The cover of the April 9 issue of the tabloid Star laments the fate of Khloe Kardashian and Dallas Maverick Lamar Odom, so a couple of “locals” made it to the front cover, but skip that and flip to a few pages in to the worst of the week section.
Last night, NBC premiered its new runway show Fashion Star, which hopefully will prove better than the tepid Project Runway All-Stars over on Lifetime. I’m sad to have missed the first episode, because among its cast of designers is Oscar Fierro, the local designer I spoke with in 2010 prior to his fashion show at Station 4. I would love to have seen how his spitfire personality works in reality TV competition. We already know him from his fashion policing with Gabriela Natale on SuperLatina.
Star, hosted by supermodel Elle MacPherson, has a similar premise to Runway in that designers create fashions in limited time and materials; sometimes, more than one designer gets eliminated. And the designs created for the show are available immediately for purchase. Judges include Nicole Richie, designer John Varvatos and another Texan, Jessica Simpson.
One of the highlights of the show comes when the comical, Salvadorian, top-hat-wearing Oscar Fierro, 37, is introduced. The Texas-based designer proclaims to be like a “cartoon” and has a lot of dedication because he’s crossed three borders and knows what it’s like to go hungry, or so he claims. But does Fierro, who is evidently going to be the show’s drama queen with his constant crying and backstage shit-talk, knock over the buyers with his designs? Not so much. The short cocktail dresses, seen in off-the-shoulder green satin and glittery black, are items seen daily at Forever 21. Richie doesn’t like the offerings, saying, “I want to see what I saw in the studio.” Varvatos chimes in, “I have seen what you do in Miami, and in South Beach.” Fierro retorts, “You have seen it before, but not with my label.” Needless to say, he doesn’t get any offers.
To see Fierro’s fashions from last night’s episode, click here, here and here. Watch his profile video after the jump.
I called SuperLatina host Gabriela Natale for her response to the news.
“We are so excited about the nomination. This is something that is very dear to us. We’re all for equality and we being a minority cannot look forward to equality if we turn our backs on other minorities. The response that we got was very positive and it was fulfilling to talk with the kids and the families. Not only did we talk with kids who were not accepted by families but we got to feature a traditional Latino family who was very supportive of their son. Many kids suffer discirmination but there are families that are taking a different attitude.”
Natale, pictured, wasn’t sure yet about attending the ceremony. It’s divided into three parts in three different cities on three different dates (really, GLAAD?). But she says she hopes it’s the New York event with Alan Cumming as host. Mostly because she’d like to see the English-speaking nominees for Daytime Talk Show Episode.
“Tyra and Oprah are nominated and I’m a big fan!”
The awards happen in New York on Mar 13; Los Angeles on Apr. 17; and in San Francisco on June 5.
LGBT Latinos will get some television face time tomorrow morning. SuperLatina host Gabriela Natale e-mailed to remind that her episode, “Latino and Gay: Stories from a Minority within a Minority,” airs tomorrow at 8 a.m. on Telemundo 39. She does a lot more than talk to youth as mentioned in my previous post about this. She broke down how tomorrow’s show will play out: