“Vintage store reality show” has been done before, but not quite like Bravo is doing “Dukes Of Melrose”. Featuring fashion minded Cameron Silver and business minded Christos Garkinos, they are the “Batman & Robin” of Decades, the premiere “luxury consignment shop” in Hollywood.
While Christos is the business minded alpha male of the operation, Cameron is the fashion expert of the operation (wait until you see Christos’ reaction to a “haute couture” Givenchey gown that a California socialite comes in with). With a guest appearance from actress and comedienne Rachel Harris (and once you see the preview, a ton of other celebrities) you get a touch of the Hollywood that graces the doors of Decades on a daily basis. With Christos having a brilliant business mind from 20 years of business experience, and Cameron styling stars for major red carpet events like the Oscar’s the merging of both of their talents makes “Dukes Of Melrose” the perfect addition to Bravo’s long line of fashion-themed programming. (Series Premiere March 6, 10:30 pm.
Celebrity stylist Brad Goreski has come a long way from playing third fiddle to Rachel Zoe and her long-whining assistant Taylor on the early season of “The Rachel Zoe Project”. Not only has Goreski gone out on his own as a stylist, he is working with celebrities like Demi Moore, Minka Kelly, and Jessica Alba. The first episode features on establishing Goreski as his own brand of stylist; he has his own team, styling assistants Thomas and Hannah (with help from his new super-assistant Linds
ey). It is refreshing to see Goreski come into his own as not only a stylist, but as a brand in and of himself. Watching Goreski, you also get a master class in “Fashion 101”, with a split screen of Goreski detailing the outfit while the celebrities try on the garments. While Brad’s business life is thriving, his personal life is also moving along quite nicely, as he shares the ups and downs of the world of styling with his partner Gary. While Goreski is the definition of hyper, Gary is definitely what really helps keeping Goreski grounded. The first episode features Brad styling a large Kate Spade anniversary event and attending the Monique Lhullier fashion show. Brad puts it best when he tells us that “from an early age, we’ve been taught to Turn The Beat Around”. Goreski’s beat will definitely continue for quite some time. (Season Premiere March 6, 10 pm)
“The Rachel Zoe Project” returns with quite a twist. While the first few seasons have been all about Zoe showing her prowess as a fashion stylist for celebrities like Anne Hathaway, this season follows Zoe as she takes her journey to make “wearable clothing that fits into your everyday life” as she becomes “Rachel Zoe-Fashion Designer”. For many this seems like a natural progression, but for Zoe, it’s the ultimate challenge. Being taken seriously as a stylist in an industry she helped make mainstream is one thing; becoming a new designer in a field of legendary designers like Oscar De La Renta and Ralph Lauren is something else. The days of Rachel playing referee between previous assistants is over. This Rachel Zoe is focused, driven, and striving forward to make a name for herself in an industry that she has supported on the other side of the fence for many years. This season, her husband Rodger is a much stronger force in “Zoe Inc”, as he works hand in hand with his wife in helping her climb up the fashion ladder be a success. And of course, the show would not be complete without appearances by celebrities (keep your eyes peeled for star studded cameos throughout). And this would not be “Fashion By Bravo” if these celebrities were not dripping in designer couture. Zoe is also balancing motherhood as her final plate in the air, as her son Skylar continues to give Zoe a respite from fashion drama. Zoe’s show is perfect to kick off Bravo’s “Fashion Night” block of programming, as it is, in Zoe’s words, “A-Maze”! (Season Premiere March 6, 9 pm)
Last week I sat down for a chat with Dr. Greg, one of the stars of Bravo’s new therapy centered show “La Shrinks”. It’s not surprise why he has a thriving therapy practice; Dr. Greg was personable, humorous, and informative. It’s not often you get to take a look behind the curtain and see why therapists are the way they are, and also watch some of their intimate sessions. The first question I had to ask Dr. Greg was what exactly “monogomish” meant (as he’s seen mentioning throughout the promos. He tells me “everyone has their own path for relationships. Monogomish means that while you both may share the relationship and the day to day life, there may be certain times you do “certain things” outside of the relationship but within parameters you have set for yourselves”. “LA Shrinks” focuses on Dr. Greg and two other therapists ( who not only assist their patients but are also working on their own issues as people. Dr. Greg is in a long term partnership, yet issues abound as a wedding is planned. Dr. Venus is not only raising her own children, but is also taking permanent guardianship of her two nephews, giving her a blended family, which definitely has it’s challenges. Dr. Eris is ready to start a family, and is trying to get her husband on the “baby train” as well. The cast is definitely a mixed bag, but since I got the chance to talk to Dr. Greg, I was sure to ask him what he thought the key to a relationship was during our chat. He told me “it’s shockingly simple and I hate to sound cliche, but it’s all about communication”. He continued to tell me that “people are so afraid of being open and honest about what they need and want in every area of their life and in their relationship. People in long-term relationships need to develop an us against the world attitude, which helps in tackling problems together”. Coining a new reality show term and giving sound advice? Sounds like Dr. Greg & co. will definitely be giving us alot to talk about. (Season Premiere March 4, 10 pm)