CG Interviews Fashion Star's Luciana Scarabello

NBC’s Fashion Star contestant Luciana Scarabello has a love for fashion, and that is clear in her designs. The Argentina native has loved sewing since she made her first shirt at 15 and studied at Parsons School of Design. She has worked hard to create her own line Scarabello, which is a “young and fun” label now sold in over 100 stores across America!

Luciana’s experience on Fashion Star was “a dream come true.” She loved being able to get feedback from the mentors and the buyers, but admits Terron of Saks Fifth Avenue was the one buyer she was always trying to impress. “They are looking for unique items, so I think they are more willing to take a chance with new ideas.” This is definitely true, as Saks Fifth Avenue purchased Luciana’s dresses from week number four’s high-low challenge. What was Luciana’s reaction to the buy? In her latest NBC blog post she wrote:
“I am so grateful that Saks bought this look! I can't believe that tomorrow it will be available in Saks... This is a dream come true!”

Luciana is a hard-working designer with fresh ideas and unique sense of style. Her drive and passion for fashion make her fierce competition for the final prize (the chance to sell her collection in Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and H&M as well as the title of NBC’s Fashion Star).

Want to learn more about Luciana? Read on to find out what happened when College Gloss’s Annie Robinson chatted up this full-fledged designer…

How old were you when you started designing?
LS: I believe that the first top that I ever made by myself was when I was around 15. My grandmother was a seamstress, and my mother knows how to sew. I learned from watching them. Ever since I was little, I was very creative and would beg my mother to make garments for me. When she was busy and couldn’t make them, I would sit at the sewing machine, and after a lot of frustration and failed projects, I finally learned how to sew!

What advice do you have for aspiring fashion designers?
LS: I always give the same advice to anybody that has a dream and is aspiring to build something. Before you sell a thousand or a million, you have to first sell one. Step by step is the key! Set yourself small goals that are reachable, always pushing forward into growing. The idea of selling a million is great, but it is impossible to do so at the beginning, and most people get disappointed and abandon their dream because it seems too far out of reach. You can always reach your goals with hard work and determination! The whole growing process is very gratifying as well. It is never about the destination and always about the journey.

Who are some of your favorite designers?
LS: I really admire designers that create beautiful garments with so much attention to detail like Valentino, as well as designers that push the limit and try to break ground for new ideas like Alexander McQueen. Every designer is unique and has different aesthetics. I try to see the beauty in everything they do, whether it is my taste or not and value the thought process and work behind every garment.

What are some of the personal touches you like to put on your clothes?
LS: I feel like the market is so big and there is so much variety and options out there for the consumer that I need to make each garment special and stand out by itself despite the whole collection. Usually there is a lot of detail and a lot of thought behind my designs. I like to manipulate the fabric into trying to transform it into something different and try to give everything a special touch that is mine.

Do you have a personal favorite garment that you have designed?
LS: I think it is probably the first garment I sold in a real store. My sewing wasn’t the best and not even the thread matched perfectly, a rookie's mistake! But someone went to that store, tried it on, loved it and bought it. It was such a great feeling!

Who or what inspires your designs?
LS: My line Scarabello is young and fun! It is catered for women who are gong on a date, going to a dinner party, a lounge, a bar, a club... out and about to have fun! I really like to listen to these women and understand them better because they are my inspiration, and I’m designing for them to feel special and beautiful.

Which of the three stores do you think your clothing would fit the best in?
LS: Saks! I know they will appreciate the thought and detail behind the garment. They are looking for unique items, so I think they are more willing to take a chance with new ideas.

Did you always want a career as a fashion designer?
LS: When I was little, I actually wanted to be an astronaut and then an FBI agent and the list can go on! I remember very clear the moment it hit me that I wanted to be a designer for the rest of my life. I was going to college in Boston (studying marketing), and I was still making clothes for myself on the side just for fun and for me to wear. One night I was out with my friends and I was wearing a top I made, and I remember a girl approached me and said she loved what I was wearing and [asked] where she could buy it. It was such a gratifying feeling to know somebody admired something I made that I turned to my friend Keiko and said to her "I know what I’m going to do the rest of my life.... I’m going to be a fashion designer!"

What was the best advice that the mentors gave you on the TV show?
LS: To be true to myself. You can't always please everybody, and there will always be people that admire your work and others that might not understand it. It’s okay to take a chance as long as it is true to yourself.

Why do you think you have what it takes to win Fashion Star?
LS: I feel like my attitude is always positive and I like to take criticism in order to become a better designer. If something doesn't work, I move on and make it work. Oh, and I always do better under pressure, which is a big plus.

What was the best part of your Fashion Star experience?
LS: Being able to work with such great people. The opportunity of having feedback from the mentors and the buyers on a daily basis and making a sell and realizing your dreams just came true!

Check out Fashion Star tonight at 10/9 Central p.m. to see what unique designs Luciana has come up with!

By: Annie Robinson | Images: Luciana Scarabello

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  1. I love Luciana and I hope she wins....she is so pretty and sweet! I love the way Saks is constantly buying her can win this thing, Luci!

    1. Hi, This is Luciana!!!! Thank you so much. You are so sweet! I'll try my best to get to the end!!!thank you thank you thank you for the best wishes.

    2. Lucian's you're such a great designer... I'm in love with the short blazer thing you made for Macy's... I'm so gonna buy it... Lots of love and I wish you all the best not just for the competition but for life.... You'll be a great designer muah<3

  2. You keep inspiring me and many others! I still remember that time when you told me about your 1st purchase: star black halter neck! lots of love keiko!

  3. I have to say that at this point in the show Luciana has become my favorite with Orly a close second. Those dresses from tonights episode (ep 7) were AMAZING and the fabrics were divine. The second one down the runway was the most beautiful print...I gasped when I saw it. I do wish that the final products use the same fabrics in the show but I imagine there is a good reason for that?

    I went online to buy it but already sold out! Congrats Luciana!!!

  4. Yes, Luciana is all around amazing! I was really excited to read this interview.


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