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.