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Nicole Richie: Creativity is vital

Nicole Richie has advised budding fashionistas on new TV show Fashion Star to "just be creative" when they're designing.

The reality TV star-turned-designer joins Jessica Simpson and John Varvatos as celebrity mentors on the hotly-anticipated NBC show.

Fashion Star - hosted by Elle Macpherson - features 14 budding designers who compete to have their winning fashion collection available for purchase at Macy's, H&M or Saks Fifth Avenue.

Seasoned fashionista Nicole has revealed her most treasured piece of advice she gave to the competitors.

"My father has always encouraged me to stay true to myself and not really focus on the outside world when you're creating," she told Stylist.

"And I think that's a great piece of advice and that's something that I have been talking to the designers about when you're being creative to just be creative and when you're meeting with buyers to kind of put that aside and switch gears and listen to the buyers. It's an interesting balance, but it's necessary if you're going to last in this industry."

Meanwhile, fellow mentor John discussed heavily pregnant judge Jessica's recent revealing Elle shoot. The high fashion menswear designer says the mother-to-be looked stunning in the candid pictures.

"I opened up the door and there was a NY Post laying on the ground and it was Jessica with the pictures from Elle and she looked amazing, right?" he mused. "I picked it up and immediately I emailed her, 'I just woke up to the most gorgeous sight - you, naked on the cover of the NY Post.'"

John also admitted that Jessica wasn't the only crush he had on the show. The star has recalled model beauty Elle catching his eye.

"I would sit there on stage, and Nicole would punch me and I'd be like, 'That's why they call her a supermodel.'"

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