It's Starting to Smell a Little Hollywood in this Showroom

When asked why I choose to go into fashion, the answer I often give is that this industry is kind of like New Yorks version of Hollywood. The parties, the celebrities, the unrestricted opulence, in many ways mirror Tinseltown, now more than ever, with models, editors, stylists, bloggers, and hanger-ons getting bit in the ass by the "acting" bug.

For anyone with an ear to the ground in fashion, the latest news of Nigel Barker's return to modeling competitions shouldn't come as a surprise. In February, he'll be heading up The Face, where three teams of models compete against each other with superstar coaches Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha, and Karolina Kurkova. The show plays like a top model copycat, The Voice to Top Model's American Idol, making me wonder if Naomi and Tyra really put their differences behind them on that very special issue of the Tyra Banks show so many years ago...

Add The Face to Rachel Zoe's g reen lit, scripted show based on her life (Its a comedy. I hope) and news that Harvard alum Tyra Banks creating a show called  Fivehead based on her life as bobble-headed teenager. Also, don't forget The Carrie Diaries, which has Eric Daman styling looks for a young Carrie Bradshaw, and the original Carrie Bradshaw, playing a Editrix on Glee, plus Betsey Johnson's new reality show, and if rumors are true, some fashion bloggers due for some screen time...

Accompanied with all the shows that got renewed for another season, like Top Model, Joe Zee's All on the Line, It's a Brad Brad World, The Rachel Zoe Project, Project Runway, and Fashion Star, Kimora's House of Fab and you've got a television jam packed with enough programming to make you feel as if you've got what it takes to make it in the often guarded fashion industry. Give it a few months, and I'm sure we'll be hearing about a Manrepeller show, in which fashion's joker, high kicks it and monkey faces it with her new husband for some camera time. I'm sure this announcement will happen any day now, either that or baby rumors.

Basically, everyone has caught the celebrity bug, so to be ready for when Speilberg is sitting front row at Marc Jacobs  or James Cameron is outfitting the Navi in the latest from McQueen (I heard the next Avatar takes place underwater, the S/S 2010 collection would be perf).

To help you get used to fashion's continued love affair Hollywood, Ive created a little cheat sheet for how fashion parallels with the land of flashing lights, Lohan car accidents, and paparazzi.

Models = Actors

Designers = Directors

PR Girls = the Film Crew

Front Row = A-List

Standing Room = Extras

Bloggers = Fanboys (not always, but often)

Cathy Horyn = Perez Hilton

Lena Dunham = Leandra Medine

Street Style Photogs = Paparazzi

Runway Shows = Red Carpet Premieres

WWD = The Hollywood Reporter

Vogue = People

LVMH = Paramount

PPR = Warner Bros

Richemont = Columbia

Greenlight = Samples Arrived from China

Karl Lagerfeld = James Cameron

Marc Jacobs = Oliver Stone

Jean Paul Gaultier = Mel Gibson

Emerging Designer = Indie Filmmaker

CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Winner = Indie Filmmaker You Care About

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week = Sundance Film Festival

London, Paris, Milan Fashion Week = Cannes Film Festival

LA Fashion Week = Swansea Bay Film Festival

Press Previews = Critic Previews

Inspiration Boards = Trailers

Designer Collabs with Target or H&M = Now Playing in Select Cities

Limited Edition = Limited Release

The CFDA Awards = The Oscars

The Met Gala = The Met Gala (like Highlander, there can only be one)

Any Designer Not in Featured in Vogue = Straight to DVD

Hope this helps you for when the day comes that youll have to sign a film release form before attending any fashion show or press preview. Below, a little preview of The Face...

ALL 3 'THE FACE' PROMOS from Coco Rocha on Vimeo.

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