In recent years – and especially with the rise of streaming platforms such as Netflix and Hulu – TV series have gained more popularity than films for the big screen. Storylines and characters have become richer, backdrops more extravagant, and dialogues and social commentary more timely than ever, causing us to favour binge-worthy shows over a trip to the cinema. TV series have always been a source of inspiration for those within the creative arts, especially those working within the fashion industry. TV characters quickly become real-life trendsetters and it is up to you, as a fashion designer or buyer, to spot these trends in time. Here are the current, fashion-centric TV shows you should be following right now!
The Bold Type (Freeform)
Currently in its second season, The Bold Type follows three women in their mid-twenties as they navigate through life and their careers at Scarlet, a renowned fashion-orientated women’s magazine. Writer Jane (Katie Stevens), social media manager Kat (Aisha Dee) and fashion stylist Sutton (Meghann Fahy) are best friends and who support each other through all the challenges they face in their professional and personal lives. The series offers insight into the inner-workings of a high-fashion magazine and offers social commentary on the #metoo movement, white privilege and racism, and immigration and LGBTQ issues. It also gives us a taste of upcoming trends through Sutton’s work as the fashion department’s stylist, and the many secret meetings the girls have in Scarlet’s most treasured room of all: the fashion closet.
Unfortunately, the original Netflix series, Girlboss, was cancelled after just one season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t catch up with it now and see what you’ve missed out on – such is the beauty of Netflix. Girlboss is based on the autobiography of Sophia Amoruso, who began selling vintage clothing items on eBay before it was really a thing. The success of her eBay store inspired her to open her own fashion retail company, Nasty Girl, which quickly gained popularity. This is an inspiring show for anyone who is in the throes of or thinking of starting out an online vintage fashion shop, be it on Etsy, eBay or elsewhere. The show will open your eyes to the ups and downs of fashion retail and give you a few laughs along the way as Britt Robertson (who plays Sophia), really has a knack for sarcastic comedy. To top it all off, the beautiful San Francisco backdrop will be enough to get you inspired.
Ryan Murphy’s new hit-series Pose is breaking all the moulds – not only is the show made up of the largest transgender cast ever seen on a scripted show, it also focuses on a very exciting time in New York history, namely the late 80s, a time during which ball culture became more inclusive of black and Latino youth. Pose follows Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista (Mj Rodriguez), an HIV-positive trans woman who becomes the mother of House Envangelista, a safe space for trans, gender nonconforming and gay youth to hone their performance skills and receive guidance needed in world that still harbours hostility towards the LGBTQ community. It follows the journey of the house children and the challenges they face in the 1989 era of Trump-luxury.