Designers Announced for Project Runway Season 11
The eleventh season of Project Runway starts in just one week. On January 24 on Lifetime, viewers will meet the 16 designers, hailing from every corner of the United States--and find out how they react to the news that this season is the first ever Teams Edition of Project Runway. During season 11, every runway challenge will be a team challenge, and the designers will have to collaborate and work constructively together.
But it's still a competition, so there should be some interesting personality clashes in store. With any luck, the fashion will be as inspiring as the interplay of personalities is fascinating. Alongside brilliant strokes of creativity, we'll be sure to see utter challenge failures--but will they come from teams whose members are totally in sync or from teams whose members just can't help fighting each other every step of the way?
Ahead of next week's season 11 premier, the 16 designers have been announced. They are:
Amanda Valentine, 31--Hometown: Lincoln, NE; Resides in Nashville, TN
Benjamin Mach, 35--Hometown: Sydney, Australia; Resides in London, England
Cindy Marlatt, 59--Hometown: Kent, WA; Resides in Kent, WA
Daniel Esquivel, 48--Hometown: Austin, TX; Resides in Austin, TX
Emily Pollard, 24--Hometown: Richfield, OH; Resides in Falls Church, VA
James Martinez, 29--Hometown: Dallas, TX; Resides in Dallas, TX
Joseph Aaron Segal, 30--Hometown: Framingham, MA; Resides in Providence, RI
Katelyn Pankoke, 23--Hometown: Parkland, FL; Resides in Chicago, IL
Layana Aguilar, 28--Hometown: Valadares, Brazil; Resides in New York, NY
Mat Arthur, 30--Hometown: Hammond, LA; Resides in New Orleans, LA
Michelle Lesniak Franklin, 34--Hometown: Portland, OR; Resides in Portland, OR
Patricia Michaels, 46--Hometown: Taos, NM; Resides in Taos, NM
Richard Hallmarq, 40--Hometown: Sacramento, CA; Resides in Sacramento, CA
Samantha Black, 28--Hometown: Bronx, NY/ Fairfield, CT; Resides in Brooklyn, NY
Stanley Hudson, 45--Hometown: Pomona, CA; Resides in West Hollywood, CA
Tu Nakchat, 26--Hometown: Chacheangsao, Thailand; Resides in Springfield, VA
And don't miss Threads' recap of the final episode of Project Runway All Stars tomorrow!
What do you think of the season 11 all team-challenge format? Do you think the team challenges push the designers to do better work or do you think it sets up an artificial design environment?