‘Project Run­way’ re­turns to walk its walk

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY JAY BOB­BIN

For any changes of its mak­ers or net­work, “Project Run­way” re­mains a valu­able tele­vi­sion brand.

That’s why, af­ter 11 rounds on Life­time, the fash­ion­com­pe­ti­tion se­ries re­turns to its orig­i­nal home – Bravo – as it be­gins its 17th sea­son Thurs­day, March 14. A cou­ple of its most fa­mil­iar faces are miss­ing, since Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are de­vel­op­ing their own show with Ama­zon, but judge Nina Gar­cia is stay­ing. She’s joined on the panel by de­signer Bran­don Maxwell and jour­nal­ist Elaine Wel­teroth. Su­per­model and en­tre­pre­neur Kar­lie Kloss hosts (and is an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer), and Sea­son 4 win­ner Chris­tian Siri­ano men­tors the con­tes­tants.

“I’m very close with Tim and very close with Heidi, and they’re amaz­ing and so tal­ented,” Siri­ano says, “but I think what’s re­ally great about this new sea­son is that for the first time, the men­tor for the de­sign­ers gets to be a real de­signer. Tim was never a de­signer. He never worked in the busi­ness; he was a teacher. So, when the de­sign­ers have a red car­pet chal­lenge, I can ac­tu­ally give them real fash­ion-in­dus­try feed­back. And I think that it can, hope­fully, only help them.

“The fash­ion busi­ness is hard,” adds Siri­ano, “so if any­one can give them ad­vice, I would think it would be me ... some­one who won the show and then built some­thing af­ter­wards. It’s re­ally (a mat­ter of ) what you do af­ter the show as well, to build a brand, and you have to do that for your­self.”

The We­in­stein Com­pany was a pro­ducer of “Project Run­way” for most of its run, but the pro­gram got new own­ers af­ter that firm de­clared bank­ruptcy.

“I think in the in­dus­try and in the world, a lot has changed since ‘Project Run­way’ first be­came what it be­came,” Kloss rea­sons. “I think the land­scape has changed so much for how de­sign­ers have to think about cre­at­ing their busi­nesses to­day. We all have voices and can kind of con­nect to, and give real-time feed­back to, de­sign­ers. This show is re­ally an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity to launch ca­reers, and I’m ex­cited to be a part of that.”

Guests in­clude mu­sic star Cardi B and ac­tress and Siri­ano model Danielle Brooks, and the com­peti­tors hail from lo­ca­tions rang­ing from New York and Bal­ti­more to Colom­bia and Syria.

Deem­ing the new sea­son “the most in­clu­sive it­er­a­tion of ‘Project Run­way”’ to date, for­mer Teen Vogue ed­i­tor-in-chief Wel­teroth says, “What’s so won­der­ful about this show is the sto­ries that are be­ing told. It re­ally is about hu­man am­bi­tion. And I think at a time like this, when the world feels like it’s be­come very, very tu­mul­tuous from a so­cial and po­lit­i­cal per­spec­tive, we all just need a rea­son to dream again.”

Chris­tian Siri­ano and Kar­lie Kloss join “Project Run­way” as it re­turns to Bravo to start its 17th sea­son Thurs­day.

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