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Bravo's newest creative competition series, The Fashion Show, follows professional designers as they strive to make their mark in the dog-eat-dog world of fashion and compete for a chance to have their designs sold for the mass retail market. The Fashion Show is produced by 3 Ball Productions (The Biggest Loser, Beauty and the Geek).
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Must Have||In the premiere, the designers are put to the test, facing off in two challenges the Harper's Bazaar Mini Challenge, judged by the magazine's Special Projects Director Laura Brown, and the elimination challenge. Guest Judge: Elie Tahari||54:05||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoAll the Bang, Half the Bucks||The designers work in teams to create a variety of garments for socialite Tinsley Mortimer's upcoming events. Operating under a strict budget, the teams are responsible for designing a cohesive look from head to toe that corresponds with Mortimer's high society fashion needs.||44:03||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoTrick Up Your Sleeve||Every designer needs to have a few tricks up their sleeve and in this weeks Harpers Bazaar mini-challenge the designers need to prove they know the tricks of the trade in a repair relay race.||44:05||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Shoe Must Go On||In the Harper's Bazaar mini-challenge, fashion and functionality unite with an eco-friendly challenge that asks the designers to create a new print for Olsenhaus pure vegan shoes. The elimination challenge tackles a common problem women encounter.||44:04||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoShape Shifters||Having an eye for detail can make or break any designer and in this weeks Harper's Bazaar mini challenge, the designers vision is really put to the test. The elimination challenge this week is all about shape and proportion.||44:04||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoMean Girls||The designers are going back to school and in this weeks episode both the Harper's Bazaar mini challenge and the elimination challenge will put their knowledge to the test.||44:04||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoOn the Job||Actress and fashionista, Becki Newton (Ugly Betty) stops by and presents this weeks Harpers Bazaar mini challenge - create a solution for the age-old dilemma - the walk of shame.||44:03||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoOde to La Mode||To assess their knowledge of past designers, Mizrahi, Rowland, and Harper's Bazaar's Laura Brown test the designers on fashion icons. Using a signature piece from a legendary artists repertoire as inspiration, the contestants must create a complete look.||44:04||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoIt's In the Cards||The remaining designers are challenged to create loungewear to complement designer Fernando Sanchez's top selling luxury robes. Questioning their fate, the contestants are then whisked to a Tarot card reader who predicts their future in the competition.||44:04||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoBlood, Sweat And Sparkle||The pressure is on in the mini challenge as contestants must master the art of draping, one of the most difficult and revered skills in the design world. Then, the designers really shine when Swarovski crystals play a role in the elimination challenge.||44:04||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|11||Closed CaptioningVideoFinale, Pt. 1||The remaining contestants compete for a chance to win the $125,000 prize and have their designs sold in the retail market. America votes for a winner.||44:04||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|12||Closed CaptioningVideoFinale, Pt. 2: Results Show||America chooses the winning designer.||44:04||$1.99||View In iTunes|
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Bravo had a chance to improve on Project Runway, but they blew it!
Bravo had a chance to improve on Project Runway, but they blew it and the Weinstein brothers blew it by taking Project Runway off Bravo. The best thing about Project Runway is Tim Gunn and his constructive criticism. You can sense that Tim cares and wants everyone to win, since, over the course of the season, he becomes a real mentor to the contestants. His background in education allows him to dole out useful commentary and suggestions that the contestants take seriously. Gunn is a great guide for this type of show and that’s what The Fashion Show is missing. Mizrahi, on the other hand, isn't a mentor. He doesn't make any constructive comments and isn’t all that interested in the contestants or their success. He doesn’t set-up any kind of dynamic tension between the contestants since he doesn’t give any of the contestants any help, advice or direction whatsoever. His commentary is bland and not useful at all. He should be someone who the contestants look to for advice, direction or as a resource to answer questions, but Mizrahi doesn’t provide much of anything. After seeing the designs, Mizrahi and Rowland go to the corner and gossip about the designs, but the gossip should be left to the audience during the commercial breaks. Kelly Rowland’s doesn’t have any qualifications whatsoever to judge or even to dole out constructive criticism. She’s a total distraction and her role should be reduced to hostess. They also added a jury of “insiders”, which was pretty dull, since they provide a bunch of generic comments. On Project Runway, the discussion between the judges is far more interesting and keeps you guessing the final outcome. The Jury adds nothing to the show and doesn’t keep you guessing who will be eliminated. The Fashion Show seems like it was put together by a group of lawyers trying not to infringe on Project Runway’s format. They may be able to defend the show in court, but they won’t be able to defend it in front of viewers.
There's room for both
This is different than Project Runway. That's OK. Fashion show is focused on selling the finished product, and designers present before industry professionals each week. Project Runway is more about couture. As complicated as fashion can be, it makes sense there is more than one format that can be compelling to watch. That said, FS season 1 is similar to PR season 1, in that these designers aren't particularly talented. Future seasons are sure to be more interesting as talented designers work harder to get on the show. Another complaint I have with both shows is why the ridiculous, short amount of time. The impossible timeframe is most counterproductive for the Fashion Show, where no one ever makes gowns out of lettuce, and they want to sell the winning piece. Especially during a season 1, with designers who don't really know their craft, the limited time equals negligible results.
unprofessional, unoriginal, unfabulous
They took Project Runway and stripped away everything that made it good. Project Runway was professional. the udges were professional. The contestants were professional. The Fashion Show is catty and childish. The judges are catty and childish. The designers are catty and childish. Project Runway was about healthy, fair competition and the intellectual pursuit of design. The Fashion Show is about manufactured drama. Contestants (for example, in the Mean Girls episode) are thrown out because they (not their clothes, but they personally) are undramatic and keep their heads down. The show is designed to bring out the worst in the contestants rather than the best. The judges have nothing useful to say to the contestants during their studio visits. Losing designs are often met with encouragement in the studio, only to be trash talked in the official Post Studio visit trash talking session, which is a shameful idea. Winning designs are met with silence, head games and derision. Comments given after the runway show are often completely contrary to advice or non advice given in studio. The Harpers Bizarre mini challenge is a pathetic Harper's plug, and otherwise serves little entertainment value or useful purpose. The clothes themselves get little attention in comparison to the infighting. I often have to play the runway show a few times to see what a dress or a coat looked like, as so little time is given to each piece, and the runway walk is so poorly filmed. We loved Project Runway because it wasn't a typical reality show. It had integrity, professionalism, and honesty. It was about the clothes, and about the competition. The Fashion Show reads more like Survivor. It's about alliances, who said what, and who gets thrown under the bus. It's pathetic. Further, it reads like a low budget project runway- as if cheaper alternatives had to be found for Tim and Heidi, and for Elle. And they got what they paid for. ( I do like Fern, though.)