PROJECT RUNWAY struts back onto Sky1 for season six

Supermodel Heidi Klum returns to present the hotly-anticipated sixth season of the Emmy®-nominated Project Runway on Sky1 HD and Sky1 from Wednesday 16 September, 2009. The most sensational season yet, it’s all change as the series moves to the star-studded city of Los Angeles, providing A-List guest judges and red carpet glamour. Klum hosts the search for the next big name in fashion, heading a panel of industry luminaries, including top designer Michael Kors and Marie Claire’s fashion director Nina Garcia as the judges must decide who is “in” and who is “out”. Tim Gunn, Chief Creative Officer at Liz Claiborne Inc. will once again act as a mentor to the 16 aspiring designers, offering advice and encouraging them to “make it work”.

Tim Gunn commented: “Los Angeles is indisputably the home of the red carpet. It’s the home of film and television costume, and it has a celebrity dimension that New York doesn’t have.”

The amazing line up of A-List celebrity guest judges include Eva Longoria Parker, Christina Aguilera, Lindsay Lohan and Rebecca Romijn. The designers will have to step up their game if they want to impress these fashionistas.

PROJECT RUNWAY sees the16 designers fight it out for the chance to launch their careers with a cash prize of $100,000, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine and an all expenses paid trip to Paris for two. Each week, a battle of needlework – and egos – commences as the colourful contestants will be set a challenge to test their skills and imagination, with the least impressive having their design dreams ripped at the seams as they are voted off the show by the judges.

Inspired by the move to Los Angeles, the designers will take on challenges centred on the beach and the red carpet. So expect exquisite, jaw dropping gowns and fabulous bikinis. This season also promises outrageous challenges, with the most provocative outfits ever to appear on the runway. Tim Gunn commented: “We have a challenge, the outcome of which will have the blogs going crazy! I’m surprised I didn’t need CPR when it all came down the runway, because I’m still in such a state of shock about it.”

The designers who make it to the final week must compete on the biggest stage of all in the PROJECT RUNWAY finale at New York Fashion Week.

This season the contestants’ mix of natural design talent and ego doesn’t disappoint. Contestant Malvin Vein lists his favourite designer as ‘himself’ and inspiration as ‘the farmers of rural China’. The designers also have a more diverse and international background. Nicholas Putvinski, Gordana Gehlhausen and Irina Shabeyeva hail originally from Russia, Bosnia and the Republic of Georgia, respectively.

Expect fireworks as tempers flare between the 16 contestants. Heidi Klum said: “Look out for the girls. The girls are very strong on season six. There’s a lot of crying, there’s fighting going on, there’s a lot of drama going on – but especially with the girls.”

The PROJECT RUNWAY contestants are:

Shirin Askari, 25, of Garland, Texas
Louise Black, 32, of Dallas
Ra’Mon-Lawrence Coleman, 31, of Milwaukee
Rodney Epperson, 50, of New York
Ari Fish, 26, of Kansas City, Mo.
Qristyl Frazier, 42, of New York
Gordana Gehlhausen, 45, of San Diego
Mitchell Hall, 26, of Savannah, Ga.
Althea Harper, 25, of New York
Logan Neitzel, 25, of Seattle
Nicholas Putvinksi, 27, of New York
Johnny Sakalis, 30, of Los Angeles
Irina Shabeyeva, 27, of New York
Christopher Straub, 30, of Shakopee, Minn.
Malvin Vein, 24, of New York
Carol Hannah Whitfield, 24, of New York

A compulsive cocktail of tears and tantrums, tremendous talents and daring design feats, don’t miss PROJECT RUNWAY, Wednesday 16th September at 8pm only on Sky1 HD and Sky1.

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!