Elle takes to the stage to explain how the show will work - each designer will showcase their clothes, then it'll be up to the buyers (Caprice Willard from Macy's, Terron Schaefer from Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nicole Christie from H&M) to decide whether to put in an offer to stock them. If a designer receives no offers, they're at risk of elimination; mentors Nicole Richie, Jessica Simpson and John Varvatos can save one, but then the buyers will choose one contestant to leave.
The theme for this week is "signature pieces" - each designer has to present three looks. So without further ado, let the runways begin!
Orly Shani and Edmond Newton
Orly Shani, a bartender from New York, explains that she wanted to create clothes that could be worn more than once, so the clothes in her collection are all convertible. She explains that her signature piece - a miniskirt with a zipper and top skirt - was inspired when she "flashed her hooha" when the wind lifted her skirt up.
Edmund Newton, a barber stylist, says he "lives, sleeps, eats and breathes this thing called fashion" and explains that his cocktail dress will be the outfit people need to "get all the attention at the event you're attending".
After the runway, Nicole praises the "energy" in the room for Orla's designs, while John praises her for being innovative and describes her skirts as "fun and playful". Jessica also likes the skirts, saying: "My mum and I call it a twofer!" Meanwhile, Jessica praises Edmund's black and white dress, and Nicole agrees, though she questions whether the collection fits together as one of the dresses was very 1950s while the others were a bit 1980s.
But it's over to the buyers! After getting no offers from Saks and H&M, Edmund is thrilled to receive a $60,000 offer from Macy's. "I was absolutely floored by how all three of those came out," Caprice explains.
Orly is also successful - she gets no offer from H&M, but wins an offer of $50,000 from Macy's and $80,000 from Saks. Caprice decides not to bid any higher but Orly is thrilled to have landed the Saks deal, joking that she walks through the store to "tease" herself. "We're really excited about it," Terron says.
Oscar Fierro and Nikki Poulos
Oscar Fierro, who left El Salvador for America when he was around 15, explains that he is a "very unique" person. He admits that he had a tough life growing up, but adds: "Designing to me is a way to escape from the misery and that's why I think my fashions are full of colour and bright details." In the design studio, Nicole is certainly taken with Oscar, saying he has a "great spirit".
Nikki Poulos, a swimwear and resort wear designer, admits that she is nervous about showcasing her designs alongside Oscar but adds that her clothes will speak for themselves. But she admits that she is "very determined" and "very driven", and we see her being very assertive in the studio (she's even disappointed with the order in which her models walk).
Oscar showcases a butterfly dress, and is already in tears when he takes the stage. Nicole admits that she didn't like his clothes but she thinks he has potential, while John admits that he was rooting for Oscar but doesn't think he's brought anything new. However, Jessica says she loved Oscar's black sequin dress. Meanwhile, Jessica praises Nikki's kimono caftan for being "very easy" to wear, while John praises the pattern but thinks she should diversify.
Over to the buyers: Oscar is disappointed when he receives no offers from the buyers. Terron admits that he's worried Oscar is more of a "comedian" than a designer but Oscar promises to prove it to him next time. "If there is a next time," Terron replies. Oscar adds: "There will be. I have faith in God, I crossed three borders, I went without food for days and I've been knocked down many times. It takes two seconds to get back up."
Meanwhile, Nikki gets no offers from Saks or H&M, but she gets a $50,000 from Macy's. Caprice explains that she loved the "feel" of the garments but adds: "This $50,000 is also a nod towards what I think is your amazing talent and my desire to see what we can do going forward."
Barbara Bates and Nicholas Bowes
Barbara, a mother from Chicago, explains that she used to sell her designs to her co-workers in the office bathroom on paydays and says she thinks of herself as "strong", revealing that she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. Meanwhile, Nicholas - a former Australian model - claims: "I don't think I have a weakness." However, when John visits him in the studio he admits that he is worried that Nicholas's motorcycle jackets aren't distinctive enough.
After the runway, Nicole admits that she has some problems with Barbara's skirts and tops - she likes the ones with small ruffles, but the skirts with ruffles on the hips "drew attention to a part of a woman's body we don't want to be" seen. Jessica agrees, admitting that she didn't "connect" with the bigger ruffles.
The real controversy comes with Nicholas, who surprises Jessica with his styling ("Why would you put a leather jacket with those shorts?" she asks when a model is walking the runway.) John suggests Nicholas needs to define himself more, while Jessica admits that she feels like she's seen it all before. But Nicholas offends her when he suggests that she doesn't understand what's happening with men's fashion.
Nicole adds that she felt confused by the styling, but again Nicholas offends by saying: "It's very hard to understand girls giving advice on men's fashion." Elle admits that she is "embarrassed" for him and describes him as an "Aussie chauvinist", while Jessica points out that women are very important in the fashion world and two of the buyers are women. "I really want to hit you across the face right now," she adds.
Time to turn to the buyers! Nicholas gets no buyers, and Nicole pointedly offers her advice as a woman who has worked in menswear for years. There's disappointment for Barbara too, who also gets no offers. "I think it's very clear you're a phenomenal talent," Caprice says, but adds that she needs to think about wearability more. Backstage, Nicholas continues to complain that Jessica doesn't know what she's talking about, to shock from the other contestants.
Ross Bennett and Sarah Parrott
Ross, a 27-year-old from Austin, explains that he has worked with some of the best tailors out there and makes his own patterns and clothes himself. Jessica, who went to the same high school as him, reveals that she is excited to see his clothes and hope they fit well as he is a tailor. Meanwhile, 31-year-old mother Sarah explains that she has no fashion background. She adds that she decided to pursue a career in the industry following the death of her mother.
After the runway, Jessica announces that Sarah's shift dress looked "hot", though John thinks she needs to be a bit more distinctive for a signature piece. But Ross's full culottes fail to impress the mentors - John doesn't think they would "fit into a current fashion sense", though Ross disagrees. And Nicole admits that the cut makes it "look like someone is grabbing her in her vagina".
With the buyers, Ross is disappointed to receive no offers. "I think you are clearly talented," Caprice says, but adds that only certain women could wear his culottes. Terron admits that he "didn't love it" and says it wasn't "unique" enough for Saks. But while Sarah gets no offers from Macy's or Saks, she does get an $80,000 offer from H&M. "It's like the little black dress reinvented," Nicole says, adding that she thinks Sarah showed she can be versatile.
Ronnie Escalante, Luciana Scarabello, Lisa Vian Hunter and Lizzie Parker
We don't see the full runways for Ronnie, Luciana, Lisa and Lizzie, but we do hear that the only one to get any offers is Lizzie, who picks up a $60,000 order from Macy's for her clothes (Terron also bid $50,000 for Saks.) "People are going to be wearing my clothes!" Lizzie squeals.
Kara Laricks and Nzimiro Oputa
Kara explains that she deconstructs clothes for her line and is interested in the idea of "masculine meets feminine", so her first piece will be an accessory: a collar attached to a tie. Meanwhile, Nzimiro admits that he had a difficult childhood in Detroit but explains that his Nigerian father instilled in him the idea that he has to be successful.
After the runway, Nicole says Kara's presentation was "phenomenal", but all three mentors are disappointed that she didn't design the clothes, only the accessory. But Jessica says she does think Kara has potential and could make an "awesome" line. Nzimiro's sports jacket gets a much better reaction; Jessica loves it, while John praises the "hidden treasure" of the stand up collar and the styling of the coat.
With the buyers, Kara's disappointed to get no offers and Terron complains that she didn't show her own clothes. "It's maybe indulgent and a big risk on your part," Nicole says. "To be quite frank, I don't know if you made the right decision tonight." There's better luck for Nzimiro, who gets a $50,000 offer from H&M. "It hit the nail on the head," Nicole tells him. "It's a great buy for us."
Eight designers failed to receive any offers, so all of them are at risk. But eventually the buyers pick their three least favourite contestants - Nicholas, Oscar, and Kara. The mentors have the chance to save one, so Nicole says: "This was a very hard decision for us and we didn't originally all agree. We went with someone who didn't necessarily wow us tonight but who we have faith is going to really bring something special here next week. That person is Oscar."
It's down to Kara and Nicholas - who will the buyers send home? Nicole says they've seen Nicholas's design before, adding: "You have to be open to feedback and you weren't tonight." Meanwhile, Caprice says Kara took a "huge risk" which "unfortunately didn't pay off".
It's up to Terron to deliver the bad news: "I'm sorry, Nicholas. You're not our fashion star - you're going home."
Afterwards, Nicholas admits that his elimination felt "like a little bit of a slap in the face". "But people who know what is current will probably be a little bit shocked I got kicked off," he says. "I really like my motorcycle jacket and I wasn't saying girls don't have a clue when it comes to fashion... I'm just saying I don't think they understand high end fashion."
Fashion Star airs on Tuesdays at 10/9c.