By Wen Shin Kuo, The China PostA new TV show is coming to town with all the glam and glory of the fashion industry. TLC's all new “Project Accessory” (決戰時尚配件) unveils exclusive insight into the billion-dollar industry of fashion accessories of handbags, shoes, jewelry, belts, headpieces and other stylish wares.
March 12, 2013, 12:15 am TWN
“Project Accessory,” one of the fiercest fashion design competitions on reality TV, is to premiere on March 20 and broadcast every Wednesday night at 10 p.m.
Designers from all walks of life are selected for their eye for aesthetics, their passion for fashion and their talent for design. Judges included are acclaimed designers of the fashion world, Molly Sims and Kenneth Cole and InStyle editor Ariel Foxman.
Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti, crowned among the “10 most stylish women in fashion” by Vogue magazine, a fashion icon in the industry and founder of Vivre, is the mentor to the contestants throughout the show. Jeanbart-Lorenzotti offered her exclusive insight to the fast-paced fame and flourish in the fashion industry during a recent interview with The China Post.
Mentoring the Competition
In the fierce and fiery competition to climb to the top of accessory designers, Jeanbart-Lorenzotti's role as mentor was crucial as she was the bridge between the competitors and the judges.
“Some people were very, very receptive to the mentoring and their work would really evolve, and some people, it was much more difficult because they were stuck in their own ways or they couldn't really see what you were saying,” recalled Jeanbart-Lorenzotti.
When asked about the challenges she encountered in her mentoring experience, Jeanbart-Lorenzotti said she found it difficult to balance emotional attachment with mentoring.
“What I felt very difficult was the fact that at the end I became attached to so many of the individuals, you become invested in them, you care about their future, you care about what they're doing,” she said.
The demand for inspiration was just as viscous. Jeanbart-Lorenzotti quoted Pablo Picasso, “good artists borrow, great artists steal,” stressing inspiration can be found everywhere, but it's the reinterpretation that will differentiate you from the rest. Jeanbart-Lorenzotti finds her inspiration from quotes.
“To me it's very inspirational the way people think. It gets me really in a mood. So every morning I look at lots of quotes and I always have what I like to call my morning shot that I post … I become on a mission and I start to look for something, whether it's a color, whether it's a hue, whether I can't quite figure it out but I just like want to find it,” she explained.
Accessorize your Life
Fashion is fast and furious, fleeting like time and ever-changing like the seasons. To most of us, the fashion industry seems like worlds apart and knowledge on what is fashionable or not and how to stay trendy is Greek to us. Jeanbart-Lorenzotti broke it down for us, stressing that it's not the “in” thing that we should be blindly following like sheep, but rather the style we should morph into something of our own.
“I am a big believer that accessories really create that individuality and I refer to it actually as a life of collecting versus a life of buying, because when you collect accessories you begin to have layers and those layers build, one upon each other, and you can always change your outfit. But it's very personal and it's very signature things,” she continued.
On tips for accessorizing your life, Jeanbart-Lorenzotti explained the concept is to be simple, elegant and bold.
“If you want to wear a crazy big necklace, then make sure that the shirt that's behind it is simple. If you want to wear outrageous shoes, you want people to notice your shoes, so you want your outfit to be quite classic so that the shoes can pop,” she continued.
“But all in all, the best accessory for a woman is her smile,” concluded Jeanbart-Lorenzotti.