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Reality gets classy with the new 'House of DVF'

Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Why Did I Do This?” | Aired Nov 16, 2014

I am admittedly late to the House of DVF party, but now that I’m here, I am totally smitten. As a fashion-dabbler, I find the behind-the-scenes access to Diane Von Furstenberg completely enthralling. It is such a kick to watch DVF attempt to instill class and poise into a group of millennials struggling to live up to her expectations.

Screen Shot 2014-11-16 at 1.56.27 PMIf you missed the first two episodes (like I did), you can catch up at E! Network—but be sure to come back and read my recap. The show’s premise is nothing new or groundbreaking: eight women move to New York to compete for a chance for a super sweet gig and top prizes. The difference is that this super-sweet gig is the opportunity to be brand ambassador for the design house of Diane Von Furstenberg. The conventions of a normal reality competition show are discouraged, and it feels like House of DVF is trying to drag the genre up from the gutter.

Diane, known for her famous wrap dresses and limitless grace, is surprisinglyScreen Shot 2014-11-16 at 1.55.47 PM present in the episodes and takes a practical, hands-on approach with the girls. Each week, she gives them a seemingly easy task, and they try to figure out how to meet her standards. Instead of instigating bad behavior and sloppy melodrama, House of DVF asks these young ladies to be their best selves. It’s genius, and I’m slightly addicted.

Screen Shot 2014-11-16 at 2.20.01 PMThis episode, Diane Von Furstenberg celebrates the 40th anniversary of the wrap dress, and the girls compete for the opportunity to design a dress that might appear in her upcoming line. Some contestants are more excited than others.

Brittany is a polished, working stylist (who, by the way, is my current favorite) and feels like this is directly in her wheelhouse. Diane comes into check on their progress and breaks the news that the girls won’t be going to the CFDA Awards that night. They’ll be preparing for the press presentation, which is a far less glamorous assignment.

Kier (my least favorite) is called into Diane’s office, which is a Screen Shot 2014-11-16 at 1.56.53 PMthing that happens pretty often. Diane, I believe, has the same instincts as I do, and is mistrustful of Kier and has the feeling she is “the bitch of the group.” Diane proceeds to deliver a lecture on the perils of being a bitch, and then, inexplicably, invites her to accompany her to the awards gala. As it turns out, this is a test. Kier thinks it’s a reward, but she’s got a surprise in store.

When Kier returns to tell her news to the group, she acts like the world’s worst winner, and the girls react accordingly. At least Jinna can admit that she’s a hater. Abigail turns to swearing to express her disappointment, and Amanda instantly feels overlooked. Lenore, Kier’s best (and only) bud in the house defends her in the best Staten Island accent I’ve ever heard. They probably wouldn’t be so jealous of her if they could see the fool Kier is acting in the makeover room.

Screen Shot 2014-11-16 at 1.57.05 PMWhen Jessica, the style director, starts to help Kier into all the dresses, things take a weird turn. Kier gets emotional when every dress doesn’t fit her, and Jessica is appropriately put out with her crying. As Jessica notes, “It’s just a little strange to start crying. I mean, we’re in the workplace and she’s BAWLING.” Kier’s tears are apparently a result of the dresses not fitting, and she’s embarrassed that she has to go up a size. She gets a lecture (there are a lot of those) about feeling confident no matter your size, which makes me fall a little more in love with this show.

While Kier gets the fancy treatment, the self-proclaimed Cinderellas Screen Shot 2014-11-16 at 1.57.42 PMare prepping for the press event, and they are so happy to do this menial work (insert sarcastic tone here). Tiffiani, from the Bronx with the tattoos, surprises the other girls with her knowledge of staging and merchandising, and they fawn all over her (setting us up for a surprise later).

Screen Shot 2014-11-16 at 2.10.28 PMAfter Diane scolds Kier for false swagger and too-bright lipstick, they arrive at the gala. Kier looks like a lost puppy. Aside from photobombing Rhianna and being rejected by the Olsen twins, she doesn’t have much to do. Predictably, she pouts the night away, and even has the nerve to complain to Lenore about it later. Lenore says the word “literally” way too much, but to her credit, she tries to give Kier some perspective.

In a turn of extreme optimism, DVF and her team allow the girls to Screen Shot 2014-11-16 at 2.16.28 PMparticipate in the press event. DVF Creative Brand Director Stefani gives them a fast review of the information to present to magazine editors, and they fail miserably. The contestants do practically everything that Stefani and DVF don’t want, and they get in big trouble. Diane gives them a solid tongue lashing, and by the end, there’s not a smile in the room.

Screen Shot 2014-11-16 at 2.20.22 PMDiane calls Tiffani into her office and winds up being sent home (surprise!), albeit with a swanky DVF gift bag and the offer of a new job in a DVF store. Diane seems genuinely sad to send the girls home, but she seems so genuine about everything, it’s hard to tell if she’s just being polite.

It was hard for the girls to say goodbye to Tiffani as well, especially Brittany. Tiffani’s send-off is sweet, but it narrows the pool down even further. Sometimes it’s easy to forget this is a reality competition show.

Tell me why you love House of DVF and what have been your favorite moments so far. Who are y’all rooting for?

House of DVF airs on Sundays at 10/9 C on E!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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