Yesterday, to kick off the first official day of summer, Lifetime announced its reality TV summer premieres.
In addition to a brand new Little Women: LA spinoff, Little Women: Couples Retreat, we have the return of both Dance Moms and Project Runway to look forward to. As for new reality TV shows, get ready for So Sharp, featuring the University of Louisville Dance Team, and Growing Up Supermodels. Look below for more about each premiere.
New York Fashion Week is in full swing and, as per usual, the reality TV stars never miss an opportunity to be photographed. Lucky us. 😉
Above: former (maybe?do I dare dream?) Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes was chosen by Malan Breton to close out his show, wearing a dress worth over ONE MILLION dollars. Why NeNe? “She embodies all women,” gushed Malan. “She really does. I think from my fanbase and other people that I know, she’s the one that’s constantly motivating women to be confident, to be who they are. And, you know, I love the Housewives franchise; I’m friends with so many of them. NeNe’s a very strong person and knows who she is. People admire her so much. For me, as a designer for women, it’s very important to me that women know who they are when they wear these pieces.”
Now, I don’t know about you, but when I think of high fashion, I am thinking more along the lines of Project Runway and designers of that nature, not Keeping Up With The Kardashians or Kanye West. I mean, I am sure somewhere out there, there is someone who agrees with West that sweatshirts are the best thing ever, but considering the fact that West proclaims those who don’t like his shoes are racist, is just plain ridiculous. News flash Kanye – not everyone likes your shoes (you couldn’t pay me to buy them).
Luckily, if you’re like me, we are not alone. Fashion guru and Project Runway star, Tim Gunn feels the same way and doesn’t even understand why the Kardashians or Kanye West bother to dabble in the fashion world. In fact, in a new interview, Gunn blasted West and the Kardashians, and guess what? He really doesn’t give a rats behind what they think about it, ha! Get all of the details after the jump.
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The network just announced filming for Project Runway Junior. Featuring competitors aged 14-17, Project Runway Junior will follow the same format as its predecessor in an effort to highlight the “next generation” of great fashion designers. The show begins filming in New York City this summer and will air on the network this fall. Heidi Klum was the inspiration behind the new junior spinoff due to the fashions of her own kids.
"Auf Wiedersehen! One day you're in, and the next day, you're out. You may leave the runway." Er, I mean the stage. Supermodel Heidi Klum is expanding on her Project Runway hosting skills into the realm of hardcore talent judging. That's right! The Body is joining the judges' panel for America's Got Talent.
Heidi will be joining veteran judges Howie Mandel and Howard Stern, along with fellow newcomer (and former Spice Girl) Mel B. As you recall, Sharon Osbournequit at the end of last season when the network wouldn't allow son Jack to appear on a high impact, military-inspired celebrity reality competition show due to his recent MS diagnosis. Can you blame her?
I really like Project Runway, but good gracious why do they keep insisting on switching things up every season? First it jumped networks, then it brought back all-star contestants (I do think that was brillz), now it's losingMichael Kors? Can anything short of a miracle (and/or Austin Scarlett) revitalize this program?
Every reality show run(way)s its course, and this fashion competition is getting ready to start its eleventh season. Not only are we losing the snippy and fabulous Michael Kors, the competition has changed as well. Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled at the return of host Heidi Klum and judge Nina Garcia, and I think that Zac Posen will be an amazing replacement for Mr. Kors. I just really don't do all that well with change. Of course, through all the ups, downs, and modeling turn arounds, there is one constant that lays all my fears to rest. Tim Gunn. If these new tweaks in the show are tacky or visionless, there's no doubt Tim will be telling the producers to "make it work!"
There's a shake-up happening on Project Runway. Finally. Season 11 is about to wrap up filming and there's a whole host of changes in the work for the veteran fashion show.
One change for the upcoming season is that Michael Kors will not be a full-time judge! He's not leaving the show, but filling his chair part-time is designer Zac Posen. Michael says his schedule won't allow him to focus on the show full-time since he is busy with his fashion line. He will be judging the finale as a "guest judge."
"This was an amazing opportunity," Zactold the NY Daily News. "I hope I'm here to give a new perspective to the designers." Heidi Klum and Nina Garcia will both be returning as full-time judges.
Zac says he's loved working with the show but wished he could have spent more time in workroom observing Tim Gunn. "I wanted to be behind the scenes with Tim. … I was seeing the clothes on the runway, but Tim had all the background interaction."