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Fashion Star brings a new reality to fashion design competition by placing contestants in front of the actual buyers from Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue and H&M stores. Rather than focus on cutting edge design or innovation, this NBC show challenges the participants to serve the retail market rather than fashion elite. The contestants must create clothing under time, material or theme restrictions and then present it to apparel designers for purchase. If a designer does not receive a bid from the buyers, the design contestants face elimination.

Supermodel Elle Macpherson hosts the show, and brings her fashion experience as a model as well as her experience running a multi-million dollar lingerie line. The contestants also have the advice of three mentor/judges: entertainer Jessica Simpson, reality TV star Nicole Richie and top fashion designer John Varvatos. Both Simpson and Richie have successfully run their own fashion lines, and Varvatos worked with Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein before beginning his own fashion house. The competing designers have the opportunity to get practical advice and feedback as they develop their creations from mentors who have experienced the pressure of selling to the public. After the store buyers make their selections, the mentors also have the power to save one contestant that has not sold a product from elimination.

Caprice Willard from Macy's, Terron Schaefer for Saks Fifth Avenue and Nicole Christie from H&M stores represent their retail stores by choosing which designs to buy and then selecting the eliminated contestant. The designers learn to set prices for their clothes, make a professional presentation of their work and also learn how retailers make the decisions on purchases for their particular customer base. After each episode airs, Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue and H&M stores offer the merchandise for sale to the audience.

Fashion Star premiered in the Spring of 2012 on NBC. The network announced the show will return for a second season in 2013.

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Friday 8:00 PM et/pt on NBC
2 Seasons, 20 Episodes - Currently Airing
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Fashion Star Full Episode Guide

  • The final three contestants must create their own signature collection. Eliminated designers return to assist their teammates and are met with mixed emotions. The winning designer is crowned and wins the ultimate prize of seeing their collections in all three retailers, Macy's, Saks and Express.

  • The designers must reinvent a dated trend and transform it into a fresh and current look for the Spring/Summer season.

  • The designers must use their own interpretation to define "big night out" and create a fitting ensemble for their vision. Working in teams, the contestants are also paired up to design a photo shoot for Fiat to showcase their latest piece.

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Elle Macpherson, H&M Leaving NBC's 'Fashion Star'

NBC's "Fashion Star" won't be doing entirely without host Elle Macpherson. Though she'll be stepping from in front of the camera as host, she'll remain involved behind it as an executive producer. On the other hand, contributor and co-sponsor H&M has dropped off the show entirely.

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