NBC’s Fashion Star

Last night on NBC’s “Fashion Star,” six hopeful designers – Edmond Newton, Lizzie Parker, Nikki Poulos, Nzimiro Oputa, Orly Shani and Sarah Parrott – won big! Can you imagine having your designs PURCHASED BY AMERICA’S TOP RETAILERS: MACY’S, H&M and SAKS FIFTH AVENUE?!

“Fashion Star” scours the country in search for the next big brand in fashion. 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. Celebrity mentors Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos helped guide the designers in creating winning creations, which are available online and in stores NOW.

The series, hosted by Elle Macpherson, continues the search for the next big “Fashion Star” in next week’s episode airing Tuesday, March 20, 10-11pm EST.

Macy’s buyer Caprice Willard purchased the most items, with a total of 3 purchases from the designers below.

  • Edmond Newton — V-neck halter dress ties in back of neck, banded inset at empire waist. Ruched skirt with bubble hem and back zipper. Fully lined, hits just above the knee. Colors: Black (ruched skirt with bubble hem, $99.00), and Black/White with Rosettes details ($110). Follow @edmondnewton
  • Nikki Poulos — Kimono-Sleeve Maxi Caftan Dress ($89) —V-neck, drawstring at empire waist. Attached slip lining, no pockets. Comes with matching scarf. Colors: White Eyelet and Geo Print. Follow @nikkipoulos
  • Lizzie Parker — Asymmetrical Jersey Tunic ($79) – Round neckline pullover textured knit with asymmetrical ruching at front. Single cape sleeve, can also be worn as a dress. Comes with attached slip. Colors: Black, Ivory and Plum. Follow @lizzie_parker

H&M buyer Nicole Christie snagged pieces from the following two innovative self-taught designers.

  • Nzimiro Oputa — Blue Mark Men’s Jacket ($49.95): Normal fit blazer in a linen blend with 2 welt pockets up top, welt pockets and fastened pockets at front. Imitation suede elbow patches, decorative buttons on sleeve cuffs, and back vent. Fully lined. Follow @nzimirooputa
  • Sarah Parrott—Amy Dress ($19.95): Short, fitted dress in woven fabric with front pockets. Cutout and hidden drawstring at back. Lined. Colors: Black and Turquoise. Follow @sarahgparrott

Saks Fifth Avenue buyer Terron E. Shaffer purchased one design and invested in a California native and her versatile skirt.

  • Orly Shani— Black Zipper Mini Skirt ($350): High waistband withdetachable beaded chiffon layer. Center back zipper with hook-and-eye closer. @orlyshani

While there were big wins of the night, some designers failed to impress and found themselves in the bottom three. Nicholas Bowes’ dismissal of the mentor’s constructive criticism made him the first designer eliminated. Oscar Fierro’s designs didn’t measure up to his vibrant personality, while Kara Larick’s collar accessory left the mentors and buyers stumped.

Viewers will have unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access to each designer on NBC.com’s contestant blogs: http://www.nbc.com/fashion-star/about/bios/designers/.

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