Now that the regular episodes have aired, and we only have the grand finale to look forward to, it's time to look at these two shows and pass judgment on who did it best.
Both had their moments, both had their flaws.
So which shows wins this round.
The original... or the knock off?
I feel almost obligated to just give the win to Project Runway, because it's what started the whole thing in the first place. I blame my sense of loyalty on that. It clearly has a bigger budget, and they obviously managed to build on their experiences from earlier seasons.
The Fashion Show feels a bit more fresh. I enjoyed seeing the mini-challenges from Harper's Bazar, they were light and fun to see, with some remarkably good looking product... I'm looking at you "little Black Dress"-challenge.
The Fashion Show managed to at least present the winning garments in a way that made those wins feel justified.
With Project Runway I'm still flabbergasted by the fact that Ra'Mon and Epperson got sent home, and it just doesn't seem fair that Gordana got sent home last week. Meanwhile Christoper and Logan should have left weeks ago. Project Runway this year just didn't gel with me as it did in the past.
Nina and Michael were barely there, and they've been THE judges of Project Runway... their absence felt like they broke with tradition. Sure we still had Tim, but even he seemed to have his moments of shame... him making a personal remark about one of the contestants just felt spiteful and out of line.
The Fashion Show had the advantage of not having a history, no expectations.
I thought I would really dislike the Fashion Show, but the more I look back, the more I realize that it wasn't at all bad. It had it's charm.
And it pains me to say... but for me The Fashion Show wins this season...