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5 designers' winning creations are purchased by America's top retailers on NBC's 'Fashion Star'

by jmaloni
Wed, Apr 11th 2012 12:15 pm
Pictured from NBC's `Fashion Star` `Living Department Store Window` episode are, from left, designers Nzimiro Oputa, Kara Laricks and Edmond Newton, and host Elle Macpherson. (photo by Tyler Golden/NBC)
Pictured from NBC's "Fashion Star" "Living Department Store Window" episode are, from left, designers Nzimiro Oputa, Kara Laricks and Edmond Newton, and host Elle Macpherson. (photo by Tyler Golden/NBC)

Ronnie Escalante, Luciana Scarabello, Ross Bennett, Sarah Parrott and Nikki Poulos Inspired the Retailers in last night's episode of "Fashion Star"

Last night on NBC's "Fashion Star," the remaining designers were faced with the task of working in pairs and using live models in a blank window space to feature their cohesive collections. Five of the designers' garments 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 Ronnie Escalante, Luciana Scarabello, Ross Bennett, Sarah Parrott and Nikki Poulos 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 17 (10 p.m.), when the designers are challenged to expand their brands by creating clothes outside of their comfort zones.

Escalante received his first purchase of the competition from Macy's buyer Caprice Willard who also invested in Texan designer Bennett. (Macys.com/fashionstar)

  • EscalanteSleeveless low-V sheath dress ($119): Classic sheath dress with fashion-forward details such as angled double princess seams and a dramatic low back. Front scoop neckline with low back V-neckline and tiered shawl collar. Sleeves with no pockets. Fully lined. Colors: black, pink, multi print. @escalanteronnie
  • Bennett-- Cropped double-breasted vest ($59): Cropped double-breasted button front vest with welt pocket at chest and contrast pocket square detail. Pointed hem with contrast racerback. Hits at high waist. Colors: navy, pink pinstripe. @therbcollection

For the fifth consecutive week, H&M buyer Nicole Christie purchased from self-taught designer Parrott while also purchasing a jersey dress from beachwear designer Poulos. (http://fashionstar.hm.com) @hmusa

  • ParrottJacket ($29.95): Short, fitted blazer in thin crepe material with contrast lining. Hook-and-eye fastener at front, folded pleats at back. Reversible. Color: blue.@sarahgparrott
  • PoulosDress ($19.95): Long jersey dress with a printed pattern, wrap bodice, tie band at back neck and elasticized waist with tie belt. Color: off-white.@nikkipoulos

Saks Fifth Avenue buyer Terron E. Shaffer purchased a dress from Miami based designer Scarabello for the second consecutive week. (saksfifthavenue.com)

  • ScarabelloCutout Sheath Dress ($295): Bodice-baring cutout dress with wide straps and sweetheart neckline. Bodice darts as well as darts below the waist with center back zipper. Color: black.@L_Scarabello

Despite the creative winning designs, some of the garments left the retailers and celebrity mentors looking for more innovation. Orly Shani disappointed the retailers with her basic shorts, while Edmond Newton's last minute switch to menswear didn't pay off. Celebrity mentors Simpson, Richie and Varvatos saved Chicago designer Barbara Bates. In the end, Newton was eliminated from the competition.

Stay up-to-date with NBC's "Fashion Star" at http://www.nbc.com/fashionstar.

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