A pair of Project Runway's most memorable alums, Season 1's Austin Scarlett and Season 2's Santino Rice, have teamed up for the new design-makeover series On the Road With Austin & Santino (Thursday, 10:30/9:30c, Lifetime). "It's a fantastic cross-country adventure," gushes Austin, a bridal-wear designer who won the first-ever Runway challenge by transforming cornhusks into couture. "Santino and I are bringing high fashion to an American woman at a special time in her life."
These American women, plucked from small towns, range from truck drivers to rodeo trick-riders celebrating anniversaries, bachelorette parties and other milestones. "People are people," sums up Santino, best remembered for his outspoken attitude and artistic eye. "All women want their Cinderella moment."
Austin and Santino dreamed up the show's concept after becoming friends at the wrap party for Runway Season 2. "This has been many years in the making," Santino says. How did small-town USA receive the flamboyant Runway vets? "I was happily surprised at how genuinely welcoming everyone has been to two crazy, big-city designers," says Austin. Santino even learned a thing or two about fashion while on the road: "You can never have too much clean underwear!"
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