There is a new addition to the Project Runway family. On June 25, Lifetime issued a press release with information on their fashion design empire, everything from renewal to premiere news. On August 6, the original Project Runway will be kicking off Season 14 with long-time dream team Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum. In early 2016 Project Runway All Stars, which was also renewed, will be returning with Alyssa Milano continuing as host. Premiering in the fall, Project Runway Junior brings viewers the next generation of fashion designers.
This new fashion competition will have original mentor, Gunn, once more mentoring these newest recruits to the fashion world, while also acting as a co-host. Gunn has been a part of the Project Runway team since the very first season in 2004. His popularity on the original show actually brought about two separate spin-offs, Under the Gunn and Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style. He has even had his own book released called, A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style. Alongside him on Project Runway Junior, will be supermodel Hannah Davis, who also acts as co-host. Davis has been included in the swimsuit editions of Sports Illustrated in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2015, she was even featured on the cover of the magazine.
The judges for the show are both held in high-esteem in the fashion world. Aya Kanai and Christian Siriano will act as judges for Project Runway Junior. Siriano is no stranger to Project Runway, as he was the winner of the fourth season of the original program. At the time of his win, he was the youngest designer to ever win the competition. In 2008, he launched his signature collection and has since expanded to offer fashion to a much broader audience, including a popular line of handbags and shoes at Payless ShoeSource. Siriano has even released a book called Fierce Style: How To Be Your Most Fabulous Self. Kanai also offers contestants a life time of experience. In fact, she is the Executive Fashion Editor at both Seventeen Magazine and Cosmopolitan.
Project Runway Junior brings the next generation of designer to New York as the production is scheduled to begin this summer. The young designers will range in age from 14 to 17 years old and will get a chance to showcase their skills and creativity.
Sara Rea Productions, The Weinstein Company and Full Picture are the producers for Project Runway Junior. The program’s executive producers for Lifetime are David Hillman, Mary Donahue and Eli Lehrer. The executive producers Full Picture are Desiree Gruber, Sara Rea, Jane Cha and Gunn. For the Weinstein Company, the executive producers are Barbara Schneeweiss, Patrick Reardon, and the Co-Chairmen of the company, Harvey and Bob Weinstein.
Project Runway Junior brings the fashion world’s next generation of designers, when the program premieres in the fall of 2015. For fans of the fashion series who do not want to wait for the junior edition of the show to premiere this fall, the original Project Runway will start August 6 at 9 p.m. EST, with a brand new set of designers.
By Kimberley Spinney
Lifetime – Project Runway
Lifetime Press Release
Photo Courtesy of Barbara Nitke and Lifetime Network