Bravo's The Fashion Show isn't Project Runway, but for at least the first few episodes, I imagine I'll be constantly comparing the two in my mind. The show premieres tonight, and the format will be pretty familiar to ProjRun fans: a bunch of aspiring designers go through various fashion-related challenges, hoping to win the chance for their line to be sold in stores.
Besides the name, there definitely are a few differences between this show and Runway: Each show has two challenges, Top Chef-style; the audience at each episode's runway show has a say in who goes home; and in the end, viewers will determine the ultimate champion. Isaac Mizrahi is a host and mentor, alongside Kelly Rowland and fashion industry veteran Fern Mallis.
I'm curious to see this show tonight, and I'm hoping it will rise above the level of Runway ripoff. What about you — will you watch?
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