July 14, 2008

Project Runway Season 5 Kicks Off July 16!

Bravo TV has announced, just two days before the reality show's fifth season premiere, the newest flock of designers and guest judges for Project Runway's 5th Season.

In addition to host
Heidi Klum, judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia and mentor Tim Gunn, the 16 fierce wannabes will face off against guest judges Natalie Portman, Brooke Shields, LL Cool J, star stylist Rachel Zoe, RuPaul, Apolo Anton Ohno and Sandra Bernhard, as well as big-name designers Diane von FĂĽrstenberg, Cynthia Rowley and Calvin Klein creative director Francisco Costa.

And then, of course, there's the newest crop of contestants.

"I feel as though we set the bar higher every season," Klum said. "We've got some truly talented, innovative and deeply creative designers this year, and I think it's fair to say, the most diverse—everyone from a rocker chick who mostly works with leather to a more bohemian surfer boy, and everything in between."

This year's contestants include:
Blayne, 23; Seattle
Daniel, 25; Brooklyn
Emily, 27; Los Angeles
Jennifer, 27; Pistoia, Italy
Jerell, 28; Los Angeles
Jerry, 32; New York City
Joe, 41; Troy, Mich.
Keith, 26; Salt Lake City
Kelli, 27, Columbus, Ohio
Kenley, 25; Brooklyn
Korto, 33; Mabelvale, Ark.
Leanne, 27; Portland, Ore.
Stella, 42; New York City
Suede, 37; Barryville, N.Y.
Terri, 39; Columbus, Ohio
Wesley, 23; New York City

After the finalists show their collections at New York Fashion Week, the reigning designer will win an editorial feature in an upcoming issue of Elle magazine, $100,000 in seed money courtesy of Tresemmé hair care, a 2009 Saturn VUE Hybrid and the opportunity to sell their clothes on Bluefly.com.

The fifth season kicks off this Wednesday July 16th on Bravo.
Check out more here.

Source: E Online

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