'Project Runway' season 9 premiere: 3 designers to watch

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"Project Runway" Season 9 kicks off Thursday (July 28) night and we already have some of our early favorites. 


Kimberly Goldson from Brooklyn, N.Y.  She says her customer is a woman who is "urban but likes to be glammed up." The yellow trousers in her audition collection are to die for. 

Why she's a standout: Her clothes are fun and she knows exactly who she is designing for. We hope she stays true to her esthetic, because we love it.


Anya Ayoung-Chee a former Miss Trinidad and Tobago. She designed all her own clothes for the Miss Universe Pageant.  Though she admits she only learned to sew to be on the show. Heidi likes her enough to give her a chance. Tim, on the other hand, is horrified.

Why she's a standout: Simple: raw talent. She learned to sew for the show and she doesn't miss a beat. Hopefully she'll be able to keep up, because we like her.


Burt Keeter: he's 102 years old. It's true. He says so himself.  He looks great for his age! OK, maybe he was joking about that part. However, he is the oldest designer in the competition. He is also the most experienced having designed for Halston before leaving the fashion industry almost 20 years ago.

Why he's a standout: We feel for him. He is re-entering the fashion industry and he's has to compete against young talent, but that doesn't mean he can't keep up.

Will our early faves make it to fashion week? Watch and find out.

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