Project Runway (season 16)

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Project Runway (season 16)
Country of origin United States
Release
Original network Lifetime
Original release August 17 (2017-08-17) – November 30, 2017 (2017-11-30)
Additional information
No. of contestants 16
No. of tasks 14
Winner Kentaro Kameyama
Season chronology
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Season 15
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Season 17

Project Runway Season 16 is the sixteenth season of the television show Project Runway, appearing on Lifetime. The season began on Thursday, August 17, 2017.[1] There are 16 designers competing to become "the next great American designer." Supermodel Heidi Klum, Marie Claire creative director Nina Garcia, and fashion designer Zac Posen are all returning as judges this season. Tim Gunn maintains his role as the workroom mentor. This was the last season to air on Lifetime and the last to feature Klum, Gunn, and Posen.

Season 16 was the first time the show emphasized diversity and inclusivity in the size of its models, who ranged from sizes 0 to 22.[2]

In May 2016, Lifetime renewed Project Runway through its eighteenth season, in a deal with The Weinstein Company.[3]

Designers[edit]

Sources:[4]

Name Age Hometown Placement
ChaCha 24 Taipei, Taiwan 16th
Sentell McDonald 33 New York City, NY 15th
Kudzanai Karidza 32 Atlanta, GA 14th
Deyonté Weather 36 Lynnwood, WA 13th
Aaron Myers 23 Brooklyn, NY 12th
Samantha Rei 36 Minneapolis, MN 11th
Shawn Buitendorp 27 Grand Ledge, Michigan 10th
Claire Buitendorp 27 Grand Ledge, Michigan 9th (DQ)
Batani-Khalfani 32 Inglewood, CA 8th
Amy Bond 46 Los Angeles, CA 7th
Michael Brambila 25 Oakland, CA 6th
Kenya Freeman 37 Atlanta, GA 5th
Margarita Alvarez 30 San Juan, Puerto Rico 4th
Brandon Kee 24 San Francisco, CA 3rd
Ayana Ife 27 Salt Lake City, UT Runner-up
Kentaro Kameyama 38 Los Angeles, CA Winner

Models[edit]

  • Sanita Anderson
  • Meisha Brooks
  • Jazzmine Carthon
  • Liris Crosse
  • Samantha Gomez
  • Colleen KM
  • Katie Kope
  • Marsha Larose
  • Sian Osborne
  • Christina Palavra
  • Monique Robinson
  • Yordanos Teshager
  • Janine Tondu
  • Lena Vostrikova
  • Kylie Frink
  • Liz Anne

Designer Progress[edit]

Designer Elimination Table
Designers 1 21 3 4 5 6 7 2 83 9 10 11 124 13 14 Eliminated Episode
Kentaro IN IN LOW HIGH IN WIN HIGH HIGH IN LOW LOW ADV ADV WINNER 14 - Finale Part 2
Ayana IN WIN IN IN IN IN IN IN HIGH WIN HIGH ADV ADV RUNNER-UP
Brandon HIGH HIGH WIN IN WIN IN HIGH IN HIGH HIGH WIN ADV ADV 3RD PLACE
Margarita IN IN HIGH IN IN LOW WIN LOW HIGH HIGH SAFE ADV ADV 4TH PLACE
Kenya HIGH HIGH IN LOW HIGH HIGH LOW HIGH IN HIGH HIGH ADV OUT 13 - Finale, Part 1
Michael IN IN IN WIN HIGH IN IN LOW WIN OUT 10 - Driving Miss Unconventional
Amy IN LOW IN IN IN IN LOW IN OUT 9 - A "Little" Avant Garde
Batani LOW HIGH HIGH IN IN IN HIGH LOW OUT
Claire IN LOW IN IN LOW LOW LOW DQ 8 - Client on the Go
Shawn LOW LOW IN HIGH IN HIGH OUT 7 - The Ultimate Faceoff
Samantha IN LOW IN IN LOW OUT 6 - Models Off Duty
Aaron IN HIGH IN LOW OUT 5 - Descending into Good and Evil
Deyonté WIN IN LOW OUT 4 - We're Sleeping Wear?
Kudzanai IN IN OUT 3 - A Leap of Innovation!
Sentell IN OUT 2 - An Unconventional Recycling
ChaCha OUT 1 - One Size Does Not Fit All
^1 : In episode 2, Samantha's outfit received positive critiques despite being on the losing team
^2 : Claire and Shawn were the losing team, but the judges were unable to decide who to eliminate, so they were tasked with creating a look in one hour to decide who is eliminated. Shawn forfeited the challenge to Claire and was eliminated.
^3 : Claire won the challenge but was caught breaking the rules and was disqualified. The losing designer, Batani, was spared elimination.
^4 : In episode 12, no winner was announced. The designers were told who advanced to fashion week.
     The designer won Project Runway Season 16.
     The designer advanced to Fashion Week.
     The designer won the challenge.
     The designer came in second but did not win the challenge.
     The designer had one of the highest scores for that challenge, but did not win.
     The designer had one of the lowest scores for that challenge, but was not eliminated.
     The designer was in the bottom two, but was not eliminated.
     The designer lost and was eliminated from the competition.
     The designer lost, but was brought back to the competition by Tim Gunn.
     The designer was disqualified from the competition.

Model Assignments[edit]

Model Progress Table
Model 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 9 10 11 12 13 14
Sanita MB SM AM AB BT KF CB - BK KF MA AI KT KT
Meisha AB AI BT BK KT KT MA - MB AI BK KT AI AI (2ND)
Liris BK CB DW KT MB MB SB - AI KT KF MA BK BK (3RD)
Jazzmine BT BK CB DW MA SR MB - AB BK KT KF MA MA (4TH)
Christina SB AM AB AI BK MA BK - KF MB AI BK KF
Janine KF MA MB SB AI SB KT - KT MA OUT
Sian AM AB AI BT CB CB KF - MA OUT
Monique DW KF KD MB AM BT AI - BT OUT
Colleen CB KT KF MA SB BK AB - OUT
Lena KT KD MA SR AB AI BT - OUT
Marsha AI BT BK CB KF AB OUT
Yordanos CC DW KT KF SR OUT
Samantha MA SR SB AM OUT
Liz KD MB SR OUT
Kylie SM SB OUT
Katie SR OUT
^1 : In episode 8, the designers had other clients as their models.
     The model was paired with the winning designer of Project Runway Season 16.
     The model wore the design that advanced the designer to fashion week.
     The model wore the winning design.
     The model wore the design with the second-highest score.
     The model wore the design with one of the highest scores but did not win.
     The model wore the design with one of the lowest scores.
     The model wore the design that landed in the bottom 2.
     The model wore the losing design.
     The model was eliminated.

Designer Legend

  • Aaron Myers: AM
  • Amy Bond: AB
  • Ayana Ife: AI
  • Batani-Khalfani: BT
  • Brandon Kee: BK
  • ChaCha: CC
  • Claire Buitendorp: CB
  • Deyonté Weather: DW
  • Kentaro Kameyama: KT
  • Kenya Freeman: KF
  • Kudzanai Karidza: KD
  • Margarita Alvarez: MA
  • Michael Brambila: MB
  • Samantha Rei: SR
  • Sentell McDonald: SM
  • Shawn Buitendorp: SB

Episodes[edit]

Sources:[5]

Episode 0: Road to the Runway[edit]

Original airdate: August 10, 2017

Episode 1: One Size Does Not Fit All[edit]

Original airdate: August 17, 2017

The designers enter Season 16 in style as they must create a red carpet look that demonstrates their fashion point of view. But the real surprise comes when the designers learn they will be working with models of all sizes!

  • Challenge: Create a red carpet look with your own signature style.
  • Guest Judge: Olivia Munn
  • WINNER: Deyonté
  • ELIMINATED: ChaCha

Episode 2: An Unconventional Recycling[edit]

Original airdate: August 24, 2017

In their first team challenge, the designers struggle to make their voices heard. However, this is an unconventional materials challenge and many of them stumble when forced to create a fashion forward look out of recyclable materials.

Team Name Team Members
Ballin' on a Budget Batani, Aaron, Kenya, Brandon, Ayana
Wabi-Sabi Margarita, Kentaro, Deyonté, Kudzanai, Michael
Tsunami Sentell, Samantha, Amy, Shawn, Claire
  • Challenge: Create a high fashion mini collection from recycled materials.
  • Guest Judge: Maggie Q &Anne Fulenwider
  • WINNER: Ayana
  • ELIMINATED: Sentell

Episode 3: A Leap of Innovation![edit]

Original airdate: August 31, 2017

The designers are treated to a private screening of the film Leap! as well as a performance by Hiplet and must draw inspiration for an innovative and edgy design in order to survive another week.

  • Challenge: Create a look inspired by dance, movement and innovation.
  • Guest Judge: Maddie Ziegler
  • WINNER: Brandon
  • ELIMINATED: Kudzanai

Episode 4: We're Sleeping Wear?[edit]

Original airdate: September 7, 2017

It’s the Heidi Klum Sleepwear Challenge and the designers are feeling on top of the world, literally. If a slumber party on the roof of the Empire State Building doesn’t bring them the inspiration they need to impress Heidi, nothing will!

  • Challenge: Create a sleepwear look for Heidi Klum Intimates.
  • Guest Judge: Demi Lovato
  • WINNER: Michael
  • ELIMINATED: Deyonté

Episode 5: Descending into Good and Evil[edit]

Original airdate: September 14, 2017

Drawing inspiration from the hit film Descendants 2, the designers visit Lyndhurst Castle and are tasked with creating a look that represents “Good” or “Evil.” Most of the results are angelic, but as always, the devil is in the details.

Inspiration Assigned Designers
Good Amy, Brandon, Kentaro, Aaron, Ayana, Claire
Evil Michael, Kenya, Samantha, Shawn, Margarita, Batani

Episode 6: Models Off Duty[edit]

Original airdate: September 21, 2017

The models become much more than runway eye candy as they serve for inspiration to the designers to create a street style look, to be featured in a photo shoot. But ceding creative control to the models proves to be a difficult chore for some designers.

Episode 7: The Ultimate Faceoff[edit]

Original airdate: September 28, 2017

It’s the JC Penney Challenge and the designers must use men’s fabrics and designs to create a fashion forward look for their female models. Not only that, they must work in teams to do it, leading to a runway elimination that no one saw coming!

Teams
Kentaro & Brandon
Amy & Kenya
Claire & Shawn
Margarita & Batani
Michael & Ayana
  • Challenge: Create a stylish fall outfit inspired by menswear.
  • Guest Judge: Asia Kate Dillon
  • WINNER: Margarita
  • ELIMINATED: Shawn
    • In a twist, after Claire and Shawn are declared the losing team, they are given one hour to create all-new looks, in competition against each other. Shawn forfeited the challenge and was eliminated.

Episode 8: Client on the Go[edit]

Original airdate: October 5, 2017

The designers are tasked with creating an on-the-go look for friends and family of the Project Runway crew, but the good spirited challenge takes an ugly turn when accusations of cheating cloud the results of a contentious runway.

  • Challenge: Create a print and head-to-toe look.
  • Guest Judge: Sophia Stallone & Yolanda Hadid
  • DISQUALIFIED: Claire
    • Claire was disqualified for breaking the rules and her win was rescinded. Although Brandon's print was announced to be put into print for Dixie, there was no replacement winner for the challenge and Batani was spared elimination.

Episode 9: A "Little" Avant Garde[edit]

Original airdate: October 12, 2017

The dramatic fallout from the cheating scandal rocks the designers and leaves everyone wondering how they’ll move forward in the competition. But the show must go on and the designers rally to create an Avant Garde look inspired by Shopkins characters.

  • Challenge: Create an avant garde look inspired by Shopkins Shoppies.
  • Guest Judge: Kate Upton
  • WINNER: Michael
  • ELIMINATED: Batani & Amy

Episode 10: Driving Miss Unconventional[edit]

Original airdate: October 19, 2017

It’s the Lexus Challenge, but this one is Unconventional and nobody is safe! The designers must use safety materials to create a look that wows the judges as Fashion Week is right around the corner.

  • Challenge: Create a runway look using unconventional materials.
  • Guest Judge: Carly Chaikin
  • WINNER: Ayana
  • ELIMINATED: Michael

Episode 11: Warrior Fashion[edit]

Original airdate: October 26, 2017

It’s an emotional Runway as the designers create looks inspired by “Warrior Women” — women who have battled breast cancer.

  • Challenge: Create an editorial look inspired by Warrior Women.
  • Guest Judge: Rachel Brosnahan
  • WINNER: Brandon
  • SAVED: Margarita

Episode 12: There's Snow Business like Sew Business[edit]

Original airdate: November 2, 2017

The runway is converted into a Winter Wonderland as the designers are tasked with creating a winter-themed look that will decide who goes to NY Fashion Week and who gets left out in the cold.

  • Challenge: Create a high fashion winter look.
  • Guest Judge: Katie Holmes
  • ADVANCED TO FASHION WEEK: Kentaro, Brandon, Ayana, Margarita, & Kenya
  • ELIMINATED: None

Episode 13: Finale Part 1[edit]

Original airdate: November 9, 2017

After heading home to work on their Fashion Week collections, the five finalists are visited by Tim who is not impressed with everything they have created so far. The designers return to New York and present the judges with 2 pieces from their collection. With only four designers remaining for the second part of the finale, everything is on the line.

  • Challenge: Present two pieces from your final collection.
  • ADVANCED TO FASHION WEEK: Brandon, Ayana, Margarita, Kentaro
  • ELIMINATED: Kenya

Episode 14: Finale Part 2[edit]

Original airdate: November 16, 2017

Fashion week is finally here and the designers rush to put the final touches on their collections. Four designers will have their dream of showing at New York Fashion Week, but only one designer will reach the ultimate goal of being crowned the next Project Runway Winner!

  • Challenge: Present a 10-piece final collection at New York Fashion Week.
  • Guest Judge: Jessica Alba
  • WINNER: Kentaro
  • ELIMINATED: Ayana (2nd Place), Brandon (3rd Place), Margarita (4th Place)

Episode 15: Season 16 Reunion Special[edit]

Original airdate: November 30, 2017

The season 16 designers reunite with mentor Tim Gunn to discuss their Project Runway experience. They come ready to reminisce, share emotions, and get to the bottom of the cheating scandal that rocked the season. And some of our favorite models also swing by!

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