Whether fashion is your passion or you simply enjoy watching designers scramble to create outfits from food, trash, and other outlandish materials, you’ll find that there is no shortage of fashion themed TV shows to choose from (although newbie Fashion Star was cancelled after just two seasons). Here are just a few that you might want to check out in 2014 to get your fashion fix.
- Project Runway. With 12 seasons and counting and an All Stars edition, the penultimate designer challenge (currently airing on Lifetime) is a force to be reckoned with, complete with taglines like Tim Gunn’s ubiquitous “Carry on” and Heidi Klum’s German sendoff to the losers. In the midst of all this are some crazy designer challenges, some truly heinous meltdowns, and a handful of outfits and designers that offer the ultimate wow factor (um, how about everything by Christian Siriano?). And don’t forget the panel of judges, including snarky industry standbys Nina Garcia and Michael Kors, along with a new guest judge every episode. There’s a lot to love about this show, as evidenced by the fact that it has outlived pretty much every other fashion reality TV show out there (except maybe America’s Next Top Model).
- Under the Gunn. If you need more Tim Gunn in your life, you might want to check out Under the Gunn, a spinoff where previous Project Runway contestants mentor up-and-coming designers under the watchful eye of the former Parsons faculty member.
- The Fashion Fund. Arts network ovation can thank The Fashion Fund for putting them on the map (although Antiques Roadshow does have a weirdly cultish following). If you assume that this is yet another in a long line of fashion competitions that pit young designers against one another in increasingly ludicrous challenges, you’re more or less right. The major hook is that the competition is overseen by legendary Vogue editor Anna Wintour and the prize for winning is a $300,000 reward and a year-long mentorship from a noted fashion designer.
- Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Fashion may be largely based on what you can see, but there’s a whole foundation that happens underneath the amazing outfits that make their way down seasonal runways. And the annual VS Fashion Show is delighted to expose the brand’s unmentionables on national television.
- Fashion Police. If you’re more interested in watching Joan Rivers, her quirky cohosts, and a parade of starlets skewer the fashion foibles of the day than actually trying to figure out what’s hot in fashion at the moment, then Fashion Police is a show that aims to deliver. Think of it like Mystery Science Theater 3,000 for the fashion set and you’ll get a pretty clear idea of what to expect from the show. It’s an irreverent sendup of what the “it” crowd is wearing on the red carpet and around town, so if you’ve often found yourself wondering what they were thinking when they got dressed in the morning, you’ll no doubt enjoy Joan’s clever and politically incorrect quips on the subject. You won’t find any of her racy one-liners splashed across merchandise from the TV Store Online, but that doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate the show.