NBC's "Fashion Star" named Kara Laricks
as America's first "Fashion Star" winner in tonight's season
finale, earning Laricks the prize of a lifetime -- $6 million in
orders for capsule collections in Macy's, H&M and Saks Fifth
Avenue stores. In the final challenge, the remaining three
contestants were tasked with creating separate showcases
consisting of three garments for each of the retailers. The
winning garments are available online and in stores tomorrow.
Laricks' winning designs beat out two fellow finalists—Ronnie
Escalante and Nzimiro Oputa. Her win comes on the heels of NBC
renewing the freshman reality series for a second cycle in
A former fourth-grade school teacher, Laricks always told her
students to be true to themselves. Finally, she took her own
advice and pursued a career in fashion. She designs androgynous
clothing for women, inspired by her love of menswear and an
avant-garde Japanese design aesthetic. Best known for her hoodie
scarves, collar-plus-tie, Laricks puts a spin on what is deemed
traditional women's fashion.
Celebrity mentors Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John
Varvatos played a crucial role guiding the designers throughout
the competition with the hopes that the three retailers would
vie for the right to purchase and exclusively carry the work of
the up-and-coming designers each week.
"Fashion Star" will return for its second season during
Winter 2013 on Sundays (8-9 p.m. ET).
For contestant blogs, embeddable clips and full episodes of
"Fashion Star" please visit NBC.com's official show site:
"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
Simpson, Richie and 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 Distribution will retain all
international distribution rights.
See some of our past articles regarding the
Fashion Star season 1.
You may want to check out the
Fashion Star Episode 5 Summary. If you enjoyed
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