By CJ Bomb
Well, well, well……This is some interesting news. A few weeks ago I was despondent and Les and I were about to commit fashion hari kari as our beloved Tim Gunn, the man who makes our lives better by simply existing, was no longer going to be on Project Runway. We were hiding under our covers with bottles of champagne and straws while contemplating the thought of someone unworthy (cough, Alyssa, cough) grabbing the reigns of our favorite show, no matter how far it had fallen into the Lifetime network abyss. Well…….it seems all might not be lost people.
Christian Siriano and Karlie Kloss have been tapped to be the new mentor and host of the show. Now we were speculating that Christian might be tapped, but I have to say Karlie Kloss came out of left field. And in this case, left field is a very good thing.
Christian Siriano is the closest thing to a fashion star to come out of this show. He does very high-end design work, dresses celebrities (of all shapes and sizes, mind you) and has never considered himself above designing for the masses and partnering with affordable brands like Payless. He is democratic in his design and that is a good thing. He is also a lovely person. I met him at a trunk show where he picked out two tops for me and pinned them to make sure the fit was right. I don’t normally geek out and embarrass myself by asking for photos with famous people…in fact I have only done it three times. Once with Chris Rock (cranky) once with Jean Georges Vongerichten (lovely, kind man) and Christian. He even signed a birthday card for one of my best friends who is Filipino, quoting himself from the show, “Happy Birthday Jennifer! Asians are FIERCE”. There were women there buying much more expensive items than me, yet he treated me the same he treated everyone else, including the people who were just coming in to shake his hand. He has also been in this pressure cooker before. He knows what the contestants are going through and he knows what it is like to be judged on your art. Art you created in a ridiculously short period of time. If anyone could even ATTEMPT to step into Tim Gunn’s fabulous shoes, it might be this guy.
Karlie Kloss. Okay, I have to say, I was a wee bit worried about Bravo giving this to Gigi Hadid. Nothing against Gigi, but she is still very young and doesn’t have the fashion experience (meaning years) to do the hosting position. Before everyone freaks out on me and says, BUT KARLIE’S ONLY 3 YEARS OLDER, please take this into consideration, Karlie started in 2006. She didn’t have a famous mom or platform to get to where she was. She has been in this industry 12 years which are truly like dog years. So in my mind, much better suited. She also supposedly likes to write code for computers in her spare time and promote young girls doing the same. We all can’t be genetically blessed and/or have Yolanda for a mother, right? I will of course, reserve judgement until I see her in action, but as of now, Les and I are cautiously hopeful. At least it’s not fucking Andy.
So. Thank you baby Jesus that Nina Garcia will still be with us. Thank you. Seriously. Nina gives this show credibility, even during it’s darkest Lifetime moments. Brandon Maxwell is coming on board, and DAMN, good get Project Runway. Brandon is what this show hopes to produce in terms of a young, incredibly talented superstar. A real deal designer. I think he was also Lady Gaga’s fashion director at some point. Check out his work. Oh and he’s Meghan Markle’s favorite designer as well. Lastly we have Elaine Welteroth who essentially rescued Teen Vogue and gave it depth, credibility and MOST importantly treats it’s young readers as intelligent, smart, and well read. There have been some INCREDIBLE political articles published in Teen Vogue. She is no longer there, but her influence is still felt. She is smart and witty. This is a VERY good thing. I have two teenagers and one of their biggest pet peeves is being talked down to.
In a world of dumbed down, I just want a show that showcases raw talent, nurtures it, casts for ability, not personality, and lays off the gimmicks. Is this too much to ask?? If I want theater of the absurd I will watch one of the eight billion housewives franchises. (fortunately I don’t have to do that because our fearless leader recaps them for me) The success of this reboot is going to come down to several things, but chemistry of the cast and bringing it back to Bravo year level style will be the two things I’m looking for. Again, CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC…..The lovely Les and I will be back to recap….we hope you will take the journey with us. What do you guys think of these casting choices?