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 Vogue.com 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
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...