Jazmin Whitley Exclusive Interview

Jazmin WhitleyJazmin Whitley, at just 19 years old, is already making quite an impression on the fashion industry with her line, Li Cari. With stars like Blu Cantrell wearing her gowns, showing her designs in Paris and London, and her upcoming documentary, Catwalk, Jazmin is taking a place in the spotlight. At this exciting time in her life, you can bet she’ll be well dressed!

THE STAR SCOOP:
Tell us about what you do and how you got involved with fashion.

JAZMIN WHITLEY:
I design women’s apparel. I started in high school, my collection in high school. Ever since then people ask me to make them one of my pieces, and I have personal clients that ask me to design the pieces. Then, ever since then I would make them pieces and then people see my clothes and ask, oh, who’s that by, or if I was wearing it, oh who made that, and I would say, oh I made it. When I would wear them to parties and events, people would ask me to make them pieces.

THE STAR SCOOP:
You started in high school. What do you think was the key to you being successful at such a young age?

JAZMIN WHITLEY:
Well, I started taking classes in high school. My high school had fashion design class, and when I found out I was interested, I signed up for that class right away. Once I took that class, I said, wow, I really want to do this. During my summer vacations, when I would travel, I would take fashion classes. I would travel to Brazil or Italy, and I would study fashion. Once I knew that it was what I really wanted to do, I put everything in and I started working on it already. I think that’s how I started, because I started so young, it built up faster and people really liked it.

THE STAR SCOOP:
How would you describe what your fashion style is?

JAZMIN WHITLEY:
It changes. I think my style is really girly and feminine. I love classic glamour, old Hollywood looking. I love lace.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Where do you get inspiration for your designs?

JAZMIN WHITLEY:
It depends if I have someone in mind, and I’m making something for one person, then I’ll have them. If I’m just creating my collection, I’ll get my inspiration from everything. I love traveling, since it really inspires me and opens my eyes to different cultures.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Is there someone in particular you would love to see one of your designs on, if the opportunity ever presented itself?

JAZMIN WHITLEY:
Oh, gosh. I would love to dress Nicole Kidman. She’s so classic Hollywood glamour, and so gorgeous. I would love to dress her.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Obviously as a designer, you can make clothes for yourself. But if you’re going out shopping, what kind of places do you like to go to?

JAZMIN WHITLEY:
I never go shopping. It’s so funny. But I love American Apparel. It’s so fun shopping there. Also, when I’m shopping too, I know what goes into the whole productioin of the clothing, and I’ll read all the labels. If it’s made in a country that’s overseas and doesn’t support child labor laws, it’s hard for me, because I don’t support that, so I wouldn’t buy a garment made somewhere like that.

THE STAR SCOOP:
Now you’re probably used to getting exposure. But what was it like early on, having that first person ask you to make something?

JAZMIN WHITLEY:
It was so exciting. Actually, I designed a gown for Blu Cantrell for a performance that she had. It was just so exciting to see her wear it on the red carpet. She looked so glamorous and I was so proud and I was so excited. It was funny because I was shopping at the grocery store and I picked up a [magazine], and I was flipping through it and then I saw my dress in there and I saw Blu Cantrell wearing it. I screamed inside the grocery store.

THE STAR SCOOP:
What is a misconception about the fashion world of which people should be aware?

JAZMIN WHITLEY:
I think that when people think of fashion, they don’t necessarily think of hard work. They just think of fun and glamour and they don’t really think about what goes into it, the different stages of production, making decisions about how you want to go about making your line.

THE STAR SCOOP:
What are you doing currently?

JAZMIN WHITLEY:
Well right now I’m still just designing women’s apparel. I want to do a men’s line soon. I’m also working on a project called Catwalk, and it’s a TV series documentary and it kind of follows my career and my growth as a designer, and it shows all fun, glamorous things that I get to do and all the stressful, crazy situations. I just finished shooting the pilot and it’s done, so now I’m going to go to London Fashion Week, February 11, and I’m doing Paris Fashion Week after London, and then doing all the European shows. I feel really blessed to be where I am right now.

THE STAR SCOOP:
What goals do you have for your future in fashion?

JAZMIN WHITLEY:
I just hope to keep learning and growing as a designer, and be successful. I want to see my clothes on more people and not just celebrities, but everyone.

THE STAR SCOOP:
If people are interested in getting your clothes, where can they do that?

JAZMIN WHITLEY:
Right now, you can shop online at my website and shoplicari.com. I also have my clothing in boutiques in L.A. They’re listed on the website.

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