Are you still watching Project Runway? After a dozen seasons, several new judges and a couple of unsuccessful gimmicks (Remember the team challenge season? Yikes!) the fashion reality competition is still alive and kicking. I guess it helps when you’re kicking with Heidi Klum’s legs, huh? Project Runway will return for lucky season 13 on Thursday, July 24 and I have to admit, I am still going to watch. There have definitely been some duds in recent years (I’m looking at you, Michelle Lesniak) but I really enjoyed the work of last year’s winner, Dom Streater. Plus, my life is just a little bit better when Tim Gunn is on my TV, you know?
Along with Tim as mentor, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen will return as judges. Ugh, isn’t it time to say auf wiedersehen to Nina? After her completely appalling “fashion is not art” attitude a few seasons ago, I’ve stopped respecting her opinion entirely. Luckily, they’re also bringing back the Tim Gunn save, for when Nina really misses the mark.
This year’s 18 contestants will be joined by one “redemption” contestant from a past season. Fans were able to view the “Instaportfolios” and vote on the Runway Redemption website for either Ken Laurence (season 12), Alexander Pope (season 12), or Amanda Valentine (season 11). Based on those portfolios, I kind of hope that Alexander comes back, because at least he’s interesting. I really hope it won’t be Ken. He was all drama, not enough talent. Sorry, Ken.
The “redeemed” designer will be announced in the season premiere. For now, let’s meet the other 18 contestants along with a sample from their portfolio:
Alexander Knox, 22, from Chicago, IL
Angela Sum, 32, from Torrance, CA
Carrie Sleutskaya, 24, from Los Angeles, CA
Char Glover, 37, from Detroit, MI
Emily Payne, 40, from San Francisco, CA
Emmanuel Tobias, 29, from Dallas, TX
fäde zu grau, 45, from Coral Gables, FL
Hernan Lander, 33, from Resides in New York, NY
Jefferson Musanda, 25, from Brooklyn, NY
Kiniokahokula Zamora, 30, from Honolulu, HI
Korina Emmerich, 28, from Brooklyn, NY
Kristine Guico, 26, from Brooklyn, NY
The Mitchell Perry, 25, from Fort Lauderdale, FL
Nzinga Knight, 33, from Brooklyn, NY
Samantha Plasencia, 27, from San Antonio, TX
Sandhya Garg, 28, from Birmingham, AL
Sean Kelly, 25, from Brooklyn, NY
Tim Navarro, 32, from Minneapolis, MN
Before you even ask, yes, that guy’s name is The Mitchell Perry. He is most definitely going to be a pretentious douche. Otherwise, not a bad bunch! Lots of diversity this year! The designers are skewed a little older than usual as well, with several demonstrating experience in menswear. Interesting… What do you think? Will you watch season 13 of Project Runway?