'The broke-city thing isn't a joke': Fashion Star's contestants confess they can't even afford to buy the designs they sell to Saks


23:42 GMT, 25 April 2012



23:42 GMT, 25 April 2012

They may be Fashion Stars but the designers on the hit reality show don't enjoy the benefits that other celebrities do.

Last night at an event hosted by H&M for the NBC television show and its cast of characters, contestants Luciana Scarabello, Orly Shani and Kara Laricks, revealed that they can't afford the clothes they make with their very own hands.

The three fashion mavens – who are the only designers to have sold to Saks Fifth Avenue – told Racked that even though the mega-department store is selling their creations, they don't have the means to buy the pricey items.

Luciana Scarabello

Saks Fashion Star buys

Fashion fail: The stars of NBC's Fashion Star have revealed they are not able to afford the clothes they produce and attempt to sell to chain stores on the series. LucianaScarabello (left) designed the above dress (right)

Though Ms Laricks wore the red ribbon-tied tail coat she sold to the retail giant to the party, she confessed: 'I'm very lucky, I have to say a girlfriend of mine bought it for me as a gift.'

Ms Shani meanwhile still works in a bar to pay the bills and has to resort to gazing at her clothing hanging on the racks of the iconic store and capturing proof of her triumph with a camera.

Designer Kara Laricks

Saks Fashion Star buys

Trendy: While Kara Laricks (left) wore one of her own designs to last night's event hosted by H&M, the tailcoat she showed off on the show was bought for her by a girlfriend as a gift

Designer Orly Shani

Saks Fashion Star buys

Star Orly Sharni (left) still works in a bar to pay the bills and can only see her designs through shop windows

Of not being able to cover the cost of the $350 zip mini skirt and $295 colour-blocked jersey dress, she lamented: 'The broke-city thing isn't a joke.'

For her part, Luciana plans to make up for not being able to afford the $225 and $295 dresses she sold to Saks, by purchasing a couple of her pretty floral-print frocks that were bid on by H&M in last night's episode.

'This I can afford,' she explained.

party took place at H&M's Fifth Avenue store where guests sipped
fennel-cucumber cocktails and perused the retailer's eco line, Conscious
Collection, that was on display.

Andrej Pejic

model Jessica Hart

Model behaviour: Models Andrej Pejic (left) and Jessica Hart (right) both stepped out for the event

Fashion Star's mentor Nicole Ritchie flew in for the event, joining John Varvatos, the menswear designer who also supports the contestants through their projects.

Jessica Simpson, who is now heavily pregnant with her first child, did not attend the event.

Transgender model Andrej Pejic and blonde Australian beauty Jessica Hart also joined in the fun.

John Varvatos

Terron Schaefer

Best foot forward: Designer John Varvatos (left) and Saks Fifth Avenue buyer Terron Schaefer (right) both attened the event also. Both gentlemen feature on the reality series

Wearing a bold yellow and black empire line sheath, Ms Ritchie tweeted her excitement about the show's West Coast reception earlier in the day.

'West Coast, can't wait to read your reactions to tonight's episode of Fashion Star,' she wrote.

With her hair up in a cute top not and sporting daring red pumps, the celebrity mother of two mingled with brother in law Josh Madden and other friends.