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'Project Runway' season 7 cast revealed: There will be bangs!

16 December 2009 1:48 PM, PST | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

I'm still hungover from the long, disappointing slog that was season six, but Lifetime's unveiling of a whole new crop of Project Runway hopefuls has me all kinds of excited today. For one thing, it'd be pretty hard not to improve on the last cast (like coupons at Macy's, some exceptions apply). But a quick glance at Lifetime's gallery of the 16 fresh faces who'll be on season seven (debuting Jan. 14) gives me hope that our show might be back on track. Hopefully. Some first impressions: -Bangs! No fewer than four contestants are sporting a sleek straight fringe (see photo, left »

- Missy Schwartz

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Meet the new 'Project Runway' designers

16 December 2009 11:55 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

The good news for the new season of "Project Runway" is that after the show's lackluster first outing on Lifetime, there's room for improvement.

The better news is that with "Runway" returning to New York, judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia will be back with the show full-time (joining host Heidi Klum and mentor Tim Gunn) after missing much of last season. That should go a long way toward returning some luster to the show, which performed pretty well in the ratings (Lifetime says it's cable's top reality show among the female viewers it targets) but lacked some of the spark and outsize characters of past cycles.

A lot of that depends on the contestants too. We don't know yet if there are any breakout personalities among the 16 new designers, but they are at least a diverse lot. The field includes natives of the Dominican Republic, China, Cote d'Ivoire, Mexico and the Philippines. »


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