Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Season 12 of Lifetime’s Project Runway  is quickly approaching and details about the award-winning series and its new crop designers has been revealed.  According to THR, 16 hopefuls from across the country will compete for the coveted grand prize of showing their collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion week.

Returning as host and judge is the lovely Heidi Klum along with fashion editor Nina Garcia, fashion designer Zac Posen and show mentor, Tim Gunn. Gunn, for the first time, will also watch the fashion shows with the judges and have the power to save a contestant he feels deserves a second chance.

Fans will also get a chance to get in on the action by choosing a past designer to compete as the Runway Redemption contestant and an opportunity for a makeover. In addition to that, Runway “stans” will be able to interact with others through the PlayRunway interactive on-screen feature, allowing them to voice their opinions for the episodes, challenges and eliminations.

Guest Judges for this season include Kelly Osbourne, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Bosworth and Runway favorite, Michael Kors.

Click here to meet all the new designers including African-American designers: Dom Streater, Kahindo Mateene and Ken Laurence.

Project Runway  new season debuts on July 18 at 9 p.m. EST