The Bold and the Beautiful is one of the most popular soap operas of all-time, as well as one of the longest-running shows on television.
Beginning in 1987, the soap opera has run for 33 consecutive seasons. Recently, the show has recently been forced to shut down the production of new episodes due to COVID-19 precautions.
Showrunners have decided to replay classic episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful while on hiatus, mostly to the joy of long-time fans. These throwback episodes have been sorted into special theme weeks to celebrate the show’s greatest moments. One of the special theme weeks involved the show’s most iconic fashion moments, which has left some fans divided.
What is ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ about?
The soap primarily follows the life of the glamorous Los Angeles based Forrester family. The Forresters are consistently in the midst of classic soap opera tropes, including devastating love triangles, dramatic affairs, and shocking reveals.
There are also a number of love triangles in the show, which mainly involve two women fighting for the affection of one man, usually a Forrester man. The rich and powerful family is at the top of the fashion industry, while other main families are in similarly privileged positions. These featured families include the Logan and Spencer clans that interact, feud with, and marry various Forresters throughout the years.
Many of these interactions involve scenes set within the glamorous fashion industry, which has led to a special fashion week theme.
‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ fashion week
Since many members of the Forrester family sit at the top of the fashion industry, it makes sense that the show would feature a fashion week. The specially selected episodes showcase the best and most beautiful fashion moments of the show’s long history.
Many iconic moments in the show have occurred at fashion shows, or during other shoots and events. The show has also featured an epic wedding week, special behind-the-scenes specials, and a throwback trip to Monte Carlo. The show’s primary setting is Los Angeles, but one storyline followed the Logan and Forrester families to beautiful Aspen, Colorado.
The snowy setting was perfect to showcase gorgeous winter wear that is not ideal for sunny Los Angeles. Most of the episodes during fashion week were celebrated by fans, but one particular episode was not as appreciated.
Fan’s reaction to fashion week episodes
Many of The Bold and the Beautiful theme episodes, including the many of the fashion week throwbacks, were celebrated by fans who got to relive their favorite character’s past triumphs and heartbreaks.
This nostalgic love was not felt one for one particular episode, which involved drama between Hope Logan (Kim Matula/Annika Noelle), Bill Spencer Jr. (Dom Diamont), Liam Spencer (Scott Clifton), and Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood).
In the episode, Hope is acting extremely anxious, and is accused of being a “homewrecker” by the hungry fashion press in the show. Hope is anxious because she is being harassed by both the press and Bill.
Bill does not want his son to choose Hope, as he believes he is not strong enough to support Liam. The episode ends with Hope collapsing in tears as the press outside her window continues to harass her.
The love triangle between Hope, Steffy and Liam has been a long-lasting story arc of the recent run of the show. Fans have also grown tired of Steffy and Liam’s will they or won’t they act, saying that Steffy should move on to a new, more healthy relationship.
Many fans have spoken out against the show’s tendency to pit women against each other for the love of a man. It will be interesting to see if the show will adapt and change following the COVID-19 production shutdown.