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Vote for the Season 9 Fan Favorite Designer All Season Long

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 10:01pm GMT

Lifetime puts the power in the hands of the fans this season with Fan Favorite. Starting with the premiere episode, airing July 28 at 9/8c, fans can show their support for their favorite designer by tweeting using a particular designer's #hashtag on Twitter.

Fans can visit find each designer's #hashtag here on myLifetime.com, to tweet their support. Whether they're the first to get auf'd or a mere challenge away from Fashion Week, all designers are eligible all season long!

The winner, as chosen by the fans, will be awarded a $10,000 prize, plus Season 9 Fan Favorite bragging rights.

myLifetime.com will make it easy for fans to vote by allowing users to log in to Twitter within "Project Runway" Season 9 site (or register for the first time!), and tweet from the designers’ respective pages.

Fans can also visit the Fan Favorite page (coming soon!) to find out the leading designer at any given time and view the stream of supportive tweets associated with each contestant.

The winner of Season 9 Fan Favorite will be announced on-air and online during the finale episode in October.

Keep checking back here on the blog for the latest details about Fan Favorite and how to let your voice be heard!


Meet the 20 Designers of Season 9

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 11:35am GMT

It's like the Christmas morning of fashion, people! The 20 (yes, twenty) designers of Season 9 are finally ready to be unwrapped, and the countdown to the big premiere on Thursday, July 28 at 9/8c on Lifetime is officially on.

Project Runway Season 9 Designers


There's plenty of ways to get to know this elite crew: designer bios and Q&As, their portfolio of inspirations and past work, personal photo galleries, home visit tours, casting videos and much more. But, why don't we do the group speed dating version here on the blog with an interesting takeaway from each contestant, shall we?:

Amanda Perna
Amanda's favorite purchase? Rain boots. She is the one person praying for rain, just so she can show them off. She also been known to form crushes on shoes.

Anthony Ryan Auld
This Southern boy is known for wearing skinny jeans and boots. Impressively, he found a pair of Gaultier glasses in France that just happened to be his very own prescription. They're his most expensive fashion splurge — and correct his vision!

Anya Ayoung-Chee
Anya walks into Season 9 with some serious bragging rights: she lives in tropical paradise (Trinidad and Tobago) and competed in the 2008 Miss Universe Pageant.

Becky Ross
This Portland, OR native first started making clothes for her Barbie dolls. You'll never see her wearing something white or boring — she is all about the color, including making sure all of her closet hangers are all of the same color.

Bert Keeter
His dream celebrity client is Oprah. He recently returned to fashion designing after a stint in retail, during which he used to sketch ideas on the back of register tape.

Bryce Black
Bryce Black worships at the altar of Gaga. Flip through his designer portfolio, and her name will be the answer to many design inspirations and client aspirations.

Cecilia Motwani
Cecilia only wears clothes she makes. Only. Her supermodel muse is Cindy Crawford.

Danielle Everine
Danielle is currently an intimates designer for Target. One of her recent collections was inspired by suiting.

David Chum
David claims that his entire teenage years were riddled with bad fashion choices. The worst offender? Wide-legged JNCO jeans.

Fallene Wells
If Fallene's name sounds familiar, Disney movie fans, it's because she is named after Bambi's girlfriend. This Denver, CO resident impressed the guest judges in her audition by creating her own textiles.

Gunnar Deatherage
Gunnar is a hairstylist by day and a self-taught designer by night. His closet is filled with lots of jackets (he loves dark colors) and unique jewelry finds.

Joshua McKinley
Joshua is one of the few people who have removed their shirt during a casting session, and we thank him for this. He listens to Katy Perry while designing.

Joshua Christensen
Always on the go between his home base of L.A. and Vegas, Joshua loves staying comfortable in T-shirts. He loves working with bright colors.

Julie Tierney
Julie loves tweeds and stripes and in her Southwest sportswear-inspired pieces. Guest judge Seth Aaron Henderson called her presentation at her audition Fashion Week–ready as a collection.

Kimberly Goldson
Singer Kelly Rowland provides some musical motivation to Kimberly when she's designing. This self-taught designer wore her own design to her audition.

Laura Kathleen
Laura Kathleen's style icon is Marilyn Monroe. You'll spot a huge poster of the film icon on her closet wall. She also loves vintage items and the label St. John.

Olivier Green
Olivier has a fabulous accent, only rivaled by Malan Breton. His closet features a prized, very Mister Rogers–esque sweater that he bought for a mere five pounds!

Rafael Cox
Rafael has a marching-band jacket in his closet. This prompts the question, "What instrument did he play ... and is it just a coincidence that he kind of looks like Prince in his publicity shot for the show?"

Serena da Conceicao
Serena has a photo of a Marc Jacobs bag on fire in her living room. She is careful to note that it is not Marc by Marc, so watch out!

Viktor Luna
Viktor has a pair of church shoes in his ridiculously organized closet. His most expensive clothing purchase? A Prada shirt.

Keep checking back here on the blog for more on these 20 new designers and details about Season 9.


Kirstin Haskins Simms: Retiring the Wooly Balls

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 6:59pm GMT

The very week after she tickled us — and Tim Gunn — pink, Kristin Haskins Simms ends her "Project Runway" journey. Check out the Lifetime Mom interview with a post-auf'd Kristin here, then read on to view our video picks for Kristin’s best (and ballsiest) “Project Runway” moments.


After Party: The Best of Sarah Trost

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 6:29pm GMT

Find out what last week’s auf’d contestant, Sarah Trost, has to say about getting the boot and about the remaining contestants, in her interview with the Lifetime Moms. Then, keep reading to catch our video picks for Sarah’s best (and funniest) “Project Runway” moments.


Get the Goods From the Piperlime Accessories Wall, Plus Meet Season 8 Designers

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 12:49pm GMT

Want to meet the Season 8 designers, get their limited edition designed tote bag and snag some top fall styles? Look no further than the Piperlime pop-up store during Fashion Week in September! Read on for all the fun fashion details!


Meet "Project Runway" Season 8 Designer Kristin Haskins Simms

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 11:39am GMT

"Project Runway" Season 8 Designer Kristin Haskins Simms is a professor — but not in the type of design many of the other contestants have been schooled in. With no formal fashion training, this Philly-based graphic designer got bit by the fashion bug when she started creating T-shirts. One tee led to a jacket, which led to a collection. Check it all out in the photo gallery of her past work!

Let Kristin Haskins Simms teach you the art of fabulous bargain-hunting in her closet tour, then discover what makes this contestant tick by cruising on over to her designer portfolio.


Meet "Project Runway" Season 8 Designer Jason Troisi

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 11:26am GMT

"Project Runway" Season 8 Designer Jason Troisi has good taste. When asked to name his favorite designer, this "Project Runway" contestant calls on his own nautical-influenced creations made in his Greenwich, Connecticut, basement. This landscaper is ready to trade in the perennials and potting soil for good with his second attempt at "Project Runway" glory on Season 8.

You won’t want to miss Jason Troisi’s designer portfolio or his home visit, where he shows us his Parisian-inspired molded clothing. And his codpiece. Seriously.


Meet "Project Runway" Season 8 Designer Christopher Collins

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 6:38pm GMT

"Project Runway" Season 8 Designer Christopher Collins is a detail-oriented man of fashion — something that he worries might end up being his kryptonite on the show. Tim Gunn and the other judges in the casting session seem to have faith in his work, calling the San Francisco designer and his arsenal of tailored pieces "a breath of fresh air."

Check out the designer's photo gallery of past work and judge his pre-"Runway" collection for yourself, then cruise on over to pics of Christopher Collins throughout the years to see one contestant who made a good Peter Pan back in the day.


Meet "Project Runway" Season 8 Designer Sarah Trost

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 10:34am GMT

"Project Runway" Season 8 Designer Sarah Trost describes the pieces in her own personal wardrobe as any combination of "hideous," "terrible" and "ugly," but we’d call the use of "workout bunny" fabric in fashion pretty ingenious! Watch Sarah’s casting session to see what you think about her cat dress complete with bow.

Who doesn’t love them a designing cat lady? We sure do! Check out Sarah Trost’s use of fun fabrics — including a curtain her mom found in an alley — in her colorful closet tour, and flip through her portfolio to see her superhero designs.


Meet "Project Runway" Season 8 Designer Michael Costello

Posted By CaitlinBergmann 8:11pm GMT

"Project Runway" Season 8 Designer Michael Costello is hoping the fourth time’s the charm after auditioning for the show thrice before! The designer definitely hasn’t been bored in the meantime, with celebrities like Toni Braxton and "Baywatch" star Traci Bingham keeping him and his sewing machine busy. View Michael’s designer portfolio and his photo gallery of past work to see his daring (and often cleavage-baring) designs.

We’ll see whether this is the season for Michael Costello, but the real question is: Are Michael Costello and Tim Gunn related?! Find the answer to all that and more, in the designer’s casting session.