Kara Laricks is a New York-based designer who happened to win the first season of Fashion Star, NBC's new spectacle of a design competition show. She's already had her wares sold at H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue, and she'll show her first post-Fashion Star collection Sunday, September 9!
Fashion Star's First Winner Kara Laricks on the Stigma of Reality TV and What's Next (Plus Her Full H&M Campaign With Joan Smalls)
NBC's potentially game-changing (though not so loved by industry people) new fashion competition show Fashion Star, which focuses a bit more on business and salability than design, crowned its first winner Tuesday night: Kara Laricks! If you don't watch the show, or stopped after the first few episodes because of the backup dancers and motorcycles, Laricks was the New York-based female designer known for her edgy, slightly avant-garde designs. And we like her. She won $6 million in orders for capsule collections at Macy’s, H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue stores--all of which you can buy now. We stopped by H&M's fifth avenue flagship yesterday to see the collection and chat with Laricks and H&M "buyer" Nicole Christie, who thinks Laricks won because she had "the freshest design perspective," which they could see even before the show when they were interviewing designers.