A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Skilled design, fashion trends, and couture are central to the show. Teamwork, creativity, and taking creative risks are also themes.
Positive Role Models
The designers are talented and have strong points of view. Some appear to enjoy working with each other; some contestants look to others in the group as their mentors. A few contestants discuss difficult circumstances in their lives, including single motherhood and poverty. The host and judge's feedback is honest, but constructive.
Violence & Scariness
Occasionally people bump in to things, burn themselves with irons, or get bloody wounds from falling bolts of fabric. Design pairs don't always agree, but they discuss things versus argue.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to sexy looks and bondage. There are occasional crude remarks, too. Models are often shown in their underwear, and in skin-revealing outfits.
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Words like “damn” and "bitch" are audible, but stronger curses are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Lots of references to fashion designers and labels, fashion schools, and celebrities. Logos are visible on Juki brand sewing machines and a Samsung refrigerator. Net-A-Porter is a featured retailer.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Celebratory champagne is consumed after runway shows.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Next In Fashion is an upbeat fashion design competition featuring up-and-coming designers from all over the world. There are some occasional strong words (curses stronger than "damn" and "bitch" are bleeped), and there are some references to looking sexy, styles reflecting BDSM/bondage, and some crude comments. The models are often shown in their underwear and in skin-revealing outfits, but this is offered as part of the process. Arguments are minimal, but contestants occasionally get hurt (bumps, burns, bloody cuts) during the frantic process. As is typical for this kind of competition show, designers, celebrities, products (like Juki) and stores like Net-A-Porter are frequently discussed. Some contestants briefly discuss their life challenges, but not in great detail.
Is It Any Good?
This lighthearted series showcases talented and internationally diverse up-and-coming designers hoping to build their brands and become big names in the fashion industry. While the show's concept is similar to that of Project Runway, the focus is on highlighting how the contestants' work can potentially set design trends instead of focusing on any drama between them. Rather than receiving feedback during lengthy critique sessions while center stage, judges meet with the individual contestants to offer constructive feedback meant to help them push their designs forward.
Meanwhile, the workroom is big and sleek, the materials contestants work with are spectacular, and the runway shows offer colorful high-tech flair. Adding to the fray are the hosts, who take some time to offer the viewing audience lots of fashion tips. Granted, Next In Fashion features plenty of celebrity name dropping, some obvious marketing devices, and other typical reality television devices. But it still manages to feel fresh and fun, and offers fashion-loving audiences a worthy viewing experience.
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