Who knew they could create an entire series based on bangles, headbands and oversized bags, but somehow the Weinstein Brothers managed to find a way. The team behind the highly-addictive “Project Runway” is producing “Project Accessory”. It’s the latest spinoff to come from the design show. “Project Accessory” will air after “Project Runway All Stars” on Lifetime. I can’t wait to hear this show’s signature saying and goodbye. Auf Wiedersehen, bitches.
“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
I wonder if this venture will last longer than “Models of the Runway” which I loved. How hilarious is it that the models on “Project Runway” had their own show the past two seasons and this year they’re like an elephant in the room that no one talks about. Even though it was clear the designers switched models last week, the show didn’t even mention it for one second. OUCH.
It’s only natural for every good reality show to have an All-Stars season, so it’s no surprise that Project Runway is doing the same. Well, the cast for the upcoming season has now been revealed and we’ve got the full list for you as well as what I think of each of them.
In addition to your returning favorites (and maybe not so favorites), designers Isaac Mizrahi & Georgina Chapman will serve as judges. This year, Supermodel, Angela Lindvall will take Heidi Klum’s spot as host while Editor-In-Chief of Marie Claire, Joanna Coles will take Tim Gunn’s position as mentor.
This time, the 13 designers will compete for an exclusive designer’s boutique in Neiman Marcus stores, $100,000 in technology and office space, and $100,000 in cash. They will also vie for a feature spread and a one-year assignment as guest editor for Marie Claire, as well as a sewing and embroidery studio provided by Brother International. The All-Star season won’t air til late 2012. BOO.
It’s time to make it work again. Lifetime just announced the start date for Project Runway’s ninth season. All the fashion drama and designer meltdowns will begin on Thursday, July 28 and it promises to be bigger than ever. They aren’t kidding. Not only is Heidi Klum getting naked in the promos (see full pic below), but the season will begin with 20 designers- the most ever on the show- and feature a bevy of celebrity judges.
On the season premiere, the 20 chosen contestants will have to stand before the judges and tell them why they should make the cut. In other words, you’ll see a bunch of fashionistas begging, pleading and hopefully crying to the panel for a spot in the workroom. Heidi Klum, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia will eliminate four designers on the spot, narrowing down the field to 16. The remaining designers will then be guided by the judges to “one of the toughest first challenges in the series’ history” as said by Lifetime. Ooooh, I love a good innovative first challenge. Til this day, Austin Scarlet’s corn husk dress still wows me.
Is it me or did Fall 2010′s reality shows feature more annoying contestants than ever before? I don’t even think I’m exaggerating in the least. Cumulatively, the networks cast the most polarizing and irritating reality stars in recent memory if not ever. There were moments during this Fall TV season, when my jaw literally fell to the ground after witnessing some of their behavior. It was baffling to see how some of these people consistently remained on their respective shows, despite their shenanigans.
While I do recognize I could choose to stop watching the offending shows, I didn’t for the sake of my dear loyal reality TV fanatics. Papa’s gotta do his research you know. Hands up, if you believe that line of BS. Truth be told, I just didn’t have enough strength to stop staring at the trainwrecks. Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and help me bequeath “The Most Annoying Reality Star” title to one of these hookers.
Project Runway crowned its newest winner last night. Regardless of the outcome, this has been the best season since the show moved to Lifetime from Bravo. The season had it all, epic catfights, villainesses and one designer everyone hated. They definitely did a great job casting for this season. After the past two seasons where Irina and Seth Aaron won, I was starting to worry that one of my favorite shows had lost its touch.
The episode began with a short reunion with all the designers. It was a bit of the same old, same old, except… when did Ivy turn on Gretchen? Ivy was out for blood and wanted to vilify her. The two were BFFs during the season. They were like Regina and Gretchen from “Mean Girls” talking smack about every designer. Listen Miss Ivy Higa, you’re just upset because you finally got a taste of your own medicine.
After narrowing the Top Three designers to two, the judges had one of the best (and longest) deliberations ever on the show. Seriously, the debates they were having between the two designers were insane. I’ve never seen Michael Kors so passionate. At times, he was arguing so much, his face flushed as orangey red as Heidi’s outfit. Nina Garcia even motioned and eked out the catfight meow sound as the two went at it. Surprisingly, guest judge Jessica Simpson held her won with knowledgeable fashion critique. I also commend her for not backing down from her stance as the judges stood at a standstill.
Considering all the Reality Competition Shows there are out there, it shocks me that the five nominated shows here, have been the same for the past few years. Where’s “So You Think You Can Dance“, “The Apprentice“, “Survivor“, “The Bachelor”, heck I’ll even take an “ANTM” nomination, just to mix things up.
The last season of American Idol is widely considered, among fan and critics, to be the worst in the series. When you factor in the failure of DeGeneres’ addition to the panel, crowning the wrong winner and having the weakest Top 12 ever, there’s absolutely no way this show is winning. I’m even surprised it scored a nomination. Hopefully, with all the changes in store, the veteran reality show will once again reign supreme.
Tomorrow, I’ll predict who’ll take home the Emmy for Best Reality Competition Show“. But first, let’s take a look at the men and woman in front of the camera, who keep things moving along with their signature catchphrases and unique style. You would think hosting a reality show would be easy, but it really is an art form. Just ask Brian Dunkleman, the former co-host of American Idol.
This award has only been in existence the past two years, and is normally given out during the main telecast. This year, the academy is announcing the winner at The Creative Arts Emmy Ceremony being held tonight and will be broadcast on on E! Entertainment Television on Friday, August 27. Poor guys don’t even get to go to the big boy party. Boo Emmys… BOO.
He’s one of two hosts nominated who have to deal with filming live. There are probably few individuals who could pull off what Bergeron does. You needn’t look any further than his co-hosts to see how easy it is too fail. His quick wit and cheesy puns keep the showing moving in a seamless fashion. Remember when Marie Osmond fainted, he handled that like a pro and took the situation by the balls.
In preparation for tonight’s Project Runway season eight premiere, I thought I’d reminisce about some of my favorite PR designers who were auf wiedersehen’d way before their time. Without fail, there’s at least a couple of talented designers cut in favor of less talented designers due to them being reality TV gold. I love good TV and drama so I appreciate why this is done but at the same time I would’ve loved to see the following designers’ creations in future challenges.
Outlasted By: Zulema Griffin & Guadalupe Vidal
Poor Daniel Franco. At least he can take solace with the fact he’ll always be a trivial pursuit answer for being the first designer ever eliminated on Project Runway. I have to give Mr. Franco credit for trying out again for Season Two to prove his designing skills. In his second attempt, I felt he found his stride and was poised to go far-not win but far. Unfortunately for him lingerie was his undoing. Though his collection was Dynasty-80s cheese, it was at least wearable compared to Santino’s deer-gingerbread-house inspired outfits. They were heinous. But as the leader of his group, Franco owned up to his shortcomings and took the fall and was eliminated.