Saturday, May 09, 2009

DEBUT: "The Fashion Show"

This is Bravo's answer to the now Lifetime property "Project Runway". These 15 designers will compete for a $125,000 prize sponsored by TRESemme as well as the right to have their clothing available for retail at

Andrew (L.A.)
Angel (NYC)
Anna (Brooklyn, NY)
Daniella (NYC)
Haven (L.A.)
James-Paul (London)
Johnny R. (L.A.)
Jonny D. (North Hollywood)
Keith (NYC)
Kristin (Orland Park, IL)
Laura (NYC)
Lidia (Brooklyn, NY)
Markus (Miami, FL)
Merlin (L.A.)
Reco (Chattanooga, TN)

The hosts/main judges are Isaac Mizrahi and former Destiny Child member Kelly Rowland; the show is produced by 3 Ball Productions, the producers of shows like "The Biggest Loser" and "Make Me a Millionaire". And this show's in HD.

Harper's Bazaar Mini Challenge: Everybody had one hour to create small black dresses out of black T-shirts. Laura Brown of Harper's Bazaar judged this challenge.

The top three were declared the winners of this challenge...

...and they were Johnny, Keith & Merlin.

ELIMINATION CHALLENGE: There were three teams of five for this challenge, each captained by one of the Harper's Bazaar Mini Challenge winners. Here were the teams:

Team Johnny R.: Johnny R., Reco, Haven, Markus & Laura
Team Keith: Keith, Andrew, Johnny D., Kristin & Anna
Team Merlin: Merlin, Daniella, James-Paul, Angel & Lidia

Each team had to design five different looks around one must-have garment within a 13 hour time limit (two hours one night, 11 hours the next day).

Must have selections:
Team Johnny: Harem pants
Team Keith: Tube skirt
Team Merlin: Bolero jacket

At each fashion show, there is a live audience consisting of actual buyers and fashion designers. In addition to the two hosts being on the judges' panel, joining them each week are Senior VP of IMG Fashion Fern Mallis and a special guest judge.

Guest Judge: Elie Tahari



Reco: Professional
Laura: Casual
Johnny R.: Athletic
Haven: Cocktail hour
Markus: Formal


Kristin: Casual
Johnny D.: Nightclub
Keith: Dinner date
Anna: Professional
Andrew: Cocktail hour


Daniella: Casual
Merlin: Cocktail hour
Angel: Professional
James-Paul: Evening
Lidia: Formal

Rowland said NOTHING totally impressed her this week. The most popular team according to the audience was...

...Team Merlin. And the sole overall winner there, according to the four judges, was...

...James-Paul! That meant his evening dress would be made available at The losing team, however, was...

...Team Keith. That meant at least one member of that team would be eliminated. The bottom two were...

...Kristin & Johnny D. The first contestant eliminated on this show was...

Johnny D.

...Johnny D.
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