Fashion Show’s second season changes basically everything

Bravo has announced the cast and format for the second season of The Fashion Show, its Project Runway knock-off that pretty much sucked in its first season.

The Fashion Show: The Ultimate Collection has a new host and judge, Iman (which I first reported in May), and Harper’s Bazaar’s editor Laura Brown has replaced Fern Mallis on the judging panel. Previously, Bravo announced that it had replaced the production company, too.

The new format will split the 12-person cast into two tribes, er, teams, who “must work together, not only to create a cohesive collection each week, but also to produce a live fashion show in every episode,” which includes “the set, to the music and lighting,” according to a Bravo press release.

That does sound like a promising change; at the very least, it is not Project Runway, so perhaps Bravo has finally gotten over its insecurity over losing that show to Lifetime.

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