Fashion Star

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Fashion Star
Fashion Star logo.gif
Genre Talent show
Created by Rick Ringbakk, E.J. Johnston and Jim Deutch
Directed by Alan Carter
Presented by Louise Roe[1] (2013)
Elle Macpherson (2012)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Executive producer(s)
  • Ben Silverman
  • Jane Lipsitz
  • Dan Cutforth
  • Casey Kriley
  • Rick Ringbakk
  • E.J Johnston
  • James Deutch
  • Elle Macpherson
Running time 43 minutes,
65-minute premiere
Production company(s)
  • Electus
  • 5x5 Media
  • Magical Elves
  • EJD Productions
  • Global Fashion Association
Original network NBC
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release March 13, 2012 (2012-03-13) – May 10, 2013 (2013-05-10)
External links
Official website

Fashion Star is an American reality television series on NBC, created and executive produced by E.J. Johnston, James Deutch and Rick Ringbakk which focuses on fashion design and is hosted by Louise Roe. It was hosted by Elle Macpherson in the first season. The contestants compete with each other to create the best clothes and are restricted in time, materials and theme. Their designs are judged, and one or more designers are eliminated each week.

On May 11, 2012, NBC renewed Fashion Star for a second season.[2] Season 2 premiered Friday, March 7, 2013.[3] On July 27, 2013, NBC canceled Fashion Star after two seasons.[4]


Fashion Star features unknown designers competing for a chance to have their creations bought. Each week, the contestants work with mentors Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie, and John Varvatos in designing their creations, shopping for materials and overseeing production. They then compete in a fashion show during which they display their work to the three buyers: Caprice Willard of Macy's, Terron E. Schaefer of Saks Fifth Avenue and Nicole M. Christie of H&M in season one, and Erika DeSalvatore for Express in season two. Any designer whose clothes are not purchased that week is up for elimination from the show. The mentors, who also serve as judges, save one unsold contestant each week. Then the three buyers choose which of the remaining unsold designers is sent home.[5] At the end of the season, the three remaining contestants must create separate showcases of three garments for each retailer. Whoever meets the needs of the three retailers will be named "Fashion Star" and will receive a capsule collection worth $6 million within each store.[6]

In season two, there were several changes from the original format. Compared to the first season where the mentors coached all the designers, the mentors Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie, and John Varvatos focused on 4 designers each. Another change was Elle Macpherson leaving her hosting duties, though still serving as one of the show's executive producers. She was replaced by Louise Roe. Also, H&M was replaced by Express as one of the buyers, represented by Erika DeSalvatore. The prize was also reduced from $6,000,000 to $3,000,000. The mentors would choose two designers to face elimination with the buyers voting to eliminate one designer.


Season Premiere date Finale date No. of
Winner Runners-up Buyers
1 March 13, 2012 May 15, 2012 14 Kara Laricks Ronnie Escalante Nzimiro Oputa Macy's
Saks Fifth Avenue
2 March 8, 2013 May 10, 2013[7] 12 Hunter Bell Cassandra Hobbins Daniel Silverstein Macy's
Saks Fifth Avenue

Season 1[edit]

Fashion Star premiered its first season on March 13, 2012, and concluded on May 15, 2012. Fashion Star won Best Branded Format at the FRAPA Format Awards at MIPCOM. It was also nominated for a precedent-setting three awards at the annual convention including Best Competition Reality Format, Best Brand-Driven Format and Best Multi-Platform Format. It also took home Best Social Commerce or Marketing Program at the 2012 Social TV Awards.

The winner of the first season of Fashion Star was Kara Laricks, with Ronnie Escalante and Nzimiro Oputa finishing as runners-up. Larricks took home $6 million contracts with Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and H&M. The cast members were Nicholas Bowes, Oscar Fierro, Lizzie Parker, Lisa Vian Hunter, Edmond Newton, Barbara Bates, Sarah Parrott, Ross Bennett, Nikki Poulos, Luciana Scarabello, Orly Shani, Nzimiro Oputa, Ronnie Escalante, and Kara Laricks.

Season 2[edit]

Fashion Star premiered its second and final season on March 8, 2013, and concluded on May 10, 2013.

The winner of the second and final season of Fashion Star was Hunter Bell, with Cassandra Hobbins[8] and Daniel Silverstein finishing as runners-up. Bell took home a $3 million contract with Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Express. The cast members were Bret Young, Tori Nichel, David Appel, Priscilla Barroso, Brandon Scott, Amber Perley, Johana Hernandez, Silvia Argüello, Garret Gerson and JesseRay Vasquez, Daniel Silverstein, Cassandra Hobbins, and Hunter Bell.


Network Ten in Australia bought the rights to air the series in Australia and has also discussed creating an Australian version of the series.[9]

ProSieben in Germany has aired a German version called Fashion Hero in autumn 2013 with Claudia Schiffer as the host. Fashion Hero did not reach the audience successfully, it was shortened and finally abandoned.[10]


  1. ^ "NBC confirms Louise Roe as new 'Fashion Star' host, Express replacing H&M as buyer". Reality TV World. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  2. ^ O'Connell, Michael (May 11, 2012). "NBC Renews 'Fashion Star' for Second Season". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ Bibel, Sara (December 13, 2012). "Season Two of NBC's 'Fashion Star' Will Premiere Friday, March 7". TV By the Numbers. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly; Goldberg, Lesley (July 27, 2013). "NBC Cancels 'Fashion Star'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ "News Headlines >NBC signs up celebrity mentors for 'Fashion Star'". 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  6. ^ "Fashion Star - About". Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  7. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 19, 2013). "NBC Announces Season Finale Dates for 'Revolution', 'Community', 'Parks and Recreation', 'Chicago Fire' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  8. ^ Leung, Mariana (2013-07-08). "FAB Exclusive: Interview with NBC Fashion Star Cassandra Hobbins fashion design, indie clothing, style, beauty". Ms. Fabulous. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  9. ^ "US Show Fashion Star Is Coming to Australia on Network Ten". Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  10. ^ "Fashion Hero: ProSieben entdeckt Bavaria für sich". 2013-04-25. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 

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