Project Runway season 14: Guest judges and cast announced

July 14, 2015
By Sheryl Blasnik

Project Runway Season 14 cast

It’s back!! Lifetime TV has picked up another season of the Emmy nominated fashion reality show Project Runway. Premiering on Thursday, Aug 6 at 9pm ET season 14 will bring 16 aspiring fashion designers to New York City to compete against one another for the coveted title of Project Runway winner. Expect to see the same faces sitting in the judges chairs as Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen all return to critique the designs shown each week in a new and different challenge. Tim Gunn will also be returning to serve as mentor to the 16 designers. Once again, this season Tim will have the chance to save one designer from being eliminated if he chooses to use his “save”. As always there will be a fourth judge at each episode chosen from a variety of backgrounds and talents.

Guest judges this season include:

Bella Thorne (Scream), Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish), Paula Patton (About Last Night), Ashley Tisdale (Clipped), Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer (UnREAL), Singer/songwriter Ciara, Singer and America’s Got Talent judge Mel B, Supermodel Coco Rocha, Fashion designer Lisa Perry, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model and host of Lifetime’s Project Runway Junior, Hannah Davis

For the contestants there is a lot on the line. The winner of “Project Runway” will receive $100,000 to launch his or her business and a Celebrity Cruises® modern luxury vacation for two to almost anywhere in the world.  The winner will also receive an entire year’s worth of beauty products from Mary Kay for their fashion shows and professional makeup artist services for their debut show. In addition, there is also a 2015 Lexus RC 350 and a complete sewing and crafting studio from Brother Sewing and Embroidery.  Sally Beauty will supply a year’s worth of products and the opportunity to consult with Sally Beauty to create a limited edition “FingerPaints” nail color collection.

The Project Runway Season 14 designers are:

Amanda Perna, 28 – Delray Beach, FL
Ashley Nell Tipton, 23 – San Diego, CA
Blake Patterson, 24 – Chardon, OH and Los Angeles, CA
Candice Marie Cuoco, 27 – San Francisco, CA
David Giampiccolo, 31 –  Brussels, Belgium and Los Angeles, CA
Duncan Chambers-Watson, 25 –  Christchurch, New Zealand
Edmond Newton, 36 – Union, South Carolina and Atlanta, GA
Gabrielle Arruda, 27 – Brooklyn, NY
Hanmiao Yang, 26 – Chengdu, China and New York, NY
Jake Wall, 35 – San Luis Obispo and San Francisco, CA
Joseph Poli, 37 – San Diego, CA and Las Vegas, NV
Kelly Dempsey, 31 – Monson, MA and Boston, MA
Laurie Underwood, 29 – Chicago, IL
Lindsey Creel, 28 – Austin, TX
Merline Labissiere, 32 – Miami, FL and Savannah, GA
Swapnil Shinde, 33 – Mumbai, India

Travel and hotel accommodations to inspiring destinations around the world will be provided by Best Western International. The winning designer and model will also receive a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine. To watch a sneak peek video and learn more about each designer and their inspirations visit

While you await the premiere follow along on Twitter with hashtag #ProjectRunway.

Photo courtesy of Project Runway.

Sheryl Blasnik


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