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  • Summary: Isaac Mizrahi and ex-Destiny's Child Kelly Rowland host this replacement for Project Runway (which will reappear later in the summer on Lifetime).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Reality, Health & Lifestyle
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 80
    In order to fully enjoy The Fashion Show--and there is plenty to enjoy in Bravo's new reality contest--you have to resist the urge to keep comparing it to "Project Runway."
  2. Project Runway is a hard act to follow. Still, if you like watching people make (sometimes) beautiful clothes from nothing in no time--the first challenge is to make a little black dress from a little black T-shirt--The Fashion Show has that too.
  3. As viewers, we're less interested in the destination than the ride, and this one starts out feeling like fun.
  4. Reviewed by: Randee Dawn
    For "Runway" fans thirsty for fashion fights and fits, Fashion is certainly worth a taste.
  5. Reviewed by: Leah Greenblatt
    Though PR has auf'ed off to Lifetime, its chic shadow looms large on Fashion--which, like its name, has a sad, generic chintziness.
  6. There is plenty to enjoy, but not much to applaud. At its best fashion celebrates originality; The Fashion Show feeds on imitation.
  7. Tonight's extended episode--it runs until 11:15 p.m.--comes off as the trashier, less sophisticated cousin to "Project Runway." If that's the appeal of "Runway," then have at it. But if you're a design fan, The Fashion Show may prove to be an unfashionable disappointment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 7 out of 12
  1. AlexandriaV
    May 8, 2009
    Kelly Roland is so fabulous. She makes it more enjoyable than project runway.
  2. raquelc
    May 7, 2009
    A more in-depth look and listen into the designers' process elevates this show above those similar. I'll be sure to keep watching
  3. JohnK
    May 8, 2009
  4. LB
    May 8, 2009
    It is like a low class project runway. Instead of having a good mix of personalities they are 80% drama queens.
  5. AL
    Jul 22, 2009
    A few points for effort in putting a show together, but was it successful? No. I was surprised to find Kelly as one of the judges; I do not feel she has the background to judge, Beyonce's mother would of been a better candidate considering that she has designed costumes for Destiny's Child. I do respect Kelly as an artist just not as a judge. In Project Runway you can probably pick out half of the group as not-so-good designers, the fashion show is 100% not-so-good designers while the judges scramble to find the most bearable contestants for the top three. Expand
  6. KayeC
    Jun 11, 2009
    Sorry, I didn't like either isaac or his female sidekick. I thought the apogee came when they kicked off the gal who wasn't familiar with hip hop clothes. Hip hop is so over and done with and the way the two kingpins acted was like the designer had killed someone. Bad, very bad! Expand
  7. RW
    May 9, 2009
    This is a sorry imitation of Project Runway. The contestants are an uninteresting and generally uninspired lot. Their idea of a fashion "have to have" is derivative, unoriginal and occasionally silly. While Misrahi's critiques are right on, the overall tone of the show matches the clothing - dull, dull, and duller. Expand

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