Project Accessory and PR All-Stars News

Posted on October 05, 2011

Lifetime released some intriguing (and also groan-inducing) news about the upcoming Project Runway All-Stars and Project Accessory; both of which will be premiering on November 3rd. We’ll leave it to you to decide which bits fall into which category.

For All Stars, the guest judges will include Miss Piggy, Miranda Kerr and Pharrell Williams; for Accessory, we can look forward to hearing the opinions of Debra Messing and Kelly Osborne.

Miss Piggy? Really? This does not fill us with confidence about the future of the Project Runway franchise. Once you bring in the muppets, you might as well let go of any pretense that this is a design competition anymore.  We’re surprised that both shows are running at the same time. We would have thought Lifetime would want to spread out the franchise a bit more.

Although the press release for Project Accessory does leave us a little intrigued, we have to say.

Immediately following Project Runway All Stars, Lifetime proves attitude is the best accessory with the new series, Project Accessory, premiering at 10:00pm ET/PT. Hosted by actress and model Molly Sims, 12 designers will compete and showcase their unique vision for accessories and show audiences how to transform any outfit. The designers must dazzle Sims and judges designer Kenneth Cole and InStyle Editor Ariel Foxman with their one-of-a-kind jewelry, belts, bags, shoes, headpieces and other wares, with the help of lifestyle expert Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti as their mentor. Emmy® Award-winning actress Debra Messing and fashion critic and television personality Kelly Osborne will appear as guest judges this season, among other fashion luminaries. The 12 designers who will be competing to revolutionize the accessory world are:

Cotrice (Milwaukee, WI/Atlanta, GA) – specializes in jewelry
Brian Burkhardt (Manchester, NH/Miami, FL) – specializes in jewelry
Christina Caruso (New York, NY) – specializes in jewelry
Nina Cortes (Miami, FL) – specializes in jewelry
Shea Curry (Hattiesburg, MS/Los Angeles, CA) – specializes in jewelry and hair accessories
Adrian Dana (Baltimore, MD/Lithonia, GA) – specializes in church hats
David Grieco (Watertown, NY/Los Angeles, CA) – specializes in belts
Kelly Horton (Philadelphia, PA/Edgewater, NJ) – specializes in handbags
Diego Rocha (São Paulo, Brazil/Chicago, IL) – specializes in handbags
Nicolina Royale (Minneapolis MN/Los Angeles, CA) – specializes in leather rock ‘n’ roll accessories
Rich Sandomeno – (Elmwood Park, NJ/Los Angeles, CA) – specializes in jewelry
James Sommerfeldt (Chicago, IL) – specializes in footwear

The winner of Project Accessory will receive $100,000 from eBay Fashion to start their own line, a feature spread in InStyle and a year of professional runway hair styling courtesy of John Frieda® Precision Foam Color. Project Accessory is produced by The Weinstein Company and Good Bye Pictures.

We’re surprised they wrangled a prize as big as the one on its parent show, but what interests us most is the lineup of contestants. They all seem fairly specific in their fields of expertise. What’s it going to be like when someone who makes shoes is asked to make jewelry or when someone who makes jewelry is asked to make a handbag? And how exactly are the challenges going to work? Stay tuned, we guess.

ARE you going to stay tuned? All Stars has a built-in audience, but are you going to watch Project Accessory?

 

[Photo Credit: myLifetime.com]

  • Anonymous

    I still can’t get past the Miss Piggy thing. Please don’t do this to me TLo. I haven’t had my second cup of coffee yet.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12500056 Joseph Lamour

      I can’t get past how badly photoshopped that picture is. Can you just put em all in a room and take a picture for god sakes?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YAMNQMUGFM4NNSPAQLZRODSD5I Angela

      That sow has got a mouth on her! Obvi, she is filling Michael Kors’ shoes.

    • Zach Naggatz

      The muppet “guests” on Top Chef were pretty entertaining. Their placement was in a quickfire (non-elimination) challenge however. It will be… interesting. I’m hoping she does nothing but make fun of everything

  • Tamara Hogan

    I have no interest in watching Project Accessory.

  • Anonymous

    Lithuania Georgia? Uh, try Lithonia, GA.

    • BerlinerNYC

      You beat me to it. I grew up (sadly) in Snellville, and I saw that and thought, oh hell no…

      • Anonymous

        And pronounced LIE-thon-y-a, right?

        • BerlinerNYC

          I’d say lie-THONE-ya, but I grew up 10 miles away, so who knows how they pronounce it there… ;-)

    • Anonymous

      The sloppiness and low level of professionalism in the press release tells me everything I need to know about this show.

    • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

      Fixed. Thanks!

      • Anonymous

        From my experience, spell checkers occasionally create some hilarious results. I presume that’s where Lithuania, GA came from.

    • Anonymous

      LMAO!  I used to work in Lithonia!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HALS62O2JZTZVV7MABE74MA57A Wendy

    I would really like to hear what Miss Piggy has to say about church hats!  (Church hats?  Seriously?)

    • Anonymous

      Of course she specializes in church hats. She from Baltimore!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_35OW6VJZLWTQDQHS4JLRTVC2JA Akumabunny

      “Her” comments are bound to be hilarious.  If it makes anyone feel better, Miss Piggy is voiced by Frank Oz who IS a director, as well as a puppeteer, so he is bound to have a good visual eye at least.  And, since he worked on Labyrinth,  this is probably the closest any version of P.R. will ever get to a David Bowie connection!  Sorry I sound like a total nerd, but I loved the muppets as a child, so I guess I’m full of useless knowledge about them.

      • Anonymous

        Iman.

        • Anonymous

          Could you imagine a judging round where Iman and Miss Piggy get into it? That would be hilarious. And it would be hard to predict who would win. 2 overwhelming divas

          • Anonymous

            OMG!  I would so love to see that!

            I have to admit, I actually think Miss Piggy could be pretty entertaining.  I mean, hell, PR has already jumped the shark in my book, so why not have a little fun with some of the guest judges.  I’ll take Miss Piggy over another Kardashian any day.

        • Anonymous

          I loved PR Canada!  Iman was fantastic! 

      • Anonymous

        I imagine that it won’t be Frank Oz’s opinion that we get but whatever lines are fed to Miss Piggy. :(
        Apparently, I’m going to be cynical and assume the worst until proven otherwise.

        What’s the prize? $125,000? Do you have the spend the money a certain way? If not, I would play the producers’ stupid games in order to win.

    • Anonymous

      guess y’all not from the South…church hats can be as ridiculous as Royal hats.

      • Anonymous

        Oh my goodness yes!  And I bet Miss Piggy would rock the hell out of a “Church Hat”.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VBWWGHZEBKTVQMXE5SO5NCU2I Mich

        i love church hats, that’s the part of the press release that was most intriguing to me

      • MilaXX

        oh yes! My family is originally from the South. I appreciate a good church hat

    • Anonymous

      Maybe the winning look will be worn by Miss Piggy on the red carpet (or to church).

    • Anonymous

      Me, I can’t wait to see the church hat portfolio.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      Yes! The church hat designer is my favorite contestant, I have already decided. I have no idea if Adrian is a male or female, but he/she will be a diva for sure.

    • Anonymous

      One drink and we’ll all think its the Duchess

  • Sobaika Mirza

    MISS. PIGGY.

    They’re really throwing away any integrity and legitimacy the show ever had (keeping in mind it was always a reality TV competition). I REALLY want to know what Klum, Kors, Nina, and Tim have to say about all of this.

    • Anonymous

      Well, Top Chef All-Stars did have some Muppets visit for a quickfire challenge (Elmo, Telly, and Cookie Monster). The Muppeteers are really good at improv, so it was better than one might expect. I wouldn’t write it off until I see the context for it.

      • Anonymous

        It’s true, and I found that TC ep hugely entertaining and endearing. The chefs, however, were PISSED. I bet the PR designers, who (correctly) take this far more seriously than we do, might be offended/outraged to be judged by puppets, even if the puppeteers really did get to taste the cookies.
         
        I find it highly unlikely Mr. Oz himself will be performing Miss Piggy for PR, especially if he does not appear on-camera — as he is a legendary artist in his own right and as much as I love PR, would find it a bit beneath him to take an unacknowledged backseat to Angela Lindvall, Isaac Mizrahi, Georgina Chapman and Joanna Coles.

        • Anonymous

          i don’t remember the contestants being pissed, I remember them as having fun with it – Richard talking to Elmo about how his daughter loved Elmo was so sweet. Perhaps they were at first, but I think that they all got into making cookies for Cookie Monster – and who wouldn’t, having your cookie being picked as the best cookie by the biggest cookie expert in the world is pretty cool …

          • Anonymous

            That’s how I remember it too – and Richard had Elmo turn to the camera and say “Elmo loves you” to his daughter. Actually I’m really looking forward to Miss Piggy as a judge – can’t wait for what she has to say to Kenley, for example. And don’t you think Austin is going to just PLOTZ? Besides, as Knightley pointed out, nobody could be much worse than Kim Kardashian.

          • Anonymous

            GASP!  Kenley being dressed down by Miss Piggy … AWESOME! I’m watching just for that now. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VBWWGHZEBKTVQMXE5SO5NCU2I Mich

        the best part of that episode was seeing how pissed padma got at the muppets. they kept interrupting her, it was awesome.

      • Sobaika Mirza

        They judged a Quickfire, played mostly for humor. It seems Miss Piggy will be acting in the context of an actual judge, and that just seems like a poor choice all-around.

        • Anonymous

          Showing my age here, but Miss Piggy was huge at one point. I never understood it, but she was an icon for a while and now there is a new Muppet movie coming out, so I bet they have supplied some of the prize money.

  • Anonymous

    i was waiting for the punch line after i read Miss Piggy.  of course i will watch because TLO will be blogging about it.  that is always a must!

  • Anonymous

    And I’ll probably watch until the chunky bear (top row next to Molly Sims’ left shoulder) departs.

    • scottyf

      We must never go bar-hopping together. We would be continuously going after the same guys.

      • Anonymous

        I saw him first. Dibs!  =^)

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

      To keep with the theme, can we call him Fozzie?

  • Anonymous

    Not a chance. Miss Piggy? Kelly Osbourne?  Life is too short.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll  watch the first Accessory to get a sense of the contestants and the contest.  TLo can fill me in on the rest.  If it were all millinery, I might watch the whole series.

    • Anonymous

      Kelly Osbourne did okay with Project Catwalk…

  • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

    Miss Piggy? Srsly?
    Can we at least get meta and have Statler and Waldorf in the box seats heckling and discussing how much this show sucks?

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

      And the Swedish chef! “First you cut on the grain, Der de der de der”.

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

      Project Accessory is begging for Statler and Waldorf.

    • Anonymous

      Are you kidding? We’ve already got them for years now!

    • Anonymous

      LMAO!  I would LOVE to see that!

    • MilaXX

      They would make more sense than Ms. Piggy in a weird sort of way.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRM766RS56X25A5742XLACK2LM Sam

    I’m sorry, but I am psyched about Miss Piggy, She certainly has more relevance than say… Kim Kardashion (sp?).

    Plus, she’s got style!

    • Anonymous

      Thank you!!! I called it last week when I suggested Miss Piggy appear on PR. She’s pretty hot right now and I, too, loved her as a child. Personally, I can’t wait to see her mix it up with the other judges and see her little legs dangling from the stool. Naturally, she’ll be wearing Louboutins!

    • Anonymous

      Right? I think Miss Piggy will be a lot of fun, especially in the right context. I mean, as someone says below, they brought in Cookie Monster to judge a cookie quickfire on Top Chef and it was cute and appropriate.

  • http://profiles.google.com/dchockeyguy Trevor Burroughs

    Miss Piggy? I love the muppets, but not as judges on a fashion show.  Unless, of course, they secretly have some fashion genius running her. Then it might not be too bad.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure I can stomach anything else BM puts out. The prospect of seeing someone who specializes in church hats competing against someone who specializes in leather rock ‘n roll accessories–with Miss Piggy judging–might require more alcohol than any human being could possibly handle. 

  • Anonymous

    “specializes in church hats”

    (that is all)

  • alex

    Miss PIGGY? Guys, PLEASE tell me that you’re joking. Please? PLEASE? Pretty please with sugar on top?

  • http://pleasewelcomeyourjudges.com/ Brian @ PWYJudges

    I’m actually kind of excited about Miss Piggy. ‘Top Chef All-Stars’ had an episode with Elmo and Cookie Monster judging a Quick Fire Challenge and it was awesome. Staying positive for this one!

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking about that, too, but that was for a Quick Fire.  Not for the one and only challenge.  Maybe this will have mini-challenges?  Then I’d be fine with her.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, Elmo was hilarious on that episode.  But I think part of the fun was him going from his kid friendly “Me Elmo” persona to hilariously dissing the chefs (and Padma!).   Not sure if Miss Piggy will be able to pull that off.  Maybe if she karate chops the losing designer that week off the runway…

      • Anonymous

        As I mentioned above (I didn’t see this post before), the Muppeteers are quick-witted and great at improv. I wouldn’t write this off just yet.

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

        She could karate chop Joanna Coles. Who wouldn’t want to see that?

  • Anonymous

    I am wondering if the reason for Miss Piggy is the challenge is something like the Barbie Challenge from Season 2. Like the the outfit will be for a Miss Piggy Toy/Puppet that will be sold. If that’s the case it would make perfect sense to have Frank Oz in the guise of Miss Piggy to be 1 of the judges. After all who would know better what works for her?

    I hope that is the case or some Muppet based challenge. Otherwise it doesn’t make any sense

    • Now I am The Bee

      Oooh yes.  A Muppet based challenge like…Make  a Muppet for your very own!  That would take some skills…

    • Anonymous

      that’d be fun! and isn’t there a new Muppet movie coming out around that time? total market tie in if that’s the case re: challenge

  • http://twitter.com/1carmelita 1carmelita

    Aside from the Miss Piggy thing (ugh), I’m disappointed in the idea that “attitude is the best accessory”. Sounds like another show built around personality rather than talent. That’s what has ruined the main show. I’ll probably give the accessory show a try, but it had better be good or I won’t stay with it for long. 

  • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

    Church hats? How awesomely specific! I look forward to seeing them. Won’t watch the show, but I do want to see the results!

  • http://profiles.google.com/denise.alden Denise Alden

    I adore Miss Piggy and consider her a fashion icon.  But honestly, a Muppet as a judge?  No.

  • http://twitter.com/HeckYeahHeckNo K

    I’m disturbed by the above picture. The girl in the front looks like she lost her pants.

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

      Or never had them to begin with.

  • alex

    And to quote Douglas Adams:

    “There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”

    I think the Miss Piggy thing is proof of the latter.

  • Anonymous

    Oh God, so much secondhand embarrassment even thinking about the designers standing around while a guy crouching under a hand puppet judges their stuff!

    …And yet at the same time, Miss Piggy is far too good for PR as it is now.

    • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

      What does Frank Oz know about fashion though?
      The designers would get more pertinent fashion advice if they dug up Wayland Flowers and Madame.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kimberly-Burke/100002384493067 Kimberly Burke

    I will check out the first one or two episodes and decide from there.  Let’s just say, at this point, I’m PA-curious.

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

      Is that like buy-curious?

  • Anonymous

     Not to defend the Miss Piggy thing, but last season on Top Chef when three Sesame Street muppets served as judges for a cookie quickfire, it actually really worked.  They were funny and clever, but at the same time took the food critique seriously. 

    Anyway, I’m just saying it COULD work.  Although I agree with all the posters that of all the season’s guests judges to choose Miss Piggy as the one to *promote*, it does not bode well for the series.

    • Anonymous

       I was also going to point this out! With a new Muppet movie coming out around Thanksgiving, this is perfect. I am more than excited to see Miss. Piggy work the judges chairs.

      • Anonymous

        I’d prefer Janice.

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

      As a viewer, I enjoy the idea of watching Miss Piggy critique a fashion competition. As a competitor, I think I would feel … ridiculous? disheartened? “A guy with his hand up a puppet’s butt is going to tell me what he thinks of my church hats! It’s my big break!”

  • RocknLox

    Is Project Accessory going to be three and a half hours long the way Project Runway is now? That is the deciding factor.

  • Anonymous

    SPECIALIZES IN CHURCH HATS?!

  • Anonymous

    Dear God am I excited for the Baltimorean who specializes in CHURCH HATS.

  • Lori

    The Muppets were darn good judges on Top Chef.  She can’t be worse than some of these wooden celebutants and reality show whores, and the worst that can happen is that the actual judges carry the weight of the judging, which would actually be an improvement.
    And who cares, these people can design, they can sew, they have points of view, they care more about the garments than their screen time.,   I’m super excited.

    Watched Mad Fashion last night and it was a disappointment. Too little Chris March, too much of people and things I don’t care about. But Fashion Hunters was awesome! LOVE this show. Love love love it.

    • Anonymous

      Funny. I felt the opposite.
      Although Mad Fashion wasn’t awesome, I really did enjoy Chris and the crazy way his mind works when designing. He has general ideas and then moves towards what he wants to do specifically just through intuition. Just how I work ;)

      Fashion Hunters annoyed me no end with the super whiney voiced and entitled second in charge woman. But Simon Doonan was cool.

      • Lori

        I don’t much remember the women.  I remember the clothes and the stories behind them, and that awesome closet, and Simon Doonan.  The women didn’t bug me.  I got vicarious pleasure watching them handle everything and try things on.

         

  • Anonymous

    If, as the BM publicity mill keeps reminding us, “attitude is the best accessory,” what’s the point of the accessory show?… And, along with everyone else, I don’t understand how the show will deal with challenges that favor contestants who specialize in that one specific area–the church hat challenge, the necklace-and-earrings challenge, the handbag challenge. I just don’t get it.

    But it’s BM, it’s Lifetime, and I don’t want to get it.

    As for All-Stars and Miss Piggy, well, I think that pretty much says it all.  I’ll watch the first episode of All-Stars, but I don’t think my stomach can take Accessories. I’ll just be here, reading the post-mortems.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know…I might watch the first episode or 2 and see how the challenges are going to work. 

    Umm…that chick sitting in the picture…is that an earring that is hanging down past her shoulder?  I’m all for big earrings, but that looks dangerous.  I could easily get that caught on something and rip my earlobe off.

    • Anonymous

      Did you see the video with Anya visiting with Piperlime? Her earrings were so large and long they were in orbit in their own solar system!

    • Anonymous

      I thought it was an over-sized brooch.

  • Now I am The Bee

    I’ll watch.  I love handmade accessories anyway–and it’ll drive The Hubs crazy.  Yes–to see a milliner make jewelry or a metal artist make hats–should be interesting.  Jewelry–millinary–handbags–they all need such specific skills and knowledge of material and technique.   I wonder if the contestants will be well-rounded enough to produce anything out of ther own expertise….

    Along with these two shows, we have Work of Art starting again on Bravo.  Can’t wait for thall that crazy….the DVR will certainly be busy the next few months…

    • Anonymous

      I worry that the way that they will accommodate the different mediums would be to have them paste crap on a plain form – start with a plain fabric pump and cover it with crap… same with the hats?

      • Anonymous

        We can only hope it’s that rational.

      • Anonymous

        That’s what I figure. Like the shoe challenge on The Fashion Show. Hopefully balancing the field by having challenges with different skill sets all in a row in the beginning.

        Even within each specialty, there are a number of techniques.  Especially jewelry.  I’m one of a million hobbyists with jewelry and every time I learn a new technique, I’m pissed ’cause I still need to learn (and buy equipment for) a new one. 

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

      I’m curious about how the challenges will be set up. Will everyone have to make a hat, or jewelry, etc? Or will the designers stick to their specialties, with each one making a piece for a specific scenario that’s presented, i.e. they’re telling a story (blech). If it’s the latter, then hats will be judged against jewelry will be judged against handbags. How do you do that, though?

      Determining the logistics of PA must have been a nightmare.

      • Anonymous

        “Determining the logistics of PA must have been a nightmare”

        Well, if you care that the results make sense and represent any basic – let alone interesting – level of craftsmanship. Not so sure that’s really central to the producers’ priorities, here.

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

          I cannot argue with that.

          I’m hopelessly optimistic when it comes to all things Project Runway. I wasn’t able to watch seasons 1-5 during their original runs. Bravo was finally made available in our area the same year PR moved to Lifetime. I think I’m still in the throes of excitement over being able to watch each season during its first run.

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

          I cannot argue with that.

          I’m hopelessly optimistic when it comes to all things Project Runway. I wasn’t able to watch seasons 1-5 during their original runs. Bravo was finally made available in our area the same year PR moved to Lifetime. I think I’m still in the throes of excitement over being able to watch each season during its first run.

    • Anonymous

      snort!
      *it’ll drive The Hubs crazy*

      We need to get together!

  • Anonymous

    Why is Cee-Lo photobombing this promotion pic? And why is there a girl popping a squat on a redneck toilet? I DONT UNDERSTAND!

  • lilibetp

    They have a church hat lady doing this?

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

    I’ll watch the first show of each, but I’m getting less excited by the minute. (and I wasn’t that excited to begin)

    I am curious to see how the accessorie show will work. 

  • http://twitter.com/democracydiva Democracy Diva

    Miss Piggy will make a way better guest judge than Jessica Simpson did.

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

      My impression of Jessica Simpson went up several notches when she sided with HK (and me!) for a Mondo win of S8.

      Maybe I’m overly generous.

      Gianni Rubino

  • Jillian Bailles d’Err

    I don’t know – I really enjoyed it when Elmo, Cookie Monster and Telly were on Top Chef.  Sure, having Miss Piggy on is product placement for the upcoming movie (hell, this might be included IN the movie; isn’t she supposed to be a fashion editor in the film?).  But I love The Muppets.  Frank Oz will no doubt be snappier with the lines than Kors and probably be just as intuitive as any other guest judge.

    But if it’s a challenge to dress Muppets – eff that.

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

      Agreed. They were really great on Top Chef. Tom Colicchio was beside himself over them being on the show. He loves The Muppets.

      As far as I’m concerned, The Muppets are a national treasure, and they lend a coolness factor to anything they’re a part of, PR All-Stars included.

      On the other hand, I don’t think we need to watch a “create accessories for Miss Piggy” challenge. Just judge, Miss Piggy. It’s what you do best.

      • Anonymous

        Oh my god, but imagine the free reign with the creativity if you were designing for puppets instead of people.

        And…  imagine you are a professional accessories designer.  Tell me which prize you’d prefer:

        1)  The winning design will be sold on eBay/Piperlime/Bluefly.
        2)  The winning design will be worn by a Kardashian or other B to D celebrity.
        3)  The winning desing will be featured in a f—ing Muppets movie!

        Three will still be viewed 20 years from now.  Just sayin’.

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

          You make an excellent point. Number 3 is the only way to go.

  • Anonymous

    My hobby/side business is designing jewelry, so I am interested in it from that aspect.  We’ll see if it’s worth it!

  • Anonymous

    I am also intrigued by the church hat lady. Honestly, the Miss Piggy judging throws me into a pit of despair, but I’ll watch both. This is not exactly a recommendation, but I have cancer, and I sit at home a lot, and there’s not much watchable TV out there. And the Project Runway name still has a visceral excitement for me, so I’ll watch. It’s better than Dance Moms, Housewives, etc.

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

      I’m sure I’m not the only one here rooting for you to have a quick and complete recovery. 

      Gianni Rubino

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    Well, lets look at who is supplying the Grand Prize shall we?  E Bay Fashion????????? WTF
    I will tune in once for the sheer schadenfreude experience of it.

  • Anonymous

    I’m guessing if Miss Piggy is, er, judging, the challenge is somehow going to be related to the weird ass Muppet movie they’re putting out.

    or they could just be going off the rails

    • Anonymous

      A promotional relationship to the new movie seems inevitable. PR was product placement & cross-promotional central before it migrated to Lifetime and it hasn’t gotten any less so.  (I mean, really, if she didn’t have a line to promote do you REALLY think SJP would have given so much time to Project Runway?)

  • Anonymous

    Miss Piggy?? What happened, was Fozzy Bear unavailable? For shame, Lifetime.
    I’m intrigued by the church hat lady. She could be surprisingly good or she could be a delicious trainwreck.

    Anyway, yes, I’m going to give PA a chance. What the hell. 

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

      I’m tired.  I read “church hat lady” and suddenly Dana Carvey came to mind.

      Gianni Rubino

  • Anonymous

    “Tlo said: ARE you going to stay tuned? All Stars has a built-in audience, but are you going to watchProject Accessory?”

    If you boys will be blogging it, I’ll be watching it.

    But…Miss Piggy? I think she’d better suited to judging a Top Chef bacon challenge.

    –GothamTomato

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5KDTLDJA7ZBCPDP6HV4FZMJDII Indigo

    And when one of the designers argues with her, miss piggy will give them a big karate chop, crippling them

    HIYAH!

    You may now leave the runway…. in a stretcher

  • Anonymous

    I must issue a Wag of the Finger at Lifetime. They list Adrian as living in Lithuania, GA. There is NO Lithuania, GA! There’s a Lithonia, GA which is home to some of metro Atlanta’s biggest mega churches. So church hat design makes sense and if s/he has anything to do with some of the pieces I see on Sunday morning then we are in for some serious treats and serious confusion.

    • Anonymous

      Points for the Colbert reference! And “Lithuania, GA” made me laugh out loud. But beyond the hilarity I’m concerned such sloppiness bodes ill for the production values of the show.

  • Anonymous

    LoL! … They can’t even get their promo information right.  There is no “Lithuania”, Georgia (Adrian Dana).  It’s Lithonia.  smh

  • scottyf

    Not to start an argument, but church hats are a staple in the African American community, and are often taken to an art form. You might want to check out the book Crowns for more information.

    As for Miss Piggy?  She wouldn’t be the first judge in the PR franchise to have something stuck up her ass.

    • Anonymous

      As a big fan of hats, the church hat challenge is one I’d actually like to see. Except that only one contestant specializes in them, and she’s probably the only one who can actually make one. I can see some of the other contestants moaning and bitching, Josh-like, “But I don’t *go* to church, so how would I know what a church hat is?”

      In the 25 years I lived in Chicago, I was treated to the sight of dozens of these gorgeous creations at Sunday brunches on the south side.

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

        Agreed. The church hat specialist is the only one who intrigues me.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for saying this! Why laud Philip Treacy and the hats of the Brits, but snub church hats? I think it’s awesome they’re bringing in someone from that field and I’m actually pretty excited to watch this show now.

      Also, Miss Piggy > Kim Kardashian. I don’t care if the latter has a clothing line and a boutique, and wears millions of dollars worth of clothes all the time.  We all knew she wouldn’t have anything to say and she didn’t. She gave us panty shots in lieu of constructive criticism. At least Miss Piggy has the potential to be hilarious.

      • Anonymous

        And at least Miss Piggy understands self-irony!

    • Anonymous

      You are right on, Scotty!  And Michael Cunningham’s book is fabulous, beautifully photographed.   Have you had the opportunity to see Regina Taylor’s play that’s based on the book? If not, get yourself to Chicago next summer, when it will be re-mounted at the Goodman Theatre:  http://www.goodmantheatre.org/season/Production.aspx?prod=131

      • Anonymous

        In the same vein, last year a friend made a charming short film about church hats in a Florida community – Sunday Best by Dennis Scholl.  It won a few awards and is a nice chronicle of the church hat world.

        As a milliner myself, I’ll watch to see how they organize the challenges. Hats, jewelry and bags are all sculptural, so there is a common thread, so to speak!

      • Anonymous

        In the same vein, last year a friend made a charming short film about church hats in a Florida community – Sunday Best by Dennis Scholl.  It won a few awards and is a nice chronicle of the church hat world.

        As a milliner myself, I’ll watch to see how they organize the challenges. Hats, jewelry and bags are all sculptural, so there is a common thread, so to speak!

      • scottyf

        Thanks for that Lilithcat!
        I saw the piece a couple of times in a couple of different mountings in Washington D.C. a few years back. Not really my type of piece, but I greatly respect the form and the obvious love and care that went into creating it. Really liked your review!

    • Anonymous

      As kids in the south, our “crowning glory” sure wasn’t our stringy hair, but the hats we wore to church (and we’re as white bread as can be).  One Easter, elementary school art project was to design a hat for church (yes, church and school were entwined).  Mine was a flat paper plate bedazzled-beyond-Josh, with ribbon strings.  I have a picture to prove it.  Silly kid wearing a paper plate.  Childhood.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      scottyf – I love you!

    • Anonymous

      To add something to the church hat defense, a good friend of mine was a hat designer of a similar type.  Her background was in mechanical engineering.  There’s a lot that goes into the structure of some of those fantastical hats.

    • Anonymous

      To add something to the church hat defense, a good friend of mine was a hat designer of a similar type.  Her background was in mechanical engineering.  There’s a lot that goes into the structure of some of those fantastical hats.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, anyone scoffing at church hats hasn’t been raised in or near an African American church-going community.

      Though big events for alumni of traditionally black sororities (especially daytime events when it’s not all evening wear), even more especially if they’re fundraising for an arts-related cause, bring out some unbelievable drama and beauty in the hats & accessories.

    • Anonymous

      It’ll be interesting to see the race of the church hat competitor.  The designer is from Baltimore, so I’m hoping for a strong representation of African-American style.  (Full disclosure–I’m a white woman in awe of the amazing style of women in the African-American community.  I hope that is a respectful way to phrase it.)

      • Anonymous

        He’s African-American: http://www.adriandanahats.com/#!about

      • scottyf

        Personally, the fact that you take the time to think about what you write, and how it might affect those viewing it, is the very definition of respect.  Thank you :-)

  • Anonymous

    Miss Piggy!! That is hilarious!

    I wish they could get Joan Rivers to be a judge.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5KDTLDJA7ZBCPDP6HV4FZMJDII Indigo

       makeup fight!

  • http://twitter.com/thedogsmother thedogsmother

    I will watch Project Accessory. It’s using creativity and producing something. What could go wrong?

  • Anonymous

    I am actually very excited to see Miss Piggy. Frank Oz is a great actor and director with great comedic timing. Puppeteers usually design and make their puppets, as well as giving them a voice, and as a previous poster mentioned, Frank Oz also worked on Labyrinth, so I think he’ll have a good eye for design. I would much rather hear from Miss Piggy than one of the Kardashians. 

  • Megan Patterson

    Oh man, the one who makes church hats is probably a card.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t you all be snarking on the church hat person – I think they probably wrote that because a lot of people can’t define millinery. I’m very excited to see a really great milliner in action. 

    I first recoiled at the idea of Miss Piggy – but then thought – maybe she’ll be the politically incorrect court jester, willing to say what everyone else is thinking, remarks softened by the idea that they are delivered by a, um, puppet.

  • R. L.

    I am DYING to watch Project Accessory.  I do love playing with beads and crafts so watching people better at it than me will be fun and inspirational.  I don’t mind a little drama with it.

  • Anonymous

    Re: the concurrent scheduling: Maybe TPTB know that PR is losing its mojo and they want to milk the brand for everything they can before it dies.

    Somebody at BM must be assigned the job of reading the blogs. Disappointment and distaste for what PR has become is widespread. Maybe they’re trying to attract a new demographic with the showy joke guest judges like Miss Piggy and the attitude-focused casting. They’ll lose the vast bulk of the original audience, of course, but perhaps will gain a new one who doesn’t know or care much about fashion, just about what personalities they like and don’t like.

    Or maybe I’m crediting BM with more savvy, even of the most cynical sort, than they possess. Their record of success points to expertise in producing “see narcissistic famewhore bitches act out!” reality shows, so maybe that’s all they can do, and they simply turn everything they touch into that format, even when they don’t intend to. Skill and talent based programming is not their metier.

    Not on topic here, but speaking of skill and talent, I’ve wondered if Tim’s contract has him utterly locked to PR so he can’t get out. To me he seems less joyful but soldiering on, and certainly less relevant, more muzzled and out of step with the judges/producers since the move to Lifetime.

    The church hat person may get me to watch Project Accessory, and not as an object of snarky urbane amusement. I live in the south.

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

      Damn straight that church hats shouldn’t be an object of snarky urbane amusement. I see some awesome church ladies in some fabulous hats on a regular basis. Besides which, I would not mess with church ladies or their hats. I can’t help but think those ladies are a little bit closer to God.

      Fans of The Wire: Remember when someone shot at Omar and put a bullet through his grandmother’s church hat? That did not go over well at all.

      • Anonymous

        No spoilers for the Wire, please!  I’m in the midst of watching the series now.  I know, I know, I’m late to the party, but at least I made it.  The dialogue is amazing!

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

          Ack! I am so sorry. I hate being spoiled. If it’s any consolation, it’s a very minor spoiler. I couldn’t even tell you what season that occurred in.

          The dialogue is amazing. And throughout the entire series, there was only one episode I didn’t absolutely love.  

          “Omar comin’. Yo!”

          • Anonymous

            We moved to Baltimore the year after the show wrapped.  Some friends gave us “The Wire tour.” 

            Glad I’d watched the show and learned to make a u-turn when I saw a blue light.

        • Anonymous

          I envy you, having episodes still unseen.  For my money, the best drama that has ever been on TV.

          And yes, Accidental–I do remember that event.  I remember howling!

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

            It was so funny.

            I agree it’s the best TV drama ever. It was worth every minute I spent watching it.

        • Anonymous

          The Wire is the single greatest television drama ever created.  Glad you’re finally getting to see it.  I’m still working on some hold-outs to watch it, so you’re not the last.

          That spoiler wasn’t bad, no worries.

      • Anonymous

        No spoilers for the Wire, please!  I’m in the midst of watching the series now.  I know, I know, I’m late to the party, but at least I made it.  The dialogue is amazing!

  • Anonymous

    I’ll give both shows a try.

    I’m curious how Project Accessory is going to work, and All-Stars might be fun plus I’m interested who they’ll guilt-give the win.

  • Judy_J

    I’m intrigued by the person desiging the church hats.  That’s a pretty specialized area of expertise.

    • Anonymous

      I am far less surprised considering where they are from. I have family living not far from that area of GA and church hats are a big deal. 

  • Anonymous
    • Anonymous

      Oh, for chrissake!  Just what this appalling season needs:  more air time!

      I’m beginning to understand why half the designers on PR are totally delusional. It’s because the producers are delusional in exactly the same way.  Just as Ozark Barbie thinks she never wins because her taste is too refined, BM seems to think that people are clamoring for more of the crap that PR has been serving up all season.

      Reality check, BM Producers:  Nobody gives a shit!

      Note to Lifetime Network:  Better to fill that hour with “Dance Moms”!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t even watch PR anymore.  I just read TLo updates.  It saves me 1.5 hours.

  • Anonymous

    Be afraid, be very afraid, of any enterprise that enlists the services of a lifestyle expert.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know why these press releases keep calling Jeanbart-Lorenzotti a “lifestyle expert”.  She’s the CEO of a multi-million dollar luxury online marketing company, (http://www.vivre.com/ ), was one of Crain’s “40 under 40″ and one of Vogue’s “10 most stylish women in fashion”.

      • Anonymous

        I’m guessing because they’re sloppy? Because they think the audience is too unsophisticated to care if a judge has any actual credentials to be judging the work of artisans/artists? Because they want to call her something that they think is “relate-able” to their imagined audience of not-bright and not-discriminating women whose primary cultural experiences happen at malls? (I’d hate to think they think of their audience in such terms, but . . .)

        The possible answers go from bad to extremely dispiriting.

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

          What bugs me is “lifestyle expert” doesn’t mean anything. It seems to me that, instead of finding her relate-able, a lot of their audience will be scratching their heads, wondering “WTF is a lifestyle  expert?” It invites mockery and diminishes her accomplishments, certainly at first impression. “Lifestyle expert” sounds like a euphemism for “dilettante”.

          Believe me, I’m not saying you’re wrong. I think you hit the nail on the head. But, if they want to reduce her to a few words, why not call her an entrepreneur/fashion expert. I mean, that doesn’ really cover it either, but they called Kim Kardashian an entrepreneur. Jeanbart-Lorenzotti sure as hell fits that description better than KK does.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1006374212 Berna Starling

    Hell yeah, I will watch Project Accessory!

  • Anonymous

    all-stars yes, accessories hell no. i WILL read any/all recaps lol.

  • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

    Miss Piggy? oh wtf?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Colleen-Robinson/48606025 Colleen Robinson

    When you said Miss Piggy, I thought that was a snarky nickname attributed to some celebrity. But, uh, the actual Miss Piggy? Are they serious? I guess they think they have to compete with the Sesame Street cameo on Top Chef All-Stars or something. Maybe we can expect Cousin Itt to be a guest judge if they ever have another season of Shear Genius.

  • Anonymous

    We’re surprised that both shows are running at the same time. We would
    have thought Lifetime would want to spread out the franchise a bit more.

    Similarly,  Bravo! is doing a “Fashion Tuesday”, with Chris March, Rachel Zoe and The Fashion Hunters all on the same night. 

    • Anonymous

      I’m there!
       

  • Anonymous

    I suppose I’ll give it a shot.  But they have an uphill battle to keep me interested.  They have a maximum of a couple of weeks to demonstrate that this show has a reason to exist other than that Lifetime wants to milk PR for all it’s worth.  Life is too short to watch THREE boring, vapid reality shows.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    If Frank Oz is working Miss Piggy – I’m there.  Elmo, Telly and Cookie Monster were priceless on Top Chef: Just Desserts.  But I do see your point.

  • MilaXX

    Miss Piggy? That’s kinda of low.Top Chef did and episode with muppets, but it essentially served as a way to introduce the cooking challenge. having Ms Piggy as judge is just whacked. However Molly Sims looks fantastic in that promo picture.

    As for the accessories show, I have to admit I am a bit excited to see what Adrian produces cause I love a good church hat.

  • Annie Leung

    Miss Piggy . . . how is that even possible? Are they going to feed lines to whoever’s holding her up? I don’t get it . . . how do you hide the person behind her in a chair? So many questions! 

  • Annie Leung

    Miss Piggy . . . how is that even possible? Are they going to feed lines to whoever’s holding her up? I don’t get it . . . how do you hide the person behind her in a chair? So many questions! 

  • Anonymous

    I think Project Accessory will be to Project Runway what Top Chef Desserts was to Top Chef: an interesting idea on paper, but you’re building a show around a creative process that doesn’t photograph as well.  Baking is measuring and waiting — not exactly compelling TV — and I suspect accessory making is a lot of soldering and stuff.  But who knows?

    • Anonymous

      Word.

      Have you seen Sweet Genius  and caught the groan-inducing machinations the producers introduce to make it “interesting”?  Picture lots of contestants running around like their hair was on fire. Last week one challenge was make a frozen dessert inspired by a Faberge egg, incorporating hard boiled eggs. Then halfway through that challenge the chefs were told they had to incorporate dragon fruit as well.

      • Anonymous

        I’ve found Sweet Genius unwatchable.  They’re aiming for the camp of Iron Chef with the weird-food challenge of Chopped, and coming up with something … strange.

        • Anonymous

          It does make for hilarious bits on The Soup, though.

          “I wish to sample the Gelato of Sublime Despair!”

          • Anonymous

            I am so grateful for Joel McHale and his soothingly stinging sarcasm.

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

            I almost fell off the couch laughing at that. And I’d never heard of Sweet Genius until I watched last week’s episode of The Soup. Oh, the things we learn from Joel McHale.

        • Anonymous

          Me too. It’s gimmicky beyond belief and yet, somehow, also incredibly boring.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, I don’t know – I like Top Chef Desserts – not as good as Top Chefs (what is?) – but still very enjoyable. I like Gail, and Johnny is starting to grow on me this season. I like it when Hubert Keller is a guest judge. And the food they turn out seems AMAZING. It’s so sophisticated and intricate. The flavor pairings and desserts I’ve never heard of – I find it all very interesting.

  • Anonymous

    I think Project Accessory will be to Project Runway what Top Chef Desserts was to Top Chef: an interesting idea on paper, but you’re building a show around a creative process that doesn’t photograph as well.  Baking is measuring and waiting — not exactly compelling TV — and I suspect accessory making is a lot of soldering and stuff.  But who knows?

  • Anonymous

    “What’s it going to be like when someone who makes shoes is asked to make
    jewelry or when someone who makes jewelry is asked to make a handbag?”

    As an accessories designer, I’ve been wondering that myself.  I’m dubious at best.

    • Anonymous

      I’d say that what happens is frustrated contestants and damn uneven results.

  • Anonymous

    “What’s it going to be like when someone who makes shoes is asked to make
    jewelry or when someone who makes jewelry is asked to make a handbag?”

    As an accessories designer, I’ve been wondering that myself.  I’m dubious at best.

  • AMartel

    Miss Piggy is for the Dance Mom demographic.
    Will not be watching.

  • AMartel

    Miss Piggy is for the Dance Mom demographic.
    Will not be watching.

  • Anonymous

    Loved the Top Chef with the Muppets – so I won’t right off Miss Piggy. Fozzi Bear would be a different story, he knows nothing about fashion.

  • Fay Dearing

    Already in love with Adrian Dana! Anyone who specializes in church hats is dear in my heart since those hats are the greatest of all hats known to mankind. Project Runway has left me cold and bitter, but Accessory may actually be fun!

  • Anonymous

    Project Accessory–catchy title.

  • Anonymous

    I’m definitely watching PR Accessories on November.
    I WANT to see a jewelry designer freak out about making a pair of shoes out of edible material in a 4 hours time limit.
    … Does that make me a bad person ?

  • Susan Walker

    I suspect that Lifetime doesn’t have a lot of confidence in Project Accessory and they are using the Runway show as a strong lead-in audience.  If you bou blog – I’ll watch.

  • Anonymous

    I do wonder how bad Project Accessory is going to be, but you bet your bippy I’ll watch. Especially the first season, before prospective contestants realize what a trainwreck the experience is, there could be some good times watching creative & hard working people struggle with the challenges.

    I think, though, that it’ll be cancelled or devolve into crafty-hands & drama queens fast, fast, fast.  Church hats, footwear, jewelry, leather accessories? Way different areas of expertise, & specialized tools & materials. Serious artists & artisans will not want to be competing out of their expertise for a good part of the show, and I don’t see how they won’t end up sending way more junk out to be judged than will be fun to watch.  Just don’t see how it’ll work.

  • http://profiles.google.com/marteani Barbara Guttman

    I don’t mind the inclusion of Miss Piggy.  The muppeteers have to dress, style and accessorize her, one of the few Muppets that ever needs these things, and she has a pretty consistent and overall chic look (for a muppet).  I’m willing to bet that her player (should she appear on the show as a muppet) is going to be the person in charge of the design and costuming.  And while “she” hasn’t been on the red carpet, Miss Piggy has appeared on morning/daytime tv AND the Daily Show for promotional work, so it wouldn’t be such a bad thing to dress the muppet.

    They do have a movie coming out at Thanksgiving, afterall.

  • Anonymous

    It’s Miss Piggy on All-Stars. The Alums should have enough sense to know that it is pretty much a joke competition to give them some more air time and the episode should be fun to watch.

  • Anonymous

    I was looking forward to Project Runway All Stars, but it is because I was in serious denial about how foolish these producers are – even though they have been trying to show me for at least two seasons.  Miss Piggy?  Yeah, not wasting my time. And since the same producers are producing Project Accessory, there’s no point in trying.  You wouldn’t think reality TV would have much room for ‘dumbing down’, but they’ve managed it! 

    TLo is truly the only reason  I am watching this season of PR (well, ok, Tim Gunn, too).  You guys write enough about other things I’m interested in, so I think I’m done wasting my time on PR and it’s offspring.

  • Anonymous

    No doubt you’d have a hard time finding one who’d do it unless a truly stunning contribution was being made to one of their charities & they had some control of how B&M represented the charity on t.v. (because these women are serious about their work & reputations), but the PERFECT judges for an accessories show would be a selection of women from a big event being held for alumni of one of the traditionally black sororities.

    These are usually women who dress, and accessorize well – and MORE THAN well – and (mostly) they’re not rich women who just shop the big names and latest trends, the majority just put some thought & love into their clothes & know the value of a tailor.

  • http://twitter.com/thedogsmother thedogsmother

    Not only has Lifetime jumped the shark but they also jumped the pig.

  • Anonymous

    I seem to be the only one, but I’m incredibly excited for Project Accessory. I have very strong views on jewelery and other accessories since I make my own.

  • Anonymous

    PA could be fun.  I’ll probably check it out.  I really put the cursor here to say that I love Molly Sims’ dress…

  • Joshua

    I plan to stick around for the first few episodes of PA, but we shall go from there. I doubt I’ll be interested if it’s all drama and no design. Frankly, I’m skeptical they’ll be able to fill an entire series with interesting accessories challenges that people with such specific backgrounds will be able to execute.

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

    No.  I’m only watching PR so I can participate in the comments on this blog.  The reality show aspect (drama, drama!) and the alarming lack of consistency in the judging has turned me off the show.

  • http://needtherapy.tumblr.com skadi1

    I’m sure someone else already pointed this out, but the Muppets guest judged on Top Chef, and they were actually really great.  So I wouldn’t necessarily dismiss it out of hand.

    • Anonymous

      I saw that.  They were surprisingly good, too, and seemed to charm the hell out of the chefs. 

      I’m sure I’ll check out Project Accessory, but frankly I’m not all that into bling so I’m not sure it’ll draw me in. 

  • http://needtherapy.tumblr.com skadi1

    I’m sure someone else already pointed this out, but the Muppets guest judged on Top Chef, and they were actually really great.  So I wouldn’t necessarily dismiss it out of hand.

  • http://twitter.com/tehnakki nakki

    OMG, MISS PIGGY!!!!!  Best. Guest Judge. EVER. Seriously, “she” is going to be epically fierce!

  • Anonymous

    I’ll probably give it a try. I CANNOT IMAGINE what they are thinking with the Miss Piggy thing. Who’s going to do the talking? Are muppeteers qualified fashion consultants? It worked on Top Chef because muppeteers are as good a guest audience for cooking as any other, but fashion? Nuh-uh.

  • http://profiles.google.com/eszubert Elizabeth Szubert

    I’m watching mostly for the fact that we have someone who does church hats.  I’m too amused not to watch now.

    Also, Miss Piggy?  Honestly?  Now I’m not sure I want to watch All Stars…

  • Anonymous

    I have to come clean…I will watch new both shows.  No matter how pissed off I get at the PR judges and the decreasing level of contestant talent with each new cycle, I always tune in or watch the next day via the Lifetime Web Site.

    I am addicted!  What else can I do but come clean!

  • Cathy S

    Miss Piggy? Seriously? The all-stars are going to have to satisfy a guy with his hand up a Muppet’s butt? WTF?

    • Anonymous

      Well, the regular series contestants have to satisfy three puppets with the producers’ hands up their butts, so it’s not a huge change.

    • Anonymous

      Well, the regular series contestants have to satisfy three puppets with the producers’ hands up their butts, so it’s not a huge change.

  • Anonymous

    I’m watching both. I’m also watching Chris March’s show, as well as Top Chef and Next Iron Chef All Stars.

    • Anonymous

      Me too! I’m in for the whole shebang.

      But Miss Piggy? Really? That’s just embarrassing for everyone involved.

  • Anonymous

    Are you serious? Miss Piggy? I may have to lift my PR ban for that!

  • Anonymous

    Are you serious? Miss Piggy? I may have to lift my PR ban for that!

  • Anonymous

    Nicolina Royale was my showgirl name in Vegas. 

  • Anonymous

    Hold on! What’s happening to Dance Moms? Is it being canceled? Scheduled for another time? Please, please, please, Lifetime, don’t play with my emotions so! I promise, I will do anything to keep Dance Moms on after Project Runway. Just tell me what I have to do!

    • Anonymous

      It’s OK darling. I love Dance Moms too. Those women are too cray-cray for words. If only TLo would blog about them…..sigh….hee-hee….

      I just think this season is over; I’m sure it’s coming back next year.

  • http://heartprintandstyle.blogspot.com Vivi N

    Miss Piggy? How insulting to the All-Stars to have your creation being judged by some hand puppet. 

    Definitely tuning in to the Accessory show.

  • Anonymous

    I’m thinking the PR franchise has jumped the shark…

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know – do you think they might let everyone operate within their wheelhouse? You know, the hat designer gets to keep in the millinery circuit, while the jewelers stick to jewelry, handbaggers to bags etc… Now THAT could prove to have some interesting judging moments!

  • Susan Wheeler

    I was asked to try out for the Accessories show (I’m a handbag designer), and the requirements said you needed to be able to make shoes and jewelry as well as handbags.  We’ll see how it goes!

    • Anonymous

      Oh SO glad you posted! That’s very interesting information. Must have decimated the applicant pool.

      Now, I wait in eager anticipation of how they will dumb down the idea of “making” shoes into something that can be performed semi-successfully on t.v. in a limited time-frame by what in some cases will be complete amateurs.

  • http://twitter.com/KathleenGillies Kathleen Gillies

    Miss Piggy?  Is this Project Runway or Hollywood Squares?

  • Anonymous

    Should it concern me that the bracelet and cocktail ring that Molly is wearing are ugly, and that the necklace is so-so?

    • Anonymous

      Why, not at all!  If they were made by a contestant, no doubt it was a shoe designer.

  • Lisa

    Miss Piggy?  You know, no one’s more excited to see my old favorites than I am, but… Miss Piggy?

  • Lisa

    Miss Piggy?  You know, no one’s more excited to see my old favorites than I am, but… Miss Piggy?

  • Anonymous

    I’m totally going to watch Project Accessory.  I can actually make jewelry, so I’m going to have stronger opinions about this one.

    Given the size of the jewelry-making/accessory-making/craft movement population (and the expansion of Michael’s and Hobby Lobby and the like into EVERY strip mall in America), I bet they’ll draw a decent audience.  Potentially new viewers?

  • Anonymous

    omg Debra Messing was THE worst judge ever. “Can you tell me about the story you were trying to tell with your collection?” over and over again ala “Oh my NOSE!” Shouldn’t she be on Hollywood Squares or something? She is the proverbial 100 percent stylist style. The minute the show ended so did her fashion cred.

  • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

    I don’t know, in the art competition they made sculpturs do book covers and painters do sculptures. I would think that if you are a designer, you might have a speciality, but you need to be able to show that you can expand your business in order to win the competition. Same thing with PR. Just because you make your living selling jewelry does’t mean you don’t secretly want someone to produce your line of vegan platform sandals. I’ll watch – could be interesting and hopefully they all have mad skills. Or at least we’ll see someone cry because they don’t. ha!

  • Mary McClelland

    What exactly does Miranda Kerr (whoever she is) have do with fashion. Isn’t she a VS model? Can they please get some models/actresses with real cred. Paging Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Naomi, Kate Moss!!!

    Also, I think they should do a challenge about dressing an older woman v. chic and then make Helen Mirren the judge. :-) 

  • Mary McClelland

    BTW – I’ll be watching. I’m a glutton for punishment AND Anthony! 

  • http://profiles.google.com/dwight.lake Dwight Lake

    Maybe they have a doll/muppet costume challenge or something. I’m pretty sure ms piggy will make a funny judge. As long as it’s for an appropriate challenge i won’t mind.

    Did anyone else try to match the names to the pics?

    • Anonymous

      I love Miss Piggy, and she is a fashion icon, yes?

  • Anonymous

    I am seeing a lot of complaints about Miss Piggy. I think she will be fierce as always. However, it’s that nasty Kelly Osbourne who gives me pause.

  • Anonymous

    It will be interesting to see how the application of similar materials will be translated by these designers.  At least it sounds like it could be interesting…or maybe not.

  • Adella Thompson

    I’m honestly more intrigued by PR: Accessory than All Stars (no Tim, AND Kenley AND now Miss Piggy on a show… love ya Mondo, but that’s a lot to combat), but the jury is very much out if I’ll be programming the whole series into my tivo. I’m just not sure what to expect or how the idea will pan out in practice and the curiosity is good enough to make me try an episode or two. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QK7O6OXEX3AYERJWQUXBSVCTY Candy Kane

    Miss Piggy!!! I’ve got to disagree with you TLo. Miss Piggy is a fierce fashion diva! I really can’t wait to see that episode.

  • Nikki Douglas

    I love Molly Sims’ red dress!

  • http://twitter.com/3FKitchen Third Floor Kitchen

    Missy Piggy? Why stop there? Why not Baby Bop from Barney and Friends?Or the Oompa Loompas from Willy Wonka? As I said after the stilt walker episode, Project Runway has jumped the shark. I can’t see it going much longer.

  • Anonymous

     I thought Miss Piggy and Kelly Osbourne were the same person!  Well you never see them in the same room, do ya?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anthony-Cady/741359257 Anthony Cady

    Clearly I’m very late to the party.   Just crammed the first 3 episodes and was disappointed.   The quality of the work is really bad.  
    That may be a talent issue but I suspect it’s more that the producers didn’t adapt to what really needs to be done – accessories require technical knowledge and time to make well.    Their mentor – while very accomplished – has none of the requirements necessary to be a mentor in the studio.   I pity the designers when they get to handbags – disaster looms..
    Having taught at SCAD and FIT in both fashion and accessories departments for many years I hope they can retool by the second season – it will be worth it.   If the work is good – it won’t matter who judges.