I wrote about Fashion Reality TV shows on Tuesday, and shortly after publishing I came across this article in Rolling Stone, about a new fashion reality TV show hosted by Rihanna, called “Styled to Rock.” The show will “will follow the stylish singer as she mentors a dozen young British designers towards success.” That’s interesting, because I would have thought that in order to mentor designers, you would have to KNOW SOMETHING about design, or at least the fashion industry (By the way, wearing lots of crazy designer clothing does not give you the qualifications to mentor designers.) Oh wait, I forgot, this is 2012, where anyone who wears clothes is entitled to be a designer, or to host a TV show where they give fashion “advice.”
But don’t worry! Rihanna has help. “She will be working alongside a fleet of music and fashion elite: her stylist Lysa Cooper, zany British designer Henry Holland and Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts (who runs her own successful cosmetics line).” Perhaps the writer of this article needs to do some proper fact checking, as Henry Holland IS NOT fashion elite (read more about him here), and anyone from Girls Aloud IS NOT music elite (I am actually laughing out “aloud” right now.)
I think the people I feel most sorry for are the designers. We all know that these types of shows do not make successful fashion careers (they probably ruin them, if anything), but the fact that they are allowing Rihanna, Henry Holland, and someone from a shite manufactured girl’s band to give them fashion design advice means they are seriously desperate or know nothing at all about the real fashion world. And what is this “Styled to Rock” all about? Rihanna doesn’t rock. Girls Aloud certainly don’t rock. And Henry Holland is the antithesis of rock. Although we can probably assume that they all have heads full of rocks.