“Fashion Star” Returns to TV Friday, March 8

Nicole Richie always brings interest hair accessories fashion to the table

Nicole Richie always brings interest hair accessories fashion to the table

New York–Reality TV fashion fans, get ready, because “Fashion Star” returns to NBC this Friday!

And unlike “Project Runway,” which created the reality fashion TV craze many moons ago, “Fashion Star” always keep saleability at the forefront. Literally. In that retail buyers actually bid on the finished designs seconds after the runway shows are completed!

Due to advance taping of the show, viewers can actually purchase the items online or in store right after the episode airs.

Three celebrity mentors (Nicole Richie, Jessica Simpson and John Varvatos) bring their fashion sense to push the designers in the best direction possible.

Buyers then decide what gets picked up by their stores, and which designer ultimately gets eliminated. Yes there are tears.

And while the mentors have been carried forward from Season 1, there is a new featured retail buyer: Erika De Salvatore, director of visual merchandising for Express. Terron E. Schaefer of Saks Fifth Avenue (with his poker face and sharp comments) and Caprice Willard of Macy’s (with her warm charm) are both returning.

Louise Roe will replace Elle Macpherson as host.

Fashion Star season premiere airs Fridays, 8 p.m. EST on NBC.


Fashion Star Season 2

From left: Jessica Simpson, John Varvatos, Nicole Richie, Louise Roe


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Lauren Parker

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine

As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories Magazine for the past 12 years, Lauren Parker has covered accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.