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LOS ANGELES – Bravo put on an impressive event for Emmy voters on Tuesday as they paired their two big Reality-Competition series, “Top Chef” and “Project Runway,” for an evening of conversation and delectable morsels. On hand were “Top Chef’s” executive producer and host Padma Lakshmi, judge Gail Simmons and executive producer and showrunner Doneen Arquines. “Runway” was repped by new host and executive producer Karlie Kloss and producer and mentor Christian Siriano as well as Dan Cutworth who executive produces both programs.
“Runway” just returned to Bravo after 10 years on Lifetime. The fashion designer competition was originally on Bravo from 2004-2008 until The Weinstein Company, which owned the show, got a better deal with Lifetime. After Harvey Weinstein’s fall from grace in 2017, Bravo snatched the show back and put it in the hands of Magical Elves, the program’s original production company and the entity that has also shepherded “Top Chef” for 16 seasons. The show’s departure from Lifetime also saw longtime host Heidi Klum and mentor Tim Gunn shockingly part ways with the program (they got a new deal with Netflix). In their place, Kloss, a superstar model, and Siriano, the season four winner of the show, have ushered in a new workroom and two new permanent judges, fashion designer Brandon Maxwell and Elaine Welteroth, the former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue. Longtime judge Nina Gracia is the only survivor of all three iterations of the series so far.
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For Siriano, transitioning from contestant to world-renowned designer (he’s dressed everyone from Michelle Obama to Lady Gaga) to a mentor for all the stressed-out contestants was “very hard.”
Siriano continues, “I’m coming from someone who has turned it into a very successful career, whatever that means. People buy clothes, that’s nice. What they don’t always understand is that it’s a different platform...
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