For some people, fashion is finding an outfit to wear on Friday night. For others, fashion is a way of life.

Detroit native Sage Simone undoubtedly falls into the latter category. This Fashion Mogul Challenge Runner-Up had years of schooling under her belt before landing a spot in Big Sean and Puma’s fashion competition.

“I was always interested in [fashion] from a very young age,” Simone explained during her FMC interview. “I was always sketching. I learned how to sell when I was really little and eventually I went to school for it.”

Sage enrolled in Parsons the New School for Design in 2009, majoring in fashion design, and earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2014.

During her junior year of college, she started an internship at Dennis Basso, working directly under the luxury fashion brand’s creative director. Sage worked as a member of the design team, and just before graduating from college, she was offered a permanent Assistant Designer position. She was later promoted to a full Designer, where she successfully pushed the brand’s designs for a younger demographic while maintaining loyalty to Dennis Basso’s devoted customers.

Sage’s experience designing high fashion wedding dresses and fur coats were a far cry from streetwear and Puma sneakers. But her talents were undeniable, and her inclusion in the Fashion Mogul Challenge was inevitable.

“This competition [was] for me, it was a way of stepping out of my comfort zone,” Simone began. “I’m not a streetwear designer like so many of the other contestants in the competition, but it was just a really interesting way for me to kind of see the different lanes and the different paths that could offer. I come from an evening wear background, but I still wanted to try this out, and it led to something really great for me, a great experience.”

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