The Hollywood Reporter has an exclusive first look at Season 11 of Lifetime's Project Runway, which kicks off at 9 p.m. Jan. 24 with a new judging panel and a new twist.
Zac Posen will replace judge Michael Kors for the upcoming season. Kors, who had been with the show from the beginning, was unable to return as a regular judge for season 11 due to scheduling issues. Host/judge Heidi Klum, judge Nina Garcia and mentor Tim Gunn are returning.
Meanwhile, the new season will be the show's first teams edition, in which 16 designers will be competing in teams for every challenge.
Guest judges will include Bette Midler, Susan Sarandon, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Joan and Melissa Rivers, Emmy Rossum, Kristin Davis, Jordana Brewster and designers Rachel Roy, Tracy Reese, Chris Benz and 2007 Project Runway winner Christian Siriano.
Lifetime also will air a Road to the Runway special at 8 p.m., before the season 11 premiere, as an introduction to the new designers. The special will be hosted by Marie Claire’s Zanna Roberts Rassi, the special will also feature commentary from Project Runway: All Stars winner Mondo Guerra, who recaps the show for THR.com, and designer alum Laura Kathleen, who was recently eliminated from the current season of All Stars.
The season 11 winner will receive $100,000 from L’Oreal Paris to start his/her own line, 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 also will appear in the designer's Marie Claire editorial feature and receive $25,000 from L'Oreal Paris EverStyle.
Project Runway is produced by The Weinstein Co., Miramax Films, Bunim-Murray Productions and Full Picture Entertainment.