NBC's new fashion reality show Fashion Star will be returning for a second season and with at least a couple of significant changes (we'd recommend several but that's just us). The biggest perhaps is that supermodel Elle Macpherson, Fashion Star's answer to Project Runway's Heidi Klum is out as host after one season.
Macpherson, who will stay on as a producer of the show, told Page Six:
I have been involved with ‘Fashion Star’ from the beginning, and am very proud to see it come to life, not only in America but globally. The show is in great hands, and although I will not be hosting this season, I will still be very involved [and] will be reviewing the format for the upcoming season.
Apparently, she's working on a new show called Goddess With Guts. And that's not all. According to the Post's report, H&M, one of three retailers who bid on contestants' designs at the end of each show, will not return either.
Page Six is reporting that over-the-top show may look into a new format, but it's unclear what that means for the future of the show in term of casting. There may be no host at all and while a supermodel host may not be necessary, we'd probably get rid of the backup dancers, motorcycles and fire first. Just saying.
As the other two retailers featured on the show are Macy's and Saks, they would be missing a fast-fashion or lower priced chain. We're pretty confident that at least Macy's will return, as we recently received a press release about casting calls for the show, several of which will take place at Macy's stores across the country.
We've reached out to NBC and H&M for comment and will report back if we hear more.
Will you still watch the show without Macpherson? Did you ever watch it? What other changes should the show make?
Update: H&M has confirmed that they will not be participating in Fashion Star next season. They gave us the following statement:
H&M is continuously looking for new and unique collaborations and we were thrilled to have partnered with NBC for the first season of Fashion Star. We have decided not to participate in the second season. It was exciting to work with all of the talented people involved including the designers whose winning clothes sold out weekly. We wish Fashion Star success and will be sure to tune in for season two.