Project Accessory

Posted on September 08, 2011

Well, the cat bitches are out of the bag now. Lifetime has revealed the judges, host, and mentor for their latest Project Runway spinoff, Project Accessory.

That’s not such a great title, is it? It sounds like a military operation where clutches and platform pumps are dropped out of airplanes onto enemy combatants.

Anyway, here are the hosts. You don’t know most of them.

Molly Sims, Ariel Foxman, Eva Lorenzotti, Kenneth Cole

Molly Sims is Heidi-lite. Kenneth Cole made a pretty good judge on Project Runway last week, even if he did issue some rather snotty tweets while the show was airing. We met Ariel Foxman at the Oscar de la Renta Fall 2011 runway show last February  when Joe Zee introduced us. And yes, we can’t believe we just typed that sentence either. Anyway, Ariel seemed like a very nice, very sweet, very chic guy, but we sense the potential for some delicious bitchery. Then again, some fashion editors bristle at the bitchtastic Miranda Priestley stereotype and a lot of them go too far in the opposite direction when they’re judging a reality competition. Unleash your inner bitch, Ariel. We have no idea who Eva Lorenzotti is. But hey, in 2004, we had no idea who Tim Gunn was. You never know.

Anyway, we’re slightly intrigued. That’s not a bad lineup. We have no idea how you can do a reality competition centered around accessories, though. Will they really be making purses and hats in the workroom? Jewelry? Shoes? The mind boggles.

Press release, why don’t you bring this one home for us:

The devil’s in the details! The multi-billion dollar accessories business is brought into the spotlight with Lifetime’s new competition series, Project Accessory, hosted by actress and model Molly Sims. With the help of lifestyle expert Eva Lorenzotti as their mentor, 12 enterprising artists will be put to the test to create the newest and hottest trends in accessories as they compete to dazzle Sims and judges designer Kenneth Cole and InStyle Editor, Ariel Foxman. Project Accessory will premiere later this year on Lifetime, following Project Runway All Stars.

Project Accessory will feature 12 designers who will compete and showcase their unique vision for accessories and show audiences how to transform any outfit. Throughout the intense competition, their ingenuity will be pushed to the edge in creating one-of-a-kind jewelry, belts, bags, shoes, headpieces and other wares as they showcase their talents and ability to revolutionize the accessories business.

Lifetime has ordered eight 60-minute episodes of Project Accessory, which will be produced by The Weinstein Company and Goodbye Pictures. Executive producers include Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein (Co-Chairmen of The Weinstein Company), and Meryl Poster and Barbara Schneeweiss of The Weinstein Company, Rich Bye and Fred Pichel of Goodbye Pictures, Sarah Emanuel and Rob Sharenow, Gena McCarthy, David Hillman and Kim Chessler of Lifetime.

Sims began her career as a model and has worked with CoverGirl and has appeared on the cover of French Vogue and in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issues in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2006. She is best known for her role as “Delinda Deline,” for all five seasons of the NBC series Las Vegas and has appeared in several comedy films, including The Benchwarmers, Yes Man, The Pink Panther 2 and Fired Up. Sims was also the host of MTV’s House of Style. Most recently, Sims used her extensive knowledge of the adornment of jewelry by developing her own jewelry line, ‘Grayce by Molly Sims.’

Cole is a renowned American designer and humanitarian known for being on the frontline of fashion trends and AIDS awareness. A business that began over 25 years ago out of the back of a 40-foot trailer, Kenneth Cole Productions has risen to the top of American fashion at lightning speed and set the standards for others to meet. With nearly 100 Kenneth Cole retail stores in the US and 80 internationally, Cole has been able to unite his fashion instincts and business acumen with his philanthropic convictions. As Chairman to The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), and a founding board member to the homeless organization HELP USA, Cole has made it his business to fuse fashion with social action. Cole is also a board member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and The Sundance Institute. Kenneth Cole Productions is a full lifestyle, dual gender brand. Cole goes far beyond lending his name to a line of clothing and accessories. He is the ultimate driving force behind all the brands and the Company’s creative director in all areas from design to marketing. Cole resides in Westchester, New York with his wife Maria Cuomo Cole and their three daughters.

Foxman is the Editor of InStyle, the trusted style authority for over 10 million women and the leading fashion magazine in terms of newsstand sales, ad pages and reader affluence. Foxman oversees the monthly magazine, its 17 international editions, and brand extensions including InStyle.com, InStyle Hair, InStyle Makeover and InStyle books. He was named to the post in September 2008, at age 34, becoming the title’s first male Editor. He began his career at Crown Publishers and paid his magazine dues as an assistant at both Details and The New Yorker. Foxman was also the founding Editor of Conde Nast’s Cargo. In 2011, he was featured in Out’s annual “Power 50”, and in 2009 was named one of the most powerful fashion magazine Editors by Forbes, in addition to being featured in The Advocate’s “Forty Under 40.” In 2008, Foxman appeared as himself on an episode of Gossip Girl. He is a board member of the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard.

Hailed as a “mail-order magnate” by Time and “One of the 10 Most Stylish Women in Fashion” by Vogue, Lorenzotti single-handedly redefined the business of direct marketing to the affluent consumer with the first mailing of the Vivre catalog, which featured two European luxury brands. Her direct marketing adventure, a glossy, oversized catalog beautifully photographed and intelligently presented was specifically targeted to affluent shoppers, a demographic until then overlooked by the direct marketing industry. A Crain’s “40 Under 40,” a finalist for 1010 WINS’ “Tomorrow’s Newsmakers” and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and a member of YPO International, Lorenzotti’s business acumen was honed as an investment banker with the mergers and acquisitions department at Lazard Freres, which she joined after receiving a BA from Barnard College. Born and raised in Switzerland, Lorenzotti’s deep familiarity with the European culture and her multilingual command of five languages, have uniquely positioned her at the center of the rapidly evolving international luxury market. Eva and her husband Lorenzo Lorenzotti reside in Manhattan with their two children, Allegra and Amedeo.

[Photo Credit: Getty, style.com]

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know guys… a pair of stilettos dropped from the air might just cause a hell of a lot of damage… might be something to consider!

    • Anonymous

      We should alert the Defense department.  As long as they didn’t drop Leboutins (sorry, don’t know how to spell it), we could cut the budget.  Predator drones armed with stillettos…hmmmm…

  • http://squirrelsandpearls.wordpress.com/ Kelly

    I just feel bad for Eva’s husband whose name is Lorenzo Lorenzotti… what were his parents thinking?!

    • Anonymous

      Kelly,

      I went to school with a girl named (this is SOOOOOO ironic)

         KELLY KELLY

      • Anonymous

        .I don’t think it’s unusual to know people named like that.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TRYUOEZZC2IVUO24TCJMVTDNSU Gianni Rubino

          My grandmother always talked about knowing a Phelps Phelps in school.  I never heard of anyone from my generation (tail-end baby boomer) with the name Phelps.

          I miss Maria Faria from summer camp.

          Forgive me – I was surprised at how many people subscribed to the Tampa Tribune in the 1990s with the name Richard Dix, or Dick Dix.  I sure thought that they had cruel parents.

          Gianni Rubino

          • Anonymous

             I’ve known quite a few people with “interesting” names.

            Several had celebrity names. 

            Would not to list them all here – but most of the people did not mind their usual names.  

            I do wonder about calling your child Jesus  or Mohammed.   That just seemed wrong to me.  – After the originals, of course

          • Anonymous

            During high school I worked in a department store with a girl named Elizabeth Taylor. The phone operators LOVED paging her over the store intercom.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KEYJDIENR5MRK2NXJYKNOLWDFE Alexandria

            Mohammed is the most common name in the world, actually. Just not the United States

          • Anonymous

            I realize that – but since portraying Mohammed is considered such a .? violation? (is that the word?)  and the fact  that you essentially calling your kid God  – I don’t understand it.    Hey that made me wonder whether anyone has legally named their child “God”?  (Not Jesus, or Zeus, etc.)
             
            Ok now I am rambkling.  There was this very jerky guy who started calling HIMSELF ZEUS   AND he named his dog, Zeus…

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2227706 Alexandria SM

            Mohammed is not God!  He is only a human (a very pious one, but still not God) not the same as naming your child Jesus if you are Christian. 

          • Basil Von Broccoli

            Yeah, it’s more akin to naming a child after a Biblical prophet or apostle. And that’s certainly not uncommon!

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Adams/1143985903 Sarah Adams

            This.  Mohammed is considered a prophet. Islam is very clear that there is no god except Allah. Calling a kid Mohammed is like naming your child Abraham or Eli. And in Latino culture you’ll meet lots of men with Jesus as a name, but never the full Jesus Christo. The first is a tribute, the second is reserved just for referring to the Savior. 

          • Anonymous

            Mohammed isn’t a deity – he’s a Prophet of Islam, as are Moses and Jesus. Calling a Muslim boy “Mohammed” is a way of honoring Islam, not blaspheming it – in the same way Latin Americans call their boys “Jesus” as a way of honoring Roman Catholicism.

            In Islam, There Is No God But God (Allah).

          • Anonymous

            I went to school with a kid named Monte Carlo.  

        • Anonymous

          Wait, wait. You think Harvey Weinstein sounds made-up but Kelly Kelly is perfectly normal?

          Does not compute.

        • Anonymous

          Lauren Bush is now Lauren Lauren. She recently married David Lauren, Ralph Lauren’s son.

      • BerlinerNYC

        It’s like Woody’s “Kelly Kelly Kelly Kelly…” song from Cheers!

      • BerlinerNYC

        It’s like Woody’s “Kelly Kelly Kelly Kelly…” song from Cheers!

      • Anonymous

        Yup… my great grandparents named their kids Robert Roberts & Roberta Roberts…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jude-Brown/1350939326 Jude Brown

      Major Major.

      • Anonymous

        Major Major Major Major.

        • Anonymous

          Or OUT OF SIGHT’s Marshal Marshall!

    • Anonymous

      What about Lauren Bush who just married…um…forget his first name but he’s one of Ralph Lauren’s sons. So her name will be Lauren Lauren (although I read that she’s going to do a hyphenated last name: Lauren Bush-Lauren). 

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

      I’ve known of three different men named Scott Scott.

      Also know Pepper Salter and June May April.

      IAMSOBZ

      • Anonymous

        Many decades ago, we found an obituary listing for a Dental Capps.

  • Anonymous

    i’m not watching this shit.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I’m this close to quitting watching Project Runway. Why should I watch a spinoff? Sigh.

      • Anonymous

        my sentiments exactly. :)

      • Lori

        This. 

        I used to watch each new PR episode two, three times, more for the greatest of them.  I can barely get through this season’s episodes once and have not cared to rewatch any of them.  I’ve been obsessive about Project Runway since its debut but I realized last week I may not make it through the season.

        • Anonymous

          I’ve watched Seasons 1-4 so many times I have parts memorized.  I don’t know if I’m going to get through this season, though–I’m watching at this point only to read TLo’s blog.  I’ve never liked it since the jump to Lifetime–it looks so maddeningly similar, but it’s a totally different show.  

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jude-Brown/1350939326 Jude Brown

            Yeah, another “meh” season from Lifetime: I can’t imagine tuning in for the ever more irrelevant accessories spin off.

        • Anonymous

          I am totally with you on this. I guess they think they can trade us for a Jersey Shore audience – but that is never going to happen. I think PR is on the runway itself headed straight for auf’ing.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TRYUOEZZC2IVUO24TCJMVTDNSU Gianni Rubino

        Please, help me out.  Doesn’t the absence of B/M producing inherently make it a much better show than it would be WITH B/M?  I am looking forward to seeing it, with delusions that it will be more reminiscent of PR1-5 than PR6-9.

        Gianni Rubino

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          It means there’s a possibility that it will be a much better show. It’s a big enough possibility that I’ll give a look see.

        • Anonymous

          Report back – k? Save us the trouble  :D

        • Anonymous

          I’m going to give it a look – can’t promise I’ll stick w/it, though.

          I wish PR was back on Bravo – now it just seems cheap, and even Heidi and Tim look bored to be there.

    • Anonymous

      Oh my God, for some reason your post made me laugh out loud.  Thank you for being so straightforward!  That was my first thought, but I was trying to think of an elegant way to say it!

  • Anonymous

    Well, Lorenzotti obviously has brains.  She went to Barnard.

    • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

      And Molly went to Vanderbilt.

    • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

      And Molly went to Vanderbilt.

    • Anonymous

      And Foxman went to Harvard, apparently?

      • Anonymous

        Magna cum laude, yet.  And Cole graduated from Emory, and was enrolled at the law school there, but left to go into the family business.

        Whatever else one can say about this bunch, they’re clearly smart and well-educated.

    • Anonymous

      I get annoyed when people are assumed to be the “smartest person in the room” based on what school they went to.

      Maybe it is partially because I went to a local public university (although I was recruited by several big name universities for my Masters) – but:

      some of the biggest fools were people who were in my advanced classes (in high school and beyond) – some had great memories and ZERO logic or common sense

      Many exceptionally intelligent people do not choose the ridiculously expensive big name schools. 
      (Like myself, I was the first person in my family to even go to college, and we were too middle-class to be poor and too poor to be rich.  Other people have their own reasons.)  Some guys I hang out with were discussing who must be the most intelligent.  Some chose based on which college, others assumed because one guy was in medicine that he would be the smartest.  (Because every person in medicine is smarter than every person in computers with they are all smarter than . . . . . .etc)

      • Anonymous

        Fact is, you don’t get into Barnard, and you sure don’t stay there, unless you are smart.  You also don’t graduate magna cum laude from Harvard without brains and hard work.

        • Anonymous

           Well  two of the most foolish, least logical people I know were in the top 10 in my graduating class of approx 700.  (I was *only* somewhere are around 25 to 30.)    Great at memorization but not exactly deep thinkers.   AS I typed this I thought of another friend  (one of the most amazing memories for names and dates I’ve ever seen) – she scored poorly on tests.  Then there are those people who remind me of Rainman. 

          There are people who choke on tests.  There are the Jobs and Gates who either don’t go or don’t finish.   

          Also I don’t imagine there are no “legacy” admissions.  at Ivy league.
          And finally – I am saying this with a smile – George W Bush graduated from Harvard Business and Yale (with better grades than his opponents)  – so OF COURSE he is respected as highly intelligent (even if you disagree with his policies.  Right?  :^)

        • Anonymous

          you really need to get your facts straight about Barnard and the way college educations really work. At ANY school there are ways to succeed without doing much work.

    • Anonymous

      Where you graduate from is in no way a credit to how intelligent you are, and Barnard is more famous for the loose women than for how smart the girls are, just sayin

      • Anonymous

        Oh, dear, I’m so sorry your application was rejected.

        • Anonymous

          Actually, Ib was referring to Cooper Union, where I studied engineering, as I never feel it lived up to it’s reputation. I’m at Columbia for medical school now, which is where I learned of Barnard’s propensity for whorishness. But please bring on the personal attacks, if you went to Barnard this should be easy and fun!

        • Anonymous

          Damn! And I lived less than ten blocks from Barnard when I was single!

          No wonder my girlfriend (later my wife) told me it was dangerous to go up there….

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    They really have GOT to be kidding.  Where are they gonna get all the drama and edge from?  And the accessories industry has a long standing tradition of working with unusual materials, so that isn’t a big deal.  This sounds like a huge yawning WHATEVER to me.

  • http://twitter.com/thatchickArlene ummm….Arlene???

    super excited. i considered auditioning to get on the show but couldnt get it together in time. hopefully there is more than one season. i will definitely be watching.

  • Tamara Hogan

    I find this not the least bit intriguing. Pass.

  • Anonymous

    Full disclosure, I’m several seasons behind on Project Runway at this point and I feel exceedingly unmotivated to change that. So maybe I’m not the target audience here. But for real, this show sounds like the intersection between Boring Road and Crap Avenue.

  • Anonymous

    Despite the fact that it has the stench of an ill-conceived spinoff of PR I’ll probably tune in. Once. Mostly out of curiosity but also my need for fashion reality-show masochism.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, that’s a hell of a brain trust in that team. Fingers crossed the show’s not stupid, either.

  • Anonymous

    A dingleball necklace is suppose to entice me to watch this show? Pass. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1230057270 Allie Carter

    It might be a good cast – but the panels for all three shows seem really white. I mean, Nina Garcia’s awesome, but can’t we get a few more people of color on these things?

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      For Lifetime, Nina Garcia IS a person of color.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      Unfortunately, most of the big names in fashion are generally white people.  I mean, how many top models can you name who are women of color?  Or big designers?  Even for guest judges, non-white actresses rarely attain “fashion icon” status for some reason — which makes no sense as Halle Berry has far more style that Lindsey Lohan (who had a vanity line for a minute and was a guest judge on PR) or Katie Holmes (who has a vanity line as well) or half the other guests they’ve had on this show.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=615187474 Trish Barker

        Doesn’t the gorgeous Alek Wek have a handbag line? She could have been an interesting host. Then again, she also might have better things to do.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mary.nease Mary Nease

        Iman, Tyra Banks, and Eva Marcille (formerly Pigford) off the top of my head.

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

          Exactly.  Now try to name top white models… I can do probably 20 without thinking hard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1230057270 Allie Carter

    It might be a good cast – but the panels for all three shows seem really white. I mean, Nina Garcia’s awesome, but can’t we get a few more people of color on these things?

  • Erin Nice

    “With the help of lifestyle expert Eva Lorenzotti as their mentor…” What exactly is a “lifestyle expert”? How does one become a “lifestyle expert”? Just by living? Is there a Lifestyle degree program offered by accredited institutions, which designates graduates as “lifestyle experts” after four years of the intense study of living a life?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1344922354 Eric Scheirer Stott

      Queer Eye taught us that a Lifestyle Expert is someone who has obviously been cast for their looks as they have no other qualification.

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

      I suspect “lifestyle expert” is what you become after you flame out at fashion school and are too snooty to go to cosmetology school.

      You know what really boggles my mind? Top Chef Just Desserts also has a lifestyle expert on its judging panel. And different lifestyle expert. Who knew we needed more than one?

      • Anonymous

        No, actually, in this case, “lifestyle expert” is what she became after graduating with a B.A. from Barnard College, and launching luxury fashion retail website that, according to Crains (http://mycrains.crainsnewyork.com/40under40/profiles/2006/eva-jeanbart-lorenzotti) , generates $50 million a year in sales.

        Yeah, she’s a real “flame-out” with no qualifications.

        http://www.basenow.net/2010/05/28/interview-with-eva-jeanbart-lorenzotti-pt1/
        http://www.basenow.net/2010/06/04/interview-with-eva-jeanbart-lorenzotti-pt2/#more-4467

        Did you not bother to read her bio?

        • Anonymous

          If the ability to earn cash is now how we define having fashion chops, I’ll probably have to start respecting Kenneth Cole too.

        • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

          Oh my goodness, relax. I was joking. No I didn’t read her bio because I didn’t care enough to read it.

          I mean, come on. “Lifestyle Expert”? It’s begging to be made fun of.

          • Anonymous

            Well, if it’s begging, please let me oblige.  The term “lifestyle”–as opposed to “life”–is silly enough and is weighted down with all kinds of buy-til-you-die associations. Being a “lifestyle expert” sounds just as silly. Maybe I’m so out of it that I need to hire her to come to my house, evaluate my “lifestyle,” and make suggestionss for whether to change it or just improve it. By the purchase of various items.

            It’s a ridiculous job title!

    • Anonymous

      I’m a lifestyle expert.  Unfortunately, I specialize in the “sit around and surf the internet while eating oreos” lifestyle.

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        Oooh, I love Oreos. We should start a business, as I’m also an expert at the “sit around….” lifestyle.

      • Erin Nice

        This really made me laugh. Oreos are delicious. And in the summer, there’s always Oreo ice cream.

      • Erin Nice

        This really made me laugh. Oreos are delicious. And in the summer, there’s always Oreo ice cream.

  • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

    I really wonder how it’s going to work.  I can only assume that they’re going to have the designers do just the designing and then the production of the piece will be sent off.  I can’t imagine how it could be done otherwise.

    • Anonymous

      “Designers, here is a cow. Please kill it, skin it, tan it, and make a purse out of it.”

      Or, perhaps more realistically, “Designers, here is several thousand dollars worth of silver stock in various shapes and forms, four levels of solder, torches, tools, and some random gemstones. Design and make a necklace. You have two days.”

      • http://profiles.google.com/gillianholroyd gillian holroyd

        Well, they could use PMC (silver clay) and that would eliminate the solder/ torches/ tools lack of expertise. 

        Hats can be made using a blank or whatever those basic ones are called that can be steamed to any shape.Shoes, though, that’s a tricky one.

      • Anonymous

        “Designers, here is a cow. Please kill it, skin it, tan it, and make a purse out of it.”
        That is the funniest thing I have read all day. 

        • Anonymous

          Only that would be the Martha Stewart Project Accessories show – except you might also have to raise the cow!

      • Anonymous

        Don’t forget the product placement and commercial sponsorship by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board! 

      • Anonymous

        Exactly. I can’t conceive of them having the skills to make this work. I mean, you could find a cast of jewelrymakers, or silversmiths or leather workers or milliners – but you know damn well they’re gonna make all of them make everything.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, they’re actually going to make stuff? I thought the whole show would just revolve around using the Piperlime Wall thoughtfully.

      “Stylists, here is a person in an outfit. Style them so they can go from the office to a black tie event with only one change of accessory.” 

  • Anonymous

    This could easily turn Etsy really quickly, e.g; “glue a lot of random shit on a plain pair of shoes.” That would be worse than hot glue gun burns.

    • Anonymous

      What’s so strange about that? We’ve already got “glue a lot of random shit on plain muslin.”

    • Anonymous

      What’s so strange about that? We’ve already got “glue a lot of random shit on plain muslin.”

      • Anonymous

        Yea, and who wants to see that again? I think most of us want to see an insanely creative design like Korto’s woven seat belt coat.

        • Anonymous

          Hmmmm….guess I forgot to use the *sarcasm font*
          ;-/

          Yes, Korto’s coat was insanely creative.

      • Anonymous

        Yea, and who wants to see that again? I think most of us want to see an insanely creative design like Korto’s woven seat belt coat.

  • Anonymous

    Korto Momolu should be a guest judge.

    • Anonymous

      OMG, yes! LOVE me some Korto!

  • Anonymous

    Eight sixty minute long programmes about making accessories. 

    EIGHT of them. 

    SIXTY. MINUTES. LONG. 

    What the actual fuck. 

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Yeah, will someone start sticking pencils in my eyes now to get me used to the pain?

      • Anonymous

        I’ll admit I snorted beer out of my nose reading that, Kiltdntiltd – but seriously, man: If you think it’s going to hurt, don’t watch. TLo will report back and take one for the team, same as always – and those of us curious enough to give it a shot will stagger back into the Comments trenches to tell you “Don’t – do it, man! Save – yourselves…” before heroically expiring.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          I can hear your labored breathing as you struggle to get to the computer to relay your final message to the world.  You’re my hero!

          I admit to a certain grisly curiosity about it, but I will likely allow others to take the first bullet, as you suggested. (Thanks TLo!)

          • Anonymous

            It’s an – ugly job…but somebody has to do it, Man!

  • Anonymous

    I think our job is to entertain ourselves, since programming such as Project Accessory clearly isn’t going to do it for us.  So let’s think about the potential challenges for this product placement opportunity spin-off.  

    For example, “Designers, this week you must create accessories for these Navy Seals.  Bags, footwear and jewelry must be water resistant and able to withstand high impacts.”

    or

    “Designers, visualize the perfect accessory for a crack-smoking celebutant.  Now create it, remembering that while form and function are important, plausible deniability (‘Oh no, officer, that’s my lipstick case!’) is critical.”

    Ideas?

    • aimee_parrott

      If I thought the show would actually DO this, I might watch! 

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Designers, using materials from this refuse bin, design a line of belts, bags and hats suitable for members of the D.A.R.

      • Anonymous

         Designers design a line for Al Gore and his minions. 
        It must use large amounts electricity and fossil fuels to create and operate (obviously it should be wired with a great deal of wattage).  It must be compatible with the lifestyle which includes private jets and Hummers.  It all must be in shades of green.  (If there is an audio component, it must sound preachy.)

      • Anonymous

        Oh I see a Red Hat Society challenge!

    • Lori

      Designers, make a pair of earrings inspired by a caramel macchiato.  Our guest judge this week will be Director of Marketing for Starbucks, Jonna Smith.  Starbucks will be generously providing you all with venti caramel macchiatos at your work stations which we expect you to sip regularly so the cameras can capture it.

      • Anonymous

        This is exactly what this show feels like to me from the press release and knowing what BM and Lifetime are all about: one big product placement. I hope I’m wrong.

      • Anonymous

        Sadly, Tim won’t be there to deliver those lines….

    • Anonymous

      I know there’s no Tim Gunn on this show, but I’d love to see Tim Gunn critique an accessory for a crack-smoking celebutant.  He would most likely be verklempt.  

      • Anonymous

        Lind-SAY ::adjusts glasses:: Stop playing tonsil-hockey with Anya while I’m critiquing her…. Now, what you need to do is thoughtfully ::looks around, in horror:: Lind-SAY! Stop sniffing Bert’s glue!

  • Anonymous

    Who names their SON “Ariel”?  Poor guy never had a chance.  “You WILL be a gay fashion editor!”  Anyway, I have my doubts about this show except….. clearly, the PR franchise is about the drama of the contestants now, not the product or design.  So who cares if the runway show is oddly dull because your trying to focus on a pair of earrings?  “Did you see that bitch drop kick the other bitch under the table in the workroom?”  THAT is all they care about anymore.

    • Anonymous

      Hebrew name. Named long before that mermaid movie from Disney.

      • Anonymous

        Ah, thanks for the clarification.  Damn Disney, they ruin everything….

      • Anonymous

        Ah, thanks for the clarification.  Damn Disney, they ruin everything….

        • Anonymous

          I always wondered why Disney renamed The Little Mermaid. Her name was Maria in the Hans Christian Anderson story.

          • Anonymous

            Isn’t Ariel the sprite character from The Tempest?

          • Anonymous

            That, too.

          • Anonymous

            That, too.

          • Anonymous

            Yes. And Ariel is either male or non-gender-specific.

        • Anonymous

          It means “the lion of God.”  And it’s a beautiful name, really.

          • Anonymous

            Oh, it is a gorgeous name, I apologize if I implied otherwise.  I had just never heard it in a male context before.  I appreciate your clearing that up.  Naming a mermaid “the lion of God” REALLY makes no sense at all…..

          • Anonymous

            Oh, it is a gorgeous name, I apologize if I implied otherwise.  I had just never heard it in a male context before.  I appreciate your clearing that up.  Naming a mermaid “the lion of God” REALLY makes no sense at all…..

          • Anonymous

            They probably just liked the sound of it.  :)

          • Anonymous

            Oh, it is a gorgeous name, I apologize if I implied otherwise.  I had just never heard it in a male context before.  I appreciate your clearing that up.  Naming a mermaid “the lion of God” REALLY makes no sense at all…..

      • Anonymous

        Ariel Sharon, anyone?

      • Anonymous

        Ariel Sharon, anyone?

        • Anonymous

          You will either be a gay fashion editor – or a hardass, balls-to-the-wall Israeli Premier!

  • Judy_J

    Judging from the thumbnail accompanying this post, I fear this will resemble a “how-to” session at Michael’s .

    • Anonymous

      Was that image released as part of Project A press, or is it T & Lo’s little joke?

      • Judy_J

        I’m not sure, but it looks like an official photo to me.

    • Anonymous

      Was that image released as part of Project A press, or is it T & Lo’s little joke?

  • http://twitter.com/TheRedZavodnik Ginger

    I weep for the demise of my beloved Project Runway (of Bravo fame, of course).  This is just one of the final nails in the coffin.

  • Anonymous

    I’m excited for this. I design and sell jewelry, and I definitely have opinions about what I like in accessories. I’m excited to see the techniques used by the contestants, and I think this will spur a lot of great DIY projects.

    • Anonymous

      Well, glad someone is excited. I think you are in the minority, however. 

    • Anonymous

      Well, glad someone is excited. I think you are in the minority, however. 

    • Anonymous

      Well, glad someone is excited. I think you are in the minority, however. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m excited for this. I design and sell jewelry, and I definitely have opinions about what I like in accessories. I’m excited to see the techniques used by the contestants, and I think this will spur a lot of great DIY projects.

  • Anonymous

    i am sure i will be watching if TLO is blogging.

  • Anonymous

    i am sure i will be watching if TLO is blogging.

  • Anonymous

    “Lifetime has
    ordered eight 60-minute episodes of Project Accessory, which will be
    produced by The Weinstein Company and Goodbye Pictures. Executive
    producers include Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein (Co-Chairmen of The
    Weinstein Company), and Meryl Poster and Barbara Schneeweiss of The
    Weinstein Company, Rich Bye and Fred Pichel of Goodbye Pictures, Sarah
    Emanuel and Rob Sharenow, Gena McCarthy, David Hillman and Kim Chessler
    of Lifetime.”

    All these names sound completely made up. “Rob Sharenow”??? PUH-leez

    • Anonymous

      I’m so sorry that everyone in the world isn’t named “Smith” or “Jones”.  I think you need to get out more.

      • Anonymous

        They just are rather unique. My own last name (which I use here) is very unusual so it’s not like I expect everyone to be named Smith or Jones at all. Just that the names caught my eye.

      • Anonymous

        They just are rather unique. My own last name (which I use here) is very unusual so it’s not like I expect everyone to be named Smith or Jones at all. Just that the names caught my eye.

    • Anonymous

      I was looking for my favorite made up name:  Mildred Schmerr.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll watch it solely to hear Kenneth Cole talk. But it looks as if he’s going to have to carry a lot of crap to make this work.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t wait till they do Project Underwear. Think of the excitement. Design boxer shorts out of sandpaper! Design a brassiere using hardware! Design a thong out of licorice!

    • Anonymous

      I think I’d watch that one!

    • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

       Santino could be the mentor.

  • Anonymous

    Yawn.

  • Anonymous

    I will definitely give this a shot. It’s an odd concept only because there are so many varied skill sets required to make accessories, I’m not sure how they found contestants who are such jacks & jills of all trades. But it could be interesting.

    I also thought it was funny, reading the bios, to see it mentioned that Ariel Foxman ‘paid his dues’. He must be pretty sensitive about his connections to have that put in his bio that way.

    Kenneth Cole, though, is the one that gives this panel some gravitas. The only question is, will he be as entertaining a soundbite machine as the Duchess?

    –GothamTomato

    • Anonymous

      He must be pretty sensitive about his connections . . .

      What connections are those?

      • Anonymous

        His dad is Abe Foxman.

        –GothamTomato

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=668425491 Daniela ‘Dani’ Weiss-Bronstein

          How is that a connection in the fashion world?

          • Anonymous

            It’s a connection to publishing and politics, and just general money and access.

            –GothamTomato

      • Anonymous

        His dad is Abe Foxman.

        –GothamTomato

      • Anonymous

        His dad is Abe Foxman.

        –GothamTomato

  • Anonymous

    Why does Kenneth Cole always look like he was caught by surprise? Caught by surprise smelling and seeing something rank?

  • Anonymous

    Why does Kenneth Cole always look like he was caught by surprise? Caught by surprise smelling and seeing something rank?

  • Anonymous

    Whoa….the hissing is coming through my monitor ;D

    Maybe I’m really in the minority, but this is one bitter kitten who will look in on this for at least one episode. I’m curious how they will approach this, seeing as it takes a lot of time and excellent craftsmanship to produce high-quality unique jewelry and handbags. Shoes and belts, pfffft, it will all depend on what basics they are given. Perhaps I’m being generous with *excellent* and *high-quality*.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      I’m with you.  If they manage to pull the concept off, it could make a fantastic show — and I know a lot of people that are far more interested in accessories than clothing.  (Accessories always fit) 

      Now, watching a pair of earrings go down a runway… yeah, that would be kinda boring.  My guess is that they’ll either get rid of the Runway portion for a different show method or they’ll have to design all the accessories for a particular look.

    • Anonymous

      BM/Lifetime have never been nknown for “lots of time” or anything else that would support “excellent craftsmanship.”  I can’t imagine how you give a designer nine hours to produce a handbag, a necklace, a hair adornment. Unless you’re having them made out of pipe cleaners, paper bags, and feathers.

      If this were a Bravo show, I’d be on board.  Since it’s a BM show, I assume it will be crap but I’ll check it out for one episode.  Otherwise, I’ll be over at Bravo watching the new seasons of “Work of Art” (YAAAAAAAAY!  It’s back!) and “Mad Fashion” with our Sissybear.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, why not?  It’s as silly to assume that the show will be bad as to assume the opposite.  I’ll watch at least the first episode, as I’ll be interested to see how they handle the manufacturing and runway aspects. 

    • Anonymous

      Unless you’re Heidi Klum. Then you vaguely describe what you want and someone else does the grunt work.

  • Anonymous

    I will be watching every last moment, if only breathless waiting for someone to speak the name Lorenzo Lorenzotti aloud.

  • Anonymous

    Well, here we go again.  Project Runway spun off in a million directions on Bravo, and now it’s happening on Lifetime.  I’ll probably give it a shot, though I don’t expect much following the boredom of the last few years.

  • Anonymous

    Well, here we go again.  Project Runway spun off in a million directions on Bravo, and now it’s happening on Lifetime.  I’ll probably give it a shot, though I don’t expect much following the boredom of the last few years.

  • Anonymous

    I’m barely hanging in there with Project Runway, so I don’t know whether I’ll check out this show or not.

    What the hell is a “lifestyle expert” for godsakes?

  • Anonymous

    I’m barely hanging in there with Project Runway, so I don’t know whether I’ll check out this show or not.

    What the hell is a “lifestyle expert” for godsakes?

  • Anonymous

    I’m barely hanging in there with Project Runway, so I don’t know whether I’ll check out this show or not.

    What the hell is a “lifestyle expert” for godsakes?

  • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

    Guess Fallene should have waited and tried out for this, since all she made that was any good was her hat.  

  • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

    Guess Fallene should have waited and tried out for this, since all she made that was any good was her hat.  

  • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

    Guess Fallene should have waited and tried out for this, since all she made that was any good was her hat.  

  • Anonymous

    I don’t want to watch it.  I don’t.  But I will.  I know I will.  And I’ll hate it and bitch and moan but I’ll watch it.  God help me. 

  • Anonymous

    Man, cue the Charlie Brown “wah wah waaaaah” teacher voices while reading that press release. They could have summed it up in three bullet points:

    Accessory fame whores
    B-list judges
    More money for Weinstein

    There, done!

  • MilaXX

    I know Kenneth Cole & Molly Sims. I’ll watch the show regardless and if it sucks just complain loudly. I wonder if we’ll see all the judges on the various PR spin off as judges this season?

  • Anonymous

    Going to be interesting to see how they come up with contestants. How will a shoe designer be able to make jewlery? Or vice versa?

  • Anonymous

    All over it! I love accessories.

  • kim i

    i hope “Schneeweiss” is a made up name.  if it was mine, i’d americanize it just enough so it was “whiteschnee” instead.

    • Anonymous

      It means Snow White. Would you change it to that?

      • kim i

        no.  just whiteschnee.  i take joy in saying it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

    I’ll watch one show, and see how it pans out. Smacks of “spreadin’ a little thin”

  • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

    I’m definitely going to watch a few episodes, I hope it’s good!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

    Uh, no. Stupid. Especially since the trend now seems to be toward no jewelery of any kind.

    • Anonymous

      Accessories covers a lot of ground—shoes, hose, hats, purses—not just jewelry. Should be interesting to see how far afield the challenges go.

  • Anonymous

    I just dont see the drama. Designers on stools hovering over tiny little works with magnifying glasses… No running around getting from sew room to work table. Seems like a  snore fest.

    • Anonymous

      Oh if it’s dull they’ll just have them mud wrestle for access to some vital resource.

  • Anonymous

    This sounds like it will be really tough to pull off, at least in a way that would interest me.  My first thought was that it sounds like an Etsy-fest, but I guess a lot will hinge on how they define the challenges. Will they be constrained by style? materials? technique? budget? end use?  

    But mainly, after the disaster of Models of the Runway, the upcoming PR All-Stars, and now this, I just wonder why they don’t expand the brand in the most obvious and sure-fire direction imaginable: Project Runway MENSWEAR Edition.  Come on, it’s a no brainer!

  • Anonymous

    Here’s an idea. Instead of making another shitty “Project X” reality television series, why don’t you fix the one you’ve already got first?

  • http://www.facebook.com/suzie.vazquez Suzie Vazquez

    I’ll watch! :) It’s better than the russian dolls, housewives or other junky shows on tv.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMLK23QK6C7NMLMVVYA5POXKJY WhiteMage

    you know, i have no interest in watching this. i also have no interest in supporting lifetime’s bid to sucker us into every little runway-related bit of crap they produce.

  • Anonymous

    InStyle > Marie Claire, even if it is just a fancier, more fashion-focused version of People.  Sorry Nina!

  • Anonymous

    Jesus god. [brief reference to why I doubt a contest requiring specialized skills to avoid Scout camp craft-project dullness will be worthwhile.]
    Good judges won’t save this one, but I’ll be front & center watching it go down.
     

  • Logo Girl

    I am trying to picture how the modeling will work. I have this weird picture of the models wearing puppeteer black – face completely obscured – so as to showcase the accessories properly. 

  • Logo Girl

    I am trying to picture how the modeling will work. I have this weird picture of the models wearing puppeteer black – face completely obscured – so as to showcase the accessories properly. 

  • http://twitter.com/elialger Eli Alger says:

    I’m curious about Mrs. Lorenzotti….I will watch the first epsiode just to check her comments and style!

  • http://twitter.com/thelilerin erin l.

    I met Ariel during a summer program at NYU, where he came to judge a magazine creation project 2/3 of the way through. There will be NO understanding from this judge- he tells it how he sees it, and does in a humorous way (so long as you’re not the one being critiqued). 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adriane-Lee-Schwartz-Walzer/1002547040 Adriane Lee Schwartz Walzer

    Good Afternoon:

    I run the largest U.S.-based search/recruitment firm specifically for the Accessories and Jewelry industries, with design as our expertise. I would love to be of help in some regard, whether by supplying potential candidates and/or industry information, participating in judging, recommending experts in the industry, devising projects, etc. Because my team and I are heavily involved in placing designers within the industry, at all levels, and my contacts are vast from the senior most levels down, I may have resources that could proe to be valuable to the production of this show.

    I also want to add that we are a very photogenic, dynamic bunch and don’t mind being on the air ourselves!

    I am so excited that this show has come to fruition. Accessories and jewelry are such works of art and commerce, and deserve to be front and center in a television program. 

    Best regards,

    Adriane Lee Schwartz