'Fashion Star' crowns designer Hunter Bell second-season winner
By Reality TV World staff, 05/11/2013
Fashion Star crowned Hunter Bell its second-season winner during Friday night's finale broadcast of the reality fashion design competition on NBC.
"[I feel] amazing, it's just too much to take in. Thank you so much Jessica, Louise, the mentors, the buyers," Hunter told Fashion Star host Louise Roe after her victory was revealed.
"You deserve it! Hunter deserves it! Everyone wants to wear your stuff, and now they can!" replied Fashion Star mentor Jessica Simpson, who had served as Hunter's mentor throughout the competition.
Hunter -- a Florence, SC native who currently lives in New York, NY where she runs her Hunter Dixon women's fashion brand -- beat out fellow finalists Cassandra Hobbins, who finished second, and Daniel Silverstein, who finished third, in the finale.
Cassandra is a Canadian-born designer who is also currently lives in New York, NY and has her own PROSE IV clothing line, while Daniel is based in Brooklyn, NY and serves as creative director of 100 percent NY, a label he created in 2010.
Hunter was named Fashion Star's second-season champion after the three remaining finalists participated in a fashion show in which they each had to create and present a three-ensemble capsule collection for each of the reality competition's three retail partners -- Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Express -- which meant nine ensembles total.
Clothing buyers Caprice Willard of Macy's, Terron E. Schaefer of Saks and Erika DeSalvatore of Express were then responsible for selecting the winner while taking into account the feedback offered from the competition's three mentors -- Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos.
As the winner of Fashion Star's second season, Hunter received $3,000,000 in orders for the capsule collections she created for Macy's, Saks and Express and the clothing became available for online purchase at the retailers websites immediately after NBC's broadcast concluded.