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Guest Judge for Season 7 Premiere

We're going to act like this is superexciting!!!!!!!

Project Runway returns for its seventh season in New York with guest judge Nicole Richie joining Heidi Klum, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia, premiering January 14th at 10 pm ET/PT on Lifetime Television. The first episode is called "Back to New York."

Like every other pointless celebrity, she's got a line of clothing and jewelry, which we suppose we could look up for you and provide examples, but why bother? It's not like she has anything to do with it outside of her name.

Now, some will be quite annoyed by this as they were by Lindsay Lohan's guest appearance. For us, it's a big shrug of the shoulders. We're not naive. We realize that a reality show in its seventh season needs a little star power in order to get attention. And, similar to what we said about Lohan last year, like it or not, Nicole Ritchie has been a "person of interest" to the fashion community for several years now. Not because she's a fashionista herself so much but because she pays people to make her look like one and either through luck, taste, or common sense, has managed to find people that make her look (for the most part) fashionable.

We said "for the most part," didn't we?

We didn't mind people like Debra Messing or Parker Posey or Sarah Jessica Parker back in the day because those women actually have demonstrated some personal style that wasn't merely bought and paid for, but more importantly, they were accomplished women with impressive resumes. Even Lohan has managed to have more of a career than Nicole, one of the worst examples of "famous for nothing" outside her former friend Paris.

We guess we'd put it this way: We understand why a show like PR needs guest stars, but this isn't a guest "star," so much as it's a guest "famous person." Granted, we wouldn't want the show to suffer the embarassment of Miss "I'm too good to breathe the same air as you and there's not a chance in hell I'll ever wear that dress" Nicole Kidman's giant head appearing on a video screen to talk to the designers from space the future a Scientology-proof bunker an undisclosed location, but couldn't they find someone with a little more on her resume besides "My Daddy has a Grammy!" scrawled in crayon?

Could they possibly look more pissed off? Much as we'd love to do a NinaCap here, it's kind of tough to do one sans context. You guys do it.


[Photos: myLifetime.com]


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132 comments:

ugh, that's what I have to say. Meh. You're correct on all comments. I'd really rather not have to see these famous for nothing people force fed to me on shows I like but what's a girl gonna do?


I sat looking at the comment box for minutes -- can't think of anything to say. I feel very, very tired ... am going back to bed.


I love it when Nina has to put down her note cards so she can gesture with *both* hands how displeased she is.


I hope when Heidi introduces her before the runway show, at least one of the designers rolls their eyes or gives a WTF expression.

BrianB


"The show came all the way back to the east coast and THIS is what you put before me! I am so glad I didn't have to spend six hours on a plane to see this crap..."


I'm not sure what Nina is saying, but she looks fabulous. Love that dress. Michael just looks annoyed to have to be away from his tanning bed for so long.


It's the "Back to NY" episode and they get the quintessential West Coast famous-for-nothing faux-lebrity to judge? Wha????


Clueless Jock

Pissed or not, Nina looks great!


"Can't you raise or puff the shoulders up? they should look more 80's like my lovely frock"


NinaCap: 'Look, yes I know she's a joke and I don't want her here any more than you do, but the reality is her daddy is rich. Filthy rich. And she knows how to get the paparazzi to photograph her at a moments notice. So I think you designers should learn this lesson right now: This culture is circling the drain, and if you want to play the Big Time Designer Game, and you're going to have to hold your nose and get used to dealing with these wastes of space with bottomless checkbooks. And besides, it could have been worse: We could have gotten one of those Kardashian losers: So in the scheme of things, it's better we got someone who's famous because her daddy was a pop star 20 years ago, than getting someone who's famous because her sister has a fat ass. Think about THAT And besides, YOU don't have to sit next to her and pretend her opinion matters, so count yourself lucky and feel some pity for me please. Thank you.'

--GothamTomato


AMEN, GT! Nina had to be beyond furious, sittin next to the fashion disaster that is Nicole Ritchie. Seems to me you'd bring your "A game" to a show about fashion.


What I don't understand is what Nicole Richie has to do with NY. She doesn't even live in New York. To my knowledge, she has never lived in NY. She would have been better for the LA season with all of the other irrelevant "celebrities." Wouldn't you think that for a "back to New York" challenge, they would have at least gotten someone who lives here or is associated with NY? It's not like there aren't any stylish women here. The city is loaded with celebrities. WTF?


Nina is probably in turmoil! Between the raggedy Nicole, Heidi looking like she just dropped the kids at soccer, and Michael in WHITE PANTS, the whole world has gone crazy. At least she looks fab.


I think Gotham just perfectly summed up what we and Nina may be thinking.

Nicole Ritchie = Meh. I'd rather Lady Gaga over her because at least Gaga is interesting at the moment.


"On the one hand, we're back in New York. On the other, thanks to the brain-dead producers of this show, we have to endure the presence of the vacuous bimbo to my right. If you want to do well in this competition, ignore anything she says. She'll be gone tomorrow--back to...wherever she's from. Just listen to Michael and me and you'll do fine."


Michael's thoughts: I think I can actually feel my tan fading. When will we get out of here?

Nina's comment: Honestly, this is the best you can come up with? (referring to guest judge? current runway offerings? other? you decide)

Nicole's thoughts: That's cute. I would've worn that. When I was skinny. I couldn't fit into that now. Cuz I'm fat. Again.


no comment on nicole ritchie but la nina's dress is fabulous. cant wait until jan 14th and the return to the big apple


What in the hell is Nicole Ritchie wearing?

Nina might be saying, "Yes, I am aware that every garment on this runway is more relevant than the schmata that our guest judge not-from-New-York is wearing, but I still have to send one of you home today."

--Itsjustme


GothamTomato on 1/4/10 10:01 AM wrote....NinaCap: We could have gotten one of those Kardashian losers: --GothamTomato

GT, I love you to death but I think Kim Kardashian or one of her sister clones or even Joan Rivers would have been an improvement over this Nicole Ritchie person.

When I think about it Mama Kardashian-Jenner would not be a bad choice for a judge. She is over 50 therefore lived through and remembers the 70s, 80s and 90s, owns a retail clothing establishment or two which appear to be successful on both the east and west coast and she looks good living and dying in $4000.00 Chanel dresses.

TanpaBay


--couldn't they find someone with a little more on her resume besides "My Daddy has a Grammy!" scrawled in crayon?--

bwahahahaha!


I thought Nicole Richie already had her fifteen minutes of fame.


Well seeings as they are back in NY you would think they would at least get a fashionable New Yorker... Oh well the guest judge doesn't make that much difference to me anyway.


I think it's rather a bizarre choice for the reasons outlined by various posters. However, much as I disdain Lindsay Lohan, I think she was actually a decent guest judge. However, my guess is that episode was filmed before she became totally whacked out and basically a [not very good] joke.


Itsjustme just typed the exact thing I meant to...what is she wearing? Wouldn't you think a "fashionista" as she appears to be, would make more of an effort when appearing on a Fashion themed show?
And has she ever heard of concealer for under the eyes?
good lord...


I'm just happy Nina is back... I can pretend Nicole Richie is a product of the Matrix or something....


Nina: "You make her look like she needs support! Sagging is never attractive."


I'm a little disappointed. I miss the days when we used to have DVF, Zac Posen, Betsey Johnson and several other well-established designers as guest judges.


Don’t cry for me Project Runway
The truth is I never left you
Thru your LA days
Your sad adventures
You broke your promise
I kept my distance.


TLo said...We're going to act like this is superexciting!!!!!!!
Y'all ain't right, y'all ain't right at all!

Nicole Richie being the FIRST guest judge does not bode well for PR7, I just hope that this is an isolated misstep. I don't want to come off as bashing Nicole Richie but she is not season premiere material, at best she is an adequate mid-season guest judge a la Nikki Hilton, Ivanka Trump or Sandra Bernhard. If they want an It Girl, I can't believe that there is not fresher meat out there among the cast of Gossip Girl or one of those vampire shows/movies. Even if PR lost some of its luster, between Heidi, the Weinsteins, Lifetime and Bunim Murray they have to have a boatload of markers that they could have called in to line up a better [airquote]fashion icon[/airquote] even by the loose definition that they have employed in the past.

Scratching my head...


I don't know when this season was filmed but it's possible NR was pregnant. She had a baby sometime in 2009. Not that that necessarily excuses the outfit.

I think I read somewhere that she's developing a sitcom for ABC.


FashionFanatic said...

I'm a little disappointed. I miss the days when we used to have DVF, Zac Posen, Betsey Johnson and several other well-established designers as guest judges.


Season 6 had Max Azria, John Varvatos, Cynthia Rowley, Bob Mackie, Tommy Hilfiger, and Monique Lhuillier as guest judges. The "days" of established designers as guest judges never ended.


¿Mi Dios, por qué le tiene foresaken mí?

Or something close to that (my Spanish is very rusty)


"Tampa Bay said: GT, I love you to death but I think Kim Kardashian or one of her sister clones or even Joan Rivers would have been an improvement over this Nicole Ritchie person.

When I think about it Mama Kardashian-Jenner would not be a bad choice for a judge."




You cannot be serious. First, I wouldn't put Joan Rivers in the same league as the Kardashians: Regardless of whether you like her or not, Rivers has earned her place. She built a career out of talent.

Mama Kardashian is nothing but a barnacle who has attached herself to other celebs. And her daughters are no different. There is no talent there. Just shallow, manufactured celebrity.

--GothamTomato


At least I know that during the course of the episode we'll get to see what Ms. Klum is wearing. I just wish I thought we'd get to see a standing shot of Ms. Garcia.

And I'm all for GT's screencaps. My first thought was "I got in a cab for this??" Till I remembered that they most likely each arrived in their own car, accompanied by an assistant, taking notes or briefing them on the day's schedule adjustments.


Ooops. Ms. Samuel, not Ms. Klum.

That's gonna be harder to adjust to than 2010.


Nina: "I told Bunim AND Murray that if Nicole Richie wants to appear on a fashion competition show, she should appear on 'Launch My Line' like her sister, Louanna did."


Much as I hate NR, she IS famous for something very relevant to fashion: being a consumer. As stupid and brainless as the "I would wear that" comment is, the truth is that success as a designer has a lot to do with making famous blonds want your clothes.

Yes, I'd MUCH rather have a well-known designer for a guest judge, but as long as the credit-card-on-legs is balanced out by MK and Nina, I won't gripe.


In lackluster support of Nicole:

a) is she pregnant when this filmed? Not an excuse for wearing that, but at least an explanation for the tired look.

b) yes, she personally has done nothing of note, but unlike similar famewhores, she seems to have grown up a little while in the public eye. Other than one dui glitch (which she copped to imemdiately, contritely and avoiding drama), she's been looking reasonably healthy, having children and staying out of the trash bin of blind items.

c) I am aware of how damning with faint praise that all is and how sad for the kickoff here, but, ya know, I guess I'm with whoever said it could be worse.


GothamTomato on 1/4/10 at 10:50 AM said...You cannot be serious. First, I wouldn't put Joan Rivers in the same league as the Kardashians: Regardless of whether you like her or not, Rivers has earned her place. She built a career out of talent.

Mama Kardashian is nothing but a barnacle who has attached herself to other celebs. And her daughters are no different. There is no talent there. Just shallow, manufactured celebrity.


I LOVE Joan Rivers! With regards to Mama Kardashian-Jenner....well this is reality TV! LOL! LOL!

Love Ya GT!!!!!

TampaBay


Blame Rachel Zoe, she's her stylist.


Brian B said:
I hope when Heidi introduces her before the runway show, at least one of the designers rolls their eyes or gives a WTF expression.
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I'm with you Brian. I hope they don't do those faux Oohs and Ahhs...The show is back in NY, and this is the best they can do? It does NOT bode well for the new season. We don't need to see a "star" in that seat-(not that this person is one) just someone interesting with some REAL fashion/design credentials. This is the daughter of someone who was popular 25 years ago. I can't believe in all of Manhattan there isn't anyone else?

Already shame on you PR. I feel bad for the designers.

How about getting colleagues of MK's or Tim's from NY's design schools? I would rather hear the opinion of them than this spoiled Hollywood brat.


This Nicole Richie turn is so dumbfounding, it is not possible to be witty. WIth you on that one, TLo. What were they thinking? Better no guest judge at all. I was so looking forward to the next season, but this is a bad omen.


Elaine said....

"...the truth is that success as a designer has a lot to do with making famous blonds want your clothes."
***********************************

I'm just as appalled as the rest of y'all that NR is serving as the season premiere kick-off judge. However, I think that Elaine made some very valid points about the reality of the fashion industry.
I'd love to see someone like Donna Karan, Betsey Johnson or Max Azria return. I have no real problem with faux'lebrities or credit cards with legs appearing every now and again, but I would love to see things a bit more balanced.

On another note, most season openers for reality television shows, dramas, comedies, etc. seem to always suck and be a big disappointment. I don't know why, but that's my own personal observation.

edina


Oy, being famous for nothing outside of a (former) friendship with someone who's famous for nothing . . .


SS said, "seeing as they are back in NY you would think they would at least get a fashionable New Yorker."

Well, you know, they asked me. Actually, they begged me; they even offered to shoot from a remote location (for some reason, they suggested the Scientology Ctr on W. 46th St.), but I was busy that day.


I really cannot believe the love of Nina's 80's top/outfit. (But that might just be Nina love - not unlike the Tim love last season, despite some - um - interesting advice.)

Hate to say it but I thought Lohan did better - and was less obnoxious - than that "stylist" bitch (and her co-horts) who told the model - "that is why YOU are not a designer" - and they were all "in" fashion. So while I think Nicole looks bad, and hadn't "earned" her spot - I'm going to be interested to see how well she judges.

Heidi's outfit looks demure for her, I wait to see her standing up.


I hope I never see a Kardashian in ANY form show up on PR. That will be the
real end of this once great show for many of us I think.
I'm hoping the show retains some dignity.
These women get MORE than enough air time on E and Style. And again, what are they famous for? And who the fuck cares about them? If they want to judge let them go on one of E's dreadful shows.

hoping the new decade will be the end of this "famous for nothing" trend, but it doesn't look that way with this first choice of
a judge.


Why can't they have a celebrity, if that's what they really want, and a designer or someone in the industry as guests? It would be nice to have more than four judges.


The day I see a Kardashian on the show is the day I will stop watching Project Runway and I am not kidding.


Whatever. It looks like the producers half learned their lesson. Let's just hope we don't have one of those self absorbed, attention whores for every challenge.


EspeciallyGay

Bad. Bad. Bad.


I wonder how long a contract they have w/Bunin-Murray?
It would be great to have Magical Elves back. Already I'm having a feeling of dread with this first choice of a judge.
I think we also have another season of that hideous Models of the Runway coming. ugh.

I guess we can't have everything.
So back in NYC. Yay!! Half the battle.


she looks like she just rolled out of bed...her dress looks like wrinkled pajamas and her hair and makeup look slept in.

I want to campaign Shelly O. to be on PR. Hey, if she can do a Food Network show, she can do PR!


I wonder at what point in the planning they were linning up the guest judges. If the legal mess wasn't resolved yet the bigger names might not have wanted to go on an episode that might not ever make it to the air.

Jessie


I might get slammed for this, but I think Nicole will do ok. Nicole has really cultivated a kind of glamorous bohemian look that she reflects in her three lines (regular clothes, jewelery, and maternity clothes). Her clothes have also been geared toward the regular consumer as opposed to the red carpet, which could be why we don't see it a lot here at TLo. And her lines have lasted a lot longer than many of her other celebrity peers. She may not be doing the actual designer, but I think this shows she has established her own fashion point of view.

And she has come a long way from her Simple Life days and has had well received guest acting gigs on various shows (she actually has great comedic timing)and recently received her first pilot order. Not that this makes her qualified for being a fashion judge - I don't think she should be so quickly written off because of her past.


Jessie on 1/4/10 at 12:03 PM said...I wonder at what point in the planning they were linning up the guest judges. If the legal mess wasn't resolved yet the bigger names might not have wanted to go on an episode that might not ever make it to the air.

I would think Harvey Weinstein could get whoever he wanted....For whatever reason would one think Nicloe Kidman appeared on the show except as a favor to Harvey Weinstein?????

TampaBay


To me, this is proof positive that the show has run its course. Is it possible to cancel it retroactively after the 5th season?


Nina cap: "You went to California and THIS is what you bring back???"


Has PR's cache fallen that far? Then again, a Hilton sister was the guest judge in Season 2. Then again, I think that Hilton is modestly accomplished although I just say that because she has a line of clothing or something and is famous for that instead of being in a sex tape.

Which makes me think "modestly" is doubly appropriate to describe her. Get it? Hahahaha--uhm, I'm so depressed that I'm back at work this morning.


And is Nicole Ritchie any better/worse than the nobodies they had in seasons 1 & 2? Remember...the forgettable Sarah Hudson and Nikki Hilton? Perhaps it's a bit over the top for a season premiere, and I can't believe they'd think that she would actually bring in any more viewers, but as far as guest judges go if she keeps her mouth shut and let Michael and Nina do the talking I will be happy.


"Tampa Bay said: I LOVE Joan Rivers! With regards to Mama Kardashian-Jenner....well this is reality TV!"




Yeah, yeah, yeah...I know. But PR is supposed to be the ONE reality show that actually has something to do with talent.

Though I suppose that, considering it's now produced by Bunim-Murray, we're lucky that the judges aren't just sitting in front of the runway, drunk in a hot tub.

--GothamTomato


TLo...I think it's time for the top ten best/worst guest judges!


TLo asked for a screen-cap... a few have been submitted. The more the merrier I say!

Nina, to the designers:
"You see how hideious the little waif next to me has dressed. Her makeup is non-existent, her dress is shapeless and fashionless. And yet, you have all managed to create a look that would make her look worse than she does now. That is no small feat. Since you have failed so utterly, I order you back to the work-room and ask you to please make a pair of dark slacks or dark kilt for Mr. Kors. The white is glaring to my eyes. If you want Heidi to wear it, make it short and shiny and tight. Don't bother ever making anything for me to wear. I am fabulous and I don't need you."

OK, that is too long. More to the point:

"We ALL hate it. We ALL think it it hideous. And considering the taste level of the ragamuffin to my right, I am giving you a horrible insult. Do you understand that?"


Personally, I love her jewelry. I also think that for the most part she has great style. I think her relevance will depend greatly on what the actual challenge is. Possibilities:

1. Accessory heavy outfits (like pick one accessory and build an outfit around it that showcases who you are as a designer) OR
2. Show you own personal unique style in one outfit

I think that NR has created some amazing jewelry and has a really unique personal style that reflects decades that have passed yet still appears modern. Each of her outfits is distinctly HER yet they are each unique. Do I think she's the most talented person ever? No. But I think, depending on the challenge, she could be a good judge to set these designers up with an idea of personal unique style.


Nina: "Ay, Dios mio...I miss the real stars like...Nancy O'Dell."


Looking forward to Episode 2 already.


from people.com
"Richie — who has her own fashion line, Winter Kate, and a line of jewelry, House of Harlow 1960 — taped the premiere episode of Runway last summer before giving birth to her son Sparrow in September."

Just to clear up the was she pregnant at the time questions


GothamTomato on 1/4/10 10:01 AM wrote....NinaCap: We could have gotten one of those Kardashian losers: --GothamTomato



You'd have to clean your screen with Lysol after watching those spoiled, worthless, sluts.


We'll see...


She was pregnant at the time, perhaps that's why she looks so "comfortable"?


LifeTimeforHomos

I'm just happy to see Nina back waving her arms in the air : )


Well, looking on the bright side....in terms of guest judges, I guess they can only go up from here, right? (Barring the appearance of a Kardashian)


"Look. I'm already in a bad mood from sitting here beside this nobody and pretending to respect her opinions. Now you want to bring back harem pants. It cannot be borne!"


If we're "Back to NY," why such an LA guest judge?

I agree with the shrugs about PR wanting/needing a little stardust, but dang. She's essentially a reality TV "star." Next season, if we're "Back to LA," perhaps they should have New York (the...umm...woman) guest?


Nina says:

But there's no "there" there!


If she was pregnant, it does NOT excuse the appearance... Rebecca Rojmin (sp?) was pregnant last season, no?


Nina: "Capital W-T-F!?!!"


Minneapolis Mike
said:

TLo...I think it's time for the top ten best/worst guest judges!
**

Yes! One of the worst in my opinion was that Hollywood stylist(?) who hit on Logan and told him she liked his silver pants. She should have just been honest and said she wanted to get in his pants.
He said "i hope that helps" and she said "it does" and it did.
it kept him in the game longer because he was so cute.
Very professional.
I don't remember her name, and am not saying this to be mean, but she had that Paul Stanley thing going.
I hope she got her "date".


As I a take a hit off my crack pipe with a Makers Mark chaser......for a "pure celebrity" guest judge my vote goes to Chelsey Handler. I have no idea what she knows about fashion but I think a great challenge would be to design an outfit for her to wear on her show. I mean think about it.....anything goes on her show.

TampaBay


I'm not going to blast or criticize Nicole...I don't think she deserves some of the comments I've read here. I give credit for how she's managed to turn her life around in the past few years. Getting past the party life, anorexia/bulimia issues...now married with 2 kids...trying to make her own way in life. And, she did give birth in early September...so she may very well have been pregnant during the taping. I'll hold out judgment on her outfit when I can get a better look at it...but casual bohemian is her style...and I like the color.

That said...the criticism I have is PR producers getting her to be a guest judge on the first show of the season...should have been someone with more design credentials...unless, perhaps, the challenge is to bring LA to NY style-wise...since the show is returning from LA to NY. Then it would make sense to have a typical Cali girl be a judge...hmmmmm?!

I guess we'll have to wait and see how they spin her appearance...


she's definitely someone that only young people are going to appreciate, so I understand why you guys are disappointed.

at least it isn't Sandra Bernhard.


As long as Nina and Michael are there, I don't care who the guest judge is!!!!


Amy, I must agree with you for two reasons: 1) MK and Nina are the show, last season proved that beyond doubts. 2) Unless the guess judge is part of the challenge, Nina and the Duchess do not really listen to the guest judge such as they did not listen to Roberto Cavalli.

TampaBay


a said...."If they want an It Girl, I can't believe that there is not fresher meat out there among the cast of Gossip Girl or one of those vampire shows/movies"

Because no one even knows the names of anyone on the Vampire shows and the Gossip Girls girls aren't hugely high profile, either. Nicole Richie has been around long enough for people to actually recognize her name right off the bat and not scratch their head and say huh? when introduced as the guest judge. It's all about the ratings, darling.


Gerry said: "Nicole's thoughts: That's cute. I would've worn that. When I was skinny. I couldn't fit into that now. Cuz I'm fat. Again."

I'm not a "fan" of hers but know she's struggled with eating disorders. And since many people comment whenever a model or celebrity is overly thin, I don't think we should jump on her if she's finally eaten a sandwich.

Secondly, didn't she have a baby a while ago? So she was probably pregnant here?

Cheri


bitchybitchybitchy

GT-Fabulous Ninacap!


I understand the need for star power. I have no problem with that. But, can they not recruit someone that has a public persona that tells you they would have something of interest to say? New York is full of public people and stars! I bet at least some of them would get a real kick out of being on PR. Work a little bit harder, producers and find someone that fits both criteria!


In one hand I hold the tomato that would no doubt be thrown at this monstrosity that you call a dress. In the other I hold your still beating heart, freshly ripped from your body. ?COMPRENDE LA MENSAJE?


yeah! ho! wah!

woah, ritchie looks like tara from buffy the vampire slayer. and that is not a good thing fashion wise, as much as i loved amber benson and her character.


Possible PR guest judges:

Korto Momolu
Uli Herzner
Carolina Herrera
and
Liza Minelli


Whatever, Nina looks GOOD. That's pretty much all I got out of these screen shots.


Courtney said...Because no one even knows the names of anyone on the Vampire shows and the Gossip Girls girls aren't hugely high profile, either. Nicole Richie has been around long enough for people to actually recognize her name right off the bat and not scratch their head and say huh? when introduced as the guest judge. It's all about the ratings, darling.

I am going to try to resspond to this without bashing Nicole Richie, because like jw_ny said, this is more of a misstep on the part of the PR producers. At this moment, Leighton Meester, Blake Lively and Kristen Stewart are hotter commodities than Nicole Richie; they are now what NR was in 2005. Nicole Richie is too "in between," she is not the flavor of the moment and if ratings and recognizability across age brackets were the driving factor, there are plenty of more recognizable A- and below celebrities that well connected entities like Heidi, Lifetime and TWC could have mined.


Possible Guest Judges....
I would love to see some of the past PR designers in that seat. They know the drill better than anyone and it would be fun for the viewers.

Bring back Chole Dao, Austin Scarlett, Epperson, Shirin, Kara Janx, Leannimal, Uli Herzner, Jay, etc.
Much more interesting than these has- been fame whores from Hollywood. They aren't needed.


Sorry to disagree A, but I don't know any of those girls - other than I guess TLo has posted on a couple of them.

Are they from Gossip Girl? Because many adults don't know any of them.


JessicaSloet

Not happy about it.


They should only have celebrities if the designers are designing for them. Wearing designers clothes doesn't make you an expert.


I am going to try to resspond to this without bashing Nicole Richie, because like jw_ny said, this is more of a misstep on the part of the PR producers. At this moment, Leighton Meester, Blake Lively and Kristen Stewart are hotter commodities than Nicole Richie; they are now what NR was in 2005. Nicole Richie is too "in between," she is not the flavor of the moment and if ratings and recognizability across age brackets were the driving factor, there are plenty of more recognizable A- and below celebrities that well connected entities like Heidi, Lifetime and TWC could have mined.

But those names are not and probably will never be "household names." Adults who could care less about vampires and spoiled teenagers do not know who Blake Lively or Kristen Stewart is. Everyone knows Nicole Ritchie, whether it's for all the tabloids, her dad, or her friendship with Paris. Also, I think Nicole was chosen not only for her celebrity status but also because she has a jewelry line and possibly a clothing line too. This at least gives her *some* inkling into what goes into designing an outfit. What does Kristen Stewart know other than how to smoke a bowl and be pouty?


Love Nina!


bobbi said...

I understand the need for star power. I have no problem with that. But, can they not recruit someone that has a public persona that tells you they would have something of interest to say? New York is full of public people and stars! I bet at least some of them would get a real kick out of being on PR. Work a little bit harder, producers and find someone that fits both criteria!



I agree, why someone from LA? Season 6 left a bad taste in my mouth. I want to forget LA.


"Nicole is a fabulous guest judge," says "Project Runway" executive producer Sara Rea. "She has strong opinions and gives clear and specific constructive criticism to the designers. Also, she isn't afraid to disagree with the other judges."


Perhaps it won't be that bad.


She's no better than Lindsay Lohan.


Nina: Where has my career gone? Can someone please explain this to me? Where has it gone? Because I just don't get it.


For a return to NY I would have tried to get real New Yorkers known for fashion like Chloe Sevigny, Julianne Moore. Nicole Ritchie, yes everyone knows her name but does anyone care what she has to say about fashion?

Suz


Chloe Sevigny and Julianne Moore, YES! YES! YES! Both would be excellent guest judges on PR Season 7

TampaBay


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What does Kristen Stewart know other than how to smoke a bowl and be pouty?

But Kristen Stewart and her "brethren" are doing this at A list events that Nicole Richie is no longer invited to, if she ever was. Still I am not asserting that Kristen, Leighton and the other one are more recognizable to the general population than Nicole Richie, and yeah "everyone" knows NR because she is the daughter of a music superstar and the star of a flash-in-the-pan reality TV show; but what has most likely cemented her name and face in our collective consciousness is that for several months her face and body were emblazoned on all of the tabloids at the checkout counters because of her shocking transformation from slightly plump (by Hollywood standards) celebutant to shockingly thin fashionista.

If name recognition was the primary factor, then there are much bigger stars and [air quotes] fashion "icons"[/air quotes] that Heidi, TWC and Lifetime can tap into: Ellen Degeneres, Halle Berry, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keyes, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Fergie, Whitney Houston, Kate Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Lopez and if you want to draw from PR previouslies you have Natalie Portman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Debra Messing and Victoria Beckham all of the aforemention are more recognizable and / or fashion iconic than Nicole Richie. Even though I have made it clear that I don't think Nicole Richie is the hottest celebrity out there, her celebrity is much more of a selling point than her jewelry line, so her jewelry line ain't what got her in the door at Project Runway, sure Heidi is going to make it sound all kinds of impressive when she introduces her, but come on...really???

As I stated in my previous post, she would be a perfectly fine judge for one of middle episodes (and I am probably one of the few who would make that concession), but it was not the savviest move on the part of the PR honchos having her be the guest judge for the season kick off, especially if the theme is centered around the return to NYC. I wish her well, in general, and I do recall from her reality TV show that she was quite clever and funny, so I have no reason to believe that she will be a bad judge, I just think that the season kick off should have more of a bang than she can (wholesomely) provide.


Just what I was hoping for: a drug addict who looks like Janice from The Muppet Show and dresses like Mrs. Roper. I'm not sticking it out an entire season this time, Lifetime...don't bore me again!


I can already smell the stench of Bunim-Murray Part Deux wafting up from the drain around which, as Gotham Tomato so eloquently put it, the culture is circling.


That's a pretty long-winded shrug.


"Eet just does not speeek to me. Whooo are you as a deesigner? I don't know. Theeeere is nothing newa here. Off with theeeeir heads!"


ugggghh. seriously nicole richie? can't they find somebody better??

it would be cool if they could get zoe saldana. she has proven that she has style and she's got charisma.


Even Nicole's hair looks like ass -- and that outfit! ugh!


Don't care about Nicole, but I AM excited to see Nina's dress in full, it looks fab.


Is the Duchess wearing shiny pants?

Not that that means anything, but ...white. shiny. pants. ?

Seems a bit of a departure -- I kinda want to take that pic into Photoshop and spray them acid green or something like that. If he's going to opt-out of ALL-BLACK, I want to see him really take a risk.

The white pants are giving me a Dance Fever, Travolta Vibe. still love the persimmon princess :)

Austin Sally


The fabulosity of what Nina is wearing completey distracted from the horror that is everything Nicole Ritchie threw together.


The fabulosity of what Nina is wearing completely distracted from the Ritchie disaster.


FYI: Rachel Zoe no longer styles for Nicole Ritchie.

With the ton of nasty comments posted, I believe Karma will intervene. Nicole will surprise all of us, be a great judge and the TLo lounge will be forced to serve humble pie for all us minions.

TampaBay


its called 'back to ny' & they didnt think to get 1 ny designer, fashion critic, celebrity, musician or style icon??

wtf does this child have to do w/ anything??


*cough*I quite like the Harlow jewellery line*cough*


Nina: 'To stay here you need to strike a balance between pulling off a slutty dress Heidi would wear and not pissing me off'.


TampaBay--I think you and I should form a Gotham Tomato fan club.

And I think NR should schlep back to LA where she belongs, and leave the real fashion to the Big Girls.


What and odd choice for the season debut. I thought I read a comment about her coming out with a show, could it possibly be a BM production and is doing this for publicity? If not, I am way confused. I've watched and loved PR from S1 and have been disappointed enough that they just may kill me off this year. And I do so love NR and the Duchess.

kellyk


This honestly HONESTLY makes me sick to my stomach. Like others, this seems to me to be a very VERY bad omen.


Nicole Ritchie is over.
PR is in serious danger of experiencing the same fate.


"The only thing worse than this mess before me is the labia toned maternity frock on a certain person in this room who shall remain nameless."


Gross.


I'm not a fan, but she was looking so good for a while there. Why has she gone back to the ratty hair and droopy clothing look?

Nina, on the other hand, that bitch never drops the ball, does she?


I'm wondering if her presence is more likely because Bunim/Murray also produced that paragon of reality TV, "The Simple Life."


I'm supposin' they started out with a different name for tise episode, but wanted to capitalize on all the grief built up last season.

Otherwise, wouldn't they have a NY celeb? Or somethin'.

I'm also supposin' somebody talked back to the judges... Now, who?

(all I can hear in my head is: It's not meant to be elegant, Hei-deee.)


Nina is saying: Nicole, you're so stupid and fat.
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I am afraid I can't caption that image with appropriate wit, as I am far too distracted by Michael Kors's orange face. It's been so long since I've seen it, it's like seeing it anew. Verily, it glows, like an Arizona setting sun.

Nicole Richie grosses me out. She has serious butterface going on with a scary-thin (as opposed to envy-thin) body and no personal sense of fashion or personality, at least not one which can be discerned by mere mortals. There's no point to her. She reminds me of those teeny-tiny chihuahuas people carry around: every time I see one of them, I want to yoink it out of its expensive carrier and punt it into oncoming traffic, for it is nothing but a waste of oxygen and potable water. (Conversely, Irish Wolfhounds make me want to run up and hug them and befriend their human.) I don't care about her, her friends, her frememies, her offspring, anything having to do with her. She just makes me wish Lionel Richie's pants had been tighter and therefore had rendered him incapable of spawning successfully so I didn't have to see her, hear about her, or know of her existence.


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