Feast Your Fashion-loving Eyes on Spring’s Most Exclusive Events

In the long stretch between fashion weeks from February to September, we are thankful for the spring and summer time events that keep our fashion eyes engaged. From the Met Gala to the Cannes Film Festival to Frieze New York, we relish each event to see how those looks that may not have appeared during awards season are gracing red carpets. At the University of Fashion, we are also keeping a close eye on the details to make sure U of F members have up-to-date videos, so that you, too, can create red carpet worthy garments.

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Zhang Ziyi in Carolina Herrera at the Met Gala

Every May, those of us in the fashion industry look forward to the theme of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual fashion exhibit. The Met Gala marks one of fashion’s biggest nights with stars dressed to reflect the exhibit’s theme.

This year’s exhibit China: Through the Looking Glass provided celebrities with inspiration. From red and gold hues to Mandarin collars to gorgeous lace detailing, the Eastern influence was in full force on the red carpet. Learn more about the rich history between fashion designers and Eastern tradition here. And for all of the red carpet looks, Vogue.com is your go-to source. If you are interested in learning how to illustrate Eastern inspired floral patterns or pattern draft a traditional Mandarin collar, the University of Fashion is your next stop.

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Liya Kebede wearing Proenza Schouler at Cannes


Red, white, gold and black continued to show up on the Cannes red carpet. During the famous French film festival, celebrities not only debuted their films, but also a variety of beaded, sheer and embroidered dresses. From draping the basic structure of these gowns to the intricate embroidery that makes each dress unique, visit the U of F to learn these techniques.

Now, as we wait for the street style photos to emerge from Frieze, Vogue holds us over with an article on the art world’s most stylish couples of all time. Enjoy a stylish start to your summer!

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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.