"Project Accessory" Episode 2: Bring on the Bling!

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Swarovski-studded heels by James Sommerfeldt, winner of Project Accessory Episode 2. 
James Sommerfeldts colorful cuff, part of his winning acccessory group for the Sole Searching challenge.
A simple headband was a smart choice for James Sommerfeldt to balance his colorful, pieced-leather and embellished cuff, necklace and shoes.
A simple black shift is the dream canvas for accessories. James winning look added color and Swarovski sparkle to a plain outfit.
Kelly Horton left Project Accessory for this look, with a collar necklace, earrings, and shoes. 
Compare the proportions of Kellys shoes with James. His heels are elegant, balanced and properly embellished - unfortunately, Kellys just arent any of those things. 
Kellys Swarovski earrings just didnt have the oomph factor the judges were looking for in Episode 2 of Project Accessory.
Swarovski-studded heels by James Sommerfeldt, winner of Project Accessory Episode 2. 

Swarovski-studded heels by James Sommerfeldt, winner of "Project Accessory" Episode 2. 

Photo: Lifetime Television

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.

posted in: Jewelry, bracelet, necklace, hair accessory, sewstylish feature, footwear, Project Accessory, swarovski

Comments (4)

EchoLin writes: i never thought that i can make a high heel shoes by myself, maybe, it beyonds my ability, i think
Posted: 2:03 am on March 29th
sabrina1087 writes: love this OMG
Posted: 6:06 pm on July 20th
ainsliejones writes: wow its looking dam gorgeous .
Posted: 6:04 am on December 8th
IggyJingles writes: I placed my comment on Episode One by mistake, but I'll repeat it here:

Models, the camera will zoom in on your feet. Please don't lose the challenge for your designer with grungy, crusty, cracked and calloused heels. Ped Egg, pumice stone, loofah - you get the idea.
Posted: 6:14 pm on November 5th
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