'Project Runway' adds an 'Accessory'
October 27th, 2011
10:26 AM ET

'Project Runway' adds an 'Accessory'

Take heart all you "Project Runway" fans who fear acute withdrawal once the season finale airs - there's always "Project Accessory."

The spin-off to the popular fashion design show debuts Thursday right after the season-ending episode of "Runway" (I'm rooting for Anya to make a come-from-behind victory, by the way).  In the spin-off, 12 designers will compete for $100,000 and other prizes by crafting shoes, handbags, jewelry and other accessories. All on nerve-wracking deadlines, of course.

Actress/model Molly Sims is hosting the show, with design magnate Kenneth Cole among the judges. The elaborately-named Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti will serve in the Tim Gunn/mentor role.

We talked with Sims, and she promised we'll be blown away by the talent of the designers (she confessed to wanting to take home some of the pieces the competitors made on the show).  She says the contestants worked so hard "their fingers bled." Yikes.

But there is a downside to hosting the show: Giving the boot to ousted contestants. "It was very difficult to give them some bad news," Sims says, "because this is their life and their livelihood."

Does she have a trademark brush-off line, like "Project Runway" host Heidi Klum's "auf Wiedersehen,"  for when designers are eliminated?

"I can't tell you," she said. "You'll just have to wait and see!"

Sims has been very busy of late, shooting an episode of "Royal Pains" in addition to her "Project Accessory" work. And she just got married three weeks ago.

So what's her favorite accessory?

The answer is simple, she told us.  "My wedding ring!"


soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. ladyday

    Done with project runway, can't take another season of them manipulating the winners. They need real designers judging the fasion and if there are going to be rules, they need to honor them. Also, stop making all the stupid stuff that no HUMAN would wear, like the bird costume and 10-foot tall outfits. I thought Kimberly and Victor had the best designs. They didn't even give a reason for not choosing Kimberly – just she needs more time.

    October 31, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. art vandolay

    Euro trash biotch.

    October 27, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. art vandolay

    Why does Heidi Klum pronounce Marie Claire, as"Mary Clair"? Are the producers at Lifetime scared to correct her, or maybe just laughing every time she says it. -Art

    October 27, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RONINSF

    I LOVE PROJECT RUNWAY AND HOPE ANYA WINS! I LOOK FORWARD TO THIS SHOW – TOO LONG OF A WAITING GAP FOR EACH NEW P.R. SEASON (UGH!), SO THIS COULD WORK FOR HOLDING ME OVER.

    October 27, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Pam

    Yes, yes..we know you think you're hilarious. Your joke is tired.

    October 27, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |

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