"You're the first person to know this," said fashion sage and "Project Runway" mentor Tim Gunn. "It hasn't been officially announced, but we're not going back to
This will come as a relief to fans who still speak disparagingly of show's sixth season that filmed in
"In retrospect, it was the wrong thing to have done," Gunn said at the
Gunn, who greeted and posed for pictures at Kate Spade with his rabid fans, was also bluntly honest about contestant Maya Luz, the Massachusetts College of Art graduate who dropped out of the competition last month out of frustration when she lost a challenge that involved creating her own fabric.
"Needless to say, that was an unprecedented departure, and it was really hard for me," Gunn said. "I struggled with 'Do I cheerlead her back to the workroom and remind her how incredibly talented she is?' Or, do I support her. I thought she really needed my support. You can tell by her body language that the will to compete was gone."
And for the record, Gunn did not agree with the judges' decision that led to Luz dropping out of the competition.
"I don't mean to sound disrespectful of Heidi, Nina, and Michael, but when it comes to loyalties, I'm with the designers," he said. "The only time I spend with the judges is to say hello. I usually don't say good-bye because I'm mad at them."