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Bravo launches The Fashion Show... which is kinda, sorta like Project Runway

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 3rd 2009 3:00PM
The Fashion Show trioWhen I heard about Bravo's new reality program, The Fashion Show, a few phrases came to mind: "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" was one. "Don't get mad, get even" was another. Then there was "Anything you can do, I can do better."

Yes, it seems that The Fashion Show is a show that was conceived as a replacement for Project Runway, the Bravo hit series that has run off to Lifetime.

Coinciding with the settlement of the Project Runway lawsuit, Bravo started blitzing commercials for The Fashion Show last night. I just thought of another expression that applies here: "If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck."

The Bravo duck -- I mean show -- will get a head start on Lifetime's version of Project Runway. The latter isn't expected to start airing till this summer, while The Fashion Show will premiere on May 7 at 10 PM on Bravo.

How similar are the two shows? Well, we can only judge right now by the descriptions. The Fashion Show is described as a creative series in which 15 professional fashion designers compete for a top prize of $125,000 plus a contract to have their label actually marketed in stores around the country.

The fifteen designers -- six New Yorkers, five Californians, and one each from Florida, Illinois, Tennessee and London, England -- will be tested each week, 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.

There are also three full-time hosts/judges: designer Isaac Mizrahi, Destiny's Child singer/actress Kelly Rowland and Fern Mallis, Senior Vice President of IMG Fashion.

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I've been recapping this show for my blog, and I'm hoping that the show picks up. Each week, I've been thinking "I hope it starts getting like Project Runway". I still like the show enough to watch it every week, but I think there's something missing with The Fashion Show. It's lacking something Project Runway has.

May 29 2009 at 5:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No offense, but what does Kelly Rowland know about fashion design or modeling. To be honest, her aunt, Ms. Tina, fashions are a joke and very costume. Cmon people your choice hostess could have been better.

April 04 2009 at 10:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

only mistake bravo made was not trying to pull in some former PR contestants as judges/host.

I think Daniel V could have filled Tim Gunn's role very nicely.

April 03 2009 at 4:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Seriously?! You haven't heard ANYTHING about Project Runway leaving Bravo? And you like the "fashion genre"?

April 03 2009 at 3:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm thinking duck.

Doesn't bother me though as I like the fashion genre...what is the story with PR leaving Bravo?

April 03 2009 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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