NBC Crowns Its First "Fashion Star"
May 17, 2012 - by Lester Brathwaite
4.9 million people tuned in Tuesday night to watch fourth grade schoolteacher from Kansas, Kara Laricks, take home the top prize on NBC's Fashion Star. In addition to $6 million, Licks will have her collections sold exclusively in H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Ave.
I dont think it will really sink in until tonight when my girlfriend and I get home," Laricks told WWD. "We will probably order in a pizza and go through all the e-mails. I cant wait to see all the messages on Facebook and Twitter.
H&M will carry Laricks' 10-piece capsule collection online and in 101 of its stores in the US while Macy's says online sales are already ahead of schedule and Laricks' line will be available in over 100 of its locations. Saks for its part is "very pleased" with early sell-throughs of the collection.
Laricks taped the finale last summer and had to keep mum on the outcome since then. Before her big win, she was a teacher for ten years and maintains that the best part about winning are the reactions she gets from former students: Most of them say, Wow, Miss Laricks wow! That makes up for all the times they told me I had crazy hair in class." [WWD, sub req'd]