NBC “Fashion Star” Winnner Kara Laricks at H&M Flagship Store on 5th Avenue

 

NBC "Fashion Star" winner Kara Laricks stopped by the H&M Flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York City this morning to meet with fans and check out her new $2 million dollar collection! Have you had a chance to check out her new collection? If you've been following my NBC "Fashion Star" recaps + shopping links posts, you know I've got you covered on everything NBC "Fashion Star"!

 

kara laricks nbc fashion starNBC "Fashion Star" winner, designer Kara Laricks at the H&M Flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York City

 

H&M Buyer Nicole Christie, kara laricksH&M buyer Nicole Christie with NBC "Fashion Star" winner, designer Kara Laricks at the H&M Flagship store on 5th Avenue in NYC.

 

NBC Fashion Star Episode 10 *Season Finale* Recap & Shopping Links!

 

NBC Fashion Star Jessica Simpson, John Varvatos, Nicole RichieNBC 'Fashion Star' Judges/Mentors: Jessica Simpson, John Varvatos and Nicole Richie. Photo credit: John Russo/NBC. Image courtesy of RollingStone.com

Tonight marks the season finale of the first season of NBC "Fashion Star". As someone who has covered the show since the beginning, I honestly thought early in the season (based on the first few episodes) that Sarah Parrott was going to take it all. There wasn't a week that I didn't have to apologize to readers that her items were sold out yet again on H&M's website! Were you as shocked as I was when she was eliminated? Well, I can't think of a week when I didn't want to purchase a design from the talented designers who were bought each week. The mentors (Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos) did a phenomenal job mentoring and encouraging the designers and the buyers (Caprice Willard of Macy's, Terron E. Shaffer of Saks Fifth Avenue and Nicole M. Christie) did an amazing job choosing which items to purchase, especially since most items were sold out each week!

 

PS If you want to find out who won, please scroll down!

 

 

Highlights from the show

  • Jessica Simpson featured her first runway show tonight of her spring collection with Pon de Replay by Rihanna playing in the background. 
  • The contestants created 3 looks (each) for Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's and H&M
  • In the end three contestants remained – Nzimiro Oputa, Kara Laricks and Ronnie Escalante.

 

And your winner is….

Kara Laricks!

Kara Laricks has her collection in all three stores worth $6 million!

 

Saks Header Kara Laricks, Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie, Elle Macpherson, John VarvatosNicole Richie, Jessica Simpson, Elle Macpherson, John Varvatos and NBC "Fashion Star" winner Kara Laricks. – Image courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

 

Saks Fifth AvenueLook 1: Gown $425; Look 2: Coat $425 and Shorts $125; Look 3: Dress $325; Look 4: Dress $325; Look 5: Tee $150 and Pants $195. Screenshot via Saks Fifth Avenue

 

  H&M Kara laricksKara Laricks. Image courtesy of H&M

 

NBC Fashion Star Long DressNBC "Fashion Star" Winning Collection Long Dress Designed by Kara Laricks. Image courtesy of H&M

 

  H&M Printed Dress Kara Laricks NBC "Fashion Star" Winning Collection Printed Dress Designed by Kara Laricks. Image courtesy of H&M

 

  Printed Dress Kara LaricksNBC "Fashion Star" Winning Collection Pocket Dress Designed by Kara Laricks. Image courtesy of H&M

 

RomperNBC "Fashion Star" Winning Collection Romper Designed by Kara Laricks. Image courtesy of H&M

 

printed top kara laricksNBC "Fashion Star" Winning Collection Printed Top Designed by Kara Laricks. Image courtesy of H&M

 

  White blouse kara laricksNBC "Fashion Star" Winning Collection Blouse Designed by Kara Laricks. Image courtesy of H&M

 

  Printed SkirtNBC "Fashion Star" Winning Collection Printed Skirt Designed by Kara Laricks. Image courtesy of H&M

 

  Collection black skirt NBC "Fashion Star" Winning Collection Skirt Designed by Kara Laricks. Image courtesy of H&M

 

  Kara Laricks ShirtNBC "Fashion Star" Winning Collection Shirt Designed by Kara Laricks. Image courtesy of H&M

 

Tank top Kara Laricks H&MNBC "Fashion Star" Winning Collection Tank Designed by Kara Laricks. Image courtesy of H&M

 

  White shirt kara laricks h&mNBC "Fashion Star" Winning Collection Top Designed by Kara Laricks. Image courtesy of H&M

 

Menswear inspired shortsNBC "Fashion Star" Winning Collection Shorts Designed by Kara Laricks. Image courtesy of H&M

 

Macy's Winning Collection Fashion Star Kara LaricksNBC "Fashion Star" Winner Kara Laricks. Image courtesy of Macy's

 

 Just a few of designer Kara Laricks pieces available in Macy's Impulse department!

 

kara Laricks suitNBC "Fashion Star" winner Kara Laricks Cara Blazer, Amanda Blouse and Maria Pants. Image courtesy of Macy's

 

Fashion Star Dress Sleeveless Romper PlaidNBC "Fashion Star" Winning Designer Kara Laricks Fashion Star Dress Sleeveless Lauren Plaid Shift. Image courtesy of Macy's

 

  Lauren Jersey Shift Fashion Star DressNBC "Fashion Star" Winning Designer Kara Laricks Fashion Star Dress Sleeveless Lauren Jersey Shift. Image courtesy of Macy's

 

  Fashion Star Romper CHACHANBC "Fashion Star" Winning Designer Kara Laricks Fashion Star Romper Sleeveless Cha Cha Solid Belted. Image courtesy of Macy's

 

 
Amanda Blouse, Maria PantsNBC "Fashion Star" Winning Designer Kara Laricks Fashion Star Amanda Blouse and Maria Pants. Image courtesy of Macy's

  Kara_gallery_img_4NBC "Fashion Star" Winning Designer Kara Laricks Fashion Star Sleeveless Lauren Dress. Image courtesy of Macy's

 

Lauren Sleeveless Jersey Dress NBC "Fashion Star" Winning Designer Kara Laricks Fashion Star Sleeveless Lauren Solid A-Line Dress and Sleeveless Lauren Jersey Shift Dress. Image courtesy of Macy's

 

NBC "Fashion Star" Episode Recaps & Shopping Links!

 

Episode 1 Recap    Episode 2 Recap    Episode 3 Recap    Episode 4 Recap    Episode 5 Recap    Episode 6 Recap   Episode 7 Recap    Episode 8 Recap    Episode 9 Recap

NBC “Fashion Star” Episode 8 Recap & Shopping Links!

 

John Varvatos, Nicole Richie, Jessica SimpsonNBC 'Fashion Star' Judges/Mentors: Jessica Simpson, John Varvatos and Nicole Richie. Photo credit: John Russo/NBC. Image courtesy of RollingStone.com

Happy Wednesday! For those who are new to my recaps, welcome! Please scroll down to the bottom of the post for links to my previous recaps. On last night's episode (episode 8) the designers challenge was to "create a campaign that captures their brand in a single image". According to "Fashion Star" Executive Producer and Host, Elle Macpherson "This series is discovering the next big fashion brand and while the core of any iconic design house is the clothes, the campaign and images associated with that brand are just as important." During last night's episode a few of the designers struggled with creating the perfect brand while others such as Luciana Scarabello got it right.

    Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief of Glamour met with the designers in a group prior to meeting with them individually and offered this bit of wisdom "The mentors you have on the show right now, they each have very strong brand DNA- John Varvatos, Rock & Roll; Nicole Richie is about a real bohemian glamour; Jessica Simpson is the sexy girl next door and she's making a billion dollars a year because they're buying a piece of that fantasy. And now we're going to see you create a world that all of us get to fall in love with."

 

    "Mega brand" designer John Varvatos who debuted his spring 2012 collection on last night's episode met with designer Kara Laricks. He told her that "part of creating a brand is the imaging, it's the personality, it's how you express it." With his mentorship, Kara Laricks was initially offered $50,000 by Saks Fifth Avenue and H&M, they each raised their bid to $70,000 and her tuxedo shirt was ultimately sold to Saks Fifth Avenue for $80,000. Nzimiro Oputa mentored by Nicole Richie, gave Oputa this bit of advice "A campaign is really a game changer. It's the designer's opportunity to stop people dead in their tracks when they're walking on the street." With Richie's guidance Nzimiro had the biggest sale of the night with his "versatile" cardigan to Macy's for $100,000. Luciana Scarabello sold her piece to Saks Fifth Avenue for $50,000 and Ronnie Escalante was bought by H&M (for the first time) for $50,000. 

    At the end of the show designers Nikki Poulos, Ross Bennett and Orly Shani were up for elimination but the mentors who believed in all the designers and were "locked" on who to eliminate, turned the elimination over to the buyers. In the end, designer Ross Bennett of Texas who had sold to both H&M and Macy's was eliminated and sent home with $220,000 in sales. 

 

Buyer Caprice Willard bought Nzimiro Oputa's "versatile" elbow patch cardigan sweater in oatmeal and heather gray and retails for $119.00 at Macy's @nzimirooputa

Nzimiro Oputa Oatmeal Colored Macy's CardiganElbow Patch Cardigan Sweater by Nzimiro Oputa (in Oatmeal) ($119) – Macy's

 

Heather Gray Cardigan Nzimiro OputaElbow Patch Cardigan Sweater by Nzimiro Oputa (in Heather Gray) ($119) - Macy's

  H&M Ronnie EscalanteNBC "Fashion Star" designer Ronnie Escalante. Image courtesy of H&M

 

H&M buyer Nicole Christie purchased this gorgeous cobalt blue dress from Designer Ronnie Escalante, making this the first time Escalante's been bought by H&M all season. @escalanteronnie

 

Love, love, love this cobalt blue dress by Ronnie Escalante and it's still available online!!! At $39.95 it's a steal. 

Episode 8, NBC Fashion Star Ronnie Escalante NBC "Fashion Star" Episode 8 Dress Designed by Ronnie Escalante (cobalt blue) ($39.95) – H&M

 

Saks Fifth Avenue buyer Terron E. Schaffer purchased a tuxedo shirt from designer Kara Laricks @KaraLaricks and a floral print and black dress from Luciana Scarabello @L_Scarabello.

 

Saks Fifth AvenueKara Laricks Collard Shirt retails for $235 (in white) at Saks Fifth Avenue; Luciana Scarabello's dress in floral print and in black retails for $325 (floral print) and $295 (in black). Screenshot image courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

Congrats to Mentor Jessica Simpson and Fiance Eric Johnson on the birth of their daugher, Maxwell Drew Johnson!

 

*Sneak peek to next week: First and foremost, the show is moving to 8/7c! With only two episodes left the remaining six designers work directly with the buyers. There will be no mentor save and three will be eliminated. – According to NBC Fashion Star

 

NBC "Fashion Star" Episode Recaps

Episode 1 Recap    Episode 2 Recap    Episode 3 Recap    Episode 4 Recap    Episode 5 Recap   

Episode 6 Recap    Episode 7 Recap 

Health Interview: Seasonal Allergy Survival Tips with Lifestyle Expert, Elizabeth Mayhew

Spring may be the most beautiful season of all with its beautiful warm temps and gorgeous flowers and trees in bloom, but for many spring also brings unwanted seasonal allergies. Lifestyle expert Elizabeth Mayhew dropped by yesterday to offer tips on how we can all survive allergy season and what simple measures we can take around our home to protect ourselves.

 

Lifestyle Expert Elizabeth Mayhew Twitter Lifestyle Expert, Elizabeth Mayhew. Image courtesy of Twitter.com/ElizabethMayhew

 

  

 

Candace Rose: With spring officially here, what can we do to prevent and treat seasonal allergies?

Elizabeth Mayhew: "Well, I don't know about you, but I woke up this morning for the first time with this kind of allergy feeling, which I don't usually have. But the truth is that it's warmer than ever, spring is just on steroids right now. The number one allergens- tree and grass pollens; so what we don't always realize is those little pollen granules settle in our clothing. If you take this white t-shirt for example- if you go outside for 24 hours (just leave it outside for 24 hours) it will collect up to seven million little pollen grains in just that time. So what you do is you're wearing your clothes outside, you walk in, you're tracking that right into your house. So it's very important to wash them and you want to wash in something like All Free & Clear which is a detergent that removes 99% of all those number one spring allergens, as I said are tree and grass, which we have some of that around here. Washing 100% takes care of that, you also want to wash your sheets as well- same thing whether it's dust mite or pet dander, that settles in so again, wash them in All Free Clear.

 

Lifestyle Expert Elizabeth Mayhew, Candace Rose Interview, Candieanderson.com, seasonal allergies springLifestyle expert, Elizabeth Mayhew discussing seasonal allergies and how to combat them!

 

    You also want to think about cleaning your whole house. Let's face it, dealing with allergies is about dealing with cleaning, so you've gotta stay on top of it. So whether you're washing your countertops- make sure that you use a damp cloth as opposed to a dry cloth. A dry cloth is just going to kick it right back in the air. Vacuuming is super important. So you not only want to vacuum your floors, your rugs, but also your upholstery and your curtains. Make sure that the vacuum you have, though has a HEPA filter. A HEPA filter will help clear out those allergens and keep the air a lot cleaner. If you do have a HEPA vacuum cleaner already, make sure you change it. That filter has to be changed once a year."

 

Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you'd like to share?

Elizabeth Mayhew: "You know with spring, we often think of opening our windows up to letting that fresh air in. Just be aware that you're also letting a lot of these allergens in as well. So you might want to think about putting that air conditioner in a little bit sooner, particularly if it really is a bad season. Make sure you clean that filter as well. So it's just about staying on top of it. For more information: go to the All Free Clear Facebook page- just go ahead friend it, and then there's a tab for the Allergen Resource Center. And on that page there's a series of pages where you'll have all kinds of tips, information on how to deal with allergens in your home and in your life."

 

Lifestyle Expert Elizabeth Mayhew, Candace Rose Interview, Candieanderson.com, seasonal allergies spring All Free ClearAll Free Clear Detergent

Candace Rose: And where can viewers go for more information on you, Elizabeth?

Elizabeth Mayhew: "For me it's ElizabethMayhew.com, and for all the tips today it's on the Allergen Resource Center on the All Free Clear Facebook page.

NBC Fashion Star Episode 5 Recap & Shopping Links!

 

NBC Fashion Star Jessica Simpson, John Varvatos, Nicole Richie NBC 'Fashion Star' Judges/Mentors: Jessica Simpson, John Varvatos and Nicole Richie. Photo credit: John Russo/NBC. Image courtesy of RollingStone.com

 

Welcome back NBC "Fashion Star" fans! For those who are new to my recaps, welcome; please scroll down to the bottom of the post for links to my previous posts. On last night's episode the remaining designers completed the week's challenge of of working in pairs to create a a window display with live models. With the help of fashion mentors- Jessica Simpson, John Varvatos and Nicole Richie, the top five designers of the week: Sarah Parrott, Ronnie Escalante, Luciana Scarabello, Ross Bennett and Nikki Poulos sold their beautiful garments to three of the nation's top department stores.

 

 Ronnie Escalante received his first purchase of the competition from Macy's buyer, Caprice Willard and Ross Bennett whose cuffed satin shorts were purchased by Macy's in episode 3, was invested once again by the famed buyer. 

 

Ronnie Escalante- Sleeveless Low-V Sheath Dress ($119.00): Classic sheath dress with fashion-forward details like 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 

 

Pink  Multi Colored  Black Get the Look Sleeveless Low-V Sheath Dress by Ronnie Escalante Macy'sSleeveless Low-V Sheath Dress by Ronnie Escalante (Pink) ($119.00)- Macy's

 

Sleeveless Low-V Sheath Dress by Ronnie Escalante Macy's MulticoloredSleeveless Low-V Sheath Dress by Ronnie Escalante (Multi Colored) ($119.00)- Macy's

 

Sleeveless Low-V Sheath Dress by Ronnie Escalante Macy'sSleeveless Low-V Sheath Dress by Ronnie Escalante (Black) ($119.00) – Macy's

 

Ross Bennett- Cropped Double-Breasted Vest ($59.00) : 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 

 

Macy's Cropped Double-Breasted Vest Ross Bennett Cropped Double-Breasted Vest by Ross Bennett (Navy) (Pink Pinstripe sold out) ($59.00) – Macy's

Self-taught designer Sarah Parrott was bought for the fifth consecutive week by H&M buyer Nicole Christie; and beachwear designer Nikki Poulos was also bought by H&M for the second week in a row. @hmusa

 

h&m sarah g parrott nbc fashion starNBC "Fashion Star" Self-Taught Designer, Sarah G Parrott. Image courtesy of H&M

Sarah Parrott—Jacket ($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 *For the fifth consecutive week Sarah Parrott's gorgeous garment is sold out online. Be sure to check your local store to see if the jacket is available in your area.

 

Sarah G Parrott H&M Episode 5 Jacket Fashion Star® Episode 5 Jacket by Sarah. ($29.95) – H&M

 

Nikki Poulos beachwear designer H&MNBC "Fashion Star" Beachwear Designer Nikki Poulos. Image courtesy of H&M

Nikki Poulos—Dress ($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 *For the second consecutive week beachwear designer Nikki Poulos beautiful dress is sold out online. Be sure to check your local H&M to see if the dress is available in your area!

 

H&M Nbc fashion star nikki poulos beachwear designer printed dress episode 5Fashion Star® Episode 5 Red Patterned Dress by Nikki Poulos – H&M

 

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

 

Luciana Scarabello—Cutout Sheath Dress ($295.00): 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 

 

  Luciana Scarabello Saks Fifth Avenue Terrone E Shaffer, NBC Fashion StarFashion Star Sheath Dress by Luciana Scarabello (Black) ($295.00) – Saks Fifth Avenue

 

I'm absolutely LOVING Luciana Scarabello's black sheath dress this week! Which garment is your favorite from episode 5?!

 

Sneak peek to next week via our good friends at H&M:  "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 10-11 p.m. ET when the designers are challenged to expand their brands by creating clothes outside of their comfort zones."

 

NBC "Fashion Star" Episode 1 Recap

NBC "Fashion Star" Episode 2 Recap

NBC "Fashion Star" Episode 3 Recap

NBC "Fashion Star" Episode 4 Recap