‘Project Runway’ season 16 winner: Michael Brambila, Ayana Ife, Brandon Kee or …? [POLL]

We are four episodes in to season 16 of “Project Runway” and Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn have crowned a different winner in each episode. The first of these — Deyonte Weather — was eliminated in episode 4. Do you think one of the remaining trio — Michael Brambila, Ayana Ife, and Brandon Kee — will end up as the last one standing at the end of the competition? The winner’s prizes include $100,000 to launch their line, and the opportunity to collaborate with JCPenney on a limited edition capsule collection as part of the “Project Runway” line.

Do you have a favorite yet among the would-be designers on season 16 of “Project Runway“? After reading our recap of episode 4, be sure to vote in our poll below as to which of the remaining 12 contestants is likeliest to win. To help you narrow down your choices, here are brief bios of each of them.

Margarita Alvarez (30)
Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Design Strength: Patternmaking.
Design Weakness: Hand sewing and finishes.

Amy Bond (46)
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Design Strength: Versatility, experience and professionality.
Design Weakness: If I discover a weakness, it becomes an opportunity.

Michael Brambila (25)
Hometown: Oakland, CA
Design Strength: I have a very youthful eye but I bring an elevated luxury feeling to my clothing.
Design Weakness: I can sometimes overthink a design and stop before I even begin.

Claire Buitendorp (27)
Hometown: Grand Ledge, MI
Design Strength: Strong sewing, construction skills, color usage, and embellishment.
Design Weakness: I feel so strongly about my point of view, and occasionally, it is challenging for me to accept constructive criticism.

Shawn Buitendorp (27)
Hometown: Grand Ledge, MI
Design Strength: Concept development, unique fabric selection and detail work.
Design Weakness: I freely open up to the fact that [my sister] Claire sews better than I do.

Kenya Freeman (37)
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Design Strength: Tailored looks and women’s dresses.
Design Weakness: Knits.

Ayana Ife (27)
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Design Strength: I’m courageous, daring, risky, and confident.
Design Weakness: I’m a perfectionist.

Kentaro Kameyama (38)
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Design Strength: Being able to see “perfect balance” in potions and colors.
Design Weakness: I only can function fully at night.

Kudzanai Karidza (32)
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Design Strength: My resourcefulness.
Design Weakness: Doubt.

Brandon Kee (24)
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Design Strength: I believe that I am tasteful, thoughtful, meticulous, and conceptual.
Design Weakness: Timely order of operations.

Aaron Myers (23)
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Design Strength: I think my strengths lie in concept and design.
Design Weakness: I think one of my weaknesses is not working with too much womenswear since my mindset is wired differently.

Samantha Rei (36)
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Design Strength: I’m stupid fast, I love details and textures and 80 percent of my dresses have pockets.
Design Weakness: I feel like even though I can give good directions, sometimes it’s better if I do it myself, so I can come off as controlling.

Be sure to make your predictions so that the contestants can see how they’re faring in our racetrack odds. You can keep changing your predictions until just before the next episode airs every Thursday on Lifetime. You’ll compete to win a spot on our leaderboard and eternal bragging rights. See our contest rules and sound off with other fans in our reality TV forum. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.


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