Fashion Show, Fashion Show, Fashion Show (at lunch)

Posted by Dan May 7th, 2009 at 01:02pm In The Fashion Show

Tonight marks the premiere of The Fashion Show — Bravo’s Screw-You-Lifetime-We’ll-Just-Make-The-Same-Show-With-Isaac-Mizrahi response to the loss of Project Runway.

Clearly, since it’s been twelve years since the last season of Project Runway (remember? LeAnn? Crazy Kenley?), this will basically be catnip for all of us who feel deprived from the couture as competition genre. Unless you’re super-hardcore and acquired Project Runway Canada or Australia. But I’ll definitely be watching, since I’m sure it’ll be made with the same high production values and basic structure. Sounds pretty hard to screw up — but we’ll see what happens.

I have to admit — I’m already prepared to be annoyed by Isaac Mizrahi. From my experience watching his various talk shows and seeing him in every corner of television, I’m a little put-off by his enthusiasm for absolutely everything. With his talk show guests, he’s always so effusive that it makes it all the more obvious he’s just a fantastic bullshitter. It’s a sort of fakery that is a little milder and less catty than Jonathan Adler on Top Design.  But, then again, his job is to serve as a critic on this show — so hopefully there’ll be none of that schmooziness.

Also, Kelly Rowlands (formerly of Destiny’s Child) is on board as a host and judge, although I’m not sure what qualifies her — other than being hot and friends with Beyonce.

Here’s a clip of some contestants trying to make MC Hammer pants and then some dude poising himself to become this season’s villain. Unless he gets cut in the first episode, which seems entirely possible.

The show is on Bravo at 10 p.m.


  • 1. sara  |  May 7th, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    It occurs to me now that my only reason for watching Project Runway, at the beginning, before I get engaged with all the madness that is Santino or Kenley or Blaine or whoever’s wrapping the models in Astroturf, is Tim Gunn. I appear to have no interest in Fashion Show because Isaac Mizrahi is no Tim Gunn.

  • 2. Dan  |  May 7th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Really? I love me some Tim Gunn, of course — even Brian Bailey (PR Canada’s Tim Gunn) seems like merely a capable knock-off. But Tim Gunn is barely on long enough on any given episode to have him make or break the show as a whole.

    There doesn’t appear to be a mentor on this show.

  • 3. Marisa  |  May 7th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    I love the title of this post.


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