"Fashion Star" premieres, designs available for purchase online

"Fashion Star" judges Jessica Simpson, John Varvatos and Nicole Richie. NBC

"Fashion Star" judges Jessica Simpson, John Varvatos and Nicole Richie.
NBC

(CBS) "Fashion Star," NBC's new fashion reality show, premiered Tuesday night and sticking with the show's premise -winners' designs are available for purchase the next day at either H&M, Macys or Saks Fifth Avenue - two designs are being carried on H&M.com and three on Macys.com.

On the show, each designer had to present one look in three different ways that showed his or her  own personal style. Then mentors Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie, and John Varvatos gave each designer their feedback. After that, buyers from Macys, H&M, and Saks decided whether  they want to make a bid to buy the items to sell in their stores. The buyer with the highest bid wins the line, also saving the designer from elimination that week. It also gives viewers a chance to buy the pieces at the store the next day. If a designer doesn't make a sale, he or she can be eliminated.

On Tuesday's premiere episode, 26-year-old New York bartender Orly Shani's collection, inspired by the idea that all of her pieces are convertible, showed three variations of a high-waisted mini skirt that can zip on and off another skirt. She walked away with an $80,000 offer from Saks and $50,000 from Macys.

Sarah Parrott, a mother of two with no design background, created three shift dresses that led to an $80,000 bid from H&M. Detroit native Nzimiro Oputa showed three well-tailored sports jackets and  also received a bid from H&M for $50,000. Lastly, Lizzie Parker got a $50,000 offer from H&M and a $60,000 one from Macys.

Three designers, who didn't receive bids, were placed in the bottom three and ultimately Nicholas Bowes an Australian model, whose confidence was ultimately his downfall, was sent home. 

Bowes created a trio of leather motorcycle jackets, one of which he styled with shorts."Why would you put a leather jacket with those shorts? Wow," Simpson leaned over to tell Varvatos. Bowes argued back that a woman can't give advice on male fashion

. "To talk down to a woman in this business...we run the world right now," Simpson fought back. Bowes tried to defend himself, but it was too late. The show's host, former supermodel Elle McPherson, sent him packing.

Tell us: What did you think of "Fashion Star"? Will it be a  hit?

  • Camille Mann

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