Thursday, May 7th, 2009
1: The Must Have
In the premiere, the designers meet their hosts and judges, internationally acclaimed designer Isaac Mizrahi, four-time Grammy Award-winning performer and actress Kelly Rowland, and fashion luminary and Senior Vice President of IMG Fashion, Fern Mallis. The designers are put to the test, facing off in two challenges – the Harper's Bazaar Mini Challenge, judged by the magazine's Special Projects Director Laura Brown, and the elimination challenge.
Thursday, May 14th, 2009
2: All The Bang, Half The Bucks
For the Harper’s Bazaar mini-challenge, the age old adage “one doesn’t have to spend a lot of money to look good” is put to the test, as the remaining designers are challenged to style two dress forms, one for a “budget” look, and the other for a “bank” look. For the elimination challenge, the designers work in teams to create a variety of garments for socialite Tinsley Mortimer’s upcoming events. Operating under a strict budget, the teams are responsible for designing a cohesive look – from head to toe – that corresponds with Mortimer’s high society fashion needs.
Thursday, May 21st, 2009
3: Trick Up Your Sleeve
Every designer needs to have a few tricks up their sleeve and in this week’s Harper’s Bazaar mini-challenge the designers need to prove they know the tricks of the trade in a “repair relay race.” In the elimination challenge, the designers must collaborate and create a unified line of coats that cohesively addresses every season — Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.
Thursday, May 28th, 2009
4: The Shoe Must Go On
In the fourth episode of The Fashion Show shoes really are a girl’s best friend. In the Harper’s Bazaar mini-challenge, fashion and functionality unite with an eco-friendly challenge that asks the designers to create a new print for Olsenhaus pure vegan shoes. The elimination challenge tackles a common problem women encounter – falling in love with a hot pair of shoes only to realize you have nothing to wear with them. The contestants are surprised with a trip to the international mecca of jaw-dropping shoes, the Bergdorf Goodman shoe salon. Each designer selects an avant-garde pair of high-end shoes, and must design the perfect complimentary outfit to be worn with their killer heels.
Thursday, June 4th, 2009
5: Shape Shifters
Having an eye for detail can make or break any designer and in this week’s Harper’s Bazaar Mini Challenge, the designers vision is really put to the test. The elimination challenge this week is all about shape and proportion. Using padding and body enhancing fabrics that lift and flatten, the designers will need to help hide real-women’s problem areas while enhancing their assets.
Thursday, June 11th, 2009
6: Mean Girls
Thursday, June 18th, 2009
7: On the Job
Actress and fashionista, Becki Newton (Ugly Betty) stops by and presents this week’s Harper’s Bazaar Mini Challenge - create a solution for the age-old dilemma – the “walk of shame.” Challenged to turn last night’s party outfit into work appropriate attire, the contestants get crafty with anything and everything one would normally find in an office. For the elimination challenge, the designers are taken to a surprise location and find themselves working for a major force in the fashion industry.
Thursday, June 25th, 2009
8: Ode to la Mode
Fashion is cyclical, so learning from past designers is as important as having the vision to create new trends. To assess their knowledge, Mizrahi, Rowland, and Harper’s Bazaar’s Laura Brown test the designers on fashion icons. The contestants are then challenged to create a complete look inspired by a signature piece from fashion icons such as Dior, Balenciaga, and Halston. Using a signature piece from a legendary artist’s repertoire as inspiration, the contestants must create a complete look. Guest Judge: Peter Som
Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
9: It's In the Cards
The remaining designers are challenged to create loungewear to complement designer Fernando Sanchez’s top selling luxury robes. The winning creation will be sold at Saks Fifth Avenue and that designer will have an advantage in the elimination round. Questioning their fate, the contestants are whisked to a Tarot card who predicts their future in the competition. They come to find that this experience will have more of an effect on their resulting design than they originally imagined. Guest Judge: Vivienne Tam
Thursday, July 9th, 2009
10: Blood, Sweat and Sparkle
The pressure is on in this Harper’s Bazaar Mini Challenge, as the contestants must master the art of draping, one of the most difficult and revered skills in the design world. Isabel Toledo, the queen of draping, stops by to judge. In the elimination challenge, the designers really need to shine. Swarovski crystals play a crucial role in the designers’ task of creating a standout red carpet gown that would get any client on the best-dressed list. Harper’s Bazaar Mini-Challenge Guest Judge: Isabel ToledoElimination Challenge Guest Judge: Glenda Bailey, Editor in Chief, Harper’s Bazaar
Thursday, July 16th, 2009
11: Finale Part 1
The remaining contestants compete for a chance to win the $125,000 prize and have their designs sold in the retail market. America votes for a winner.
Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
12: Finale Part 2
America chooses the winning designer.
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
1: Iman's Career in Fashion
Things start with a bang as the houses must design a collection for Iman
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
2: The Human Body
The designers are in need of a “self examination” when they are challenged to complete a line inspired by the inner workings of the human body. While one house struggles, the other house works seamlessly together as they create reversible looks that mirror the traveling Bodies Exhibit.
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
3: Femme Fatale
This week’s challenge is to make a collection for a modern day femme fatale, and the designs must be appropriate for night clubs, lairs and other after-hours haunts. While the designers get into touch with their inner seductress, they must also adapt to some changes.
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
4: Time Capsule
The designers go back to the future this week. After meeting Iman at the National History Museum, they each select a time capsule containing items and accessories from a specific year. While going back in time to get their inspiration, the challenge is to create a new, fashion-forward looks that incorporate that timeless pattern, plaid.
Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
5: Reel to Genteel
Worlds collide and the competition starts to get "real" as the designers are assigned talent from "The Real Housewives" for a major make-under.
Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
6: Lost and Found
The designers take a field trip to New Jersey where they are granted access to the lost and found area at Hoboken train station. From these items, each house must present a cohesive collection of weekend looks.
Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
7: Civil Union
The remaining designers are propositioned to create outfits for a gay marriage.
Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
8: Eccentric Glamour With Simon Doonan
The remaining designers get a lesson from the Creative Director at Barney’s New York, Simon Doonan, who schools them about the importance of using vintage accessories to create eccentric designs. The designers are inspired making the fashion and competition fiercer than ever.
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
9: Elemental Fashion
With just one more challenge left, the pressure is on the remaining designers to deliver their best work if they want to make it to the finale. Inspiration takes them back to the basics as they must create looks based on earth, wind, and water.
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
In the Season 2 finale, the final designers go needle-to-needle to spin out a cohesive collection of looks, after which the seasonal winner is named. R&B songstress Mary J. Blige and fashion-magazine editor Glenda Bailey are the guest judges.