Nina Garcia

Project Runway 7

Lifetime has revealed the newest cast of their hit show — Project Runway.  The show will be returning to New York, the home of the show’s first five seasons, for it’s seventh season with 16 new competitors.

This season boasts a diversified group of competitors as their countries of origin ranges from the Ivory Coast, Dominican Republic, the Philippines, China to Mexico. They will all be competing for the grand prize of $100,000, a spread in Marie Claire magazine and the chance to launch their own line.

Returning back is the show mentor Tim Gunn alongside host (and judge) Heidi Klum and judges Nina Garcia and Michael Kors.

The names and bios of the 16 designers competing on Project Runway’s seventh season is below:

Amy Sarabi, a 26-year-old from Plano, TX who currently resides in Oakland, CA

Anna Lynett, a 23-year-old from Whitefish Bay, WI who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA

- Anthony L. Williams, a 28-year-old from Birmingham, AL who currently resides in Atlanta, GA

Ben Chmura, a 30-year-old from South Meriden, CT who currently resides in Tampa, FL

Christiane King, a 30-year-old from Abidjan, Cote d’ Ivorie who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA

Emilio Sosa, a 43-year-old from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic who currently resides in New York, NY

- Jay Nicolas Sario, a 31-year-old from The Philippines who currently resides in San Francisco, CA

Janeane Marie Ceccanti, a 28-year-old from Willows, CA who currently resides in Portland, OR

Jesse LeNoir, a 25-year-old from Painesville, OH who currently resides in Orlando, FL

Jesus Estrada, a 21-year-old from Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico who currently resides in San Diego, CA

- Jonathan Joseph Peters, 29-year-old from Woonsocket, RI who currently resides in Providence, RI

Maya Luz, a 22-year-old from Santa Fe, NM who currently resides in New York, NY

Mila Hermanovski, a 40-year-old from Dallas, TX who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA

Pamela Ptak, a 47-year-old from Pittsfield, MA who currently resides in Riegelsville, PA

Ping Wu, a 33-year-old from Chendu, Sichuan Province, China who currently resides in Chicago, IL

SethAaron Henderson, a 38-year-old from San Diego, CA who currently resides in Vancouver, WA

The new season premieres Jan 14. on Lifetime.


Irina Shabayeva is the new winner of Project Runway 6.  The New Yorker designer won over all the judges with her mostly all black design collection, winning $100,000 towards her line, an agent and a trip to Paris.

The judges Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia and Susie Menkes chose Irina over Carol Hannah Whitfield, who came in third, and Althea Harper, the runner-up. All three women all showed their strong collections back at February’s fashion week in Bryant Park.

Irina’s collection was inspired by New York, right down to the detailed T-shirts worn beneath knitwear armor. “My collection is really about New York,” Irina said before her portion of the runway show.  Congrats to Irina on winning the 6th season of the show.

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