No Project Runway? No problem — or at least that's what Bravo's hoping now that it's setting its schedule for Spring. The Fashion Show will attempt to take over the Runway-shaped hole in our hearts when it premieres May 7.
The show is the first of Bravo's new Spring series to premiere; a week later, the latest Real Housewives edition — in New Jersey this time — will start airing May 12. The network also has a third season of Shear Genius and a new photography reality show called Double Exposure on tap for later in the year.
But I'm most curious about The Fashion Show, since it seems to be aiming right for the Runway sweet spot while that show remains in legal limbo. Isaac Mizrahi and Kelly Rowland will host and judge the show, along with judge Fern Mallis and other guest judges from the fashion scene. Unlike Runway, which focuses mostly on aspiring designers, The Fashion Show follows pros. They'll compete in various challenges, with each episode ending with a fashion show and a winner decided by both the judges and a live studio audience. The winner will have his designs manufactured for sale by a major retailer.
Other than the two contestants up for public vote earlier this year, Bravo hasn't announced who will be competing, but I expect we should be meeting the designers soon. For now, to check out a video with Mizrahi, Rowland, and Mallis talking about the show, just