12/31/2009 at 12:00 AM EST
Celebrity guest judges will once again be in fashion on the upcoming seventh season
of Project Runway
will serve as a guest judge on the season premiere of the design competition, which airs Jan. 14 (10 p.m. EST) on Lifetime.
"Nicole is a fabulous guest judge," says Project Runway
executive producer Sara Rea. "She has strong opinions and gives clear and specific constructive criticism to the designers. Also, she isn't afraid to disagree with the other judges."
Richie, who is also developing a potential ABC sitcom
in which she would star and produce, is the latest in a line of celebrity guest judges on the show. Last season, Christina Aguilera, Rebecca Romijn, Eva Longoria Parker, Lindsay Lohan
and Cindy Crawford
all made appearances on the panel.
Richie -- who has her own fashion line, Winter Kate
, and a line of jewelry, House of Harlow
1960 -- taped the premiere episode of Runway
last summer before giving birth
to her son Sparrow in September. Her daughter Harlow turns 2 on Jan. 11. --Jason LynchTell us: Who else would make a fabulous guest judge on Project Runway?