"Fashion Star" returns this week on NBC for a second season. Nicole Richie, Jessica Simpson and John Varvatos are still the mentors for the designers. On March 5, 2013, it was reported that Elle Macpherson was replaced as host by Glamour Magazine’s fashion editor Louise Roe.
"Fashion Star" did not have to resort to judge juggling or similar tricks to get viewers' attention this year. The show simply improved upon what they already had in the first season. The mentors are the same but the show lost one of the buyers. H&M's buyer Nicole Christie was replaced by Express representative Erika De Salvatore. Terron Schaefer is the buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue and Caprice Willard bids for Macy's.
One positive change "Fashion Star" added for season two is allowing the public to order the winning fashions immediately after the buyers bid on them. Last season fans had to wait until the following morning to order the designers' creations.
“We were very committed to wanting to make sure everything would be available immediately, so making sure we backed into the production schedule to be able to deliver the expectations of the viewers was critical,” said Macy’s buyer Caprice Willard.
Twelve designers will compete this season. NBC's "Fashion Star" season two begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2013.