With reality “stars” launching lines left, right and centre, which show is the most fashionable?
OK, so we know they’re not strictly “reality” per se but The Only Way is Essex, Made in Chelsea and Geordie Shore regularly go head to head for the most outlandish scenarios and pseudo-dramatic scenes on television. But the question we’re all asking ourselves is which is the most fashionable of the three? No? Just me? Well here goes anyway.
In reverse order Come Dine With Me style…
Third - Geordie Shore
Scoop neck T-shirts, distressed and distressing jeans and pointy “going out” shoes for the boys and the shortest, lowest cut, flammable-looking, sparkly dresses for the girls do not make for dapper Geordies. And anyone who has seen the state of the dorms in the show will see Sophie, Vicky, Jay and the rest of the gang hardly look after their clothes. None of the cast have fashion lines (thank the lord) and when their work clothes look like this there’s only one place they’re going to come: last.
Second - The Only Way is Essex
The tans are (marginally) less orange, the dresses (fractionally) less revealing and the T-shirts (a touch) less scoopy than Geordie Shore but it’s by no means a style slam dunk. For every appearance in GQ Style of Joey Essex there is, or at least was until his weight loss, an ill-fitting tux worn by Arg. With Lauren Pope’s, Jessica Wright’s et al’s brand link-ups giving genuine financial clout to a fad-based existence, when added to the phenomenon that is Essex Fashion Week, the show’s credentials, at a certain level at least, are pretty robust despite Joey’s man Uggs.
First - Made in Chelsea
They may well all be moneyed and seemingly spoilt but you can’t avoid the fact these hooray Hernys and Henriettas are the best dressed of the bunch. Yes there are the occasional suspect looks, particularly from the likes of Gabriella and Ollie, but on the whole the cast get it right with a good balance of quality basics and more upmarket statement pieces. That, added to the fact that until yesterday no one had a fashion line (shame on you Caggie but you’re not in it anymore so you don’t really count) and MIC comes across like the demure, more mature old brother to the other two.
So Chelsea wins something for once (there’s a football joke in there somewhere) with the Essex girls and boys beating the Geordies to the silver medal. But in some way we’re all winners for having these amazing programmes in our lives. Or should that be losers?