Why are there so many reality competitions about fashion? We can add another to the dog pile with word that NBC will air a show this fall called Fashion Star, which features Nicole Richie and Jessica Simpson mentoring contestants. Picture this, if you will, you graduate from design school and then take a few years working for various lines building up your expertise in design, merchandising, and marketing. You have the talent, but just need a platform to increase your exposure. So you sign up to be a contestant on a reality competition called Fashion Star in hopes of meeting and working with some of the country’s best-known brands. Maybe land yourself an introduction with Oscar de la Renta? Possibly get the opportunity to partner up on a challenge for the Met Ball in New York? So you pack up your bags, sign a bunch of contracts, and fly off to LA to start production. Then you find out you are going to be mentored by Jessica Simpson and Nicole Richie.
Simpson, as you probably know, is somehow sitting on top of an accessories empire. Her forte is creating looks for the everyday woman, like the ones who live in the middle of the country and can only shop at retailers that sell oversized pleather bags and platform rubber pumps next to barrels of beef jerky and cases of laundry detergent. Richie is the daughter of a singer and a former reality television veteran herself. She became famous getting photographed at parties wearing clothes that look like drapes and bangle bracelets.
The most interesting part of this fontrum? The two “mentors” hate each other.
US Magazine this week reports:
Two blonde ex-reality stars turned fashionistas don’t see eye-to-eye? Who could’ve predicted that one?
Nicole Richie and Jessica Simpson are both mentors on Fashion Star, a reality competition for aspiring designers debuting midseason on NBC. But a source tells the new Us Weekly — on stands now — that there’s “definite friction” between the two women.
“They chat only when they need to, and they have wildly different opinions about style,” adds an insider.
Richie, 29, “thinks Jessica doesn’t have much of a high-fashion eye” and “makes snarky comments about Jessica’s outfits,” according to a source.
But Simpson, 31, isn’t phased by Richie’s digs. She “really doesn’t care what Nicole thinks,” says an insider. After all, Simpson’s fashion empire had $750 million in sales in 2010, while Richie’s lines pulled in an estimated $10 million.
“Nicole may know trends, but Jessica believes she know how to make clothes for all kinds of women,” says a source. Still, other insiders tell Us the ladies “get along well, and hang out on set.”
Terrific idea! Take two improbable fashion experts that hate each other. It’s a terrific message for all those young women looking for a realistic look at the design industry.
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The long-time reality team of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie might be long over, but Nicole is ready to enter the reality show world again with another very well known Hollywood blonde.
This time Nicole will add her design talents along with Jessica Simpson as judges on the new NBC competition reality show, Fashion Star.
The other celebrity judge includes John Varvatos. The show will be hosted by Elle MacPherson.
"Jessica, Nicole, John and Elle make the most exciting team we have ever worked with on a reality television show and we are thrilled to feature such an extraordinary group of mentors and designers," Fashion Star's executive producer, Ben Silverman.
Could this be as big for NBC as The Voice was? As for now we love the team!
Hundreds of highly intimate photographs of Christina Aguilera have surfaced,including candid images of the star partying at Nicole Richie's bachelorette party and in bed with her boyfriend Matt Rutler.
The provocative images of the Dirrty pop star -- who split from her husband of five years, music producer Jordan Bratman last year -- were on a digital storage card that was found in a French hotel.
The revealing collection is time-stamped from June to November, 2010.
And let's just say RadarOnline has seen the photos sent to them from someone trying to sell them. RO's description of some of the photos after the jump.
Will they ever make there way to the web? Will she sue?
What does Nicole Richie think of the Jersey Shore's Snooki? A lot apparently. As Nicole Richie told Vanity Fair,
"I think she’s going to take over the world. Everybody has been really underestimating her. But she has so many ideas in that bouffant of hers, you don’t know what’s going on in that poof. She could be hiding a world of genius writing."
In fact, Polizzi, 22, is set to release a work of fiction, "A Shore Thing," in January. Richie, who has also authored two novels, knows just how to market it.
"Snooki is so captivating on television, I think it’d be great if she did a video of herself reading her book," she explains.
"That’s what people want to see. You could read the book if you want, or just watch a video of her reading it to you."
We love Nicole Richie - she's great at marketing her own brand, but who the hell wants to watch Snooki read a book?!