He’s not saying why, but local designer Anthony Ryan Auld is promising plenty of “drama, drama moments” on Thursday night’s “Project Runway.”
Auld not only survived last week’s first episode when five of the 20 designers were eliminated, his lacey tank top and green miniskirt earned him a spot in the top three.
Bert Keeter, who at 57 is the show’s oldest contestant, won the first challenge, where each designer had to concoct an outfit out of his pajamas and a bed sheet.
Seemingly, the upcoming “drama moments” involve Auld, who’s 28, and Keeter.
“I get into a tiff with Bert,” Auld said. “But you’re just going to have to watch and see why.”
He added a little later: “You will be surprised.”
Previews for this week’s episode show the contestants headed to a Petland pet supply store.
Lifetime Television’s Megan Tantillo would only confirm that it’s the “unconventional challenge.”
For now, the challenges are over and all of the designers have returned home.
Tantillo said the show has wrapped, except for the presentation by the three finalists at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in September.
Who those top three are, however, no one is saying.
Auld watched last Thursday’s episode along with the rest of the country, and talked about it on Monday.
“It was very surreal,” he said of seeing himself on television. “I was nervous and excited at the same time.”
During the show, Auld revealed that he has beaten testicular cancer and that he’s colorblind.
“Everyone’s been real positive on Facebook and supportive,” he said of his speaking out about his cancer. “They love the whole idea of ‘I rock one.’ ”
As for the colorblindness, which got mentioned a lot in the first episode, Auld said he thinks the producers were “trying to tell my story.”
“But I don’t want that to be the one thing people ‘Oh my God,’ about. I can work with it just fine,” he said.
Here’s a few other tidbits from the first week:
Tell us about the other designers.
“I connected with Anya (Anya Ayoung-Chee, who professed to have just learned how to sew) right away … We loved the same things … And with Laura (Kathleen, who called herself “pretty privileged girl”). She reminds me a lot of Louisiana girls, sorority girls who like glitzy glamour and lots of pink. But she’ll give it to you straight. I love that. I love that she’s open and honest.”
Mentor Tim Gunn shocked us all when he warned you that the feathers you planned to use on your skirt design could look like a “pubic patch.”
“I love Tim. He gives you advice in a very relatable way. I totally got what he was saying.”
After judge Heidi Klum said how much she loved the scarf you were wearing, why didn’t you give it to her?
“I was so in shock being in there,” Auld said laughing. “I was trying to get out of there … I’m definitely having one knitted for her.”
Because of the show, you’ve become a hot topic on lots of blogs. How does it feel to have people talking, both good and bad, about you?
“It’s not really set in that people are talking about me. One thing I’ve always been good about, because of the cancer or whatever, is I don’t really focus a lot on the negative. These people have no idea who I am. I don’t go read it a lot, and I don’t worry about it.”
The winner of “Project Runway,” now in its ninth season, will get $100,000 from L’Oréal Paris to start his/her own line, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine, a $50,000 technology suite by HP and Intel, and the opportunity to design and sell an exclusive collection on http://www.piperlime.com.