Anyone who's watched Season 16 of Project Runway can agree that designer Brandon Kee is unbelievably charming. From his unique and fashion forward aesthetic to his friendship with fellow contestant Kentaro Kameyama, the 24-year-old now has fans all over the country.
Life & Style sat down with Brandon — who will show at New York Fashion Week and compete for the grand prize during the Nov. 16 finale — to talk about his experience in the high-stress environment, and which celebrities he's itching to dress! "Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, and Rihanna are probably my Top 3," the San Francisco resident revealed. "I’ve just been a huge, huge, huge fan of all three. They are my target audience."
In terms of the competition, Brandon admitted, "I honestly didn’t know what to expect. It was kind of a last minute thing for me to apply. I knew it was going to be fast-paced and on a time budget. When I create something, it takes days and days… It was surprising how well I did." Brandon, who never landed in the bottom three, believes staying quiet and focused in the workroom helped him succeed. "I’m in a room with so many loud personalities, I think that really benefited me in the end to not be caught up in the drama," he shared.
One of the most memorable moments for him was winning the Dixie To Go challenge after fellow designer Claire Buitendorp was disqualified for cheating. Not only did he go home with $25,000, but the print he designed now appears on Dixie cups. "It was one of the most rewarding times for me on Project Runway. I had a vision, I could see it on the cup," he explained. "I think the cups are beautiful. It was kind of validating for my design. And looking at everyone else’s print, I felt my print was most appropriate."
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Tune in to the season finale of Project Runway on Nov. 16 at 9 p.m. EST on Lifetime.