Get the look: Fashion Star finale

May 16, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. ET

After creating a capsule collection for Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue and H&M, Kara Laricks won the competition and became our first Fashion Star.

Fashion Star -- Steal the look

What look caught my eye the most?

I take Kara’s best outfit and show you how to get the look for less as your resident style guy.


Fashion tip

The best part about a taupe-colored dress? Every woman can pull it off — no matter your skin type. Your just need to make sure you pick the right shade. For example, if you have a slightly lighter complexion, try a darker taupe. If you are darker, go for a lighter color to make your skin pop.

Pair a floor-length dress with sky-high heels and an evening clutch, and you’re ready to fly out the door in sophisticated style.

For this special finale, the designers had to design three head to toe looks for each of the retailers — worth $6,000,000! Can you even imagine winning that much?! While I really did love pieces from every designer, Kara has been my favorite contestant throughout the competition, so I was so thrilled she took home the crown as our very own Fashion Star. Kara has been the most consistent overall and designed three stunning looks last night.

My favorite piece?

This absolutely stunning taupe dress she designed for Saks Fifth Avenue. There is nothing sexier than a long, sleek neutral dress. Every woman needs this look in her closet for that fancy night out with her husband or to wear for that black tie work event.

Fashion Star -- Steal the look

Dorothy Perkins Taupe Maxi Dress $59, Colin Stuart Peep-Toe Strappy Sandals $98, Boticca Cloud Clutch $98, Banana Republic Sparkle Chandelier Earrings $45

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Photo credit: Tyler Golden/NBC