Nicole Richie has already translated her trendsetter status into a full-fledged career as a designer, and this year, she’s bringing her style expertise to TV! Nicole is joining forces with fellow fashion success stories Jessica Simpson and John Varvatos to mentor up-and-coming designers on NBC’s upcoming series Fashion Star. Nicole stopped by to chat with us a few days ago, fresh from a photoshoot with her new costars, to talk about the project. She told us what sets this series apart from some of the other fashion-focused reality competitions out there, shared her advice for young designers, and talked about what she wished she knew before starting her own fashion lines. Check out our interview and stay tuned for our coverage of Fashion Star as we anticipate its premiere on March 13!