theFashionSpot Debuts Second Season of theFashionDish Series, Featuring Robert Verdi, J. Alexander, Phillip Bloch, and More

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Seven of Fashion's most vibrant and knowledgeable personalities discuss celebrity designers, up-and-coming models, runway trends, and more.

TotallyHer Media’s theFashionSpot (tFS) (, the web’s largest fashion-focused community and fashion editorial site, presents the second season of its original video series theFashionDish. Once again, theFashionSpot’s Julie Bensman hosted seven fashion industry experts on the final evening of New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 for dinner, drinks and lively conversation. Distributed through a series of short clips, theFashionDish includes discussion on the season’s top trends and designers, diversity on the runways, the best derrière in the industry, and more.

This season’s expert panelists include Robert Verdi, celebrity stylist, television personality and second-time theFashionDish panelist; J. Alexander (aka Miss J), television personality, Teen Choice Award-winning author and runway coach on America’s Next Top Model; Phillip Bloch, designer, author, former model and Hollywood’s premier stylist; Elsa Hosk, Victoria’s Secret Angel and IMG supermodel; Lisa Benson, senior manager at IMG Models, responsible for the careers of Lily Aldridge, Chrissy Teigen, Chanel Iman and more; Jaclyn Jones, senior women’s wear editor for WGSN, the leading global trend forecaster and second-time theFashionDish panelist; and Teri Agins, acclaimed fashion writer, The Wall Street Journal columnist (“Ask Teri”) and author of The End of Fashion and the recently-released Hijacking the Runway.

theFashionDish Weigh In:

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  • Lisa Benson: “I admire what she’s done…she’s trying her best to be a normal model and really work hard…and it’s probably hard for her sometimes, and humbling.”
  • Robert Verdi: “But let’s also acknowledge, for the moment, that she’s catching the trend of rich kids.”
  • J. Alexander: “The first time I saw her…she was nervous, but she held her own. The confidence was there. I saw the walk and thought, ‘wow, bravo to you!’”

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  • Philip Bloch: “It’s fascinating because they [the Olsens] started at Walmart. Who the hell can start at Walmart and end up at Bergdorfs?!”
  • Teri Agins: “They want to have real businesses. A lot of these people just parachute in, grabbing the fifteen minutes. But in the case of the Olsens and Victoria, they really want to build businesses. This is their profession.”
  • Lisa Benson: “What they did really brilliantly—Jessica Simpson and the Kardashians—is that they knew where there fame was, and they took it to another level at the right time.”

“We are so excited to once again bring our readers into the fold of this intimate dinner party with some of the most influential figures in the fashion industry. Our panelists covered a variety of issues, and continued to offer differing and unique perspectives,” said Amina Akhtar, Editorial Director for theFashionSpot. “Considering how well theFashionDish’s inaugural season did, we could not be more pleased to continue this post-Fashion Week tradition.”

To watch theFashionDish go to

About theFashionSpot
Originating in July 2001, theFashionSpot ( made a name for itself as an invitation-only community of designers, stylists and fashionistas that dissected designer collections, celebrating some and skewering others. Building on the largest fashion-focused community on the web, has grown into a respected fashion editorial site with a strong and active community element. TheFashionSpot’s portfolio of sites currently reaches nearly 6.8 million unique visitors (comScore, August 2014), with close to 70,000 invitation-only members playing an active role in the site’s forum. It is that in-market participation and authenticity that makes the largest community of fashion influencers online. In 2012 theFashionSpot was recognized by MediaPost’s OMMA Awards for website excellence in fashion and beauty. Recent brand advertisers include Macy’s, Tresemme, Anne Klein, P&G, Kraft, Coach, Revlon, Weight Watchers, and more. theFashionSpot is part of TotallyHer, an Evolve Media ( company.

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