Tuesday night on NBC's "Fashion Star," six cutting-edge designers
learned the importance of staying on trend after their summer essentials
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 Kara Laricks, Nikki Poulos,
Nzimiro Oputa, Orly Shani, Ross Bennett 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 "Fashion Star" in next week's
episode airing Tuesday, April 3 10-11pm ET when the remaining designers
are challenged to create one high fashion piece and one mass market
Macy's buyer Caprice
Willard purchased garments from Texan Ross Bennett and beachwear
designer Nikki Poulos.
Ross Bennett— Cuffed Pleated Satin
Shorts ($ .00): Mid-rise stretch satin twill shorts with hook
closure and zip fly. Pleated front with cuffed hem. Color:
Wide-leg Jersey Halter
Jumpsuit ($.00): Matte jersey wide leg
jumpsuit with scoop neckline. Elastic waistband with self-tie belt
and no pockets. Unlined. Color:
the third week in a row
H&M buyer Nicole Christie bought from self-taught designer
Sarah Parrott and invested again in menswear designer Nzimiro Oputa.
Dress ($29.95): Long dress in
woven fabric with a printed pattern and wrap skirt with front slit.
Folded pleats below waistband, ties at side. Mesh racerback and
hidden drawstring inside. Color:
Shorts ($24.95): Striped shorts
in a linen blend with side pockets, back pockets and sewn, cuffed
leg hems. Color:
Saks Fifth Avenue buyer
Terron E. Shaffer purchased summer trends from designers Kara Laricks
and Orly Shani making it the second time each designer has been
purchased by Saks Fifth Avenue.
Orly Shani— Scoopneck Jersey Dress
($295.00): Boldly color blocked jersey in a flattering scoopneck
silhouette tapered from hip to hem. Wide straps, contrast waistband
with bodice darts and center back zipper. Color:
Kara Laricks—Plaid Ankle
Pants ($225.00): A contrast satin sash brightens this tapered
silhouette, styled with crisp front pleats and a sophisticated ankle
crop. Hook-and-bar closure with slash pockets and belt loops. Color:
While some designers
scored big wins, others failed to impress the retailers and found
themselves in jeopardy of leaving the competition. Celebrity mentors,
Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos saw potential in
Atlanta hopeful Edmond Newton and saved him from elimination. However,
Lizzie Parker's ode to rock-n-roll didn't move the retailers and
Luciana Scarabello's Miami-inspired designs fell flat. In the end,
the retailers determined that Lizzie was not their 'Fashion Star.'
will have unprecedented, behind-the-scenes
access to each designer on NBC.com'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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