When NBC’s Fashion Star returned this week for the latest episode, the remaining designers were tasked with designing clothes for the busy summer season. For some on Fashion Star, it was a struggle to implement bolder colors and patterns into their design aesthetic. After landing in the bottom two for the second consecutive week on Fashion Star, Seattle based designer Lizzie Parker walked down the catwalk for the last time after some sage advice from the buyers and the mentors.
We had the chance to chat with Lizzie after her departure from Fashion Star to discuss her current work, what it was like to present at Los Angeles Fashion Week, and the success she has found since first appearing on the show.
Where Parker really stood out was her signature style with basic neutrals. Although her heavy metal inspiration didn’t strike a nerve with the buyers, Lizzie stayed true to herself this week despite facing elimination.
After Week 2, where Lizzie almost got sent home for not using a wider color palette, Parker made a key decision to stick by her identity as a designer. Unfortunately, Parker didn’t build confidence with the Fashion Star buyers.
So, despite being eliminated, how have customers responded to the designs of Lizzie Parker?
“There were some customers who were similar to those I already have and some who were different. I got an amazingly positive response from those customers. I will say that I was surprised to be in the bottom two in Week 2 for my lack of use of color because, at the end of the day, you have to stay true to your brand and that is what sells.”
Although Lizzie Parker is no longer competing on Fashion Star, her journey is far from over. Parker is already is leagues ahead of other designers given her understanding and aptitude for wearable fashions and styles. Putting a piece on a hanger in a storefront no longer guarantees a sale.
However, in the Lizzie Parker’s design world, her pieces sell very well beyond Fashion Star.
And what about Lizzie Parker’s recent presentation at Los Angeles Fashion Week?
“I feel like it was definitely a range of pieces. It was a whole 15 looks and I really stuck to my design aesthetic. The feedback I got was that there was something for everyone and it was wearable fashion. I am not a couture designer, but women live their lives in my clothes. I live my life in my clothes. It may not be the red carpet look but it is the thing that you wear every day.”
Fashion Star airs Tuesday nights at 10/9c on NBC