On April 9, CNN International will debut "CNN Style," a monthly half-hour television show hosted by Vanity Fair journalist and man-about-town Derek Blasberg. The series is a spin off of CNN.com's style vertical, which was launched in July 2015 and covers fashion, design, architecture, the arts, the auto industry and luxury. According to CNN, the digital space attracts an average of 5.5 million unique users every month.
It's been 15 years since CNN covered fashion on the small screen, and for those who might remember, the weekly show, titled "Style with Elsa Klensch," ran from 1980 to 2001. After 21 years, Klensch's departure was reportedly rather sudden. However, the network hopes to continue her legacy with Blasberg traveling around the world to such stylish cultural events as the Met Gala in New York, the Architecture Biennale in Venice and Milan Design Week.
The first episode of "CNN Style" will be light on actual fashion coverage, but will take viewers to the international art fair Art Basel in Hong Kong and include interviews with award-winning British artist Tracey Emin, sculptor Conrad Shawcross, pop star Rita Ora and F1 pro Lewis Hamilton. The segment will also feature Chinese painter Li Songsong and Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, sister of the Emir of Qatar and chairman of the Qatar Museums, who hasn't done a major on-air interview in the past two years.
"With Derek Blasberg at the helm, our mission is to interview the most interesting people at the definitive events," said Senior Vice President of CNN International Ellana Lee in a statement. "This will be a surprising and elegant journey through the concepts and worlds of style."
Added Blasberg, "What I'm excited about with CNN Style is peeling back the layers of the worlds of art, architecture and design, and taking hard looks at the fashion, luxury and automotive industries to show how they affect the world at large. My career has introduced me to creative people from all walks of life, and it'll be a pleasure to bring them to viewers around the world."
And he's right. Blasberg has crossed paths with nearly every big name in the fashion business, so he's likely to bring in a few of his industry besties to the show. We wouldn't be surprised if a Karlie Kloss appearance is in the pipeline.