Did you watch Fashion Star's season 2 premiere on Friday? I love watching the behind-the-scenes stories in the world of fashion design so this show is must-see tv at my house. On each episode, twelve designers present their clothing to a group of buyers from Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, and Express (replacing H&M this season). Just like last year, the designs chosen will be available to purchase the day after they appear on TV. How cool is that! The buyers include Terron E. Schaefer from Saks Fifth Avenue, Caprice Willard from Macy's, and Erika De Salvatore at Express.
I'm missing host Elle MacPherson from last season, but I am hoping the new host, Glamour Magazine’s fashion editor-at-large Louise Roe will be great too. This season brings back the same fab mentor's—Nicole Richie, Jessica Simpson, and John Varvatos—with a slight twist. Now the mentors will advise and guide their own team of four designer contestants.
The 12 designers include: David Appel, Silvia Arguello, Priscilla Barrosso, Hunter Bell, Garrett Gerson & JesseRay Vasquez, Johana Hernandez, Cassandra Hobbins, Tori Nichel, Amber Perley, Brandon Scott, Daniel Silverstein and Bret Young.
On team Jessica, Hunter Bell's “Midi Dress” sparked a bidding war between Saks and Express. Both made final offers of $200,000 leaaving Bell to choose. Her orange dress (sketch at top of the page) is available at Saks Fifth Avenue for $225. Here's what Terron Schaefer, at Saks Fifth Avenue had to say about the dress: "I love the coat zipper in the back. Plus the waist cutouts are sexy and the eye-opening color is trend-right for spring."
On team John, designer Amber Perley's "Mod Flare" dress in orange and in chalk with a peek-a-boo addition was snapped up by Express. Erika at Express made Amber the second-highest offer of the night at $175,000 on her dress. Yay, Amber! The dress retails at $69. According to Express, the dress is a "perfect union of flirty modern detail and an iconic feminine silhouette. The crochet bodice and cotton flare skirt are uniquely connected, leaving a whisper of bare skin."
Here's the skinny on the mentor's teams: Jessica picks Hunter, Tori, Garrett & JesseRay and David. John picks Amber, Cassandra, Sylvia and Brandon. Nicole picks Priscilla, Johana, Bret and Daniel. I hated to see any of the designers eliminated. So sad to have Bret Young be the first eliminee.
I'll be tuning in again this Friday night. Will you?
Looking for more sketches from the runway? Check out my sketches of Jennifer Lawrence, Helen Hunt, Charlize Theron, and Jennifer Aniston from the red carpet at the Oscars 2013. Plus more sketches from the Golden Globes here and here.