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The Fashion Show, Season 1TV-14Closed Captioning

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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).

Customer Reviews

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.)

The Fashion Show, Season 1
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  • SD Version
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • Released: May 07, 2009
  • CCin English

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