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When the weather outside is frightful, all you really want to do is watch struggling artists design skimpy dresses for skinny models, right?
Lifetime is banking on the idea that you might, as the seventh installment— second for the network—of
Project Runway kicks off Jan. 14.
will be leading the charge, along with fellow judges Heidi Klum and Michael Kors Nina Garcia. And, of course, is back to inspire the 16 designers to "make it work." Tim Gunn
But, most important, the show is returning to its old stomping grounds in New York City!
Unlike last season, which was based in Los Angeles, the fashion icons-in-training will stay at Atlas apartments, work out of Parsons and visit Mood in the chaotic Manhattan fashion district.
Without further ado, here are the 16 designers vying to be the next
, Irina Shabayeva Leanne Marshall or : Christian Siriano
Amy Sarabi, 26, Plano, Texas Anna Lynett, 23, Whitefish Bay, Wis. Anthony L. Williams, 28, Birmingham, Ala. Ben Chmura, 30, South Meriden, Conn. Christiane King, 30, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire Emilio Sosa, 43, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Jay Nicolas Sario, 31, the Philippines Janeane Marie Ceccanti, 28, Willows, Calif. Jesse LeNoir, 25, Painesville, Ohio Jesus Estrada, 21, Mazatlán, Mexico Jonathan Joesph Peters, 29, Woonsocket, R.I. Maya Luz, 22, Santa Fe, N.M. Mila Hermanovski, 40, Dallas Pamela Ptak, 47, Pittsfield, Mass. Ping Wu, 33, Chendu, Sichuan Province, China SethAaron Henderson, 38, San Diego
The winner of
Project Runway scores a cash prize of $100,000, a feature in Marie Claire magazine, the opportunity to sell their line on Bluefly.com and a $50,000 technology suite by HP. Models of the Runway will also be bringing the heat this winter. The winner of that competition takes home $25,000 and gets to be included with her designer in the Marie Claire spread.
Here are the 16 lovely ladies vying for that gig:
Alexis Broker, Denver Alison Gingerich, Leesberg, Ohio Brandise Danesewich, Saskatchewan, Canada Brittany Oldehoff, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Cerri McQuillan, Dublin, Ireland Elizaveta Melnitchenko, Salzberg, Austria Holly Ridings, Roscoe, Ill. Kasey Ashcraft, Salisbury, Md. Kelly Gervais, Livingston, N.J. Kristina Sajko, Zagreb, Croatia Lorena Angjeli, Albania Megan Davis, Des Moines, Iowa Monique Darton, Brainerd, Minn. Sarah Bell, Cincinnati Sophia Lee, Taipei, Taiwan Valeria Leonova, Tula, Russia
Meana Irina's big win was only a month ago. Can you believe it?!