Last night on NBC's FASHION STAR, the buyers challenged the designers to create a piece that was missing from each of the designers' collections. Four designers were successful in expanding their brand and America's top three retailers: Macy's, H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue purchased seven garments. Celebrity mentors Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos helped guide Kara Laricks, Nikki Poulos, Orly Shani and Ronnie Escalante in constructing their winning creations, which are available online and in stores now. In a twist, receiving a purchase did not ensure the designers' safety from elimination. In the end, Kara Laricks, Ronnie Escalante and Nzimiro Oputa advanced to the finale. The series, hosted and executive produced by Elle Macpherson, will determine which designer will win the title of America's "Fashion Star" in next week's episode airing Tuesday, May 15, 10-11 p.m. ET.
Macy's buyer Caprice Willard purchased a pant suit from San Francisco designer Ronnie Escalante and a trench coat from former school teacher Kara Laricks [Macys.com/fashionstar]
Ronnie Escalante -
Double Lapel Suit Jacket ($129.00): Shawl collar with angled double-lapel detail and long sleeves with three-button detail at cuffs. Padding in the shoulder for shape, front flap pockets and back vent. Fully lined. Color: Ivory
Wide-Leg White Pants ($79.00): Front zip fly with hook-and-eye closure, front off-seam pockets with back welt pockets. Relaxed fit through hip and thigh and wide leg. Mid-rise pants. Color: Ivory
Kara Laricks - Lightweight Twill Trench Coat ($99.00): An updated trenchcoat with button front and princess seams for shape. Long sleeved with button at cuffs, front-off seam pockets, self-belt ties at waist with back belt details, pleats and buttons. Full floral print lining. Color: Tan, Red
H&M buyer Nicole Christie purchased a dress from Ronnie Escalante, a jacket and trouser from California native Orly Shani and a top from designer Kara Laricks.
Ronnie Escalante- Dress ($39.95): Straight-cut dress with folded pleats at front and back. Two front welt pockets on skirt with hidden back zip. Satin lining. Color: White/Blue
Kara Laricks - Top ($24.95): Wide cut satin racerback with a printed pattern. Large collar, bow and front draping. Color: Red