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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.
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What's the story?
NEXT IN FASHION is a reality competition featuring designers from around the world competing for cash and chance to come up with the next big thing in fashion. Hosted by Queer Eye’s Tan France and and British model and TV personality Alexa Chung, it features eighteen designers competing in a range of design challenges that test their vision, construction technique, and understanding of fashion trends. Each episode features the designers, who are often required to work in pairs, producing garments ranging from red carpet dresses to military-inspired wear in less than two days. At the end of the creative process, models show off their work on the catwalk in front of an audience that includes a panel of guest judges like Elizabeth Stewart, and designers including Monique Lhuillier, Prabal Gurung, and Tommy Hilfiger. The contestants that produce less-than-spectacular designs are eliminated. The winner receives $250K and the opportunity to sell their clothing line on Net-A-Porter.com.
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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Families can talk about what the Next In Fashion judges look for in each wearable design. Why isn’t it enough for an outfit just to be "pretty?"
How do fashion-themed competitions market to viewers? What impact does this kind of advertising have on kids? How can we help younger viewers recognize when movies and TV shows are trying to sell them things?
If you were a designer, what kinds of trends would you like to set with your work? How will you make them relevant over the years? Are there any trends you'd like to see disappear?
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