"Project Accessory" Episode 2: Bring on the Bling!comments (4) November 4th, 2011
Episode 2, officially titled "Sole Searching," challenged the remaining Project Accessory designers to create Swarovski-inspired shoes and jewelry to go with a little black dress.
Nadja Swarovski joined the judging panel with Kenneth Cole and host Molly Sims. Nadja is the creative director for the company, founded by her family in Austria in 1895. Nadja's concept for the company has been to encourage new and established designers to explore uses for the company's brilliant crystals. (On a personal note, my fashionable Mom has always said she prefers Swarovski to diamonds - "Diamonds are just for evening, but crystals you can wear anytime," she says!)
James Sommerfeldt had the winning designs, a pieced and colorblocked gauntlet cuff and shoes plus a simple headband. The cuff and shoes were embellished with the Swarovski crystals.
Kelly Horton went home for a lackluster set of shoes and earrings. Kelly's open shoes featured a tiny cap toe, which didn't sufficiently cover the model's toes (I'm all for open-toed shoes, but the reverse just isn't so exciting, especially if the little toe is left out in the cold!). The shoes also didn't have any obvious bling. Even the earrings, which did feature Swarovski crystals, were a bit dark and dull.
What do you think? Did James deserve to win? Did Kelly deserve to go home? Do you think crystals should be used sparingly - or with abandon?
Note: So what do you think about the eBay Wall on Project Accessory? I recently joined eBay's Fashion Vault, and the discounts are pretty impressive. The company is contributing $100,000 to the show prize. At eBay.com they are adding a lot more editorial content - stylist advice on creating outfits, trend watches, hot items to look for, new apps for finding perfect accessories and so on. Check out the Style Stories section, where they profile a different fashion "storyteller" each week.