From what we’ve learned about NBC’s new fashion reality show, Fashion Star, the one that’s supposed to be entirely different from Project Runway, the entire thing sounds just like Project Runway. A boring version of Project Runway, but Project Runway nonetheless.
Fashion Star will hosted by a retired supermodel who will shepherd a group of designers through weekly challenges that will be judged by a panel of fashion experts. Sounding familiar yet? The grand prize is a boatload of cash with placement in a high-profile retail environment. It’s produced by the same production company responsible for the original Project Runway.
The key differences, though, are that the show will ask people to make clothing that has a lot more mass appeal than the clothing on Project Runway, and the panel of judges will vote by buying pieces for their retail stores. The viewing public can also vote buy making purchases online after each challenge. And to that end, the clothes have to be something the viewing public would actually wear.
“We’re not looking for someone to create a couture dress for the Oscars,” MacPherson told The New York Daily News. “We want someone who can design lingerie, swimwear, denim – accessible things that regular people wear.”
Huh. And here we thought television was supposed to be a way to escape from the dullness of normal, everyday life.