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Jul 31, 2012

Fashion Television Shows

Fashion is a big part of our society, so it only makes sense that it would be part of our television lineup. From makeover shows to fashion competitions, there is a little something for everyone out there. Here is a list of five sure-fire fashion-related shows that are sure to entertain and provide great fashion advice.

“Project Runway” – Spirited aspiring fashion designers, sassy judges, creative garments, and Tim Gunn – all things you’ll find on Lifetime’s hit reality show, “Project Runway.” Watch as a group of aspiring fashion designers battle to become the next big thing in fashion, while forging friendships and making enemies along the way. Each week, contestants are given an assignment by hostess Heidi Klum and mentor Tim Gunn, and at the end of the allotted time, there is a runway show and subsequent judging session by Klum; fashion designer Michael Kors; journalist and former fashion director for “Marie Claire” and “Elle” magazines, Nina Garcia; and a guest judge relevant to the challenge. For fashion and drama all rolled into one, tune in to “Project Runway” Thursdays at 9/8c on Lifetime.

“America’s Next Top Model” – The road to becoming a top model is a hard one, but it can also be fun to watch. Join supermodel Tyra Banks as she mentors model hopefuls in “America’s Next Top Model.” Each episode features fashion shoots (mini-challenges and the main photoshoot), drama in the house the hopefuls share, and, of course, lots of fashion. The winner of it all gets a premiere modeling contract and a cover shoot for nationally distributed magazine. Watch as the competition unfolds in the Cycle 19 premiere on Friday, August 24 at 8/7c on the CW.

“What Not to Wear” –  Fashion moguls Stacy London and Clinton Kelly turn fashion offenders into fashionistas on the popular TLC show, “What Not To Wear.” This show follows fashion victims whose family and friends nominate them for a makeover in New York City with Stacy and Clinton. Each week, a new participant learns more than the difference between a pencil skirt and an a-line skirt; they learn a lot about life, confidence, and happiness. Although the outcome of the show is usually serious and inspiring, there are plenty of wisecracks along the way, courtesy of Stacy and Clinton. Tune in to watch these life-changing makeovers on TLC Tuesdays at 10/9c on TLC.

“How Do I Look?” – Looking for a makeover show with a slightly different flavor? “How Do I Look?” also offers a makeover/lifestyle change forma, but it has a little sassy twist in the form of host Jeannie Mai. Mai takes fashion train wrecks through the real reasons for the way that they dress, and, with the help of two friends/family members and one fashion expert, she transforms the fashion criminals into upstanding, fashionable citizens. At the reveal, Jeannie and the good people from “How Do I Look?” usually offer a gift to the participant to help them achieve the goal from which their bad fashion was preventing them. For these inspiring stories and a little sass, catch Jeannie on “How Do I Look?” on Style Network.

“Fashion Star” –Check out “Fashion Star,” a competition-style reality show in which aspiring designers vie for the chance to win a $6 million order for capsule collections in H&M, Macy’s, and Saks Fifth Avenue. The aspiring designers are mentored by Jessica Simpson, Nicole Ritchie, and John Varvatos. Unlike the traditional runway shows in “Project Runway,” “Fashion Star” offers high-energy, explosive shows with music and creative lighting. For something a little different than your average fashion show, tune into “Fashion Star” on NBC.

Which fashion-oriented shows are your favorites?
About the Author:  Lisa has always been a fan of fabulous clothing and loves the new fashion tv show craze.  When she isn’t watching Project Runway, she is a fulltime blogger for, home of the best deals on Dish Network HD.

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