Television has become one of the most influential visual mediums in fashion. According to Fashion Notes and InStyle.com many shows deem fashion as vital to the success of the show as the plotline itself. Whether in syndication or currently airing, the following ten shows offer fresh visual interest and costume design in addition to their compelling storylines:
Tailored pencil skirts, divine cocktail dresses and impeccable hair and makeup are the foundation to this ultimate 1960’s throwback. Airing Sunday evenings on AMC Mad Men is renewed for a sixth season and has won multiple awards, including fifteen Emmys and four Golden Globes.
2.Sex and the City
From sexy Samantha (Kim Cattrall) and androgynous attorney Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) to fashionista Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Park Avenue princess Charlotte (Kristin Davis), these ladies are always styled in high fashion designers from head to toe. Sex and the City still airs in syndication worldwide and is listed on Entertainment Weekly’s end-of-the-decade “best of” list and as one of Time magazine’s 100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME.
Centering on privileged Manhattan life Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) and “it” girl Serena van der Woodsen’s (Blake Lively) trendy mixed prints and couture frocks bring as much drama as their peers on the Upper East Side. The CW officially renewed Gossip Girl for a sixth and final season this year.
Gloria Delgado-Pritchett (Sofia Vergara) accents her spicy attitude with form-flattering dresses and spiky stilettos. The series has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series twice and is in current syndication with USA Network and 10 Fox affiliates for a fall 2013 premiere.
There’s nothing desperate about skinny jeans, stilettos and satin. Desperate Housewives was renewed by ABC in 2011 for an eighth and final season. The show is a multiple Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award winner while surpassing Charmed as the longest running hour-long drama featuring all female leads.
Hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum, Project Runway was the first of its kind mixing fashion, designers and fierce competition. The American reality series, previously shown on the Bravo network, airs Thursday nights on Lifetime for its tenth season.
High-school stereotypes at their best: All-American jocks, bright cheerleaders and glee club ensembles premiered their fourth season on Fox this month. A commercial success, Glee was nominated for twelve Primetime Emmys for its second season in July 2011 and received three Emmy nominations for its third season a year later.
Dedicated to following the relatively affluent housewives of America, viewers get an inside glimpse at the latest fashion collections, swanky invite-only soirées and interpersonal dramas. The first four series entered broadcast syndication in the majority of U.S. markets in 2010. In 2011 Bravo announced Real Housewives of Miami would be the last installment of the franchise.
9.Americas Next Top Model
Created by talk-show host and model Tyra Banks, this show prides itself on competition, fashion and beauty. The series is currently the CW’s highest rated in its nineteenth cycle with syndication to Oxygen as well as the Style Network.
10.Keeping up with the Kardashians
With book deals, fashion lines and their own reality TV show, the Kardashians keep audiences engaged. As of 2011, six seasons of the TV series have aired with success leading to a number of spin-offs, including Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, and Khloé & Lamar. In 2012, E! signed a new three year deal with the Kardashian family that will keep the series on the air through the ninth season.
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