Project Runway Walked so Next in Fashion Could Run

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Ella Witmer, Staff Writer

Growing up, Project Runway was my go to show. I loved the excitement of watching the designers create the best looks possible under demanding time constraints for cut-throat judges. 

As a kid, I was so inspired that I worked alongside them, creating my own designs out of paper on my mannequin. The highlight of the episodes was the challenge that they had to create their garments for- some episodes required designers to source materials from candy stores, flower shops, and hardware stores to name a few. 

Netflix’s show, Next in Fashion, takes this concept to the next level, offering a more realistic view of fashion made for the social-media era.

The challenges are just as exciting as they focus on current trends, including: prints & patterns, streetwear, activewear, and denim– allowing viewers to follow the designer’s abilities more closely. 

This show’s premise is to make one of the 18 designers a house-hold name, selling their collections on a premiere designer fashion site: Net-A-Porter. Unlike Project Runway, all of the designers are well experienced in the fashion world, some attending prestigious fashion schools and designing for A-list celebrities like Beyonce, Fergie, and more. 

Alexa Chung, an icon of fashion influencers, a brand owner, and an author, shines as a show Co-Host with her classic quirky personality, elite humor, and insight. I love seeing what she wears in each episode, just like how co-host Heidi Klum’s style was showcased in Project Runway.

Tan France, fashion designer, Queer Eye star, and author, is Alexa’s perfect compliment on the show.

There are 10 episodes and, from personal experience, they can effortlessly be binged in a couple days as the show builds in second-hand excitement for the designers.