No more Project Runway for a few icons in the TV fashion business!
Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum are officially leaving the long-running reality competition series, opting for a new deal that will bring a brand new fashion reality show to Amazon. And Zac Posen is out, too — to work on his own new projects.
Media reports hold that while details on the upcoming Klum/Gunn show are being kept very tight under wraps, it will mark an opportunity for the pair to continue their now 14-year professional partnership — only this time, away from the iconic Project Runway brand.
In a statement, Klum said of her decision to leave (below):
“After 16 incredible seasons, I am saying ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to Project Runway, a show that I was honored to host and help create. I am incredibly proud of the show, and it will always have a special place in my heart. I am so appreciative of the dedicated fans, and most of all, I am grateful that we could shine a light on creativity and help launch so many talented designers’ careers. I’m most excited that my journey with my dear friend and colleague, Tim Gunn, is far from over. We will be partnering with Amazon for a new show, and we’re excited for everyone to see what we’re designing next!”
And Gunn himself added more in his own statement to the media (below):
“I am grateful to Project Runway for putting me on a path I never, in my wildest dreams, thought my career would take me! I am so proud to have been a part of the groundbreaking process that showcased talented young designers as never before. Most importantly, I am indebted to our incredible fans, they are the heart and soul of what we do and continue to inspire us to raise the bar in this arena. I’m excited for them to see what’s next, as I partner with Amazon and Heidi Klum on our next great ‘fashion’ adventure.”
What little we are learning about the new series sounds interesting, though. It’ll debut in more than 200 countries and intends to appeal to those “who are entertained by competition, storytelling, and authenticity,” while also giving viewers the opportunity to buy what they see on the show via Amazon Fashion.
Inneresting!!! Should prove to be a success with Klum & Gunn working on it, at least.
Meanwhile, Posen released his own statement to the media today about leaving the show, as well (below):
“Working alongside Heidi, Nina [Garcia] and Tim as a judge for six seasons of Project Runway was one of the greatest experiences of my career. I will cherish the opportunity the show gave me to learn from and grow with my co-judges, the producers, crew and designers. Runway has led to incredible opportunities, and I am currently at work on some new projects that I am very excited to share with you soon. I wish the show and everyone much success always.”
Thoughts, Perezcious readers?! Is Project Runway done after losing such mainstays in quick succession??
Or will they resurrect it with a completely new lineup and successfully re-invent the show now that it’s back on Bravo???
Let us know your opinions in the comments (below)…
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