"This is the top 10 the fashion world has been waiting for," boasts the midseason trailer for Bravo's Project Runway

By Dave Quinn
April 19, 2019 05:17 PM
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The competition over at Bravo’s Project Runway is getting sew tough — and judging from season 17’s midseason trailer, fans will be on pins and needles to see who makes it to the end!

PEOPLE has the exclusive premiere of what’s to come on the second half of hit reality fashion design show.

After this week’s episode, a total of 10 talented designers remain in the competition: Tessa Clark, Bishme Cromartie, Venny Etienne, Sebastian Grey, Renee Hill, Sonia Kasparian, Lela Orr, Jamall Osterholm, Gary “Garo Sparo” Spampinato and Hester Sunshine.

To make it to the end, they’ll have to overcome a series of intense challenges put forward by host Karlie Kloss and her fellow judges: designer Brandon Maxwell, journalist Elaine Welteroth and veteran judge Nina Garcia.

Karlie Kloss Tells Christian Siriano He's 'Such a Good Teacher' in Season 17 of Bravo's 'Project Runway'
Christian Siriano and Karlie Kloss
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That includes tackling two infamous Project Runway challenges of dressing everyday women (in this case, what appears to be local New York City servicewomen).

“Fashion has to become more inclusive,” mentor and former Project Runway winner Christian Siriano tells contestants, while Kloss praises the designers for “celebrating these incredible women.”

There’s also a dreaded menswear challenge, though it appears to have a gender-bending, Elton John-inspired twist. “I think we need to give you male models more often,” jokes Kloss.

Of course, no one is backing down — even when Welteroth tells them they’ll be making a look that is “going to tell the world more about you than any other design in this competition.”

“There is no safe for me. I’m doing something crazy,” Sunshine says, summing up the mood for the group.

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Project Runway returned to Bravo this season — where it premiered in 2004 and ran until 2008 — following a run at Lifetime.

“Bravo is proud to bring Project Runway back where it all began, and Heidi and Tim will always be a huge part of the legacy,” the network said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “The series will continue its iconic impact with Bravo’s reboot for the next generation of designers and fans. We are excited to announce our new host and mentor very soon.”

Other guest judges coming this season, according to the midseason trailer, include Danielle Brooks and Morena Baccarin.

Project Runway airs Thursdays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.