Celebrity stylist, designer, wife, and mother to one, it’s safe to say Karla Welch is as much a power-player as the styling industry gets. What her clients wear can mean millions in free advertising for fashion labels and cement the forever style status of the talent.
With an impressive celebrity clientele including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and Karlie Kloss it’s not hard to see why Los Angeles-based Welch has been recognised as one of the world’s most powerful stylists by both The Hollywood Reporter and New York Times.
She has styled large-scale campaigns for Dior and L’Oréal, and magazine editorials for some of the most famous magazines in the world. But her day-to-day has been much more than just dressing celebrities of late. Her own label XKarla collaborated with Hanes on a range of white shirts – covered by GRAZIA at the time and worn by Kaia Gerber, Joan Smalls and Bieber in the global campaign.
“Karla and I have always pushed boundaries together and this collaboration is a continuation of that,” Bieber has said of endorsing wares by Welch, who switched over time from being his fashion advisor to a close friend.
She’s even added pop tour costume designer to her list of career highs, having designed over 60 custom pieces for Justin Bieber’s Believe World Tour. Her 10-piece denim collection for Genetic Denim’s Visionaries garnered acclaim and she regularly collaborates with top designers to custom-make gowns for big events like the Oscars and Met Ball.
Welch’s love for fashion runs deep. Her father owned a menswear store, which saw her grow up around retail. Her Instagram feed is a range of genuine points of interest, filled with motivating quotes, personal moments and current projects. Authentic and hardworking are two words Welch’s clientele repeatedly use to describe her.
Welch stars in Part 4 of The Outnet’s Elevated Style series which interviews A-list celebrity stylists in an elevator set. Other celebrity dressers featured in the interview series include Brad Goreski, Jill Lincoln, Jordan Johnson, Cristina Ehrlich, Jamie Mizrahi and Jason Rembert. Watch Welch in the 90-second video below.
Watch Karla in The Outnet Series: Elevated Style