Friday, April 01, 2011

Lifetime Announces Project Runway Masters

Lifetime announces Project Runway Masters - Designing for Charity

Oh yes, they did. This precious nugget just hit our inbox:

LOS ANGELES, CA – Lifetime Television and The Weinstein Company are proud to announce the expansion of the award-winning Project Runway franchise with a brand new spin-off series, Project Runway Masters - Designing for Charity, debuting later this summer. The new series will pit some of the most exclusive names in the fashion industry against each other with new design challenges each week, competing for up to $250,000 of prize money for the charity of their choice courtesy of sponsor American Express.

Hold onto your seats, just check out this cast:

Sixteen world famous designers have been confirmed for this fashion face-off, including Alberta Ferretti, Carolina Herrera, Catherine Maladrino, Diane Von Furstenburg (!), Donna Karan, John Galliano (!!), Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Monique Lhullier, Ralph Lauren, Richard Tyler, Roberto Cavalli, Stella McCartney, Tommy Hilfiger, Vera Wang and Zac Posen.

Stella McCartney and John Galliano in the same room together? But wait, it gets better:

Project Runway Masters will be hosted by Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman and feature guest judges Andre Leon Talley and Karl Lagerfeld. Rachel Zoe, stylist to the stars, will have a recurring role as workroom mentor.

When is the last time any of these designers picked up a needle and thread? The very thought of seeing Michael Kors work the overlock serger is just too delicious. Alas, it's not to be...

"Each designer will employ an assistant who will handle all of the sewing details", says host Georgina Chapman. "Our designers will conceptualize each look, do model fittings and source the fabric."

Guest judges for Season 1 will include Uma Thurman, Robert Downey, Jr., Cate Blanchett and Charlie Sheen.

Workroom mentor Rachel Zoe will have her hands full with the diverse designers. "When I found out who was participating in this project, I literally died," Zoe says. "This show will be beyond the beyond."

This is a guaranteed train wreck that you don't want to miss. Click here for more on the story.