CG Interviews Fashion Star's Kara Laricks

NBC’a Fashion Star competitor Kara Laricks always dreamed of a career in fashion, and her unique sense of style and design taste is clear. When it comes to fashion design, Kara is all about androgynous clothing and loves playing with menswear accents in her clothes. Kara’s designer icons, Yohji Yamamoto, Yves Saint Laurent and Jil Sander definitely have influenced her design style; however, regardless of her design icons, she always wants her clothing to be uniquely Kara.

What makes Kara’s clothing unique? Perhaps it is her skill for selecting fabrics or her knack for creating an overall look. For Kara, she claims it comes down to the details. 

“I incorporate a tie detail wherever I can,” Kara said. “I always love a menswear touch.”

Kara’s distinctive taste is clear with her designs, and we love her sense of direction when it comes to fashion.

Kara Laricks is a fierce competitor on NBC Fashion Star! This girl has been getting sale after sale from the buyers, and she is clearly taking the mentors’ advice. Could Kara be the winner of NBC Fashion Star? Tune in Tuesdays at 10/9 Central p.m. to watch Kara’s Fashion Star journey unfold!

When did you first start designing?
KL: I was a fourth grade teacher for 10 years before I started designing, so designing is definitely a second career for me!  But I have been designing in my head since I was a very little girl.

What advice do you have for aspiring fashion designers?
KL: Stay determined.  Stay focused.  Stay true to yourself.  And for those who don't believe in your vision?  Leave them in your glorious dust!

Who are some of your favorite designers?
KL: Yohji Yamamoto, Yves Saint Laurent, Jil Sander

What are some of the personal touches you like to put on your clothes?
KL: I incorporate a tie detail wherever I can. I always love a menswear touch.

When did you first start to develop your sense of style?
KL: I have always experimented with different styles. I think that the beauty of developing your style is that you must try all kinds of ideas out before settling into what style makes you feel most comfortable.  Today I feel pretty confident that a masculine meets feminine (think Annie Hall) style fits me best.

What celebrities do you see wearing your clothes?
KL: Honestly I would like to see brave everyday girls making my clothes their own. 

Did you always want a career as a fashion designer?
KL: I did!  However, my mom always encouraged me to choose a "safe career," which is why I went into teaching.  I wouldn't do things any differently. I loved my teaching career, and it has certainly provided me with the organizational and people skills needed to be a successful designer!

What was the best advice that the mentors gave you on the TV show?
KL: Stay true to Kara.

Do you have a personal favorite garment that you have designed?
KL: My favorite garment is STILL my Collar, Stand + Tie, the first accessory I showed on Fashion Star.  Why?  It really is my signature piece and what inspires the rest of my collection.

Who or what inspires your designs?
KL: The lovely combination of masculine meets feminine.  I feel like we all have a little of both in us and I love "gender blending!"

Why do you think you have what it takes to win Fashion Star?
KL: During my experience on Fashion Star I did my best to really listen to what the mentors and the buyers had to say while at the same time making sure that at the end of the day, I was proud of what I was sending down the runway. 

Which of the three stores do you think your clothing would fit the best in?
KL: I have always dreamed of selling next to my idols, many of which hang in Saks Fifth Avenue.  However, it has been really exciting so see how quickly clothing sells out at H&M - consumers love a bargain!

What was the best part of your Fashion Star experience?
KL: The best part of my Fashion Star experience was the opportunity to build a collection that is very "me" in front of America...that, and well, the incredible people I have had the chance to meet through the show.

By: Annie Robinson | Images: Tyler Golden/NBC Photos,

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