NBC’s Fashion Star…The Designer Interviews!

Fashion Star

In a world ruled by fashion, reality television has made its’ mark on the fashion industry by enlisting models, designers, stylists and style moguls to help discover the next big name in the industry.  Fashion Star, on NBC Fridays 8/7c, is the newest, and maybe most innovative of its’ kind, marveling a cast of judges throned by fashion mavens, stylists and designers, with a modern twist making it a must see show for all fashion enthusiasts.  This season, mentors Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos offer advice before the designers display their “wears” in front of three high level buyers from Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and H&M.  The last contestant standing at the end of the season will win a collection within each store worth more than $6 Million!  Check out what the cast had to tell us below about their experience during the competition and a few bites of reality we might not have otherwise known.

Cassandra Hobbins

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1. Describe yourself in 5 words or less.

Sarcastic, Witty, Short, Tattooed, Canadian

2. Who do you think is your toughest Fashion Star Competition?

Everyone …. who even put me on this show?  ha … ha….. ha ( uncomfortable laugh)

3. How do you define sexy?

My definition of sexy isn’t the obvious, conventional one. I like a more demure sexiness. Layers of sheer fabrics, not a lot of skin, an amazing designer shoe, and a dark, hilarious sense of humor is super sexy. People who don’t take themselves so seriously, are sexy. Top that with a side of leather? That is my kind of sexy.

4. If you could go back and assemble your Fashion Star team -mentor included – who would you pick and why?

I would keep John as my mentor, I really love him. Plus, I’m too obsessed with Jessica and Nicole on a star struck level that I wouldn’t be able to concentrate, I’d just be trying to get them to adopt me.  I’d keep my team the same. Being on Hunter’s team would just make me look even worse than I already do on screen with my comparably itty bitty bids and her lipstick is always so dang perfect. I looked like a hot mess, I couldn’t be standing next to her all the time. Haha. I wouldn’t have minded being on Jesse Ray’s team because he actually laughs at my jokes.

5. What are your three simple luxuries?

My dogs, my juicer and my vintage bicycle.

Hunter Bell

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1. Describe yourself in 5 words or less.

Fearless, driven, funny, sweet, caring

2.  Who do you think is your toughest Fashion Star Competition?

Silvia

3. How do you define sexy?

Confidence in a woman is sexy.

4. If you could go back and assemble your Fashion Star team -mentor included – who would you pick and why?

Jessica again as a mentor, I felt she was focused on seeing the team members be successful, she was honest with feedback and opinions that are relevant to the competition. I’d select Silvia on my team to learn more about the couture house world, Brandon to learn about menswear, Daniel to learn about embroidery/details, Cassandra to learn about “edge” and Jesse/G to learn more about knits.

5. What are your three simple luxuries?

Massages every now and then, fabulous nights out in NYC with incredible food and wine delivery to your apartment in Manhattan.

Daniel Silverstein

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1. Describe yourself in 5 words or less.

Confidant, Creative, Charismatic, Crazy, Compelled

2. Who do you think is your toughest Fashion Star Competition?

Silvia.  She is effortlessly chic, and nobody was capable of making pieces as stylish and timeless as she was.

3. How do you define sexy?

Sexy is a feeling, and a look. Sexy should attract your target audience, do you feel sexy, and will you attract a mate? Yes? Then it is sexy.

4. If you could go back and assemble your Fashion Star team – mentor included – who would you pick and why?

I wouldn’t change a thing! Nicole was amazing, and I learned so much through the trials and tribulations of working with Johana. It might have been fun to collaborate with Brandon however. He is so architecturally inspired and I feel as though we have that in common.

5. What are your three simple luxuries?

A manicure, going out for lunch in the middle of the week and sleeping late on Sunday.

JesseRay Vasquez (Sjobeck)

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1. Describe yourself in 5 words or less.

Determined, Spontaneous, Social, Humorous, Fun

2. Who do you think is your toughest Fashion Star Competition?

I think our toughest competition was the first episode, Showstoppers, because it was new to all of us and we didn’t understand how to play the game. It became real when we were in the bottom 2.

3. How do you define sexy?

I define sexy as having confidence and that can be achieved with any outfit or style that makes you feel confident and sexy.

4. If you could go back and assemble your Fashion Star team – mentor included – who would you pick and why?

I wouldn’t change my team or mentor.  I felt like we had a good combination and we all worked so well together.

5. What are your three simple luxuries?

 iPhone, Über and iPhone haha!

Garret Gerson (Sjobeck)

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1. Describe yourself in 5 words or less.

Determined, goofy, hardworking, optimistic, honest

2. Who do you think is your toughest Fashion Star Competition?

I think our toughest competition is Silvia, primarily because she has such a creative eye, and perspective in her designs.  I tend to look at designers that I have a lot of respect for, and in this competition it’s Silvia, and in this instance she’s really doing an amazing job.

3. How do you define sexy?

Sexy to me is looking effortlessly beautiful, with a style that is showing just enough leg, but not giving away the whole book.  Sexy also comes from the inside, it’s a self-confidence and inner peace of knowing who you are that attributes to the overall definition of sexy.

4. If you could go back and assemble your Fashion Star team – mentor included – who would you pick and why?

We got our dream team assembled for us. We have the most amazing mentor Jessica Simpson, and teammate Hunter.  The only person I would want to add to our team would be Caprice, because what we were missing that would be an incredible help would be there perspective of a merchandiser, and buyer.

5. What are your three simple luxuries?

Bracelets that are blessed by Buddhist monks, and the necklace that my grandma gave me, a gold heart.  The surf is a luxury because it’s not every day that I get to do the one thing that really centers me, it’s me time, without phones, or a care in the world.  The bracelets really calm me, there’s an energy in them that I can’t explain, it’s something that you just have to experience.  The necklace is one of the only sentimental items that I have, and it was the last thing that my grandmother gave me before she passed away, it’s been in our family for generations passed down from family member to family member, it reminds me of her, and reminds me to be hard working, humble, and honorable.

Silvia Arguello

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1. Describe yourself in 5 words or less.

Perfectionist, demanding, sensitive, empathetic, extroverted

2. Who do you think is your toughest Fashion Star Competition?

Hate admitting it, but my toughest competitor is myself.   I am by far my worst critic and live fighting against the feeling of ‘it can be done better’!

3. How do you define sexy?

When it comes to being sexy, I feel a woman doesn’t need to reveal all that she has… never too much and always in the right places. Being sexy sometimes means defying the status quo and staying true to your personal style. The natural look is an effortless winner and the mystery behind who’s wearing it the true magnet!

4. If you could go back and assemble your Fashion Star team – mentor included – who would you pick and why?

I would pick exactly the same mentor, John Varvatos, and exactly the same team! In life, everything happens for a reason and I don’t question that!!!

5. What are your three simple luxuries?

Chocolate, hot water & internet!

 

Stay tuned to Fashion Star on NBC Fridays 8/7c

 

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