The supermodel, who announced that she would be stepping down as host after 16 seasons of Project Runway in September, shared that she knows the competition's new host and mentor, Karlie Kloss and Christian Siriano, respectively, are going to do an amazing job. “I don’t think they need advice," Heidi said during a recent interview with PEOPLE. "We left Project Runway in great hands, with Karlie [Kloss] and Christian Siriano, and I think they are going to do a great job."
Heidi went on to say that she felt like it was time for a change on Project Runway. “I can see how they are going to change it, because it needed some change. After 16 seasons, it was becoming stale. I’m excited to see how it will progress,” she shared. “It’s great to have new people and new visions for this next iteration of Project Runway. I’m looking forward to how they make the show their own!”
Heidi announced in September that she would be saying goodbye to Project Runway, along with mentor Tim Gunn and judge Zac Posen. “Bravo is proud to bring Project Runway back where it all began, and Heidi and Tim will always be a huge part of the legacy," a rep for the network said in a statement. "The series will continue its iconic impact with Bravo’s reboot for the next generation of designers and fans. We are excited to announce our new host and mentor very soon.”
It was revealed earlier this month that Karlie and Christian would be stepping in to serve as the fashion competition's new host and mentor, respectively, in its upcoming Season 17. They will be joined by returning judge Nina Garcia, as well as some new judges, fashion designer Brandon Maxwell and journalist and former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth.
Former Project Runway judge Michael Kors also couldn't contain his excitement about Christian returning to the series as mentor during an interview with PEOPLE earlier this month. “I think it’s fabulous to see him step into the mentorship role,” he said. “Christian’s been in business for 10 years. I always tell everyone that 10 years in fashion is like 30 years in life, so he’s probably seen in 10 years what normal people might see in 30 years. That’s the reality of fashion.”
Season 17 of Project Runway is set to premiere in 2019 on Bravo.
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