Styled to Rock

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Edgy design contest mixes fashion, music, arguments.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Hard work and talent can lead to big dreams coming true.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Designers and celebs are from all walks of life. The mentors are honest but offer constructive feedback.

Violence

Arguments occasionally break out among the designers.

Sex

References to outfits and artists looking and being sexy are frequent. There are also occasional conversations about wearing sexy underwear and sleeping naked. Outfits feature tight skin-, leg-, and cleavage-revealing clothes.

Language

Words such as "bitch" and "ass" are audible. "S--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.

Consumerism

Not surprisingly, Rihanna's music is sometimes heard. Pharrell Williams' Billionaire Boys Club label is referenced, and Michael Levine Inc. fabric store is featured.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few references to drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Styled to Rock is a reality competition featuring designers creating edgy, iconic looks for popular singers. There's lots of fashion talk, but the focus is equally on styling an artist's image as on designing and sewing. It contains some occasional rough vocabulary and a few stress-induced arguments among designers. There are references to the Billionaire Boys Club clothing line, and the Los Angeles-based Michael Levine fabric store is featured. Teen fashion and music lovers will be able to handle it, but it's not meant for younger tweens.

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What's the story?

Created and hosted by award-winning singer Rihanna, STYLED TO ROCK is a reality competition that blends music, celebrity, and fashion. Twelve up-and-coming designers compete for a chance to show how they can design fashion-forward outfits that define an artist's image. Each week they participate in challenges that push their limits while offering unique opportunities to work for clients such as Khloe Kardashian, Naya Rivera, and Kelly Osborne. But, before they actually finish sewing, the designs that have the most potential are "pulled" by the show mentors, including music and fashion designer Pharrell Williams, model Erin Wasson, and Rihanna's personal stylist, Mel Ottenberg, to be shown to the clients. The contestants whose outfits don't make the pull can only reveal their finished looks to the mentors in hopes of not being eliminated from the competition. The winner of the overall contest gets $100,000, a spread in Glamour magazine, and a chance to work with Rihanna's design team.

Is it any good?

Styled to Rock offers some unique insight into what it takes to be a designer for musical artists, including being able to understand the aesthetic of the artist while recognizing that an artist's look must match her or his sound. Designers also must be able to blend the world of fashion and music to create iconic looks that are part costume and part trendsetting.

It's entertaining, but much of the show revolves around the opportunity to work with famous celebs and land a job with Rihanna's team -- a position that's touted as being more valuable than the cash prize. But the focus also is on showcasing undiscovered talent. The result is a show that will appeal to teens and adults who find fashion and celebrity entertaining.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between a celebrity designer and stylist and a fashion designer. Do these different fashion careers require different training? Or is it really about understanding how to make clothes and fit them to their clients' specifications?

  • What is the purpose of fashion-themed reality shows such as this one? Is it only to entertain? To teach people about the business? To bring attention to different designers?

TV details

For kids who love reality shows

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