By Jonathan Lee
If you’re suffering withdrawals since spring fashion week ended, fear not, because Netflix has your fashion fix this summer. Here are nine fashion industry-related shows to binge-watch while waiting for the fall fashion and TV sweeps seasons.
Based on the best-selling memoir by Nasty Gal entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso, “Girlboss” follows the true story of Amoruso (played by “Tomorrowland’s” Britt Robertson) as she builds a multi-million dollar fashion retail empire in San Francisco. Even though Netflix has already canceled this original series, you still have a chance to judge for yourself whether you agree with the critics.
2. “México Diseña”
For those who speak Spanish, or at least don’t mind reading English subtitles, “México Diseña by ELLE” is essentially the Latin American version of “Project Runway.” Although the U.S.’s southern neighbor might not automatically come to mind when you think of fashion capitals, these up-and-coming fashion designers compete before judges in grueling challenges to prove they have the talent and creativity to become Mexico’s next top “diseñador.”
Another Spanish-speaking show, “Velvet” tells the story of a star-crossed romance between the heir to a fashion house and a beautiful but lowly born seamstress who works for his family’s company. It may be a silly soap opera, but the costumes alone make this stylish period drama set in 1950s Spain a cut above the rest.
Netflix original “Atelier” is a coming-of-age story about a young woman named Mayuko who finds a job at a high-class lingerie factory called Emoticon. After moving to Ginza, Tokyo’s luxurious shopping district, Mayuko struggles to pursue the Japanese dream while trying to preserve her country values in the glamorous big city.
4. “Be Arrogant”
If you have yet to get caught up in the K-drama craze, this romantic comedy from South Korea is sure to draw you in. “Be Arrogant” revolves around three young people in a love triangle who run an online fashion store together. Hong Ha-ra is an energetic, sweet girl who believes in true love. She’s in a relationship with the irresistible but immature Noh Cheol who ends up living and working with his jaded and ambitious ex-girlfriend, Do Ra-hee. In an industry where competition is fierce, the business partners soon learn the challenges of running a small business.
6. “Inside British Vogue”
No other name is as synonymous with fashion as Vogue. The two-part BBC documentary “Inside British Vogue” gives an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at Britain’s style bible in honor of its centenary.
7. “My Runway”
“My Runway” is a “Freaky Friday”-esque Korean dramedy about an aspiring female model and an egotistical top male model who are forced to swap lives. Naturally, they both learn a valuable lesson about the price of fame from walking in each other’s shoes as they try to find a way to undo their body switch.
Steampunk is a style of fashion design based on technology inspired by Victorian-era steam-powered machinery. This retro-futuristic reality series pits contestants, called “makers,” against each other in search of America’s best steampunk designer. The makers specialize in various mediums such as costumes, carpentry, fabricating and upcycling with moving parts in a steampunk theme.
9. “Lipstick Jungle”
When “Lipstick Jungle” aired on NBC nearly a decade ago, it was touted as the next “Sex and the City” (both shows are based on novels by Candace Bushnell). Sadly, the sleek dramedy left the network before it could be syndicated. But now Netflix is offering another chance to meet fashion magazine editor Nico (Kim Raver), movie executive Wendy (Brooke Shields) and fashion designer Victory (Lindsay Price) as the trio of alpha females try to juggle their personal and professional lives in New York City.