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July 19, 2011

Project Runway Casting Call

Hit the road with MC editors Jeremy Spears, Zanna Roberts Rassi, and Katie Connor as they vet contestants for Project Runway 's ninth season.

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Marie Claire editor Jeremy Spears, Project Runway's season seven winner, Seth Aaron Henderson, and season eight runner-up, Mondo Guerra.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lifetime

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Jeremy Spears, Chicago & Miami

It's my first time judging Project Runway auditions, and I fall in love immediately. In Chicago, I meet Danielle Everine, a gamine 25-year-old with flawless boy-meets-girl creations. I'm sure she'll be the winner of Project Runway's ninth season. Game over. Almost.

In Miami, I brace myself for string bikinis, Ed Hardy prints, and lots of crazy-tight dresses. My fellow panelists (PR's season seven winner, Seth Aaron Henderson, and season eight runner-up, Mondo Guerra) and I are pleasantly surprised when Essence Flowers walks in with a rack of beautifully draped party frocks. I'll admit, based on her name alone, I thought Essence Flowers had lost her way to RuPaul's Drag Race. It turns out the ex-naval officer has hippie parents to blame for her moniker. My bad!

The muses here are... interesting. Rafael Cox, a sassy, self-assured Atlanta native, pictured Rihanna for his stage-worthy separates. They just might work once the singer kicks her "S&M" phase. Kenzie Leon Perry, on the other hand, has a PR obsession that's borderline creepy. Each of his designs is based on a past series' challenge. He even Photoshopped himself onto a T-shirt standing next to Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum. Number one fan? Yes. The next great designer? Not so much. Next!


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