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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this spin-off of Project Runway includes fully bleeped swear words, examples of poor sportsmanship, and some emotional distress from the contestants, including crying. The show sponsors, which include eBay Fashion and In Style magazine, get lots of airtime. On the positive, the designers' talents and creativity are inspiring throughout the show.
What's the story?
In this spin-off from the creators of Project Runway, 12 contestants compete to win $100,000 to start their own line by creating bags, shoes, hairpieces, belts, and other pieces. The series is hosted by model Molly Sims, along with judge Ariel Foxman, the editor of In Style magazine, and with help from Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti, who plays Tim Gunn's role of mentor.
Is it any good?
While this competitive reality show is a bit rough around the edges, PROJECT ACCESSORY is worth a look, especially for teens who are interested in jewelry making, sewing, or other creative, crafty endeavors. Fans of Project Runway will likely tune in, and while the show benefits from the relationship with the original program, it also suffers from the inevitable comparisons. Neither Molly Sims or mentor Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti are anywhere near as charismatic or helpful as Heidi Klum or Tim Gunn. Luckily, the designers are engaging and represent an eclectic mix of styles.
In an example of how this show does not translate well from its predecessor: While clothes benefit from a runway-type showing, accessories must be viewed on a nearly microscopic level, and showing them off in the runway setting seems an odd choice. While not perfect, this show could be a good choice for fashion-minded teens.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about competitive reality shows. Why do you think the contestants decided to try out for the show? Do you think the contestants think that they will become famous from the reality show? What are some drawbacks to participating on a reality show?
How do you think contestants for this show are selected? Do you think it has anything to do with their looks? Do you think that reality shows are biased in how they select participants?
Are these designers are talented? How do you define talent? How do you define success? Do you think that reality shows make people feel more or less talented?
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