Last night on NBC's "Fashion
Star," the remaining designers were challenged to
expand their brands by creating clothes outside of their
comfort zones. Five of the designers' garments were
successful in pushing the boundaries and 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
Ross Bennett, Ronnie Escalante, Kara Laricks, Nzimiro
Oputa and Luciana Scarabello 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 24 10-11 p.m. ET when the celebrity mentors must
decide what each designer will create.
Ronnie Escalante received his
second purchase of the competition from Macy's buyer
Caprice Willard who also bought Luciana Scarabello's
cropped jacket design.
Ronnie Escalante— One-Piece
Colorblock Mesh Swimsuit, One-Piece Mesh Inset Swimsuit
($99.00, $89.00): Sexy meets sporty in this
athletic-inspired one-piece swimsuit. V-neckline with a
front mesh inset and hook-and-eye closures. Contrast
colorblock panels at side with high-cut leg and panel
lining. Color: Turquoise and Black, Black @escalanteronnie
Luciana Scarabello— Cropped Collarless Metallic Jacket
($99.00): A classic collarless jacket with a modern
cropped fit and luxe metallic brocade fabric. Braided
chain trim at edges with front hook-and-eye closure.
Three-quarter-length sleeves with princess seams for
shape. Cropped fit hits at high waist. Fully lined.
Colors: Jacquard, Blue/Gold, Multi-stripe @L_Scarabello
H&M buyer Nicole Christie
purchased a women's wear piece from self-taught menswear
designer Nzimiro Oputa as well as lingerie from Texan
Nzimiro Oputa—Dress ($29.95):
Short chiffon dress with folded pleats on shoulders and
draping at neckline. One long and one short sleeve. Slip
dress with narrow should straps and hidden side zip.
Colors: Black and Purple.
Bennett—Lingerie Set ($14.95) : Lingerie set with
triangular bra and briefs in satin with lace detail. Bra
features slightly padded cups and adjustable shoulder
straps. Briefs have a high elasticized wait and lines
gusset. Colors: White and Pink @therbcollection
Saks Fifth Avenue
buyer Terron E. Shaffer purchased a dress from former
fourth grade teacher Kara Laricks, making it Kara's
fourth purchase from Saks in the competition. [saksfifthavenue.com]
Hi-Lo Hem Dress ($375.00): Tiers of airy striped chiffon
float throughout this layered maxi silhouette.
Adjustable spaghetti straps with v-neckline and tiered
from bust to hem. Center back zipper. Color: Black
While some of the
designers excelled outside of their creative comfort
zones, others found it difficult to execute the
challenge. Beachwear designer Nikki Poulos struggled
with how to properly construct a men's garment.
Meanwhile, Barbara Bates had a tough time interpreting
boho-chic. Orly Shani, Nikki Poulos, Barbara Bates and
Sarah Parrott found themselves in the bottom four and up
for elimination. The celebrity mentors chose to save
Nikki Poulos. In the end, the retailers decided that
Barbara Bates was not their "Fashion Star."
viewers will have unprecedented, behind-the-scenes
access to each designer on NBC.com's contestant blogs:
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 Distribution
will retain all international distribution rights.
Learn more about
Saks, on Plus Dragon.
Did you see the
Fashion Star Season 1 Intro
Season 1 Episode 2
Fashion Star Season 1 Episode 3
Fashion Star Season 1 Week 4
Week 5 Season 1