“Project Runway”: Anniversary Party in Times Square
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“Project Runway” has always ended with a runway show – but last night’s 10th season premiere opened with BIG runway show in Times Square! The glitzy event suited the celebratory air of reaching a 10th season, as well as the skill and experience of the new crop of designers. Episodes air at 9 p.m. Thursdays on Lifetime, and you can see behind-the-scenes footage and much more at MyLifetime.com/shows/ProjectRunway.
The new designers
Alicia Hardesty, 27, from Brandenburg, Kentucky.
Andrea Katz, 58, from Manhattan, New York.
Beatrice Guapo, 28, from Marina Del Rey, California.
Buffi Jashanmal, 32, from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Christopher Palu, 24, from Massapequa, New York.
Dmitry Sholokhov, 33, from New York City.
Elena Slivnyak, 28, from San Francisco, California.
Fabio Costa, 29, from Brooklyn, New York.
Gunnar Deatherage, 22, from Louisville, Kentucky.
Kooan Kosuke, 30, from Himeji, Japan.
Lantie Foster, 47, from New York City.
Melissa Fleis, 31, from San Francisco, California.
Nathan Paul, 33, from Manhattan, New York.
Raul Osorio, 27, from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Sonjia Williams, 27, from Boston, Massachusetts.
Ven Budhu, 28, from Kew Gardens, New York.
The first challenge
After revealing some of their work at the Times Square Anniversary Party, the new designers were challenged to create garments that went with a look they had previously created. The guest judges were actress Lauren Graham and designer Patricia Field.
The winner: Christopher Palu
Christopher prevailed with a long evening gown that mimicked the slashed look of a strapless mini-dress he showed in the fashion show.
Rounding out the top three
The loser: Beatrice Guapo
Completing the bottom three
The fan favorite
It’s Christopher, with 28 percent of the vote after the first episode!
The rest of the designs
Share your thoughts on the new season
Do you feel that the runway show was a fun start to the season?
What do you think of the new designers? Do you consider them to be talented? Who is your favorite? What about the mix of personalities – do you think this is going to be an intersting season?
Do you have any early predictions of who will make it to the final three?
Beatrice's losing design.
Christopher's winning design.
Tim, Heidi, Michael, and Nina celebrate the start of "Project Runway"'s 10th season in Times Square.