After a brief scare that the show might not be coming back, I’m happy to say that a new season of the hit show “Project Runway” will be starting this Thursday, August 20th. Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn and a whole new cast of designer wannabes will be moving from Bravo to Lifetime but the format appears to be the same with the winning designer reportedly (the show hasn’t announced the prizes yet) getting $100,000 to start their own clothing line, plus their designs will appear in Elle magazine.
If you’re new to “Project Runway”, it’s kind of like “American Idol” for fashion designers. Each week the contestants are given a design challenge and told to “make it work”! Tim Gunn, former fashion chair at Parson’s The New School for Design, currently works at Liz Claiborne and assists the designers with their weekly challenges on the show.
Once completed, the designs are modeled for Heidi Klum and the other judges, designer Michael Kors and Marie Claire fashion director Nina Garcia. The heart of the show, the judging stage always results in great entertainment and high drama. Quite often the designers are as interesting and colorful as their designs and the deliberation of the judges tends to bring out their artistic temperaments when one designer is asked to leave the show each week.
Check the local listings for your station and time, and be sure to tune in this week to pick your favorite designs!