Fashion TV: So last season?

Maybe we waited too long for Project Runway to get out of legal limbo. Maybe the genre is simply oversaturated. Maybe fashion just seems too frivolous in these terribly serious times. For whatever reason, news that MTV is starting its own sartorial series, The Stylist, gets us none too excited. Could it be that clothes just don’t do it for us anymore?

First came the Runway doldrums, as we watched our once-favorite reality series sit in the amber of a legal morass like a fossilized bug. It’s Bravo’s! No, it’s Lifetime’s! No, there’s a lawsuit! We all know how it ended: Lifetime won and is bringing the show back in August (relive some of Runway‘s glory with the clip embedded below). Then Bravo announced that it would start its own competing series: The Fashion Show with Isaac Mizrahi, Kelly Rowland, and Fern Malis, premiering May 7. (And at first blush, it looks about as close to Runway as Hayley Mills does to Hayley Mills in The Parent Trap.) Now MTV wants in, and frankly, it seems like a stitch too many.

Plus, doesn’t it all seem a little…silly? Especially now? Either we can’t afford new clothes, or it seems imprudent to give our credit cards that kind of workout. Or is that the point? Should we embrace these shows because they’re empty calories, fun little distractions from layoffs, swine flu, and pirates? What do you think, Pop Watchers? Is fashion in, or is it out?


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  • stevenjaba

    I can’t wait! I’ll be there, watching… except for the one on MTV.

  • Snarf

    They all (Project Runway, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, What not to Wear etc)owe their existence to the grandaddy FT – Fashion Television which started years ago on CityTV in Toronto. Hosted by Jennie Becker who started on the New Music (itself a progenator of MTV and Much Music) back in the late 70’s.

  • confidential

    Snarf: You’re so right.. I LOVED fashionTV. VH1 or E! used to air it. Jennie Becker still does fashion commentary on NY public access show that documents NY fashion week..

  • mrclean

    no it’s over…. unless Runway gets Michelle Obama as a guest judge.

  • KO

    Maybe they should have an economy-friendly show where they teach us how to make our own fashionable clothes…

  • Chicago48

    This is the problem with American Idol — too many clones. Even though we don’t have Britain’s Talent, we have AI and AGT…the X Factor….after a while these shows start to X each other out. Nothing new, no new spin. Just a paycheck for the hosts.

  • Chicago48

    To KO: LOL….right!

  • Alynda

    @KO: YES!!! I want someone to teach me how to make those summer frocks my grandmother wore in the early sixties—ever so flattering to us hour-glassy ladies.

  • katnap

    The shows where the contestants actually created something, like PR or The Fashion Show, are still fascinating to me. Something like The Stylist, which sounds like the big creative payoff is selected accessories, not so much. Plus, I want creativity, not a bunch of Anne Hathaway-wannabes acting like brats.

  • Samurai Gratz

    If I’m not mistaken, the game Monopoly made its debut during the Great Depression and was a smash success, even though it was all about buying and selling expensive real estate in an age where it was difficult enough to put food on the plate. I think in hard times, we often want a bit of fantasy in our lives–and haute couture fashion is nothing if not fantasy for most of us…

  • material girl

    I will watch both shows and think that there might be some competation between the two shows which will make them more interesting. I sew quite well and if I can’t buy the clothes I will attempt to make them myself. Afterall, a girl has to look nice even if she is unemployed.

  • plus style

    I loved the original Project Runway. Tim and Hiedi were the best. I probably will not watch the new version with Issac – unless of course, they can pull off a plus size design challenge that actually creates trendy, figure flattering styles for a plus size woman.

  • laureen

    i’ve been enjoying watching “project runway: canada” and “project runway: australia” on you tube to get my PR fix…it’s been great! I’m looking forward to Heidi & Tim and the group coming back. Interestingly, Kelly Rowland was the client and a guest judge on one of the australian segments. She was good….

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