Fashion Star premieres TONIGHT!

Posted on March 13, 2012

Strap yourselves in, bitches! There’s 2 tons of press release heading straight for YOU!
NBC’s “Fashion Star” reveals the 14 designers competing to become America’s next big Fashion Star and a chance to win the multi-million dollar prize of launching their collections in three of America’s largest retailers: Macy’s, H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue. The new series, hosted and executive-produced by Elle Macpherson, and featuring celebrity mentors Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos will premiere on Tuesday, March 13 (9:30-11 p.m. ET) and resume with one-hour episodes on Tuesday, March 20 (10-11 p.m. ET).


The competing designers are:
BARBARA BATES (Age: 55) — Chicago, Ill. — A recent breast cancer survivor, Bates, is a Chicago native and designer who has been working in the fashion industry for over 25 years knows what it means to be a fighter. In 1999, she founded the Bates Foundation, which provides custom prom attire/dresses for underprivileged young women and men from inner-city Chicago schools.

EDMOND NEWTON (Age: 32) — Atlanta, Ga. — From his junior high school days when he was voted “best dressed” to later becoming a professional male model at the age of 17, Edmond Newton has always been destined for a career in the fashion world. His ultimate dream is to create a successful fashion house and become a household name. @edmondnewton

KARA LARICKS (Age: 38) — New York City, N.Y. — Former fourth-grade school teacher Laricks always told her students to be true to themselves. Finally, she took her own advice and pursued a career in fashion. She designs androgynous clothing for women, inspired by her love of menswear and an avant-garde Japanese design aesthetic. @karalaricks

LISA VIAN HUNTER (Age: 47) — Mercer Island, Wash. — Women’s wear designer Vian Hunter is a mother of two and lover of all things vintage. Hunter says that women are desperate for gorgeous, affordable clothing made in the USA — and that’s exactly what she intends to give them. @lisavianhunter

LIZZIE PARKER (Age: 41) — Seattle, Wash. –Parker has always made it a point to follow her dreams, even if it meant leaving something behind. That’s exactly what she did when she left her corporate job in software development to pursue a career in fashion. Parker loves designing clothing that works for the everyday consumer, sizes 0-16, and creating a wardrobe that truly performs for today’s modern, multifaceted woman. @lizzie_parker

LUCIANA SCARABELLO (Age: 30) –Miami, Fla. — Born and raised in Argentina, Scarabello did not move to America until she attended college in Boston. Upon graduating, Scarabello went on to study at Parsons School of Design. She ultimately wants to see her dress collection expand into a line that includes separates. @l_scarabello

NICHOLAS BOWES (Age: 38) –Los Angeles, Calif.–Born in Australia, Bowes began his career in fashion as a model in the mid-1990s but soon cultivated his fashion interests into a screen printing business. This venture led to designing vintage tees and leather jackets and ultimately creating his own clothing line. Bowes hopes to become the next commercially viable brand. @nicholasbowes

NIKKI POULOS (Age: 43) –Delray Beach, Fla. — Poulos grew up on a farm with no electricity in the Australian Outback on 54,000 acres of land. With no television — and only the outdoors to entertain her and her siblings — they were forced to be creative. Poulos could not stay away from fashion and she is selling her clothing online and in stores across the U.S., Caribbean and Australia. @nikkipoulos

NZIMIRO OPUTA (Age: 28) –New York, N.Y. — A Detroit native and the youngest male of five siblings, Oputa was no stranger to hand-me-downs from his older brothers while growing up. The beginning of Oputa’s fashion creativity was finding innovative way to transform his brother’s old clothes into new designs. Although he credits his upbringing for his creativity, he quit his job as an engineer to pursue his lifelong dream of a career in fashion. @nzimirooputa

ORLY SHANI(Age: 26) — New York, N.Y. — In high school Shani was determined to emulate the clothes she loved in magazines and would spend a few dollars at local thrift stores and transform what she bought into masterpieces. This later became her first business venture. Shani who specializes in convertible fashion wants to build an empire, and with her strong entrepreneurial mindset and determination, nothing will stand in her way. @orlyshani

OSCAR FIERRO (Age: 37) — Lewisville, Texas–Growing up in his poverty-stricken hometown in El Salvador only further fed the ambitious Oscar Fierro’s desire to become successful. Fierro is a thriving businessman who owns four assisted living facilities and has designed several clothing lines including couture dresses and a “To Go” line, which features women’s wear for under $30. @theoscarfierro

RONNIE ESCALANTE (Age: 32) — San Francisco, Calif. — Raised in the Philippines, Escalante spent most of his days on an agricultural province. At the age of 17, Escalante and his family moved to the U.S. in search of a better life and soon after, he joined the U.S. Navy where he served for four years. Keeping his chic and confident female consumers in mind, Escalante wants to keep the price point of his collection affordable. @escalanteronnie

ROSS BENNETT (Age: 27) — Austin, Texas — Raised in Texas, Bennett is a mixture of a big city kid and true country boy who likes to hunt, fish and design custom one-of-a kind dresses and other tailored items for women. Bennett studied under some of the most prestigious presidential tailors in the state. He currently has a dress shop in Austin, Texas where he designs cocktail, formal, and wedding dresses, along with suiting and garments needed for everyday at the office. @TheRBColleciton

SARAH PARROTT (Age: 31) — Marietta, Ga. — Parrott may be a newcomer to the fashion world, but she has always had a penchant for style. This stay-at-home mom decided to pursue her passion when she turned 30. She recently entered her first collection into the Charleston fashion week and won the People’s Choice Award. With such a successful first showing, Parrott is an emerging designer to keep in sight. @sarahgparrott

In a weekly one-hour format, the 14 competing designers will participate in tasks, where they will be mentored by Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos, designed to further develop and expand their brands.

At the end of each episode, America will have the chance to immediately purchase the winning designs showcased on the episode that week at Macy’s, H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue. The winning designs will be available on-line immediately and in-stores the following day. With just a single trip down an extravagant runway, “Fashion Star” will change the lives and fortunes of these aspiring designers forever.

Caprice Willard (Macy’s), Terron E. Schaefer (Saks Fifth Avenue) and Nicole Christie (H&M) who serve as the judges will make on-the-spot decisions as they vie for the right to purchase and exclusively carry the work of the up-and-coming designers each week. The designers who do not sell any of their items to the buyers will be up for elimination. In addition, celebrity mentors Simpson, Richie and Varvatos will be able to save one of these designers from the chopping block.

There. Now you know exactly as much about this show as we do. We’ve made no bones of the fact that we’re disappointed over the decline of the Project Runway brand, but we’re not so fickle as to announce that this will be our favoritest fashion reality competition EVER. Still, we’re curious enough to check it out. The format’s interesting and just different enough from Project Runway as to seem like a fresh take. From the few clips we’ve seen it sure seems like a much bigger and grander affair than Project Runway, the Little Cable Show that Could. It kind of makes us sad that the plans to move Project Runway from Bravo to NBC never came about.

Anyway, we’re tuning in. We’re probably even blogging it (so long as tonight’s episode isn’t a disaster). Who looks to be the one to root for? Who’s going to be the bitch? Who’s not here to make friends?


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  • Dr Skylaser

    . . . Jessica Simpson as a fashion “mentor”?  That worries me right there.  They couldn’t get somebody with more credibility/ability to dress herself well?

    • Tom and Lorenzo

       She is one of the most financially successful “designers” in the industry today.

      • alyce1213

        ”  ”  noted.

      • EverybodysStarling

        Plus I think her critizisms in the finale of Season 8 (?) were kind of spot on. 

        • LambeeBaby

           I agree, and was pleasantly surprised that Nicole Richie was sincere and likable.

      • annieanne

        Which makes her a pretty good businesswoman – she’s clearly partnered with people who know what they’re doing. But I’ve never noticed she has any personal sense of style. She looks dreadful most of the time.

        • Tom and Lorenzo

          But she’s not there to mentor them on personal style. Since she has a successful business, we imagine she’ll be looking at things from that angle.

          • annieanne

            I dunno. As MIlaXX says just below, she’s known for jeans, bags and shoes. How much of a broader perspective on the fashion business does that give her?

          • Mich

            i feel like you’re kind of missing the point with simpson. i agree that she often looks like she doesn’t know how to dress her body, but i also have quite a few items from her line. how she looks doesn’t keep me from buying her things. her line is a billion dollar company while her items are sold online and in almost every major department store in the country. how much broader do you want her to be?

          • AthenaJ

            It’ll be interesting to see how articulate she is in mentoring these designers. Could be she’s actually got some business sense, or she’s just had some very good fashion business people driving her brand.

          • MzzPants

            I got that vibe about the whole show…the mentors are there to help them build a brand.  The fact that they get help from pattern-makers and sewers will make this a very different ball game from PR.  I still maintain that successful designers do about as much drafting and sewing as Martha does housework.

          • TxMom2011

            I still dunno if I can take her seriously…. but I will take a look-see tonite with an open mind.

          •ía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

            I agree, considering that they seem to be aiming to produce sellable clothes and not fashion-y stuff, she doesn’t seem like an odd choice, she knows what’s sellable and every time I’ve heard her talk about fashion she seems very down to earth about it. The concept may not be as interesting from the reality competition perspective but it sure is more realistic and my bet is some of these designers will probably enjoy more financial success in a near future than past Project Runway alumns.

    • MilaXX

       Everyone I know loves her shoes & as mentioned her fashion line (jeans, bags & shoes) has made her a multi-millionaire.

      • RroseSelavy

        You don’t know me, but I find her shoes to be tacky-ass.

    • ccm800

      multi-billion fashion business

  • Cindi Williams

    I have an irrational desire to punch Orly or Oscar in the face. Let’s hope Nicole Richie is the Simon of the group.

    • kentiesgirl

       Okay sorry if this posts twice-think disqus ate my comment-but if that is what Orly considers “redesigning” she needs to go somewhere. Bates Foundation gets my cheers.

      And yes, I too kinda want to slap Oscar.

      • AthenaJ

        Apparently ‘redesigning’ means just chopping off the bottoms of things. Hey, I have scissors! I could be a designer, too!!

        • angryparsnip

          plus she chopped the bottom off so much the pockets hangs down past the “designed” edge.
          Now where are my scissors….

          • drdarke

            Funny, @angryparsnip:disqus – when I cut my old chinos so you can see the pockets “below the design line” to make them into shorts, my wife uses them to line the catboxes.

            Of course, I’m a middle-aged bald guy with a gut, not a hot chick in too-short shorts – which makes a difference in how we come off in them, I suppose….

        • accidental housewife

          Ha! I was going to say the same thing about Orly’s redesigning skills. I cut out the top of my t-shirts if they’re too tight at the neck, and I’ve certainly made my share of cut-offs. I  could totally be a designer.

          • drdarke

             @accidentalhousewife:disqus – why wife has some old t-shirts of mine she’d like you to “redesign” into nightshirts for her.

          • accidental housewife

            Send them to me. She’ll feel like a new woman in no time.

    • alyce1213

      Make that Orly AND Oscar.
      Immediate, gut reaction.  I bet we’re right.

      • Cindi Williams

        I was limiting myself to one, but I like your style. ;)

    • Ginger

      You, too? 

    • Ms_Flyover

      “Orly really hopes to parlay her experience on this shown into her own reality show on E which she will achieve by wearing as little as necessary to suggest “fashion” while showing off as much of her “skills” and “determination” as possible.”

    • TxMom2011

      Orly is giving off a J-Simpson vibe though.  She may be the one to watch.  Oscar seems quite punchable to me though.

      • melizer

        I think it’s funny her name is “O-rly?” like the internet meme!

         You don’t have to supress an urge to punch Jessica Simpson?  Ugh, no way I could tolerate a single minute of her.  This show is a no-go for that reason alone.

  • Jessica Rowe

    THAT is what they picked to wear?  I always look at what designers are wearing themselves… and it already looks like a lot of them don’t have a clue.

    • VicksieDo

      I love the outfit on Kara Laricks, that’s cool!

      • RroseSelavy

        Outfit: cool; hair: worrisome.

    • annaplurabelle

       I agree, and it’s worrying…

    • TxMom2011

      That pink baby-doll top Barb is wearing has me thinking she might be an early auf…. I see nothing redeemable in that thing.   fugly.fugly

      • 2ndhandchic

        I’m guessing she wore pink is because she’s a recent breast cancer survivor, but they fit and overall style of the top is really terrible.

        • drdarke

           @2ndhandchic:disqus – hope that breast cancer survivor doesn’t plan to use Planned Parenthood for future breast cancer screenings if she’s rocking the Komen Pink, is all I can say….

    • birkatbaby

      I will tell you as a fashion designer myself, just because I design clothes for a living and I know what looks good and waht’s crap on other people, doesn’t mean I can always make myself look phenomenal.  A lot more comes into play when dressing yourself. 

      • drdarke

        Wasn’t that what Michael Kors said, @birkatbaby:disqus ?

        • birkatbaby

          That may be why he laways wears black!  But it’s true – I mean, look at other professions. A music producer can’t necessarily sing…and other examples I can’t think of right now!

  • kentiesgirl

    If that is what Orly considers redesigning clothes, she needs to go somewhere with her kitchen shears. Rooting for The Bates Foundation! Go on with yourself!

  • tignor

    Hmmm. Interested to see what Kara is going to churn out.

    This show intrigues me, but they’d better not do the same stupid poo that the past few season of PR have lowered themselves to.

  • VicksieDo

    I’ve been secretly excited about this one since I heard about it…hehe.  COULD be awesome or terrible, but it certainly has potential to be awesome.  For those of us who truly liked the fashion aspects of PR even more than the drama, this looks good!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I might check this out, at least for a couple of episodes.  I like that they will be creating clothes for mass market retail.

  • viridian61

    Too many designers at this point to tell.  Hope Nicole R. can pay attention to the proceedings.  I’ll tune in cause I’m curious.  If the designers have more than 6 hours – hopefully two days for their designs – it could be quite interesting.

  • BradWatson

    And which contestant will be the first to tell Nicole Richie that yellow is not her friend? Why has she morphed into a bad Portia deRossi knockoff?

    • TheOtherChristina

      I think the dress looks great on her. The vacant eyes and the gaping mouth, not so much.

      • annieanne

        She needs to learn to stand up straight as well. She looks like she’s about to topple over, her head is so far forward.

    • Susan Collier

      I didn’t even recognize her in a recent banner ad.

      • TheDivineMissAnn

        I hardly recognized her in the picture above!  She looks so, so, so much better than she did when she was skeletal thin.  Motherhood agrees with her.

        • Pcatt

          She looks better, but she looks like a completely different person!  Kinda like when Jennifer Grey got her nosejob.  Cute, but nobody recognized her. 

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Thank you-I couldn’t quite put my finger on what looked odd about Richey, but you’ve nailed it.

    • TxMom2011

      Nicole looks so washed out to me.  Did she lighten her skin when she lightened her hair?  wtf…. first Lilo, now Nicole.. wtf

  • Danielle

    What’s with them only having contestants that look 10 years younger than their listed ages?

  • hughman

    I bet Talent Night at Oscar Fierro’s “four assisted living facilities” would be an amazing reality show on its own. Drama! Glitter! Florescent Hats! More lip gloss than you can shake a stick at! 

    • SewingSiren

      I’m laughing so hard at that image. I really should be slapped.

    • annieanne

      I had the opposite reaction. You don’t have time to design a fashion line and still run four quality assisted living facilities. I had an image of the kind of dumps where old folks are warehoused and forgotten.

      • AthenaJ

        Thank you for voicing exactly what I was thinking, annieanne! I couldn’t help but be a little disgusted looking at him knowing that if he’s so invested in becoming a fashion ‘brand’, then he probably doesn’t give a crap about the assisted living facilities and they’re just around for him to make money off of. Please someone let me know if I’m wrong, but I just have a bad feeling about it…

        • Jessie Melcher Brown

          Being an absentee owner is OK as long as he has hired good managers to run the business while he’s away.

      • TxMom2011

        Visit one.  Define Quality?  They are horrible unless you are filthy rich.  And even then they are just bearable. 

        • Sara__B

          My parents weren’t filthy rich, and their assisted living facility was quite nice, like a hotel but with your own stuff in your suite. The staff was attentive and caring, the food was good, there was lots to do. When they needed more care than that, they moved into a less luxurious place where their every need was anticipated and they were treated with love and respect. Nice places exist — you just have to find them.

  • SewingSiren

    The 4th grade teacher maybe seems a little interesting…..
    It kind of looks like  most of them are doing something else and they think that going on tv is a good way to start a fashion career. Not sure how that will play out.

  • Call me Bee

    Well let’s see.  I usually root for The Older One or the Midwestern One or The Self-Taught One or The One That’s Not a Stick.  I have many from which to choose.  My first inclination is the Chicago CA-survivor, but I like the looks of Kara from NYC.  She’d be a fun teacher I think.  Well–I’ll wait till the first epi is over. 
    Will the Lounge be open tonight to celebrate the first non-cable fashion reality show? 

    Also–I think Jessica has come a long way since her chicken-of-the-sea days. I’ll give her a break since she’s been ripped on for years and I tend to root for an underdog.  But, the first tme she says “I’d totally wear that,” the gloves come off.  She was on Leno last night–she is absolutely huge with child, but she looked great.

  • aimee_parrott

    Oscar is like the Willy Wonka of El Salvador. 

    I don’t know if I’ll be watching or not.  I still haven’t watched last week’s episode of PR.  I think I’m having fashion reality show fatigue.

  • Leigh Anne Statton

    I keep wondering how the logistics of this show are going to be worked out?  If they are on the show tonight, and the winners will be available for purchase tomororw, does this mean that it’s not “real time” and these episodes are shown weeks after they’ve been selected as winners and then the clothes are made & shipped to the stores to be sold?  I guess I need to watch & find out! :)

    • altalinda

      I read in the paper today that the show was filmed 6 months ago.

    • Geoff Dankert

      Leigh Anne, indeed this series was shot months ago … well before Ms. Simpson’s pregnancy revealed itself. 

    • Nancy Abrams

      Nicole Richey was on TV yesterday and said it was shot last summer. That would give them time to manufacture and prepare the clothes for sale now.

      By the way, Nicole looked fabulous, nothing like that awful picture above. She was very smart and funny.

  • howdoilook

    Ohhh, Oscar Fierro. I hope your clothes are as fierce as that orange bowler hat. 

  • Lucía Valencia

    I wonder who’ll be the one that says: “IM NOT HERE TO MAKE BEST BUDDIES BITCH! THIS ISN’T FASHION BEST FRIEND!”

    • MzzPants

      LOL!  My favorite ‘Drag Race’ quote ever.

    • TxMom2011

      LOL in full drag glitter with a nappy lil pony-tail!

  • tallgirl1204

    I like that they’re open that it’s got to SELL.  I do adore PR, but I hate the prententiousness of saying that theyr’e all about high fashion, and then eliminating designers whose designs are too out-there.  Give me some stuff that I can wear– I”ll be shopping! 

  • rainwood1

    I’m on the fence and teetering on the side of skipping this.  They certainly tried to tick all of the demographic boxes with the designers and the bios as written suggest plot lines already.  I’m not sure that’s a good sign.  I don’t think NBC or any broadcast network is interested in presenting a show about creativity. It will be about the drama because that’s what they do.  I’d be happy to be wrong though.    

    If I do decide to watch, I’ll have to help my remote find NBC because I haven’t watched it in at least 10 years.  

    • TxMom2011

      I catch an episode of Harry’s Law every now and then on On Demand.  They better get on it…. I didnt even know this show was coming on.  Heard about it a loooong time ago and wrote it off as carp.  Now that I know it’s on a major network Im a little interested. 

      • rainwood1

        I love you for the “wrote it off as carp” line.  I’m going to have to steal that.

      • rainwood1

        I love you for the “wrote it off as carp” line.  I’m going to have to steal that.

    • drdarke

      NBC has GRIMM, which is enjoyable enough for a cop show – with monsters.

      And SMASH – which is…something, I guess.

      And LAW&ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, which my wife watches – sometimes.

  • Judy_J

    Ross Bennett is from Austin and is a friend of my son, so naturally I’ll be pulling for the home boy.  He looks cute in his bow tie.

    • maggiemaggie

       His bio really had me laughing… “true country boy who likes to hunt, fish and design custom one-of-a kind dresses”

  • icartbarc

    Can we talk about how awfully photoshopped Nicole and Jessica are in the banner?  I read “Nicole Richie” in the text and had to search for her before I realized that’s her in the yellow.  Good God.

    • Sara Munoz

      I’m wondering if it’s a composite. At least with Nicole. 

  • EverybodysStarling

    I`ve had a serious “Holy Shit, it`s Tilda!” moment as I was scrolling down to Kara. And I`m so conditioned on PR that I`ve directly started to categorize them into: He`s the Austin, she`s the Mila etc…

    I am very curious how this will be – and if it will be a breeze of fresh air compared to PR. 

  • MilaXX

    I didn’t realize they would have so many designers.  So far the only ones that caught my attention are Kara, who looks like Tilda Swinton’s American cousin and Oscar, who I think I may hate.

  • SapphoPoet

    Edmond Newton looks awfully familiar to me. 

    Unless NBC puts the episodes on its website for viewing, I will not be watching and will have to follow along here. But it looks interesting and I like the focus on selling.

    • Nancy Abrams

      I’m sure they will. Last night’s Smash is already up.

  • Shelf Afterlife

    I’m interested in what Kara and Lizzie bring to the table.  I’ll definitely give it a shot.  Would be nice to have an alternative to PR.

  • tired_mommy

    Thanks for the head’s up! Had no idea this was starting.

  • ShivaDiva

    Wow, is there no end to the shameless riffing on PR?  Expanding to new channels, even!  Who knew there were hundreds of would-be designers out there to fill up the casts of all these shows?

    Not sure i can bring myself to watch these “celebrity mentors” every week (using both terms about as loosely as they can be used).  Looking like a recap read for me!

  • annieanne

    Since this show is clearly going for commercially viable clothes and not “editorial” fashion, we should see a completely different judging perspective. So all our preconceptions on the favorites, based on PR, are going out the window. Which means the proto-Anya up there in her drapey caftan could go out early.

  • Amy Ellinger

    Go guy from Austin! I gotta root for my town :-) 

  • gdougs

    I like that the cast seems widely varied. Will definitely check out.

  • judybrowni

    I was thinking they weren’t dressed especially interesting for a bunch a designers, and then: Hmm, an orange bowler! And daisy dukes!

    Nicole Ritchie: stand up straight when you’re having your picture took. Especially next to a couple of Amazons. A smile wouldn’t hurt, either.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    Hmmmmmm, hmpf.  The PR replacements on Bravo didn’t work out so well, what on earth made NBC think it had a concept that was ready for primetime?!


    I’ll wait and see what TLo think of it.

  • MzzPants

    I want to see Oscar and Kara in a cage fight.
    Seriously, I think the cast, from what little we know, has potential and I’m looking forward to tonight’s show.  And the ‘buy the winner’s looks tomorrow at a store near you’ is smart as hell. (Wonder how that worked out for Mondo…)

  • mjude

    i was hoping i didnt have to watch another reality show. damn u TLO.

    • JillK

       LOL, me too!

  • Farthingale

    Something is wrong with me today, but that photo of Nicole, Elle, and Jessica with ALL THAT HAIR is working my last nerve. Why? Why? Why? All I can see is HAIR. 

    After I went off on the extensions in the Miley photo, I can no longer tolerate the cocker-spaniel-ears inspired do women INSIST on working to death.

    I wish there were little “time-out” chat rooms that tlo would host. Today mine would be titled “let’s hate on boring, cliche hair”. I could rant until it was out of my system. 

    • TxMom2011

      It doesnt help that the only Non Blonde is the balding guy.   jussayin

  • Alicia Campbell

    What happened to Nicole Richie??  That is either some seriously weird Photoshopping or a full body double.

  • KathKo

    the first couples of designers made me cringe and wondering if Bunnim/Murray had a hand in this one.
    I’m guessing load and load and load of “personnality”.
    Let’s hope the fashion will stay visible among all those characters.

  • Kristy Evans

    It’s kind of refreshing that there are only two contestants under 30. Thoughts?

  • altalinda

    When the first bio began with the contestant’s illness, I had a sinking feeling that we’ll be in for more emphasis on heartrending personal stories than fashion.  Please, no.  Kara looks cool, but I wonder whether the buyers are going to think her aesthetic will sell.  Nzimiro looks sweet, but I can only imagine his parents’ despair when he told them he was giving up engineering for fashion.

    • JillK

       Bleh. Kara looks about as original as a tomato. She comes off like a Tilda Swinton Wannabe to me. And I’m sorry, but there is only one Tilda Swinton.

  • LuluinLaLa

    Okay, so I don’t know if Jessica Simpson is executive producing this, or if she just has a larger hand in the marketing/production, but does anyone get the feeling that she’s trying to shut out Nicole Richie? NR was NOWHERE in the TV promos, and here, Jessica and Elle look fab, John Varvatos looks cool, and Nicole Richie looks like she was photoshopped in from an outtake.

  • Kimbolina

    I think I’m going to pass on this one.  Seems like they’re really interested in personal stories and maybe not as much on the creative process.  I like(d) Project runway because it is (was) about the creative process and there at least used to be a focus on fashion as art.  (Ok, maybe not so much lately, but yeah.)  This is just too focused on the business aspect of fashion which, yes, is important, but I just don’t really want to have to sit and watch it in a game show setting.  All On the Line is fine because it’s, I dunno, more realistic?  Less of a big PRODUCTION?  I dunno, I feel like Fashion Star is gonna get old fast.  

    And I think it should be called Clothing Line Business Star, not Fashion Star.  Based on the format, I can’t really see a lot of innovation coming out of this.  I’m not basing this on the contestants because who knows, there could be some really creative/talented people in this pool.  But I don’t think the premise of the show encourages innovation and creativity, and that is what I would rather see when it comes to a fashion-based tv show. 

  • 2ndhandchic

    I love that you can purchase the winning items. I am curious what the price points will be, and also if it will ignite a weekly feeding frenzy much like Missoni for Target. 

    • mllesatine

       I checked out two winning items – one went for 20 $ at H&M, the other for 350$ at Saks.

  • DinahR

    Everyone rags on Jessica Simpson and it confuses me.  I’ve never paid attention to her until recently with her spots on Project Runway and her clothing, shoe, purse, etc lines.  I know she had a reality tv show that was ridic but she seems otherwise unoffensive and actually quite sweet.  I get that her persona is perceived as ditzy but she has to be making smart business decisions.  Wish I could of ditzied my way into my own fashion empire. Or just any empire. Le sigh.
    I love that this cast features quite a few ladies 35+.  I’ll be asking dvr to catch this one.

  • accidental housewife

    After the trainwreck that was The Next Great Restaurant, I don’t have faith in NBC pulling this off. Despite that, it’s already set up on the DVR.

    I’m actually interested in what Jessica Simpson has to say. I have a weak spot for her. She gets pummeled by the entertainment press so much that I want her to succeed at everything she does.

  • MandyJane

    Oscar and Orly – the bitches. It’s hard to tell who will be the first to declare they’re “not here to make friends” sometimes that comes out of someone you’d never suspect!

    I’m totally happy with Jessica Simpson being one of the mentors. I’m not a fan of her personal style, but I like her. 

  • CarolinLA

    New York Times really liked the show.

  • Elena

    I almost didn’t recognize Nicole Richie. She is photoshopped into oblivion, jesus.

    • cheesebomb

      I kept going back and forth from the names to the pics trying to figure out if they really intended that to be her. Seems they did. Huh.

    • guest2visits

      You can hate me for saying; but I think it’s possible she’s had alittle ‘work’.  I could be wrong.
      But I saw her a month or so ago, in different magazines, – and that was my immediate reaction. Nose and eyes.  ?

  • fauxhawk

    When I look at that photo of Oscar, all I can think is “here go hell come.”

  • JillK

    “There. Now you know exactly as much about this show as we do.”

    Wanna learn more?

    You Be The Judge: You Can Help Launch The Next Big Brand On NBC’s New Show, ‘Fashion Star’

    This sounds like it’s going to be so much better than Project Runway, which I tired of long ago.

  • miwome

    Uggghhh, I just wish they would copy edit the contestants’ blurbs. I know, I know, not the point, but it kills me every. fucking. time.

  • jw_ny

    My only concern about the premiss of this show is that the clothes will be too mainstream and not fashion.  The designers will be gearing to please the buyers…who’ll likely only selecting things that will turn a profit, not something fashion forward and interesting.  Jessica Simpson is about as pedestrian as they come.  Nicole will hopefully have a bit of an edge to her mentoring.  John Varvatos…from what I’ve seen, his clothes and shoes are nice and traditional…but not memorable.  They’re good business people…not known though for setting the up and coming trends.

    I’ll reserve judgement for now, but I think I like the premiss of PR more since it  promotes creativity over marketability (or as it was supposed to until recent seasons.)

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    It must be killing B/M that they couldn’t get Orli and Oscar for PR and a potential bitch-off.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    It must be killing B/M that they couldn’t get Orli and Oscar for PR and a potential bitch-off.

  • guest2visits

    Everyone gets their own pattern makers, sew-ers and stylists,?  HUGE difference right there. Hey; maybe I could be a designer too.

  • Linderella

    “A true country boy who likes to hunt, fish, and design custom one-of-a-kind dresses.”  Thanks for this, TLo–I just fell out of my fucking chair I’m laughing so hard!

  • Sophie Collier

    Did they not tell Nicole they were about to snap a photo?  She looks like she just sort of wandered into the shot.


    I am watching right now. This is awful. Three “mentors”, three buyer/ judges, 14 “designers”. Good grief, the whole premise is so convoluted. And so far, all the designs are boring. And the buyer at Macy’s said that one guy’s backless, plunging, halter dress was suitable for big busted ladies. Joanna Coles would NOT agree!

    • mllesatine

       Right! It’s a dress for standing still.

  • brookeinmn

    Yes, this is well….interesting.

  • SpcilK

    When did Nicole Ritchie (Lionel Ritchie’s Daughter) morph into Rachel Zoe?

  • NotToo

    I couldn’t stand to watch it. The presentation is awful.

  • Pennymac

    I feel like I’m forcing myself through this. I miss the old PR, but I don’t think this is the solution. It’s quite awful!

  • Eric Scheirer Stott

    Grossly overproduced.

  • ajch

    This show is brutal!! So boring and the amount of commercials is ridiculous.

  • nancymae

    I tuned in late and it’s a bit loud but I don’t mind it.
    Love that the auf’d designer said that the Saks buyer didn’t know high fashion. Really?!

    I really like the prospect of having actual buyers involved. Fern Mallis was one of classic PR’s best judges and she came from the business side of things. As for Jessica Simpson and that annoying behind the scenes chick, I will just have to rebuke them and move on.

    • formerlyAnon

      Yeah, that attitude is exactly why he got offed, whatever they said about the designs. Condescending to the judges (which he did, in spades)  bodes very poorly for your business skills.

  • jw_ny

    Hated. It.  seems like one big sales pitch for H&M, Macy’s, Saks, and Nicole, Jessica and John’s brands.  

  • QJ321

    I liked hearing the buyers’ feedback, and marketability being the criteria for moving on.  Makes it different from Project Runway.  But there was no real focus on the creative process, and a lot of those clothes were very unoriginal and frankly boring.   Hope the show tones down the American Idol/The Voice vibe and puts some focus on the behind-the-scenes design decisions and process.  Don’t like the hostess/model and didn’t understand why the show began with showcasing her lingerie line. 

    • mllesatine

       I couldn’t agree more. I really hope that the next episode will not feature that much runway, less audience cheers and less “how does that make you feel”. Showing more of the business side could be really interesting.

  • mrspeel2

    Although I can understand the reasoning behind the premiere episode being an hour and a half long, I’m very glad the rest of the series will only be an hour in length. I could have done without the dancers, but I’ll watch it again.

  • rowsella

    Pros– it is not either/or, designers with marketable designs will get offers.  Each runway-off can result in 2 winners so to speak.
    Cons- Overproduced show, too many commercials, boring clothes.  There is no time to really focus on interpersonal drama although Oscar tried really hard crying and martyrdom in 5 minutes.

    I bet they were given more than 24 hours to design and create each design.  The hard work (creating the actual vision in 3D) is not done by the designers, but then, I guess they are not usually done in the business that way — unless the designer is just starting out and has limited funds to hire contractors (which in this case they all starting out with little money).  I would have liked at least to view all the sketches.

    The mentors…. did they even give the designers any guidance during the creative process?
    Where is Just Raymona when we need her?

    Do want to punch Anya– I mean Oscar and Nicholas.
    Elle has had way too much work done and I think she has had a personality extraction.

    I think Nicole Simpson used to hire Rachel Zoe to dress her.  She is looking less like a bobblehead these days.  Other than being a celebrity’s/artist’s daughter, I still can’t figure out why she is famous.  Did I hear her say “vagina” on tv?

    and it’s not over yet.

    • mllesatine

       Was there any moment when Oscar wasn’t crying? I was definitely feeling Schadenfreude when the Saks guy questioned his business sense.

  • guest2visits

    We only thought  we knew what hype was; PR’s dramatic pauses, strobe lights, and dangling edits can’t compare!
    Here it’s pumped in with multiple smoke jets! A ceaselessly cheering audience! Flashing runways! Dramatic lighting!
    Several giant screens! 6-Way judging panel! 3 Looks to choose from! And what looks like its very own follow-up show.
    And if thats not enough…. wait, is that one of Mondo’s dresses? (Sarah Parrott)
    In spite of all the noise, alot of these designs were nothing new or special or tremendously salable; at all.
    And that zipper-convertable-micro-mini was ridiculous. Even Elle’s see through side panel was horrible. Is that her own design?
         I never minded alittle back-story about the contestants on PR, or workroom interaction. What I didn’t like was the show
    meddling with the designs by using creative editing, questionable judging, or oddball requirements.
         I actually like the 6 person input that includes buyers. And the multiple garments. But everything else is just a 3-ring circus.

    • Eric Scheirer Stott

      I can’t believe they were raving about the “2 for 1″ aspect of that skirt. Sure, you can wear the panties without the skirt- if you think having half a zipper around your waist is attractive. And the claim that you could wear the skirt piece on “Other parts”.

      • SewingSiren

        The twofer skirt was so gimmicky. I thought the under piece was a tube skirt, shorts would be better, but neither would be wearable without the overskirt. Most sheer skirts have a lining anyway, so I don’t know what the innovation was.

        • Eric Scheirer Stott

           You’re right- it’s a tube skirt- looks like a crotchless girdle.

    • mllesatine

       I looks at some stills at the Saks site and the mini looked terrible. There was a huge gaping hole in the back – think curtains that aren’t properly closed. I thought the idea itself wasn’t bad. It would have worked better if the skirt was in another colour than black.

  • ccm800

    Ya can’t design vintage Ts – you can design RETRO Ts. I mean unless you are in the biz so long a work becomes vintage. I’m going to regret watching aren’t I?  

  • Frank_821

    What’s sad is this is produced by the Magical Elves

  • formerlyAnon

    Oy. That theme song. I may not be able to watch this show, one episode (of which I saw about half) and it started to make me want to stick sharp objects into somebody.

    But I thought there was enough of interest I’ll be watching again. I don’t really engage with any of these ensemble competition shows until about the third week when I start thinking I have the players sorted out in my head.

    • VicksieDo

      One of my favorite aspects of PR has always been the music, which is perfect for it.  This one is just so loud and INYOURFACE and I wonder if there are really that many audience members screaming at everything…

  • judybrowni

    So glad they aufed the Australian asshole.

    His were by no means the worst design, but I understand why professionals wouldn’t want to work with him again.

  • turtleemily

    Orly made me think of

    I thought Nicole Ritchie was Rachel Zoe and didn’t recognize Jessica Simpson at all. 

  • lessax3

    I turned in late last night, but that was just odd. I think I like it, but not sure if I like it because it was just fun or because it was such a trainwreck its hilarious. 

  • SewingSiren

    The designer I wanted to see more of was Barbara Bates. I loved the 3-D pocket skirt. That I could see at Barney’s  , maybe Saks. I knew she would get the “hip emphasis” critique, even though a person would be insane to think that was part of the wearers body.
    She’ll probably bland it all down ofter the unfavorable review.

  • MrsBug

    I like the variety of people they’re bringing in, not just “I graduated from Parson’s School of Design and want to be a designer”. I like that.

  • Janie R

    It’s like American Idol crashed into Project Runway. Very Game showy.

    • Frank_821

      Actually I was thinking it was a mix of the Voice + Deal or No Deal. Just way overproduced. hopefully the successive episodes get better

      • kentiesgirl

         I came on here just to say that exact same sentence. Skipped out after the first two rounds. Was there any actually amount of time showing work? My eyeballs were just getting assaulted so much, and I feel like I didn’t see more than 30 seconds of actual designing going on. If there was I don’t remember it. I wouldn’t put this anywhere near PR. Wayyyy too different, from the bit I watched. Maybe it got better as the night went on.

        So glad I’m not the only one who came away with that impression.

  • MissAnnieRN

    This show cracks me up.  I certainly won’t be rushing out to buy anything those dept store buyers bought.  Kinda predictable, too.  The plus sized woman wearing her own design got a buy.  The dude who makes sport jackets (and crappy weirdly fitting ones.  Seriously, what was up with the length on the light blue/denim-y one?) gets a buy.  It felt to me like they were ticking off boxes, trying to fair and equitable to each category of designs presented.  But the tiny, little, gay, el salvadorian, velvet-top-hat-wearing man was seriously the most entertaining part of the show!

  • drdarke

    So – why isn’t PROJECT RUNWAY on NBC, rather than this Non-Union Mexican Equivalent? Are the geniuses at Kabletown to terrified by the Awesomeness of Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn in the same room together? Is Michael Kors too orange for their demographic? Or are they afraid of the S-M sex tape of Joanna Coles flogging Nina Garcia that’s sure to come out mid-season…?

    TLo sounds more impressed with this show than I am from the write-up. Yes, Bunim-Murray has screwed the pooch on the PR brand – but even a fourth-place network like NBC has enough money to pay them to stay far far away from PR, so it can be great again!

  • On Line Tefl

    Luciana Scarabello is beautiful and her designs also very attractive. Because of she has uncommon designs.