Bravo's 'The Fashion Show' wasn't too succesful in the ratings stakes when it premiered last year, so the network are changing things up in the second season, set to air on Tuesday, November 9th.
Issac Mizhari will return as host and judge, but, as widely reported, Kelly Rowland has been replaced by Iman, and the show will see Harper's Bazaar's Features and Special Projects Director Laura Brown join the judging panel.
Agreeably Iman is one of the most beautiful models of today and an icon in the fashion world. Perhaps this is the reason she replace Kelly Rowland off Bravo's 'The Fashion Show'. "It’s going to be even better, because I’m going to be in it," she told New York Magazine whilst at Bette Midler's New York Restoration Project. The model will be hosting the show alongside Isaac Mizrahi but has made it clear that she is not preparing for the show, "I don't need any tips, I make the tips" she states confidently. We cannot wait to see her appearance on the show, hopefully she will live up to the expectations that she has created for herself.
Directly after presenting her eponymous line at the MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas last week, former 'Project Runway' contestant Kenley Collins revealed that it is the plus size market that has shown the most interest in her range. "There were five plus-size buyers that really liked my stuff. So I have them on my mailing list and I'm sending them line sheets and following up with them and seeing what happens. I feel like it's a great market and I'd rather do that than wedding dresses."
Although the newbie designer isn't sure on whether a plus size range will go ahead, one thing is for sure - she definitely won't be heading back into the bridal market. Requests for custom bridal gowns poured in for the designer after creating a wedding dress for one of the 'Project Runway' challenges. "I did it for a year and it was good money, and now I'm broke. And I'm tempted to be in hell again and make another wedding dress," adding that she would never consider going back into it.
It's not just the plus size market that has shown an interest in Collins' work, however. "Kelly Rowland's stylist contacted me to pull some samples — just for anything, for events, for the VMAs,", however Kenley turned the opportunity down, claiming that she needed her samples, and that it felt as though it would be a betrayal of 'The Fashion Show' on Kelly's behalf. Only time will tell what the fiesty ex-jailbird will do.
Now that 'Project Runway' officially has jumped ship to Lifetime, Bravo is trying to fill the void with an onslaught of fashion-based reality shows. The first season of 'The Fashion Show' has just finished, meaning it's time for another program: 'Launch My Line'.
Premiering Sept. 16, smack in the middle of fashion week, 'Launch My Line' will see "ten accomplished professionals" with "a passion for fashion" (OK) working with designers to create their most fashionable garb. Each team of two will show one look per week to a studio audience, and the winning designer will get $50,000. As for the other guy or girl, at least it's good publicity.
The contestants include architect David Applebaum, "dandy" Patrick McDonald and DJ Eric Cubeechee. Designers include staff from BCBG Max Azria, alumni of Gen Art and several who've launched private labels. We know you're also curious about judges, so expect to see Dsquared2's Dean and Dan Caten (also the hosts), Lisa Kline and Scoop's Stefani Greenfield.
The season one finale of 'The Fashion Show' taped yesterday morning, and we have the first round of pictures from the event. After the jump, feast your eyes on a few looks from each of the four designers who made it to the last show.
Betsey Johnson served as the guest judge for the finale, which we bet will make TFS devotees pretty excited to tune in. Care to see what's going to happen on the 'Project Runway' spinoff?