“Once day you’re in, and the next day you’re out,” is what we typically hear Heidi Klum say to Project Runway contestants who’ve been eliminated. It’s not the contestants she’ll be saying goodbye to now though – judge Michael Kors has decided to leave the show.
The fashion designer says his departure from the judging panel is due to scheduling conflicts and that he does plan to return as a guest judge for the finale of the upcoming 11th season of the show. So who’s going to take Kors’ place as a judge? Zac Posen will be joining the show!
Posen took to Twitter to express his delight over the new gig, exclaiming, “So excited to be the new judge on @ProjectRunway Season 11!! Joining @heidiklum @ninagarcia and @TimGunn.” Zac served as a guest judge on Project Runway during seasons 3 and 4, so he already has some experience under his belt. He says Kors “was always a generous, warm mentor” during these previous experiences, so maybe Zac can will receive some more wisdom from Michael about how to best fill his shoes.
This change to the judging panel isn’t the only difference you’ll notice during season 11. The whole season will be a “Teams Edition,” meaning every challenge will be a team challenge. If you’ve ever watched the team challenge episodes thrown into each Project Runway season until now, you know they don’t go over well! Guest judges including Bette Midler, Susan Sarandon, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Joan and Melissa Rivers, Emmy Rossum, Kristin David, Jordana Brewster, and Rachel Roy will be there to witness the mess unfold. New judges and a new format for the contestants – will they spring any other surprises on us? What do you think of all the changes being made to the show?
Michael Kors’ judging post on Project Runway may have helped turned him into a household name, but there are plenty of other stars who took part in fashion-themed runway shows after they already achieved their fame doing something totally different. Check out the 5 stars below who’ve taken part in fashion reality shows!
Heidi Klum made a name for herself as a model before becoming the host and executive producer of Project Runway. She’s been featured in every major magazine and photographed by all the top photographers, but now she dedicates her time to the show, designing for her own clothing and accessory lines, and pursuing various other business interests.
Singer Jessica Simpson signed on to be a mentor to contestants on NBC’s Fashion Star, which premiered earlier this year. The showy series seemed to focus on everything but the actual clothes being designed, which wasn’t helped by Simpson’s comments. She once told a contestant she wanted to slap them!
TV personality and fashion icon Nicole Richie also served as a mentor on Fashion Star, which didn’t mean much within the organization of the show. The true judges of the contestants were the buyers from H&M, Macy’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue, who ultimately decided which contestants’ designs would be produced and sold.
British model and fashion “It” girl Alexa Chung hosted 24 Hour Catwalk earlier this year, which gave 4 designers the chance to design a small collection and win $10,000 during each episode. Chung wasn’t received well by American viewers though and was dubbed a boring host of yet another fashion reality show on TV.
Rihanna may be known best for her songs and her rocky relationship with Chris Brown, but the singer recently announced her plan to executive produce and star in Styled to Rock, a fashion reality show that’ll premiere next year and feature 12 handpicked designers creating clothes for celebrity clients.