Right now, I’m kitty-sitting. My Dad has shed his hard, rough, I Hate The Small And Furry shell and become a father yet again to two gigantic
kittens cats. I have been summoned to watch them play, cuddle with them, and live in their house while my parents escape the impending snowstorm and charter a boat in Cabo. I do not want to talk about it.
Realizing that I was house-sitting, as well as kitty-sitting, I came to a shocking fact: I would have cable – BIG 5 Million Channels Cable – television at my disposal. Prepared to put my streaming Showbox and Netflix-Through-Xbox addiction aside, I admit I was excited. I arrived to the house this morning, put my stuff down, and, still running off the high of “Fashion Month”, decided to jump to the Style Network (for the first time, I might add) to see if there was anything interesting.
I know that everyone has their own interpretation of “style” – that’s what this blog is all about: defining your style through your life experiences. So naturally, when you call something being given to the public “The Style Network”, interpretations are going to vary. All we know is that it has something to do with attitude, aesthetics, and… let’s be honest: clothes. Yes? Ok. I couldn’t find a mission statement on Style Network’s site, so we’ll just have to go with whatever I say. AKA How it usually works.
Surely, though, if you’re appointed an executive position at parent company, E! Entertainment… AHEM, NBCUniversal, you know that appealing to many subsets of a niche is going to maximize your chances for success. Totally get that – awesome. That being said, I’d like to direct your attention to the show list, as seen on Style Network.
Clean House is hosted by Niecy Nash, who I love unabashedly forever due to Raineesha Williams. Hoarder-type houses are raided by Niecy Nash and her whip-quick team of clean, white, southern people and – from what I can see – scoff at huge messes, tackle on emotional problem, and inevitably bring up the idea that, with a clean house, you will have more sex. House is cleaned, host returns (as a “surprise“) in a number of months, and gifts the “contestant” with dinner & a show, or something comparable.
FYI: This is the only programming on the Style Network today. THE. ONLY. 6am to 2am. Clean House.
It’s clear why this program was included in Style Network’s scheduling. Obvious. I mean… Super Nanny? What about that doesn’t say “style”?…
Ahhh, Jerseylicious. Sadly, this is the most style-oriented show in the lineup. A couple brazen Jersey girls work in a dress shop and hold discourse with one another in exciting, high energy, … assertive ways. But they also sell/talk about/show dresses! Just look at that cast. Style.
How Do I Look?
This has been on forever. Big fancy stylist comes in, tells your friends to throw your clothes away, then you get to be told how to dress “with your own style mixed in.” Please see: formulaic. This is nice because you get to see clothes, and hear a stylists opinion (& painful television presence, typically) on ~*dressing for your figure*~, but is otherwise boring.
Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane
Can we just skip this one? Please?
If this is the Fashion Police hosted by Joan Rivers with Kelly Osbourne and some other folks – I can get down with this. I like seeing the red carpet/celebrity photos/videos, I can’t deny it. I love seeing runway gowns make it to award shows & on the bodies of faces I recognize. Joan Rivers – she’s horrible, but she’s hilarious, and I could stare at Kelly Osbourne for a few hours, easy.
Ohhh, Topanga. You were the first girl on TV to teach me what a privileged white feminist looks like. Now you have a show that is basically a rip-off of The Soup, but much less hilarious. I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed.
Then there are a bunch of reality shows about “beauty” (i.e. Whose Wedding is it Anyway?, Dr. 90210, Ruby) and a slough of makeover shows (i.e. Style Her Famous [look like your favorite celebrity], Dress My Nest, Peter Perfect [someone makes over… businesses?]), there’s… not really anything fashion- or style-related. See also My Super Sweet Sixteen. Why? I don’t know.
I think that there is a maaaaaaajor opportunity being missed here. We are in the thick of fashion week – and digital information is so prevalent and available – why is it not being utilized to create amazing content for this Style-focused network? I mean, honestly… E! has more fashion content than Style Network. Mostly celebrity style but that’s better than Kimora Lee Simmons, am i right?
If I Were CEO of Style.com for One Week…
Particularly last week… Wouldn’t it make sense to show:
- NYFW, LFW, PFW, MFW coverage, including video footage of the actual shows, interviews with the designers (if NBC’s mini-stations can do it, why can’t they send their STYLE NETWORK? They cover it on their blog.)
- Inside The Actor’s Studio-style presentations with designers, stylists, muses, models, bloggers, store owners, buyers… The potential is infinite!
- Emerging designer features, crafting/DIY programming, etc. Exposure for new talent!
- News! Freaking news! WWD has been in business with daily “newspapers” for how long? You can’t come up with a little 30 minute news program with the latest in fashion, style & beauty? Honestly.
Why do I care about TV so much? Because! I am constantly told that my field of work (fashion) is silly. It’s cute. Ridiculous. Or, God help us, “fun.” The assertion that fashion is not important in any way, shape or form is constantly impressed upon me when I talk about my job(s).
“Oh, that’s a fun job! AND you work from home? What a super great easy fun happy wonderful frivolous not-that-important life for you!”
Sigh. Why do people jump to this “That’s easy!” conclusion about fashion news/writing? Do you think it might be because the things attached to the word “Style” are things like [overheard this morning] “These are, like, the best boots for spring because it’s a 2-for-1 Trend Buy! You get in on the fur trend with the shaft of the boot, and the wedge trend with this great wedge! Also? The fur’s volume makes your legs look super skinny, which we all want, am I right?” Shortly followed by a commercial for Topanga on The Dish trying to be witty, and making this face:
So pretty much… I’d love a network that fashion professionals could actually watch without putting their head into their hands and wondering what the hell they’re working for. Style.com, Vogue.com, the bajillion blogs I follow – yes, those are adequate, and I love that blogging is turning into a respected media source, but that doesn’t mean that television – the most viewed information source in the home – should be forgotten? Filled with garbage that’s supposed to be representing an entire industry or thriving artists?
Don’t get me wrong, I “get” that they’re appealing to a demographic of somewhat-stylish, stay-at-home folk who want a break from the serious stuff for a minute… But it’s really doing a disservice to the industry as a whole.
I can’t be the only one who feels this way. Tell me what you think in the comments – also…