Style Guru Bio: Layla Li

My name is Layla Li and I am a junior at Boston University studying Public Relations and Psychology. I am really excited to be a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista because I now finally have a legitimate reason to stop all you Fashionistas/Fashionistos on the street and ask about your styles.

Fashion has always been a part of me. I got my first fashion job when I was seven when I started giving style advice to my mom, and it didn’t just end there. I have worked for many fashion companies in PR, retail, events and journalism functions, and every single one of my jobs inspire me to learn more!

I am not only inspired by big names in fashion such as Coco Chanel or Karl Lagerfeld, but I also find my passion in movies which are made better by costume designers like Colleen Atwood and Eiko Ishioka. Photographers like Annie Leibovitz, Chen Man and hair stylist like Vidal Sassoon are also a big part of my fascination.

The most exciting part about fashion and my style is change. Oscar Wlide said fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. But that was a century ago, now everything moves much faster. I can be your bohemian sweetheart two springs ago, and I can also be a neon and cat-eye lover now. I have a strong appetite for bright color, print, asymmetrical design and a clean-cut look. However, I'm not a big fan of mesh, lace or bows if they are not properly handled. I basically fill my wardrobe with online shopping purchases and flash sales.

I am so excited to be in New York for the summer and intern at Vera Wang. I will be writing for the ALL ABOUT BEAUTY section every Thursday, so be prepared to be surprised by the beauty world of New York.

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