Will Bravo's "Fashion Show" give us our "Runway" fix?
But Bravo insists that "Fashion Show" isn't just "Runway" lite. The show will feature a short challenge at the beginning of each episode, much like the quickfire challenges in "Top Chef," and a live studio audience will weigh in on each judging decision. With "Project Runway" moving to Lifetime and a summer's wait before the first episode airs in August, "Fashion Show" could fill the void of sewing-slash-bitching-slash-Papa-Gunn that we love, but is it a reason to watch or just treason?
"Project Runway" fans Malavika Jagannathan and Sara Boyd take you down a pro-con list of why you should or shouldn't watch this runway ripoff.
Why You Should Watch
1. Aug. 20 -- the current date for "Project Runway"'s premiere on Lifetime -- seems a lifetime away.
2. Fashion + egos + gays = We're there.
3. The idea of a "Top Chef"-esque quickfire challenge sure whets our appetite.
4. Isaac Mizrahi is like Papa Gunn except more judgmental and cattier-- who doesn't love that?
5. The winning designs each week will be on sale on the Bravo Web site, which means even more audience/fan interaction.
Why You Shouldn't Tune In
1. It's not "Project Runway."
2. Remember the CW show "Stylista?" Yeah, probably not because "PR" ripoffs are never successful.
3. When did Kelly Rowland become a fashion icon? Couldn't they at least get another model-turned-fashionista to play the Heidi role?
4. Everyone knows the public has no fashion sense. Involving a "live studio audience" to weigh in on the judging is a bad call -- who wants to hear what Joe Blow thinks when he's watching the show in coveralls, black socks and flip flops?
5. Mizrahi has been quoted as saying that the show's "drama" separates it from "Project Runway," so this could be like "The Apprentice" with sewing machines.