Zac Posen to Replace Michael Kors on Project Runway Season 11

New York—Still a Project Runway fan? Us too. But we will admit things have gotten a bit stale after all this time.

Luckily, the producers thought so too, because Season 11 is returning to Lifetime January 24, 2013 with some new blood, new ideas and a slightly new format.

First, things first: Mentor and voice of wisdom Tim Gunn is still IN, as is host and judge Heidi Klum and Marie Claire’s Fashion Director and featured judge Nina Garcia.

However, we must all say auf wiedersehen to snarky judge Michael Kors, who is leaving after 10 seasons due to scheduling conflicts. Michael’s unforgettable quips will definitely be missed. CFDA award-winning fashion designer Zac Posen, who has guest judged the show in the past, will fill his shoes. Kors will return to judge the finale.

Award-winning fashion designer Zac Posen will be joining Project Runway as a judge

In other news, participating designers will find themselves in the show’s first ever Teams Edition (which we are loosely calling “There Will Be Tears”). As anyone who watches the show knows, team challenges cause the most drama, which means the highest ratings.

Guest judges will continue to play an important role on each episode, with Season 11 featuring Bette Midler, Susan Sarandon, John Legend, Joan and Melissa Rivers, Emmy Rossum, Kristin Davis, Jordana Brewster and designers Rachel Roy, Tracy Reese, Chris Benz and Project Runway winner Christian Siriano.

And in a lead up to the show and to introduce the new designers, Lifetime will also air the first-ever special Road to the Runway prior to the premiere at 8pm ET/PT as an introduction to the new designers.



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Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine &
As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories for the past 14 years, Lauren Parker has covered women's fashion accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. She frequently judges industry design competitions and loves seeing the next generation of designers come into their own. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including women's fashion accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.