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EVEN though she's got her own fashion line, Lourdes Leon - better known to the masses as Lola, the daughter of Madonna - admits that she had a lot to learn when she first launched the Material Girl brand.

"It was really hard at first because I didn't know what I was doing," Lola, dressed in a tank top and jean cutoffs, said in a recent interview.

"I was like, 'You know, not a lot of people wear this. Let me just wear it.' It wasn't even that it looked good on me. I was just like, 'Let me do this because not a lot of people are doing it.' Now I feel like I can follow fashion a lot better than I used to, but also have some of my own take on it."

Her learning curve is understandable: After all, she's just 14. But she's already a fashion star with Material Girl, which is geared toward teens and sold at Macy's. The line, which she launched with her mother last year, is now branching out into cosmetics, undergarments and nail polish.

Through laughs and typical teenager banter, Lola talked about her vision for Material Girl, her mom and fashion dos and don'ts.

Q: It's been a year since your clothing line launched. What have you learned about fashion over the past 12 months?

A: I learned a lot of things that I shouldn't wear or do. Like don't wear white to school, because it gets dirty really fast. I don't think you should wear shorts that are too small or shorts that are too big either because I find myself looking really awkward. It takes me a really long time to find the perfect pair of shorts. I like the ones you can pull up to your belly button almost, which makes it look extra weird and retro.

Q: Your mom once told me that the two of you don't always agree on designs.

A: Absolutely. Every day. ... I will be like, "Mom, you can't wear that." Or she will be like, "Lola, you can't wear that." A lot of the time we don't listen to each other, but sometimes we do.

Q: When it comes to design, who wins?

A: Me. I have to tell her, "Mom, it is the in thing. This is what kids are doing now. If you don't do this, then it is going to suck." And then she usually gives in.

Q: Is your mom's closet an inspiration?

A: Her closet is huge. All the time. I am always in there and if no one knows where I am in the house, it is usually my mom's closet and I am usually taking something without asking her. She gets mad at me.

Q: What's it like to have a fashion line at such a young age?

A: It is really cool, and fun to know my friends enjoy it, and to know a lot of people enjoy it because it is also what I like. My friends have great style. I go to an arts school, so people are really artistic and passionate about things that inspire what they wear.

Q: Advice. What's a fashion faux pas?

A: Don't wear white. I am all for crop tops, but I don't like it when people wear crop tops that are excessively cropped. Really, don't be a skank with your crop top. I think boots are always a "go-to," no matter what you are wearing, but you always have to make sure they don't cut off your leg because that's not right. When you are wearing heels, it is more comfortable to walk in platforms. Platforms always look good, they are more comfortable and they make you look way taller. The hippie bands around your head are very out. Don't ever wear that again.

Q: What is your vision for the line?

A: I think it's evolved and now it is at a point where we have so much stuff that I use and that I think other people will really enjoy using, so I like it.


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