03/08/2012 07:35 am ET Updated Mar 08, 2012

'Fashion Star' Preview Video: A Totally Awkward Moment! (VIDEO)

Cringe! There's a total awkward moment on the upcoming "Fashion Star" series -- and it involves gender politics (really!).

In this sneak preview clip, Nicholas, a designer from Australia, presents his line of menswear to judges Nicole RIchie, Jessica Simpson and John Varvatos. Varvatos tells Nicholas that his biker jacket is a little tired, and Nicholas takes it in stride. But when Simpson poo-poos one of the designs, saying the zippers are kind of overdone, Nicholas fires back.

"I think it's a very fashion-forward piece," he retorts, "If you understood what's going on right now, you'd probably understand that that's what's going on right now in men's fashion."

The crowd booes, and RIchie jumps in to further critique Nicholas' runway looks.

He interrupts, telling Richie that while he takes Varvatos' opinions on menswear seriously, he doesn't think he should listen to women's opinions on it.

Yikes! Watch the clip above to see the aftermath of that comment.

The NBC show, hosted by newly single Elle Macpherson, will premiere on March 13th at 9:30 ET.