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Project Runway: Meet the new designers

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 14th 2008 3:23PM
PR cast season 5So, hot on the heels of Entertainment Weekly suggesting that Bravo wasn't giving Project Runway -- the new, and last before Lifetime takes over -- season its due, Bravo rolled out a press release today with the names of all 16 designer/contestants, as well as the celebrity judges for Project Runway Season Five.

On the celeb front, the show's landed Diane Von Furstenberg, Sandra Bernhard, Apolo Ohno, Brooke Shields, LL Cool J, RuPaul, Rachel Zoe, Cynthia Rowley and Francisco Costa. I can see potential fireworks from Sandra B and RuPaul. The rest -- eh. I mean, really, is Brooke going to be critical? And have you seen how Apolo dresses?

As for the designers, here are the names that will soon -- hopefully -- be bandied around the watercooler in the weeks to come:

- Blayne, 23 - Hometown: Yakima, Wash.; Resides in Seattle, Wash.
- Daniel, 25 - Hometown: Great Barrington, Mass.; Resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Emily, 27 - Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.; Resides in Los Angeles, Calif.
- Jennifer, 27 - Hometown: East Syracuse, N.Y.; Resides in Pistoia, Italy
- Jerell, 28 - Hometown: Houston, Texas; Resides in Los Angeles, Calif.
- Jerry, 32 – Hometown: Butte, Mont.; Resides in New York City
- Joe, 41 - Hometown/Resides in: Troy, Mich.
- Keith, 26 - Hometown/Resides in: Salt Lake City, Utah
- Kelli, 27 - Hometown/Resides in: Columbus, Ohio
- Kenley, 25 - Hometown: Pompano Beach, Fla.; Resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Korto, 33 - Hometown: Liberia; Resides in Mabelvale, Ark.
- Leanne, 27 - Hometown: Yuta, Calif.; Resides in Portland, Ore.
- Stella, 42 – Hometown: Astoria, N.Y.; Resides in New York City
- Suede, 37 - Hometown: Seven Hills, Ohio; Resides in Barryville, N.Y.
- Terri, 39 - Hometown: Chicago, Ill.; Resides in Columbus, Ohio
- Wesley, 23 – Hometown: Blackstone, Mass.; Resides in New York City

Videos unseen, I like Suede. He/she is named for a fabric which is a great thing for a designer.

Project Runway returns to Bravo for the last time on Wednesday, July 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, with hosts Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum back in charge, as well as judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia.

Heidi, in her Heidi way, is enthusiastic: "I feel as though we set the bar higher every season. 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."

That's one way to look at it. The New York Post (that pillar of journalism) claims that this batch of designers have left Tim "drained." He also said there are no Cristian Siriano-type personalities that will emerge. Tim says they're excellent designers, though. I guess nobody qualified as fierce.

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I agree. Apolo is very good looking.
& Sammy, I'll go with stupid.

July 15 2008 at 3:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Apolo is freaking hot. Are you crazy or stupid?

July 15 2008 at 3:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thank God there won't be another Christian. I can't take another season of arrogant screeching and ugly clothes.

July 15 2008 at 2:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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