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'Fashion Star': Episode 5 winning looks include reversible blazer and double-breasted vest

"Fashion Star" is really rolling along now, five episodes in. Some designers continue to struggle, having only made one or two sales, while some are successful just about every week.Sarah Parrott continues to dominate sales, at least where H&M is concerned. She sold a piece yet again to the retailer, a very cool reversible, fitted blazer, which is selling for $29.95. Nikki Poulos also had some H&M success this week, selling a printed wrap dress that is availble in two colors, for $19.95.At Macy's, Ronnie Escalante sold his first piece of the competition, a sleeveless sheath dress that comes in two colors and a print and is selling for $119. Ross Bennett made his second sale with a cropped, double-breasted vest that comes in pink pinstripes and a navy blue and is retailing at $59.And at Saks Fifth Avenue, Luciana Scarabello made her second sale to the high-end retailer with another dress. This week it's... //

'Fashion Star': Episode 2 winning looks going for $19.95 to $325

For week 2, the "Fashion Star" winning looks are once again running quite a gamut in terms of price, depending on the retailer. H&M chose designer Sarah Parrott for the second week in a row, though this week she was the only one chosen by the retailer. Her chosen design was a pair of wide-legged pants, in both blue and white, with a black stripe running down the outside of each leg. It is retailing for $19.95, though the site says they are sold out already. Hopefully they get more in this week.Macy's went with designers Nzimiro Oputa (who was chosen by H&M in week one) and Lisa Vian Hunter (who is a first-time seller). Oputa's contrast-trim Western shirt is retailing for $70.00 and Hunter's empire-waist dress is going for $99.00.Saks Fifth Avenue once again only chose one designer - this week it was first-time seller Kara Laricks and her plaid shift dress, which is... //

'Fashion Star' Premiere Recap: A Signature Look, a Little Bit of Sexism

Sound familiar? Maybe. But NBC has made an attempt to reinvent the fashion show reality competition with  Fashion Star  by focusing on designers building a brand. Additionally, the designs will be available for viewers the very next day. "Watch it today and wear it tomorrow," as they say. The show, hosted by  Elle Macpherson , features mentors  Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie  and John Varvatos,  who will help the designers along the way and critique their looks. Read More... //

'Fashion Star' premiere: Are you looking to purchase any of the designs?

"Fashion Star" debuted Tuesday night (March 13) on NBC. The way the show works is each designer puts forth three looks that revolve around the same pieces and if they make a sale, they're safe. If they don't, they're in danger. The celebrity mentors can save one designer who doesn't make a sale, then the buyers send one person home.Here are the highlights from the showcase:Orly makes these skirts with cool zip-on shells and Saks makes an $80,000 offer, which trumps Macy's $50,000 offer.Edmond has some froofy party dresses that Macy's buys, but we were in agreement with the mentors - only the black and white one did it for us.Nikki's resort wear we find kind of fugly, honestly - but Macy's snatches it up.Oscar doesn't get any offers for his dresses, which are cute, but nothing special. He's also relying a little too much on his sad story. We get it, it's sad. But... //

NBC: Midseason Reviews

By: Tim Holland Smash is midseason’s best new show. The terrific musical drama stars American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee as a New York waitress who dreams of starring on Broadway, specifically landing the lead in a new musical about Marilyn Monroe. While comparisons to Glee are inevitable, Smash is a grown-up, intelligent drama led by McPhee, in a career-making performance, and a strong ensemble cast that includes Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston. If you love Broadway, great songwriting or just plain ole good soapy drama, then Smash is your ticket. Premieres February 6. Picking up 10 years after the conclusion of the John Grisham novel and the 1993 Tom Cruise movie, The Firm stars Josh Lucas as Southern-bred lawyer Mitch McDeere who leaves the witness protection program after a decade and becomes involved with a shady Washington, D.C. law firm. Lucas is at his charming best and the courtroom drama, while uneven in the otherwise compelling two-hour pilot, includes a twist ending that promises more intriguing storylines to come.  Premieres January 8. Bent is an inspired romantic comedy starring Amanda Peet as a recently divorced, no-nonsense lawyer who hires a free-spirited contractor, an excellent David Walton, to renovate her Venice, California, house. The single-camera sitcom includes a host of likeable side characters, all of whom are bent, not broken, and just trying to get by. The writing is intelligent, not joke-laden, with the humor coming from each of the show’s richly developed characters. Bent should be a straight-up hit when it premieres later in midseason. Are You There, Chelsea? is inspired by the best-selling  books written by comedian Chelsea Handler and centers on Chelsea, a game Laura Prepon, a cocktail waitress whose two favorite pastimes are heavy drinking and casual sex. Chelsea is pretty much a female version of Two and a Half Men , loaded with lame and endless sex jokes, and an over-eager laugh track. But fans of Handler’s style of crude comedy will undoubtedly drink it up. Premieres January 11. Fashion Star is Project Runway with a twist. Fourteen designers compete to win a contract to have their collections sold in three major retail stores: H&M, Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. But each week buyers from those three stores bid on the clothes being presented and the highest bidder wins the right to sell the fashions in their stores, beginning the next day after an episode airs. Designers who don’t make a sell face elimination. Elle Macpherson hosts, with Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos serving as mentors.  It’s worth a trip down the runway. Premieres March 13. Awake boasts midseason’s most unique premise. Detective Michael Britten, effectively played by Jason Isaacs, awakens in parallel realities following a horrific car crash involving his family. In one, his wife perished in the accident but his son lived. In the other, his son died but his wife lived. Which is true? Or are they both false? In addition, Michael works crimes in both worlds with two different partners and sees separate shrinks who try to make sense of it all. Viewers too may be shaking their heads when this unique drama premieres later in midseason, but with its bold storytelling and top-flight performances, the shaking heads will likely be nodding yes.