Karen Chuhua Yao, B.F.A. Fashion Design, hails from Honolulu, Hawaii. During her time at the
University, Karen has worked as a tailor assistant in Emporio Armani where she spent most of her time fitting and altering clients’ clothing. She also won the CFDA award. Karen’s collection aims to juxtapose a formal attitude with informal construction and forms. Her collection features classic suiting in a range of houndstooth and check patterns, contrasted with playful cobalt blue accents.