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April 21, 2014

What's New, What's Hot: A New Direction for Jimmy Choo, Mary Katrantzou x Adidas, a Makeup Line for Bunny Lovers

Jimmy ChooSandra Choi, Jimmy Choo's new creative director, has only held the title since last year but it hasn't taken her long to switch gears and take the high-end accessories label in a new direction. "It's a new chapter. But I don't want to change the whole thing," Choi said. "It’s more about modernizing it. I want the brand to have all the ingredients to carry on. That’s beyond me. That’s beyond any single person." That "modernization" includes a new store concept on Beverly Hills' famous Rodeo Drive designed by David Collins Studio which will serve as a blueprint for brand moving forward; a made-to-order program that allows buyerss to pick the silhouette, fabrication, color, and heel height to design their own shoes, as well as personal monograms or messages (dates, symbols or letters) on the sole; and the launch of Choo.08, a new, rock'n'roll-themed shoe collection that "moves away from the stiletto and into brogues, combat boots and skater shoes" to appeal to a younger buyer.

Mary KatrantzouSo, Adidas is still having a major moment in the fashion spotlight. After spotting Adidas sneakers on everyone during fashion month, we reported that there would be an Adidas and Topshop collection. Later we found out about a partnership with Pharrell Williams to create an eco-friendly line of sneakers and apparelith Pharrell Williams, then a sneaker line withKanye West, and now the German sportswear company is collaborating with one of fashion's biggest names--Mary Katrantzou. The Mary Katrantzou for Adidas capsule collection will incorporate the designer's signature bold, colorful prints, and will be available in November.

  Rouge Bunny RougeEaster was yesterday, but if you're really into bunnies, you'll be happy to know there's a new makeup line with a bunny theme. Rouge Bunny Rouge features an adorable bunny logo (the little rabbits have eyelashes--squeeee!), whimsical packaging with drawings of plants and critters, and even has a fairy tale back story that involves a princess and, you guessed it, a bunny. Here's how the tale goes: "Vapours of stardust surmount the walls of a formidable palace to bestow dreams on the sleeping Princess Rouge cocooned within. At the gateway of reality and imagination, a gamboling bunny full of mystery provides the key to set a host of secrets free. Together they step into the Enchanted Garden, a fantasy realm of playful sophistication with whispering dark intentions, where flora, fauna and creatures of uncertain etymology are engaged in endearing fairy-tales."  You can see all the products and order them on the Rouge Bunny Rouge website or Anthropologie.

Must-Have Monday: And the People Fragrance Solid

And the People Fragrance SolidPerusing Etsy is one of our favorite pasttimes, and we can't even count how many fabulous finds we've purchased (though we think it may be in the triple digits now). Most recently, we discovered And the People, and we simply fell in love with these gorgeous fragrances. The perfume solid is all natural (made from beeswax, sweet almond oil, and fragrance oil), and releases slowly so that we smell divine all day. And, oh, are the fragrances divine! We haven't picked a favorite yet, but only because they're all so fabulous, but Fortuna (aloe and fresh, green clover) and Naomi (warm brown sugar and ripe fig) are beyond words! And if you can't stand to wear fragrance, And the People also does amazing candles!

April 18, 2014

FC Link Love -- April 18, 2014

Solange KnowlesRed Carpet Fashion Awards caught Solange Knowles looking all kinds of gorgeous at a Jimmy Choo launch.

Beauty mavens, check out the 50 best lipsticks of all time on The Cut.

Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere has tips for getting glowing skin.

Fancy Things Blog is showing us a cute and casual way to style a white dress, a spring essential.

Missed Coachella last weekend? Racked has stylish festival pics to peruse.

If you're headed to Coachella this weekend, The Everygirl has a style/survival guide  to consult before packing.

And here's a DIY lush flower crown from Glitter, Inc to wear to whatever music festival you're going to.

Shop Talk is making a case for high waists, and we gotta admit, the Rachel Zoe jeans are giving us life.

We spotted some seriously cute shoes from C. Wonder on Bows & Sequins.

People StyleWatch is serving up the best hair products ever.

April 17, 2014

Career Girl Answers: How Can I Learn Fashion Styling In High School?

FIDM Fashion Club Career Girl

Dear Career Girl:

How can I learn fashion styling on my own while I'm in high school? Thanks!

—Lydia S.

Dear Lydia,

Fashion styling is an exciting career to get into. There are quite a few career paths you could pursue as such.

In Los Angeles, it's all about celebs. Whether it's red carpet, magazine editorial, or public appearances, celebs often hire fashion stylists to put their looks together.

In New York, it's much more about magazine editorial. Fashion stylists pull samples from showrooms and top designers, before the looks even go into production, so that magazines can shoot their editorials in advance of the season.

If you want to learn fashion styling while you're in high school, the best thing is to start styling your friends. Visit their closets and put together looks, mixing accessories and layers they might not have thought of.

Another great way to get experience is to start a fashion blog so that you get used to talking about clothes as style, crediting the designers and labels you wear. Once you begin to establish yourself as a fashion professional, reach out to retailers and ask them if you can borrow their clothes for photoshoots. Often department stores will work with credentialed stylists, charging a restocking fee.

For summer, you may want to consider working in retail. It's excellent experience for someone getting in to the fashion industry. 

Also, keep in mind that when you're ready for college, FIDM offers a Visual Communications degree that prepares grads for careers as stylists—so that's always an option, too. 

Good luck to you, Lydia! 

—Career Girl

Do you have a question for Career Girl? Please send an email with your career related questions to [email protected] Be sure to read questions answered from other readers, too!

Fragrance Trends: Diesel Loverdose Tattoo Eau de Toilette

Diesel Loverdose Tattoo Eau del Toilette

Diesel has introduced a new eau de toilette based on its fragrance Loverdose Tattoo, and it just hit the markets this week!

Developed by perfumers Anne Flipo and Pascal Gaurin, the new scent has top notes of tea, mandarin, lemon, and blackcurrant buds; middle notes of magnolia and rose; and base notes of rice and tonka.

The beautiful Loverdose Tattoo heart shaped bottle is faceted like a diamond in a blush color with black at the edges. It is available in 50ml ($76) and 75ml ($97).

April 16, 2014

Adidas to Collab With Mary Kantrantzou This November

Mary Katrantzou Spring 2014

Famous for her prints (see Photorealism on FashionClub.com), fashion designer Mary Katrantzou will be collaborating with Adidas this November!

The famed athletic brand approached the London-based designer while she was working on her spring collection which was coincidentally very inspired by athletic wear, so the timing couldn't be better. The Kantrantzou look pictured above has images of shoelaces, breathable fabric, and tred designed into the print.

“[The collection] was based on shoes and a big part of it was based on sneakers, so I felt it was a sign,” WWD reported Katrantzou saying. “When Adidas first approached me, I really took time to think about what I could offer that’s different, what I could say through the collection that they haven’t said before. I grew up, like so many other kids around the world, wearing Adidas sneakers, and bringing my vision to such a global brand was a great challenge.”

"We went into the archives and took the running shoe as inspiration, which I then filtered through my own aesthetic and references. I think what we created has a strong identity within the Adidas offering. Seeing what’s possible allowed me to really push the boundaries of what can be achieved technically.”

Oh, and FYI—Pharrell is going to be doing a capsule collection with Adidas. More to come on that!

The original story can be found on WWD.com.

April 15, 2014

Congrats to Sam T.—Winner of FC's March Fashion Sketch Contest

FC Sketch Contest Winner

Congratulations to Sam T., our March 2014 Sketchbook Contest Winner!

Don't miss next month's contest. Send us your best fashion design sketches for your chance to win a fashion sketch pad. Enter now!

Just learning about proportions for sketching your fashion design ideas? No worries! We've got a free fashion sketch tutorial with your name on it! Take a look.

April 14, 2014

Must-Have Monday: Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Delight

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh DelightNow that spring has sprung, a pretty new floral fragrance is a major must. This Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Delight is our favorite floral at the moment (and how cute is that name, by the way) because it's fruity and exotic and yes, delightful. Fresh peaches and blood oranges mix with Tahitian tiare, a gardenia native to the islands of the South Pacific, for a sweet (but not cloyingly so) and feminine fragrance, while pink pepper adds just a hint of spice--it's the perfect fragrance for spring and summer. And if that wasn't enough, the bottle is just adorable, no?

What's New, What's Hot: Alexander Wang for H&M, First Look at Proenza Schouler Collection x MAC, Zooey Deschanel's Modical Designs for Tommy Hilfiger

Alexander WangAlexander Wang is designing a collection for H&M! {drops mic} No, but seriously, this could be one of the coolest collabs the fast fashion retailer has done so far (and you know how crazy we are about designer collaborations). H&M's creative advisor Margareta van den Bosch said Wang is "one of the most important voices in fashion today. He understands exactly what people want to wear and does it with an energy and passion that’s infectious." The collection will include both men's and women's ready-to-wear, as well as accessories, and will launch in the fall (gah! How are we expected to wait that long?!)Wang will be the first American designer to design a collection for H&M.

MAC x Proenza SchoulerThe Proenza Schouler x MAC collection is pretty much everything a makeup lovers dreams are made of. The packaging is ridiculously fabulous, the colors are incredibly pretty, and according to Lazaro Hernandez, one half of Proenza Schouler's design duo, long-lasting. "Our girl isn’t too precious, and she’s a bit undone. She probably doesn’t reapply her makeup multiple times a day, so long-wearing formulas were important to us," Hernandez told InStyle magazine. The 15-piece lineup, which references the label's S/S 2010  surfer-inspired collection, is priced from $18 to $39 and will be available on maccosmetics.com starting April 21 and at MAC makeup counters and stores on the 24th.

Zooey Deschanel x Tommy HilfigerWe love The New Girl star Zooey Deschanel and think she's totally adorable and talented and stylish, so we're beyond excited about the actress's capsule collection for Tommy Hilfiger, which hits Macy's stores today (it won't be available on the Tommy Hilfiger site and in stores until the 21st). The collection, called To Tommy From Zooey, features 16 dresses with prices starting at $98 and going up to $199. Deschanel dubbed the line "modical" to describe the nautically-themed looks mixed with '60s mod. "There are a lot of great little hidden details like pleats with unexpected patterns on the inside," said the star. "Every piece is very mod and also very American-inspired."

April 11, 2014

5 Festival Fashions Under $50

Festival Fashion Coachella
Coachella is here at last!!!

1. Rip Curl Willow Festival Bag, $28.99, tillys.com
2. Folk Print Cropped Kimono, $15.80, forever21.com
3. Sunglasses, $7.95, hm.com
4. Tomboy Slouch Denim Shorts, $39.90, delias.com
5. BDG Brighton Ankle-Wrap Sandal, $39, urbanoutfitters.com