For the 17th season of Project Runway, the show is returning to its roots on Bravo. A new cast, a longer format, and other tweaks will hopefully usher in a new era for the show. Here’s everything you need to know about the next season!
Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum officially bid farewell to Project Runway last season. The duo left the show to develop their own series for Amazon. Zac Posen also chose to depart the show when it left Lifetime for Bravo.
With all those exits, there were quite a few vacancies to fill. Supermodel Karlie Kloss will be taking over for Heidi Klum, fulfilling the role of statuesque blonde host. In the lead mentor’s chair will be none other than Christian Siriano. As the show’s most famous and successful winner, he is in a great position to offer advice, guidance, and judgment.
Nina Garcia, who has been with the show since season one, is back. She’ll be joined by fashion designer Brandon Maxwell and Elaine Welteroth (former editor of Teen Vogue) on the panel.
Kloss, who grew up watching the show, is excited to help update Project Runway to meet the changing demands on the fashion world. “[P]art of the challenge of becoming a designer in this new landscape is that you have to be social media savvy and have to know what you want to say through your designs,” Kloss said, “and this is a platform that reaches so many and is an amazing pipeline to launch careers.”
One of the major changes to the show is the prize money. It more than doubled–$250,000 instead of $100,000–which should be welcome news to future competitors.
They also plan to include more audience interactivity. Viewers will be able to vote on looks from certain episodes and then actually buy the designs online right away! That’s actually pretty amazing.
The new season debuts March 14 on Bravo.