US Blog Readers – this week, on Tuesday 10th January, 10pm ET, the series 24 Hour Catwalk will premiere on Lifetime. I’m not usually one for reality TV shows but give me some fashion and throw Alexa Chung into the mix and I’m there watching. I have a huge girl crush on my fellow Brit who is also now firmly transplanted in New York City (other Brits will recall Pop World, Frock Me and Fashion Fix) and in the preview tape I saw, Alexa’s many outfit changes alone make the show worth watching.
After a first cut challenge and elimination that tests their innovation and aesthetic, the competition whittles down to two, each then tasked with creating a themed collection for their own runway show. With help of 24 Hour Catwalk’s talented and opinionated sewing team (the funniest remarks in the episode I saw were made by the pattern cutters who most accurately summed up the contestants failings), contestants must prepare and showcase their three-piece collection to the program’s judges: designer Cynthia Rowley, New York Times author and fashion editor Derek Blasberg and publicist James LaForce.
In the preview I found each judge to be fairly even handed with both advice and constructive criticism. I hope it remains that the judges do not become caricatures, yet I have the feeling that Ms Chung’s sparky as well as graceful manner will be one of the highlights of the show. Her British humour and fantastic use of irony and understatement (often lost on those around her, as is also my experience New York), is something to watch for.
Another thing I like about the show is that each episode is a competition in itself. Rather than tracking the designers long term, which I feel can give rise to inauthentic portrayals to keep things interesting (although I am sure all shows like this are cleverly edited) I love that each week sets a fresh challenge.
Photo credits: David Russell / Lifetime.
And I love seeing Alexa’s outfits. Did I mention that already?
Hope you had a great weekend, Blog Reader!