‘Holy sh*t!’ Meet the designers competing in ‘Project Runway’ season 17, and predict who will win

“This is an all new ‘Project Runway,’ people. Get excited,” says new “Runway” host Karlie Kloss in the trailer for season 17 (watch it below). It starts on March 14 and brings the show back to Bravo for the first time in over a decade. The fashion design series started on Bravo back in 2004, but it moved to Lifetime in 2009. However, the Lifetime deal fell apart after the collapse of “Runway’s” production company, the Weinstein Company (for reasons you probably know). Now it’s back in its original home with a new cast and a new crop of designers competing for sartorial supremacy. To quote one of those new designers in the trailer, “Holy sh*t!”

With the new season fast approaching, you can now predict who will win and who will be eliminated from the series here in our prediction center. You could be immortalized on our leaderboard and earn bragging rights, and since this is a brand new group of designers whose work we haven’t seen at all yet, you can brag even harder if you’re right. And not only that, the judging panel is mostly new too. Elle editor-in-chief Nina Garcia is back, but Zac Posen is out; in his place are fashion designer Brandon Maxwell and former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth.

But you don’t have to fly completely blind when making your predictions. Click through our gallery above to meet the 16 contestants competing for a huge prize package including $250,000 and a feature in Elle. They’re a diverse group from a wide variety of backgrounds, spanning the globe from the US, to Syria, to Samoa. Who to you think will win?

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 Bravo. 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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