Initial reaction: no way. Zac Posen has let slip via his Twitter account that he will be warming the judge’s seat together with Heidi Klum and company on the next season of Project Runway—and he’s ousting Michael Kors in the process.
Here’s the relevant tweet verbatim, sent through Posen’s account last night: “So excited to be the new judge on Project Runway Season 11!! Joining Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Tim Gunn.”
Meanwhile, Lifetime TV has said Michael Kors will be making a guest appearance on the upcoming season’s finale, and added (pre-emptively) that the split was an amicable one stemming from “scheduling issues”.
Kors has been an acerbic highlight on the fashion reality show since its inception in 2004, so we’re extremely interested to see if the mild-mannered, tousle-haired Posen can bring on the biting wit and well, bitchiness of his older predecessor to hold his own on the show. Time, as they say, will tell: the premiere episode of the next season of Project Runway will air January 24 in the US.