NBC’s second season of its designing reality show, “Fashion Star”, began with a few changes including a new host, new night, a new buyer and new rules. Twelve fashion designers launched the premiere episode as compared to fourteen in the first season, all vying for the multi-million dollar prize of launching their original collections in all three retailers, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Express.
“Fashion Star”, the contest for designers, has moved to Friday nights at 8 p.m., with a new host taking over for super model Elle Macpherson, (who remains as Executive Producer), fashion journalist Louise Roe. Roe, “Glamour Magazine’s” fashion editor-at-large, brings a level of professionalism with a resume full of television gigs, a monthly style guide along with a fashion and accessory line.
Nicole Richie appeared on “Today”, March 8, promoting the new season of “Fashion Star”, telling Natalie Morales this season will be better than the first and the current changes were brought about because the three judges, Nicole, Jessica Simpson and John Varvatos, were spread too thin last year working with 14 designers all in one week. They wanted to give the designers/contestants more attention.
Now working with small groups of four designers in each, but not in a competitive way, however it does go there as the second season of “Fashion Star” wraps, the fashion designers receive additional mentoring with the added bonus of the audience becoming more familiar with the contestants.
Nicole Richie’s advice for her customers is to not follow fashion trends, dress for yourself and know your own body, “Fashion is the ultimate form of self-expression”.
H&M has left after the first season of “Fashion Star” being replaced with the buyer from Express, Erika DeSalvatore. Terron E. Schaefer from Saks Fifth Avenue and Caprice Willard of Macy’s remained for the second year in a row.
The premiere episode of NBC’s second season of “Fashion Star”, “Showstoppers” debuted to the thirteen designers challenged to create a show-stopping garment. Seven of the contestants sold over one million dollars worth of clothing to the buyers, in turn, selling out across the country. Bret Young of Nicole Richie’s group was sent packing, as he received no offer from any of the retailers.
“Sex Sells”, the second episode of the second season of “Fashion Star” put the eleven remaining designers to the task of creating their sexiest piece, bringing sexy back to the fashion runway. Tori Nichel from team Jessica was not this week’s “Fashion Star” as the designer did not make a sale, failing to address the sexiness of the situation.
This Friday, March 22 has the ten remaining designers creating fashion where size doesn’t matter. “Fashion Star” airs Friday evenings at 8 p.m.
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