On the premiere episode of ‘Fashion Star’ one menswear contestant offends judges Jessica Simpson and Nicole Richie — and he was sent packing!
Fashion Star premiered last night, and while some designers were lucky enough to land offers with one of the three major retailers, (Saks, H&M and Macy’s), others were not as pleased with what the judges, (John Varvatos, Jessica Simspon and Nicole Richie), had to say — an Australian menswear designer Nicholas fell in that unfortunate group. However, it was the fact that he went out of his way to offend the female celebrity judges that really left everyone shocked.
While his collection seemed confused and wasn’t cohesive, he refused to take direction from Nicole and Jessica, saying, “It’s very hard to understand the girls giving advice about men’s fashion.” Jessica isn’t one to back down, and both her and Nicole weren’t pleased with Nicholas’ response.
Although she tried to smile and keep the situation light, her words said it all. “I’m a little bit offended. A lot a bit, actually. To talk down to a woman in this business? We’re running the world right now,” Jessica said. “I really kind of want to hit you across the face right now.”
I was so happy when the star responded to the aspiring designer. While Jessica may not receive praise as an international fashion icon, her insanely successful business proves that she does know what girls want to wear, and what buyers want to stock on their shelves. Any designer on the show would be a fool not to take the advice from such a business savvy woman with an uber-successful label. I was even happier when Nicholas was sent packing!
All in all, I was pleasantly surprised with how fresh and exciting the premiere of Fashion Star was. In a sea of reality competitions and fashion reality shows, Fashion Star stands out, thanks to a fresh concept, talented aspiring designers and entertaining and insightful judges. I was entertained throughout the show — and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the rest of the season! Will you be watching?