Top Chef, Next in Fashion, and the latest nepo baby
Dishes and designs, plus she tried to charter a helicopter to see a camp friend??
On this week’s episode of Criticism Is Dead, we discuss Top Chef and Next in Fashion, two reality competition shows that demonstrate the importance of skill.
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04:06 We have a soft spot for Top Chef because we love to witness CRAFT, and season 20 — streaming on Hulu, Peacock, etc. — is no exception.
Yes, Pelin and I are Top Chef heads. We can’t help it — there’s just something about watching people in a given field performing at the height of their skill, drive, and hunger. Now take that and multiply it by like a thousand, because this latest season is a “World All-Stars,” i.e., participants are winners or near-winners from international editions of the franchise. And they’re in London, mate! Let’s just agree to ignore the elephant in the room…
23:26 Netflix revived its promising fashion design competition reality show Next in Fashion only to completely butcher season 2.
The first season of Next in Fashion was, as we mentioned in a previous CID episode about Making the Cut, a delight. It boasted noticeably higher-quality designs from a global slate of experienced designers, and, generally speaking, was less amateur hour compared to Project Runway, and less gaudy and nakedly sales-driven than Making the Cut. But somewhere in between its cancelation and its rebirth (with Gigi Hadid replacing Tan France’s original co-host Alexa Chung), the show apparently decided to go in a wildly different direction — to much worse results. Sad!
37:23 Plus, new Coppola just dropped.
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In personal news…
And as for my life, here’s the knock-off Lego treehouse I’ve been working on lol
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