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Looks like you might be wearing one of Hunter Bell’s dresses very soon. The 32-year-old southern belle (who says she’s inspired by designers like Diane von Furstenberg and Rebecca Taylor) has been crowned the winner of Fashion Star, trumping 12 other designers for the prize of launching their original collections in three of the nation’s largest fashion retailers — Express, Macy’s and Saks.

And Hunter may not have reached her goal without the help of mentor Jessica Simpson.

“I worked closely with Jessica, and she was always a sounding board for me to stay true to my own design aesthetic, but also very encouraging with the advice of making sure to show off a women’s curves with my designs and to be more sexy with them,” she tells PEOPLE at an Express breakfast showcasing her line (sample design above). “In this industry you need to be open to advice.”

From episode one, Bell was a frontrunner after her first fashion show resulted in a bidding war from the three major retailers. But for the N.Y.C. based-designer, one of the biggest highlights of the experience has been the resources the show’s platform has provided her.

“The most exciting moment was walking into the design studio and seeing your own desk with all of the necessary tools and resources provided for you from the network to be successful,” she says.

Turns out, Hunter’s passion and design prowess dates back to way before becoming a household name.

“What people definitely don’t know is that I didn’t just start out as a designer with Fashion Star,” she explains. “I have dedicated the past 10 years to making my passion become a successful career. I not only studied design in school and then at Parsons, but I also interned with Nanette Lepore, which was an amazing experience.”

And this is only the beginning for the dedicated designer. Her overall goal? “I hope to grow my clothing line to be a household name brand, expanding into department stores with an online presence, allowing me to create jobs and give back.”

Shop Bell’s capsule collection online at Express and in stores across the country tomorrow!

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“You deserve it! Hunter deserves it! Everyone wants to wear your stuff, and now they can!”, declared Jessica Simpson, who was mentor to Fashion Star winner Hunter Bell.

“…amazing, it’s just too much to take in. Thank you so much Jessica, Louise, the mentors, the buyers,” Bell told Simpson, host Louise Roe, and the audience.

“You deserve it! Hunter deserves it! Everyone wants to wear your stuff, and now they can!”, declared Jessica Simpson, who was mentor to Fashion Star winner Hunter Bell.

“…amazing, it’s just too much to take in. Thank you so much Jessica, Louise, the mentors, the buyers,” Bell told Simpson, host Louise Roe, and the audience.

Bell, a native of Florence, South Carolina, runs her women’s RTW line, Hunter Dixon, out of New York City where she currently resides.

After creating and presenting a three-ensemble capsule collection for each of the reality competition’s three retail partners — Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Express — which meant nine ensembles total, Bell’s collection was chosen over competitors Cassandra Hobbins, who finished second, and Daniel Silverstein, who finished third.

The final decision being made by clothing buyers Erika DeSalvatore of Express Terron E. Schaefer of Saks, and Caprice Willard of Macy’s.

For winning Fashion Star, Hunter received $3,000,000 in orders for the collections she created for Macy’s, Saks and Express and the collection became available for online purchase at the retailers websites immediately after NBC concluded the show.

 

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This sophisticated trendsetter on Team Jessica (Simpson) has blown fans away.

Now, Hunter Bell (Hunter Dixon) is the winner of Fashion Star season 2, as seen on NBC. And she was an early favorite of mine from the start. Below, you’ll see some of my favorite looks that she showcased on the show.

She will be desinging an exclusive designer capsule collection for Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Express. And what do you think it will look like? Well, let’s see what she’s already done…

 

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Hunter’s fit and flare dress was elegant and fun with a sexy shape.

 

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This skirt was cute, as long as it was styled right.

 

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These lace dresses were inspired by the 50′s, and the blue is especially special.

 

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Maxi Dresses are great for the summer.

 

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Hunter jumped on the peplum bandwagon for this challenge.

 

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Her rompers were perfect for Express.

 

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This orange dress has something very “Anthropologie” about it.

 

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A mesh ponte dress is perfect for a night out.

 

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Congrats!!!