Season 16 of Project Runway is here and is being featured on Lifetime, with 16 designers competing in hopes of one becoming “the next great American designer.” So, let’s get into all the details on the cast members this season, from the judges to the designers.
TIME SLOT: Thursdays, 9 – 10:30 p.m.
TV CHANNEL: Lifetime Network
WORKROOM MENTOR: Tim Gunn
JUDGES: Supermodel and America’s Got Talent judge Heidi Klum, Marie Claire creative director Nina Garcia, and esteemed fashion designer Zac Posen.
Margarita Alvarez – 30 years old, from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Amy Bond – 46 years old, from Los Angeles, California.
Michael Brambila – 25 years old, from Oakland, California.
Claire Buitendorp – 27 years old, from Grand Ledge, Michigan.
Shawn Buitendorp – 27 years old, from Grand Ledge, Michigan.
Kenya Freeman – 37 years old, from Atlanta, Georgia.
Ayana Ife – 27 years old, from Salt Lake City, Utah.
Kentaro Kameyama – 38 years old, from Los Angeles, California.
Kudzanai Karidza – 32 years old, from Atlanta, Georgia.
Brandon Kee – 24 years old, from San Francisco, California.
Batani-Khalfani – 32 years old, from Inglewood, California.
Sentell McDonald – 33 years old, from New York City, New York.
Aaron Myers – 23 years old, from Brooklyn, New York.
Samantha Rei – 36 years old, from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Deyonté Weather – 36 years old, from Lynnwood, Washington.
ChaCha – 24 years old, from Taipei, Taiwan
GUEST JUDGES: Demi Lovato, Katie Holmes, Olivia Munn, Yolanda Hadid, Kate Upton, Maggie Q, Kelsea Ballerini, Dove Cameron, China Anne McClain, Asia Kate Dillon, Carly Chaikin, Maddie Ziegler, Sophia Stallone, Georgina Chapman, Rachel Brosnahan and Anne Fulenwider.
PREMIERE EPISODE SYNOPSIS: “One Size Does Not Fit All” – The designers must create a red-carpet look that demonstrates their fashion point of view; the designers learn they will be working with models of all sizes.
EPISODE 2 SYNOPSIS: “An Unconventional Recycling” – The designers struggle to make their voices heard during their team challenge; the designers must create a fashionable look out of recyclable materials.
PRIZES: According to A&E Network, the winner will receive:
– $100,000 to launch their line
– opportunity to collaborate with JCPenney on a limited edition capsule collection to be sold at select JCPenney stores and online
– a selection of Brother sewing and embroidery machines, with a retail value of $40,000
– a lifetime supply of pens from the Pilot FriXion Erasable Pen
– an all-expense paid luxury trip to Japan, including a 5-star stay near the fashion center of Japan.
– the new 2018 Lexus NX
– a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine.