etc. Her work is meticulous and beautiful. I’m hoping Angela has the same vibe.

        • zuzu

          Is it the engineering training, or the Canadian-ness? Or both?

      • Aidan B

        Agreed. Why on earth would you say “no”??

        • Lilithcat

          Honesty? Realism? Years of watching talented contestants crash and burn?

          • Aidan B

            Everyone is entitled to their doubts, of course, but admitting them is basically putting a target on your head.

            • kmk05

              Yeah, but she comes from a science background so maybe she hasn’t grasped that concept? I know I still haven’t. Damn you, science.

          • MoHub

            False modesty?

      • formerlyAnon

        I think Angela’s “unsureness” is realism – and won’t doom her. It’s long past time eschewing the general false bravado became a common alternative to try to make oneself stand out.

        What WILL doom her is if she is as sensible as that statement – her work would have to be the 9th Wonder of the World to last past the 4th week if she’s not capable fueling Gratuitous Drama, either as an instigator or an eager participant.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Wise words. the showrunners at Lifetime are adept at weeding out decent people who don’t give good drama/hype/neurosis

    • SuzyQuzey

      If Carrie is 24, I’ll eat the next hipster hat I see.

      • StarburstLady

        Agreed. But having seen nothing of her (or anyone’s) designs, I predict she’ll be my favorite, that Heidi will love her playfulness, and that Nina just won’t get where she’s coming from.

      • Fay Dearing

        Depending on how much she smokes and uses other things she could be 24… But yeah, she looks to be in her 30s by my guess though I’d accept late 20s

      • MK03

        I hope she gets sent packing before the first challenge. The “Japanese comic book” she’s talking about is Paradise Kiss and the main character’s name isn’t Carrie, it’s Yukari. So we already know she’s hopelessly deluded…

        • Fay Dearing

          Maybe it’s a reference to the fact they kept calling Yukari by Caroline in the manga? If Carrie’s full name is Caroline that could fit her story…

          • JMWilder

            Yeah, I assumed she was referring to the fact that the ParaKiss crew calls her Caroline. The shout out to Paradise Kiss actually endears her to me, because I love that comic. I wonder if she has a Japanese fashion bent to her portfolio?

            • Pinup Ghoul

              It’s sad, too, because the clothes in her Halcyon Rising collection didn’t NEED to suck. If they had been rendered in something other than sheer net, they could have at least been interesting reinterpretations of designs every goth kid has done.
              I kind of love that her sketches are in the style of manga. That’s kind of cool in an unapologetically nerdy way. I can groove to that.

        • demidaemon

          If her friends are exactly like the ones in the manga, she has very bad taste in people. From what I know of it, never having read that particular series, everyone in it is a hot mess, emotionally.

          • MK03

            Oh, it’s true. Pretty much the only person who isn’t a walking asshat or emotional hazmat site is Tokumori, the guy she had a crush on before she met George.

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

          Otaku usually are… Hmm, if she teams with with Mr fade to gray, they can call their team Dir En Gray.

      • formerlyAnon

        My take away from her is that if she got through junior high with the last name “Sleutskaya” without cracking, she’s a tough cookie, even if her attempts to be interesting make her sound deluded.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        The purple hair and clothes scream “look at me! look how arty/boho/hip I am”-well, the look will keep her on at least through two episodes.

    • Crystal

      Why are so many of them wearing clothes that don’t fit?????? Can’t you alter that shit????

      • kimmeister

        And then there’s the gal who showcases her personal style . . . with a V-neck tee and flared jeans.

        • DuBey2

          Yes, I predict her to be “Aufed” quickly. She said she was bold or something? Jeans and a tee.

          • Gatto Nero

            Yes. She breaks all the rules. All of them.

            • Clash D

              Hahahahahahahaha. Oh boy.

        • flamants

          in the exact same color (somehow), no less.

    • AC Simons

      You can almost tell who’s going home soonest just reading these bios. “My unique vision.” “Raw and refined talent.” “…not ready for the general masses.”

      • MoHub

        I liked “too fashion forward.”

        • Kent Roby

          Yes, as I wrote above (below?) that’s what someone says when their clothes are too ugly to sell!

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

        “Estimating how long it will take to complete a garment.” – sounds like trouble too!

        • conniemd

          Question is whether she’ll be an early auf or whether she’ll be the crying drama queen every episode because she doesn’t have enough time.

        • Sophie

          But it sounds more honest than most of the other answers (and leaves us wondering why she is competing in this kind of show).

        • formerlyAnon

          Yeah. If that’s sincere she’s toast. It’s one of the core skills for PR.

      • Kate Andrews

        And a hair stylist? I hope she has some hidden talents.

        • Fay Dearing

          She’s doomed. Dressed like that for the photoshoot and her experience is making clothes for herself and her friends. She’s an early awf.

          • zenobar

            Detroit honestly has so much amazing fashion, style and design. Admittedly, most of the country wouldn’t know it because Detroit mainly gets negative press. Either way, this was a golden opportunity for her, and I’ll be rooting for the home team – but I’m SO bummed she’s representing Detroit in those pants.

            Maybe she didn’t know she was supposed to dress up? Or her bags were lost on the plane?

            (Then again, looking at a number of other contestants in some pretty fucking normcore getups, maybe her look is super on-point.)

    • Tee

      I just squealed when I read Elizabeth Moss was going to be a guest judge! As far as watching the spinoffs, I’m a strict Paleo and only watch the meaty original show.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Me too! And Dita!!

        I haven’t watched the spin-offs, either, and I am SO. EXCITED. Can’t wait.

        • Frank_821

          Yes Dita. The BKs are making a collective purr around the world

          • Kitten Mittons

            Indeed. Even Princess Puffy Sleeves has me excited, I must admit.

            On a decidedly lesser note: “YouTube celebrity”

            Y’all, I can’t wait until Double Rainbow Guy gets to be a judge. He’ll be all about Color! Color! Color!

            • Gatto Nero

              Do you mean Sustainacorn? Delusional unicorn guy, whose model/muse gave him an inspirational card?
              Or maybe I’m just tired.

            • Kitten Mittons

              Ha! Oh, little Sustainicorn…..

              No, I meant the YouTube guy who saw a double rainbow and freaked out, and the video went viral. He must be qualified, too.

            • Gatto Nero

              Oh — I remember now. The rapture, the tears. He’d give the designers a run for their money in the drama department.

            • Kitten Mittons

              Indeed. Or that guy, I can’t remember his name, who made the “LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!!!!” video. That might bring even greater levels of drama. Oh yeah, fashion, too. Forgot about the fashion.

      • DinaSews

        Squealed for most and laughed out loud at Julie Bowen. Really? Has she ever had a positive critique on here?

    • sleepycat

      Dear god this is going to be either a train wreck or a rerailing which just bruises the audience

      • StarburstLady

        I think Angela is that one whose voice gets meeker and meeker over the course of the first two episodes, and who decides to go back to programming after being auf’d in the third.

        • Gatto Nero

          If she isn’t one of the first three eliminated before the actual competition starts.

    • abishagijh

      Is it bad that I could predict the designer’s self-professed flaws just by looking at their photo?

      • Tami from Seattle

        Yes. But that’s why we keep coming back to visit Uncles TLo.

      • Gatto Nero

        No. That’s very, very good.

    • Mike Turk

      “I am also a part-time draping professor at a Dallas fashion school.”

      I didn’t know this was a thing.

      • Kent Roby

        That’s my favorite quote; I plan to add that to my fantasy resume.

        • Skippymom1

          Mr. Turk and Mr. Roby I want to thank you for the biggest laugh of my day. ::wiping tears:: Hysterical.

        • decormaven

          Sending you a fantasy drinkie on that one.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I can just hear that designer bellowing that he’s draped for the best schools in Dallas, dammit!

      • jmuns79

        I came here to comment on that. I’m glad that this profession exists in the world.

      • Martha Anderson

        yup the use of the word “professor” made my eyelids twitch

        • Katie

          Right!? Does he have a PhD in draping? And if so, how do I get one?

          • decormaven

            I’d rather have a BS in Drapering.

            • Katie

              Hahaha, mmmmeee too.

        • demidaemon

          Instructor would probably be more apt, but we already knew this is a delusional bunch.

          • Oekmama

            Are we too cynical?

            • demidaemon

              I prefer to call it “realistic.”

      • Tami from Seattle

        Also holds a Masters in blending soft and hard.

      • DuBey2

        Oh, I’m so glad I wasn’t the only one. I truly LOLed at that. Then I thought “maybe thats a normal statement for a fashion designer”
        But still, I’d at LEAST wanna be a Full Time draping professor in Dallas.

    • PinkyK

      Waaaaaay too Brooklyn heavy!

      • EveEve

        Keeping productions costs down?

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I’m thinking that the sequel to “World War Z” should be “World War Z: Brooklyn on fire”

    • http://Reneesance.etsy.com Reneesance

      At first glance seems more multicultural than most seasons of PR that I’ve seen. Then again I burned out around season 9 and haven’t watched regularly yet. Maybe it’s time to dip a toe back in the crazy pool. Angela Sum seems entirely too rational and normal to get very far. Also those booties are hiddy.

      • Frank_821

        I was thinking the same thing about her booties…primo ugh

      • par3182

        You know a show’s hit its multicultural quota when they cast an Oompa Loompa.

        • Lorelei Bourean Andrews

          I love that I know which one you’re referring to, as my first thought when I looked at him was “Little troll doll!”

          • Skippymom1

            Ah yes, those dolls that my Mom thought were cute and the grandkids went screaming from the room when they were given as gifts. I got the same shudder looking at him too.

        • snarkykitten

          I had the exact. same. though.

      • Kimbolina

        Yup, I haven’t watched in a while either. Tempted to watch this time around though, if only for the winning commentary from TLo and our fellow BKs.

    • http://www.what-the-frock.com Dana F.

      What a horribly dressed bunch of people. Except for Jefferson Musanda.

      • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

        I kinda like Tim Navarro’s look, though he should have altered his pants to fit better.

      • StarburstLady

        I know. This doesn’t bode well. Usually the designers can at least dress themselves.

      • FuhUgh

        I love that Emily Payne cites “great personal style” as a strength, but is wearing a see-through lace tee with a garbage bag for a skirt.

        • Gatto Nero

          Her talent for transforming Hefty bags could give her an advantage in the unconventional/hardware/trash challenge.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Hey! I like that dress. Now I feel bad.

      • Shawn EH

        Jefferson for the win at this point, definitely!

    • sienna elm

      In typical Canadian fashion Ms. Sum is the only one who admits she doesn’t know if she’s up for it. :) As a fellow Canadian I may have to watch just for her alone!

      • Michael_Jones

        I thought the same thing. (But, as a Canadian, I have to look down the row to see if anyone might disagree before saying my opinion out loud.) ;-)

        • sienna elm

          oh – you had me laughing out loud at work! I did the same thing. :)

      • kmk05

        That, and because she’s a scientist!

    • Emily

      Did Char not know she was going to be photographed that day? Because those are “cleaning out the garage” clothes.

    • GillianHolroyd

      Hmmm. Don’t remember these “former season favorites”.

      • Aidan B

        Me neither!

      • kimmeister

        Took me a second, but I think Ken is the super nasty guy who liked to iron his jean shorts and use facial masques, and Alexander is the redheaded guy he had a big fight with (when they had to move into the same apartment). Amanda is the gal with long hair whose brother is a member of Maroon 5.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Ken will probably always be remembered for the facial masques and being really, really angry. PR might be running low on former designtestants to bring back.

        • Gatto Nero

          Yes. Of the three of them, Alexander is the most interesting (and sane) prospect.

      • Kimbolina

        I think I tuned out during those seasons. Oh well…

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          There have been some truly forgettable moments during recent seasons.

      • Targettaste

        “Season favorite” my arse! Ken is a danger to himself and to others. Totally irresponsible to consider having him on the show again.

      • demidaemon

        I do, amazingly. I voted for Amanda, as she was the only reasonably tolerable one, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Ken somehow “wins” the vote, just for the drama factor.

    • PastryGoddess

      I’m ready to hate on all of the self taught designers.

      There is a McQueen alum and a tailor. This should be interesting

      • FuhUgh

        And a former Marc Jacobs intern – Nzinga. I have hopes for her.

        • kimmeister

          I’m mentally pronouncing her name so that it rhymes with “Bazinga” from The Big Bang Theory. I will be disappointed if that’s not how it’s pronounced.

        • Gatto Nero

          Heidi will have a field day with some of these names. Should be amusing.

    • Annaline39

      “The”? Wow

    • Kitten Mittons

      C’mere, Jefferson. You can sit by me.

    • RescueMe23

      I can’t wait to see the episode where Dita Von Teese is the guest judge!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I have hopes for Dita as a guest judge. I think she could give a thoughtful critique, plus she’ll almost certainly be worth watching simply for what she’s wearing.

        • demidaemon

          She was an excellent guest judge on RPDR, so I’m sure she’ll do great on PR.

    • Jay

      This cast has to be more likable than last year’s, right? As far as I’m concerned, there were only three good eggs in that bunch (Alexandria, Bradon, and Kahindo) and the S12 reunion turned me off all things PR-related for awhile.

      One of the prizes is the chance to design an accessory for Red Robin servers. I can’t decide if that’s a step up or down from designing for Belk.

      • formerlyAnon

        Down. Definitely down.

      • Becky Simmons

        There was a S12 reunion? I think I may actually have blocked that from my memory.

        I regularly re-watch PR, and S12 is on my “do not watch again” list. The casting for that season was simply intolerable.

    • In_Stitches

      Aldo? Oh for the days of Belk….

      • MoHub

        We’ll know PR has real cachet when the wall is from Louboutin.

        • GorgeousThings

          Nope, that ship has sailed. They went from Saks (was there a Neimans wall at one point?) to Macy’s to Belks. It’s been a steady downward trend

          • MoHub

            They actually started with Banana Republic. No Neiman’s, but there was Lord and Taylor for one season, which was about as high-end as it got. I don’t recall a Saks wall.

            And let us not forget—although I’m sure we’d all like to—Piperlime.

            • Crystal

              Omg Piperlime.

              That was so awful.

            • Gatto Nero

              And Bluefly, I think?

            • MoHub

              Yep. Almost forgot that one.

            • GorgeousThings

              I could have sworn there was a Saks or other high-end accessories wall in S1 or S2. I’ll claim middle-age forgetfulness or wishful thinking. Now that you mention it, I remember Banana Republic. I remember Lord & Taylor, and ugh – Piperlime. It really has been a steady downhill slide. What’s next, The WalMart accessory wall?

            • MoHub

              Walmart, followed by Kmart.

            • demidaemon

              I think that was for one of the Allstars seasons.

            • GorgeousThings

              I think you’re right – I didn’t watch after the first all-stars season, so I’ll bet that is when it was. Thanks!

            • demidaemon

              NP.

          • Skippymom1

            When PR went to Mary Kay Cosmetics they sunk the boat for me. The most heinous Pyramid, MLM, cult known to women anywhere. They’ll probably have an “H&M” wall this year, but Avon will decline for make up.

            • Kimbolina

              When was Mary Kay? All I remember was the “Loreal Paris make up room” and was it Garnier for hair?

            • FrigidDiva

              I think it was last season?

            • Skippymom1

              Project Runway All Stars 2014. I know it was “All Stars” but still…I have a very rational hate of Mary Kay Cosmetics. It sickens me how they pull the women in.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              If they do a Mary Kay challenge and the winner gets a hiddy pink car the apocalypse will be upon us.

        • suzq

          DESIGNERS, PLEASE USE THE AMAZON.COM ACCESSORY WALL THOUGHTFULLY.

          • MoHub

            How about a Goodwill Thrift Shop accessory wall?

            • decormaven

              I’d be all over that one.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              that accessory wall could actually pose some real creative possibilties.

            • decormaven

              I’m scratching my head trying to figure out the range of possibilities from the Aldo wall. My feeling is that they will be pretty limited.

            • wontons

              I don’t know Aldo. I keep thinking of Aldi, which I think is a grocery store.

            • Becky Simmons

              Or use the Etsy accessory wall thoughtfully and strategically…

    • BlairBear

      Does he really go by The Mitchell Perry because that will be exhausting after about one episode. Also I predict the ones who use multiple exclamation points are the drama queens

    • In_Stitches

      So many spelling mistakes in those bios. I wonder if the contestants typed them themselves and nobody bothered to edit them for them or if they were transcribed and Lifetime just doesn’t bother hiring decent interns.

      • MoHub

        My experience tells me Lifetime does not employ editors or proofreaders.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I’m not certain that Lifetime employs people whose knuckles don’t graze the ground.

      • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

        Yeah, that bothered me too!

      • DuBey2

        Yes. I need to know. The spelling police need to know.

    • NMMagpie

      From reading these, I can just see a lot of black and neutral colors in whatever they design.

    • Kate Andrews

      Lower-case names make me stabby.

      • GorgeousThings

        I’m waiting for the contestant whose name is something like Ti3m, and the explanation that “The 3 is silent.”

        • MilaXX

          and the name is pronounced “George.”

      • Sophie

        Faux-German not-names make me stabby. Wonder how the real German is going to react.

        • Kate Andrews

          Hide the pinking shears!

      • MoHub

        Except for e. e. cummings

        • Kate Andrews

          k.d. lang gets a pass from me too. Otherwise, NO.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            e.e. cummings and k.d. lang are the exceptional exceptions. Otherwise, I concur in NO.

    • Kim Elmore

      Men: just say NO to skinny pants

      • kimmeister

        Especially if they make you look like you have curvy hips.

    • MoHub

      So, are any actual designers other than Christian Siriano going to be guest judges?

      • MilaXX

        I bet he’s only there to plug his own reality show

      • Gatto Nero

        Apparently not. There’s a photographer, though, so maybe he has an eye.
        This is a major frustration for me every season: the inane comments from unqualified guest judges.

        • Kimbolina

          “I’d wear that!”

          • Gatto Nero

            Or “I wouldn’t let my girlfriend wear that!”
            So incisive.

    • RussellH88

      Yay, another season of The Real World: Sewing Edition.

      • Sabin

        You win. Hands down.

    • http://www.lippsisters.com/ Deborah Lipp

      I already hate Emmanual and “The” Mitchell. Nzinga admits to time management problems. Gosh, I miss her already.

      • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

        Emmanual looks to be very, very special.

        • KinoEye

          If his designs in any way resemble that outfit he’s got on, it won’t be pretty. Highwaters + Loafers + Cummerbund(?) + Tightly Rolled Shirt Sleeves + Bolo Tie (?) = A Look Which Works for Precisely No One

    • GorgeousThings

      No Michael? Pfeh, off to a bad start already. But in the spirit of knowing nothing at all about these folks, but judging books by the cover, here goes:
      Carrie – “Halcyon!” “MY TIME” – Camera Hog/Bitch

      Emily – plays well with others – Cryer
      Emmanuel – Bitch
      Hernan – Potential finalist
      Jefferson – I was born at Lynn City Hosptal, so I’m kind of rooting for him.
      Kiniokahokula – I can’t WAIT to hear Heidi mangle his name. – Potential finalist
      Korina – Gretchen v.2
      Nzinga – “Just cut and cry” v.2
      Sandhya – Bitch – Potential finalist
      Mitchell – I will bet $20 that at some point, someone in the confessional will call him “Bitchell”

      Then there are the red shirts: Angela, Char, Fåde, Kristine, Samantha, Sean (though he probably has a cute accent), Tim

      We’ll see how my prognostications fare at the end of the season. I’m really not interested in watching, but I will so I can keep up with your recaps.

      • Janet B

        I was just wishing there were fewer contestants in this post, because I couldn’t keep them all straight. You have put me to shame by analyzing each one. :)
        I’m going to have to stop watching World Cup, grab a cup of tea and put real effort into my reading.

        • formerlyAnon

          No. If you stop watching World Cup you have to start watching Wimbledon. It’s a rule.

          • Janet B

            Ha. There’s enough of that in between the matches.

    • Scott Finley

      Oh dear dog this franchise needs to be put out of its misery already.

    • mjude

      so happy that TLO is back for PR!

    • AndieJay

      I predict Angela Sum will be among the three who don’t make it past the first episode. If you can’t even say for the sake of a publicity blurb that you are sure you can win, you may be in over your head.

      • Gatto Nero

        I respected her for that.
        But you’re probably right.

      • MilaXX

        I’m hoping she’s not a repeat of the young lady who argued with Tim. The one who didn’t believe they got more time when the cameras weren’t rolling.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      Of course I have to root first and foremost for my fellow Illinois natives (Alexander and Kristine)! Sandyha sounds like she might have an interesting aesthetic, and Korina and “The Mitchell” will probably be the most insufferable (based entirely on the length of their responses). I haven’t watched PR since the last regular season, so I’m actually looking forward to watching this next season (though I’ll probably feel differently 2-3 episodes in).

    • Martha Anderson

      Nzinga is my choice for tough, always gets it done well every time gal. She may not win a lot but she is going to be top 3 often.

      • FuhUgh

        Her resume is great, and she’s honest about her weakness. If she stays aware of it and works on it, she could do well.

    • @Biting Panda

      I think is a bad sign that I was so bored reading these, I have up half way through.

      • Tami from Seattle

        Meh, I always find it way more entertaining to judge by the picture. It’s like picking your favorite team based on their uniforms.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        There are too many to sort out at the beginning;come to think of it, PR needs a sorting hat-sort them into the appropriate category.

        • demidaemon

          House of Heidi= shiny, tight and short
          House of Michael = Orange
          House of Nina= EDITORIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          House of Zac: Overdesigned, unflattering shit that is twee

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Love these! Now we BK’s can sort the designers ourselves!

            • demidaemon

              Glad to be of assistance!

    • Lynn

      Alexandria’s loss to Dom and the treatment she received from the other designers made me vow to not watch this season. Thank goodness I can get my fix through your fabulous recaps!

      From their answers, I quite like Sandhya, Nzinga, Char, and Angela.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        One unfortunate aspect of the reality show format is that we see the high school dynamics of the “cool kids” picking on those they perceive as uncool. It happened during Anya’s season when Becky was the designer nitpicked by Josh(aka Clinique counter).

    • PuppetDiva

      A Kiwi! I am delighted, pity he sounds like early cannon fodder.

    • Frank_821

      I already saw some of their portfolio. Nothing outrightly horrid but not much to get excited about either

      I find it interesting that they were asked about their weaknesses. Some of them clearly didn’t answer honestly or answer it at all

      I always find the “do you think you can win” question lame since most of the answers are full of bravado or insecurity. The Canadian’s answer was the only one that felt honest or at least self aware. Mr Navarro’s response seemed genuine as well

      I hate the fact they are bringing back a previous designer again. I dont want any of those 3 back. I liked Amanda. capable designer and nice person but she was not a great contestant. But she, at least, might be doing this for redemption reasons. Why on earth would Ken come back on the show?!!! He has way too many anger issues. It’s cruel to the audience and to himself. He should not be on reality tv at all.

      And even bigger question is why Alexander wants to come back. I lost whatever little regard/respect I had left for him. I know there are folks who loved him especially after the reunion but I was not one of them. It makes him such a hypocrite considering how much he complained and bitched about the show being fixed and that he was not taken seriously as a designer and dismissed and labeled as the “costume maker”.

    • myristica_fragrans

      someone from jacksonville again. hope he’s not a douche.

    • Danielle

      Team Tim Navarro based on that vest alone.

      • Shawn EH

        Tim needs to give him a little talk about steam irons.

    • littlevase

      Artfully ripped jean knees guy is giving me life. I can’t wait to detest him every week!

      • boweryboy

        Do you mean THE artfully ripped jeans knee guy? Oof!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I am so over the artfully ripped jeans look. I just want to pull him over and tell him to put some proper jeans on so that people won’t think that his mom let him leave the house looking like that.

    • boweryboy

      They exhaust me. So glad I stopped watching years ago. And if what they’re wearing is any indication of their design aesthetic then Yikes!

      • Gatto Nero

        Some terrible choices on display here.

    • Frank_821

      oh forgot to say, I always roll my eyes when 1 of these contestants say how “unique” or “refreshing” their point of view is as a designer. Get over yourselves people!

      • Gatto Nero

        Especially since most of them don’t know how to dress.

        • Shawn EH

          I mean, there are plenty of real designers in the same boat, but this group is particularly sad on the personal clothing: fade, Hernan, The Mitchell, Tim … could their choices be less body-conscious?

          • Gatto Nero

            Right. Kors wears the same boring uniform (jeans, black tee, blazer) all the time, but at least it fits!

            • Tami from Seattle

              This was their chance to make a first impression about who they are and why we should be interested in and rooting for them. Their opportunity to dress like they are sleep-deprived lunatics comes later.

            • Gatto Nero

              That this sorry display is a true reflection of their tastes makes it even more discouraging.

    • acevedob

      Lmao…it’s pretty obvious with this group who is going to be out and who will make it the final episodes. I can’t wait for the cray crayness to begin!

    • Carriganak

      So, my thoughts with some of these people: Angela is wearing ugly shoes, Carrie looks like Afterschool Special 2, Tim kind of looks like if Nick from Season 2 put on a ton of weight, and I’m starting to wonder if the casting agents were told to look for “unique” names.

      Other than that, I’m really excited for this. I discovered Tom and Lorenzo because I saw they wrote about PR, and they quickly became some of my favorite/most inspirational bloggers because of it. I really want to follow a season of the show with them.

      • Kate Andrews

        Angela’s shoes have to be from Mod Cloth. I guarantee it.

        • Tami from Seattle

          They look like they are from the Scion minivan collection.

        • Courtney

          They look like they were made for Legos.

      • Gatto Nero

        I had the same impression of Carrie. Entitled, whiny attention-grabber. We’ll see.

        • Carriganak

          Admittedly, I’m curious who out of all these designers is likely to get into a Twitter feud with TLo. I hope none of them, but you never know.

    • Gatto Nero

      Carrie Sleutskaya is 24 and it is HER TIME, people!
      Please.

      • Kate Andrews

        Ha! Better than some 45-year-old with a pretend name, though.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Carrie’s got a leg up on making my own Irrational Hate list, and I haven’t seen any of her work.

    • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Words-in-Design/158664667624412 Tejana

      Being a native Texan I always check for fellow Tejanos: three!! Thankfully, “THE” isn’t one. (I immediately remember Suede!) If they bring that lunatic Ken Laurence back for another shot I may just have a coronary!!!! Let the games begin…..

    • SistaT

      “The Mitchell”? Really? I hate him on sight.
      Also, one should not say one “breaks all the rules” when one is wearing the most uninspired outfit of stonewashed jeans and stretched out tee, Char.

      • Tami from Seattle

        J.C. on a cracker! So her design aesthetic is put-upon daycare mom?

        • Shawn EH

          There are no rules for that!

    • MilaXX

      I’m ready for the show to return as well. First impressions are I worry about Hernan and Nzinga making it within the constraints of the challenges. One admits to not being about to make a decision and the other has time management concerns. Not too excited about the returning designer choices. Of the 3, I’d pick Alexander simply as the lessor of evils.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I suspect that I’d be OK with seeing Alexander return-as you said, the lesser evil, or less annoying choice. The designers who own up to having problems making decisions and/or working under time constraints are candidates for early aufings.

    • ChaquitaPhilly

      Thanks and welcome back! We’ve missed your input!

    • http://dorothydamage.wordpress.com/ Dorothy Damage

      Well, that’s a new one- a designer being inspired by the Paradise Kiss manga (Carrie). Though I hope that her friends aren’t like the flighty teens in the comic, and I really hope that she doesn’t make clothes inspired by the comic, as I can’t handle that much lace. I can already tell which designers I’ll hate once the show airs, that’s my summer sorted.

      • FibonacciSequins

        Carrie’s already wearing a lot of lace so I would be prepared for more of that.

    • MightyMarshal

      Hold up. Rewind. The Mitchell Perry. The. I was going to make snarky comments about how many are ‘boundary pushing and ‘forward thinking’ in their drop waist capris and caftans but I can’t even.

    • Gatto Nero

      “Guest judges joining Project Runway this season include Emmy award winning Modern Family actress Julie Bowen, Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss from Mad Men, Shay Mitchell from hit series Pretty Little Liars, Olympic gold medalist downhill skier Lindsey Vonn, entertainer Dita Von Teese, fashion designer Christian Siriano, British television personality and renowned photographer Amanda de Cadenet, and YouTube celebrity Bethany Mota.”
      So once again, with maybe two exceptions, they’ve enlisted a crew of dismally unqualified guest judges. Well done, PR!

      • Raspberry2012

        Is it wrong that, as someone who still unapologetically loves Duran Duran, that I’m excited as hell to see John Taylor’s ex-wife as a guest judge?! And even still, I’m mystified why they don’t have his *current* wife as guest judge (Gela Nash Taylor, who created Juicy Couture).

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      The last one is the crier. I know I know, he’s not wearing a scarf. But he’s wearing a vest, which is what criers wear when their scarves are wet with tears, or if they can’t afford a scarf.

      • zenobar

        “…Because a vest has no sleeves.”

    • MartyBellerMask

      Jesus. SO. MUCH. ACID WASH.

      • Gatto Nero

        And worn without irony.

      • zenobar

        It’s vile. Just because it’s from the 80’s doesn’t mean it was a good idea – even at the time.

    • Lilithcat

      Well, Angela Sum is in trouble, because she is actually realistic: I believe I have the skills and creativity but there’s a lot of tough challenges and I could choke, or just have a bad day and get kicked off.

      fans were able to vote on their favorite designer’s “InstaPortfolio” choosing from former season favorites

      I don’t remember any of these three!

      the designers are in disbelief when they discover there is one final audition before being granted a spot on the show.

      So none of them have ever watched the show before?

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        You have to wonder under which rockpile the designers have been living when they express suprise about a final audition. PR has been doing that going back at least to Anya’s season.

    • rebeemoon

      Angela Sum (“to be honest, I’m not sure I can win”) is way too normal for this group.

    • GeoDiva

      Well I gotta pull for my local boy, Kiniokahokula. Glad TLo are going to do PR this season. I’m ready to jump back in.

    • Laylalola

      One thing I’ve learned is that still photos and scripted responses tell me close to nothing and can be more than a little deceptive. Only once I can hear them and see them in action does everything fall into place (and usually pretty much instantly).

    • Laylalola

      My only prediction is that the one who wrote “Works well with others” will bring over-the-top breakdown-type drama on team challenges.

    • GenieinTX

      One of the judges is YouTube Celebrity Bethany Mota. One of the Big Brother houseguests lists You Tube Celebrity as his occupation. Seriously? This is a real job?

      And yes, that poor girl that showed up in baggy jeans and a gray tshirt for a photoshoot, sorry, you are soooo not going to win.

    • MoHub

      Reading the Lifetime blurb and its reference to “choosing from fan favorites.” Evidently my definition of “fan favorite” differs from the network’s.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Lifetime’s definition of “fan favorite” is quite elastic.

    • suzq

      My blogging mouse has a fresh battery. I’m ready to take. this. on. My personal preference would be for “fade” to be eliminated because the diaeresis over the a is going to drive me batty.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        We could spell it as ‘faede’, which would be correct, as it includes both letters covered by the umlaut.

    • Gatto Nero

      Jefferson Musanda for best dressed.
      Also, he’s the only one who mentioned proportion and silhouette. Be still my heart.

    • Fay Dearing

      I’m rooting for Kiniokahokula.

      Mostly because I want to watch Heidi try to pronounce that all season. I hope to god he doesn’t use nick-names!

      • Molly Bauckham

        I thought exactly the same thing. Hawaii represent! Honestly his profile doesn’t wow me…(“I’m going to win because I’m different, like, I’m…from Hawaii?”) but I do look forward to seeing some local attitude injected into the competition.

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

        Me too. Go, Hawaii!

        However, Patricia went very far on her Native American hook, even though many people here did not like her stuff. This guy could repeat the same feat.

    • http://www.bertkeeter.com Bert Keeter

      I don’t agree with the idea of bringing 3 designers on just to dump them in the very first episode…. It’s a total waste of time and just plain mean!

      • Gatto Nero

        Two of the hallmarks of PR!

    • Bonnie Blue

      I had to google the names of the returning designers because I didn’t remember them from their names. When I saw Alexander Pope I said, “Oh yeah, drag brows!” I only know some of them by TLo’s nicknames! Wish they used more designers as judges and not celebrities. I always wonder how the designers feel being judged by some of them.

    • Bexxx

      This is a rough lookin group.

    • Alexandra Wilding

      These people can’t even dress THEMSELVES, let alone make wearable clothes for other people.

      • Gatto Nero

        These are some grim promotional photos. I can’t believe this is the cream of the auditioning crop.

    • Teresa Wyatt

      I concur with several folks. The majority of these nice folks need a fashion consult for themselves! There are some really weird proportions happening from the waist down on several designers. My eye is twitching. I WILL be watching the show, however.

    • Jeremy Thomas Porta

      All I have to say is…LAWL.

    • knitnorth

      The Canadian has the most Canadian answer to “do you think you’ll win?”

      • Gatto Nero

        It’s kind of endearing.

        • knitnorth

          in absolute agreement! love it

    • LJCdoc

      My prediction: THE Mitchell whatever is a total douchebag. Sorry honey, only THE Bianca del Rio is allowed to pull that shit.

    • PuttyGalore

      What’s with the overly precious and pretentious names? “The Mitchell Perry”? “fäde zu grau”?? (the latter being made-up pidgin German for “fade to gray”)

      From pure gut feeling upon this first perusal, my money would be on Jefferson Musanda.

      • Gatto Nero

        I like Musanda, too, though I just learned on the PR website that one of his favorite former PR designers is Emilio Sosa. And he listens to Britney Spears. Doesn’t bode well.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Perhaps these people are trying too hard to be camera ready with the precious nomenclature.

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      Tim Navarro has a twin brother called Thom and that’s enough for me to support him.

    • semirose

      Whelp automatically against that Alexander Knox guy. Went into Scotch and Soda once and they were unbearably rude.

    • Victoria Anzalone

      HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • shopgirl716

      Hey, one from San Antonio! Whoo hoo!

    • snarkykitten

      Well one thing’s for sure: they all dress like ass

    • susan6

      “Fade zu grau”?!?! Yes, you pompous jerk, some of us speak German. I’d like to see that guy punched in the face.
      “THE Mitchell Perry”?!?! Reminds me of Hitchhiker’s Guide. “THE Zaphod Beeblebrox?!?” “No, just A Zaphod Beeblebrox. Haven’t you heard I come in six-packs?” At least Zaphod had the fact that he was president of the galaxy going for him.

      • BLauDGaspode

        Those two both garnered full body eye rolls. I strongly fought the urge to punch them in their faces. It strikes me as a bad idea to introduce yourself as Monsieur Douche.

        • demidaemon

          A bad idea, yes, but it definitely gives the rest of the world a blaring red clue as to who these people are.

    • uprightcitizen

      What is with the photos of these folks? With the exception of about three of them, they all appear to be about four-foot-nine. Did the photographer put a funhouse mirror lens on his camera? “I want people to step into my world and step out as evolved creatures,” … from the San Diego girl. I’m kind of impressed with that kind of confidence. And it’s awesome that one of them works at Britex in SFO. It’s a truly cool fabric store.

    • Filmjen

      They are dressed so poorly.

      • MarieLD

        Yeah… why is that?

        • Filmjen

          I suppose they have no money, but still…so bad.

    • Anique Ashraf

      Wow that Nzinga lady has a lot of jobs.

    • formerlyAnon

      O.k. Cherry picking:

      I want Kiniokahokula to do well. Hardly ANY of them ever talk about sketching, even if they do it well. It’s a skill, and one that helps a lot of people conceptualize. Plus, he learned to sew as a child. He might not be able to manage the ridiculous & unrealistic terms of the competition, though.

      I like Angela Sum’s realistic take. I don’t think it’s defeatist AT ALL, indeed I always wonder why more of ‘em don’t try to stand out from among the confident and the delusional by being realistic. However, it bodes ill for her ability to create the drama the cameras and producers demand. I just want her to make it to the 3rd week, at least.

      Nzinga sounds interesting but folks, if she’s sincere about her time estimating problems, she’s TOAST. That’s a problem I have, and you don’t fix it by knowing that you need to. If she hasn’t internalized some very concrete strategies for overcoming it, she’s an early out.

      Fade to Grey (I can’t figure out diacritics for disqus, so I’m not even going to try) is starting off on the wrong foot with me, but if he is as annoying as predicted he’ll be around awhile.

      Ms. Sleutskaya is a tough cookie if she got through middle school with that name without crumbling. So I’ll withhold judgement for 15 minutes or so.

      I don’t know about Mr. Lander, I don’t think he understands how that outfit photographs. He comes from a town with possibly the most over-elaborate pedestrian overpass I’ve ever seen on a relatively straightforward intersection, hope that’s not an omen! (That is, if I’m not misremembering and confusing San Francisco de Macoris with San Pedro de Macoris – San Pedro’s the one with the cathedral, right? Yeah, I’ll just google.)

      Ya know? Tedious. I’ll let the rest of ‘em go, for now. Cosign what everyone’s said about a fairly unimpressive standard for dressing themselves. Maybe it was a surprise, “come as you are” photo session?

      • Gatto Nero

        Re: Angela Sum, I admire a contestant who says she doesn’t know if she’ll win. No one really knows if they’ve got what it takes, and we’ve seen enough talented designers crash and burn over the years to know that creativity and skill aren’t always enough on this last-minute-twist, drama-amplifying show. That said, she has terrible taste in shoes.

    • angryparsnip

      hahahahahahahahahahahaha…….
      One has truly horrible shoes that looks like her feet are swimming in the sweat, one is standing on her jeans, one has a vest too tight and bunched. So many are wearing clothes that don’t fit.
      Is this their vision ?

      cheers, parsnip

    • Synnamin

      yep. this lineup is only confirming my decision to stop watching the show.

    • KT

      Yayy!! I actually got excited upon seeing the thumbnail for this post, so clearly I’m ready for it, too. Though I’m sure I’ll hate everyone after the second episode. I’m going to break them all down:

      Alexander is the tired old cliche of “experimental/afraid of color” that we’ve seen 3940587430987 times before.

      Sounds like Angela has a confidence problem, or who knows, is just an actual person and not a total narcissist. Sad that that’s harder to come by these days.

      I’m not sure if Carrie realizes that what “people want to see more of” is NOT Hot Topic-inspired clothing.

      Too soon to tell with Char, but she looks cute. QUESTIONING HER SHOE CHOICE THOUGH.

      Emily could be legit.

      Emmanuel is giving me whiffs of Michael Costello for some reason… I think we have our cryer!!

      “Self-taught and naturally talented” Fade is going to be the crazy one.

      Hernan is the one with the editing problem.

      Jefferson is going to be the one who hates team challenges the most.

      Kiniokahluapinacolada is going to be the fun one that I most want to be friends with. If not only because his name makes me think of tropical cocktails.

      Korina is the one with the chip on her shoulder with something to PROVE and will therefore be insufferable. I do like her personal style, though.

      Kristine is 26 and looks like a middle-aged kindergarten teacher, so I’m already worried. She’s definitely going to make some kooky shit, though. Bring it.

      Nzinga sounds like a cool person who likely has a clear point of view, though she has dubious training/experience. She’s going to be the “great concept, poor execution” contestant that the judges make apologies for, because they want to see what she’ll do next.

      Samantha might be the sweet yet boring one.

      Sandhya is the first PR contestant to ever make a baffling King Kong reference in her questionnaire (let’s assume this is true), so I’m already sold.

      Sean Kelly is the one everyone will try to flirt with in an awkward way.

      The Mitchell Perry is going to be one of the ones who awkwardly flirts with Sean. He will make a joke that when you put “Kelly” and “Perry” together, it almost sounds like Katy Perry, omg. He has also decided to put the article “The” before his name, and is therefore the worst.

      Tim has decided to spend most of his questionnaire mentioning his twin brother, and is likely going to stay on the show for a long time, if not only so that PR can squeeze the most product placement out of his inevitably endless Skype sessions (via an HP computer, of course).

      Can’t wait!! Though I’m very dismayed that The Duchess won’t be returning :( I don’t know how many more bow ties I can handle from Miss Posen… sigh.

    • Ann VerWiebe

      Lots of “I’m sure I can be a fashion designer” types. Although, if the guy who’s a tailor has any creativity, his sewing skills could push him ahead.

    • Daenyx

      …. I am ridiculously excited to see a fellow STEM person on this season, and doubly refreshed that her answer to “can you win?” wasn’t the usual obnoxious spiel.

      I hope she sticks around for a while.

      Mr. “I’m unique because I’m from Hawaii” obviously hasn’t watched many previous seasons.

    • MitzyG

      There is a contestant from the town I live in (Eugene, OR), this should be interesting, although Oregonians haven’t fared all that well on PR. They either go home early or are universally hated. haha, I cannot wait.

      • demidaemon

        Wasn’t Leanne from Oregon and she won? I thought she was from Portland.

        • MitzyG

          Is she the one everyone hated? I thought there was a woman from Portland who won, but she was pretty well disliked?

          • demidaemon

            No, she was pretty well liked, I thought. I think you are thinking of Gretchen, also from the Pacific Northwest, who was pretty well disliked.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              As I recall Leann Marshall was well-liked, for her work on the show,as well as how she came across-she had confidence and a healthy sense of self without being arrogant. Gretchen came across as overbearing, plus her aesthetic was not the most pleasing.

          • Gatto Nero

            Are you thinking of Michelle something-or-other? She put on a great final runway show and won, but lots of viewers disliked her. (I wasn’t one of them.)

            • MitzyG

              I was thinking of Gretchen.

            • Gatto Nero

              Right. Universally disliked.

            • Raspberry2012

              Yeah, you’re thinking of Michelle – from Portland, won the Teams season. I loved her, I’m not sure why so many fans disliked her.

    • Jay

      After watching The Mitchell’s closet tour video, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt for now. He has a nice butt and wants more men to wear jumpsuits; can’t be mad at that.

    • PastryGoddess

      Oh wait…there is a YouTube Celebrity judging the show? Jesus take the wheel

    • Yoshio

      Carrie is the only one that sounds remotely interesting to me.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I”ll watch and kvetch-that’s what I’ve done during every past season of PR.

    • LuluinLaLa

      Nope. I took it off my DVR after last season, and I’m not putting it back. I gave this show ten years of my life, it’s time for me to move on. I will of course read the recaps here, however.

    • http://www.momforless.com/ Crystal

      Purple Hair bugs.

      • Gatto Nero

        She’s going to be trouble. Mark my words.

    • p_capet

      Based on first impression, Sean Kelly for the win!

    • fursa_saida

      “I break all the rules,” she said, in jeans and a t shirt. “All of them.

    • Oekmama

      From bottom to top: Navarro’s trousers are poorly hemmed and his vest is unflattering, but he may have tailoring skills.
      Perry seems very relaxed. That definite article is wishful thinking. Very “imma-burn-my-bridges-before-I-cross-em” kinda guy. Alrighty then. Let’s hope you don’t break too many needles on PR.
      Kelly: you sell clothes to people. Mkay.
      Garg: great sense of color, but what’s this about King Kong? Tip1, never compare yourself to a gorilla. Not flattering.
      Plasencia: you dress windows. Okay. Looks cool, plays it tight to the chest.
      Knight: her experience sounds intimidating… Can she sew fast?
      Guico: looks sweet, but is basically saying, if you don’t like my stuff, then you’re too dumb to ‘get it’… Okay, let’s see what Nina has to say about that…
      Emmerich: after completing design school, landing at a fancy thrift shop will have made her pretty ‘hungry’ for that success.
      Zamora: what’s he doing here? He already is a designer. Is this a public relations trick? He looks like a sweetie-pie though.. On the other hand, that’s some serious cowlick…

    • rh33

      Damn, Zac Posen is back.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I”m missing Michael Kors more and more.

        • Gatto Nero

          I didn’t care for Kors as a judge either (he loved Gretchen), but at least he was more entertaining.

    • Slade Thunderdragon

      Alexander upon first look seems kind of interesting.

      Angela also seems kind of interesting. I like that she is a computer scientist.

      Carrie wants you to know that she’s hardcore, mkay?

      I want to set fire to Char’s jeans.

      The fact that Emily Payne’s fashion line is called “leather tongue” gives me a bad taste in my mouth.

      If Emmanuel isn’t either the cryer or the delusional contestant, I may end up liking him.

      My heart really wants to believe in fäde zu grau and the fact that he looks like the dad who is trying really hard to seem cool to his kids, but my mind tells me he’s probably going to suck ass as a designer. But here’s to hoping for a talented quirky contestant.

      I am interested in seeing if Hernan’s androgyny translates into his work as a designer.

      I really want Jefferson’s jeans for myself.

      I am especially a fan of the fact that Kiniokahokula looks like a chubbier version of Kooan from a few seasons ago, but even more so am I a fan of seeing some Hawaiian culture being represented on the show.

      Korina’s jacket is hideous.

      I feel like Kristine would be someone that I would want to be friends with.

      I want Nzinga to make beautiful things. She seems like an interesting person.

      I like that Samantha had little to say, but her outfit looks like she designs for hot topic. haha.

      I’m very interested in seeing what Sandhya will produce on the show.

      I really hope Sean Kelly is talented.

      I hate The Mitchell Perry already. He literally looks like a parody of a Hollister model circa 2005.

      I hope Tim isn’t the obligatory overzealous, overbearing, middle aged man of the show this season.

      If Ken Laurence returns to this show….. ugh. I’m hoping for Alexander of the three possibilities.

    • colorjunky

      I hope there’s no drama or fighting, just fashion!

      • DuBey2

        Me too, but we’re probably just as delusional as they are…

      • Gatto Nero

        The producers won’t go for that.

    • Oekmama

      Musando: sounds like smack talk.
      Lander: disingenuous misinformation. Not believing that, after so many seasons, that’s your weakness. If it is true, then, vaya con dios.
      Zu grau: have you ever met that Project Runway finalist, Uli? Did she put you up to this? Fäde zu grau? ROFLMBO. And if that is your real government name, then my deepest condolences.
      Tobias: cummerbund plus those loafers? Nina would call it ‘taste issues’ even though mint is on trend…
      Payne: I just want to hear about the label “leather tongue”… Did I need to see your bra, probably not… But I can see you’re willing to go the extra mile for attention. Good for you!
      Glover: cute, but if you say you can make clothes, why didn’t you wear your own duds for this shoot? Unless you did make those bell-bottoms yourself. To which I would say wow.
      Sleutskaya: your name alone is well cool! I kind of want to give you a nickname like Pixiebelle, even though I haven’t heard you speak yet.
      Sum: bring the Anya vibe plus more tailoring skills.
      Knox: inability to use color? Hmmm. Christian Siriano won with a black and white collection. So, yeah. Good luck with that…

    • israel8491

      Haha, we totally took this photo together! That’s why none of us have shadows!

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

      Don’t you know you don’t need to master color to be a great PR contestant?? Better to not use color at all! There’s your winner.

    • DuBey2

      Thank you, TY, 1000xThank you, TLo!!!!!!! I almost wet my pants when I saw the thumbnail. I am SOOO glad you’re back on the PR blogging train. Can’t WAIT! We’re REALLY gonna have fun on Thursday nights now!

    • DuBey2

      I like Emily, Jefferson & Alexander – he looks like he might be a dark horse. Oh, and for some reason, I’m interested to see what Emmanuel will do, even if I do have to mute him.

    • Jay

      I’m a bit disappointed to see that Zac Posen is returning as a judge. It’s hard for me to respect his opinion considering what he tends to send down the runway. Plus, he seems to be even less objective than Nina and Heidi are.

    • Cellery

      Based on past work shown:
      (9) Potential finalist: Hernan Lander (weakness: fabric choice), Nzinga Knight (weakness: good blocking skills, but colors don’t always work.)
      (8) Potential talent that needs refinement: Alexander Knox, Korina Emmerich
      (8) Potential talent w/ style: Kristine Guico (hip & cool), Sean Kelly (interesting menswear)
      (8*) Dark horse: Fade zo Grau (sportswear), Tim Navarro (not enough, but I like what I see)
      (7*) Unknown, but have the skills: Caroline Sleutskaya (tailored)
      (N/A) Unknown: Char Glover (not enough info), Zamora (no info)
      (7) Need some work: Emmanual Tobias, Sandhya Garg (some patterns are good, some aren’t,) Angela Sum (experiment with texture, could end up looking sloppy,) Mitchell Perry (like sketches, but doesn’t execute ideals well), Samantha Plasencia (experimental)

      (5) Not ready: Jefferson Musanda
      (4) Uninspiring: Emily Payne (I’m kind of surprised since I didn’t know which portfolio this was and when I saw the bio, it looked like she has some style.)

      I have too many “tacky” notes, so I have decided to leave that out.

    • YoungSally

      I want Tim “sissy bear jr” to hang around. Perhaps he will bring back memories of this show before jumped the shark by going to Lifetime and LA.

    • megalomanic

      As soon as I read that Sean Kelly is from Wellington, NZ (my hometown!) I immediately rushed to Facebook to see if we have any mutual friends. And of course, we have 2. New Zealand really *is* that small.

      • Modeniete

        And that’s why we all want to emigrate there ASAP! :-)

    • Call me Bee

      Oh the affectations we have…. *sigh* The only regular looking person is that Jefferson guy. Fade zu grau??!? Ach du Lieber. Can we say pretentious?

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Pretentious!

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Wait. Shut Up Ken is a formers season favorite?!? Did I miss something?

      e e umlaut and The are clearly asking for negative attention, and I am happy to give it to them. There are several interchangeable women with long hair that I will not be able to differentiate between unless one of them is especially mean or talented or cries a lot. (I’m a little worried about the computer programmer.) There is also a selection of fairly interchangeable boys. I will root for Tim Navarro because he his from Minneapolis, but he is likely not long for the show because he is a self-admitted tailor. The guy from Hawaii is adorable and looks like a little troll doll; I will be on his side unless he proves to be an awful person. I like Carrie’s purple hair, and Emily’s dress. The outfit Char chose to wear is already making me question her taste level, and I don’t think Emmanuel can breathe. Nzinga has problems estimating how long it will take to complete a garment…she is doomed.

      • Modeniete

        Ha!

        e e umlaut FTW!
        I’m still laughing….!

    • e jerry powell

      Tim Navarro looks like a cute (if ill-fitted) little pocket bear, and I’m gonna have to eat him up.

    • Jarethee

      I haven’t watched this show since Ulli was robbed on All Stars and am kinda bewildered that it’s still going on O_o From the looks of things it’ll be another season where I just keep up through the recaps. Happy to see a Minnesotan at least!

      • Gatto Nero

        Uli was robbed more than once. Painful.

    • kerryev

      “Evolved creatures”? “Pocketbook” may not be strong enough here.

    • frannyprof

      I hope Kiniokahokula makes it through the entire season, simply because I would love to hear Heidi butcher his name every week…

    • frannyprof

      “The” Michell Perry? WTF?

    • revlisacat

      Hooooooo boy! I might want to root for the woman who went to the accelerated FIT program–my sister (who is mad talented) graduated from that program. I also like Angela because her clothes are actually wearable and pretty (death knell there, though). Most of these contenders look like 12 pounds of crazy in a 10 pound sack. Yikes. And if I see Ken again, I might have to kick in my TV (well, also because I want a new TV).

    • http://msavonelljrose.blogspot.com Avonell

      Bethany Mota as a guest judge? Really. LOLLL

    • MrsKrause

      Draping Professor? That’s a real thing?

    • save_the_hobbit

      Kind of refreshing to see contestants that actually are humble about winning. Also….jesus I hope that “The” in front of that one guy’s name was accidental.

    • Sun

      Is Michael Kors ever coming back? I despise Zac Posen and his prissy little self.

    • Presumptuous Insect

      OK, for the name alone I know this guy is going to irritate the shit out of me: fäde zu grau

    • http://lazycircles.blogspot.com/ Sam Hawk

      Obviously, “The Mitchell Perry” and lower-case umlaut guy are competing for the Suede Award for most annoying display of egotism.

      “the designers are in disbelief when they discover there is one final audition before being granted a spot on the show.” Even though PR has done that before, they’re in disbelief.

    • Raspberry2012

      I have to be honest, I almost feel like rooting for the first two simply because they both acknowledge weaknesses that could get them into trouble. I’m kind of tired of the ones who are all “OF COURSE I’LL WIN!!” – they’re always the ones in tears after the second challenge.

      Hey look! Helen’s back! Oh… sorry Hernan…

      Dear Char – thanks for rolling out of bed and heading to the photo shoot.

      I’m dying to hear Tim call Kiniokahokula by name! “Designers, you and your models have to head out to the runway in ten minutes. Kiniokahokula, you’re late already because it took me 15 minutes to say your name to remind you that you have ten minutes to head out to the runway.”

      Wait… wait.. hang on… am I actually *seeing* “THE” Mitchell Perry, or do I need to haul my ass to Lenscrafters? THE? Really, bitch?

      • DuBey2

        sigh… it’s people like “THE’ Mitchell Perry that give Florida such a bad name.

    • JynxTheCat

      How canI watch Runway without cable?

      • Becky Simmons

        If you’re in the US, I believe you can watch on Lifetime’s website. If you’re not in the US, it’s time to discover VPN!

    • DollyMadisonWI

      Fan FAVORITE Ken Laurence?????!!!!!! You’ve GOT to be joking!

    • Jellybeanz

      I’ll cheer on my fellow Torontonian, but it sounds like she doesn’t have the confidence to win. If she doesn’t believe in herself, the judges won’t either!

    • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

      Well Ms. Dita ought to be interesting. I LOVE to see all those wannabees design for her.

    • Becky Simmons

      I’m Canadian, so you’ll have to forgive me on this one but… when they say “the chance to design an accessory for Red Robin”, is that the burger joint Google keeps telling me it is?

      • LJCdoc

        Yeeup. How the mighty have fallen.

        • Becky Simmons

          Okie dokie… I’m not so sad that I can’t watch it until tomorrow, then!

    • frannyprof

      How cute is Jefferson?!

    • Maria Janson

      Korina Emmerich is going to be this season’s beetch.

    • johnnyboyjohn

      When I heard “…and the chance to design an accessory for Red Robin” I spit my cocktail across the room.