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Fashion trends for 2014 include red, black, gold, and green colors according to celebrity fashion stylist/designer Fallon Seaborn who buys and styles for both high-end clients and businessmen and women on a budget.

In Los Angeles County, the fashion industry "cluster" employed 65,576 people, making it the fourth largest cluster in the county. The figure comes from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.

I asked Fallon her opinion about fashions for 2014, celebrity styles, and fashion tips on a budget.

What about styles in the coming year?

That’s going to be interesting. You will see more women and men dressing androgynous. Women will totally channel their inner tom boy sexy. Men are going more for the metro sexual fitted look with vibrant colors, floral patterns and advanced grooming.

Much of our culture is celebrity-driven. What makes people like Kanye West and Kim Kardashian fashion trendsetters?

You look at both of them, they’re outstanding in the way they dress and always have on the latest and greatest designs.

They’re very bold and they take huge risks in every aspect of their career, fashion, and lifestyle. So people love copying and looking at things they can aspire to be and become. I feel Kanye, Jay Z are looked up to for high end fashion and lifestyle and that’s why they’re looked at as ‘wow, what are they wearing and what are they doing?’

You look at the blogs we’re interested not just in what they’re wearing, but the restaurants and clubs they attend, and what they’re driving.

Fashion is about the whole person then?

It’s a negative and a positive. The positive side of it is when you wear a certain style people can gauge who you are. Your fashion reflects on your personal brand.

I love fashion. It’s evolved into something great and big.

It seems like we know celebrities. Social media must play a role in bringing stars seemingly closer to us.

We used to think celebrities were aliens and you never thought you’d get a glimpse of their lives or shop where they could shop. It was like ‘wow.’ With social media, you do feel closer.

What advice do you have for people who don’t have celebrity-level clothing budgets?

It’s not who you wear, it’s how you wear it. I know women who shop on Rodeo and they can stand next to a woman who just shopped at Target and the woman at Target gets more response than the woman who shopped at Rodeo.

Your style is how confident you are and does it look good on you?

When it comes to budget, I work with everyone. I don’t turn away a client who has a limit of $250 to spend.

I give my clients websites to look at and stores they can visit and they can look great.

Fallon’s clients include comedians Kat Williams and Leslie Jones, former heavyweight champion Tommy Hearns, and NHRA race car driver Nicole Lyons.

Fallon Seaborn’s website has her full portfolio.

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