University of Fashion Blog

Posts by: Kara Laricks

Kara Laricks is a regular contributor to the University of Fashion. She’s also a New York based women's wear and accessories designer. As the first winner of NBC's Fashion Star, Kara has designed collections for H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her masculine meets feminine line, Kara Laricks, debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2012 and her S/S 2013 collection sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kara's designs have been featured on the Today Show and HBO's True Blood as well as covered in Women's Wear Daily and on Style.com. Kara holds Master's degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. An educator turned designer, Kara is dedicated to supporting emerging designers and inspiring others to follow where dreams lead.

Instructor spotlight: Martha Palaza

There’s nothing like the excitement (and sometimes nerves!) that accompany the start of a new school semester. As fashion design students, you’re busy gathering the supplies you need for your next draping class, researching inspiration for your next project and possibly beginning to put together your professional portfolio. Most likely, you are also building your professional network as you work with your classmates and get to know your instructors. Read More

Can you name 5 influential fashion illustrators?

- - Field Trip, Illustration

If you were asked to name 5 influential fashion designers, chances are you would be able list them faster than I could say McQueen, Kawakubo, Yamamoto, Chanel and Vionnet. If you were asked to do the same for fashion illustrators, who would top your list? After our most recent field trip to El Museo del Barrio here in NYC, we are thrilled to introduce you to the work of Antonio Lopez. Read More

Long Live McQueen

- - Technology

You may have heard by now that a fashion student at London’s famed Central Saint Martins is attempting to create a jacket and bags out of the late Alexander McQueen’s skin, grown from his DNA. In reality, what Tina Gorjanc is attempting to create is a process that may have controversial implications reaching far beyond the fashion world. Read More

How does Brexit affect us (in the US), really?

- - Fashion Business

The dust has settled from the initial shock of Brexit – Britain’s exit from the European Union. Yet what so many Brits were concerned about for months prior to the vote, we in the US just seem to be processing. How does the UK’s decision affect us? And more specifically, how does Britain’s departure from the EU affect the fashion industry both here and abroad? We break down what Brexit means for us in the US. Read More

A Danish designer you should know: Henrik Vibskov

- - Field Trip

Within the first few days of arriving in magical Copenhagen, I found myself out in the waters of beautiful Christanshavn on a private boat with the owner of Red Roses, my now favorite coffee shop (and daily ritual) in Copenhagen. Earlier in the day, I struck up a conversation with Tue, the man behind this gem of a cafe. I talked about missing the Lower East Side in NYC and Tue mentioned that he and his family had just been there. Before I knew it, Tue was giving me a tour of the gorgeous waters of Copenhagen, and I quickly forgot my homesickness. Read More

A bright spot in today’s news: Celebrating CFDA award winners

- - Fashion Events

In a time when we are experiencing the height of a heated presidential race in addition to the horrific shootings targeting the LGBTQ community in Orlando, writing a meaningful blog post about fashion seems difficult. However just like the motion picture industry, historically, the fashion industry has been a place to turn to in times where a little joy is needed. And so, as we look toward the future, it seems fitting to acknowledge fashion’s future by featuring a few of the recent, and possibly lesser known names awarded by CFDA partner, Swarovski at the CFDA Awards ceremony last week. Congratulations are in order! Read More

Coming to you from Copenhagen

Apologies - the pumpkin seed roll was devoured before this pic was taken...

Apologies – the pumpkin seed roll was devoured before this pic was taken…

As a writer, blogger and editor, I have the luxury of working anywhere in the world with a strong wi-fi connection. As a fashion designer and long time lover of unique style and fashion perspectives other than my own, this freedom affords me the opportunity to travel and experience life from another perspective now and then. This week, I am comfortably situated at a cozy cafe in Copenhagen with the first latté of my day on my right and a roll topped with pumpkin seeds on my left. Read More

Instructor spotlight: William Drummond

The University of Fashion is proud of our talented instructors. We value their unique perspective, ability to clearly deliver fashion design instruction and their expertise in their chosen fields. This week we are featuring our newest CAD instructor, William Drummond, as a perfect example of the wealth of knowledge and experience our instructors bring to the design table. Read More