Parents' Guide to

The Fashion Show

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Retailored design show is Runway lite.

TV Bravo Reality TV 2009
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You can't really judge The Fashion Show without comparing it to Project Runway. (After all, Bravo used to air Runway before the Weinstein Company moved the show to Lifetime, creating a messy legal battle that held Runway's sixth season hostage for a year.) And while the first season -- with original host Kelly Rowland and a convoluted voting process that, ironically, felt over-designed -- didn't quite measure up to Runway's appeal, the revamped Fashion Show more or less holds its own in a head-to-head comparison.

As a host, Iman has far more presence (not to mention runway cred) than Rowland, and she really helps the ground the show. And the decision to scrap the overly complicated format of the first season in favor of the almost Shakespearean "two houses" concept was not only creative, but critical. Bottom line? Runway might have done it first -- and better -- but die-hard fashionistas might also find a muse or two here.

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