After watching the past 10 seasons of Project Runway, we feel like we're buddy-buddy with the judges panel. From Nina Garcia and Heidi Klum's facial expressions, we feel like we can tell when they adore a look and also when it's a major no-no. Tim Gunn has become a warm and fuzzy TV friend, someone who we could totally spill our guts to and share every clothing mishap that has ever haunted our lives. Then there is Michael Kors. And isn't he a doll? We loved getting this fashion mogul's take on the outfits that came out of the crazy challenges.
But during season 11, we welcomed someone new into our Project Runway judge family. Designer Zac Posen, known for his creative intellect and innovative gowns is the new guy on the reality TV show catwalk. He's not a newbee anywhere else, as his talent is recognized to the moon and back. If Coco Rocha loves him, well, you get the picture.
So it's obvious that we love him on the show, but what does he think about it? We caught up with Zac and he let us know! If this doesn't get you motivated to enter our OK! Project Runway Sweepstakes, we don't know what will. Seriously, if you enter, you'll have a chance at winning an actual finale dress—one of the dresses that Zac judged!
OK!: What has been the most challenging part about being a judge on this season's Project Runway?
Zac Posen: Taking time from my busy designer schedule to shoot was an interesting challenge. It was all about finding the balance between personal studio time and taking care to nurture the designers.
OK!: Out of all the challenges, which one do you think was the most instructive to the designers?
ZP: I really enjoyed the alternative materials challenges like the flower challenge with Bette Midler because it forced people to think outside of the box.
OK!: What has been your most nerve-racking designer experience?
ZP: Once, all of the heels on our shoes broke during the rehearsal for our show and we had to find alternatives minutes before the runway!
OK!: What's your favorite part about being a judge?
ZP: I love getting to hang out with Nina, Heidi and Tim, working with an amazing crew, and getting to help the designers grow!
OK!: If you could take yourself back to when you first started, similar to the project runway designers, is there anything you would do differently or anything you wish you knew?
ZP: I don’t live with regrets but knowledge is power. Designers today don’t get much incubation time. My experience was like being shot out of a cannon!
OK!: How's it been hanging out with Nina and Heidi?
ZP: Incredible! They are old friends. Nina has been supportive of my work since my early collections and she has even rocked some Zac Posen gowns! Heidi just makes me want to sing, she has a beautiful voice. We both believe in supporting out-of-the box thinking. We all come from different points-of-view but we have the utmost respect for each other!
OK!: What's the hardest thing about being a judge?
ZP: Finding balance between performing for TV while truly being invested and involved in the process.
OK!: How can you relate to the designers?
ZP: As cliché as it may sound, we all have a passion for fashion. I admire their ambition and I hold a huge amount of respect for the power and importance of creativity.
OK!: If you could pick five people to go on a shopping trip with, who would they be?
ZP: Salvador Dali, Cecil Beaton, Elsa Schiaparelli, Daniel Day Lewis, Marie Antoinette.
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