Dukes of Melrose

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Vintage clothing is art in celeb-heavy reality show.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The focus is on fashion and looks rather than what's inside a person. Nonetheless, clothing is appreciated for its artistry, and Silver and Garkinos strike fair deals. The show sends a powerful unstated message that business owners who put a lot into their business will find success.

Positive role models

The two business owners work hard and care deeply about the satisfaction of their customers. They are positive about the way their customers look and hand out kindly compliments and support. A plus-size woman is positively referred to as having "extra magic" on her body.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some mentions of sex, usually related to clothing, as when Garkinos calls a pair of shoes "sex on wheels." Frequent mention of the bust line, breasts, boobs, etc. in relation to how dresses fit.

Language

Some bleeped cursing: "Oh s--t!" Also coarse language such as "Let them see your boobies" and "You know you're rich when someone else poops for you."

Consumerism

The show is set at a retail business; the logo and facade of the store frequently appear onscreen. Many real-life celebrities also appear on the show and their movies and/or television shows mentioned.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some mentions of prescription drugs: "Don't be so stressed, take an Ativan." Characters drink onscreen, no one acts drunk.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dukes of Melrose is a reality program set in a real-life Los Angeles vintage clothing business whose logos and building are frequently shown onscreen and which frequently pays host to real-life celebrities who may or may not be role model material. There is some cursing ("that sucks ass") and frequent discussion of looks and body parts, with much attention paid to breasts and the bustline. Characters drink onscreen and joke about the use of prescription drugs. There are discussions of cosmetic surgery procedures, such as Botox, and the use of colonics (enemas). Finally, there is constant discussion of looks and bodies, but this one should be okay for most fashion-crazed teens.

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What's the story?

In the reality show DUKES OF MELROSE, Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos are partners in the retail business Decades, which sells high-end vintage clothing to the rich and beautiful in Los Angeles. Silver and Garkinos used to each run separate businesses, but they've decided to join forces and run the business together, despite bones of contention like Silver's spendthrift nature and Garkinos' penny-pinching ways. Together the two of them argue over money, ooh and aah over various dresses and accessories, and hunt for (and find!) the perfect dresses to suit the customers who come to them for Oscar gowns or just the right pair of shoes.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Dukes of Melrose is catnip for fashion-lovers, a peek inside the vaults of two dudes who have been collecting the best couture and designer clothing for many years. If gazing at custom-made Azzedine Alaia animal-print corsets, or spiderweb-delicate couture numbers from Givenchy makes you weak in the knees, so will Dukes of Melrose. These guys know their stuff, and watching them dig through the rich-and-famous' closets is an education.

Even for the not-so-fashion-oriented viewer, Dukes of Melrose has celeb-appeal, with lots of discussion about who wore who where, and the style of various luminaries. "I don't like the Kardashians' style," sniffs Garkinos. "They're not trendsetters." That's an uncharacteristically critical assessment from Garkinos, who, with Silver, is usually quite positive about their customers. When Melissa McCarthy comes looking for an Oscar dress, for instance, Silver sweetly says she has a little "extra magic" on her body. Fashion plus heart? That's always in style.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why people agree to be on reality shows. How do you think having this show on the air will impact the Decades clothing business? Might there be any downsides to a business that caters to celebrities having a television show?

  • Watch a few other style shows, such as The Rachel Zoe Project or Fashion Star. How is Dukes of Melrose like these shows? How is it different?

  • Is the viewer supposed to like Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos? What about the way they are presented gives you this idea?

TV details

Cast:Cameron Silver, Christos Garkinos
Network:Bravo
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:NR

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Adult Written byDragon88 June 22, 2014

Best message on bravo

The men work hard, are socially engaged on many levels: with clients, and in raising money for charities. The show brings in aspects of fashion history, as well as respect for high status elderly females of the hollywood area community. This teaches children to approximate the wisdom of age and understand heritage and social taste from different generations. While this show was on the air, i found it very uplifting. In fact the only reality driven show that wasn't utterly depressing and hopeless. The communication in this show is very positive and socially sophisticated. I think it will show children relationships between people can be colorful and lively, in the moment, while also being thoughtful and on point.
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