'The Fashion Show' premiered last night.
In case you haven't heard, the creators of Project Runway are moving the show from Bravo to the Lifetime network. So Bravo came up with 'The Fashion Show' to replace PR.
It's basically the same, hosted by Isaac Mizrahi and Kelly Rowland. Challenges are slightly different and the runway show has a large crowd watching.
First there is a mini challenge, which this week was to create a little black dress out of a t-shirt in an hour. The 3 top designers became team leaders in the main challenge. Each team had to choose a 'Must Have Item'. What I liked about this challenge was that instead of each team creating one look for the runway, each member on the team created their own look around the Must Have Item. I liked this because you could see the individuality of each designer and how they worked around the common item.
The items from the 3 teams were a tube skirt, a bolero and grey satin harem pants. What? aren't tube skirts and harem pants 'Must Have' items in your wardrobe?
The runway show was in front of the judges and a crowd of 'Fashion Experts'. During the elimintation, the bottom two were told all the snippy things that the 'Fashion Experts' said about their 'terrible' creations. It was pretty harsh. Instead of Heidi's - 'You're Out' the booting phrase is 'We're not buying your design'
The winning design above was by James-Paul from the bolero team. It was my favorite too. Bravo's online photos suck as usual and I think this dress is hard to capture in a photo anyway. The draping was really good. I could have done without the boots.
OK, so Merlin is the big drama queen designer in this show. He claims 'The world is ruled by bitches' and wears odd clothing. Isaac Mizrahi was surprisingly subdued in the episode. Even he was surprised by some of the things that Merlin said. Isaac and Kelly seemed to get along really well. They talked smack about the designs in the hallway after checking them out in the workroom, the way Tim usually does.
No Mood fabrics! I love when the designers go to Mood to buy their fabrics. But in this series, they just walk down the hall to a room full of fabrics. I guess that means they have no budget for their creations?
Of course I miss Tim very much. He is such a great part of PR. I even missed Nina and Michael as judges. Didn't miss Heidi one bit though!
I'll be watching again next week. I won't be posting about it every week though. I just wanted people who maybe didn't know what was going on to know about the show. I haven't seen much promotions for it myself.
The real Project Runway will air on Lifetime in July.