Say auf wiedersehen to one of the staples of Project Runway‘s first ten seasons: Designer Michael Kors is vacating his judge’s seat, with fellow Hebrew homo Zac Posen set to take his place.
Kors’ busy schedule didn’t allow for a full commitment, but he’ll appear as a guest judge in the season finale, according to a statement from Lifetime.
It’ll be fun to see what Posen adds to the mix, but we’ll miss Kors’ no-nonsense critiques and classic zingers. (“She looks like barefoot Appalachian Li’l Abner Barbie,” springs to mind.) Somehow we doubt Posen can bring himself to be as deliciously vicious as his tangerine predecessor.
And there’s another big change next season: The designers will work in teams throughout the season.
Really? That drove us nuts on All Stars Drag Race—we can’t imagine it’ll work any better here.
“You can imagine the designers’ reactions when we first told them,” said Klum. (You bet we can.) “But it resulted in some really interesting conflicts and partnerships. And that is how designers work in the real world—they do have to work on teams and manage teams.”
Who watches Project Runway to get a taste of the real world? We want to see designers fighting over garden supplies for their wedding gowns.
Project Runway returns January 24 on Lifetime.