Fashion lovers near and far should be no strangers to Project Runway, the fashion design contest currently on its 17th season. While it is, without question, a hugely successful show, I think most of us (possibly including Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, who both recently left the show to work on a new project with Amazon) would agree that it’s stretched on for far too long and is desperately in need of its own makeover. Seizing on the opportunity, Netflix recently announced plans to launch its very own take on the fashion competition, presumably geared towards the interests of a younger demographic.
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Titled Next in Fashion, the new series will feature 10 episodes hosted by none other than Tan France from Queer Eye and fashion ‘it’ girl Alexa Chung. A total of 18 contestants will participate in the debut season, taking up challenges centred around different trends or styles that have “influenced the way the entire world dresses”. Celebrity stylist Elizabeth Stewart — who dresses Hollywood A-listers such as Cate Blanchett, Jessica Chastain, Julia Roberts and more — and Eva Chen, Instagram’s director of fashion partnerships, have already been confirmed as recurring guest judges. So what’s on offer at the end of the road? A grand prize of US$250,000 to help jumpstart the winner’s fashion career, and a chance to sell his/her debut collection on luxury fashion e-tailer Net-a-Porter.
At the moment, we’re still waiting on the official release date for the series; in the meantime, we’ll just have to go back to binge watching all three Queer Eye seasons for France’s best style tips, which inevitably include a demonstration of his famous ‘French tuck‘.