So, here's what we figured, darlings: since Lifetime rolled out SO MUCH pre-show information on their site, and since we've got almost 6 weeks before the show starts, why not take the time to get to know every designer? And then make completely unfounded predictions! It's what we're ALL about here.
If you've been paying attention, you already know this:
Birthplace: Kansas City, MO
Current Home: Kansas City, MO
Favorite Designers: Lucy Orta
Style Icon: Russell Ferguson
Favorite Past Project Runway Designer: None
Ari is a self-taught designer who has always been interested in craftsmanship but doesn’t sketch or drape her designs. Her design career happened almost accidentally when she realized that many of her artist friends needed makeovers and started designing clothes for them. Her fashion sense is influenced by geometry, ergonomics, American Indian ritual wear, nomadic tribe wear and athletic apparel. Ari attended the Kansas City Art Institute and is currently an indie-designer for both women and men and also helps to run a gallery. Her previous jobs have included copy clerk, hotel maid, dough maker, gallery assistant, gardener, coffee and tea barista, maintenance person, secretary and retail associate.
Why she’ll win?
Ari says, “Why not?” She describes her creativity level as “sky’s the limit” and is extremely detail oriented. She can also sew very quickly.
Tim Gunn: "She's deeply conceptual."
But have you seen her portfolio yet?
Or could she be another loopy Lupe or licious Blayne? Time will tell, but we will say this: she doesn't really come off that "out there" to us in her videos:
In fact, she comes off pretty down-to-earth and grounded. And she definitely has some interesting ideas. We think this one could be a keeper.
For more info and videos, as always, check out myLifetime.com.
Tim Gunn's Quote: Meet Project Runway's Newest Designers! [People]