I love anyone/anything that makes me think or look twice to figure out what I am seeing. At the risk of sounding too cerebral in regards to fashion, I like clothing and style to be served with a side of wit, thought or underlying message. My eye likes to be challenged and maybe this is why I am so drawn to ad campaigns, designers' collections and certainly people that are deemed androgynous. Recently, friends have shared links too good not to share...enjoy.
First, meet Casey Legler, recently featured in TIME Style.
Next, click on the shot below to see a recent Saint Laurent campaign...
And finally - my first photoshoot for Collar, Stand + Tie - these shots will always represent my core as a designer.
Just today, I was asked in an interview, "What inspires you?" There are many sources that inspire me visually, but it's a rare find when someone's essence pushes me to tap into the passion that drives me artistically. On those rare occasions I am reminded that there is only one me (and there is only one you) and to honor and nurture my unique point of view. The one and only Paul Richard is one of those inspirations for me. Click on his drip painting below and read a recently published article on Paul in the Huffington Post. Then watch for yourself.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, I have decided it's high time to take care of a few things that have been on my To Do List (in addition to showing at NYFW and launching my line ;) for some time now.
Kara's To Do List:
1. Get my website up and running.
2. Start blogging as a way to stay in contact with YOU.
3. Document my last year's journey all in one place.
4. Make a little piece of Kara Laricks available to you post Fashion Star and before Spring of 2013.
5. Do what I can to help with Hurricane Sandy relief.
And so...starting Monday, November 12, I will be able to check off my list. If you are reading this, you know I have accomplished #1 and #2. I am looking forward to #3 as I so often think, "What's next? What's next?" without taking the time to reflect on all that has happened in the last year in particular.
I am most excited about #4 and #5. The number one biggest frustration since the end of Fashion Star has been not being able to produce and sell Kara Laricks pieces quick enough for my incredibly stylish supporters to purchase! But that is about to change... The first piece I am making available on my website is a Kara Laricks throwback. New to you, but vintage to me, the hood + scarf was one of the very first items I designed, produced and sold myself at markets throughout NYC under my accessory label Collar, Stand + Tie (if you are a Fashion Star fan - you know where this name comes from). And now I am making a limited run of my hood + scarves (complete with original Collar, Stand + Tie labels!) available to you through my website in three of my very favorite color combinations. The best part? My hood + scarves (see below) are unisex, make great presents, are seasonless and 10% of the proceeds with go straight to the American Red Cross in an effort to do my part in helping Hurricane Sandy victims get back in their houses and on their feet. I guess that was more than one best part... Anyway - as a 'present' for the holidays, to yourself and/or those affected by Hurricane Sandy, shop Here!
With love and warmth,