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Launch My Line

Bravo unveils Attempt #2, kittens.


There is a TON of info in this post, so we're going to mostly keep our mouths shut except to say the following: We've been hearing through the grapevine for months now that, honestly, for real, no fooling, Bravo REALLY got this one right. We don't blame any of you for being wary after the crashing disappointment of The Fashion Show, but we have to say, the clips at the bottom of this post look pretty good. And those adorable little fashion pixies, Dan and Dean Caten of Dsquared2 make far better potential hosts than Isaac Mizrahi. In fact, dare we say it? They remind us a little bit of Tim. Take a look and prepare your opinions for the comments section, but before you rush to write this one off, consider this: Don't you want to send a message to Bravo that you'd rather see shows like this than The Real Obnoxious Housewives and Prep School Brats of Miami Social?

"Bravo unveiled the contestants who will be paired together to compete in the new fashion creative competition series, "Launch My Line" premiering on Bravo on Wednesday, September 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Acclaimed designers, twin brothers Dean and Dan Caten of DSQUARED2 serve as the series hosts, and fashion notables Stefani Greenfield and Lisa Kline are series judges.

The series features ten well known professionals who are highly regarded in their own field of expertise, but have always dreamed of having their own clothing line. These professionals will be paired with ten established fashion designers who will help them execute their dream clothing line. The ten pairs will be put to the test, as they have to rely on each other's expertise to produce a cohesive fashion line. Some teams form a natural connection while others have instant tension, but at the end of every episode a complete look from each team must walk the runway and be judged in front of a live studio audience. In the end, the winning professional will have their clothing line launched and their expert designer, who helped them along way, will receive $50,000."



MEET THE HOSTS AND JUDGES:

Dean and Dan Caten, Dsquared2
Hosts
"Canadian twin brothers from Willowdale Ontario, Dean and Dan Caten have operated in the international fashion business since 1984. They moved to New York City in 1983 to attend the Parsons School for Design. In 1991 moved to Italy where, after many collaborations with the most important fashion houses, they produced their first men’s collection show, marking the first in a long succession of runway shows that captured the attention of journalists and buyers with their combination of fashion, music and theater.

The mix of irreverent Canadian wit and refined Italian tailoring, together with attention to detail are the foundation of today's Dsquared2 philosophy, giving life to a unique concept of alternative luxury. Recently, Dsquared2 collections have conquered a wider audience becoming more chic and sophisticated while maintaining their creative roots. This evolution is also due to the continuous international inspiration received by Dean and Dan, who, while split their life and work between Milan and London, and create their collections in Italy – "Born in Canada, living in London, made in Italy."

Since the very beginning, Dsquared2 has attracted a following among international celebrities –Lenny Kravitz, Justin Timberlake, Ricky Martin, Nelly Furtado, and Robbie Williams are all devotees of the brand. But, thanks to a lucky encounter with Madonna, the Caten twins were able to leave an indelible mark on the world of international show business. They were commissioned to design 150 outfits both for the artist and her dancers for the 2002 Drowned World Tour and for the video "Don’t Tell Me." Since then they have gone on to build significant partnerships throughout the music industry stars that include Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna and most recently, Fergie.

In addition to their celebrity following, Dsquared2 has received numerous industry accolades including, the "La Kore" award for Most Original Designers, considered the Oscars of the Italian fashion world, the prestigious Spanish award "Aguja de Oro" (Golden Needle); and they were named "Men of the Year" by GQ Magazine USA, Spain and Gerrmany as the Best Breakthrough Design Team. In the fall of 2009, Dean and Dan will be inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame."


Stefani Greenfield
Judge
"With a degree in Mass Communication from Tulane University, Stefani Greenfield had always planned to become a copywriter or a lyricist. Despite those aspirations, people couldn't help but note what she was wearing, always mixing vintage pieces with the good stuff her Grandma Bunny would buy her from the 3 B's (Bergdorf's, Bonwit's, and Bloomingdale's), and anything else from denim to rose cut diamonds. Greenfield would invariably combine uptown chic with downtown cool so effortlessly, enviably, and repeatedly, that she could no longer ignore the constant refrain she kept hearing from friends, acquaintances, and even strangers, "Oh, my God! I would die to shop in your closet!"

Greenfield's break came in 1989, when she was hired as an assistant to the Vice President of Donna Karan's new DKNY collection. After rising, in five years, to head DKNY Jeans, the fastest growing division in the Karan empire at the time, Greenfield moved to ESPRIT where she was Vice President in charge of Merchandising and Design. But, at 27, corporate America started to feel less challenging, and more like something sticking to the heel of Greenfield's Manolos.

Satisfying millions of knowing shoppers by realizing her dream of "The Ultimate Closet," Greenfield launched SCOOP in 1996 with her partner Uzi Ben Abraham. So trailblazing was their concept of gleaning the best of high and low fashion, ready-to-wear with undiscovered talent, the cleanly tailored with the sensual bohemian, all layered to entice a whip smart urban customer (the one everyone who loves to shop believes he or she is), that SCOOP became a phenomenon, and now includes 14 stores nationwide.

For all its success and influence, SCOOP fueled Greenfield's branding passion. Routinely quoted in fashion and trade publications, featured in magazines and honored in her field, as well as a frequent guest on "Today" and other television shows, Greenfield is now beginning another chapter in her career.

With the formation of My Next Act, her consulting company, focusing on fashion and entertainment, Greenfield is ready to build and market new brands, starting with Curations, a show and clothing line that will premiere on HSN in March of 2009. Adding to her "Ultimate Closet" legacy is her next mantra, "Luxury has no tiers, and cheap is no bargain."

Greenfield is co-founder of Love Heals, The Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education, and is actively involved in both OCRF (the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund) and Baby Buggy.

Happily married to financial investor Mitchell Silverman, they have a two-year-old daughter, Theodora."


Lisa Kline
Judge
"Growing up in Los Angeles, Lisa Kline has always had an interest in fashion. She knew from a young age that she wanted to have her own clothing boutique and followed fashion, joking that she was most likely one of the youngest subscribers ever to Vogue magazine. But, childhood scoliosis left her in a brace from age 7 to 14, unable to don the latest trends of the day because her beloved Jordache and Sassoon clothing couldn’t be worn over her brace. As a result, she spent her days dreaming of fashion and what she wished she could be wearing. And as soon as she was able to trade in her brace, her personal fashion renaissance began!

Kline headed east to study fashion design at Syracuse University. Upon graduation she returned to Los Angeles and went back to retail while saving money and scouring the city to find the perfect location to launch her first boutique. At the time, Robertson Boulevard was not known for retail, but Kline had a hunch about it. Following her instinct, she opened her flagship Lisa Kline boutique there in 1995 and never looked back.

Since its opening, the Lisa Kline boutique has had a cult celebrity following, known for discovering new designers and featuring the latest trends well before anyone else. Building on this success the Lisa Kline Men store opened in 1999, followed by Lisa Kline Kids in 2003, both on chic Robertson Blvd., made popular by Lisa's original namesake boutique.

Today, Lisa is known as much for being a fashion expert as she is for building her retail empire. She has styled A-list celebrities for more than a decade, and her keen eye for fashion has been seen on shows ranging from pop culture staples such as the original "Beverly Hills, 90210" and its current, fashion-forward remake, to national news programs. Lisa is a frequent fashion contributor to magazines, websites and television shows, as well as her popular blog, "Lisa's Obsessions" on www.LisaKline.com, where she muses on fashion, motherhood, and life in general. Lisa lives in the Los Angeles-area with her two children, Dylan and Colt."




MEET THE PROFESSIONALS:



David Applebaum, Architect
Hometown: Houston, Texas; Currently Resides in: Los Angeles, Calif.

As one of Southern California’s most respected architects, David Applebaum has done commercial work and designed the homes of countless celebrities including Cuba Gooding Jr., Diane Keaton and Frank Sinatra. Applebaum prides himself on his ability to produce both historical and modern designs. Holding a Master degree in Architecture from UCLA, he established his career and reputation for excellence at the architectural offices of Edward Grenzbach in Los Angeles, Franklin Israel in Los Angeles and Joseph D’Urso in New York City. Applebaum has been licensed to practice architecture in the State of California for almost twenty years. His professional philosophy is simple, “Live Where You Love - Love Where You Live.”


Kevin Black, Music Mogul
Hometown: Bronx, New York, N.Y.; Currently Resides in: Los Angeles, Calif.

Kevin Black began his career as a roadie for Run-DMC, where eventually he was promoted to Tour Manager. Gifted with an innate sense of what could be hot and what could not, Black became the hottest radio DJ on the West Coast. In 1987, Black became the National Promotions Director at Death Row Records. He then moved to EMI Records, A&M Records as the National Director of Promotions. After leaving EMI, Black has carried such titles as Vice President of Urban Music at Virgin Records, Senior Vice President of TWISM RECORDS, Vice President of Rap Marketing and Promotions at Interscope Records, and served as a top level executive at Warner Brothers Music. Black has appeared on numerous television series and has affiliations with many of the world’s top artist including Prince, Janet Jackson, Eminem, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Black Eyed Peas, Mary J, Blige, Snoop Dogg, and Gwen Stefani among many others. Kevin lives by his personal creed: “Stay ready, so you don’t have to get ready.” Currently, Black is the president and CEO of his own Promotion/Marketing/Management firm U CAN FLY HOLDINGS and is on the precipice of an exciting new chapter in his professional life.


Marilyn Crawford, CEO
Hometown: Lancaster, S.C.; Currently resides in: Las Vegas, Nev. and New York, N.Y.

A graduate of the Harvard Executive Business School, Marilyn Crawford has established herself as the ultimate expert and spokesperson in business and entertainment. She is the CEO of Windsor PTM, a global strategic marketing company. She is also Chairman of 2810, a private business membership club. Crawford travels extensively around the globe for her clients which include: Coca-Cola, Sony Universal, Master Charge, CNN, Volvo, Larry King, Oprah, Russell Simmons and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. Crawford has been named “Woman of the Year” from Arts Horizon and TD/Commerce Banks, and has received The International Women’s Exchange Compass Award, The Humanitarian of the Year Award and Ebony’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award.


Eric Cubeechee, DJ
Hometown/Resides In: Los Angeles, Calif

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Eric Cubeechee grew up in a home filled with delicious sights and sounds, soaking up the essence of music while watching his grandfather's Cuban band. Cubeechee is now one of the premier disc jockeys in the country and bringing his talent to the small screen. Cubeechee has covered the Latin Grammy Awards and hosted Source Sound Lab (UPN), The Hip Hop Show (LATV), MTV Direct Effect and The Drop and Across The Hall (Latino Network SITV). Cubeechee has worked with A List artists such as Black Eyed Peas, 3-6 Mafia, Gwen Stefani and Justin Timberlake, among others.


Merle Ginsberg, Fashion Critic
Hometown: Atlantic City, N.J.; Currently Resides in: Los Angeles, Calif.

Merle Ginsberg is an L.A. based journalist, editor, author and tv personality, and the editor in chief of the popular Hollywood fashion website Fashionrules.com. She has written on fashion, beauty and entertainment for magazines all over the world including W Magazine, Women's Wear Daily, Harper's Bazaar, Rolling Stone, The London Times, Elle Decor, People Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Marie Claire, Seventeen, Maxim, The New York Times Magazine, British Elle and Glamour, International Cosmopolitan, and for websites The Daily Beast, IMG's The Daily, and TheFind.com. She is the author of the bestselling book "Confessions of an Heiress," and the design book "Hip Hollywood Homes." She's also appeared regularly on Entertainment Tonight, CNN, MSNBC, and The Today Show as a fashion expert.


Vanessa Gonzalez, Event Designer
Hometown/Resides In: Los Angeles, Calif.

With almost ten years of experience leading events at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, Vanessa Gonzalez has gained a reputation for creating innovative and dynamic events highlighting the emerging art scene in Los Angeles. Featured in Angeleno, In Style and L’uomo Vogue, Gonzalez has garnered attention for her groundbreaking events that bring east coast glamour and style to Los Angeles. According to the Los Angeles Times, she is known for producing events that have made MOCA one of the “hottest social tickets in town.”


Dan Karaty, Choreographer
Hometown: Wyckoff, N.J.; Currently Resides in: Los Angeles, Calif.

Dan Karaty is one of the hottest choreographers working today. In addition to his work on films that include “Music and Lyrics” and “Did You Hear About The Morgans” with Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker, Karaty has regularly appeared on FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” One of the series’ most popular judges, Karaty is best known for his hip-hop choreography and thought-provoking critiques. Born just outside New York City, his parents are Broadway veterans Tom and Jane Karaty, so it’s no surprise dance is a huge part of his life. He made his Broadway debut in the smash hit “Footloose” and soon thereafter began dancing with Britney Spears and the *NSYNC World Tour. Today he is a sought after choreographer who has worked on projects for Jessica Simpson. Kylie Minogue, Justin Timberlake, and Usher, among others. His work is infused by classic Broadway inspirations like Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and trailblazers in hip-hop and pop culture like Michael Jackson. He currently has several film and television projects in development, as well as a Broadway production of his own.


Patrick McDonald, Fashion Writer
Hometown: San Luis Obispo , Calif.; Currently Resides in: New York, N.Y.

Patrick McDonald, better known as “The Dandy” to fashionistas everywhere, has been at the top of the New York fashion scene since his arrival in the late 1970s. Born in Germany to American parents, McDonald spent his early years in California before starting his career as a model. McDonald’s love of high fashion led him to pursue a career in the industry, holding positions as an assistant buyer at Barney’s and couture director at Fabrice. A style icon known for his unique look, McDonald has appeared in publications that include PAPER, Detour, New York, Numero, SoHo Style, Surface, The New York Times Lifestyle section, Sportswear International and Russian Vogue. McDonald has been voted one of Gotham Magazine’s 100 Best Dressed New Yorkers.


Louanna Rawls, Stylist
Hometown/Resides In: Los Angeles, Calif.

Rawls, the beautiful daughter of legendary standards singer and philanthropist, Lou Rawls was born in Los Angeles in 1969. She grew up surrounded by legends in the music industry and huge Hollywood heavy hitters such as Frank Sinatra, the Pointer Sisters, Tina Turner, Quincy Jones, and Clive Davis. Being a part of all of the glamour and rock and roll of the music industry, Rawls naturally developed a genuine eye and passion for fashion, style, and costuming. After modeling and acting in New York, mogul Russell Simmons gave Rawls her first break into styling. From there, she went on to style Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, Robin Thicke and Patricia Arquette – to name only a few. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her dog Biggie Rawls, and continues to work as a celebrity wardrobe stylist and costume designer for movies and commercials. She also works as a personal shopper for some of Hollywood’s biggest names. She remains inspired by organic, eco-friendly clothing and well-tailored tees and denim.


Kathy Rose, Jewelry Designer
Hometown: Tehran, Iran; Currently Resides in: Los Angeles, Calif.

Born in Iran, Kathy Rose is an American jewelry designer to the stars. Co-founder of the retail boutique, Roseark, and designer of her eponymous jewelry line, Rose’s clients include A-listers Charlize Theron, Madonna, Courtney Cox-Arquette, Kate Hudson, Angelina Jolie and Penelope Cruz. Rose was a finalist for the FGI Rising Star Award in jewelry and was selected to exhibit one of her pieces at the California Design Biennial at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.


MEET THE FASHION DESIGNERS:

Akiko, 32 Hometown: San Diego, Calif.; Currently Resides In: Los Angeles, Calif.
Akiko, a favorite designer among many A-list celebrities, was born and raised in San Diego, California. As an aspiring designer at the age of nine, she started sewing under the direction of her grandmother and eventually started designing her own creations while still in high school. After obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts in fashion design from Otis College of Art and Design, Akiko was able to launch her career. By 2003, she had established herself in the industry with her flattering, feminine chic pieces, soon recognized as a note-worthy designer. With inspiration from art, vintage prints and embroideries, Akiko has become known for designs that flatter the female form.


Coco, 37 – Hometown: Thailand, Currently Resides In: New York, N.Y.
Born in Thailand, Coco spent her childhood plastering her bedroom walls with the pages of fashion magazines, dreaming of taking her place as a creator in the beautiful make-believe worlds found in each image. Since then she has become an award-winning graduate of the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, and a represented fashion designer with the ADA in Paris. With her unbreakable determination, she has been delighting fashionistas and buyers since launching her eponymous line in 2000, and her designs have been featured in Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Now on hiatus, Coco is taking time to embrace life, and accepting consulting work, and some freelance design projects as long as it allows her to travel and enjoy New York, where she now makes her home.


Emil, 39 – Hometown: Linz, Austria; Currently Resides In: Los Angeles, Calif.
Emil first fell in love with fashion when he was five-years-old, while watching his grandmother as she crafted dresses. Passionate, and filled with the desire to design, he made the move to London from his native Austria after finishing his education as a textile engineer. He secured a position within one of the world’s leading costume couture houses, and was finally able to create his own avant garde line, EMIL Couture. Emil has consulted for a number of high-profile clients, including Stevie Wonder’s wife, famed designer Kai Milla.


Galina, 45 – Hometown: Odessa, Russia; Currently Resides In: Los Angeles, Calif.
As a young girl in Russia, Galina learned to sew and crochet from her grandmother, an established dressmaker. After cultivating a deep love of fashion she went on to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and graduated with honors. Soon thereafter, she started pursuing a career in high-end fashion, creating her own label, Single, with her husband and business partner, Michael. Single is a luxury collection known for its classic sensibilities and exuberant European fabrics, which promote women’s confidence and independence in style. Galina’s sought-after designs have been available in Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdales and other exclusive boutiques and online retailers worldwide including Net-A-Porter.com.


Jim, 35 – Strathmore, Calif; Currently Resides In: West Hollywood, Calif.
At the age of 10, Jim sewed his first garment. Decades later, after working his way to the top of the design ladder and relocating to Los Angeles, he has worked with top entertainers including Ryan Seacrest, Hayden Panettiere and The Pussycat Dolls. With many career highlights bolstering his design roster – like making a dress for Evangeline Lily for the cover of Los Angeles Magazine, designing and constructing a red leather Jumpsuit for Christina Milian – it’s no surprise that Jim's designs have become international. Whether he is tailoring Prada or John Varvatos for Neiman Marcus, building custom pieces for Fredericks of Hollywood's A list Fashion show or saving the day for Lady GaGa and her dancers with tour wardrobe specialties, Jim is consistently proving that he is Hollywood's "Go To Guy."


Julie, 30 – Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.; Currently Resides In: Silverlake, Calif.
After graduating from Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, and spending over ten years in the fashion industry, Julie launched Rhys Dwfen in 2006 to realize her vision of the perfectly modern sweater. The Los Angeles native focuses the line on smart, sophisticated pieces that are adorned with eye-catching details. She carefully tailors each garment with an eye towards creating a sleek silhouette, and svelte, expensive looks that transition deftly from office to night. Since its inception, Rhys Dwfen has garnered praise and editorial coverage in top trade and lifestyle publications. The brand was also awarded one of only eight coveted spots for emerging designers in Gen Art's 10th Anniversary Fresh Faces Fashion Show during LA Fashion Week in 2007. With showrooms in Los Angeles, New York and Canada, Rhys Dwfen is available in better specialty boutiques throughout the United States and abroad.


Roberto, 41 – Hometown: Bal Harbour, Fla., Paris, France; Currently Resides In Hollywood, Calif.
Roberto was first discovered by Karl Lagerfeld after he graduated from the prestigious, Studio Bercot in Paris. Born in Quito, Ecuador, Roberto considers himself a citizen of the world, having worked in Paris, Bal Harbour and Hollywood since 1987. He is also an accomplished fine artist, who has shown in several prominent art galleries, including a recent couture performance exhibit at the Karsten Greve Gallery in Paris. Roberto's design philosophy is Le Divine in Design rooted in his South American heritage and Europe's legacy of luxury and savoir-faire. Roberto's designs have been featured in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W and Elle. He has created garments for many celebrity clients – most notably award winning singer, Carrie Underwood.


Susan, 26 – Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.; Currently Resides In: Pasadena, Calif.
Fresh out of design school at American InterContinental University, Atlanta, Susan took a leap of faith and drove to Los Angeles, California in search of a job. Fortunately, Lady Luck was on her side and she shortly landed a position designing swimwear. In 2008, Susan started her own line, Elevate & Collide, which garnered notice for its versatile and contemporary looks. Susan has swiftly made a name for herself as one of the youngest rising stars in fashion.


Thai, 28 – Hometown: Olympia, Washington; Currently Resides In: Los Angeles, Calif.
Thai graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in 2002. Following graduation, he earned the title of Associate Designer for BCBG Max Azria, which he held through 2004. Since then, Thai has become the designer of choice for prominent Vietnamese entertainment production companies, Asia Entertainment, Van Son Entertainment and Thuy Nga. In 2008, Thai and his partner, Helen Nguyen, opened showroom and storefront, Thai Nguyen Couture, in Westminster, California. Thai's professional motto is "Live for FASHION. Set the TREND."


Tressa, 32 - Hometown: Norwich, Vt.; Currently resides in Los Angeles, Calif.
Tressa is the founder of Fierce Couture. She started the experimental fashion line in 2003 and shortly thereafter, her work caught the attention of GenArt, a prominent showcase for emerging artists. In 2004, Tressa was chosen as one of their Fresh Faces in Fashion. Since then, the playful and unexpected designs of Fierce Couture, which explores the relationship between the graphic line and the three-dimensional body, have shown in Berlin, London and across the United States.








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157 comments:

I'm not sure what to think just yet. But I'll give it a chance.


Wow. You weren't kidding about the tons of info. I wish them luck. I also wish they wouldn't run this show the same time as Project Runway, but whatever, that's what DVRs are for. I hope beyond all hope it turns out good, but I was hoping for The Fashion Show too. Right now it looks like a hot mess with 24 people on the show, seems like it is way too many people, but with two leaving each week it will whittle down fast enough.


TLo said:"...but before you rush to write this one off, consider this: Don't you want to send a message to Bravo that you'd rather see shows like this than The Real Obnoxious Housewives and Prep School Brats of Miami Social?"

You're so right.


Fierce Couture?! Is that the Merriam-Webster definition of "derivative"?


Actually this seems well thought out and the fact that the aspiring will be teamed up with the established should make for better clothing, and wait for it just as much DRAMA!


"BlackRaspberry said...

Fierce Couture?! Is that the Merriam-Webster definition of "derivative"?"

Derivative of what?


Oh yum! Loved Merle Ginsberg on Ru's show and have been fascinated by Patrick McDonald forever. Fun!


It's Bravo! So we don't have to worry about watching it the very same time as Project Runway. We can catch in on rerun, after rerun, after rerun...

And if the ratings stay high for Project Runway, Bravo is not above moving its shows to other nights to better compete.

This is the show I was hoping TFS could have been.

I'm just hoping they paid the light bill on this one.


This is the show Bravo should have done instead of TFS.

TampaBay


I"m confused by the comments about it conflicting with PR. Isn't this one on Wednesdays and PR is on Thursdays?


I am definitely watching, of course.


YAY! I love Merle she's fabulous!!!


Oy. These folks are full of themselves, aren't they? I'm wading in all those names they dropped.

It's rather amusing to read between the lines of the bios, too:

good stuff her Grandma Bunny would buy her from the 3 B's (Bergdorf's, Bonwit's, and Bloomingdale's), and anything else from denim to rose cut diamonds read: "trust fund baby"

Now on hiatus, Coco is taking time to embrace life, and accepting consulting work read: "her line failed, no one will hire her, but she's got enough family $$ that she doesn't care"

I see that Merle Ginsberg left a very important item off her resumé: judge on Ru Paul's Drag Race!

Nevertheless, this could be good, but if it's on at the same time as PR, I'll have to give it a miss. Pity. (Of course, Bravo may do us a favor and rerun it a zillion times, as is their wont.)


Architect, Choreographer, Event Stylist? I don't get it. Are these professionals helping to design clothing? How does that help? I'll give it a look, but I don't have high hopes. It sounds confusing and weird.

But you're right that I don't want any more of the housewives and their bratty offspring. UGH.


Dear Bravo,

I don't give a flying crap about what the bratty kids in NYC or the bitches Atlanta or Orange County or wherever are doing.

But "Launce my Line", I'll give it a shot.


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

Conceptually, I like it.
I'm waiting to see how it is finally executed, because TFS showed promise on paper too. Execution is the name of the game.

There ends my Nina-esque comment on the actual show.

Not only is the Real Obnoxious Housewives and Prep School Brats of Miami Social getting to me, but have you seen some of the flicks they've put in rotation? Top Gun? Lethal Weapon?

Who is this network masquerading as Bravo?


WHAT?! Haha this actually looks cool, but it's so weird Bravo's pumping these things out like this! They are indeed Magical Elves. (are they the producing? Whatever, I needed a lam joke)


We'll see. A bit confusing, I think.

Unfortunately, Lisa and Stefani sound and look as though they could be on Real Obnoxious Housewives themselves.

Itsjustme


Ehh, I feel so conflicted! On the one hand, I really want Bravo to get back on top form and give me a show I want to watch, but on the other I'm not sure how I feel about this concept. I hope it doesn't turn out like the PR episodes where they have clients who think they can design and who just end up annoying the actual designers. We'll see.

But part of me also thinks that Bravo won't have settled on a real PR replacement until they name it 'Top' something. It needs to be a trilogy, obviously!


I meant on at the same time not literally, like the same night and time but different channels (ie. running against each other), but running during the same months. I wish they could have waited for PR to end to start this one.


It's about time America gets introduced to "The Dandy"/Patrick McDonald! I've been a huuuge fan of his forever and can't wait to see the show!!!


Ooooh...I think this could be good. I'll second Lilithcat on the name dropping nonsense, but I can see why they did it. I like that it's different, that the contestants are ALL established professionals, instead of a mix of newbie and experienced designers. I also like the idea of building a collection week by week. I hope it turns out well, this seems like something I could really get into. Unlike, say, The Plastic Trophyskanks.


Thanks for the clarification, Stephanie. I'm just glad there is something (potentially) interesting on TV a night OTHER than Thursdays. Everything we want to watch is on the night of the week we are most likely to have other plans.


I don't get it.

So I guess I'll keep an open mind.

I am just excited for Nina and Tim on PR


Anybody else having a "Zed and Two Noughts" flashback? It's unnerving me a little, but Dan and Dean seem so adooooorable, I might just make it through.

Well, bravo to Bravo for sneaking this one through because I had not heard a thing about it until now, and it does look better than That Show Which Must Not Be Named, but of course I'll watch anything that has to do with fashion design. Of course.

Lisa needs a new haircut.


You boys are positively spoiling us today. Thank you! As for sending a message to Bravo, you're right, and here's mine:

Bravo, you once proud network, you are mere inches from turning into the Jerry Springer of television networks. But it's not too late. Pull yourself out of the dung heap. Scrape no more from the bottom of the barrel. Dump the "Money Can Buy Anything But Class" line of programming. Come back, and bask in the fresh, clean airwaves you used to enjoy!


Wow! It sounds really promising.

I too loved Merle on RPDR-- I hope she is funny on this show too.

Really-- it's at the same time as PR? What Am I going to do-- we don't have a DVR...


OH. MY. GOD. I loooove Dean and Dan Caten. I had no idea they were going to be the judges and Patrick is fabulous beyond words.


" kjt said...

Wow! It sounds really promising.

I too loved Merle on RPDR-- I hope she is funny on this show too."


She was awesome on the show. This is looking good.


I'll definitely give it a try. Thanks for all the post today, Tlo :)


IT'S NOT ON AT THE SAME TIME AS PR.

Why is everyone saying that?


Anonymous said...

IT'S NOT ON AT THE SAME TIME AS PR.

Why is everyone saying that?




Because people just don't read, that's why.


Mariana (The Unoriginal)

I have a feeling this is going to be much better than TFS, I see a lot of drama happening.


LaFemmeFataledeNY

I'll watch anything related to fashion and I guess Bravo had more time to work on this one. Hopefully they won't make the same mistakes.


AWESOME!! Dsquared2 is one my favorite brands and the twins are so cute.


"“So You Think You Can Dance.” One of the series’ most popular judges, Karaty is best known for his hip-hop choreography"

Girl, someone LIED to you! As a die-hard SYTYCD fan, it is widely known that Karaty is one of the least favorite coreographers among fans and that his hip hop routines consistently landed contestants in the bottom of the pack in the early seasons.


Dan Karaty is HOT :p

I know I'm a whore.


Let me get this straight. Bravo has assembled a group of successful, creative and visionary folks from TOTALLY OUTSIDE of the fashion industry, who want to try their hand at a clothing line?

And pairing each with an established fashion designer who can actually draw, drape, cut, and sew?

Well, ooooooooookaaaaaaaaaaay.


"MouseAnony said...

Let me get this straight. Bravo has assembled a group of successful, creative and visionary folks from TOTALLY OUTSIDE of the fashion industry, who want to try their hand at a clothing line?

And pairing each with an established fashion designer who can actually draw, drape, cut, and sew?

Well, ooooooooookaaaaaaaaaaay."


Why not? Many successful fashion designers have tried their hand on many other things why not the other way around?


I will be watching it, especially if it gets the TLO treatment.


Let's just hope we can a) actually see the garment on the runway and b) for more then 5 seconds.


"These professionals will be paired with ten established fashion designers who will help them execute their dream clothing line. The ten pairs will be put to the test, as they have to rely on each other's expertise to produce a cohesive fashion line."

****************8
This is going to be an interesting dynamic. It seems as if ALL the expertise is on the "established fashion designer" side, and the rocky shoals loom of mentoring a successful creative professional ego whilst implementing for them/teaching them to implement their "vision."

Won't lack for drama.

I say those with the best 'effective teamwork' skills will beat out the best fashion/artistic vision. What I don't know is how this will be captured on camera, figuring out which team member contributed what/was helpful/was obstructive/etc. has always been a weak point in PR and in TFS.


I'm very curious. This sounds interesting. How are they going to pair them?


Count me in, I love fashion. Hey, I even liked TFS.


" Stephanie said...
Right now it looks like a hot mess with 24 people on the show, seems like it is way too many people, but with two leaving each week it will whittle down fast enough."


It's going to be crazy. I kind of like that.


While we must wait to actually see, (and I don' want to jinx it...) I am encouraged just to see the few tiny runway clips looking like they are bathed in lots of light!!!! Keeping my fingers crossed!

Peri


Denise Wang said:
"Why not? Many successful fashion designers have tried their hand on many other things why not the other way around?"

7/27/09 3:40 PM

Well, for one thing, one of these newbies might get so carried away that he/she picks up a staple gun or blowtorch and says, "Wait, here's what I meant . . . ."


re: "The Dandy"/Patrick McDonald

I've never heard of this fellow (then again, I am not a fashionista), but he certainly looks interesting - in a creepy Willy Wonka kind of way. All he needs to complete his look is a big net with which to catch errant children.


CanIGetYouAnything?

I'm IN.


I wonder if they'll have the same partner each week or if there will be some sort of rotation- like Project Runway models? That could be interesting.

It looks good- even though I was just complaining that I hate all TV shows in which "celebrities" try to do something that isn't what they are famous for. However, these contestants aren't necessarily the usual "celebrities" on those shows.

I'm excited, and if it's successful I think TLo would make excellent contestants for season 2.


Patrick has been around forever (for those who don't know him), he's a character, I'm sure he'll be catty and bitchy on the show.


bitchybitchybitchy

I think I love Patrick McDonald already.

I'll give this one a look see, especially if it deprives the spawn of the Housewhore franchise of airtime.


TLo said...We've been hearing through the grapevine for months now that, honestly, for real, no fooling, Bravo REALLY got this one right.
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Hmm, that begs the question, what did you guys hear about The Fashion Show before its debut??? ;-D


Sorry, Bravo. "Thailand" is not a hometown. It's the world's 50th largest country.


Patrick McDonald kinda sucks, and is basically the male Amanda Lepore - more famous for being a fixture on the NYC party scene than any discernible talent. Gee, I predict he will be aided to design things exactly like what he wears. The world does not need any more McQueen/Westwood derivative crap. Seriously. I'd rather watch talented people than random "names" that need actually-talented people to help them design. Just a thought, Bravo.


They've got me, I'll watch.

Do you think all the professionals will be biting their nails and praying not to be paired up with the guy who brags of dressing Lady Gaga?


Just finished the bios - some laugh-out-loud lines there - I do hope they were written by the Bravo folks, because if there is this much florid - not to say purple - prose (supported by inexpert use of the thesaurus) coming from these folks themselves (or their organizations), the clash of titanic egos is about to begin!

Is "on the precipice of an exciting new chapter in his professional life" supposed to be a good thing??

"Being a part of all of the glamour and rock and roll of the music industry, Rawls naturally developed a genuine eye and passion for fashion, style, and costuming" - oh, **NATURALLY**! (chortle, gasp snort!)


I can't wait to see who gets paired with who. Lots of drama, I'm sure.


Has possibilities.

And YES, if Bravo is listening, I would rather watch shows that require TALENT, than what has become their regular housewife/spoiled brat freak show.

I cannot stomach the freak show. At all. I'd go so far as to say that if Bravo doesn't pick itself up, and lay off validating the worthless NJ/Atlanta/Miami/OC losers by following them around with cameras, it will at some point (very soon) become too late for the network altogether. At some point people will no longer check out ANY of their new shows.

I realize that the housewife/brat freak show is an attempt to make easy money off of stupid, narcissistic people who do not understand the difference between laughing with and laughing at. But at some point it is Bravo that becomes the joke. I think that point has actually passed.

Maybe this new show can resurrect the network's reputation into something less laughable. We'll have to wait and see. At least this is a step in the right direction.

--GothamTomato


A very interesting and diverse group of people. I like when they had contestants from other countries.


Marilyn Crawford sounds FIERCE! I aspire to be her -- but in male form and within the asian american community :)


I will surely give it a fair shot, though I am not particularly enamoured of any of the "well known professionals". I have always loved Dean and Dan though. It's interesting how they finish each others sentences. That might get a little nerve wracking, but hey, we went through weeks of Heather being nerve wracking on TFS!
Anything will be better then the skanky housefraus, the spoiled brats, and the Miami lounge lizards.
The only shows I still watch on Bravo are Top Chef and Top Chef Masters, and it wouldn't surprise me if they fly the coop, too!!!


I love So You Think You Can Dance, and I don't remember this Karaty dude at all, so there's some resume fluffing there for sure.
I like the look of The Dandy, I'll watch just for him.


"Hmm, that begs the question, what did you guys hear about The Fashion Show before its debut??? ;-D"

Not a thing, which in retrospect should have been a red flag.


It's an interesting concept (I'm not even sure I really understand it!), but one thing I don't like is that, as with TFS, the audience will do the judging instead of the experts.

Me no likey! Why can't the judges take the audience reaction into account but be allowed to override its decisions?

Still, as everyone else has noted, it beats the hell out of the endless freak shows that are now synonymous with the Bravo network, so fingers crossed that it's a good show. (And yes, as someone else said, let's hope there is LIGHTING this time!


Can not WAIT to see Patrick McDonald on a show! He's been awesome for years. I hope this works!


There's only one thing we can do: watch!

I'm not holding my breath though.


"60isthenew55 said...
Why can't the judges take the audience reaction into account but be allowed to override its decisions?"


That's the only part I don't like about it.


Of course I'm going to watch it. Patrick is Merlin without the subtitles.


Those dsquared 2 guys creep me out, they always dress alike it's weird when you're not 10 anymore.


TLo replied:

"Hmm, that begs the question, what did you guys hear about The Fashion Show before its debut??? ;-D"

Not a thing, which in retrospect should have been a red flag.

Actually that explains a WHOLE lot. Maybe the Bravo powers that be will really take your recommendations for TFS seriously.


now this actually sounds interesting! And, heh, Applebaum designed the new building for my museum.


I'm intrigued, because to become a successful professional you have to work with people - whom you may detest! - to create a finished product

Personally, my early fave is Appelbaum, the architect.


"be judged in front of a live studio audience"

Correct me if I'm wrong but that only means they will be judged in front of an audience- not that the audience will be the judges. I never read anywhere that the audience's opinions will have any say in the outcome.


another laura

Very LA-oriented, not that there's anything wrong with that. But I guess there is or I wouldn't be mentioning it. And here's what it is: Clawing toward the 15 minutes. The pumped-up focus on dressing celebrities, designing for celebrities, DJing for celebrities, being a celebrity, being a celebrity's child (and therefore a celebrity?), picking up a celebrity's poo. oy.

I think I'm suffering a little "celebrity" exhaustion. Remind me a couple of weeks before this begins and maybe I will get interested. Although I probably will have no choice but to be reminded since I am watching Top Chef Masters on Bravo.


"Leigh said...

"be judged in front of a live studio audience"

Correct me if I'm wrong but that only means they will be judged in front of an audience- not that the audience will be the judges. I never read anywhere that the audience's opinions will have any say in the outcome."


I hope you're right, I can't take another "America votes" or "95% of the audience said that..."


I think this might actually work having professionals from different fields involved. We'll see.


So, ten people who’ve always wanted to be in fashion get paired up with real designers in an effort to launch their lines. Really?


I won tickets to attend one of the tapings, and yes, we got to vote on which designs we liked the best.


Hmmm. If this thing is edited correctly it could be so awesome! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for good editing choices and appropriate lighting. I'm always happy to see a new show come along that is based on the creation of things...fashion being one of my most favorite. I love watching talented, creative people produce things.


This show is just further proof that Bravo has totally lost the plot.
How much fun, one person (with the money I'd guess) gets to tell the person with the talent what to do. And the mayhem ensues.

Gosh where's 'She by Sheree'........


Leigh said, "Correct me if I'm wrong but that only means they will be judged in front of an audience- not that the audience will be the judges. I never read anywhere that the audience's opinions will have any say in the outcome."

Oh, duhhhh... It's Monday and my brain is fried! I did misread that. After the TFS debacle with a pack of who-knows-who? audience members doing the choosing, I had a little hair trigger thing going on about the audience role.

If the audience isn't judging, I will be happy!


Anything is better than "Crashing Bore Housewives" and "Prep School Brats Who Need a Good Whipping with a Buggy Whip"

But after The (Disasterous) Fashion Show, I am gun shy, Bravo.

So ok, bring it bitches - I'm ready to judge!

P.S. Launch My Line = the love child of The Apprentice and Project Runway....


too many cats

Me bad.
Me so very, very bad.

As I looked through the contestants I judged them based on their clothes and apparent attitudes. And I said "oh that's the Kit Pistol, and that one's the high strung one, and .....

I cared enough about the PR contestants that I remember them. On Top Chef, the assorted early chopped chefs just mush together.

I think there's a limit to the number of reality shows that I can watch at one time.

When the contestants seem to fit into stereotypical niches, it's not a good thing. With the witchy housewives, Bravo has grown away from me. I'm still here, but they aren't.


sounds hopeful. looks like the dvr will be getting quite a work out


What a GREAT idea! I hope they have a lot of inside information and not just drama. I'm all for encouraging them to do this sort of show; bad as TFS was, it was exponentially better than the Real Housewives shows! I don't even want to think about those "real" housewives actually existing on Earth, let alone WATCH them.


This looks potentially awesome, and I guess they had more time to put this together than TFS, so cause for optimism?

Is it just me or is the English broken in the second paragraph about Dsquared2?

Also, I covet Patrick McDonald's hat. Not necessarily to wear, but certainly to marvel at. XD


another laura

And by the way, TLo - 4 posts? On a Monday? Smooches, you hard-working bitches!


TLo said:"...but before you rush to write this one off, consider this: Don't you want to send a message to Bravo that you'd rather see shows like this than The Real Obnoxious Housewives and Prep School Brats of Miami Social?"
One can hope!!! I don't even love to hate the housewifes or Prep school obnoxious brats. this show looks extremely hopeful. fingers crossed that Bravo is back.


CanIGetYouAnything?

I think this show has a lot of potential to be a really good show.


Well, I'll hope for the best, but as history has proven over and over again, if there is a way to screw up a great concept, Bravo will find it and embrace it.


This looks like a lot of fun, actually. I really love the idea of smart, creative people who can't sew or sketch or design themselves working with actual fashion designers to get it done. If they pull it off just right, it could be both dramalicious and really fascinating to watch.


This is what TFS should have been.

Dan and Dean seem like a great duo, hot to boot. In the preview they play off each other which is charming and hilarious and I can't wait to see them tag team judge.

While I'm nervous about execution, I am hopeful that this will be a great series. The runway looks well lit. I think the quality of the garments will be kept, hopefully, in check with the designers around. I hope that the audience voting for the pieces won't be the thing that keeps the best piece from winning. Well, in a way, the audience do judge collections, abet without a card. Although it does not sound like it does determine a winner, rather, "I like the volume in the piece" and perhaps is more feedback for the new designers.

Personally I want to see more creative shows on Bravo. Apparently they are doing something in regards to fine art, which should be interesting. I want to see more progressive TV again from Bravo, it is what made the network great.

Although I couldn't care less about the "We are rich and horrible people" I will permanently tune out to Bravo if they keep churning them out at the rate they are currently, regardless of what fashion show they have on.


Well, it's better than Housewives...

I'm curious though, how well-known are these "well-known" people? I've never heard of a single person associated with this show.

Something about this show/idea just seems off to me though I can't quite figure out what. I'll give it a shot, though.


" Steven L said...

Personally I want to see more creative shows on Bravo. Apparently they are doing something in regards to fine art, which should be interesting. I want to see more progressive TV again from Bravo, it is what made the network great. "


AMEN! There was a time when I was actually proud of that channel.


YAY! More fashion show, wow, I'm going to be busy watching all these shows.


Hopefully they saw what went wrong with TFS and worked harder on this one. I'll give it a try but I will not watch the entire season if it suck like I did with TFS.

This time we have PR going on at the same time.


Most of the competitors are based in LA, I don't know how I feel about that.


I met Dean & Dan in the past when I walked for them. They're just so adorable.


Jeeeez, how many freaking fashion reality shows do we need?


There can't be too many creative fashion/art shows for me. So of course I'm in.

Watched Bravo's clip of Dan & Dean and they are a hoot - finishing each other's sentences. Loved it.


This may be off-topic, but I have a question for TLo. There have been a lot of comments on this post re NYC Brats and Real Housewhores, and I also wonder at the proliferation of this crap, when Bravo has other shows in its stable that are far more entertaining. I'm thinking of Top Design. Any idea when we might be seeing another season of that? Or Shear Genius?


Was Patrick McDonald oneof the audience judges on TFS. If he is the one I was thinking of, I recall thinking he had no taste.


Lord! Dan and Dean (at least in the videos) remind me of the conjoined twins in "Twin Falls Idaho." Just sayin it is kinda creepy...


http://www.sinepil.org/imaj/queennothing/mark-polish-michael-polish-twin-falls-idaho-001.jpg


Bill Cunningham from the NYT likes Patrick McDonald. That is where I first saw him. My question: Where is the line dividing costume and fashion? Discuss.

(I'm thinking Patrick falls on the costume side. )


i'll check it out cause i love fashion, but that's an insane amount of people for a competition.. i thought PR was over doing it with 16 people.

this reminds me of Posh and other singers that start lines, which i have to say, are usually never good.


The concept is intriguing. The fact that Bravo cast Patrick McDonald will get me to tune in. He's some sort of a fashion magician mash up of Oscar Wilde meets Jacques Tati. It should be fascinating to watch this artist at work.


>>Don't you want to send a message to Bravo that you'd rather see shows like this than The Real Obnoxious Housewives and Prep School Brats of Miami Social?"<<

YES! x 2 from this television viewing household with a very desirable demographic.


"I won tickets to attend one of the tapings, and yes, we got to vote on which designs we liked the best."

If DaniellaF really attended one of the tapings and really got to vote on the clothes, then this show is doomed. The audience of TFS didn't know diddly and moving the show to LA isn't going to help in this area.

One of the reasons PR works is because Michael and Nina JUDGE. (I don't count Heidi here because she gravitates to the short, shiny and tight.)

Who would you rather have judging your work, an LA studio audience, or the man who designed Mrs. Obama's delectable yellow ensemble?


I can't wait, this show soundspromising! Also, one of the designers (Jim) is from a tiny little town not too far from my hometown. I will be rooting for him, for sure. =)


I heard about this show AGES ago but then it kind of dropped off the radar. I LOVE Dsquared2 and I also love Kartay's Choreography! I don't love the idea for the show because... well I don't really remember to tell the truth because I sat there and read the entire post and I don't remember why I decided I didn't like it(I think I'm remembering my decision from the first time I heard of it).
Anywho, if you guys write about it, I'll be reading if not.. tata Launch My Line.


I'm not an expert in geography, but I'm pretty sure that Odessa is in Ukraine, not Russia.


I am excited about this! I think this one will be good! i just hope the Twins don't complete each other sentences the whole time. That will get annoying!


I just wish that it had been at all possible to find a single designer NOT working in the LA area.


Are about half of them just going by one name?


verrrrry interesting!

I wonder if they always planned to launch 1-2 new shows, or if they whipped this up after they saw how TFS was turning out.

The only person I'm not looking forward to seeing is Dan Karaty. He's a bit of a tool. Maybe he won't be here.


Yes, Anonymous ODESSA IS NOT IN RUSSIA. One might further observe that this is SORT OF A BIG DEAL. Like, I know some Ukrainians who will have an apoplectic seizure when they read that. Bravo better fix it quick, or be prepared for some scary Ukrainian hate-mail.


Hello. My name is Averill, and I like the Real Housewives. I like NYC Prep. There, I said it.

Do I need a 12 step?


Just a brief off-topic: I like Housewives also, but I think NYC Prep is taking it too far and there should definitely be a balance between the docu-dramas and the... everything else. That aside, this show looks great and I'd love to see how it turns out.


Dan & Dean need to either complete each others' sentences correctly, or learn to wait their turn to speak. even watching them for 20 seconds made me feel a little twitchy. seriously, where's the fire? they seem so anxious to get their turn to speak.

time will tell, i suppose. this looks potentially good. we just have to hope that bravo actually cares about the FASHION, rather than making another trashy reality show thinly disguised as a meaningful platform for aspiring designers for the sole purpose of attracting the "fashionable" demographic.

if it turns out interesting and fun or terrible and cheap, neither would really surprise me.


"Live for FASHION. Set the TREND."

i don't get it...is it just motivational or are we supposed to pick up on some witty pun or wordplay?


ask said...

Was Patrick McDonald oneof the audience judges on TFS. If he is the one I was thinking of, I recall thinking he had no taste.


Bingo.


Could be fun! I'll be watching.

Does anyone know who the production company is for this one and what else they've done?


Sewing Siren: "Are about half of them just going by one name?"

I don't think they published the last names of any of the established designers.


Yay, more fashion TV!

I realized after sitting through the entire season of 'TFS' that I will watch anything that involves some form of fashion competition.

This show looks interesting enough, and hopefully - though I assume it's already been shot and in the can - Bravo will take whatever lessons they can from what made 'PR' work and what made 'TFS' not, and produce a show that we can all rally behind.

I'm really looking forward to it - thanks, TLo!


So since the 'designers' are 'established' does that mean they aren't looking to continue a clothing line?

It's going to be interesting to see the final runway shows since it will be both the Professional's and Designer's input - all I can see is tempers clashing. Can't wait!


I don't like teams.
Teams make a lot of drama but unfortunately I'm not interested in watching dramas.


Hey, one of the professionals is from my teeny South Carolina hometown! I'm trying to figure out whether we might have been in high school concurrently ... can't place her yet ...


is it me or does Emil look like Emmett from PR2?

Go Merle!!


"lemniscus said...
is it me or does Emil look like Emmett from PR2?

Go Merle!!"



I thought the same thing.


Sorry, but I ain't reading all of that shit.

At least not now.

But I am rooting for this show after the crapfest of TFS.

So far the Bravo rep has talked the former to death (like you didn't suspect). Let's hope this one keeps them speechless.


Mcdonald definitely sticks out at me...i want to see him be near the top...no matter how odd that sounds


The winning designer only gets 50 grand?

Chicken scratch!


Hope they have better lightings :D


TLo said:"...but before you rush to write this one off, consider this: Don't you want to send a message to Bravo that you'd rather see shows like this than The Real Obnoxious Housewives and Prep School Brats of Miami Social?"

Which is why I loved 'The Rachel Zoe Project" so much. Lots and Lots of great fashion with the proper dose of over the top reality, ridiculus people doing and saying ridiculus things, and a bunch of people that are really NYC down to their DNA living and making money in LA in the fashion industry.

TampaBay


LOL, what a bunch of name-droppers! This smacks a bit of "celebrity" style tv, having such familiar faces...Patrick McDonald, my god! And I am confused about how it'll work, but credentials speak for themselves. They're really pushing their resumes and portfolios to the public, and I gotta respect that. But please, enough of the name-dropping.


Uh, if you are a fashion designer you are going to name names in your bio if you have dressed celebrities. Like it or not, celebrities fuel the fashion industry far more than reality tv viewers. It seems ridiculous to complain about "name-dropping" when we're talking about promotional materials. Save it for when they can't stop talking about it on air.


In every bio Mainbocher two names are always dropped: The Duchess of Windsor and The Babe Pauley. I am sure Givenchy or his PR people dropped the name of Audrey Hepburn a couple of times. Cassini career was made by Jackie O. Even old Charles Worth himself bragged on and marketed his connection with the Empress Elizabeth (Sissi). About the only designer I can think of that did not drop a name or two to any great extent was Coco Chanel. I am sure Coco did but I cannot think of any off hand.

TampaBay


"Gosh where's 'She by Sheree'........"

She'll be co-hosting a show with Johnny called "I Don't Do That!" where they will have teams of interns competing to produce their lines.


Did anyone else think it was kind of strange that the "well known professionals" were known by both first and last names, while the creative professionals (ie, fashion designers) were identified only by first name?

I felt like that was preemptively enforcing an unequal power dynamic between the partners. Maybe I'm just paranoid, but this seems to be yet another example of how our society undervalues the arts in favor of people who make lots of money.


Does anyone know how the TEAMs will work ?

Are they assigned? What if it not a good match? It sounds like the same people are teamed al the way through. If so, that could be a big liability.
Or will it be like PR picking the models?

If you are launching a line and on the video one of the judges said that it is not a single challenge, then it would only seem fair that they don't immediately jump into eliminations.


Karmander
7/28/09 9:53 AM LOL, what a bunch of name-droppers! This smacks a bit of "celebrity" style tv, having such familiar faces...Patrick McDonald, my god! And I am confused about how it'll work, but credentials speak for themselves. They're really pushing their resumes and portfolios to the public, and I gotta respect that. But please, enough of the name-dropping.


Well you can't say "I made some hats for these two dudes down the street."

I'm still gonna have doubts. "The two dudes up the street say you ain't shit!"


On at the same time as PR?

Big mistake.


Bravo to Bravo for trying to come up with something a little different than PR. Looking forward to checking it out.


Galina is 45 (my age), at that point Ukraine was part of USSR, so her hometown would be Odessa, Russia (to her). I'm sure they get this info (also see: hometown Thailand) from the contestents themselves, no? And I am a geog expert :) Kim


You had me until "Architect".

After the initial sketch for the challenge is agreed upon by the teams of two, what the hell are these "professionals" going to do for the rest of the show? Take a nap? Read magazines? I don't think they can sew.

"I'm just not buying it"


Thanks Gracie,
I didn't catch that the first time around.
So it's "Professionals" and "Designers" teamed together, with the professional wanting a celebrity type line where they are designer in name only, like MaryKate and Ashley or Nikki Hilton. And the designer wanting to win 5Ok and get out?
The designer is going to be working "for" the professional or maybe they think "with" the professional? Probably that part is deliberately unclear to create drama..


I'll watch! I'll watch! I'll watch! I'm so excited!!


I actually went to a taping for this, a few months ago, as a fundraiser for my sorority. There were some truly beautiful pieces. There were also, sadly, some truly heinous clothes. We didn't get to see any of the designers, and it's another audience votes on the design situation. Overall, there is definitely some potential. It will be interesting to see how they edit it, and how the designs I like fare!


At worst, this could be all the worst parts of TFS, but at best, it could make up a little bit for Bravo losing PR.

Worst possible scenario: we get 10 professionals who go on and on about their "creative vision," that is we get 10 Jonnys from TFS that can't sew a button on a shirt paired with a designer who becomes nothing more than a glorified dressmaker.

Best possible scenario: the professionals have creative talent and the sewing ability and each has their own personal "Tim" advising them on the way and helping them design-wise where necessary.

Let's just hope they listed to the rest of TLo's advice on the production side of things so the show is at least watchable.


I'm BEYOND psyched. This one sounds really really cool. I love "The Dandy".


This does sound promising and I've heard of both Lisa and Stephanie for years in magazines so I believe they have the chops for the role they've been given.


I am open minded, but 2 grown men that cannot allow the other to finish a spoken thought and sing song back and forth finishing each other's sentences like the most incestuous couple G*D ever created? Sorry, just not buying it. Don't like. Too over the top wierd. Infantilzed.

Don't like audience vote.

Don't like 24 contestants.

Will watch Rachel Zoe, she's been looking somewhat healthier lately and she's current.

Will watch PR.

Can't get over TFS. Have zero faith that Launch My Line will be any better than a Trump a thon of sorts. Jaded, and I don't really care. Too phoney.


BarbH on 7/29/09 at 12:31 AM said " Will watch Rachel Zoe, she's been looking somewhat healthier lately and she's current."

I have been waitng for Rachel Zoe too. Real Drama Queens with one semi-normal person (Roger) in the real world of high high end fashion. All in all, pretty great reality TV.

TampaBay


I'll check it out but I'm skeptical. I'm most impressed with someone from RuPaul's show being on this one.


Hey Y'all... you need to watch this show! There is no need to worry that it will be strange or anything like The Fashion Show. I am a model on this new show and it was SO fun! The people in the cast are hilarious and hard working and dramatic... and the clothes are GREAT! But yeah, I am shamelessly self-promoting, but I just love all you readers and hope you stay with Bravo on this one! <3


I feel the need - the need for speed!

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