Macy's buyer Caprice Willard selected Bates as the lucky designer to have her merchandise sold exclusively online and at Marcy's Herald Square store in New York.
Bates' sleeveless printed halter shirt dress ($99) and sleeveless hooded halter dress (tan) were chosen by Macy's, automatically saving the designer from elimination this week. (View and purchase designs here)
The series, hosted by model Elle Macpherson and featuring celebrity mentors Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos, gives 14 unknown designers a chance to launch their collections at Macy's, H&M or Saks Fifth Avenue.
Bates has been designing in Chicago for 25 years and owns a boutique in the South Loop.
"Fashion Star" airs at Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.