Fashion Star Episode Two
Fashion Article Posted March 21, 2012

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Last night on NBC's "Fashion Star," four designers realized the value of customer feedback after they 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 Lisa Vian Hunter, Kara Laricks, Nzimiro Oputa and Sarah Parrott in designing their winning creations, which are available online and in stores now. The series, hosted and executive produced by Elle Macpherson, continues the search for the next big "Fashion Star" in next week's episode airing Tuesday, March 27 10-11pm ET when the remaining designers are challenged to create summer must-haves.

Macy's buyer Caprice Willard purchased garments from two designers who gave a modern spin to classic staples. []

· Lisa Vian Hunter— Sleeveless Pleated Empire Waist Dress ($ 99.00) --- Square neckline sleeveless dress with self-tie detail at empire waist. Front inverted pleat with back zipper and side on-seam pockets. Unlined. Color: Black & White Graphic Print, Hot Pink.


· Nizimro Oputa— Contrast-trim Western Shirt ($70.00)—Point collar shirt with contrast faux leather trim at collar, yoke, pocket, cuffs and hem. Chest welt pocket, long sleeves with button cuffs. Raw edges throughout. Color: Railroad Stripe, All White.


For the second week in a row H&M buyer Nicole Christie bought from self-taught designer Sarah Parrott. [] @hmusa

· Sarah Parrott—Elliot Trouser ($19.95): Wide-leg pants in stretch crepe fabric featuring contrast stripes at sides and back welt pockets. Color: Off-white and Navy Blue.


Saks Fifth Avenue buyer Terron E. Shaffer purchased one design from former fourth-grade teacher Kara Laricks. []

· Kara Laricks— Plaid Bow-back Shift Dress ($325.00): Classic plaid shift dress updated with a flared hi-lo hem and waist-cinching back bow. Scoopneck dress with extended shoulders, princess seams and a back box pleat. Color: Grey Plaid


Last night showed big wins for Sarah Parrott and Nzimiro Oputa who were bought for the second week in a row. Kara Laricks redeemed herself after stumbling the first week and Lisa Hunter received her first purchase due to a last minute change of her design. However, the other designers failed to impress the retailers and found themselves in jeopardy of going home. Ross Bennet narrowly missed elimination and was saved by the mentors. In the end, the retailers decided that Oscar Fierro was not their ‘Fashion Star.'

Additionally, viewers will have unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access to each designer on's contestant blogs:

"Fashion Star" scours the country in search of the next big brand in fashion. Featuring host and executive producer Elle Macpherson along with celebrity mentors Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos, the series will give 14 unknown designers 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 "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.

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