After a satisfying winner of the last season of Project Runway, the inaugural season of Project Runway: Junior caught a running start. Project Runway: Junior features the next generation of fashionistas and fashionistos aged 13 to 17, making a more apt title Project Runway: Teen.
The premiere episode “Welcome to New York” featured 12 young and ambitious designers, a refreshing departure from the cast of Project Runway: Threads whose less-than-likable batch of kids left us rooting against them.
Host Hannah Davis gives them their first task: the “First Impressions” challenge, in which they’ll use New York as their inspiration to create a look that shows off their distinct design perspective.
The kids are quickly off to Mood and the workroom where they gleefully anticipate Tim Gunn’s guidance. Judges this season are Kelly Osbourne, designer Christian Siriano and executive fashion editor at Cosmopolitan and Seventeen Magazine Aya Kanai.
Check out some of the best designs from the season premiere including the looks that made it to the top three. Spoiler alert: Samantha, a 16-year-old from Queens who loves to design street-wear, won this challenge with her chic and expensive-looking structural crop top and belted culottes.
The winner of Project Runway: Junior will receive a full scholarship to the prestigious FIDM in California, a complete home sewing and crafting studio provided by Brother, a feature in Seventeen Magazine and a $25,000 cash prize, to help launch their line. Make it work!
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