What a fresh show concept! Fashion Star not only showcases designers in its new take on fashion reality television, it includes great music, a live audience and runway presentation! Each week the designers receive a new focus or theme that they and their pattern makers/seamstresses work to complete. These new looks sold at SAKS, Macy’s or H&M, If the designer has no offer/buy they are eligible for elimination. The twist is that the buyers decide who will be sent home and the mentors decide who to save each week!
This show makes so much sense because a lot of designers do not get the exposure necessary for a successful line, plus they usually don’t have the funds to get it going.. This show gives them both!
Background Synopsis of 11 out of the 14 designers who were highlighted in the shows premiere:
Orly 26, NYC -bartender who wants to be a designer, tuc + wes her brand of convertible pieces, “cut + sew backwards”, signature look fitted semi- high waisted skirt with zipper application, basically a two- fer skirt. Sold to Saks
Edmond 32, GA – barber stylist and designer, likes to design dresses that are Studio 54 meets 2012, signature look is a bubble skirt cocktail dress. Sold to Macy’s
Oscar 37, TX – grew up in El Salvador with hard past, wears colorful hats and scarves, describes his designs as “happy orgy of colorful things”, signature look is butterfly dress. Had no offers
Nikki 43, FL – has a line of swimwear and resort wear that is 3 years old, signature look is the kimono caftan. Sold to Macy’s
Nicholas 38, CA – Australian model turned designer of menswear, does not take criticism well, signature look is the motorcycle jacket. Had no offers
Barbara 55, IL – mother of 3, breast cancer survivor, used to work in corporate America and sold her designs during breaks at work, quit to become full time designer, signature look is a skirt and top. Had no offers
Sarah 31, GA – self taught, mother passed away and inspires her to pursue this, signature look is a sexy shift dress. Sold to H&M
Ross 27, TX – describes himself as a straight male who likes to hunt and fish, a bow tie wearing southern gent, he studied under great tailors, makes his own patterns and sews, signature look is tailored wide leg pants. Had no offersLizzie 41, WA – former project manager at Microsoft, mother of 2, bought sewing machines from craiglist looking to make clothes she couldn’t find in stores, signature look is asymmetrical tunics and dresses. Sold to Macy’s
Kara 38, NY – former elementary school teacher, androgynous and deconstruction designer, likes to deconstruct garments and create accessory pieces, signature look is a collar, stand and tie combo accessory. Had no offers
Nzimiro 28, NY – grew up in Detroit with Nigerian background of importance of success, designer of menswear, signature look is a functional blazer or sports jacket. Sold to H&M
Nicholas, Oscar and Kara were in the elimination, Oscar was saved by mentors and Nicholas was sent home by the buyers