Parents' Guide to

House of Style

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Retro style series takes fashion seriously; some smoking.

TV MTV Reality TV 1989
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For kids and adults who love Project Runway or fashion blogs of today, House of Style is a very cool blast from the past. One might expect that an MTV style show would be bubbleheaded and twee; instead, House of Style was wide-ranging and curious, looking into everything from clip-on ties to fashion on the snowboarding slopes. Though some of the fashions spotlighted haven't worn well, the sheer breadth of what House of Style covered gives it a vitality that has aged beautifully.

Fashionistas will love seeing much younger versions of squeal-worthy modern fashion celebs. Look, little Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs! Teens may giggle a little at the crazy stuff Mom and Dad used to wear to the clubs, but those interested in fashion will be fascinated at behind-the-scene looks at designers and fashion scenes, like the 1990's rise of Japanese harjuku style. However, parents may want to talk to their kids about valuing what's inside a person as well as what the outside looks like, and the danger of liking people just because they're good-looking. "Pretty is as pretty does" should cover it, then you can get back to watching this fascinating series together and drooling over all the outfits.

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