October 24, 2011 6:03pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'Project Accessory' First Look With Host Molly Sims and Guest Judge Debra Messing (Video)
Who would’ve thought an entire series could be built around accessories? Apparently, Lifetime did. Its Project Runway spinoff premieres Thursday at 10:30 p.m. and the network’s banking that the multi-billion dollar accessory business translates into a hit series.
Hosted by supermodel turned mogul, Molly Sims, the series pits 12 contestants against each other as they try to out bobble, out shine, and out dazzle each other in a series of accessory design challenges.
In The Hollywood Reporter’s sneak peeks above, Sims is joined by the contestants' mentor, lifestyle expert Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti, and judges designer Kenneth Cole and InStyle Editor, Ariel Foxman. Plus, Will & Grace’s Debra Messing (who’s starring in the upcoming NBC show, Smash) will guest judge on Thursday’s premiere.
Here’s a list of the show’s designers, where they’re from, and their design specialties.
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 (Sao Paolo, 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
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