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EXPANDING UNIVERSE: Sundance Channel is giving Bravo a run for its money as the de facto style network — no offense to The Style Network. During a breakfast Tuesday at 11 Madison Park in New York, Sundance introduced its forthcoming slate of fashion heavy programming for 2010-2011, with no fewer than eight design-oriented projects on the roster. Among them “Teman & Teran,” which follows Harvard-educated Teman and Teran Evans, 6-foot 3-inch identical-twin jewelry designers and architects; “Agent of Fashion,” a series on Los Angeles’ Brand Equity Showroom, produced by Magical Elves (“Project Runway,” “Top Chef”), and “All On The Line,” where each episode is devoted to an emerging fashion designer in crisis — which, clearly, could be a never-ending series.
While there was much in the way of new programming, on the return is a new installment of “Man Shops Globe” with Anthropologie’s Keith Johnson, and “The Day Before,” Sundance’s docu-series by “Signé Chanel” and “Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton” director Loïc Prigent, which chronicles the 36-hour frenzy leading up to a fashion show. Both Prigent and his producer, Fabien Constant, were in town to begin filming this season’s subjects, including four New York houses: Diane von Furstenberg, Alexander Wang, Jeremy Scott and Narciso Rodriguez. Asked how they decided whom to trail, Constant said it’s based purely on who he and Prigent find interesting. “There are many high-profile designers in New York who we feel are too much about marketing,” said Constant. He said they think von Furstenberg “is a character,” and Wang “the future,” while Scott is a longtime favorite who “is crazy, but crazy good.” Once New York is finished, Prigent and Constant are off to London, where they hope to film Burberry, followed by either Nina Ricci or Alexander McQueen in Paris, though none of the three has yet confirmed. — Jessica Iredale