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Zac Posen to Take Michael Kors

Zac Posen to Take Michael Kors' Spot on 'Runway'

December 18, 2012

Designer Zac Posen will be taking over Michael Kors' judging duties during the new season of Lifetime's Project Runway and the show will also feature its first team edition.

"This was an amazing opportunity," Posen told the Associated Press about filling the chair of Kors, who has served as a judge during the show's first 10 seasons.  "I hope I'm here to give a new perspective to the designers." Posen said he learned a lot from watching from Kors over the years. "When I was a guest judge, I saw he was always a generous, warm mentor."

Returning for the show's 11th season -- premiering January 24 -- will be host/judge Heidi Klum, judge Nina Garcia and contestant mentor Tim Gunn.

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Kors is not completely leaving the show as he'll be brought back as a guest judge for the show's finale during New York fashion week, according to a press release announcing the change. Celebrity judges set to appear in the new season include Bette Midler, Susan Sarandon, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Joan and Melissa Rivers, Emmy Rossum, Kristin Davis and Jordana Brewster.

In the upcoming season, Project Runway will also introduce its first-ever team edition, with contestants teaming up for challenges designed to showcase the designers' abilities to work collaboratively.

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