(Millerp @ 08 June 2004, 10:02) Has anyone seen "What Not to Wear" on the Learning Channel? They do fashion makovers on men and women. Â "Contestants" are told what's wrong with their current wardrobe, given suggestions as to what they ought to wear and given $5,000 to shop for new clothes. The camera follows them to stores including Thomas Pink. http://tlc.discovery.com/fansites/wh...nottowear.html
I've seen it. Â In some ways maybe a ripoff of the queer eye idea (although i have no idea which came first) although i think they are both very good. The "what not to wear" show is in some ways a variation of what i was alluding to before about carson on q.e.- The idea is to give people who are poorly dressed or have no style some ideas about how they could spruce things up a bit. Â The difference is that Carson basically dresses the people up, whereas on the WNTW show they give them the cash right then and there and see what happens. Again- maybe i am just playing devil's advocate here
, but although the style on q.e. is generally a little out there, I think they do a good job of trying to accentuate or interpret people's existing personality in terms of clothing. Â It might seem wrong to those of us on here that already have an idea about designers and fashion and in addition have a strict idea of what is or is not fashionable, but again- i think we can all agree that one of the greatest things about fashion, dandyism, etc, is to show off our personality a little bit. Â I don't always agree with people's judgments on styleforum, but I love to hear about the different ideas and ways people express their very different personalities through clothing.
The Learning Channel "What not to Wear" is the American version of the BBC's What not to Wear, which predated Queer Eye by quite a bit. I've not seen the American What not to Wear, but have seen the BBC version, which is one of my wife's favorite shows. The BBC show focuses pretty much entirely on women, however, they've done a couple of men as well.