Werk! Christian Siriano Replacing Tim Gunn on Project Runway

Fashion designer Christian Siriano is returning to the show that made him a household name all those years ago, but this time it won't be at the sewing machine.

It was revealed earlier this week Siriano will be one of the new head judges on Project Runway alongside supermodel Karlie Kloss, as Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn will be leaving the long running reality series after 16 seasons to launch another reality competition for Amazon.

Nina Garcia, who has been with the show since it began in 2004, will be the only returning name for the show's 17th season. There are two other new faces as well; designer Brandon Maxwell and former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth

Siriano revealed the big news on his Instagram Thursday, captioning the post with "Well everyone I’m back and with a twist, I’m the mentor! 10 years later I’m excited and honored to help guide the new generation of talent on #projectrunway."

The show will also be returning to Bravo where it aired for the first five seasons. Siriano was the show's Season 4 winner and is considered by many to be one of the most successful (if not most successful) contestant to come out of the show. In the years since he won, Siriano has dressed some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Nicki MInaj and Sarah Jessica Parker and even First Lady Michelle Obama.

Congrats to Christian on this fantastic news!

"Project Runway" Is Returning To Bravo In Season 17

After 11 seasons on Lifetime, Project Runway is moving back to Bravo for upcoming season 17. NBC Universal made the announcement Monday at its upfront in New York City. “Project Runway is coming back where it all started; it’s coming home on Bravo,” said the network’s Andy Cohen.

The fashion design competition, hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum, was a smash hit from the get-go at Bravo, where its first five seasons aired from 2004-2008. In a shocking move that prompted a string of lawsuits, The Weinstein Co. struck a deal to move it to Lifetime without giving Bravo a chance to match Lifetime’s offer.

This is just the latest installment of the fallout in the wake of The Weinstein Co.’s downfall after co-founder Harvey Weinstein was exposed as a serial sexual predator last year via Pulitzer Prize-winning stories in The New York Times. A+E Television Networks, the parent company of Lifetime, terminated its deal with TWC on Jan. 10, ending their commitment to air any further seasons of the show.

Project Runway was created by Eli Holzman. In 2008, it won a Peabody Award "for using the 'television reality contest' genre to engage, inform, enlighten and entertain.” All seasons thus far were filmed in NYC, with the exception of season 6, filmed in Los Angeles.

The program has been nominated for dozens of Primetime Emmys; Klum and Tim Gunn won for Outstanding Reality Competition Host in 2013. The popularity of Project Runway has also spawned spinoffs like Under the Gunn and Project Runway: Junior, and several international iterations all over the globe.


We're Thinking About Chris March During His Health Challenges

Those of us who are Project Runway fans will remember some of the biggest personalities that have come through the work room and slayed the competition—even if they didn’t win. It’s true that the Lifetime show skyrockets the careers of many brining their craft to the forefront and showing that they can “make it work” in the real world. That is why when we hear of news of Project Runway alumni there is happiness and support for their continued success. Lately, however, we have had some bad news from the PR family with the passing of Season 3 finalist Mychael Knight in October 2017 and then just one month later the loss of Season 1 finalist Wendy Pepper.

Two sad days for the fashion world and for fans who have followed the show since day one. Now, fans have been on edge since learning of the dangerous health state Season 4 fan favorite Chris March is in. According to a Go Fund Me page started by one of March’s close friends, Nelson Carballo, he is in critical condition after his health began declining several months ago.

Carballo writes:

Our beloved Teddy Bear from Project Runway, Chris March, has had a rough 9 months. Back in June of last year, suffered a debilitating accident and had to be placed in a medically induced coma where he stayed for many weeks. Thanks to the miracle of modern science he has pulled through, but is still in a very fragile state. His right arm has been paralyzed and at this moment, has limited use of his hands and legs. In addition, he's dealing with respiratory issues that demand constant care. With skyrocketing medical bills, his health insurance has maxed out and he's in desperate need of continuous physical therapy in order to get back on track. 

March rose to fame after his stint on Project Runway, which led to the show Mad Fashion in 2011. March is known for his larger-than-life laugh and extravagant use of costume to present a unique and eclectic style that quickly turned high fashion. He also has created a line of Halloween wigs for Target in 2013. March has designed for Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Meryl Streep, and Madonna.

Carballo concludes with:

We want Chris March to continue making us giggle with his infectious laugh, incredible outfits , unexpected outrages and most of all his out - of - this - world wigs , all of which make us always feel fabulous!

If you’d like to show your support for Chris March, visit the Go Fund Me page and give some love.