September 27, 2007 09:37 PM by Joe Blackmon
Bravo has announced a premiere date for and the names of fifteen
designers participating in Project Runway’s much anticipated fourth
season. Project Runway will return on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at
10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Host supermodel Heidi Klum will once again head a
panel of industry luminaries, including judges Michael Kors, top
women’s and men’s wear designer and Nina Garcia, Elle magazine fashion
Tim Gunn, Chief Creative Officer at Liz Claiborne, Inc. will also return as a mentor to the contestants as they navigate weekly fashion challenges. According to Bravo, some of the biggest names in fashion, sports and design will guest star this season on Project Runway.
"The anticipation has been building among our loyal fans and they won’t be disappointed," said Lauren Zalaznick, President of Bravo Media. “Bravo’s buzz, quality of programming, and the high level of talented contestants is nowhere more evident than in this fourth season of Project Runway."
"It is very exciting to be going into our fourth season of Project Runway, and I think it will be the best season yet — I’m sure the audience will enjoy it," said Klum. "Fashion is such a difficult business, and besides being great TV, we’re proud that the show allows some very talented designers to have a platform."
Harvey Weinstein, Co-chairman of The Weinstein Company stated, "We look forward to building off of Project Runway’s incredible commercial and critical success. Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn and a whole new crop of designers are back to offer millions of fans a behind the scenes look at the high-stakes world of fashion and everything else that makes ‘Project Runway’ one of the most dynamic brands on TV."
The 15 new Project Runway designers are 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.; and Victorya, 34 – Hometown: Seoul, Korea; Resides in N.Y.
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, the winner will walk away with a cash prize of $100,000 from TRESemmÃƒ 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.