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Learn about the life, success and style of American reality TV star and fashion designer Lauren Conrad.
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Reality Star and Fashion Designer Lauren Conrad Bio
Host: From Reality TV star to fashion designer extraordinaire, Lauren Conrad has proved that the real reality of hard work is paying off.
Best known for featuring in the MTV Reality Television shows Laguna Beach, The Real Orange County and its spin-off “The Hills,” Conrad while in her first couple of seasons for Laguna Beach graduated high school in 2004 then studied at the Academy of Art University for one semester.
During the second season of the reality show, she attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, private college in California. Conrad then relocated to Los Angeles. Her move to LA was documented in the first season of “The Hills” along with her work as an intern for Teen Magazine.
In 2008 and only at the age of 22, Conrad who always had a love for fashion, held her first fashion show at Culver City, Smashbox Studios.
Lauren Conrad: Interned in showrooms, interned for companies and retail. I’ve done trade shows and I worked for a magazine. I kind of worked my way up and yeah, I didn’t get to do a line before I would have but I think that anyone else came on the same opportunity, probably would have taken advantage of it and I am not going to try to defend myself for that.
Host: Pieces on the catwalk were named after her friends such as Zua Ruched dressed in envy or Monique’s strapless fitted lace top with Bridget lace skirt both in black. The color palette was black, cream, violet and red.
Her debut collection from the fall 2008 line was inspired by a trip to Reality TV star took to Paris and featured 30 different looks with flowing wraps and strapless dresses head with accessories such as gloves and berets.
Conrad was not alone for her first fashion show though as designer Sherry Wood, better known for her line Tart served as creative director for the Lauren Conrad collection.
Conrad celebrity status might have brought clout to the show but would clarify no corners were cut. Both designers worked just as hard as all the others with Conrad focusing on creative design while Wood handles the business side.
Midway through LA Fashion Week, the actress and aspiring fashion designer presented her Spring 2009 Collection at Smashbox Studios. The clothing featured primarily solid colors, cream, browns, blues and black, as well as variety of polka dot patterns and the lines were clean and simple and quite feminine.
The fabrics ranged from form fitting to flowing with styles including baby doll dresses, bubble skirts and short shorts and most models started the catwalk wearing a large silk flower attached to a headband that bulge lightly as they made their way down the catwalk.
For this collection, she was inspired by everything from images and magazines to vintage garments and prefers classic looks which will still look good in six months time. Conrad describes her line as fun and flirty.
Only new in the fashion industry, the reality star turned fashion designer is already receiving accolades for her work. While attending a HIV/AIDS galore in Los Angeles in 2008, Conrad was honored the Celebrity Designer of the Year.
She has also been known to appear at events and posed for photographers on the red carpet wearing her own designs like her black dress from her Fall 2008 Holiday line.
She may be a Reality TV star who struggles with a lack of privacy but Conrad now gets to attend all the cool parties and then some of the coolest outfits like the opening of Dolce and Gabbana’s Flagship boutique on trendy Robertson Boulevard in LA where she walked to the arrival line wearing a D&G black dress and talked about how the economy is affecting retail stores and the fashion industry.
Earning an estimated $1.5 million annually for her television appearances, fashion line and product endorsements, Conrad still plans to stay in the fashion business for as long as possible and with the amount of success and praise she has already achieved for her creative designs, it looks like, she’ll definitely be around for a while longer.