Karl Lagerfeld graphic courtesy of STYLIGHT.co.uk

Today is the day! It's Karl Lagerfeld's birthday! Did you know that the uber talented Creative Director for Chanel is also a photographer, illustrator, and hotel designer. Oh, and he has his own fashion label, too. How does the man have time for sleep, we wonder.

BTW, if you're starting to think about what you're going to be for Halloween this year, we think you should consider going as Mr. Lagerfeld! 

Check out how to get the look on FashionClub.com!

From all of us at FIDM Fashion Club, Happy Birthday, Karl Lagerfeld!


Lucy Hale + Hollister

Fans of Lucy Hale will soon get to see their favorite actress and singer in a whole new role--fashion designer. Hollister has tapped the Pretty Little Liars star, not to be the face of a new campaign, but to design a capsule collection in a two-part collaboration with the label. The collection is inspired by Hale's personal style (although we totally wouldn't mind if it was inspired by Aria Montgomery, her PTL alter-ego), and will include dresses, skirts, leggings and tops. Tapping Hale for its first-ever celebrity collaboration is part of Abercrombie & Fitch's plan to rebrand the Hollister label to compete with fast fashion retailers like Forever 21, H&M, and Zara. Look for the first installment of the Hollister + Lucy Hale collection in very limited quantities starting this Friday, August 8.

  Drew Barrymore Flower Beauty Fragrances
We've wondered and waited, and now it's confirmed--Drew Barrymore is adding fragrances to her Flower Beauty line. The Flower Fragrance Collection features a trio of perfumes, called "Cherished," "Radiant," and "Sultry," and is described as "scents that capture the joy of life and love, in all of its meanings." Unlike other celebrity fragrances (think Paris Hilton and Britney Spears), Barrymore isn't going to be front and center of the ad campaigns for this collection, but instead, she's letting the Flower brand blossom on it's own. Look for the Flower fragrances in Wal-Mart stores starting in October.

Shark by Tara

And if you're into Sharknado, Tara Reid, the film's star, has created a fragrance just for you. Shark by Tara incorporates "a plethora of lavender colored flowers," according to the actress' website, and retails for about $25. If you're into it.


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...

Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld debuts his newest signature fragrance for women, Karl Lagerfeld, inspired by the contemporary women’s modernity and sensuality. Karl Lagerfeld for her has top notes of lemon, peach, and lime; middle notes of frangipani, magnolia, and rose; and base notes of amber and musk. The scent is available as an eau de parfum in 25ml, 45ml and 85ml. 

Did you know that you can get a college degree in beauty industry merchandising & marketing? Find out more about FIDM and kickstart your career.


Barbie is about to become one of the world's most famous fashion designers, Karl Lagerfeld! Barbie Lagerfeld, in a limited edition release, will launch this fall by toy giant Mattel.


Former model Alexa Chung has teamed up with AG Adriano Goldschmied on a 20-piece collection set to his stores in January for spring 2015. Expect to see overalls and denim dresses as well as t-shirts and jeans in the Alexa Chung for AG lineup.

“The collection is inherently the missing pieces of my dream denim wardrobe, which, as ever, is predominantly inspired by a late Sixties, early Seventies aesthetic,” Alexa Chung said.

Chung visited the office of AG and its parent company Koos Manufacturing Inc., in South Gate, California, which is about 10 miles from FIDM's Los Angeles campus. The former model discovered that it was also the site of its 400,000-square-foot factory, run by the Ku family, well-versed in the denim industry.

WWD reported Alexa saying, "I found the trip incredibly inspiring and an opportunity to learn about denim and make things I had been dreaming about finding."

Start an official FIDM Fashion Club at your high school this fall. It's super fun, and we will help you every step of the way. Plus, FIDM offers exclusive scholarship opportunities to Fashion Club members! Download the forms on myfidmfashionclub.com and get started! 

We have to wait until November 21 for the first of the two Mockingjay movies coming our way, but at least we have this trailer for now!! Enjoy!



Retailers continue to break ground on innovative ways to collaborate with designers and artists. This time, it's H&M. On July 17, they're opening their biggest store yet—a 57,000-square-foot flagship on Fifth Avenue in New York—timed to coincide with artist Jeff Koons' restrospective at the famed Whitney Museum of Art, which runs June 27 to October 19.

H&M is sponsoring the art exhibit! Not only that, Koons designed a limited-edition Balloon Dog handbag to retail online and at select H&M locations for $49.95.

For the opening, an image of the artist’s Yellow Balloon Dog will cover the flagship’s five-story windows with the tagline “Fashion Loves Art." 

Koons has sold his work for as much as $58.4 million, so this is quite an impressive partnership. Way to go, H&M!


NOW taking RSVPs! Reserve your space to meet the founders of Juicy Couture at FIDM Los Angeles on Friday, June 27 for "The Glitter Plan" Book Signing & Reception.

Fashion icons, best friends and business partners, FIDM Alumna Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor transformed a small entrepreneurial project into a global fashion empire with Juicy Couture. Join FIDM for an intimate Q&A with the duo in a panel-style discussion followed by a book-signing of their new tome, The Glitter Plan: How We Started Juicy Couture For $200 And Turned It Into A Global Brand

Friday, June 27

4:30 p.m.: Check-in
5:00 p.m.:  Q&A begins
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.:  Reception

FIDM Los Angeles, 
919 S. Grand Avenue, 
Los Angeles, CA 90015 

RSVP is required and space is limited.

Rise Beyonce Perfume

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...

Beyonce brings us her latest fragrance Rise by Beyonce inspired by the works of her favorite poet Maya Angelou. Rise has top notes of bergamot, apricot, and basil; middle notes of orchid, jasmine sambac, and freesia; and base notes of cashmirwood, musk, vetiver, and autumn woods. Rise by Beyonce is an eau de parfum and is available in a 1.0, 1.7 and a 3.4 oz. spray. 

See more reports on fragrance trends here!


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 fashionclub@fidm.com. Be sure to read questions answered from other readers, too!

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