Sunday, April 26, 2009
The Inside Reel reports from NBC Press Day. Here is the pertinent info about "The Fashion Show."
The Fashion Show On Bravo: World renown designer Isaac Mizrahi brings his delicious style of commentary that was so prevalent in the successful Miramax film “Unzipped” to the small screen. In relation to its predecessor “Project Runway," Mizrahi says the format of this show is different in that “maybe it is more competitive”. Described by him, there is a mini challenge within each episode and then the fashion show. In terms of being on Bravo, he says “in terms of quality, [they] do it best."
Right now there will be no men’s clothes on the show but the challenges are different each time. One week could be society clothes made for only 40 dollars while another week could be shoes. In response to the evolution of fashion and celebrity understanding of what it means, Mizrahi comments “I think we have all become more aware of style. The great thing about television [and online] in general is that it is about education and communication. It is about an evolution. The stars have come a long way. They are working with stylists which they never did before.” The way the media and arts operate today, Mizrahi sees a “very fine line between red carpet and runway” as they move closer towards each other.
Kelly Rowland, formerly of Destiny’s Child, is the host of the show and points toward the exciting voting element of the show: “I like how America gets to vote the final winner. America makes stars now." She likens Kelly Clarkson as a wonderful example of this. Mizrahi likes how Rowland “cuts to the chase and says ‘that girl cannot wear that.'" A key point brought to Mizrahi’s attention was if the clothes will be seen on real people’s bodies. His reply: “I am right in the middle of promoting a Liz Claiborne line [that I designed]. [To be honest], real people are interested in seeing clothes on models. [At different points on the show] we had real people involved and it was fabulous. The answer here is multi-fold. We do make sure that there are fittings on many different body [types]. Certain designers are very good at that but [when someone] is 65, she is not 35. Paris Hilton has needs too!”