At only 19 years old, Chicago native and Columbia College Chicago fashion business major Lauren Fern is determined to continue making her already impressively defined mark in the city’s fashion scene. As a little girl, she took pride in using her clothing creativity to express how she wanted the world to view her. Now, Fern keeps busy as a fashion consultant at Michael Kors, attending and assisting at events as well as curating her own fashion happenings. This trailblazer insists on taking the industry and its offerings into her own hands — and the result? Pure fabulousness.
Name: Lauren Fern
Role: Fashion Business Major, Event Planner, Socialite-Extraordinaire
CollegeFashionista: What encouraged you to get involved in fashion?
Lauren Fern: My interest in fashion wasn’t forced and it stemmed at a young age. It was flipping through Vogue magazines or W magazines that my mom would have laid out on the table and being attracted to the energy that came from those images. I was always really into dressing my own way and experimenting with my own clothing. Whether it was wearing two different shoes at once or putting a skirt over jeans and calling it my creation, I felt so good about looking different and knowing it was all due to my own creativity.
CF: What are you currently doing to exercise that passion?
LF: I’m taking my fashion interest and the fact that I’m from Chicago, combining them and trying my best to network as well as throw and host my own events. I did this trunk show on a rooftop in Old Town where I put my vintage clothing collection on an “everything is $10” rack and I showcased all this cute furniture from the Randolph Street Market I wanted to sell. Just going in and doing it taught me a lot because there were conflicts I ran into that I didn’t expect. Being an independent producer and being so young, I was forced to face them and just solve the little things that arise when you’re doing such a big event.
CF: What advice could you give to all the Fashionistas and Fashionistos out there?
LF: Don’t ever second guess what you’re capable of mainly because you are only holding yourself back if you don’t go out there and do it. It’s important to explore, laugh at yourself if you have to, be free but also be serious— see what fits you best but it’s important to stay true to yourself and just remember to live life purposely.
Learn More: With three years left at Columbia College Chicago, keep your eye out for Lauren’s Womanswear features on The Chicago Chic as well as any fun events that she may have up her sleeve! Love her look? Play with simple colors and fun textures, like in this Love 21 embellished tank and comfortable H&M knee-length pencil skirt. With a bold pair of city-friendly Elenda sandals by Jeffrey Campbell, you’re ready to explore the streets as if they were your personal runway.