The Fashion Show to Feature Audience Voting and Judges with No Credentials

04/27/2009 2:56 PM |

Today’s NY Post features an item about The Fashion Show, Bravo’s replacement for the massively successful Project Runway, which has jumped ship for the Lifetime network. They report that each episode of the show, which pits fifteen designers against one another, will end with a runway show to be judged not only by the panel of judges, but by a studio audience made up of “everyday Joes and industry insiders.” It’s a nice enough idea, and it will certainly set it apart from Project Runway, especially since home-viewers will be able to choose the winner at the end of the season.

But let’s get back to the panel of judges for a minute. Liz Claiborne creative director and groper of Scarlett Johanson Isaac Mizrahi? Sure, that makes sense. New York “Fashion Week” creator and president of IMG Fashion Fern Mallis? Totally, she seems legit. But, second or possibly third best-dressed member of Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland? Troubling.

Whatever. I will watch anyway, starting on Thursday, May 7, at 10pm.