Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn’s Amazon reality competition Making the Cut is returning for its second season, but with major changes compared to season one.
There is no specific premiere date yet for the second season, but Amazon said it will return “this summer.” The prize is once again $1 million.
Making the Cut premiered about a year ago, and had a terrific, talented cast and stunning runway locations. It was a lot of fun, and far more watchable than Netflix’s flat Next in Fashion.
Its designers’ clothes sold out almost immediately on Amazon, suggesting viewers liked what they saw—or that Amazon just didn’t manufacture enough.
Still, it wasn’t quite as great for me as Bravo’s revived Project Runway—especially when Making the Cut ended with by falling into the cable reality competition trap that it wanted to avoid.
Making the Cut’s new judges and city
The first season of Making the Cut never had a consistent judging panel, just judges who appeared in varying configurations. None of them are returning.
Yes, judges Naomi Campbell, Nicole Richie, and Joseph Altuzarra are all out, along with Carine Roitfeld and Chiara Ferragni. The major losses are Naomi and Nicole, who often had different perspectives and delivered them clearly to the contestants.
In their place is fashion model—and former America’s Next Top Model contestant—Winnie Harlow, and fashion designer Jeremy Scott.
There are “additional surprise judges” who “will make cameos throughout the season,” Amazon said.
Winnie and Jeremy “both bring a unique voice and perspective to help us challenge these designers to sharpen their skills and get out of their comfort zones to become the next household names in fashion,” Tim Gunn said in a press release.
Meanwhile, the designers won’t have iconic cities to draw inspiration from, because of course they won’t. That’s impossible for a show filmed in 2020, of course.
Season one took place in New York, Paris, and Tokyo, but season two will be confined to Los Angeles, though it’s unclear if the show will remain in one physical location (like Design Star: Next Gen is doing) or move around the city.
In a press release, Heidi Klum said, “This last year brought so many unforeseen challenges across the globe, so I feel grateful that we were able to safely film as Tim and I continue our journey to find the next great global fashion brand.”
The 10 contestants have not yet been announced, but here are Amazon’s bios for the two new judges:
Winnie Harlow has not only become a prominent supermodel, but is also an active spokesperson for self-esteem that embodies the importance of self-love. She has broken boundaries, changing the face of fashion and beauty by embracing her autoimmune disorder and skin condition, vitiligo. She gained prominence in 2014 as a contestant on America’s Next Top Model, and since then has walked runways for brands such as Marc Jacobs and Moschino and modeled for Victoria’s Secret, Nike, Fendi and Dior Beauty, among many others. She has been the face of Paul Mitchell, Puma, Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel and Desigual, Byblos and Steve Madden and has graced the covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle Magazine. Winnie has received the “Breakthrough Model of the Year” at Daily Front Row’s Fashion Media Awards and Revolve’s 2019 “Model of the Year” and “Trailblazer of the Year” award.
Jeremy Scott is the designer and pop icon known for disrupting the fashion world, creating signatures out of pop, camp, neon, sparkle, fearlessness and incisive humor. He debuted his namesake label in 1997 and was promptly nominated for Best Young Designer by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). The first to create a designer sneaker collection with Adidas, Scott pioneered the designer collaboration which has become a wardrobe and red-carpet staple for celebrities such as Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Zendaya. In 2013, he was named the Creative Director of the Italian luxury brand, Moschino and since then received special recognition at the 2019 Anna Wintour Costume Center exhibition, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.