Jane By Design “Pilot” Review

I have a not-so-secret passion for fashion. I devour America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway like they were fat-free potato chips. I have Vogue magazines hidden underneath my mattress. So it’s little wonder that I thoroughly enjoyed the pilot episode of Jane by Design, ABC Family’s latest original series.

The premise is your basic "teenager leading a double-life" plot; Jane Quimby (Erica Dasher) is a high school outcast who accidentally lands a job as the assistant to Gray (Andie McDowell), a fashiondesigner who really wants to be Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada. Jane’s motives are understandable…she needs the money to save the house she and her older brother, Ben, share now that their dad is dead…but it must be said that to facilitate her deception, she forges signatures and fakes documents with very little remorse. I think I kind of love that about Jane. She’s no goody-goody.

Helping her carry out her secret life is her best friend, Billy Nutter (Nick Roux), a cute, punk-hipster who is having a hidden affair with Lulu (Meagan Tandy), the ubiquitous mean girl who is out to make Jane’s life hell, either because Jane and Billy are friends or because she doesn’t like Jane’s collection of military jackets. It’s a little unclear. I did like this twist, though; looking forward to the fall-out when Jane inevitably discovers that her one friend is screwing her worst enemy. Read More...



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