It’s time for the new designers on Project Runway 2019 to make their first impressions tonight on Bravo! Yes, on Bravo, as Project Runway Season 17 shifts back to Bravo tonight after being on Lifetime since Season 8. With that being said, we get to meet all the new designers and host and mentor and judges during the Project Runway Season 17 premiere, which has me very excited to see what’s in store with all these changes! Follow along with us during our Project Runway 2019 Live Recap below and see who went home on Project Runway Season 17 tonight!

Project Runway 2019 Spoilers - Season 17 Premiere Recap

For this new season, we have model Karlie Kloss serving as host and designer Christian Siriano, who won Season 4 of Project Runway, serving as the new mentor. Kloss will also be serving as a judge for the show and she’ll be joined by fashion designer Brandon Maxwell, Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth and Elle editor-in-chief Nina Garcia, the final remaining original cast member, as she has been a judge on Project Runway since Season 1!

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The designers are ready to make a great first impression, but are you ready? Who stays and who goes home tonight on Project Runway Season 17? Find out below in our live recap!


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Here we go…

Launch Party

The judges, mentor, designers, press and fashion influencers are all in attendance for this launch party. They asked the new designers to bring one look from a previous collection that represents who they are as a designers. It’s first impressions time!

The First Challenge

After the runway show, the designers join their models on the runway and Karlie said it’s time for their first challenge on Project Runway 2019! They head to the new workroom and meet Christian Siriano, who is with Karlie. For this challenge, they will be using fashion first photos from the four judges as inspiration to create their looks tonight. They will take the fashion in the photo and turn into their own show-stopping garment. They will get 20 minutes to talk with their assigned judge and then 20 minutes to sketch. They have two days to complete this challenge and a $250 budget.


The judges meet with the designers assigned to them for this challenge. It’s really cool to see, as it’s a more intimate look at the judges and their backgrounds. From there, the designers draw cards to see who their models are this week. Then it’s time to do some sketching and no shopping now, as they head off to the penthouse to see where they’ll be sleeping this season, which is so cool!

The next day arrives and it’s time for shopping at Mood on Project Runway Season 17. Cavanagh is going to be a diva this season, as she talked about not remembering the last time she slept in a twin bed and now complained about a $250 budget not being enough for her. Meanwhile, other designers are ecstatic that they have that much money to work with. Lela seems to work with recycled materials and environmentally fabrics. Frankie is a plus-size clothes designer and wants to bring a new look to the niche. Hester decided to use a fabric she has never worked with before for this first challenge!

Hester has decided to move on from the coat for today and try to let her head move past it. Frankie is cutting her fabric so her model doesn’t have a hungry booty on the runway. Venny thinks his look is kind of basic, so he is adding feathers to spice it up and give the allusion of the balloons in the photo.

A New Twist

The designers are surprised by Christian and Karlie at the beginning of Day 2. For this challenge, there is a Flash Sale element added to it, which will happen on select challenge throughout the season. The designers will take photos of their looks and they will be posted to Bravo’s Instagram stories. America will get to vote on their favorite looks. The judges’ winning look and America’s winning look will be manufactured and sold on!

Christian’s Critiques

Time for Christian to come in and check out these looks from the designers. He tells Kovid he might not need all the elements and maybe lose the coat. He thinks it’s a lot of colors and patchwork for Venny. For Cavanagh, he thinks the jacket needs to be special, otherwise it’s just a black dress. He tells Frankie to watch for the booty and to not make her so restricted.

Workroom Day 2

The models have arrived on Project Runway 2019 and the designers are excited, as now they can see what they are working with tonight. The jacket is not fitting for Cavanagh and it’s not sewn right. Kovid has Mimi as a model, who is transgender and she is hoping to inspire other transgender kids. Frankie’s model is much taller and her look is a mess right now because of that. She is a mess also, but Christian comes in and helps calm her down and tells her to just make some changes and she can do this.

Runway Day on Project Runway 2019

The designers have 2 hours to work and finish their looks. The models come in and time to get this party started! Frankie asks Afa Ah Loo to help with a zipper and then Cavanagh asks her model to sew for her! After getting their models ready, it’s time to take photos for the Instagram stories. Cavanagh is disgusted to take photos with an iPhone, as she does them professionally when she shares anything on social media. The time is running out and Frankie has like six designers helping her finish her look, which Cavanagh knocks because you should do it on your own. Oh, she forgot she had the model sewing for her then???

Top and Bottom Looks – Week 1

After the runway show on Project Runway 2019, we find out that the top and bottom looks come from Lela, Venny, Frankie, Renee, Cavanagh and Tessa.

Judge’s Critiques

The judges tonight Karlie Kloss, Brandon Maxwell, Nina Garcia and Elaine Welteroth. Here is feedback for each designer:

  • Venny – Nina said she had a great reaction when she saw this. Brandon said she had a sense of confidence and power when she walked in it.
  • Cavanagh – Brandon said it felt slightly basic in terms of the design. Nina said she could have come up with something else with this fabric. Elaine said none of the feedback seems a surprise to her.
  • Renee – Brandon said there was a quiet strength to this look when she came out. Karlie said the look is a call to her skills. Elaine said job well done and can’t wait to see what’s in store for her.
  • Lela – Nina said it’s Karlie’s essence, but she questions her skill set as a designer. Karlie said she liked the simplicity, but it didn’t feel completed.
  • Tessa – Nina said this looks expensive and the cut of the pant is superb. Brandon said chic fisherman.
  • Frankie – Elaine said they get one shot to make an impression and this lacks craftsmanship. Nina said she does not know the fabric.


The judges discussed all of the looks from tonight and the winning look tonight on Project Runway 2019 comes from Tessa, who wins immunity for next week. The bottom two looks come from Frankie and Cavanagh. In the end, the judges decided to send home Cavanagh.

Project Runway 2019 Spoilers - Season 17 Designers - Cavanagh Baker

Cavanagh Baker

What did you think of the results on Project Runway Season 17 tonight?

Join us next week on Reality Rewind for our Project Runway 2019 Live Recap. Let’s watch together and see who went home on Project Runway Season 17! Subscribe to our Email and RSS or like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all our latest updates.