We are sew ready for this show to come back. Bravo dropped the Project Runway Season 17 teaser on Monday, and you needle, er, need it in your eyes right now. The clip begins with series host Karlie Kloss looking flawless in a gown (but come on, as if she has ever not looked flawless). "In the world of fashion, nothing’s more important than what’s next," Kloss tells us. And then, the promo cuts over to Project Runway Season 4 winner Christian Siriano who lets us know that "this March, all runways lead to Bravo." Yes, that March. As in the month after next.
The long-running reality competition series underwent some major alterations last year. On Oct. 10, 2018, Deadline reported that Project Runway would be leaving Lifetime and heading back to Bravo, its original network. This news arrived hot on the heels of the announcement that series stalwarts Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn would be auf the show. Klum and Gunn were fixtures of the show for a whopping 16 seasons, but come Season 17, that will no longer be the case. After this scoop broke, Zac Posen confirmed to People that he would not be a judge on the upcoming season either.
In a statement provided to Bustle last September, Klum announced that she and Gunn have another project in the works. "I'm most excited that my journey with my dear friend and colleague, Tim Gunn, is far from over," teased the supermodel. "We will be partnering with Amazon for a new show, and we're excited for everyone to see what we’re designing next!"
Gunn, Klum, and Posen left behind some major shoes to fill, but the show is making it work. Kloss is the show's new host, Siriano is the show's new mentor, and Elaine Welteroth and Brandon Maxwell are the show's new judges. Project Runway veteran Nina Garcia will continue to serve as a judge.
It sounds like the ex-stars of Project Runway are excited to see where the new crew takes the show. The show's former host told People back in October that she and Gunn "left Project Runway in great hands." She added,
“I can see how they are going to change it, because it needed some change. After 16 seasons, it was becoming stale. I’m excited to see how it will progress. It’s great to have new people and new visions for this next iteration of Project Runway. I’m looking forward to how they make the show their own!”
In a recent interview with InStyle, Gunn compared leaving the show to stepping away from the fashion department chair position at Parsons, noting that "now it's [Kloss and Siriano's] turn" to help guide the Project Runway ship. "I thought, [I’m] so proud of what I was able to achieve here, and it's going to change, and that's perfectly fair," he told the magazine. "It should." Like a contestant checking out the accessory wall in the workroom, Gunn has approached the cast overhaul very thoughtfully.
Augh. Well, aren't they as cute as a button bag.