Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What to Watch: The Fashion Fund

Television of the millennium is over saturated with "Reality TV". While it's apparent that America's favorite housewives or the kids of the Jersey Shore have encounters that are so set-up, it's almost scripted, the front runner of Reality TV will always be competition shows. You can blame it on American Idol, which spawned so many knock-off singing shows it's hard to keep up with the newest editions, but every channel has their own competitive show, in which you can root for your favorite talent. You like special effects? Watch Syfy's Face-Off. You like cooking? There's Top Chef, Iron Chef, or Food Network Star. You like manis and pedis? You've got Oxygen's Nailed It.  However, fashion lovers have long been given scarce options to give them their TV fix; with America's Next Top Model and Project Runway, we got fabricated and sensationalized peek into how the industry operates. Last year though, Ovation TV provided a breath of fresh air with its series The Fashion Fund, which makes it's return tonight. The show feels more like a documentary compartmentalized into several hour long episodes, instead of a chronicle of made-for-tv drama.
2014 Winner Paul Andrew
The Fashion Fund  follows ten emerging designers with established brands as they compete for a $300,000 reward from the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) and Vogue USA. Last year the council awarded New York based designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School, whose raw talent and chic street style swept the competition. This year, up and coming shoe designer Paul Andrew took home the money to get his company off the ground. While the winner of the competition is already known on the internet, as the awards take place months in advance, the show offers real insight into the way the fashion industry works. You're give real glimpses into the usually private, Anna Wintour's thoughts, or remarkable advice from Diane Von Furstenberg (not unlike what you see on her own new show).

The CDFA with Winner Paul Andrew

2013 Winners Public School and Runners-Up

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