Project Runway Is Back!
The fashion reality show will return this summer on Lifetime
They made it work! After months of fierce fashion bickering between NBC Universal and The Weinstein Company – Project Runway got the OK to go on with the show.
Season six, which threatened to become the sartorial “lost season,” will debut on Lifetime this summer. Can I get an auf wiedersehen in the house?
Here’s how the runway rumble shook out: Producer Harvey Weinstein paid NBC big bank so he could take PR from Bravo to Lifetime. And Bravo simultaneously announced the debut of a new design challenge pilot called “The Fashion Show,” starring Isaac Mizrahi (in the role of Tim Gunn) and Kelly Rowland from Destiny’s Child (in the role of Mrs. Seal).
Sorry, Bravo, but do you really think boisterous Isaac Mizrahi can hold a candle to dignified quip-smith Tim Gunn? And Destiny’s forgotten Child, Kelly Rowland as the divine Heidi Klum? Sorry, Kelly, you may be a survivor, but you’re no fashion fraulein.
Bravo’s knock-off show will also lack the perpetually orange and always opinionated Michael Kors. And Nina Garcia. (Although really, good riddance on that one.)
I’d say Lifetime (aka Television for Victims) is the winner of this runway war. And as long as they don’t throw in a serial killer stalking a lady doctor trying to find her birth parents – that’s fine with me.
I really don’t care which channel I flip to – as long as I get my PR fix. It’s by far the best reality show on television, beloved by fashionistas and sartorial civilians in equal measure. And with good reason.
The difference between PR and most other reality shows is that its freakshow contestants actually possess talent. Faced with bizarre challenges – create an outfit using the interior of a car? One seat-belt skirt coming up! – and impossible time constraints, their artistry shines.
Who can forget cast favorites like cat-throwing Kenley, I-speak-about-myself-in-first-person Suede, hot tranny talent Christian, holier-than-thou Laura, hilarious Santino, drag-fab Chris, the-monster-known-as Wendy Pepper, breathy Austin Scarlet or good old snarky Jay? Project Runway works because it beautifully captures the stress, exhaustion, humor and art that emerges from creative minds under pressure. So three cheers to Weinstein, Bravo and Lifetime for working it out! We need more first-class shows that document and celebrate the creation of art.
Not to mention feature a bunch of pretty clothes.