Talk about a redesign.
After 11 seasons on Lifetime, Project Runway is returning to its original network for season 17 — with brand-new hosts. That’s right: Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are out (off to a new fashion-competition series on Amazon), and in are supermodel Karlie Kloss and fashion designer Christian Siriano.
“Watching this show with my sisters was really my first introduction to fashion — and we sucked my poor dad into it,” Kloss, 26, says in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly. “So it’s a pinch-me moment to be a part of the show now.”
Installing Kloss as host/judge and Siriano — who won season 4 of Runway in 2008 — as mentor is all part of Runway 2.0 (or 3.0?), as envisioned by the folks at Magical Elves, the production company behind the show’s first five seasons (and Top Chef), who have returned to take the reins.
“This is their baby and they have such passion for it,” Kloss, who also serves as an executive producer on Runway, says of working with Magical Elves. Adds Siriano: “This show launches careers, and this season is going to feel more connected to what’s going on in the industry today than ever before.”
Other fresh elements include a new workspace in Brooklyn and an actual set for the runway shows. But longtime fans can still expect a diverse group of designers and impassioned critiques from Siriano, 33, and the judges. (Runway mainstay Nina Garcia, designer Brandon Maxwell, and journalist Elaine Welteroth round out Kloss’ weekly judges’ panel.)
“I’m a nice Midwestern girl, so I’m gentle in my delivery, but I think I’ll surprise people,” says Kloss. “I’m a tough judge!”
Season 17 of Project Runway is slated to premiere this March on Bravo.
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