The newest season of Project Runway returns for its fifth season tonight and we couldn’t be more excited. Returning to the runway, host and supermodel Heidi Klum heads a panel of industry luminaries, including judges, top women’s and menswear designer Michael Kors, and fashion expert Nina Garcia, as they decide who is “in” and who is “out.” Tim Gunn, Chief Creative Officer at Liz Claiborne, Inc., will once again act as a mentor to the designers as they take on weekly fashion challenges.

This season is set to be our favorite due to the diversity of the cast.

From an aesthetic point of view, it is the most diverse group,” says executive producer Jane Lipsitz. In terms of cast chemistry, “it reminds me of Season 1 a little bit.” Along with the requisite drama, tension and tears, “there’s a lot of comedy in this season, which we didn’t necessarily have last season.”

Other changes for this season: Elle will be out as sponsor, and Marie Claire will be in. Judge Nina Garcia, identified in Season 5 as Elle’s editor at large (she was fashion director), returns the following season as Marie Claire’s fashion director.

Meet the cast of Project Runway Season 5 here… The show premiere’s tonight on Bravo at 9p.m. ET/PT.

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