" returns Wednesday, November 14 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Returning to the runway, host supermodel Heidi Klum
heads a panel of industry luminaries, including judges Michael Kors, top women's and men's wear designer and Nina Garcia, Elle magazine fashion director, as they decide who is "in" and who is "out."
Tim Gunn, Chief Creative Officer at Liz Claiborne, Inc. will once again act as a mentor to the contestants as they navigate weekly fashion challenges. In what will prove to be the most exciting season yet, some of the biggest names in fashion, sports and design will guest star this season on "Runway."
The 15 "Project Runway" contestants will be whittled down to the finalists who will show their own line in front of an audience of fashion industry movers and shakers at New York Fashion Week. As part of the winner's prize package, an editorial feature on the winning designer will run in an issue of ELLE and will be shot by ELLE's International Creative Director Gilles Bensimon, the winner will walk away with a cash prize of $100,000 seed money from TRESemmé professional hair care to start their own line, and will have the opportunity to sell a fashion line on Bluefly.com. Saturn will award the winner a 2008 Saturn Astra.
Following are the 15 new "Project Runway" designers:
- Carmen, 37 - Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.; Resides in N.Y.
- Chris, 44 - Hometown: San Francisco, Calif.; Resides in N.Y.
- Christian, 21 - Hometown: Annapolis, Md.; Resides in N.Y.
- Elisa, 42 - Hometown: El Paso, Texas; Resides in Santa Fe, N.M.
- Jack, 38 - Hometown: Seattle, Wash.; Resides in N.Y.
- Jillian, 26 - Hometown/Resides In: Selden in Long Island, N.Y.
- Kevin, 30 - Hometown: Fairfield, N.J.; Resides in N.Y.
- Kit, 26 - Hometown: Los Angeles, CA; Resides in Los Angeles, C.A.
- Marion, 39 - Hometown: Tyler, Texas; Resides in Dallas, Texas.
- Rami, 31 - Hometown: Ramallah, Jerusalem; Resides in Los Angeles, Calif.
- Ricky, 35 - Hometown: Escondido, Calif.; Resides in N.Y.
- Simone, 32 - Hometown: San Francisco, Calif.; Resides in Los Angeles, Calif.
- Steven, 30 - Hometown/Resides In: Chicago, Ill.
- Sweet P, 46 - Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.; Resides in Glendale, Calif.
- Victorya, 34 - Hometown: Winchester, Virginia; Resides in N.Y.