Karlie Kloss and Christian Siriano take the reins


Published 8:46 PM EDT Oct 10, 2018

Karlie Kloss and Christian Siriano take the reins

"Project Runway" has found a new way to make it work, with a new look and a new supermodel host. 

Bravo announced Wednesday that Karlie Kloss will take over the reins of the fashion design competition series, a month after Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn said "Auf Wiedersehen" after 16 seasons.

“As someone who grew up watching ‘Project Runway,’ I could not be more excited to host and produce a series that provides a platform to aspiring American designers as they pursue their creative and entrepreneurial dreams,” Kloss said. 

Nina Garcia, the editor-in-chief of ELLE, will return as a judge, where she has served since the show launched in 2004. She will be joined by  fashion designer Brandon Maxwell and former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth. 

Related: Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are leaving 'Project Runway' for new Amazon reality fashion series

Christian Siriano will take over Gunn's role as a mentor to the designers, offering fierce tips and feedback on their creations during each episode.

Siriano knows a thing or two about "Project Runway." He won Season 4 and has gone on to become a successful designer, dressing the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey and former first lady Michelle Obama.

The reality series, which has aired on Lifetime since 2009, will return to its original network, Bravo next year.

"I am incredibly proud of the show, and it will always have a special place in my heart," Klum said in a statement. 

She continued: "I’m most excited that my journey with my dear friend and colleague, Tim Gunn, is far from over.” The pair are developing a new fashion series for Amazon, with plans to sell clothes featured on the new reality project.

Contributing: Sara Moniuszko 

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