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Project Runway's Third Season is Fashionably Early With July Launch

Lauren David Peden
June 08th, 2006 @ 2:51 PM - New York

Project Runway fanatics won't have to wait until fall to get their fashion fix, as the Emmy nominated Bravo series third season is kicking off on July 12th this year, a full four months earlier than their typical November debut.

Heidi Klum is returning to bid losing contestants "Auf Wiedersehen," designer Michael Kors and Elle fashion director Nina Garcia are reprising their roles as resident judges, and Tim Gunn, chair of fashion design for Parsons the New School For Design, will also be hand to once again shepherd the fifteen fashion design contestants through the show's weekly challenges, which have, in the past, included having to fashion frocks from plants, supermarket supplies and other unlikely materials.

"Watching as each of these designers grow and develop during the challenging competition is absolutely amazing," said Klum, who was herself discovered during a nationwide modeling contest in her native Germany. "There's some real talent hare and it's clear that each of them has what it takes to be successful in the fashion business, but this is a unique opportunity for them to show what they can do. I'm so proud of ‘Project Runway' and I can't wait to see what our third season will bring."

While details about specific competitions are still being kept under (triple-ply cashmere, moire taffeta) wraps, word is that designer Vera Wang will appear as a guest judge, leading some in the fashion industry to speculate that there may be a reprise of season one's bridal gown competition.

Whatever the outcome, we just hope the show continues to churn out larger-than-life, fun to watch personalities like season one's Jay McCarroll and Austin Scarlett and season two's Santino Rice and Zulema Griffin.

"The past seasons of 'Project Runway' have fed our viewers' addictions with tremendous new talent, unforgettable personalities and creative challenges," Gunn told us. "But we've managed to top ourselves in season three with the best designers, twists and weekly challenges yet."

Canned ham cheerleading aside, what the show has yet to produce is anything remotely resembling the Next Great American Fashion Designer, though that may change come September, when Project Runways' three finalists - and season one winner Jay McCarroll - unveil their Spring 2007 collections during New York Fashion Week.

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