Next in Fashion season 2 review – inoffensive, nice, and forgettable

March 4, 2023 (Last updated: 4 weeks ago)
Lori C. 19
Netflix, Streaming Service, TV Reviews
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As far as reality TV competitions go, this one is as inoffensive as it gets — just a pleasant yet forgettable show with a concept that’s been done (a lot better) by other titles.

We review the Netflix reality competition Next in Fashion Season 2, which contains no reveals on eliminations or the winner. 

Season 2 of Next in Fashion almost didn’t happen as Netflix higher-ups decided in 2020 to cancel the feel-good reality series. Eventually, the streaming giant changed their mind, and a second installment of the series landed on Netflix. The show’s format and Queer Eye’s Tan France remained, but the British fashion icon Alexa Chung didn’t return as judge/presenter, so she was replaced by supermodel Gigi Hadid.

Next in Fashion Season 2 Review and Plot Summary

In season 2, a new group of ambitious designers is fighting for the grand $200,000 prize and, of course, the Next in Fashion title. In each episode, the hopefuls have less than two days to create a runway-ready creation according to the episodic theme. France and Hadid fill the roles of hosts and judges, but every episode features a famous guest judge. Some stars appearing this season are Gigi’s sister Bella Hadid, model Hailey Bieber, actress Emma Chamberlain and even the one and only Donatella Versace

After the runway event, France, Hadid, and the guest judges decide which contestant had the best design, and which contestant (or contestants) is sent home. The challenges include creating clothes out of flowers and specific fabrics like denim, and, in one episode, they even have to make clothing based on childhood photos of themselves. When we’re down to three contestants, they must design an eight-outfit runway show to try and win the title. 

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I’ve watched all ten episodes of Next in Fashion Season 2, and I cannot remember most of the contestants or anything about them. It’s almost like the producers removed any distinguishing personality traits during editing from these talented designers. Those who stood out were preppy suit designer James Ford from LA, colorful trendsetter Megan O’Cain from Brooklyn, and the New Jersey costume creator Qaysean Williams, whose backstory was the most compelling of the season.  

Gigi Hadid is an excellent addition to the cast, and I enjoyed the playful banter between her and France. I also liked the diversity of models shown. Seeing people of all shapes and sizes walking the runway made for a refreshing change.

READ: Who won Next in Fashion Season 2?

Aside from that, there’s little to write home about this season. Not focusing on the negatives or the drama like most reality tv shows do is great. But going too far into niceness is pretty dull. There are no real stakes, no real pressure; the fashion isn’t that great (how could it be in so little time), and the eliminations are anti-climatic (the hosts tell the group who’s going home, they don’t bother to call out the challenge losers or give these people a chance to advocate for their spot). This series will probably send you to sleep if you’re not a fashion fanatic. 

Is Next in Fashion Season 2 good?

Aside from the change in hosts, season 2 of Next in Fashion is pretty much the same as season 1 and the same as every single season of Project Runway. As far as reality TV competitions go, this one is as inoffensive as it gets. The contestants are friendly and supportive of each other. Despite the high-pressure environment, there’s no festering drama between them. The two hosts are also lovely. So much so that Hadid got teary-eyed during some of the eliminations. Overall, Next in Fashion is just a pleasant yet forgettable show with a concept that’s been done (a lot better) by other titles of its kind.

What did you think of the Netflix reality competition Next in Fashion season 2? Comment below.

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19 thoughts on “Next in Fashion season 2 review – inoffensive, nice, and forgettable

  • March 5, 2023 at 12:21 am

    I enjoyed the show and will always support young people discovering their passion in life. Not every show needs to have conflicts and catfights to be deemed more memorable. We’ll done Nigel Xavier and all of the dynamic and creative cast members. Will definitely watch and recommend viewing if there is a season 3.

  • March 5, 2023 at 2:32 pm

    Just because there isn’t drama doesn’t mean the show is not good. This writer sounds like they are more a fan of reality TV where everything has to be ridiculously structured and villains should be created for the purpose of entertainment. For a show about fashion, it SHOULD be centered on fashion – not petty drama and harsh/demotivating comments from judges for reactions. I think the show did exactly what it should have done – focus on the fashion. And it was refreshing seeing the judges build connection to contestants and be constantly supportive whilst giving constructive criticism, as they should. The designers were immensely talented and there was a style for everyone. I would definitely watch season 3 (especially with Gigi Hadid as one of the hosts). Even though the show is technically “reality TV” it is more of a competition, where contestants maintained a good sense of professionalism like you would see in real life. Let’s stop supporting competition shows that gain viewers off of conflict and drama and rather support the ones that showcase the talents of the contestants!

  • March 5, 2023 at 9:35 pm

    I found the clothes last, kadt yesr. You sent home James and Godjoy calling it costume, while keeping the puffy old and ugly doll clothes. These shows are decided whi will win before it even starts. M I st winners produce clothes that are unwearable in real life. Guess James and God joy weren’t sympathetic enough. Hope this is your last season.

  • March 7, 2023 at 1:59 pm

    I think your being too nice. The contestants should be on Project Runway. Gigi is a very poor presenter and can’t deliver her lines, also very fake. There aren’t enough Fashion judges, and is nothing like season 1, which was so good. It’s lacking in professional, modern international talent. Last season was classy, current and reflected the fashion industry much more. A real disappointment.

  • March 7, 2023 at 9:07 pm

    i did like the show but didn’t feel the pressure that of the competition.
    Really loved some of the designs.

  • March 8, 2023 at 3:24 am

    Gigi Hadid supporting Balenciaga during a childhood episode. Why is no one talking about this?

  • March 9, 2023 at 12:16 pm

    I am very dissappointed about this new season. It lost so much quality and creativity. I loved season 1, but this time there is no really professional talent, the contestants are not even able to sew in basic. Most of the ideas are just boring and most of the more professional talents had to go to early. And then remains Armani (was this her name?)… ? What the hell is she doing there? Just embarrassing.
    Season 1 was international and very professional and so creative and new. Season 2 is just a flat american reality show with mostly untalented contestants.
    Even when I have many respect for the work and likeable personality of the winner, it’s just nice and very good hobby comparing to the finalists of last time.
    Alexa Chung I also liked much more.
    I didn’t see project runway till now, because Heidi in person and her voice is not bearable and supportable for me, and it’s also just a american reality show.
    Next in fashion was just what I like, much more classy in season 1. So sad.

  • March 10, 2023 at 9:21 pm

    Seson 2 e6

    sums this up
    A underwear dress wins over the other amazing dresses that were actualy more CREATIVE!!!!!

    I feel that this episode just summed up everything A big smelly unwashed underwear Dress
    Sorry but I’m britsh with some common sense

  • March 13, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    I was so disappointed in season 2. Especially episode 5. Two of the better designers James and Godoy went home. Their design stood together and told a story. Where as Megan and Deandre’s design seemed disconnected and the female look showed next to nothing of Deandre’s esthetic. Shocked. I don’t think I will bother to finish the series.

  • March 13, 2023 at 7:53 pm

    We just finished season 2 and won’t bother with another. It totally appeared to be rigged. Both guys were saved when it was obvious they were over their heads, sending others home who were much more accomplished. Bao and Megan’s team effort with swimsuits should have won hands down and those guys built unwearable bathing suits. Nigel is anything but next in fashion. EVERYTHING was so 70s from him over and over. Bao was beautiful and actually KNEW how to sew. These two guys in the finale were creating the same work over and over. Nigel’s work was something I see daily from homeless people. So sad. SO boring!!!

  • March 14, 2023 at 3:17 am

    Very disappointed that so little screen time was paid the designs themselves. Way too much screen time paid to Tan and Gigi. I love them, but I watch the shows for the designs, not the host. I had to pause and rewind every single runway show just to actually see a long enough clip of the actual designs. Super disappointing this season for that reason.

  • March 14, 2023 at 8:29 am

    There was favoritism for Nigel from the start. So much that I wanted to see if others had the same opinion but didn’t want to spoil it for myself by searching. I’m disappointed. It was the same look from him again and again and again. They all just seemed thirsty and for what. Yes Bao would do the cutouts but at least she has versatility and technique.

  • March 16, 2023 at 6:28 am

    I liked season 1. I liked how they were teamed up and then went solo in season 1 . You got more of a back story of the designers . I have only watched first episode of Season 2 seems very chaotic and rushed. No team aspect. It seems like a cheap knock-off of project runway now . Has no identity of its own. I love Tan but not crazy about Gigi. I enjoyed season 1. I am not a fan of season 2. I would probably will not even finish watching this show.

  • March 19, 2023 at 4:03 am

    I remember really liking season one, but this season feels like they’re tiptoeing around giving actual feedback. They have sent some pretty awful pieces down the runway this season & they all get praised. To the point where it’s questionable what the judging is based on. I appreciate the positivity & the supportive environment from all the designers, but there’s no way to grow and evolve when you’re constantly told you’re great while creating ‘meh’ looks

  • March 22, 2023 at 5:06 pm

    I enjoyed season one but this season was just ridiculous. All of the outfits looked like craftwork except from Bao who actually seemed like she could sew. Every other designer looked like they were an absolute beginner, although I did see some sparks of creativity from a few. Hems were a mess or unfinished, none of the outfits looked wearable for a normal person (even Bao’s dresses were only for tiny model bodies).

    How did Amari get as far as she did? She snuck through the team challenges because she supported the stronger other designer (Nigel, Desyree) but her work was unfocused and she had no aesthetic or point of view beyond rebelling against her uptight and conservative parents by creating outfits that flashed some unwearable amount of b00b.

    It was clear that the show wasn’t choosing the winners and losers based on the clothes, but instead on the people with stories they wanted to tell. They didn’t give any kind of constructive feedback, which was really frustrating to watch as a viewer. Everything was fine. There were no fit issues. No sewing issues according to the judges feedback.

    Not one of these designers would have made it past episode one of Project Runway. I looked at almost every single outfit in astonishment. Either I’m way out of touch with current fashion, or all these outfits are hideous. What was with the weird ribbons hanging? Or long weird sleeves? Why was it ok for designers to scoff at sustainable fashion during the repurposing challenge (which was joke in itself). The fashion industry is a huge polluter and the point of the challenge was to call that out, but instead we get monologues from several designers that they would NEVER reuse or repurpose anything.

    Gigi isn’t a great presenter. She speaks slowly and awkwardly and all she really offers is crazy outfits or terrible hair (episode one). The only time she was enjoyable and amusing was when she was fighting with her sister Bella at one of the judges sessions.

  • March 23, 2023 at 6:50 am

    I absolutely loved Season 1. I started Season 2 and it’s kind of a mess. Is it just me, or did Donna Versace just grin and bear the whole time and make her exit as quickly as possible?! And let’s talk about the “Royalty” category. Where were the crowns, the jewels, the hearts or anything resembling Royalty? The first textile that comes to mind for me is velvet. Who knew a giant poof jacket with a football styled shirt resembled Royalty. Sorry, referring to Beyoncé for design has nothing to do with Royalty. Beyoncé is a pop star and has no affiliation with Royalty. This season so far has totally lost me. The garden runway show resembles a hot mess of plants and glue gun work at best. I’m not seeing any great sewing skills on this season either. But season 1 really proved great craftsmanship and design skills.

  • March 27, 2023 at 4:15 am

    What is wrong with you people? This is the very best of the best. To see what wed imagine to be closed off super models and celebrities sobbing because they have real feelings about these queer, misfit and wonderful wounded people is an incredible gift and one I am pretty sure gets us all closer to our essence.

    I suspect tan France has something to do with it. He’s truly authentic and pure gold as a host.

    Nothing forgettable about this show for me. My wife and I watch it and cry just like we do with queer eye.

    Tan and Gigi are superb together, BTW. And they are so relatable as are all of the designers. You root for every single one of them. People are so lame and callous. I can’t believe anyone would call this forgettable.

    Go back to your marvel movies and storage shed cleanouts.

    Keep the light shining, NIF!

  • March 28, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    Inclusion over quality. This season 2 went for inclusion in all.aspects rather than talent and skills. Poor quality designers.

  • March 30, 2023 at 9:38 pm

    I enjoyed season especially the international flavor of the competition.
    The lack of international contestants makes the competition bland. It does not really reflect what’s new. It’s just what a few aspiring American designers feel the future of fashion can be. The new hostess is sweet but lacks the presence of the past hostess Alexa Chung.
    Shame on the producers of the show.

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