Liz Gray

Contributor to HGTVersus

Jul 13

Ask the Producer: Episode 7

Design Star Season 7 Cast

Producer Loren Ruch With the Season Seven Cast + Guest Meg Caswell

Each week, I chat with Design Star producer Loren Ruch about what we didn’t see on the show. This week, do the designers choose what they wear on the show? Plus: Find out how Meg felt when she returned to the DS set.

From Parebernet on the blog: As I watch each episode, I often wonder if a TV stylist helps the designers choose their on-air wardrobes. Are they simply given general guidelines on what to wear (or not to wear), or does someone actually help them throughout the challenges (beyond hair and makeup)?
Hello, Parebernet! All of our Design Star designers are 10o percent responsible for their own wardrobes, hair and makeup for the entire season. We had no one helping them at all (except for when they were on The Talk). I approve all of their interview outfits in advance and the outfits they wear in the show open, but other than that it’s totally up to them to dress themselves.

Meg has been the reigning Design Star for a little less than a year now…did being on-set bring back any fun/not fun memories for her?
I’m on set with Meg right now, so I asked her your question directly! She said that coming back to Design Star brought back two sets of memories and emotions for her. One was total and ultimate fear when she stepped into the evaluation studio. She said she had literally blocked out the ‘fear’ that she had felt from that part of the process until she stepped back in it…so it gave her a bit of a stomach ache! However, that feeling was overridden by the incredible love and support she received from Vern and Gen when she was on the show this year. She said that it ended up being so much fun being on the other side of the process – and that Gen and Vern made her feel like she was truly a member of the HGTV family!

Best on-set moment from this week’s episode?
By far it was being on the set of The Talk! The designers (and production team) were so excited to be part of something so huge for their camera challenge. My personal favorite moment was sitting in the audience of The Talk and cheering on all four of the designers. I was like a proud Papa watching my kids grow up in front of millions of people!

How exciting for the designers to be guests on The Talk! Which designer do you think was the most nervous before they went on stage? Did the demos sound different in person than they did on the show?
Surprisingly none of them seemed all that nervous! Hilari was LOVING the spotlight. Danielle was dancing and singing just moments before going on air. Britany looked like a supermodel on set, and people backstage thought she was a celebrity. And Mikel, who had taken hosting classes prior to Design Star, was so polished that he seemed like a regular contributor on the show. They all did so well…it was by far our most polished season.

Have a question for Loren? Ask in the comments below and he may just answer you next week!

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  1. If you ask me the judges should all be voted off the island, very pompous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We saw a lot of good design this season–watching Genevieve's smug face was more than I can bear and actually quit watching any of her shows!!!! At least she quit wearing mini skirts and kuddo's for that. Very disappointed this season—get different judges and let the viewers vote each segment–that would be good HGTV watching!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! all of the designers showed talent, especially the last three–but to take one thing that the judge did not like and hate to see Genevieve's wrinkled up face when she is looking at it—???? Good luck to the last three designers'–have loved seeing their designs :)

    gloria on July 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm
  2. I am soooo disappointed in the last two seasons of design star. Last year Carl was so refreshing to watch and he should have won. Meg is a fine designer but, she comes off as a bit scripted and really not into what her clients want but what she wants regardless. Here we go again, Brittany's design sense was so much better and again the wrong person wins. Danielle appears to be on the edge of a break down every single challenge and unsure the entire time. I don't like Meg's show at all and don't watch it anymore and I won't even start on Danielle's and I am an hgtv junkie. So so disappointing again. I had to make myself even watch design star this time and it is definitely my last time.

    Elizabeth on July 24, 2012 at 8:46 pm

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