Junk Gypsy Sweetheart of the Rodeo Jewelry Case

We've got quite the jewelry collection, so we're always looking for new ways to store our most favorite pieces. Naturally, this Junk Gypsy Sweetheart of the Rodeo Jewelry Case landed on our must-have list the minute we saw it--it's insanely stylish and unlike any other jewelry case we've ever owned! It's got a mirror on one side, and plenty of shelves and pegs to house our jewelry and makeup. Plus, it mounts on the wall, thus saving precious real estate on our vanity for other wares.  

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FIDM Fashion Club President Chigo Ikeme graduated in June last year from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, California. She's now in her sixth quarter at FIDM Los Angeles studying Merchandise Product Development, and she credits her involvement with Fashion Club as the reason she got accepted early at FIDM!

How did Fashion Club help you get to where you are now? As a former Fashion Club president, being part of FC helped me get my foot into the FIDM door early on. With all the additional information I received about FIDM through the Fashion Club program I was able to apply and get accepted to FIDM as a junior in high school. Fashion Club helped me grow my leadership skills and gave me an outlet at school to be able to share my love of fashion with my fellow classmates.

What's your favorite Fashion Club memory? I have two favorite memories, the first one was being able to produce two fashion shows at my high school. We had an African fashion show during intercultural week and the following year we had a spring trends show in collaboration with Styles4Less. It was fun to see my members strut their stuff down the runway and be an inspiration to our audience. The second memory was having FIDM alumna and current fashion designer Angela Dean of Deanzign as a guest speaker and a mentor to my fashion club members and myself.

Any advice for current Fashion Club members? My biggest advice would be to stay active and involved within your club and always bring your ideas to the table. Also, utilize the great resources that Fashion Club has to offer like providing your club with guest speakers from FIDM and being awarded exclusive scholarships.

Tell us a little about yourself: I'm a huge fashion enthusiast who loves all things chic. I'll be going into my 6th quarter at FIDM this fall and it's a bittersweet feeling to know that I'm almost done with school. I've known about FIDM since elementary school and it was really a dream come true when I got accepted. FIDM is basically my life and I'm enjoying every second of it!

What are your career goals? I hope to one day work in the product development field of a high-end women's contemporary label such as Theory, 3.1 Phillip Lim, or Acne Studios. Next to design, product development is like the bread and butter of every brand. Product developers get to see everything from the initial concept to the final product and they're actively involved with sourcing, costing, and bringing the design idea to life.

What is your fall fashion must this year? My fall fashion must this year is anything suede, fur, or leather. You can never go wrong with a great pair of suede boots, a "look at me now" fur vest, and a wear with everything leather handbag.

Which fashion or beauty trend should just go away?! Surprisingly enough, I'm really loving all of the trends that keep on recurring in fashion because they're being reinterpreted in a high-fashion way. Take for instance the Birkenstock sandals, either you love them or hate them but they've become a huge fashion statement across all levels of the fashion world.

How did you choose your FIDM major? I chose my major because of how versatile it is, this major truly teaches you all aspects of the industry and that is a huge advantage because it makes your career opportunities endless.

What's your favorite class at FIDM so far? My favorite class at FIDM so far was my Trends and Fashion Forecasting class, it helped me fine tune my trend spotting eye and further think outside of the box when it came to analyzing and predicting trends.

Do you have an internship? Yes, I'm the Women's Product Development intern at VINCE, a contemporary brand known for their minimal yet luxurious aesthetic.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about going to FIDM? My advice would be to go for it, if you're really passionate about the industry and you find a major at FIDM that fits you to a T, apply. Don't second guess yourself or feel that you're not at the level you think you should be at, because FIDM is here to help you learn, grow, and become the best you can be in your desired field of study.

Anything else you'd like to share? My journey at FIDM has been very fun, rewarding, and challenging. It allowed me to see my strengths and my shortcomings and is continuing to help me shape myself into the individual I want to become. Make the most you can out of FIDM, explore all the resources and don't be afraid to let FIDM help you in achieving your goals. Never lose sight of who you are and know that knowledge is power, but creativity is a superpower.

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The fashion industry has always struggled with diversity--many designers and editors have been called out for the lack of representation of women of color and plus-size models on runways and in magazine pages--but recently we are seeing a more diverse fashion world, and it's about time. This year alone, Deisel featured fashion blogger Jillian Mercado, sitting in her wheelchair and rocking a denim dress and fierce red lip in their Reboot campaign, and more labels are embracing transgender models. Most recently, 19-year old Chantelle Brown-Young, who has a rare skin pigmentation disease called vitaligo, has inked a deal to be the face of Desigual. We're excited about the changing climate of the industry, and we can't wait to see more changes that will create a more diverse fashion world.

 

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And speaking of diversity, L'Oreal Paris just launched a campaign for their new lipstick, Collection Pure Reds, and the ad, shot by Norma Jean Roy, features a mix of Hollywood heavy-hitters that ranges from Zoe Saldana and Blake Lively to Julianne Moore and Jane Fonda. The campaign, which also features actresses Eva Longoria, Freida Pinto, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and models Liya Kibede, Laetitia Casta, and Natasha Poly, shows all ten women dressed in white and wearing bold, red lipstick (natch). And even though they're all sporting different shades of red lips, all ten of these ladies look equally flawless. 

 

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Sam Smith is rapidly, rapidly becoming a household name thanks to his hits Stay With Me and Latch with Disclosure (the latter of which we may or may not have on repeat while we work), and when a star is rising as quickly as he is, it's only a matter of time before said star and some briliant fashion designer start collaborating. For his North American tour, which kicks off soon in New York City, Smith and his band will be sporting custom suits from Calvin Klein Collection. The bespoke suits will come in various neutral colors, and will be completed with dress shirts and suede boots. 

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FIDM Fashion Club has partnered with Caché on our exclusive homecoming trends blog series. Today's topic? Homecoming dresses for every body type! 

One of the most important aspects of personal style is confidence. Do you feel as good as you look, and do you present yourself to the world as the bold, gorgeous girl you are?! If you long for this sense of empowerment, we’ve got three words that will totally change your world: fit, fit, fit!

With so many different body shapes, it’s impossible to say that a certain style of dress is better than any other. What it comes down to is whether you and your dress are a match. Finding a dress that fits you does wonders. We've got tips for coupling dress style with your body type!

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Let’s say you’re a lithesome cross-country runner: you want to avoid a flowy dress that will drown your figure. Instead, go for something more fitted, and show off what you’ve got. Pick the length based on your height—tall girls, go long.

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You’ve got a narrow waist and the curves of a '50s pinup. Congrats. Try something fitted at the top, to accentuate the contrast between your bust and your waist that flows down through the legs—you don’t want to overdo it and go fitted head-to-toe.

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Many girls with this body type end up dressing more conservatively than they ought to, erring too far on the side of covered up, and hiding who they really are. There are ways to mask trouble spots—draped, flowy fabrics—that fare flattering to a curvy figure. Be sure to pick a style that flows down from the top, which lends a sense of delicateness to your curves. 

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Whatever you do, don’t end up swallowed by your dress! It’s tough to shop when everything seems just a size too big—who are all these tall girls anyway, and can they spare an inch or two? Follow the rules for the rest of the body types depending on which you fit, but remember this one thing: when it comes to length, shorter is better!

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Neckline is the key to flattering a fuller bust—anything but a high neckline will show off too much cleavage. Go ahead and have fun with the straps, and go for halter or open back styles for a more spirited look.

No matter which style is right for you, remember to have a blast at homecoming. You're going to look stunning. 

Caché is the only national specialty store offering prom & homecoming dresses and accessories. They've partnered with schools for over a decade, hosting fashion shows and special events. They're experts at "the event before the event," and take pride in styling high school students in the perfect look for their big night.

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We're mad for plaid on this happy Friday! Bon weekend, all!

1. Plaid Mix Flannel Shirt, $39, joefresh.com
2. Red Tartan Flannel Shirt, $19.90, windsorstore.com
3. Womens Boyfriend Flannel Shirt, $26.99, tillys.com
4. Craft Cider Tasting Top in Navy, $39.99, modcloth.com
5. Plaid Flannel Pocket Shirt, $19.90, forever21.com

October Lucky

Karlie Kloss landed the October issue of Lucky (in a Canadian tuxedo, no less). (The Daily Front Row)

So "elevated sweatpants" are a must for fall according to one celebrity stylist. (Style Caster)

Flats had a major moment on the Spring 2015 runways. Here are six flat shoes that every girl needs in her closet. (The Glamourai)

Watch a day in the life of fashion editor Shiona Turini. (The Cut)

We're totally into these DIY confetti dot pillows--they'll easily transform a space from drab to fab. (P.S. I Made This)

You won't believe the inspiration behind Burberry's newest fragrance. (Byrdie)

A step-by-step tutorial for gold wing eyeliner. (Marie Claire)

Emily Schuman shares her favorite trends from the Spring 2015 runways. (Cupcakes and Cashmere)

Three very cool ways to rock your basic black leggings. (The Everygirl)

Six chic bucket bags to carry this season. (Could I Have That)

"Shapes, form, color, and proportions." That's what the show notes stated for the Dsquared2 Spring 2015 runway show at Milan Fashion Week. We think the latest collection from Dean and Dan Caten is fun, wearable, and completely amazing! Check out some of our faves.

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New York Fashion Week may be over but Milan Fashion Week is in full force. Check out these top looks from Gucci's Spring 2015 collection. Frida Giannini, the brand's creative director, included lots of denim and 1970s-inspired looks on the runway.

The New York Times described the looks as, "faded denim cropped sailor trousers paired with skinny ribbed knits, maroon and forest green suede belted trenches complete with rows of brass buttons, and marching band jackets with gold-braid trim."

We love.

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It was all about rock 'n' roll for Tom Ford at London Fashion Week. Black, black, and more black. And models with heavy black eyeliner and rocker chic hair. We picked a few of our fave looks so you can see what we mean.

According to his show notes, Tom Ford mined his own designs from the late '90s for inspo, but we think he might have just googled "Joan Jett." (Try it, just for fun.)

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Fringe Leather Skirt

Can we talk about this Fringe Leather Skirt from Pixie Market for a sec? We spotted it and realized that our fall wardrobe would not be complete without it. It's exactly the fun, flirty, swingy, perfect-for-all-occasions kind of statement piece that's been missing from our closet. And we're not kidding when we say it's perfect for all occasions--this baby looks as good with a graphic tee as it does with a chambray shirt, and it has just enough edge to make it ideal for parties. 


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