Heidi vaguely informs the designers that they will be designing for a hip international jet-setter. Their grand speculations are squashed when Tim tells them they will be designing, as well as modeling, outfits for themselves. Each outfit should be a reflection of the designer's true look while also being able to withstand traveling. In order to test the durability, the designers are flown to a surprise location.
Eager to give aspiring designers a chance to break into the notoriously difficult-to-crack fashion world, supermodel Heidi Klum will once again head a panel of industry luminaries, including top women's and men's wear designer Michael Kors and Elle Magazine fashion director Nina Garcia, who will serve as judges and industry mentors charged with selecting and molding the budding designers. There will also be guest judges each week based on the specific challenge. Tim Gunn, Chair of the Parsons The New School For Design, will return to guide the contestants through each of their challenges.
The winning designer will walk away with $100,000 in seed money to help them launch their own line. The winner's designs will be featured in a spread in ELLE, photographed by the magazine's world-renowned Publication Director, Gilles Bensimon. They will also receive a mentorship from the Banana Republic Design Team.
Project Runway - High Flying Fashion Synopsis and Schedule