Project Runway Reveals 16 New Designers for Series First-Ever Teams Edition

January 20, 2013
By Sheryl Blasnik

Project Runway Season 11 Designers Revealed

It’s back…. Project Runway is returning for another season to Lifetime TV.  But this time there will be a catch.  This is not just Project Runway but Season 11 returns with the all new Teams Edition.

As you know a team is only as strong as its weakest link…but only ONE Project Runway designer can be the winner, so who will play nice and who won’t this season? As 16 talented designers from across the country arrive to The Big Apple, they will have to prove they can create, construct and collaborate their way to Fashion Week for Project Runway Season 11 -Teams Edition, premiering Thursday, January 24, at 9pm on Lifetime. In the premiere episode, the designers will use New York as their inspiration to create their garments but discover working in teams for the entire season will challenge their patience and creativity. The designers will have to watch their backs while keeping their eyes on the prize as they work together to impress Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Marie Claire’s Fashion Director Nina Garcia and featured judge award-winning fashion designer Zac Posen and guest judge, Season 4 Project Runway winner Christian Siriano.

“Project Runway’s” 11th Season also features guest judges from the world of film, television and music including the legendary Bette Midler, Oscar® winner Susan Sarandon, country music sensation and Grammy® Award winner Miranda Lambert, Grammy-winning singer songwriter John Legend, red-carpet fashion experts Joan and Melissa Rivers, Emmy Rossum, Kristin Davis, Jordana Brewster and designers Rachel Roy, Tracy Reese, and Chris Benz.

The Project Runway, Season 11 designers are:

Amanda Valentine, 31 – Hometown: Lincoln, NE; Resides in Nashville, TN

Benjamin Mach, 35 – Hometown: Sydney, Australia; Resides in London, England

Cindy Marlatt, 59 – Hometown: Kent, WA; Resides in Kent, WA

Daniel Esquivel, 48 – Hometown: Austin, TX; Resides in Austin, TX

Emily Pollard, 24 – Hometown: Richfield, OH; Resides in Falls Church, VA

James Martinez, 29 – Hometown: Dallas, TX; Resides in Dallas, TX

Joseph Aaron Segal, 30 – Hometown: Framingham, MA; Resides in Providence, RI

Katelyn Pankoke, 23 – Hometown: Parkland, FL; Resides in Chicago, IL

Layana Aguilar, 28 – Hometown: Valadares, Brazil; Resides in New York, NY

Mat Arthur, 30 – Hometown: Hammond, LA; Resides in New Orleans, LA

Michelle Lesniak Franklin, 34 – Hometown: Portland, OR; Resides in Portland, OR

Patricia Michaels, 46 – Hometown: Taos, NM; Resides in Taos, NM

Richard Hallmarq, 40 – Hometown: Sacramento, CA; Resides in Sacramento, CA

Samantha Black, 28 – Hometown: Bronx, NY/ Fairfield, CT; Resides in Brooklyn, NY

Stanley Hudson, 45- Hometown: Pomona, CA; Resides in West Hollywood, CA

Tu Nakchat, 26 – Hometown: Chacheangsao, Thailand; Resides in Springfield, VA

Are you a fan who can rattle off the names of the winners for all previous 10 seasons? Fans can prove they’ve been paying attention by playing along each week with the brand new “Project Runway Runway Recall” on mylifetime.com. Twitter users can login to their accounts and follow @ProjectRunway to play along each week and attempt to correctly identify three details from the latest episode. Every board played is an entry into a weekly sweepstakes for a prize of $1,000 and every winning board is an entry to win a grand prize of $10,000. Fans will be able to play up to ten times each week. Viewers will also be able to watch full episodes, clips, movies and more of their shows with the new Lifetime app for iPad.

This season’s victorious designer will receive $100,000 from L’Oréal Paris to start his/her own apparel line in addition to a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine, a 2013 Lexus GS 350, a $50,000 technology suite by HP and Intel to create his/her own vision and run his/her business and the opportunity to design and sell an exclusive collection at Lord & Taylor.

The model paired with the winner of Project Runway will also appear in the designer’s Marie Claire editorial feature and receive $25,000 from L’Oréal Paris EverStyle.

Will you be tuning in on January 24th to catch all the drama and play along?

Photo: Lifetime TV

Sheryl Blasnik

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