1.05.2012

ready, set, record!

Lifetime is about to get super fashiony. The network, home of Project Runway, has not one, but TWO fashion competition shows debuting this month.

First up: Project Runway All Stars. Some of the most lovable (Mondo!) and loathable (Kenley) also-rans from Project Runway seasons past are returning to the workroom for one more shot at glory. This will be worth watching simply to see what Austin Scarlett is wearing, but I'm definitely going to be experiencing some major Tim Gunn withdrawals (All Star mentor Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, has some big shoes to fill). Check out the preview below and set your DVR to record the premiere on Thursday, January 5 at 9 p.m.



Next up: 24 Hour Catwalk. The most compelling reason to watch this show? It's hosted by fashion icon Alexa Chung. Seriously, she's amazing. I'm also interested to see how this show distinguishes itself from Runway - this has been the challenge, and downfall, of pretty much every fashion reality competition that has followed. But Catwalk sounds promising. From the show's website:
…each episode of "24 Hour Catwalk" gives four talented designers the chance to compete to create their own collection…in just one day. After a first cut challenge and elimination that will test their innovation and aesthetic, the competition whittles down to two, each tasked with creating a themed collection for their own star-studded runway show. Contestants will be on pins and needles when they, along with help of "24 Hour Catwalk's" talented and opinionated sewing team, must prepare to showcase their three-piece collection to the program's judges, including renowned designer Cynthia Rowley, New York Times best-selling author and fashion editor Derek Blasberg and power publicist James LaForce.
Sounds like if nothing else, this new format will create plenty of dramatic meltdowns. Check out the preview below and tune in when 24 Hour Catwalk premieres Tuesday, January 10 at 10 p.m. (So, the show's page says it premieres January 10, but the Lifetime TV schedule says there is an episode tonight. What gives, Lifetime?)

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