Get to know Etsy designer prairieoats

Prairieoats is a fantastic jewelry designer that likes to use a wide variety of materials. Her bio explains in detail about her design career and how she got to where she is now.

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Career Advice: Vera Wang

A lesson learned or two from Vera Wang.

1. It’s not just about what you design, it is who you dress.

2. Timing is everything

Even though her preference was for sportswear, the opportunity in fashion in the late ’80s-early ’90s was eveningwear and bridal because those were big, expensive show-stopping pieces in the spirit of Christian Lacroix. Now, Wang says, in this era of Theory and Topshop, she’d probably do the reverse and start with contemporary, everyday clothes.

3. Luck helps too: It’s better to be lucky than smart.

4. Nothing is new in fashion; its about how you reintepret it.

There are only so many ways a garment can be sewn to be functional and flattering, Wang says. The challenge for the designers is to twist it and make it their own.

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