‘Project Runway’ Finds Replacements For Departing Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn

The reality television universe was shook back in September when Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn announced they were leaving Project Runway for a new fashion competition for Amazon. The long-running design competition, which returns to Bravo, just announced the folks stepping in to fill the void.

Supermodel Karlie Kloss has been tapped to host and executive produce the reboot while CFDA fashion designer and Runway winner Christian Siriano has the enviable task of mentoring the contestants.

Thankfully, Elle Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia is staying put on the panel. She’s been on the show since its 2004 launch. She’ll be joined by newcomers, fashion designer Brandon Maxwell and journalist and former Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth.

“As someone who grew up watching Project Runway, I could not be more excited to host and produce a series that provides a platform to aspiring American designers as they pursue their creative and entrepreneurial dreams,” Karlie said in a statement (via THR). “I am equally as thrilled to work alongside an incredibly talented group of fashion innovators — Brandon Maxwell, Elaine Welteroth, Nina Garcia and Christian Siriano — to inspire, support and help guide these designers as they realize their visions and build everlasting brands and businesses.”

From left to right: Karlie Kloss, Christian Siriano, Brandon Maxwell and Elaine Welteroth

“These are the perfect faces for the new Project Runway, as we recalibrate for a new generation of fashion enthusiasts,” Shari Levine, exec VP of current production, Bravo, said in a statement. “They are entrepreneurs and trailblazers with tremendous reach inside and outside the fashion industry, and give Bravo and our producing partners, Magical Elves and Lantern Entertainment, the right fuel to reenergize the franchise.”

Pre-production for Season 17 is currently underway. A 2019 premiere date is in sight. What do you think of the new host, mentor and judges? Weigh in below.