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The Fashion Show



Darlings, we were thrilled yesterday before we even found out about the return of Project Runway. Why? Because we had just received all the promo materials for Bravo's new show, The Fashion Show. And honeys?


They're not even trying to present it as anything but a Project Runway ripoff.

If it was anyone else, we'd call them on it, but in our opinion, Bravo MADE PR what it is and they, more than any other network, have every right to continue what they started. Who cares if it's a ripoff? As far as we're concerned, Bravo doesn't have to prove a thing to us; Lifetime does.

"Bravo unveiled the 15 professional designers chosen for the new fashion creative competition series, "The Fashion Show," as they compete for a chance to have their designs sold in the retail market and win a $125,000 prize. "The Fashion Show" premieres on Bravo on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
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"Internationally acclaimed designer Isaac Mizrahi shares hosting duties with four-time Grammy Award-winning performer and actress Kelly Rowland. Mizrahi and Rowland will also serve as judges alongside fashion luminary and Senior Vice President of IMG Fashion, Fern Mallis.

Each week the designers will be put to the test and will have to face off in two challenges – the Harper's Bazaar Mini Challenge, judged by the magazine's Special Projects Director Laura Brown, and the elimination challenge. In the end, America will choose which contestant will have a clothing line available for retail and win the $125,000 prize."

We've always said that if The Duchess ever got tired of his PR gig, Isaac Mizrahi would have made a perfect replacement. He's an even bitchier and more television-savvy designer than Kors is, so he's sure to be entertaining. Fern looks great and she stands as one of the all-time best PR judges, so we're looking forward to her knowledgeable and practical critiques. We have no idea why the hell Kelly Rowland is there, but y'know? We never would have predicted 5 years ago that Heidi would turn out to be the successful host she is, so we're willing to wait on Kelly to see what she brings.

As for the designers, they're the usual rag tag band of fame-seekers and freaks. Let's meet them now, shall we? Make your predictions for Bitch, Prima Donna, Bad Boy, Freakshow, and other reality competition mainstays! Predict which ones are going to send their friends here to anonymously call us old and fat!





Andrew, 31
Hometown: Fresno, Calif.; Resides in Los Angeles, Calif.

Andrew has already conquered the world of designer underwear. He started his own brand, "Andrew Christian" in 1997 and his urban inspired collections are sold in upscale stores throughout the country, including Kitson, Patricia Fields and Fred Segal. A self-described perfectionist and "gaylebrity," Andrew has been known to throw an entire rack of samples across the room if it's not up to his standard. "Don't be caught off guard by my cute smile, I'm a bitch." While his underwear line has garnered worldwide attention and he's known as the "Panty-Christ," Andrew's goal is to take on the world of women's fashion. He says his inspiration comes from everyday life and modern art. He loves creating deigns that flatter the female body and make women feel good about themselves. He has a tireless work ethic and hopes to one day have a retrospective of his works at the MET.


Angel, 30
Hometown: Muncie, Ind.; Resides in New York, N.Y.
Angel creates versatile dressing solutions for worldly women on-the-go. Her namesake collection, ANGEL CHANG, was founded in 2006 and grew out of a vision to offer women wardrobes that would supersede solely looking good. Inspired by high-tech fashions, Angel uses innovative materials, such as color-changing prints, light-up fabrics and self-heating linings to compliment a woman's fast-paced life. These pioneering efforts have led her company to receive the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award, the Cartier Women's Initiative Award, as well as extensive coverage in Vogue, Elle, WWD, and other fashion magazines. Angel was also selected for Paper magazine’s 10th annual "Beautiful People" as one of the top emerging talent influencing the fashion field. Her attitude is focused on enjoying the journey and exploring new ways of dressing for the future. She describes her style as a relaxed sophistication that is intelligent, innovative and fun. With a Masters Degree from Columbia University, a design background, and experience working on the Donna Karan Collection, Viktor and Rolf, and Anna Sui, Angel is ready to take her revolutionary ideas to the top.


Anna, 30
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.; Resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Anna moved to New York City after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000. She immediately launched her knitwear line, Annabelle NYC, creating unique and wearable garments with quirky details and bright colors that sold at boutiques around the country and abroad. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Anna has consistently challenged the fashion industry standard, holding distaste for the principles that money means power and thin means beautiful. She has put together numerous downtown, do-it-yourself, theatrical fashion shows throughout Manhattan and also served as head clothing designer for Dolce Vita. Anna’s personal designs have been worn by stars Rachel Bilson, Shannon Doherty, and numerous MTV VJs, among others. She currently teaches Fashion Merchandising at Wood Tobe-Coburn, a small college in New York City, and is focused on re-launching own line.


Daniella, 22
Hometown: Washington, D.C; Resides in New York, N.Y.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Daniella is a true artist whose colorful personality is drawn from her diverse cultural and artistic background. Daniella began her studies as a Fashion and Costume Design major at Syracuse University, but moved to London, where she completed a BFA with Honors from London College of Fashion. Consistently immersed in fashion, Daniella worked with some of the most talented designers in the industry including Luca Luca, Les Chiffoniers and Alexander McQueen. Her final collection at LCF was selected by a panel of industry professionals to be part of an exclusives press show at the Royal Academy in London. Daniella's style is a contrast of classic femininity and modern androgyny. She uses sophisticated silhouettes with unusual details to create modern designs for the strong edgy woman with a bit of rockstar flair. Though she may be young, Daniella has no doubt that it is only a matter of time before she is the creative director of her own fashion company.


Haven, 29
Hometown: Chattanooga Tenn.; Resides in Los Angeles, Calif.

Haven discovered her love for fashion in the pages of high fashion magazines. She would wallpaper her bedroom in their pages and create her own sketches and designs. After high school, she moved from her hometown in Tennessee to Los Angeles where she attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and worked as a stylist on the Chelsea Lately Show. She describes herself as "a bit of a control freak" and likes things her way. Haven designs clothes that she wants to wear, always keeping in mind that a woman should feel sexy, confident and feminine. The greatest inspiration for her clothing comes from the beauty and mystery of women in foreign cultures as well as the work of the great Yves Saint Laurent. Haven currently has pieces in top boutiques in Los Angeles, San Diego, Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville, and Miami. She most recently collaborated with two close friends to create EliaH Joel, a new clothing line that officially launched in January 2009. In addition, Haven is currently working on a young girls line, Lalu. A warning to the other contestants – this designer isn't afraid to speak her mind. "I can be a bitch. If you ask me a question I'm going to give you my opinion and if you aren't ready for the answer, don’t ask."


James-Paul, 28
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.; Resides in London, England
When he was just eight-years-old, James-Paul knew he was destined to be a fashion designer. After earning his associates degree at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, James-Paul moved to London where he could relate to other unconventional thinkers in the fashion industry. While attending London South Bank University and American Intercontinental University, London, he was inspired by the 1920's Bauhaus movement. James-Paul utilizes the patterns of Bauhaus to create clothes with simplified geometric pieces. After finishing his two Bachelor Degrees in Women’s Wear, James-Paul found a home for his radical approach at the Vivienne Westwood studios, where he was pushed to break the rules and make garments that couldn’t be found in pattern books. He cites an appetite for experimentation as the most important trait for any aspiring designer. James-Paul is currently developing a post-colonialist approach through fabrication and silhouette. When asked what his secret weapon is in the competition, James-Paul's answers: "my brain."


Johnny R., 26
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.; Resides in Los Angeles, Calif.
Johnny has been designing for over five years, but already holds an impressive resume. After attending the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, he began working alongside RAMPAGE STORE’s design director in San Diego. After a short stint, he moved back to Los Angeles to develop private labels for Urban Outfitters, Arden B., and Macys. Johnny landed a job developing a contemporary line for Nordstrom, and eventually created his own collection, Grandma's Glock, a modern day streetwear line. Johnny's successful collection consisted of fashion forward basics that barred no gender. Grandma's Glock was featured on the cover of Women's Wear Daily, and is sold throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and Korea. Johnny's second line, House of Bare, exhibits his opinionated personal aesthetic – messy, oversized garments that can be worn in multiple ways to give consumers the ability to make each piece their own. In addition, Johnny is currently the creative director for Welcome Hunter’s, a new concept store featuring edgy designers from around the world. He is also developing his own line under the Welcome Hunter’s label that will boast avant-garde and flamboyant styles at moderate price points. Johnny is turned off by most mainstream designers, and instead draws inspiration from the more radical, underground scene. "Fashion should be adventurous. You shouldn't take it so seriously."


Jonny D., 34
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.; Resides in North Hollywood, Calif.
With roots in music, art, skateboarding and fashion, Jonny has developed a raw urban style matched with classic simplicity of the silhouette. In 1999, he co-founded the North Hollywood artist colony knows as "The Compound," and began designing Afroman Skateboards, a company that became an underground icon. In 2002, Jonny and a few of his friends created their first fashion line, Elmer Ave. Their concept was to redefine street style into high-end men's suiting with a rock-n-roll edge. Over the past few years, Jonny's accomplishments have included: dressing the men's collection for Toni and Guy London alongside Alexander McQueen, a role as guest designer on "America’s Next Top Model," an appearance on the "Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency," main stage Mercedes Benz Fashion Week showings and working with an impressive list of celebrity clients including Tommy Lee, Black Eyed Peas, Paramore, and Panic! At the Disco. A story of rags-to-riches, this self-taught designer is inspired by experimentation and is currently developing a new addition to Elmer Ave menswear collection to fit women dubbed "the doll fit."


Keith, 31
Hometown: Highland Park, Ill.; Resides in New York, N.Y.

Keith's instinctual love affair with fashion was cultivated during a childhood spent learning about his grandmother and great-grandmother's couture dress shop in Chicago. He studied women’s wear at The London College of Fashion and upon his graduation began designing for Perry Ellis and Ralph Lauren in New York. Keith has since founded his eponymous line Keith Lissner, of women's demi-couture eveningwear. Likewise, he recently launched a line of gently priced cocktail dresses called Keith By Keith Lissner, inspired by his friends in New York and their jam packed social calendars. Lissner’s collection has captured the attention of the city’s young social scene, and his dresses are regularly worn out-and-about by some of New York’s most effervescent young ladies. Lissner’s gowns are frequently worn by a mix of accomplished performers, including: Emmy Rossum, Taryn Manning, Janet Jackson and Natasha Beddingfield. These strong, talented artists typify the Keith Lissner woman; feminine, unique, and exuding a great sense of self. Keith believes this devotion to fashion, his timeless style and a passionate dedication to his work will push him to the top of the competition.


Kristin, 23
Hometown: Orland Park, Ill.; Resides in Orland Park, Ill.

At only 23-years-old, Kristen is already a successful designer and businesswoman. After graduating from the Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago in only three years, Kristin began her own label, organiK Revolution, where she specializes in creating eco-friendly apparel for contemporary women. Born and raised in Chicago, she draws her inspiration from both the city and her rock-star family. Her husband and two brothers are in local Chicago bands and she likes to describe her style as feminine and fun with a rock-n-roll edge. Often considered "headstrong" by her friends and family, Kristin says she knows who she is and what she is capable of. She may be young, but that will not stop this rising Chicago star.


Laura, 30
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio; Resides in New York, N.Y.

Laura Dawson graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning with a degree in Fashion Design. Before establishing her own line, Laura worked for Donna Karan’s Urban Zen and As Four. She has styled and designed for Moby, The Scissor Sisters, The Brazilian Girls, Yelle, and renowned photographer Richard Avedon. Her focus is now directed towards her own designs which features a signature quirky style fused with innovation. Laura's fashion philosophy, in her own words, is that “beauty, after all, requires playfulness.” She approaches her collection with the theory that she is "making toys for life, in a game that one never has to stop playing." Her unique vision focuses on using sustainable materials, organic sources, fair trade, and tree-focused carbon offset programs.


Lidia, 28
Hometown: Nalchik, Russia; Resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Lidia first exhibited an interest in fashion at age five, when her glamorous grandmother first introduced her to a sewing machine. Lidia’s love of fashion led her to begin her education at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. During this time, Lidia decided to broaden her horizons and study abroad at the Polimoda – International Institute for Fashion Design and Marketing in Florence, Italy. Upon receiving her Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts, Lidia began working under Diane Von Furstenberg along with designing her own line for private clients. This collection led her to receive numerous awards including the Critique Award Winner at FIT and the Piti Filati Award for Trend Forecasting, as well as accolades through the Fashion Group International and the Gen Art Styles Design Competition. A true artist, Lidia is inspired by her Russian heritage, beautiful people, different cultures and art. Her design philosophy is to bring beauty into the world. Lidia is currently at the top of her game and feels this is her moment to shine.


Markus, 33
Hometown: Birmingham, Ill.; Resides in Miami, Fla.
Born and raised in Michigan, Markus spent the majority of his summers growing up in New York, where he was inspired by the rhythm and dimensions of the city and its endless possibilities. At just 19 years old, he began a successful career as a commercial interior designer specializing in restaurants, salons and spas. His talent has taken him around the world, giving him a diverse view and a refined eye. Though he has dabbled in multiple avenues of the design industry, Markus found true love when he tried his hand at fashion. After gaining a coveted spot at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, in London, England, where he graduated with a BA Honors in Fashion Design and Marketing as one of the top three of his class, Markus went on to intern at the studio of British fashion designer Giles Deacon and shortly after, created his own modern cut collection. Today, Markus holds the title of Creative Director at the fashion magazine M├ętier and is working on launching his own label of high-end women's wear, MARKUS KETTY.


Merlin, 38
Hometown: Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Resides in Los Angeles, Calif.
Always drawn to details and measurements, Merlin went to school for architecture in his home country of Honduras. It was through the guidance of a college professor that he discovered an aptitude for fashion and has since created a career out of this unexpected passion. Merlin traces his earliest design memory back to when he made a dress for his mother out the family's tablecloth – a feat that turned him instantly into the fashion expert for his six siblings. Merlin took his raw talent to Mexico where he studied pattern making for a brief period. Today, Merlin applies his conceptual and theatrical style, inspired by Hollywood, to his role of head designer for his own label, Merlin Castell. He has worked with a number of celebrity clients, including Paula Abdul, N' Sync, Paris Hilton, Marilyn Manson, and many others. This eccentric designer certainly has his own style and knows it, "my fashion is like a fingerprint, I have an I.D."


Reco, 31
Hometown/Resides in: Chattanooga, Tenn.
Reco's creative outlook on fashion goes hand-in-hand with his larger-than-life personality. Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, one wonders how this country boy developed such a creative outlook on fashion. Reco is proud of his modest beginnings. He realized his interest in fashion at a young age, while watching a Valentino fashion show on Oprah. Reco obtained his B.S from Tennessee State University and has a strong background in architecture and performing arts. He describes his style as ultra glamorous and oozing with high voltage sex appeal. Reco has moved up in the industry from designing costumes for campus queens to dressing celebrities, and is now approaching his tenth year in the fashion industry as a freelance designer. Reco currently owns the studio 423 Clothing Boutique of Chattanooga and is the Creative Director of his own line, “The House of Chapple,” which he describes as a lifestyle line focusing on everything from luxurious gowns to sexy swimsuits and most he is delving into fragrances, jewelry, and even books aimed at helping young entrepenuers. When it comes to fashion tips, Reco declares, "Do it!" And then, pause of reflection, states "…but don’t overdo it."

[Bio, photos and video: Bravotv.com]


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145 comments:

Well, @ least they're being honest...


PS: What does Kelly Rowland have to do w/ fashion?
Does just wearing it qualify her to host this show? Cause if that's the only criteria...


The contestant James Paul looked like he just stepped out from a Keebler commercial.


I wonder if rip-off is the right word... I think we'll have to see. We'll also have to see if they can pull off better collections than Project Lifetime.

Also, they are not afraid of bringing out some crazies. What the hell is Merlin wearing? He looks like a superhero jockey.


OHMYGOD Merlin is a riot!


I expect that the one in the Legally Blonde costume will have the first meltdown of the season.

I also expect that Merlin will demand that his champagne be replaced with a Mint Julip, (and I'd bet money that he got his spot because Andy Cohen has wistfully fond memories that involve a riding crop).

--GothamTomato


Well, I can tell you right now Andrew Christian is going to be the bitch. I have had the unfortunate displeasure of meeting him, and he is one heinous piece of work. (His underwear is not very original or interesting - ooh, a Swiss cross! - and I don't know why it is so successful among gay men. There are much better brands out there.)

Oh, and 'gaylebrity'? Barf.


what is demi-couture? sounds like code for 'dressmaker' to me.


Oh, you can already tell that the Russian chick is going to be a bitch.

Or maybe is it just my experience working with Russians clouding my judgment?

Or maybe I'm just rambling...teehee

Anyway, it looks great, and I'll be watching. Let's face it (in a Duchess like voice), PR is going to lose a LOT of steam on the stalker-murdering-women movie network.


Two comments: what the heck is James Paul wearing? He looks like Sherlock Holmes.

Also, Fern looks great, but that sweater with the crap all over it is hideous. So distracting.

I will be open to watching this, mostly because I love Isaac Mizrahi. He's a hoot and a half. Kelly Rowland, however? WTF?


Emma P. said...
PS: What does Kelly Rowland have to do w/ fashion?
Does just wearing it qualify her to host this show? Cause if that's the only criteria...

11:22 AM


See what happens when you leave Matthew Knowles?

Not a Kelly fan, but I hate Beyonce, so I hope this gets her some shine for a change.


Angel, Haven, and Laura the only ones wearing something I would actually considering wearing in public, so they are my early favorites.

Is it just me, or does everyone, especially the men, just look weird in these pictures? Stumpy and oddly proportioned--some have tiny legs and others have tiny heads. Like it's a strange camera angle or something.


Bailey said...

Well, I can tell you right now Andrew Christian is going to be the bitch. I have had the unfortunate displeasure of meeting him, and he is one heinous piece of work. (His underwear is not very original or interesting - ooh, a Swiss cross! - and I don't know why it is so successful among gay men. There are much better brands out there.)

Oh, and 'gaylebrity'? Barf.



I agree with you on all accounts.


I can't wait. It will be awesome to have Project Runway and The Fashion Show. If nothing else, more Tlo snark.


One more thing...teehee

LOVE the fact that Fern Malis is going to be on the show.

She's got the goods, the knowledge of the entire fashion industry, the clout, and most of all, the IMPARTIALITY that makes her GOAT. (Sorry, Nina. Well, actually I'm not...)


Heck I'll watch it at least a few times. I'm not a huge fan of the Mizrahi actually and I'm baffled by Kelly Rowland but who knows? I hope it doesn't go the way of Make Me a Supermodel e.g. too boring to watch but worthy TLo recaps

I can't tell much about the contestants but I have the feeling that I will not love the Christ of panties or whatever he calls himself and I pray Merlin gets his camel toe in check come showtime.


This Merlin has taken a page out of Christian's book: find yourself a pose and stick with it.


Why do so many designers have so much trouble dressing themselves?


MERLIN! LOL! He looks like the ringleader of a gay circus. Oh my lord. I can't wait.


Anonymous said...

Emma P. said...
PS: What does Kelly Rowland have to do w/ fashion?
Does just wearing it qualify her to host this show? Cause if that's the only criteria...

11:22 AM
See what happens when you leave Matthew Knowles?

WORD!
I said the same thing when Michelle Williams was on RuPaul's Drag Race!

The scuttlebutt is he aggressively did nothing for their careers while he managed them (while selling both of his 2 faced souls to the Devil to bolster Beyonce's career); now that they've left him, he's sabotaging them.

Just for that alone (though they're both very beautiful & talented performers) I'm rooting for them.


c'mon, you can't tell me that Merlin and Raymundo aren't related! The first time I saw the commercial I thought it was Raymundo back for more! Haha

Here is a refresher: http://static.tvguide.com/MediaBin/Galleries/Shows/M_R/Pq_Pz/projectRunway/season2/project-runway-raymundo-flores19.jpg


HOLY CRAP ON TOAST>>>

Now that is a high camp bravo show... if only they have to 'Lipsync for their Line' at the end ... now that would up the camp-ante.


seems to me Bravo has scored! by getting Fern Mallis as regular judge for this show. And old fabuloso Isaac Mizrahi, who I saw years ago on television telling an interviewer how he really "struggled" with a shade of pink. For some reason, the idea that one struggled with pink, EVER, cracks me up (struggle? debated, yes, but struggle?).

I'm a smidgetty-smidge sorry I cancelled my cable, but since I really cannot afford it, I'll just be visiting TLo for the recaps, and lamenting my inability to watch.

they did raid the asylum for this cast, though, didn't they?


Can't wait to compare how different and yet the same the two shows can be. Hope it won't take the bloom off the rose of respect I'm currently holding for Ms. Mallis. I loved watching Mizrahi's show, not sure if because or in-spite-of the moments when his neurotic, wounded 12 yr. old shows through. Kelly's there to wear fashion.


Kelly Rowland was a guest judge on an episode of PR Australia where contestants made her a new stage outfit. You can find the episode on youtube, if you want to get a feel for her.


Didn't you know? "Sweater with the crap all over it" is the new black.


Wow. That is one large dose of batshit crazy and I'm loving it.

I cannot wait for this to air. I hope it doesn't disappoint. Of course, with the likes of Merlin on board, how could it disappoint.

Ah, Merlin. You have to love a man that dresses for publicity photo's like that. Secretariat's Jockey + A Clockwork Orange + Bravo = fashion-design train-wreck gold baby!!


Looks like the real thing to me, maybe the Lifetime version will be the copy, who knows?
I love look of the Russian.
I love what Laura is wearing.
I also like Angel, but is she going to be a Lupe?
Jonny looks like Uncle Nick!
I love Merlin's story. What a name! What is he wearing? Dios mio!


Oh! BTW - WTF is up with the hair on almost everyone in that video?!?!?

I mean, did they hair people get stuck with an extra shipment of "Bumpits"?

https://www.bumpits.com/Default.aspx


Merlin was on The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency show. Let me tell you, he is something else.


I can't wait!!!!


I actually like the idea of helping the designers sell their clothes in the retail market as opposed to just presenting a collection at Bryant Park and saying 'bye-bye, you're on your own now."


Okay, let's see where to start. First, the group photo. We have a bunch of designers surrounding Heidi, Tim and Fern

Oh sorry, that's Kelly, Isaac and Fern. Love Isaac, love Fern. Liked Kelly on RuPaul, so we'll see.

Then going down the page, Let's match them up with their predecessors, shall we?

Andrew=Wesley
Agnel=Diana
Anna=Angela
Daniella=Houswives of NYC
Haven=Anne Slowey
James-Paul=Bello Knock
Johnny R.=Jay
Johnny D.=a great rock&roll bar in Somerville, MA
Keith=Jeffrey (covering up a neck tat?)
Kristin=Kit
Laura=Marla
Lydia=Houswives of Atlanta
Markus=Keith Michael
Merlin=...Hahahahahaha! Snort!
Reco=Jerrell

Could be great, could be a trainwreck. Either way I'll be watching!


Now, on to the contestants! (though NO-one is going to make me laugh harder than Gotham Tomato has on that subject!)


Some one might want to tell Andrew Christian that if you boast about being a bitch, it's not a good thing, it just means you're emotionally still about 9. Not that he'd care. My sympathies to anyone dependent on him for employment.

James-Paul says what little one can't infer from his "I went to ART school" outfit": "James-Paul is currently developing a post-colonialist approach through fabrication and silhouette." Um, yeah.

Keith appears to have some actual fashion background - otherwise I'd have been positive he wandered into the wrong auditions, looking for "American Idol."

Can't touch Merlin, GT has said it all, and soo much better.

Can't wait to see if Haven turns out good clothes. Her outfit leads me to suspect she's either deeply confused or has costumed some porn-with-pretensions.

dang, i can hardly wait!


My bad about Kelly sorry - I just know she was one of the non-Beyonce girls. So I like her already for that.

*blush*


Oh yeah, I remember Merlin from that JD episode. (Small blush of shame.) He's all kinds of crazy. Or he plays it well on TV.


The whole structure of "The Fashion Show" with it's "mini challenge" and "major challenge" sounds like it will be will be more similar to "Top Design" and "Top Chef" than "Project Runway."

So why aren't they calling it "Top Fashion?"


So who's going to be the Tim Gunn?


CanIGetYouAnything?

By looking at the pictures, I'd say...

Andrew: Santino
Angel: Diana
Anna: Marla
Daniella: Vanessa
Haven: Heidi (I know, Heidi who?)
James-Paul: Christian
Johnny R: Jay
Jonny: Nick Verreos
Keith: Keith
Kristin: Alison
Laura: Elisa Jimenez
Lidia: VictorYA
Markus: Robert Best
Merlin: Raymundo
Reco: Michael


Doug said...
So who's going to be the Tim Gunn?

12:36 PM

Carson Kressley would be a good bitchy choice.


That Russian girl is really talented and professional, I've seen her amazing work and she received numerous awards and recognitions... Some people that I know had a chance to work with her and really amazed by her pure nature. Cannot wait to see what she is about to show!


CanIGetYouAnything?

Gorgeous Things said...

Okay, let's see where to start. First, the group photo.



Hahahahahahaha.

Oh, that's hilarious, Gorgeous Things. I didn't see you comment. Great minds....


Doug said...

So who's going to be the Tim Gunn?

I'm thinking Fern's going to be the mentor, given her experience.

Ms. Mallis is looking exceptionally chic & sleek these days (gorgeous ensemble in the pic). I'd love to know her secret...


Doug said...

So who's going to be the Tim Gunn?

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That IS the question, isn't it? The show will be missing one of its central elements if there isn't someone there to provide a little island of sanity, manners and often kindness, amidst the fray. Can Fern do it? Will she be kindly but authoritative, while Isaac is nurturing? Tune in next season, same bat-place, same bat-channel, for the answer!


The Russian girl is pretty, but looks like a lot of the tacky Brooklyn Russian girls I see wearing jewel-toned stripperwear (sorry, but if you've ever been to Brooklyn, you know the type). I am intrigued that she is award-winning, and from what people here say, mega-talented. I will definitely be keeping my eye on her!

Keith is wearing the most awful outfit I have ever seen. He's actually successful? Thank goodness he designs for WOMEN, lol.


FUCKING AWESOME!!
I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE TLO TREATMENT!!!


YAY! My friend is on the show!!!!


I'm definitely watching, if nothing else, we have Merlin and his whip.


I love Isaac Mizhari. He's perfect for TV. I used to watch his show and he is funny as hell. Remember his movie "Unzipped"?


I can't wait to see all those personalities clashing. It's going to be a bumby ride.


I just kind of wonder how there are two contestants from Chattanooga, TN. Did it morph into a fashion hot spot while I wasn't looking?


What an original title!


Merlin: Fashion superhero! (Seriously, a cape? Did he learn nothing from Edna Mode?)
I've got to say, I have serious concerns about the taste level of someone who has designed for Paula Abdul, Paris Hilton and Marilyn Manson. Oof.


So, I suppose with Fern involved the finale will be at Bryant Park. And Project Runway's finales are relegated to . . . LA Fashion Week!

Very smart, Bravo. Very smart, indeed.


What kind of name is Haven for a gal? I don't know why, but it reminds me of nooks and crannies . . . YUCK!


Isn't Kelly Rowlands wearing the Roland Mouret "Pigalle" dress that Heidi (white) and Nina (navy) also own?


I just love that Bravo released news of this show the day PR was handed over to Lifetime. Kind of a "seeya wouldn't wanna be ya". Very kindergarden playground. Loooove it!


Kelly Rowland looks like Bebe Zahara.

I love Isaac M., but I can't help thinking this otherwise looks like a cheesy ripoff.


another laura

I'll watch a show with Fern Mallis and Isaac Mizrahi judging clothes. Oh, yes, I will. In fact, I can't wait.

I can't stand reading the bios, though. They just reek of reality show hype.


I'm sure no one cares, but Birmingham is in Michigan.


"Daisy said: I've got to say, I have serious concerns about the taste level of someone who has designed for Paula Abdul, Paris Hilton and Marilyn Manson."




Don't fret. It said, 'He has worked with a number of celebrity clients', not that he has designed for them.

He might just be the restroom attendant at The Ivy. (Or rented himself out as a talking lawn jockey for garden parties.)

--GothamTomato


Ally said...

I just love that Bravo released news of this show the day PR was handed over to Lifetime. Kind of a "seeya wouldn't wanna be ya". Very kindergarden playground. Loooove it!


I actually assumed the entire time Bravo was just using their lawyers to stall so they they could complete filming and have a competitive show ready for when Lifetime inevitably took PR. Kinda sneaky, eh? Makes you wonder if this is going to start airing before PR does.


I get the feeling of Hi I'm on American Idol/America's Got Talent being discovered even though I got three albums out.


Looks like the cast has more experience than PR, so that will be an interesting dynamic (as long as it doesn't play out like S4 of PR).

Love Fern. As stated, one of the best guest judges on PR ever.

Yay for the Midwest! Well represented in this group.

Finally to Frogboots...
I had cancelled cable last year as well. If you download a program like "┼│torrent" or "bittorrent" and then go to isohunt.com, you can download whole eps to watch at your leisure, without commercials. The only down is that you have to wait a few hours until someone posts it, meaning that the opportinuty for spoilers is high. Oh, and you have to wait a little longer to read the TLo recaps :-(


I was wondering what you fellas were gonna think about this one. I'll reserve my opinion until I hear your fully flushed out one as I defer most of my TV watching decisions to your expertise anyway.


They seem to be more well-known and successful than PR contestants usually are, so that should be exciting. I really wonder how it will play out...


ooohh! I love that PR has competition - I'll watch!

I love that a good number of their contestants directly resemble old PR designers.
Johnny R = Jay McCarroll (hard core the same!)
Kristin = Alison (season 3)

Also, whatever Lidia is wearing in her picture is not OK. Are those pants or a tight full length pencil skirt? Whatever it is, it's not long enough and looks like it was stolen from the costume closet on the set of Underworld 3: The Russians.


Sewing Siren said...

Isn't Kelly Rowlands wearing the Roland Mouret "Pigalle" dress that Heidi (white) and Nina (navy) also own?


Hi Sewing Siren,

Yes, she's wearing Roland Mouret, but not that one, this one.

XO
TLo


This is awesome! I can't wait!!


TLo said...
Hi Sewing Siren,
Yes, she's wearing Roland Mouret, but not that one, this one.
XO
TLo



I love how you guys know what everybody is wearing. : ) I love the dress, by the way.

This is so cool. I love Bravo and I think it's going to be a great show. I love Fern Mallis and she brings a lot of credibility to the show, I think.

If nothing else, I can count on you guys and your fabulous recaps and posts.


LOVE it. Can't wait and I don't care at all that it is a rip-off- if Bravo doesn't know the formula for success no one does.


I'm making a long, low whistle after reading these bios. Questions: what exactly is a "gaylebrity," and is Merlin supposed to be the second coming of Galliano? Oh, and the guy with the fringed white scarf — hm. He confirms my view that skinny jeans aren't for everyone.


Ok, so now I understand even less why Bravo sold Project Runway. So confused.


" kristen said...

Ok, so now I understand even less why Bravo sold Project Runway. So confused."


Bravo didn't sell Project Runway, Weinstein did.


I have been missing Project Runway…I will give this a try.


I'm so excited. I love Isaac Mizrahi! I walked for him once. He is a doll.


I’ll watch anything that Isaac Mizrahi is on - he is so funny and smart, and he always speaks his mind. He’ll be a great part of this show.


PinkPrincess

Well, if Kelly Rowland sucks, they'll replace her; like they did with Veronica Webb.
I'm looking forward to this show. I'm hoping that it will be good.


This is gonna be fun!

tee hee I hope Merlin isn't eliminated too soon.

Lidia looks promising, doesn't she?

PS - If Bailey (Bailey!) says someone is a bitch, well then...


Excellent!

"Emma P. said...

PS: What does Kelly Rowland have to do w/ fashion?
Does just wearing it qualify her to host this show? Cause if that's the only criteria..."

Hey, that's how Heidi got to be on her show.


Winninghamster

Anonymous said...

That Russian girl is really talented and professional, I've seen her amazing work and she received numerous awards and recognitions... Some people that I know had a chance to work with her and really amazed by her pure nature. Cannot wait to see what she is about to show!

Bailey said...

The Russian girl is pretty, but looks like a lot of the tacky Brooklyn Russian girls I see wearing jewel-toned stripperwear (sorry, but if you've ever been to Brooklyn, you know the type). I am intrigued that she is award-winning, and from what people here say, mega-talented. I will definitely be keeping my eye on her!

Let's be honest, by "people here" I think we really mean "Russian Chick shamelessly talking herself up in an anonymous post."

And I cannot forgive Mizrahi for his insultingly terrible clothes for "everyday" women at Target.


Omg,...what is up w/ the guy from El Salvador?..he looks like he's in another world. He's missing his horse...to the derby. What is that whole Equestrian look...it's ridiculous..lol. Do u dress like that to work? So,..are u going to design..everything based on..the horse theme..lol.

Next, lets move on to...the " MR. JAY " ...wannabe. You look like a sumo wrestler. What is up with the whole...kimono..& "Imitation of Christ"..thing. Weirdo!...are u actually like this in real life?

The only..ones..I'm looking forward to seeing are: Lida, Daniella, Markus, Haven and Anna.

Especially Lida...she seems to have a refreshing vibe...and can't wait to see all her talent.."Shine". I really like the idea...of having people on the show...THAT DON"T HAVE A CLOTHING LINE. I truly feel newcomers...bring a whole different perspective and raw talent.


Wasn't it Mizrahi who felt up Scarlett Johansen on the red carpet somewhere? Let's see how he treats the models.

I kind of like the Top Chef-style of competition, with a short challenge followed by an elimination challenge. They should have a quiz early on to see if this season's designers have ever seen a runway show. That would have gotten rid of Flourchon Girl way before Paris.

What I'm looking forward to the most is some TLo ripping! Yeah!!


Can't wait, darlings! As long as I have you two to put these bitches in their places.

Laura almost put me to sleep. Honey, I suggest you lay off the Prozac.


That Merlin guy, I think was on Janice Dickenson's model show last season. LOL


Jonny looks just like Uncle Nick. You KNOW that Lidia is going to be a bitch. Look at her picture.

CroqueMonsieur said...

Merlin was on The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency show. Let me tell you, he is something else.


I remember that. His clothes were hideous!


TLo said..
Yes, she's wearing Roland Mouret, but not that one, this one.

XO
TLo


Thank you, thank you. The "Romy" that's a nice one. I love that he names his dresses. That is so old fashioned ,yet extremely appealing.
I think Heidi is wearing yet another RM in the picture that accompanies the US Magazine article that you linked to yesterdays post about the return of PR.


TLo,

Will this be a Magical Elves production?


Lilia B. said...

TLo,

Will this be a Magical Elves production?



"The Fashion Show" is produced by 3 Ball Productions for Bravo. JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson and Adam Greener serve as executive producers. Rachel Tung serves as co-executive producer.


Very cool, guys.


Count me in.


EspeciallyGay

"He has worked with a number of celebrity clients, including Paula Abdul, N' Sync, Paris Hilton, Marilyn Manson, and many others."


Doing what??? It's like Christian working for Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood.

TELL US WHAT YOU DID. That could be anything.


A self-described perfectionist and "gaylebrity,"



hahahahahahaha What a pompous, self-entitled jackass!


"In the end, America will choose which contestant will have a clothing line available for retail and win the $125,000 prize."


Not happy with America choosing anything on TV. Having said that, it sounds like a great show. Wasn't there something about them all living together in a big house?


Sewing Siren said...
I think Heidi is wearing yet another RM in the picture that accompanies the US Magazine article that you linked to yesterdays post about the return of PR.


No, that's a dress from Victoria Beckham's spring 2009 collection. Well, yes, it's a Rolando Mouret if you know what we mean : )

XO
TLo


MERLIN FTW!


WhitLin said...

MERLIN FTW!



LOL. yes, they can never send him home.


seriously. and as for the rest of these bitches, were they plucked straight from an 80's nightclub?


Quite an interesting group of contestants, don't you think? These types of shows wouldn’t be as popular without dynamic, interesting and/or crazy contestants.


WhitLin said...

seriously. and as for the rest of these bitches, were they plucked straight from an 80's nightclub?



The 80's are back, whether we like it or not. I personally hate it.


My early favorites? People who look a little insane at first glance. So I'm going with Merlin.

And the Russian girl - she looks like she'd cut you then ask you let her do your hair. My kind of woman!


I will watch just for Fern--
at least Bravo brought in the 'big guns' to challenge PR.


Stirrup leggings and pumps? Really, Anna? I don't have high hopes for you. And Kristin, Orland Park is not Chicago, it is a suburb, and a boring one at that.


TLo said...

No, that's a dress from Victoria Beckham's spring 2009 collection. Well, yes, it's a Rolando Mouret if you know what we mean : )

XO
TLo


Faux pax on me. How could I have made such a grievous error? I wonder if she names her dresses too (eye roll).
I think I read somewhere that originally they were going to work on a line of dresses "together". I wonder at what stage he got cut out of the deal.


SO excited to have a Russian girl. We're underrepresented on reality tv.


Oh, this is gonna be fun. There are so many levels of interesting shining through some of those bios. Summer entertainment? Checkity check check check! I'm queuing the popcorn.


Reco? Isn't he on the audition video for PR? The one where all the models were wearing camo.


It is sad we won't see Elise, and instead we get this Andrew Christian bitch. It's weird cause the general concensus amongst people was voting for Elise... I guess the rest of America didn't think so.


Anonymous said: "Carson Kressley would be a good bitchy choice."

Oh, sweet Jesus, no. If they hire him, I will refuse to watch.

Let's all hope Emma P. is right that Fern will fill the "mentor" role.


Are you Boys gonna stick with the "They Sew, We Rip" logo or tagline or mantra or whatever it is for this show? Is that blashphemous or will you have a contest to come up with another one? I love contests on here! (although I never win).


I'm excited for Isaac (who I loooove AND shares a birthday with me!) and Fern, who I bet will give the best feedback.

Kelly? Fft. We'll see.

I am actually EXCITED for this show. OMG. I'm probably most curious about Merlin... that outfit is hilarious.


I can't take some of these contestants seriously, I'm going to be perfectly honest. But we'll see when the show starts!


I have seen the work of many of these contestants in person! Be prepared to be pleasantly surprised! Or should I say SURPRISED by this level of talent. think runway season four meets the real fashion industry! Then you have the ultimate judge Fern Mallis, a true force in the fashion industry. " In fashion, One day your in..." These are words that may sadly symbolize the fate of one of my favourite shows, fashion is everchanging and fickle.
Can Heidi and Tim's celebrity compensate for what we saw from the season six finale runway show? I love them both yet I cringe at the thought of the obviously stretched out knits, unfused coats and collars, the ill fitted and unfinished gowns, improperly set zippers and the furball of matted tuille that was considered to be a train on an evening gown.
The Fashion Show is the new black!!!
Finally a show that grooms it's contestants to build a successful business!


I'll watch, of course. I'm clearing a spot near the front of my house for Merlin. How it will please me to hitch my mount to him after a long ride.

I swear, the things the young designers wear reminds me of the hair on the kids at the beauty school I frequent (my secret dream to be a wigstand)--you think I will let you near my head when you think THAT was a good idea?


Merlin and Reco, I love you already.


Mariana (The Unoriginal)

Anonymous said...
I have seen the work of many of these contestants in person! Be prepared to be pleasantly surprised! Or should I say SURPRISED by this level of talent. think runway season four meets the real fashion industry! Then you have the ultimate judge Fern Mallis, a true force in the fashion industry. " In fashion, One day your in..." These are words that may sadly symbolize the fate of one of my favourite shows, fashion is everchanging and fickle.
Can Heidi and Tim's celebrity compensate for what we saw from the season six finale runway show? I love them both yet I cringe at the thought of the obviously stretched out knits, unfused coats and collars, the ill fitted and unfinished gowns, improperly set zippers and the furball of matted tuille that was considered to be a train on an evening gown.
The Fashion Show is the new black!!!
Finally a show that grooms it's contestants to build a successful business!

4:27 AM



I couldn't agree more. If what we saw at Bryant Park is the best they can offer, we're in for some Suede, Blayne, and Jerrell.

Vive Le Fashion Show!!!


What do you think the odds of "retail" being a featured line Target are?
Not only just with Mizrahi's involvement, but they also do those Serious Designer lines, like the current McQueen one, so they have a system for this sort of thing in place.


As one of America, we get to vote on the winner??? Huh, enfranchisement has its merits and all, but...

Perhaps Bravo did a study and found out that voting sucks people in both for good and bad, and then do the MMAS and disenfranchise America by Season 2.

Sewing Siren said...Isn't Kelly Rowlands wearing the Roland Mouret "Pigalle" dress that Heidi (white) and Nina (navy) also own? 1:14 PM
and Jennifer Lopez and maybe Victoria Beckham. Didn't one of them have the dress in tan?


I put my money on Angel, Jonny D, and Kristin.


It's interesting that Tim Gunn is chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne and Mizrahi is now designing for Liz Claiborne (I think his title is creative director).


Has anyone else noticed that Merlin is a ringer? He was on the last season of Janice Dickinson's show. He is all kinds of crazy, so I think he will add a lot to this competition.


Isaac Mizrahi? I will give him a chance if you two bitches think it will work but man I get sick of his schtick.


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I'm surprised by, but pumped for, the Chattanooga representation. I'll cheer them on until they make me hate them, ha.


Oh no, James-Paul DID NOT say "his brain" was his secret weapon! Anyone watch The Office? Quite the Andy Bernard moment!

There are some interesting looking characters here. Will I watch? I don't know.


a said.."Sewing Siren said...Isn't Kelly Rowlands wearing the Roland Mouret "Pigalle" dress that Heidi (white) and Nina (navy) also own? 1:14 PM"

and Jennifer Lopez and maybe Victoria Beckham. Didn't one of them have the dress in tan?

a,
JLo does have the "Pigalle" in tan and as far as I know Posh has all the RM dresses (and she has her assistants rub them off and uses the specs for her own line). Kelly is wearing the "Romy" which TLo provided the identifying link above.


Is Andrew a non-Mexican version of Ricky? Funky hat, underwear experience, knows how to fit women, lack of hair...it's all there.


*sigh* I am getting sick of these type of shows. I will not be watching this time. If the designers were so great WHY do they need to prove it to the world. It seems by their long resumes that they are doing oh so very well. Just continue doing that instead of getting on tv and making an ass of yourself. Also calling yourself a bitch is not a compliment nor does it make others *scared* of you, just annoyed. Goodness when will people understand that.


Chrish-

That was my thought too. Either Target is sponsoring the winning collection or Target will be at least one of the challenges.

Not sure what I feel about the public voting the winner. America as a hole doesn't have very good fashion sense(me included). Then again if the winner gets their clothes produced the company who is taking the financial risk needs to know that their are people who might actually buy the stuff.


Im not quite sure how Keith fits on this show- I just looked at his website and he actually has talent. How incredible to have Janet (jackson if your nasty)wearing one of his dresses. Not too sure about the unicorn tshirt... but some of his keith by keith lissner line looks amazing. I hope he doesnt get too far cause that might ruin him...


MARKUS IS VERY POSH


Still not understanding what all these supposedly highly accomplished designers are doing on a reality competition show, and an unestablished one at that, if they are all so fabulous.
I have to agree that it's weird that they all have their own successful lines sold the world over and yet they all want to compete for some pin money to 'start their own line'. PR has exactly the same problem.


J-LO Im guessing economy- nothing is selling right now... Desperate times...


I'm happy to see Fern is a part of this. I like her.

And how fun are these "contestants" going to be? I see catfights in the near future.


Seriously I can't stop laughing about Kelly Rowland being a cohost...really she use to let Tina Knowles dress her ....SERIOUSLY!


I think this show is going to be more succesful than PR on Lifetime. I mean, common. Lifetime? People tune in to Bravo to watch these kinds of shows and how many people are going to switch to LIFETIME just to see it?

I think they got Kelly Rowland because a lot of people like her or know who she is, at least. Idk.


well I'm glad to see kristin grabbed and botched the 'noodles' and added hideous zippers all over them. additionally, her 'editorial' shots are a 'nice' example that she knows how to use iphoto.

she'll be gone fast, the most amateur i've seen.


LOL...

Merlin is a character on his own.

Christian Andrew underwear line is successful because he is so freaking HOT. Just face it, almost every gay men who is obsesed with their bodies want to sleep with Christian

I. Mizahi is um...fashion loser. His fashion collections have always been a huge flop since the first time he launched. Hence the reason why he went bankrupt. MOVE ON.. at least Kors can't design but his stuffs sell.

Kelly, don't know what to say but I am going to be suprise.

The outline of the runway is a bit dearry and I get the chance to see some of the garments and they are all dearry. It has all been done before and is already in the store. What's next?

If they want to compete with Project Runway, Bravo needs an amazing talent.


I think this will be a good show. Bravo has something to prove. BTW, anyone playing this game? http://www.last2left.com/games/the-fashion-show-1/overview


Seriously, Do they really think this show can surpass Project Runway? (Jack hammering it down our throat while PR is still in a legal limbo)

My honest Opinion about the show is:

Lack of preparation - the set and everything looked rushed, the set looked dark.

The Host - Talk about Zero chemistry, If they want this show to sky rocket they should re-organize like what Top Chef did, Chemistry between host can really "Make it work"

Deliberation room? - OMG, why don't you just shove them in a toilet or porta potty and talk about what to do!, give them a better normal looking space for deliberation, HELLO learn from Make Me a Super Model!

Surely, this show has a lot to prove but unless they start impressing us - meaning in the next couple weeks, I will probably say "The Fashion Show- You're Out!"

I have to give gredit to those who thought of their runway though - very creative.

Again JMO.


I love Isaac!! Even though he went bankrupt, he's now working for Liz Claiborne along with Tim Gunn! Vogue just did a think about him and Liz.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1c5ZK9cKHuU

Kelly on the other hand seems to overact at least in my taste. I'll stick around for a while until PR comes on.


Before I begin critiquing 'The Fashion Show', let me just state a simple fact we all know - there is no such thing as a show that will top Project Runway. That being said, 'The Fashion Show' is a badly organized show of second rate designers and judges. Admittedly, some designers and judges have credentials, but not enough to make the show half as interesting as Project Runway. The challenges are a snooze-fest. This show is all drama and no talent. Please spare us Project Runway fans! We have much higher standards than this.


Wow, it’s amazing. Nice show. Attractive activity. Great job.


Merlin was on The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency show. She had a nice pose.





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