Tune in for “Project Runway” at 8 p.m. Thursday on Lifetime Television to see how local designer Anthony Ryan Auld fares in the first round of the Emmy-nominated reality show competition.
The 28-year-old Auld, a 2010 LSU apparel design graduate, and the other contestants will first have to convince the judges why they should be on the show.
Immediately four of the 20 contestants will be cut from the competition.
The remaining 16 will then be subjected to their first challenge, judge Heidi Klum said this week on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Not long after the designers go to bed, they get a wake-up knock on the door from mentor Tim Gunn, who, according to Klum, tells them “you have to make an outfit with your pajamas.”
Klum said some of the designers didn’t have much on.
“We really took them by surprise,” she said.
Judge Michael Kors noted there “were no birthday suits.” Added judge Nina Garcia, “But there were some scary suits.”
The challenges will continue over the next several weeks with one or more designers eliminated in each episode until a winner is announced. The “Project Runway” champ gets a $100,000 prize, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine, a $50,000 technology suite and the opportunity to sell an exclusive collection on Piperlime.
Prior to the series kickoff, Lifetime will air “Road to the Runway” Season 9. Hosted by Gunn, the hourlong show will introduce this season’s designers and give fans an in-depth look at the casting process.
In his audition for the show, Auld wowed the casting panel with colorful silk tops and a skirt with an alligator waistband, breezy shorts and a hand-dyed skirt.
“I love it. I think it’s really very wearable, but still edgy,” commented Marie Claire magazine editor Katie Connor, one of the casting panelist. “I’m a yes. I think this is sportswear that’s really, really wonderful.”
Auld is under wraps until the show ends, but here are a few snippets from his Lifetime bio:
When did you realize you had designer potential?
“When I sewed a quilt one summer with my grandmother when I was young.”
What is a fashion must?
“For women, a great pair of high heels and a killer clutch. For men, a great printed bow or skinny tie and a dark pair of skinny or straight-legged jeans.”
What are your strengths as a designer?
“Patterns, mixing patterns and overall fabric choice.”
What are your weaknesses as a designer?
“I’m both red-green and blue-yellow colorblind, so the way I see solid colors is a little different, and it’s probably my biggest weakness in design.”
What’s your biggest fear as a designer?
“For an individual not to understand my point of view or inspiration. That happens a lot, and I know not everyone will.”
“Gumbo, jambalaya, pizza, hamburger steak with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes.”
Favorite designer from past seasons of “Project Runway”?
Why do you think you will win “Project Runway”?
“I feel like I have the ability to bridge the gap between wearable clothing and beautiful and/or edgy runway fashion.”
Fans can visit Auld’s hashtag - @PR9anthonyryan - to tweet their support. The winner, as chosen by the fans, will get a $10,000 prize. You can log into Twitter within the “Project Runway” Season 9 site at http://www.myLifetime.com and tweet from each designers’ page.