A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The competition show sends the message that streetwear designers need to be credited for their brands and for setting the trends that high-fashion designers and houses are given credit for (and from which they earn profit).
Positive Role Models
The co-signs are blunt, but offer constructive advice to the designers. Cast members are competitive, and some are more self-confident than others.
The cast is from a range of ethnic/racial backgrounds and genders. Some are members of the LGBTQ+ community. Their designs represent varied life histories and cultural backgrounds.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some outfits reveal more skin than others, but a lot of designs are more edgy than sexy.
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"Damn," "hell" and curses like "f--k" are audible.
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Products & Purchases
The designers' brands are featured, as are brief glimpses of high-fashion labels and items like Gucci and Chanel. Microsoft Surface Pros are prominently shown in the workroom. The Nike logo is sometimes visible on people's outfits.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Hype is a clothing design competition featuring up-and-coming streetwear designers competing for a cash prize. It contains some cursing, and high-fashion brands are often referenced or visible. Microsoft Surface Pros are also prominently visible. The series offers interesting insights into the streetwear culture, its mission, and the importance of streetwear designers receiving the credit they deserve for their work in the fashion industry.
Is It Any Good?
The fun, L.A.-based series follows the basic formula for most fashion competitions: designers compete in challenges in hopes of winning some major cash and marketing opportunities. But it also touts itself as the first competition to bring talented up-and-coming streetwear creatives to the forefront, and contextualizes this as a way to challenge high-fashion gatekeepers, who have historically co-opted and profited from the streetwear industry without giving it its due. Adding to this are the unique, edgy outfits that move away from high fashion and offer narratives that are intended to genuinely represent the cultures and communities from which urban streetwear originates. As a result, The Hype, like the clothes it features, feels like it has a higher purpose.
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