Say it isn’t so. Michael Kors is my FAVORITE judge on Project Runway. He simply cannot leave. Who else is going to give such memorable one-liners as “Her drag name would be Origami Rose” or “She looks like a pole dancer in Dubai.”? No matter how much I’m in denial, Kors’ departure is a done deal. The designer won’t be a part of Season 11 of Project Runway.
If you think there’s drama behind this, you’ll be disappointed. Reportedly, it was his busy schedule that kept him from signing on as a full-time judge for the next season. Lifetime revealed in a statement that Michael will return to help judge the finale. At least, we’ll have that.
As if Kors leaving wasn’t bad enough, there is another change coming that I’m not excited about in the least. For the first time on Project Runway, the designers will compete as teams and not as individuals. Boo, this is starting to sound like Bravo’s The Fashion Show. Remember their lame attempt to replace Project Runway when Harvey Weinstein moved his show to Lifetime? UGH. Find out who Kors’ replacement is below.
Truth be told, Zac Posen sitting on the panel isn’t all that bad. Sure, I’ll miss Kors, but Lifetime could’ve brought someone in truly heinous. Hopefully, he’ll come up with a couple of decent zingers. If he proves to be a worthy successor and Michael wants to come back to PR, perhaps they can transplant Zac over to Project Runway All-Stars. I’m kinda over Isaac Mizrahi.
As usual, a revolving door of guests judges will sit alongside Nina Garcia, Heidi Klum and now Zac Pose on the panel. This year that list includes Bette Midler, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Joan and Melissa Rivers, and designers Rachel Roy, Tracy Reese, Chris Benz and Project Runway season 4 winner Christian Siriano.
What do you think of the changes for Season 11? Do you think Posen will have chemistry with Garcia and Klum? Will you tune in to Project Runway on January 24, 2013 for another season of designing drama? Sound off below.