Not content with simply delivering new designers to the world, Project Runway has produced two new spinoff series for Lifetime featuring its stars. The first is a reality show starring Santino Rice and Austin Scarlett, who will team up to scour the country to find women who need fashion makeovers (oh, to be a fly on a seat in that car).The second show, currently titled Love's Divine, will follow real-life marrieds Heidi Klum and Seal as the famously happy duo also scours the country — only they'll be on the road to find other couples who need relationship help. So far, Project Runway's other spinoff, Models of the Runway, has been underwhelming, but I have faith that these better-known personalities will make watchable TV.
Apparently, the two Project Runway spinoffs that the Weinstein Company announced it had up its sleeve for Lifetime just aren't enough. The Weinsteins are pitching another Project-titled project, this one called Project Triple Threat.
The show will be a quest for the nation's best actor/singer/dancer, according to Variety. Just like the rest of the Project shows, the 16 contestants will share a house together while competing for a grand prize, this time a shot at a record contract and a role in a musical. That's in addition to the newly named Models of the Runway, the show about Project Runway's models, and Project Pygmalion, a society-themed competition that will turn its winner into a high-class socialite.
I think at some point, all these Project _______ shows are just going to lead to diminishing returns, just like how Bravo's Top ______ series fizzled a bit with Top Design last year. A lot depends on the contestants' personalities and the challenges they're given, of course, but at some point, the formula's just not interesting anymore. Do you think you'd watch Project Triple Threat?
In other Runway related news, second-season runner-up Santino Rice will be competing on a Fox Reality Channel show called Gimme My Reality Show, in which "D-list celebs who have appeared on reality shows but never starred in their own" will "battle for star recognition in a variety of challenges." I kind of want to cry now. Meanwhile, the lawsuit over Runway's move to Lifetime will be heard in court on July 17 — one day after the fifth season premieres on Bravo. Good timing, universe!
I can't believe another season of Project Runway is already over and done with. More to come on last night's season finale later, but I have a burning question: Now that we've been through the ups and downs of four whole seasons, with another on the way, which one sticks out as your favorite?
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Let's Make Fun of Tim Gunn! During season two of Project Runway, Santino pulled a dead-on impression of Tim Gunn out of his back pocket — and the crowd went wild. His impersonation became the running joke of the season. Through Santino, we heard Tim talk all about his innermost vulgar desires, including his secret obsession with "Andrae!" Gunn took the teasing in stride. Imitation is, after all, the sincerest form of flattery — right, Andrae?
"You live it. You love it. But then there are those days that you remember, 'it's only fashion.'" I couldn't have said it better myself. Emelle Press' "It's Only Fashion" Card ($4.50 each) made its way to me at LA Fashion Week. I had to share it because though we live and breathe fashion, we should also try to live by Project Runway alum Santino Rice's words: "Lighten up, it's fashion."
We know it's one of your favorite guilty pleasures! After watching the best of last season's Project Runway contestants claw, scratch and stitch their way to the top, you may be wondering how to bring home some of their latest projects like this "Chloe Bag" designed by Season 2 winner Chloe Dao
Speaking of Chloe Dao, after she left the lights and cameras of NYC to go back to her hometown of Houston, TX. Her boutique, Lot 8, is flourishing and while she didn't end up taking Banana Republic's one-year internship prize, she is enjoying amazing success following the end of the show. While Chloe sells most of her limited edition items from retail boutiques, some of Chloe's t-shirts and signature wrap-around tops are available online.
To see more clothes from other Project Runway contestants including Kara Janx, Emmett McCarthy and Santino Rice, read more