Michael Kors leaves 'Project Runway,' Zac Posen to fill in for 11th season

By Gina DiFalco,

Michael Kors has served as a judge on Project Runway for the first 10 seasons, but his days in the judging seat have now come to an end.

Lifetime reveals that Kors won’t be returning next season, but designer Zac Posen will be filling in. Kors, whose schedule just doesn’t allow him to give the time to the show, will be back for the season finale.

“This was an amazing opportunity,” Posen said of his new role as judge on the show, The AP reports. “I hope I’m here to give a new perspective to the designers.”

He also had nothing but nice things to say about Kors, saying “When I was a guest judge, I saw he was always a generous, warm mentor.”
According to The Washington Examiner, the 11th season of the show, which features model Heidi Klum as host and judge, and Nina Garcia as the other judge, will return on Jan. 24.

There will be some new rules in the new season. The contestants, who compete for $100,000 to start their own line, will be competing in teams.

“You can imagine the designers’ reactions when we first told them,” Klum explained, “but it resulted in some really interesting conflicts and partnerships. And that is how designers work in the real world — they do have to work on teams and manage teams — you get to understand their personalities more.”

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