Karlie Mark is changing the fashion game with her unique quirky style that seamlessly blends humor and darkness. Through her brand, Puppets and Puppets (@puppetsandpuppets), Karlie proudly defies the norm to create her own fresh looks and flashy pieces. The fashion industry is taking notice.
“This brand represents me,” Carly says. “It’s a little left of center.
Growing up in Detroit, Curley was “always surrounded by art.” An artist and designer mother once walked into her bedroom to find young Curly painting a dress. I did.”
Carly’s mother’s predictions eventually came true, but it took ten years of art work in New York for Carly to realize what her true passion was. After she realized the art world wasn’t for her, she decided to turn to fashion. “I drew a line. It flowed out of me and it felt right,” she says. I’ve taken in everything I know.”
Carly’s fine arts background was a pillar of her early inspiration, but what really helped set her apart was her broad and eclectic list of interests. Horror films, anime, fantasy, science fiction, and more all helped shape Curly’s aesthetic as a designer. “I love all forms of escapism,” she says. “And I love humor.”
Humor, in particular, remains central to Curley’s work. In her third fashion season, Carly created a belt using resin cookies as the buckle. Sensing her trend, Karlie attached a resin cookie to her black handbag. “Everyone likes black handbags. Everyone likes cookies,” says Curly. “alright, let’s go.”
For Karlie, her unique approach to fashion has filled a gap in the New York fashion scene. “When I launched the brand, I was definitely trying to be a disruptor. I saw a void in New York fashion,” she says. They weren’t just trying ‘something’. And I thought, “I can do this.” I can fill that void.
Carly’s style is driven by “silly”, but Carly’s design is more layered than it looks. “Humor dominates me and inspires me. I want to laugh and smile every day,” she says. “But at the same time, what really excites me is the humor and the darkness, the intersection of light and darkness. Because it’s both. Everything is both. And I like that.”
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