What We Know So Far About NBC’s ‘Fashion Star’

Elle MacPherson promoting ’Fashion Star’ at the NBC Upfront on May 16, 2011.
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It’s almost time for the new fall TV season, and if you haven’t heard yet, NBC is set to launch the new reality series Fashion Star. If you’re wondering if this is yet another rip-off of a certain fashion-based reality show, think again, because Fashion Star is actually helmed by the very people who brought you the original Project Runway. Also, if you’re thinking there really isn’t more to be done with this competition-based fashion genre, think again again because this new show sounds like an entirely different show altogether. Also? It sounds pretty awesome.

Hosted by model icon and lingerie designer, Elle Macpherson, Fashion Star will pit aspiring designers—from Parsons grads to stay-at-home moms—against one other in challenges that will help them develop their brands. Apparently, there will be a mega-fashion show at the top of each episode, too, and it will be “unlike anything we’ve seen before” complete with musical performers, dancers, and models in front of a live audience. Sounds like a circus to us, a FASHION CIRCUS! But who are the celebrity judges, you ask? Well, there aren’t celebrity judges per se, but there are celebrity mentors

Former reality-star turned actress turned billion dollar lifestyle brand designer, Jessica Simpson, will serve as one of the mentors alongside reality star turned mother-of-two turned fashion and jewelry designer Nicole Richie. Also in the mentor-megamix is menswear designer John Varvatos who has dressed many a rock star and famously turned NYC’s legendary CBGB music club into one of his retail stores. We have no idea what all of this mentoring will entail, but these personalities are sure to entertain.

While all of this sounds exciting to be sure, what’s actually most unprecedented about Fashion Star is the real judges of the show will be designers and buyers from three of America’s biggest retailers, Macy’s, H&M, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Not only will they actually bid on and buy the lines they like on every episode, what they purchase will be available in their respective stores the very next day. That’s right, what you see one night on TV will be what you can get the following morning. Not only will this show change the lives of the aspiring designers every week, it will possibly change our closets, as well.

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