What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this fashion-centric reality series about up-and-coming junior stylists features some catty, sneaky behavior as the stylists vie for a prized contract with an L.A. agency. But the cast members also learn lessons about professionalism, working with clients, and dealing with pressure. Expect some salty language (though words like “f--k” and s--t” are bleeped) and occasional drinking, plust lots of references to/appearances by fashion brands like Betsey Johnson and magazines like Vogue.
What's the story?
STYL’D is a fashion-forward reality show that follows four young stylists as they help dress and accessorize celebrities in hopes of landing a contract with a major agency. Hired as part of the Margaret Maldonado Agency's (MMA) highly competitive junior assistant program, the young fashionistas must help senior stylists Jen Rade, Julie Weiss, and Eric L. Archibald make clients like Kim Kardashian and Nicole Richie look great and feel confident during photo shoots and red carpet events. The young assistants struggle to please their critical bosses while also trying to outshine each other during the eight-week job "interview." They quickly discover that navigating the high-pressure world of styling isn’t easy, especially when one mistake can get them fired.
Is it any good?
Styl'd offers an interesting look at what goes into helping celebrities create an image and/or dress for the media. It also has some important lessons about professionalism, company loyalty, and demonstrating proper "settiquette" (appropriate behavior on a set or at a client’s home). Overall the content is pretty mild, but you should still expect some of the signature drama and catty behavior that these types of reality shows are known for. Still, fashion-loving teens will probably enjoy the show's focus on clothes -- as well as the parade of celebrities who wear them.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what goes into getting celebrities dressed for major media events. Do all celebs use stylists before they hit the red carpet? Why don’t they dress themselves? Is it really that important for them to look good all the time?
How real do you think this experience was? Do you think some of the drama was created for entertainment purposes? Do you think the featured stylists were chosen solely based on their talent or also for their ability to look and sound good on reality television?