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Agoura High School FIDM Fashion Club is hosting their 9th Annual Fashion Show on Friday, May 8, 2015, at 7:00 pm at The Performing Arts Education Center on the campus of Agoura High School, and you're invited! Tickets will be available on thepaec.org very soon or at the door. Reserved seating is available.

Kim Speth is the advisor to the 35-member club from Agoura Hills, California, which started eleven years ago. Follow them on Twitter @agourafashion and read on for our exclusive Q&A with Co-President Gwendolyn Royal, our Featured FC Member from December...

Tell us about your fashion show: Our fashion show has been taking place annually for nine years. It features student designers of all ages who want to showcase their creativity. Each designer sews and designs four to six of their own looks, chooses their own models, and does their own hair and makeup. We have nine designers this year.

Everything is student run—from the planning to the sound and lighting. This year we taking leaps to the show by adding fashion week before the show in order to promote. 

How are you promoting it? We are doing a fashion week on campus the week before the show, with dress-up days and competitions to win tickets to the show. We are also advertising it on posters at school. Also promoting it through social media and contacting local schools in our area.

What is the theme? Each collection has its own unique theme—from workout attire to jungle to rock-n-roll.

What styles will be on the runway? Menswear, womenswear, ready-to-wear, couture, costume, and almost anything you can think of.

What the best part about organizing an event like this? The best part about organizing an event like this is giving people a platform to showcase their creativity. We are all aspiring fashion designers and this gives us a way to share our art with the community. 

What are the biggest challenges? The biggest challenges are deadlines and communication. There are so many amazing people working on this event and it can sometimes be challenging to coordinate with everyone.

Anything else you'd like to share? We have been working on this event since last summer and we would love to share it with all of you.

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Brittany Snow

Here's a breakdown of Pitch Perfect 2 actress Brittany Snow's red carpet makeup. (The Beauty Department)

We're loving these spring outfits inspired by the lovely Brigitte Bardot. (The Glamourai)

This white on white outfit might be the most perfect spring look we've ever seen. (For All Things Lovely)

How cute are these DIY patterned postcards? (Studio DIY)

We can't wait to try Eco Diva Beauty lipstick in Strike It Up. (Jillian Harris)

Beauty buys that give you glowing, luminous skin. (HuffPost Style)

Tricks to make your hair look thicker. (The Zoe Report)

This visual diary featuring downtown Los Angeles is everything! (Mademoiselle Robot)

Here's the right way to do layers in the spring. (Penny Pincher Fashion)

The best beauty products to buy from...Whole Foods? Indeed! (Racked)

Is FIDM right for you? Take our Career Quiz and find out!

Prom-necklaces

There's nothing quite like an amazing statement necklace for prom. We found five under $30 that we are totally loving.

1. Twisted Cord Rhinestone Statement Necklace, $14.90, forever21.com
2. Bow Necklace with White Beads, $12.60, jcpenney.com
3. White Bead Cluster Statement Necklace, $14.95, hm.com
4. Crystal Statement Necklace, $26, nordstrom.com
5. Gold Filigree Statement Necklace, $8.99, charlotterusse.com

Summer-contest

This just in. Our Summer Kickoff Contest has been extended to May 29! Create a Pinterest board around your best summer EVER for a chance to win a $275 fashion and beauty prize pack!

Get all the details and enter to win on FashionClub.com!

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Fragrance designer André Barnwell, who teaches Fundamentals of Fragrance in FIDM's Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing Program, is our guest beauty blogger, reviewing fragrances and reporting on fragrance trends. André says...

Heat Wild Orchid, Beyoncé's latest fragrance, follows in the success of Heat which debuted in 2010. Heat Wild Orchid has top notes of boysenberry, coconut nectar, and pomegranate; middle notes of butterfly orchid, magnolia, and honeysuckle; and base notes of white woods, amber, and musk. This combination gives a vanilla type experience even though vanilla is not in the formula. Heat Wild Orchid by Beyoncé is available in 15, 30, 50 and 100 ml sizes as an eau de parfum spray.

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SANTIAGO

Santiago High School FIDM Fashion Club President Madison Smith shares with us her club story about "Revolution: 10th Annual Fashion Show." Her 30-member club in Corona, California, started in 2012 with Carlotta Maggi as their Fashion Club Advisor. Follow them on Instagram @fashionclubsantiago. Read on to find out what Madison has to say...

On March 14, 2015, the Fashion Department of Santiago High School had a night to remember. It was our 10th anniversary fashion show and the theme we chose was "Revolution." Designers created amazing pieces that started an uprise of fresh new concepts of the past. With over 20 first-time designers, this was our biggest outcome yet. We had many return from last year to create some lines with up to 13 pieces.

Eras such as the Industrial Revolution, Steampunk, and iconic figures like Rosie the Riveter were translated on the runway with pieces that displayed originality.

For Fashion Club this is our biggest event of the year, and designers start with sketches months prior. We head off in October on a field trip to the Garment District in Downtown Los Angeles and we also tour the FIDM campus. From then on, every day in fashion class, designers are sewing, as well as after school during our club meetings.

It takes a team of people to plan lights, music, props, and hair/makeup. Starting in November we begin our model tryouts and practices. We have amazing girls participating and practicing in the hallways during club to get ready for the big day. By January we have our promotional posters designed and ready to be printed out.

We get our name out there by doing announcements and as well having promo videos be shown on our school's video show.

This year we had returning judges from years past as well as graduating students from last year. Ary Morales attends the OC campus and is an official FIDM Social Ambassador, and Sabrine Huizar is studying Fashion Design at FIDM.

Overall the night was a success. The dedication from the students who put in time to make it happen is what makes our FIDM Fashion Club pretty special. All the preparation and hard work pays off when designers see their outfits hit that theater stage. It's a feeling of excitement, nerves, and most importantly pride. The talent and creativity flows among everyone and makes for a motivated group of people!

Check out more of their beautiful images below.

We want to hear your club stories! If you are in an official FIDM Fashion Club and would like to become a contributor to the blog, please email info@fashionclub.com. 

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Southeast Polk

Southeast Polk High School FIDM Fashion Club President Jayna Pearce shares with us her club story about meeting Project Runway's Tim Gunn! Her 15-member club in Des Moines, Iowa, started almost one year ago with Norine Vlieger as her Fashion Club Advisor. Read on to find out what Jayna has to say...

We went to the annual speech at Drake College where Tim Gunn was the guest speaker. As the Fashion Club President, I got to ask the last open question and then we went to his signing event where we got pictures with him. He talked about a lot of things, like how he really enjoys working with all the people in Project Runway. He also went into detail about why they switched channels and also why he decided to save Char Glover.

He was exactly like how he is portrayed throughout Project Runway—very funny and very down to earth. He also told lots of stories of his past experiences; a lot can be found in his lovely inspiring books.

I am so glad I could bring to my Fashion Club members this once-in-a-lifetime experience of meeting such an amazing figure. It is definitely a day none of us will forget. It's the day our club first started to feel like a family.

We want to hear your club stories! If you are in an official FIDM Fashion Club and would like to become a contributor to the blog, please email info@fashionclub.com. 

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Valencia

This week, Valencia High FIDM Fashion Club President Kimmy Baggelaar shares with us her club story about their recent photo shoot. Her 15-member club started three years ago with Eve Itaya as her Fashion Club Advisor. Read on to find out what Kimmy has to say...

The Valencia High School FIDM Fashion Club recently participated in a photo shoot to showcase different styling techniques. We assembled a camera crew, as well as a nail polish station, hair station, makeup station, and accessories station. The remaining girls were divided into stylists and models.

We each brought some clothes and threw them all in a pile to be mix matched and worn as new. The stylists had the creativity to pick which outfits they thought would fit the mood of the picture. The camera crew experimented with traditional and unorthodox shooting techniques, and the models had the opportunity to experience new roles as models!

Shooting in local outdoor locations, our team was able to grow as individuals as well as become more seasoned artists.

One of my goals was to provide an environment where each student would feel that they could contribute something unique to the activity or event. We each think differently and it is important to embrace these qualities and allow them to flourish. As our high school years are very formative to our personal development, I think this photo shoot embodied aspects that represent each person and their choice of artistic expression.

Check out some of their beautiful images below from their shoot.

We want to hear your club stories! If you are in an official FIDM Fashion Club and would like to become a contributor to the blog, please email info@fashionclub.com. 

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H&M jumpsuit

The first weekend of Coachella is over and everywhere we look we're seeing cool pics of girls in their festival finest jumpsuits, crochet, fringe, and '70s-esque denim. Inspired by snaps of Alessandra Ambrosio, Gigi Hadid, and Kendall Jenner, we're shopping for pieces like this H&M Jumpsuit. It's perfect for a music festival and beyond. In fact, it just might become our go-to piece all season. 

Gucci Westman

Gucci Westman, perhaps one of the best-known makeup artists in the industry, is leaving Revlon after 7 years as the beauty brand's global artistic director. Westman is a fixture at Fashion Week, creating looks for Rag & Bone, Marchesa, J. Mendel, and Oscar de la Renta, to name a few, and has had a pivotal role in helping Revlon compete against high end makeup brands which also sponsor Fashion Week shows. No word yet on what the makeup artist's next steps will be (we'd totally love to see her start her own beauty brand), but we'll likely know soon, as she is leaving Revlon on Wednesday, April 15th.

 

Donna Karan

DKNY, Donna Karan's diffusion line, will soon have a new creative director. WWD is reporting that the label's CEO, Caroline Brown, is looking for someone new to head up the fashion design team, a role which has been held by DKNY Executive Vice President of Design Jane Chung since its inception (despite having never designed for the label, Donna Karan has always taken the bow at the end of each fashion show). According to the report, bright, young fashion stars Prabal Gurung, Public School's Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, and Andrea Lieberman of A.L.C. are named as possible candidates, although none of them confirmed. DKNY appeals to a younger customer base than Karan's eponymous line and is owned by LVMH, which has historically brought in fresh, young talent to refresh its labels.

 

Valentino Flagship

There's only one thing dreamier than a Valentino gown: 15,823 square feet of Valentino apparel, shoes, and accessories. The Italian fashion house just opened a flagship store in Rome, and needless to say, its the biggest one ever. Designed with luxury in mind, the space is located next to the 16th-century Palazzo Mignanelli (the label’s creative headquarters) in Piazza di Spagna, with interiors that feature a Venetian terrazzo with Carrara chippings, timber, leather, and marble. The space will house both women- and menswear, including made-to-measure denim for men. 

 

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