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On the 'Runway'

When the sew-sew reality TV series "Project Runway" starts its 13th season on Lifetime at 9 p.m. Thursday, two South Floridians will be in the cast.

The Mitchell Perry, of Fort Lauderdale via Jacksonville, and Fäde Zu Grau, of Coral Gables by way of Germany, will compete against each other and 17 other designers for the grand prize. At least, we hope so. Word has it that three contestants will be sent packing on the premiere episode.

Here's a little background on the local hopefuls.

The Mitchell Perry

Age: 25

About the name: "It's a little bit weird how it started. When I was starting my website, I went to buy the domain, and someone else already owned it. The woman who was helping me had to come up with an alias at the last minute. I know it sounds a little bigheaded."

Fashion awakening: "When my roommate saw my sketchbook, she told me that I needed to learn how to make what I was drawing. I didn't realize it was something I could actually do."

Design aesthetic: "A little more edgy, but still feminine and flirty."

Favorite South Florida hangouts: "I am a beach bum. I love being on the beach. I really also like Lincoln Road. Oh, and I go to Wilton Manors and hang out with my friends and have adult beverages."

Fäde Zu Grau

Age: 45

What brought him to South Florida: "I was working with somebody, and he went on vacation to Miami. He was so excited about it, we went together the next year. We took three months off from work and went to South Beach. I took my portfolio with me and went around to 60 agencies. By the end of the vacation, I had two job offers."

Fashion awakening: "It happened very early. I was 12 and trying to make a T-shirt, and it was so ridiculous. In East Germany, you couldn't buy anything."

Design aesthetic: "Very untraditional and original."

Favorite South Florida hangouts: "We like to go dancing, so we do that maybe twice a week. We go to Wilton Manors. Other than that, I go to the beach with my husband and have lunch and cheap champagne."

 

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