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Fashion Star Designers Can't Afford Their Own Merchandise

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Luciana Scarabello and her Episode 7H&M dress

Last night, H&M hosted an event for NBC's Fashion Star in the brand's Fifth Avenue store, and in between fennel-cucumber cocktails (which we highly recommend, by the way) and accidentally knocking down a Conscious Collection display (which we do not), we got a chance to chat with some of the shows' designers. We were curious if they had had a chance to wear any of their own creations yet, but in the process of asking, we discovered something surprising: Orly Shani, Luciana Scarabello, and Kara Laricks—who are the only three designers to have sold to Saks Fifth Avenue, mind you—told us they haven't been able to afford any of their own Saks pieces.

Kara Laricks, who is as gracious in person as she is on the show, was actually wearing the super-chic scarlet-lined tailcoat Saks picked up back in Episode 4, but she told us, "I'm very lucky, I have to say a girlfriend of mine bought it for me as a gift."

Orly told us she is still bartending to pay the bills. Though she's gone to Saks to try on her zip mini skirt ($350) and color-blocked jersey dress ($295), "and taken photos and stuff like that," she hasn't actually been able to afford to buy them. "The broke-city thing isn't a joke," she said.

Luciana, too, said she couldn't spring for either of the two dresses she sold to Saks (priced at $225 and $295), but she was going to pick up "a couple" of the floral-print numbers H&M bid on in last night's episode, which are priced at $39.95. "Because this, I can afford."

It would still be be nice to see the designers get their Saks garments, though. Terron Schaefer, can you make this happen?
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