Hey, remember that show Project Accessory that we swore we were going to blog? No? That’s okay, we forgot about it too. In fact, even though we watched the episode on Thursday night, we had to rewatch the entire thing last night in order to write this post because we couldn’t remember a damn thing about it.
Actually, that’s not true. One thing really stuck out in our minds.
THAT RIDICULOUS SET.
The only way that runway would have made sense is if there was a stripper pole at the end of it or two drag queens calling out bingo numbers.
And why have a runway at all? Why not take the opportunity to shake up the format a little bit? This makes a lovely segue into our main criticism of the show.
It is, note for note…
… a Project Runway episode, except with accessories and staged on a Merv Griffin set. We understand to a certain extent why this was done – because they’re trying to build a franchise here – but we think they dropped the ball in adhering so closely to the PR style.
We’ve seen her in semi-staged candid situations on The Rachel Zoe Project and she always comes off fun, sharp, and bubbly. She couldn’t have been any more stiff and uncomfortable here and it took us two viewings to figure out why: She is quite literally reading Heidi’s lines. Every single thing she said sounded like it was something Heidi was supposed to say. They could have at least shaken up the whole “One of you will be out,” “You can leave the runway” business to be a little more original.
Ariel is fine. He’s perky and cute and he gives concise, on-point critiques. Kenneth was awful. It’s one thing to be the blowhard in the Simon Cowell mode, but he looked like he had gas and wanted to be anywhere but where he was.
We kept laughing at poor Debra Messing, who was doing yeoman’s work trying to keep the energy level up. The problem with the judges right now is that they haven’t really clicked as a panel. Each person spoke in turn as if they had a book report to present to the class. Nina, Michael and Heidi all speak over each other and in a conversational tone, making their judging sessions more entertaining to watch. We barely got the notion that any of these people were even in the same room at the same time.
The mentor lady, she was more than a little off. In fact, she made us a little uncomfortable with her on-camera style. The actual format of the show is fine and this episode put to rest any doubts we had that a PR style show centered around accessories would work. Come on, a PR style show centered around desserts works, doesn’t it?
So it’s congratulations to Rachel Berry (otherwise known as Nina) for wowing the judges with her accessories and wowing T Lo with her predilection for wearing evening gowns to the runway.
We thought she showed smart instincts here. She impressed the judges with her unusual choice of materials and she kept the pieces relatively small and wearable. There were a lot of gigantic, chunky pieces on that runway and that’s going to be the “sleeveless cocktail dress” of this show. That is to say, the easy way out that a lot of designers will wind up taking when they’re stumped.We don’t love the necklace, but we love the belt and the ring.
Let’s see who else impressed the judges.
We didn’t actually love anything here, but we could see why the judges did. Aside from sticking a broom in her hair – which was laughably bad – he demonstrated that he had a full head-to-toe concept rather than just pieces to finish an outfit. Another instance of someone impressing the judges with his material choices. The belt is really unusual and eye-catching. The necklace was an interesting idea that could have used a little finessing.
The thing about Diego’s work is that it’s impeccable. You really would believe these are high-end accessories in an expensive store rather than trash picks. The problem, as we see it, is that his work isn’t that interesting from a design perspective. It’ll be interesting to see where the judges will fall on this question: do you reward impeccably made, tasteful pieces or do you reward the crazy “editorial” stuff?
Now let’s check out who did NOT impress the judges.
Perfect for a night of vampire-hunting, but otherwise pretty silly-looking.
We’re happy that Nicolina got to stay because she was serving up the crazy eyes left and right. Besides, this wasn’t as bad as the judges made it sound and we suspect her rocker girl aesthetic will be well-served in this competition.
And it’s Auf Wiedersehen (or something) to Cotrice, who failed to wow anyone. Poor girl seemed a little out of her depth.
The thing is, if you’re going to trash pick a crystal chandelier to make jewelry, you better do something damn interesting with that chandelier. From a design perspective, those jewelry pieces are no different from anything you’d see a first-time amateur put together from craft store finds. We think the belt was definitely interesting, but we don’t think it had anything to do with the outfit or with the rest of the accessories.
We’ll have the rest of the looks later this week. What did the minions think? We realize you’re probably burnt out from Project Runway, but this show has some potential to it.
[Photo Credit: for myLifetime.com – Screencaps: tomandlorenzo.com]