How Stylist Karla Welch Is Empowering Women in a Whole New Way


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Karla Welch is synonymous with fashion, as she has built her career as a celebrity stylist and style icon. In fact, when we last spoke to her in 2018 on Second Life, she revealed how she got her start in the fashion industry, which ultimately led to starting her own clothing brand, xKarla. Today, Welch remains prominent in the Hollywood fashion scene, dressing some of the biggest figures in the industry like Justin Bieber, Tracee Ellis Ross, Olivia Wilde, and Sarah Paulson. Most recently, she was the visionary behind the looks of America Ferrera and Greta Gerwig during the 2024 award season.