I’m not really a reality show fan, in fact, especially when it comes to design, I avoid reality shows. However, that being said, I am thrilled that a certain show gave designer Kara Laricks her break.
With out knowing much about her at all, I joined my FW partner at the Fashion Star winner’s Spring 2013 Collection installation. What convinced me to go? Her personal look. She just looked “cool”. Then, I got the back-story…Wikipedia digests it well: “Kara Laricks was a fourth grade elementary school teacher for ten years before she quit to become a fashion designer. She loved design as a child and chose to become a teacher because it was a “safe career.” Laricks lives and works in New York, New York. Laricks attended the Academy of Art University and graduated in 2008.
Laricks is a lesbian who hid her orientation whilst a schoolteacher but remained out personally. She came out publicly on national television during the first season of Fashion Star. She stated she was nervous about coming out on television.”
The subtleties of well done androgynous looks have always compelled me. I wore my Dads 60’s suits my junior and senior year in high school and would accessories with high heels, a feminine bag and long dangling earrings. I love the juxtapose and even tonight, I’m wearing a men’s inspired short silk suit in hot pink for the evening’s events. I am pairing with a rock and roll tee cut up by yours truly.
Kara’s collection was sensible, marketable and made sense. The men’s inspired looks I loved.My favorite piece was the “Corby Tails Short” made out of ivory tropical weight wool with silk charmeuse lining that was paired with a collared blouse in ivory organza and silk charmeuse. I loved the unique play that Kara took on men’s wear with this piece.
I also adore the high-end fabrics the designer used. I definitely want some of these pieces on my clients. Speak up and let me know folks. Off to get dressed for a party…oh Fashion Week. Mwahh. RL
Photo Credits | Jan Klier
P.S. For some androgynous style inspiration, check out the movie “Orlando” and look up images for the actress, Tilda Swinton (love her)