Nicole Richie and her Fashion Star colleagues, Elle Macpherson and John Varvatos, got together in NYC last night to celebrate their debut episode. Nicole was decked out in a bright yellow Julien Macdonald gown. John and Nicole's fellow judge, Jessica Simpson, had to skip out on the party because she's nearing the end of her first pregnancy out in LA. The first installment already had a controversial moment, when Jessica said she wanted to "slap" a rude male contestant who made a sexist remark. Nicole had Jessica's back on Twitter, writing, "Damn Jessica Simpson just threw it down! Don't mess with Texas! Or a southern woman!"
The event took place at Macy's Herald Square, and many of the show's contestants came out as well. Jessica has taken care of press for the program out on the West Coast, visiting both The Tonight Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show to chat up working with Nicole and more. Nicole went to Watch What Happens Live earlier this week and spoke about how fun it was to work alongside Jessica. Nicole said Jessica is "a dream to work with."