A Note from Kara Laricks, University of Fashion’s Newest Blogger

As a former fashion design student, the first winner of NBC’s Fashion Star and as a designer living and working in New York City, I am thrilled to share my experience and expertise with the University of Fashion community. Francesca Sterlacci, founder of the University of Fashion, was once my instructor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Due to her careful guidance and endless patience, I successfully learned how to pattern and sew a pair of trousers, an a-line dress and a notched collar jacket. When Francesca shared her vision for the University of Fashion with me, I knew I wanted to be a part of her quest to give students, emerging designers and industry professionals the tools and inspiration they need to succeed in the fashion industry.

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Trend Watch: The Bias Drape

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Hand drawing by Madame Grès, Spring/Summer 1948

Hand drawing by Madame Grès, Spring/Summer 1948

Paris Fashion Week continues to impress.  It is so interesting to see what inspires designers.  We love watching the shows unfold, as each collection has a unique story.

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Trend Watch: Crocodile

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Three fashion weeks down, one more to go.  Today marks the start of Paris fashion week, and we couldn’t be more excited.  Before Paris fashion week unfolds, we will recap a key trend seen in New York, London and Milan: CROCODILE

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Trend Watch LFW: FLORALS

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London Fashion Week has been off to a good start.  We are seeing similar trends as New York Fashion week, but with exciting twists. Stay tuned this week as we will be covering the trends emerging on London’s runway.

Colour is in full bloom on the runway, with pink being the ‘it’ colour.  We are also seeing floral prints, which will be the first key trend that we will be covering. Read More

Trend Watch NYFW: Lace and Sheers

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As the debate rages on about the expense of fashion week, especially given the fact that the Internet delivers the designer’s message real time to the world, one thing is for certain, the clothes do excite and inspire!  We will be covering the key trends during this fashion season, beginning with the lace and sheer trend.

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Product Development: From Design to Department Store

1140015-10-1307123566936Product Development is known as the process of following a product from concept to production. This process may differ depending on the size of the company. For a medium to large size company, many people are involved in the creation of a new design starting with the creative director and/or the designer who gets the ball rolling with the help of their design assistants. This process begins approximately one to two years in advance of the season for which the merchandise will be sold at retail.

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