'Fashion Star' Oscar Fierro Q&A: 'I don't want anybody to win'
Read on to find out what Oscar told reporters about his fiery arguments with Orly, his anger backstage, his relationship with Nicole and why he doesn't want anyone to win now...
The mentors said that your cape dresses were a bit "hoochy" but you suggested that there was an audience out there for them. Who were you designing for?
"I never got a chance to really show who my customer is really. I really was sent home too early. My strong suit is basically the evening gown - over the top evening wear - and logically the show wasn't about evening wear but boring ready to wear stuff, and I'm not into that. I'm all about fun and outgoing and carefree sort of things, and the closest thing to me to the evening wear was really the club wear, where ladies go out every Saturday night and let it all hang out. Obviously the buyers didn't agree with me and neither did the mentors, and I was really disappointed about that."
We saw some problems between you and Orly in the design studio. Can you talk about that?
"Orly is a total bitch... I did not like her from the beginning, she did not like me from the beginning. There was actually way more drama that happened during the filming than what NBC showed you last night, actually."
What was it that set off the disagreements between you and Orly?
"Well it's her background. I'm a businessman and actually the viewers at home didn't get to see that I'm actually not just a crybaby, not just a clown. I'm actually a very respected businessman that owns four assisted living [facilities] in Texas. That's a really, really hard business to have, besides my clothing line of course. And Orly is a bartender. She's a broke girl, a bartender. I'm actually well off. If I wanted to retire tomorrow, I would retire tomorrow. And so she and I didn't get along because of that. And particularly, I think her little convertible skirts are just a joke actually. We just didn't see eye to eye and I never intended to see eye to eye with someone like her, actually."
We saw you getting angry backstage after the buyers decided not to make you any offers. What was going through your mind?
"I actually smelt the fact that I was going to go home the second week. I actually knew I was in trouble as soon as I got on the show because my strong suit is evening wear, not boring day wear. So most of the designers there, that is what they do - they're in and they're out. I knew I would be in trouble. But I certainly knew that I wasn't the worst designer of the night and I certainly knew that no-one in the cast that is left in the show right now has 20% of my personality. You know, I was personality, I was business, I was everything and you can put that in bold print if you like! I was everything and all of my fans, they were shocked. They were like, 'Oh my God, how could they eliminate you? Your dresses were not the worst dresses, and no-one has your personality'. So I'm still questioning that."
Do you have any regrets? The buyers said last week they thought you were more of a comedian than a businessman. Do you wish you'd showed that side of you?
"Oh, no regrets at all. I give my all in everything I do and that's why I'm very careful in what I put my time into, and I really do only what I want to do. And me being called a comedian is actually a compliment. I'm a big fan of Jay Leno and Ellen DeGeneres and all of these people that make your life a little bit easier. I was not offended by Terron's comment - I actually wanted to tell him, 'Thank you so much, I appreciate that'. People go through so much hard times nowadays through work and being out of jobs and maybe not having enough money to pay for food or medications and a little bit of smile from a television show, I think it goes a long way."
Nicole seemed to really like you - did you get on well with her?
"Oh, I love Nicole. I absolutely love Nicole. I think me and Nicole connected very well and at different levels in such a short time that we were there. I actually feel like I'll be seeing Nicole some time in the future."
Can you talk a bit more about what you meant when you said there is always a customer out there?
"Actually, that was Elle [Macpherson] that said there is always a customer out there. I said that there was a customer for my clubwear dresses. I gotta tell you that my dresses were not the worst dresses in the show last night and I did not deserve to go home. I'm not just saying that - a lot of people agree with me on that. All you have to do is go into a club on a Friday night or a Saturday night and see what these ladies are wearing and that's exactly what these people are wearing. It's the kind of clubwear that I presented in the first and second episode of Fashion Star.
"I think the buyers had a point - they said, 'Maybe we don't cater to your customer', but that does not mean the customer does not exist. The customer is there and that customer is usually going into the clubs and they see the same people over and over again at the same clubs and they don't like to be seen wearing the same thing, so these people are at the stores on Thursday or Friday afternoon buying that little dress they're going to wear on Saturday. So I was very disappointed the buyers or the mentors didn't even see that, so I'm a little step ahead from them."
What did you make of the comments that the quality of the fabric wasn't good enough?
"Well you know, really and truly the buyers just didn't like the whole outfit, and that was just a lame excuse for them to say the fabric. The fabric was the perfect fabric for that dress. But obviously they're the ones who make the decisions. These are the people that dress America, they're the ones that decide what goes onto the floors and is made available for purchase. So I'm not going to challenge the decision, obviously, because I'm not at that level. But as a designer I stand by what I presented and I'm not intending to change anything from it, period."
Is there anyone you do want to win?
"No, I don't want anybody to win."
"Yeah, no. Because as far as I'm concerned I'm the winner. I went in and I made it very clear from the beginning that I was there to make a mark on television. I was there to become famous. And this morning when I went to breakfast, people were lining up at the restaurant to take pictures with me. And to me, that means a lot."
Fashion Star airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on NBC.
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