At various times, in my film and television degree, I spent hours studying reality television such as Big Brother, finding them boring and manipulative. Of course, these programmes are not very real at all. Reality TV makes a claim to realism through the way they are shot. Reality TV is similar to observational documentary, more commonly known as 'fly on the wall' documentary. However, what we see is a highly constructed piece of television, where events are carefully edited to create drama and conflict amongst more mundane events.
Reality TV attracts a great amount of publicity and media attention and so, they are lucrative for mainstream channels. Now, with the axing of Big Brother, music talent contests are the most popular format. Trying to gain as much work experience as possible, I worked at the audition process for a music talent show and witnessed first hand how manipulative the process is. I am tone deaf and people, worse than me, were put through to the next round of auditions only because they were entertaining/crazy on camera.
However, there is a huge but to my rant about reality TV. I adore The City, a reality show based on the life of Whitney Port, who is trying to become a fashion designer in New York city. The show follows Whitney and her friend Roxy who work at Peoples Revolution and Whitney's frenemy Olivia who works at Elle magazine. The show focuses on their relationship drama and fashion drama as Whitney launches her first collection, Whitney Eve. The production values are higher than most reality television. The shots of New York are glossy and exciting.
The City is a great source of inspiration. Whitney wears cute dresses and shorts in bright, often clashing patterns. Olivia chooses classic shapes and colours. Her outfits stand out because of her accessories.
Another adorable print, this time paisley. The high hemline is balanced by the long sleeves.
And now Olivia....
Olivia takes a very simple, silk dress and revamps it with neon lined platforms, a tough, studded clutch and a petal inspired cover up.
Very smart and sophisticated wearing Tibi. Her Mulberry bag is lovely as is her leather skirt.
Olivia's topshop gray shoe boots compliment her metallic shiftdress.
So, I'm now sightly addicted to The City, its fashion and drama. Every time I watch it, I want to take off to New York and try to get a job at Peoples Revolution. Aaahh, if only I could. Season 1 and 2 are available to watch on MTV.