Project Runway: Can You Guess the Designer?

How well do you know the new crop of contestants? See if you can pick out this season's 16 designers — and discover their fears, strengths, and what they really think of Tim Gunn!

August 9, 2011 8:00 AM
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Nana's Boy

This TP-happy little squirt discovered his love of sewing when crafting a quilt with his nana.
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Anthony Ryan Auld

Age: 28
Hometown: Linden, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Celebrity look-alike: Johnny Depp
Fave designer: Alexander McQueen
Signature materials: Natural fabrics and prints
Weirdest material: A bird's nest
First project: A quilt with my grandmother
Personal aesthetic: Wearable yet forward, sometimes random
Fashion motto: Final touches can make or break a look
Pump-up song: Anything by Lady Gaga
Favorite Project Runway challenge from a previous season: Fabric design
Judge you're the most scared of: Heidi — you never know what she's going to say
Most-worn item in your closet: Jeans
Movie inspiration: The Devil Wears Prada
One word for Tim Gunn: Inspiring

Frida Fan

Today, this adorable beach bunny fears pageant dresses and screens Frida for inspiration.
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Anya Ayoung-Chee

Age: 29
Hometown: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
Childhood nickname: Anz
Workroom nickname: Sexy (according to fellow contestant Viktor)
Celebrity look-alike: Angelina Jolie
Dream guest judge: Rihanna
Fave designers:Tom Ford, Stella McCartney
Signature material: 100 percent cotton
Weirdest material: Dog toys
First project: A doll
Personal aesthetic: Edgy, sexy, vibrant, dynamic
Secret Weapon: Composure
Pump-up song: "I Wanna Go" by Britney Spears
Most-dreaded challenge/twist: Pageant dresses
Most-worn item in your closet: An H&M maxi dress
Movie inspiration: Frida
One word for Tim Gunn: Genuine

"The Edge"

Well-dressed from the start, this composed contestant promises to "bring the edge" to the runway.
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Olivier Green

Age: 22
Hometown: New York, New York
Fave designer: Raf Simons
Signature material: Fine wool
Weirdest material: Plastic sheets
First project: Toile in college
Personal aesthetic: Clean, modern, structured
Fashion motto: Bring the edge
Secret weapon: Yet to figure it out
Pump-up song: Anything by Robyn
Most-dreaded challenge/twist: Anything commercial-driven
Judge you're the most scared of: Heidi
Most-worn item in your closet: An old trench
One word for Tim Gunn: Composed

Super Smile

He's all smiles here, but now his greatest fear is the unpredictable guest judge.
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Bert Keeter

Age: 57
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Childhood nickname: Ralph
Workroom nickname: Old Man
Celebrity look-alike: Alec Baldwin
Dream guest judge: Helen Mirren
Fave designer: Valentino Garavani
Signature material: Lightweight wools
Weirdest material: Anything polyester
First project: A plaid teddy bear
Personal aesthetic: Clean, sleek, modern
Fashion motto: Less is much, much more!
Secret weapon: Staying calm
Pump-up song: "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay
Favorite Project Runway challenge from a previous season: The travel look for the Paris challenge
Judge you're the most scared of: The guest judge — an unknown entity
Most-worn item in your closet: Gray corduroy Gap jeans
Movie inspiration: Dinner at Eight
One word for Tim Gunn: Fast!

Pixie Power

This modern-day pixie loves little boy's clothes and can't watch enough Boardwalk Empire.
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Fallene Wells

Age: 29
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Workroom nickname: Pixie
Celebrity look-alike: If Maggie Gyllenhaal and Shirley Temple had a baby
Dream guest judge: Zooey Deschanel
Fave designer: Alexander McQueen
Signature materials: Cotton blends, wool
Weirdest material: Plastic seaweed
First project: Rainbow-striped shorts
Personal aesthetic: Modern, vintage-inspired
Secret weapon: Creativity and style
Pump-up song: "5 Years Time" by Noah and the Whale
Judge you're the most scared of: Nina Garcia
Most-worn item in your closet: A vintage little boy's sweater that cost $16  
TV inspiration: Boardwalk Empire
One word for Tim Gunn: Sincere

Ballerina Baby

Her dance days must have formed this prima ballerina's love of jeggings back in Colorado.
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Julie Tierney

Age: 28
Hometown: Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Workroom nickname: Julie Jeggings
Celebrity look-alike: Amy Poehler
Fave designer: Christian Lacroix
Signature material: Wool
Weirdest material: Dog-food bags
Personal aesthetic: Sophisticated utilitarian
Fashion motto: Let it go
Secret weapon: Good ideas
Pump-up song: "Bring Beer or Go Home" by Shr3d Crust
Most-dreaded challenge/twist: Making a garment for other competitors
Judge you're the most scared of: Nina — she's sassy
Most-worn item in your closet: Shr3d Crust T-shirt
Movie inspiration: Easy Rider
One word for Tim Gunn: Poignant

Barbie Girl

A Vivienne Westwood fanatic, this Barbie-loving seamstress claims a retro edge.

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Rebecca Sue Ross

Age: 38
Hometown: Pinckney, Michigan
Workroom nickname: Gluten-free
Celebrity look-alike: Cyndi Lauper
Dream guest judge: Zooey Deschanel
Fave designer: Vivienne Westwood
Signature material: Cotton
Weirdest material: Cigarette boxes
First project: Barbie clothes
Personal aesthetic: Retro, artsy, and a bit rockabilly
Secret weapon: 30 years of sewing experience — plus I'm a grounded adult
Pump-up song: "Sail" by Awolnation
Favorite Project Runway challenge from a previous season: Barbie
Most-dreaded challenge/twist: Menswear
Judge you're the most scared of: Nina — she knows what women wear, and she's opinionated
Movie inspiration: The Notebook
One word for Tim Gunn: Adorbs

Nutty for Neoprene

Neoprene is the material of choice for this Robyn-listening New York native.
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Viktor Luna

Age: 30
Hometown: New York, New York
Childhood nickname: Piolin
Celebrity look-alike: Beyoncé
Dream guest judge: Robyn
Fave designer: Alexander McQueen
Signature material: Neoprene
Weirdest material: Velvet
First project: Deconstructing garments
Personal aesthetic: Experimental/classic
Fashion motto: Keep it high fashion
Secret weapon: I'm fast and edit well
Pump-up song: "I Wanna Go" by Britney Spears
Most-dreaded challenge/twist: Prom dresses
Judge you're the most scared of: None
Movie inspiration: Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
One word for Tim Gunn: Werk

Western Wearer

Today, you can often find her watching Westerns in her favorite Zebra-striped T-shirt.
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Danielle Everine

Age: 26
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Celebrity look-alike: Josephine Foster
Fave designer: Alexander McQueen
Signature materials: Chiffon, wool, and leather
Weirdest material: Dog toys
First project: Doll clothes
Personal aesthetic: Feminine, tailored, and easy cool
Fashion motto: Make an effort
Secret weapon: Emotional composure
Pump-up song: Anything by Ratatat
Most-dreaded challenge/twist: Making a second outfit in one day
Judge you're the most scared of: Heidi — brutal critiques
Most-worn item in your closet: A zebra-print T-shirt
Movie inspiration: The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly (or any Western film)
One word for Tim Gunn: Articulate

Secret Weapon

Using her secret weapon — her construction skills — she once made a garment from a wire hanger.
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Cecilia Motwani

Age: 37
Hometown: New York, New York
Childhood nickname: Chi-Chi
Workroom nickname: CC
Celebrity look-alike: Penélope Cruz
Signature material: Silk
Weirdest material: A wire hanger
First project: My yellow oversized skirt
Personal aesthetic: Seductive sophistication
Secret weapon: Construction skills
Pump-up song: A mix of '80s hits
Favorite Project Runway challenge from a previous season: Philip Treacy's hat
Most-dreaded challenge/twist: Team challenges
Judge you're the most scared of: Heidi — she won't let go of you
Most-worn item in your closet: Sheath dresses
One word for Tim Gunn: Supportive

Prince Runway

This grade-school cutie first created pillows in Home Ec and says he passes for Prince.
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Rafael Lewis Cox

Age: 27
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Childhood nickname: Ralph
Workroom nickname: Beyoncé
Celebrity look-alike: Prince
Dream guest judge: Tilda Swinton
Fave designer: Alexander McQueen
Signature material: Knits
Weirdest material: Trash bags
First project: Pillows in Home Economics
Personal aesthetic: Very architectural and structured
Fashion motto: I make clothes for everyone, leaving no one unclothed!
Secret weapon: I think quickly on my feet
Pump-up song: "Run the World (Girls)" by Beyoncé
Most-worn item in your closet: Creative recreation boots
Movie inspiration: Mommie Dearest
One word for Tim Gunn: Interesting

Shy Sweetie

A comfort-loving tailor from the Northwest, this shy guy once used an umbrella as material.
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Joshua Christensen

Age: 29
Hometown: Snohomish, Washington
Childhood nickname: My dad used to call me Hairy (ironically)
Workroom nickname: Joshy
Celebrity look-alike: Kiefer Sutherland
Dream guest judge: Milla Jovovich or Sarah Michelle Gellar
Fave designer: Etro
Signature material: Cotton shirting
Weirdest material: An umbrella
Personal aesthetic: Classic with architectural elements
Fashion motto: It should feel good
Secret weapon: My heart and integrity
Pump-up song: "Time Machine" by Robyn
Most-dreaded challenge/twist: Wedding dresses
Judge you're the most scared of: Heidi — she's the voice
Movie inspiration: Equilibrium
One word for Tim Gunn: Genuine

Dress-up Diva

More is more for this budding fashionista who loves Adele and calls the Midwest home.
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Laura Kathleen Planck

Age: 26
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Childhood nickname: Laura Lou, Woobie
Workroom nickname: Barbie
Celebrity look-alike: Kristin Chenoweth
Dream guest judge: Nicole Kidman
Fave fashion designers: YSL, Balenciaga, Valentino
Signature material: Chiffon
Weirdest material: Leaves
First project: A pair of pajamas
Personal aesthetic: Vintage silhouettes with modern fabric, highly tailored pieces
Secret weapon: Speed and taste
Pump-up song: Anything by Adele or Amy Winehouse
Judge you're the most scared of: Michael Kors — he has the biggest bite
Most-worn item in your closet: St. John blazer
One word for Tim Gunn: Genuine

Dapper Dan

This dapper chap hopes Blake Lively shows up to guest judge, and once made garbagemen stylish.
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Joshua McKinley

Age: 25
Hometown: Sunnyside, New York
Celebrity look-alike: Ryan Reynolds
Dream guest judge: Blake Lively
Fave designers: Jean Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott
Signature material: Neoprene
Weirdest material: Hair extensions
First project: A garbageman's one-piece
Personal aesthetic: Colorful with beautiful craftsmanship
Fashion motto: Confidence is clothing!
Pump-up song: "Torn Down" by Brandy
Judge you're the most scared of: Nina — she has the ability to keep you on her radar and show your work
Most-worn item in your closet: My 2(X)ist collection of underwear
One word for Tim Gunn: Undeniably brilliant

Goo Goo for Gaga

With his overall days behind him, this Lady Gaga fan now calls Heidi "The Klum of Doom."

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Bryce Black

Age: 26
Hometown: Twin Falls, Idaho
Workroom nickname: Brycey
Dream guest judge: Lady Gaga
Signature material: Denim
Weirdest material: Puppy pee pads
First project: An apron
Personal aesthetic: Mixing textures and interesting silhouettes
Fashion motto: Fashion is not for snobs
Pump-up song: "Bloody Mary" by Lady Gaga
Most-dreaded challenge/twist: Making clothes for a fellow designer
Judge you're the most scared of: Heidi! She cuts to your soul — "The Klum of Doom."
Most-worn item in your closet: Jeans
Movie inspiration: Grey Gardens
One word for Tim Gunn: Amazing!

Fierce from the First

This fierce, self-taught competitor would love to dress dream guest judge Michelle Obama.
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Kimberly Y.Goldson

Age: 36
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Celebrity look-alike: Gabrielle Union
Dream guest judge: Michelle Obama
Fave designer: Oscar de la Renta
Signature material: Brocade
Weirdest material: Hosing for a fish tank
First project: A basic skirt
Personal aesthetic: Urban glam
Fashion motto: Do you!
Secret weapon: Since I'm self-taught, I know the shortcuts
Most-dreaded challenge/twist: Completing another designer's garment
Judge you're the most scared of: Heidi — she cuts with her comments
Movie inspiration: Breakfast at Tiffany's
One word for Tim Gunn: Favorite!