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?
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