Gather ’round, design hounds! It seems the Weinstein Company has realized there could be more to Project Runway than, well, just Project Runway: EW can confirm a Wall Street Journal report that the Brothers W are currently developing two offshoots of TV’s most famous fashion competition. The first, Project Runway: Masters, will pit professional designers against one another. The second, Project Runway: Accessories, is for those who design anything but clothes.
A Lifetime rep tells EW that neither show has been given the green light yet: “There are no deals in place.” But if Models of the Runway could somehow get picked up for two whole seasons, it seems safe to say that one or both of these series will eventually make its way to your TV screen.
So here’s my question: Would you watch either proposed ProjRun spin-off? Personally, I’m pretty excited about the idea of Project Runway: Masters, especially if they manage to rope in a few big names. (My dream contestants: Betsey Johnson, Zac Posen, and Michael Kors himself.) Oh, and as long as they don’t try to pretend that, say, Christian Siriano counts as a “master” designer. Accessories, though, seems a little less exciting, mostly because making a belt doesn’t seem like it would be as difficult and time-consuming as making an entire ensemble. Watching a runway show featuring models who are set apart only by their accessories also doesn’t seem very appealing.
But what do you think? What sort of challenges would you like to see on these shows? If Heidi can’t do triple-hosting duty, would you like to see another model step into her stilettos? And even more importantly, who should be on the judging panel on either spin-off?