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Project Runway: Threads – Episode 1, “Red Carpet”

Project Runway: Threads is judged by Seventeen Fashion Director Gina Kelly and Accessories Editor Jasmine Snow (not pictured), YouTube style vlogger Ingrid Nilsen, and designer and former Project Runway winner Christian Siriano, and is hosted by Vanessa Simmons

In the grand tradition of Project Runway spin offs, Lifetime’s new competition series Project Runway:Threads premiered Thursday, October 23. Much like its predecessor, the show features a cast of hungry and passionate designers competing for a chance to make a name for themselves in the fashion industry. However, unlike past iterations of Project Runway, the cast of designers changes weekly and while they’re not too young to drive a sewing machine, many are too young to carry a driver’s permit.

What are they competing for you ask? The winner of Project Runway: Threads will be awarded $10,000 to be used at Jo-Ann’s Fabrics and Craft stores or Joann.com, a scholarship to Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), and an impressive sewing and embroidery studio provided by Brother Intl. Corp.

Project Runway: Threads will be hosted by Vanessa Simmons and judged by designer and former Project Runway winner Christian Siriano, Seventeen Fashion Director Gina Kelly and Accessories Editor Jasmine Snow, and YouTube style vlogger Ingrid Nilsen.

Project Runway: Threads - Episode 1- cambriaCambria and her assistant (her father), continue to
work on her second look.

Each week, three teen or tween contestants participate in a fast-paced design challenge and face-off on the runway. To help complete their looks on time, each designer is assigned an adult assistant. As it turns out, the assistants are the young designers’ parents or guardians. One can only assume that this paring will inevitably lead to some drama.

Before the designers step foot in the workroom, they show the judges their “Show Us Your Style” looks, which are made at home prior to each episode. The winner of this mini-challenge gets to “steal” their opponent’s assistant for thirty minutes.

Now that we’re all caught up, on to the first challenge.

The first round of tween and teen fashion designers were Bradford (13 years old,) Cambria (12 years old,) and Kenzie (12 years old). For their first challenge, the contestants had one day to create red carpet looks that were representative of their design aesthetic. They were later surprised with an additional challenge – to design a “street look.”

Fashion Police co-host Kelly Osbourne offered some fashion insight and advice, and actress Jaime King appeared as a guest judge.

Bradford’s Wining Red Carpet design and Street Look:

Project Runway: Threads - Episode 1 - Bradford

Kenzie’s Red Carpet design and Street Look:

Project Runway: Threads - Kenzie - Episode 1

Cambria’s Red Carpet design and Street Look:

Project Runway: Threads - Episode 1 - Cambria

All in all, I was thoroughly impressed with the talent these young designers exhibited. From Cambria’s thoughtful box pleating, to the back strap design seen on Kenzie’s red carpet look, to Bradford’s modern and sleek design – each of them had a distinct point of view. Sure, some of the constructions details could have been better executed but I have no doubt that these aspiring designers will master their craft with each stitch they sew and garment they construct.

Did you think the challenge was appropriate for their skill level? What did you think of having the teen designer’s parents act as their assistants? I think a better approach would have been to have former Project Runway contestants act as mentors and/or assistants. Do you agree? Which look was your favorite? Did you agree with the judges pick?

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  1. MendingMyOwn | | #1

    I haven't seen the show yet, but from the photos I'd say my favorite look is the white and blue dress with the boots. Can't wait to watch this, and I'm sure my kids will be excited too. They love the show as much as I do.

  2. Stormee | | #2

    I think I would have like to see the kids dress kids. But those kids are very talented.

  3. Bhow5747 | | #3

    The parents need to go. They are an added distraction for the kids. I thought the challenges were inline with their skill level. I agree that former PR contestants would have been much better. The show will have to grow on me, but I'll keep watching.

  4. FirstCaucasoid | | #4

    I think it was more appropriate for the children to have their own parents assisting them, rather than former adult contestants. One reason is because the former contestants would have asserted too much style influence over the less experienced designers. Another reason is because I think children are more comfortable working with family, and no so exposed to possibly inappropriate adult behaviors (like swearing, for example).

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