Bravo’s answer to Project Runway‘s exit, The Fashion Show, debuted last night with a 1 hour and 15 minute premiere.

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The show is so similar to Runway that it’s hard to compare the two. The main difference is the people. I miss Tim Gunn’s concerned looks and advise and Michael Kors’s bitchy critiques.

The only real difference to the show’s concept is that at the end of each challenge, rather than showing their designs just to the judges and their competition, designers’ looks will will judged by an audience of fashion industry insiders. Get it? It’s a Fashion Show, every episode!

A lot of folks seem to hate the show. I didn’t love or hate it but, so far I’m underwhelmed by the fashions.

Last night, designers were divided into three groups to create a cohesive collection around a must-have item. They came up with a bolero jacket, harem pants and a tube dress/skirt thingy.

I was happy to see IMG Fashion Senior VP Fern “Mother of Fashion Week” Mallis, one of my favorite Runway. Isaac Mizrahi, love him or hate him (I kinda love him), is always entertaining. His “Bye-Bye Darling” kiss-off was an episode highlight.

Kelly Rowland, specifically her look, is one of the best things about the show. Bravo’s actually selling her looks on the show’s website.

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She looks fabulous. Her hair is so pretty and shiny she should re-shoot her Dark and Lovely box with her new hair!

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“Relaxers that dry my hair out? That’s played out.

We also heard for the first time what I’m hoping will be Kelly’s catchphrase: “You’re still in the competition, but you’re hanging by a thread.” She delivered that warning to Kristin whose Cheapo Depot design almost got her eliminated.

In the end, Jonny was sent home because not only was his design cheap-looking like Kristin’s, it was also slutty, and that’s just too much.

The preview for next week’s episode looks like drama.

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