One contestant kicks off the season with a bidding war between all three retailers, while another stuns the Mentors and the audience with the biggest buy in Fashion Star history. In the end, the mentors must put up two of their designers for elimination and the buyers send the first one home.
"Sexy" is the theme of the week when eleven designers put their sexiest pieces down the runway. What classifies sexy is a matter of interpretation - and it's up to the designers to show major skin or leave more to the imagination. Team Jessica is under pressure to step it up, having lost a team member the week before, and one garment goes down the runway unfinished in the race to the fashion show. One designer "blows the buyers" away and sparks a major bidding war, which keeps the audience on its toes. The Mentors put two designers up for elimination, and the buyers send the second one home.
The "Fashion Star" designers are challenged to create a piece that will work equally well for all shapes and sizes, while still remaining true to their style and aesthetic. One contestant feels the pressure to sell this week after failing to receive a buy from the retailers last week, while one team thrills their mentor with an exceptional performance. The mentors struggle to decide who to put up for elimination, which leads to a surprise twist. The buyers send the third designer home.
The "Fashion Star" designers must create a garment to complement a summer theme, choosing to create a look for a pool party, tropical vacation or summer in the city. Contestants are thrown a curve ball and must work together in teams, which creates some tension. One contestant becomes the first designer to sell to all three buyers, while a 4th designer is sent home.
Much to their surprise, the contestants are put into pairs to create two separate garments for one cohesive look. Despite their style and personality differences, they must work together to make an outfit that will impress the buyers. To up the stakes, the pair with the highest total sales will be given immunity. Tensions arise as the contestants feel the pressure of elimination and the pairs struggle to come to agreement. The buyers send the 5th designer home.
The buyers sit down with the remaining "Fashion Star" designers and give them an idea of what they are looking for and what they would like to see from them. The designers are given the chance to prove themselves in areas where they might be lacking. The consultations leave one contestant feeling insecure about his designs and another completely disregards the advice. The buyers send the 6th designer home.
This week, it's up to the contestants to interpret what a "big night out" means and create a fitting ensemble for their vision - whether it be a big gala, an exclusive party or a night out on the town. Working in teams, the contestants are also paired up to design a photo shoot for Fiat to showcase their latest piece. The 5th designer is sent home.
The "Fashion Star" designers are tasked to create a design and alter it to complement both a man and a woman. The two pieces must be a reflection of each other, differing in fit and style yet staying true to the same design aesthetic and current trends. Designer Silvia Arguello strives for perfection and the pressure takes its toll, while designer Cassandra Hobbins faces conflict with her pattern maker. Emotions run high and every contestant is brought to tears. The buyers send a 6th designer home.
The "Fashion Star" contestants are tasked to reinvent a dated trend and transform it into a fresh and current look for this Spring/Summer season. They will pick a favorite fashion decade and recreate two modernized pieces. JesseRay and Garrett face wariness from the other designers, while others panic to make last minute adjustments. The buyers send the 7th designer home, revealing the final 3 contestants.
After weeks of challenges and design, the final three contestants are tasked to create their own collection for each of the retailers. Eliminated designers return to assist their teammates, some are thrilled to receive help while others find the extra assistance more of a distraction. The winning designer is crowned and wins the ultimate prize of seeing their collections in all three retailers, Macy's, Saks and Express.