Dear Career Girl,

Although I'm 13, I would love to be a stylist in Los Angeles for celebrities and such. I live overseas but will move to Los Angeles at the completion of high school. I'm going to do a modelling academy's wardrobe styling workshop here in Australia this weekend, so that might be a mini head start. Are there any junior advantages/tips you could give me? What's a day in the life of a stylist like? I'm most probably going to take Visual Communications because it's my dream/goal. Thanks!

-Clarissa xx

Dear Clarissa,

You've got an exciting career ahead of you. And you already have a fab headstart, just by knowing what you want so early on in life. Good for you! 

I think it's great that you're participating in a wardrobe styling workshop. Take lots of notes and keep in touch with the people who run the workshop. Remember, you're starting your fashion network.

Since you want to be a fashion stylist, I recommend getting practice putting outfits together, not just for yourself, but for others. Offer to style your friends for events they're going to. Why not style your friends for a themed photo shoot? You could assign yourself a project, like style a shoot for your favorite blog or magazine.

If you don't already have a blog, consider starting one. This will give you a headstart in finessing your styling point of view, which is key to your professional career.

To answer your question about a day in the life of a celeb stylist in Los Angeles, it's exciting! A good stylist will have A-list fashion PR contacts everywhere. They'll visit showrooms, boutiques, and designers, pulling the latest fashions and accessories to put together amazing looks for their clients. They'll be on VIP invitation lists to attend runway shows and PR events to preview collections and meet editors, designers, and fashion professionals. And once they book a job, they'll do fittings with their clients and attend photo shoots. They'll also maintain excellent relationships with the celeb handlers, such as their agents and managers.

Being a celeb stylist sounds glamorous, but it's actually a lot of hard work. It takes someone with excellent fashion sense who is on top of the trends. They are also good with people, not to mention highly organized! Imagine visiting 10 showrooms, pulling 15 key pieces from each one. How do you keep track of 150 fashion pieces so you can return them all in pristine condition the following day? Being organized!

Best of everything to you, Clarissa! You're going to be amazing.

-Career Girl

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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...

Teen vlogger Bethany Mota has come out with her first signature scent, aptly named Bethany Mota. Available exclusively at Aeropostale, the new fragrance has top notes of bergamot, red berries, and white peach; middle notes of cotton candy, praline, and strawberry flower; and base notes of musk, woody, and vanilla. If you like sweeter scents, this is one you should definitely consider. Bethany Mota is available as a 50 ml eau de parfum spray.

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


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.

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