More than a decade after Project Runway premiered and rocked the foundations of the fashion world, Lifetime’s Emmy®-nominated series returns Thursday, September 15 at 9pm ET/PT for its milestone fifteenth season. Year after year, Project Runway hopefuls have fiercely competed for the chance to make their own mark on the dog-eat-dog world of fashion. After having propelled many aspiring designers into the style spotlight, Project Runway has left no sequin unsewn.
In celebration of these glittering achievements, this landmark season plans to take fashion to a whole new level with 16 new aspiring designers. Determining whether they’ve created a fashion feat or faux pas are returning judges Heidi Klum, Marie Claire’s creative director Nina Garcia, creative director for Brooks Brother Women, fashion designer Zac Posen and mentor Tim Gunn, who will once again have the power to “save” one designer from elimination.
An amazingly talented line-up of guest judges has been chosen to help the veterans decide which designer will be crowned fashion royalty and who will be “cut” from the competition. The guests are: actresses Priyanka Chopra (Quantico), Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl), Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries), Camilla Belle (When a Stranger Calls), Jaime King (Hart of Dixie), Shiri Appleby (UnREAL), Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World) and Carly Chaiken (Mr. Robot). Joining these guest judges will be fashion insiders and influencers: The Today Show anchor Savannah Guthrie, fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff, Project Runway Junior judge Kelly Osbourne, model Lucky Blue Smith and Editor in Chief of Marie Claire, Anne Fulenwider.
Without further ado here are the Project Runway Season 15 designers:
Alex Snyder (30) San Francisco, CA
Brik Allen (26) Baton Rouge, LA
Cornelius Ortiz (24) Boston, MA; hometown: Worcester, MA
Dexter Simmons (32) Oakland, CA
Erin Robertson (29) Cambridge, MA; hometown: Provo, UT
Ian Hargrove (30) Chicago, IL
Jenni Ricetti (22) San Francisco, CA
Kimber Richardson (42) New York, NY; hometown: Houston, TX
Tasha Henderson (33) Shreveport, LA
Laurence Basse (41) Los Angeles, CA; hometown: Paris, France
Linda Marcus (55) Milwaukee, WI; hometown: LaCanada Flintridge, CA
Nathalia JMag (23) Framingham, MA
Rik Villa (31) Los Angeles, CA
Roberi Parra (32) Miami, FL; hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Sarah Donofrio (34) Portland, OR; hometown: Toronto, Canada
Mah-Jing Wong (28) Philadelphia, PA
The designers of Project Runway are competing to receive $100,000 to launch his or her business as well as will supply a year’s worth of products along with a $25,000 cash prize from Sally Beauty. Travel and hotel accommodations to inspiring destinations around the world from Best Western Hotels and Resorts will also be provided, and from Mary Kay, the winner will receive an entire year’s worth of beauty products for their fashion shows and professional makeup artist services for their debut show. The outstanding designer will also receive a new Lexus IS sedan and a complete sewing and crafting studio from Brother Sewing and Embroidery. In addition, the winning designer and model will receive their own fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine.
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