Fashion Show: Pickins are slim, I’ll take what I can get

Posted by Dan May 11th, 2009 at 11:51am In The Fashion Show

merlin

"What? This old thing?"

It’s like wanting an Oreo and getting Hydrox.

The Fashion Show landed on Thursday and, despite the fact that it isn’t Project Runway, it still pretty much looked, sounded and felt the same way. And, although I have no basis for saying this, I’m sure it tasted the same too.

The show filled a need — that specific place on Maslow’s hierachy reserved for competitive reality shows about fashion. It’s all good fun and will certainly provide consistent entertainment for its duration. Is Project Runway going to turn out to be the superior product? Most likely. The Tim Gunn factor, the fact that the judges only show up at the end of the show, and the less self-conscious vibe all bode in PR’s favor.

Isaac Mizrahi didn’t necessarily annoy me in the way I expected — he never really bullshat any of the contestants with false praise. Instead, he seemed to relish the opportunity to tell the designers that their garments sucked ass. He even added a little acid to his own personal “auf wiedersen” — which is something along the lines of “We just don’t buy your outfit.”

Kelly Rowland, while she didn’t embarass herself, also didn’t have a lot to say (her comments tended to be a bit obvious). Ms. Rowland, star 2003’s Freddy Vs. Jason, tried to justify her presence by saying she goes to fashion shows all the time — which wasn’t really a convincing argument, but I think most viewers have already accepted her as something we’ll have to deal with. She did, however, briefly redeem herself with a sassy aside (that I pray wasn’t written for her) where she said she’d need “butter and a miracle” to fit into one of the tiny dresses one contestant made.

The contestants on The Fashion Show seem to be pulled from the same pools as Project Runways — they all have a heightened sense of self-confidence and bloated sense of the importance of fashion. The most flamboyant contestant is Merlin, a Honduran gay who shows up wearing a red cape and feather-festooned fez. He could be one of the most recent entries into the line of reality contestant that hopes to gain a cult of personality through his over-the-top antics. I’m pretty sure he’ll enjoy a fleeting burst of fame, but reality show fame is generally a one-way ticket to personal appearances at Six Flags.

Other contestants include the young, overconfident blonde Kristin; the young, overconfident brunette Daniella; two guys named Johnny (one of whom was the first person eliminated); and the nervous, yet endearing James-Paul.


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