It’s a biggggggg week for reality television, what with the super-sized season premieres of both “Project Runway” and “Top Chef.” So what else do you not want to miss this week? Read on. Keep reading »
Ever since the first season of “The Real World” (damn that was a long time ago), I’ve watched reality television evolve—or devolve?—from a bunch of earnest 20-somethings struggling to make it in New York City to a bunch of fame-seeking whores pulling hair, getting wasted, and performing soft porn on camera. (Ever seen “Tila Tequila’s Shot at Love?”) I often ask myself what kind of person would want to live their life on camera? What goes on when it isn’t rolling? And how svengali-like are the producers? Luckily, the New York Times ran a story yesterday that answered many of my questions.
While people on these shows sign extensive non-disclosure agreements—they practically have to hand over their first-born should they reveal “reality show secrets”—most contracts expire after a few years. So some reality stars are opening up about their experiences while filming. After the jump, some the revelations from the article that shocked me the most. Keep reading »
Anyone excited for Bravo’s new series, “Launch My Line”? It may not be “Project Runway,” but there is something verrrrry familiar about it. Popwatch reports: “This time, 20 people who are already successful in different lines of work — music mogul! CEO! — need only exhibit a ‘passion for fashion’ in order to compete for the chance to launch a clothing line.” Why, we have seen this before, in the form of Lindsay Lohan leggings, LL Cool J jeans, Lauren Conrad jersey dresses, and pencil skirts from Victoria Beckham! Oh, dear. Will you watch this come September, or have you had it with clothes made by amateurs? [PopWatch] Keep reading »
You asked, and now the “Project Runway” gods have blessed you with an all-stars challenge featuring contestants from previous seasons vying for a $100,000 prize. Executive producer Jane Cha says the two-hour, one-off episode will be a bridge to the show’s new home on Lifetime — the first episode of “Project Runway” season six will air on the same night, Aug. 20. And the eight contestants are actually talented all-stars, not people who were only good for TV. Let’s take a closer look, after the jump! Keep reading »
Korto Momolu didn’t win season five of “Project Runway,” but her handmade jewelry definitely stole the show. And now you don’t even have to be a top model to wear her designs, because she’s bringing the jewelry to the masses on her website. “I tried to do a follow-up on the few pieces that I got to show at Fashion Week,” said Korto to Tom & Lorenzo: Fabulous & Opinionated. “They’re very much Asian and African inspired and it’s a fusion between these two ethnic cultural backgrounds that I really love.” Check out a few pieces of Korto’s jewelry after the jump. Keep reading »
We were extremely bummed to learn “Project Runway” was “moving to Lifetime from Bravo. Our depression grew when we realized Bravo’s “The Fashion Show” is no “Runway” substitute — Kelly Rowland and Isaac Mizrahi have nothing on Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn! Well, season six of “Runway” is set to premiere on Aug. 20, and we’ll be watching, despite the network move. Tim spoke to People.com about his take on the new designers, piquing our interest in the show once again. Keep reading »
So, is it fierce enough for you? Christian Siriano of “Project Runway” fame is continuing his collaboration with Payless Shoes. If you remember, the budget shoe company sponsored Siriano’s spike studded footwear for his fashion show during New York Fashion Week back in February. His runway shoes have inspired his Fall 2009 collection for Payless which will be in stores this August and retail between $30 and $50. Egyptian hieroglyphics are a strong inspiration for the collection which will feature metallic fabrics, chain metal details, and teals and turquoise tones reminiscent of the Nile. Like the designer himself, the shoes sound a bit dramatic — but I think they are actually cute. This teal “Slither” bootie is one of several styles in the range and will retail for $49.99. What do you think? Ferosh or hot tranny mess? Keep reading »
Oh Bravo, why did you do this to me? I lost my faith in TV after the second season of “Survivor,” but found hope again in the wonder that was “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy.” Upon viewing the first promotional commercial I remember thinking: Could it be? Is it true? Is there really going to be a channel that will produce high quality television with unique and innovative programming? I gripped the armchairs of the sofa in anticipation. Bravo was soooooo good, and it only got better. While still basking in the warm glow of “Queer Eye” I was knocked out by the awesomeness that was “Project Runway.” I was a little dubious about “The Real House Wives of Orange Country,” but soon realized that though this was a reality show, it was not a trashy one. Bravo did not so much exploit the Housewives as they exploited themselves. I am sure the peeps in the editing room had some fun with sound bites, but the humor was still sophisticated and smart. Bravo popped out reality show after reality show. Rather than losing interest in the formulaic reality-mold, I became alternately obsessed with cooking, modeling, decorating, designing, etcetera. Bravo was fantastic. Now with the premiere of “NYC Prep” tonight, I fear Bravo has stooped to the level of trashy. Keep reading »
I can’t possibly force myself to sit through another episode of “The Fashion Show.” I cannot take another hour of Kelly Rowland contorting her face into bizarre sneers. If I hear Isaac Mizrahi say “bye bye, darling,” one more time, I will snap. Because I value my sanity, or whatever is left of it since the show began, I am not going to watch “The Fashion Show”. I confess, I say this every week and then cave, but this week is going to be different. Last week I had the foresight to ask some friends to watch the show with me. After only five minutes, my friend staged an intervention and turned the show off. Good. So how will I spend my Thursday nights now? Instead of wallowing in my grief over the lack of Tim Gunn in my life, at 10:00pm tonight I am going to play”The Project Runway Game.” Keep reading »
We are all going through major “Project Runway” withdrawal now that the show has been moved to Lifetime. Every episode of the thrown-together Bravo knock-off “The Fashion Show” is equivalent to a so-so episode of “Runway,” but the real nostalgia comes from the longing for “Runway”‘s host Heidi Klum. Here are the top four reasons why Kelly Rowland is no Heidi Klum.
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