*Lifetime’s “Project Runway” returns next month with 16 new designer hopefuls set to compete for that all important runway show at New York’s Fashion Week.
The show’s 15th season will premiere on Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. ET, the network revealed Monday.
“Season 15 is going to be a historic season,” judge Zac Posen tells EW. “Get ready — get ready for great talent, get ready for a wild ride on that sewing machine.”
Among the new crop of 16 are Cornelius Ortiz (24) of Boston, MA:
Laurence Basse (41) of Los Angeles, CA:
Tasha Henderson (33) of Shreveport, LA
Dexter Simmons (32) of Oakland, CA:
Kimber Richardson (42) of New York, NY:
and Mah-Jing Wong (28) of Philadelphia, PA:
Rounding out the cast:
Brik Allen (26), Baton Rouge, LA
Sarah Donofrio (34), Portland, OR
Ian Hargrove (30), Chicago, IL
Nathalia JMag (23), Framingham, MA
Linda Marcus (55), Milwaukee, WI
Roberi Parra (32), Miami, FL
Jenni Riccetti (22), San Francisco, CA
Erin Robertson (29), Cambridge, MA
Alex Snyder (30), San Francisco, CA
Rik Villa (31), Los Angeles, CA
Host Heidi Klum says the designers this season bring a lot of talent and innovation, which allows the show to stay fresh after 14 years. “We’re not tired of it yet,” she tells EW. “The concept is the same but the people are different, the challenges are different, and our guest judges are different — and they always bring something great to the table, too.”
Guest judges for the season include actresses Priyanka Chopra, Emily Ratajkowski, Nina Dobrev, Camilla Belle, Jaime King, Shiri Appleby, Sabrina Carpenter and Carly Chaikin as well as “Today” anchor Savannah Guthrie, fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff, “Project Runway Junior” judge Kelly Osbourne, model Lucky Blue Smith and Marie Claire editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider.
Klum and Posen will return as judges alongside vet Nina Garcia and designer mentor Tim Gunn.