All seven remaining designers win bids as commitments from Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Express reach $775,000
In the fifth episode of NBC's reality competition show "Fashion Star" (Friday, April 5), the contestants were challenged to work in unexpected pairs with teammates to develop separate pieces that form one cohesive look. All seven designers were purchased by the retailers with a total commitment of $775,000. However, in a competitive twist, only the pair with the highest total sales was given immunity and everyone else was up for elimination.
Sell-outs for this past week include the third episode's geo tunic in warm stone at Express (from designer Cassandra Hobbins), along with the fourth episode's short sleeve tie front caftan dress at Macy's (from designer Hunter Bell), the hi-low empire dress at Macy's (from designers JesseRay Vasquez and Garrett Gerson), the strapless jumpsuit in bisque, black and printed variations at Express (from designer Johana Hernandez), and the halter maxi dress at Express (from designer Cassandra Hobbins).
Last week, the intensity continued to build as the designers worked in pairs to create unique, yet marketable, separates. Glamour magazine's Fashion Development Director Susan Cernak visited the design studio to lend advice and insight to the contestants. While some designers were able to overcome differences and accentuate each other's strengths, others struggled to work together and still remain true to their own individual style.
Contestants Daniel Silverstein and Hernandez won immunity with their combined bid of $355,000. The remaining designers were up for elimination and Brandon Scott was sent home.
The purchases made on the fifth episode were as follows:
JesseRay Vasquez's and Garrett Gerson's mixed media polo was purchased in black, ivory and navy versions, and will retail for $59.
Cassandra Hobbins' menswear suit blazer was purchased in bronze, grey and navy versions, and will retail for $99.
Brandon Scott's menswear suit pants were purchased in bronze, grey and navy versions, and will retail for $59.
Saks Fifth Avenue (www.saksfifthavenue.com/fashionstar)
Amber Perley's blouse was purchased in both white lace and stripped versions, and will retail for $280 and $265, respectively.
Daniel Silverstein's short sleeve top was purchased in both sequined and white/black versions, and will retail for $198.
Johana Hernandez's pencil skirt was purchased in both sequined and black knit/leather versions, and will retail for $220 and $175, respectively.
Hunter Bell's snap pencil skirt was purchased in both black and orange versions, and will retail for $49.90.
Silvia Arguello's soft modern pant was purchased in both black and bright orange, and will retail for $69.90.
Hosted by fashion journalist Louise Roe, "Fashion Star" gives 13 young designers the chance to win a multimillion-dollar prize of launching their original collections in three of the nation's largest fashion retailers.
"Fashion Star" airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on NBC.