Rising Star

2016 Winner: Kelly Dempsey

Photo Credit: Greg Endries



Bay State native Kelly Dempsey won the most consecutive challenges in Project Runway history, and her personality is just as winning—so we think she was totally robbed in the fall finale, when the self-taught designer finished runner-up. But that hasn’t slowed down Kelly from the Deli. Her Rack Addik fanny packs became an overnight success, and her brightly colored streetwear brings us back to a beloved decade. “I don’t think the ’90s are going away,” she says. We hope you don’t either, Kelly.