Remember waaay back in 2004, when the first-ever designer was auf'd on Project Runway, and there was still a glimmer of hope that ANTM might actually find America's next top model? We secretly practiced smizing in the mirror and cringed at the prospect of boring Nina. Well, things have gotten a lot more complex since those simple times--for better or worse (but mostly better!). While we still love our old faves, it's always nice to mix it up a bit and keep the DVR busy--especially when it comes to fashion television.
This fall and beyond offers a slew of exciting (and at times, a little repetitive) new fashionably oriented reality shows: From competitions searching for even more amazing new talents, to docu-series following our already much-loved fash peeps (hello, Brad!), to a behind-the-counter look at one of our go-to shopping spots. These shows are like shoes--you can really never have too many. (Though you might stop wearing shoes all together. You don't really need them for sitting on the couch, do you?)
So which ones are you watching? Ready, set, "Record Series!"
It's A Brad Brad World
I think we've all been experiencing a little--ok, a lot--of Brad-withdrawal this season. Mr. Goreski finally gets his own post-Zoe reality show, following his new career ventures. Hoping he shuts it down with some new catchphrases and some killer bowties. (Bravo, premiere date TBA)
E!'s answer to ANTM, this 8-episode docu-series follows model scouts as they search for new talent in obscure places. The premise sounds promising and legit--but I'm mostly wondering how many future supermodels are actually hanging out in fast food restaurants? (E!, premieres Monday, November 28, at 10:00pm ET/PT)
The first of the Project Runway spinoffs, featuring Molly Sims as Heidi. The 30-second preview has blow torches and bondage, and according to the official website, one of the designers "specializes in church hats." I'll be watching. (Lifetime, premieres Thursday, November 3 at 10/9C)
Brit It-girl Alexa Chung, Derek Blasberg, Cynthia Rowley and publicist James LaForce challenge unknown designers to create a unique collection in a single day. Kinda makes PR's dreaded one-day challenges sound like a walk in the park... (Lifetime, premiere TBA)
Elle Macpherson hosts this competition to find the next household name in mainstream, accessible fashion. Of course there's reportedly already been noticeable friction between "celebrity mentors" Jessica Simpson and Nicole Richie -- I'm genuinely looking forward to this. (NBC, premiere TBA)
All On the Line
Elle's straight-talking Creative Director Joe Zee helps put floundering designers back on track at his fashion bootcamp. It's a really insightful and interesting look into what actually makes a line successful, and PR alum Kara Janx is a featured designer. (Sundance Channel, 2nd season premieres Friday, November 18 at 9:30pm ET/PT)
Remember Chris March from season 4 of Project Runway? He made a collection out of human hair for NYFW. It was awesome. Since then, he's designed looks for everyone from Gaga to Meryl Streep... and now he has his own series, following his insane and often fantastical creations from idea to reality. (Bravo, Tuesdays at 10/9C)
Wondering where to snag J.Lo's Grammy gowns, or how to politely tell a catty socialite she's carrying a faux Birkin? Get behind the counter (and the drama) at the ultimate anti-thrift thrift store, Second Time Around. It's intense. (Bravo, Tuesdays at 10:30/9:30C)
Project Runway All Stars
Thirteen of PR's most memorable contestants are back, duking it out for a chance to sell their designs at Neiman Marcus (along with a cash prize and Marie Claire spread). And if Austin Scarlett and Mondo Guerra (who was robbed last season!!) are somehow not enough to entice you, international fashion icon Miss Piggy is slated as a guest judge. Top that! (Lifetime, premieres Thursday November 3 at 9/8C)