This past Tuesday on NBC's
"Fashion Star," the remaining designers were challenged with
executing one high end and one mass market garment. Five
hopeful designers' garments were purchased by three of
America's top retailers: Macy's, H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Celebrity mentors Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John
Varvatos helped guide Barbara Bates, Kara Laricks, Luciana
Scarabello, Nikki Poulos and Sarah Parrott in constructing
their winning creations, which are available online and in
stores now. The series, hosted and executive produced by
Elle Macpherson, continues the search for America's "Fashion
Star" in next week's episode airing Tuesday, April 10
10-11pm ET when the designers are tasked with creating a
live window display (speaking of a
live Window Display, you may want to check out the
Window Display Group on the Fashion Industry Network).
Barbara Bates received her first
purchase of the competition from
Macy's buyer Caprice Willard.
Sleeveless Printed Halter Shirtdress ($99.00):
Updated A-line shirtdress with V-neckline and notched
collar. Band halter slips around back of neck with button
front and front cargo pockets. Color: Print
Sleeveless Hooded Halter Dress ($79.00): Ponte-knit
dress with V-neckline, zip front and contrast trim
throughout. Halter strap with hood slips around back of
neck, front zip pockets and hits at midthigh. Fully lined.
For the fourth consecutive week
H&M buyer Nicole
Christie purchased from self-taught designer Sarah
Parrott while also purchasing a high end retro dress from
designer Nikki Poulos.
Dress ($24.95): Knee-length, fitted dress in woven
fabric. Waist seam, side pockets, hidden drawstring and slit
at back. Color: Red
Short cotton dress with asymmetrical
wrap-front skirt, padded shoulders and open back. Metal clip
back, hidden drawstring and snap fastener on skirt.
Nikki Poulos—Dress ($34.95): Long jersey dress
with a printed pattern, long sleeves and wrap skirt. Low-cut
neckline with button, elasticized waistband with ribbon, and
buttoned sleeve cuffs. Color: Multi
Saks Fifth Avenue
buyer Terron E. Shaffer deemed former fourth grade
teacher Kara Laricks a "fashion leader" after purchasing her
jacket, while also investing in Luciana Scarabello for her
first purchase of the competition.
Long Tailcoat Jacket
($395.00): The striking cut away tailcoat defines this
fitted jacket, cinched in the back by a vibrant satin sash.
Satin lapels with three-quarter sleeves and princess seams.
Mock flap pockets with detachable back sash. Color: Black
Luciana Scarabello—Beaded & Pleated Silk Dress
($225.00): Shapely pleats and beaded lace bodice dress
made of washed silk. Split V-neckline with button down
placket and side zipper. Double front and back pleats.
Despite the innovative winning
designs, some of the garments left the retailers and
celebrity mentors uninspired. Edmond Newton, Ronnie
Escalante and Lisa Vian Hunter found themselves in the
bottom three and at risk of going home. Celebrity mentors
Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos saved San
Francisco designer Ronnie Escalante, but not without
stressing that next week he will need to take a chance with
his designs. In the end, vintage-lover Lisa Vian Hunter's
failure to keep her designs current and on trend resulted in
Additionally, viewers will have
unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access to
each designer on NBC.com's contestant blogs.
"Fashion Star" scoured the country
in search of the next big brand in fashion. Fourteen unknown
designers were chosen and given the chance to win a
multi-million dollar prize to launch their collections in
three of America's largest retailers: Macy's, H&M and Saks
Fifth Avenue. The series features host and executive
producer Elle Macpherson along with celebrity mentors
Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos.
The "Fashion Star" format was
developed by Ben Silverman of Electus (NBC's "The Biggest
Loser," "The Office," and "The Tudors"), Rick Ringbakk of
Emmy Award-winning 5x5 Media ("Jamie Oliver's Food
Revolution"), and E.J. Johnston and James Deutch of EJD
Productions. The show is executive-produced by Macpherson,
Silverman of Electus, Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth of The
Magical Elves, Rick Ringbakk of 5x5 Media) and E.J. Johnston
and James Deutch of EJD Productions. Electus/Engine
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