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.