It has been a big week for television. “Mad Men” returned to our TV screens earlier in the week, and tonight not only sees the premiere of the hotly-anticipated second season of “Jersey Shore” but also the first episode of the new season of “Project Runway.”
The high-drama fashion series, hosted by Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum, is one of the more unique reality competition shows out there, as it attracts contestants who are seriously talented, and many of them have already had some success designing for big fashion houses or with their own small lines. The stakes always seem especially high, too, as the prize — a spot at New York Fashion Week and money and technology to start a line — is truly a gateway to more opportunities and better career success. Many of the past winners have gone on to dress huge celebrities and sell their work to major stores. Plus, it has one of the best catch phrases in reality TV: “Make it work.”
In order to properly prepare yourself for the return of “Project Runway,” check out the video playlist below. It’s a nod to the world of high fashion (The Jacka’s “Glamorous Lifestyle,” David Bowie’s “Fashion”), gorgeous models (RL’s “Got Me a Model”), accessories (Tiga’s “Shoes”) and general sexiness (Chamillionaire’s “Grown and Sexy”). There are also tracks devoted to design (Stereolab’s “The Free Design”) and the nudity that ends up sneaking into the show (Gym Class Heroes’ “Clothes Off”).
But we begin with the greatest song about fashion ever written by man or beast: Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy” (which, much like Jesus Jones’ “Right Here, Right Now,” was kept off the top of the Billboard Hot 100 by Bryan Adams back in 1991).