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Caldwell Harris founded Leon High School's FIDM Fashion Club in August 2014 and currently serves as the president. She spends her spare time studying the fashion industry and hopes to become a notable fashion designer. This week, she contributes to the Fashion Club Blog bringing us the top three trends from New York Fashion Week!

1. Embellishments

Feathers, fur and shiny things. In a word: EMBELLISHMENTS.

The catwalks of NYFW included all of the above. From the drape-y, carnation-inspired pieces at Oscar de la Renta to the intense facial and body jewelry at Givenchy; NYFW was full of eye-catching styles. Top designers who captured this trend include Badgley Mischka (pictured above), Oscar de la Renta, Roberto Cavalli, and Rodarte.


Oscar de la Renta





2. Gender Fluidity
While NYFW was full of collections that drew a sharp distinction between genders, there were a handful of designers who chose to go the opposite route: GENDER FLUIDITY.

Androgyny may be one of the hottest trends of the moment. Elements of gender fluidity were sprinkled about NYFW in the departments of makeup, hair, and accessories. It was definitely the narrative of Issey Miyake, Hood by Air, and Public School.


Issey Miyake



Hood by Air



Public School


3. Brights and Pinks
Not so surprisingly, BRIGHTS AND PINKS were ubiquitous in the NYFW SS16 collections. The spring collections will debut formally in a time embodied by budding flowers, late afternoon rain, and garden parties. The fashion houses that personified brights and pinks wholly were DVF, Carolina Herrera, and Monique Lhuillier.


Diane von Furstenberg



Carolina Herrera



Monique Lhuillier


In summary NYFW was a wonderful start to Fashion Month—in a word, beautiful—featuring diverse models from different ethnicities and walks of life.  —Caldwell Harris, Leon High School FIDM Fashion Club President


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Hot rollers

Tips for getting big, bouncy, beautiful hair with hot rollers. (Into the Gloss)

We're all about cozy sweaters like this one for fall. (Blonde Expeditions)

So, sheet masks--are you into them? Stephanie Sterjovski shares her favorites. (SS Life + Style)

The jewelry essentials you need in your collection now, and forever. (Refinery 29)

12 awesome iPhone wallpaper designs for fall. (The Sweetest Occasion)

Flared jeans, 4 different ways. (UO Blog)

All the black and white fashion and accessories you could possibly want to wear this fall. (The Stripe)

The '90s beauty trend that's making a comeback. (Hello Giggles)

2 braids, 3 ways. We love, love, love these hairstyles! (The Beauty Department)

Get inspired by the best street style from New York Fashion Week. (Racked)

Pam&Gela Spring 2016 collection

FIDM Grad Pamela Skaist-Levy and her partner Gela Nash-Taylor know exactly how to design casuals for the modern girl, and the Spring 2016 collection of their Pam & Gela line was no exception. The design duo, who founded Juicy Couture in the '90s, showed a collection that was contemporary with nods to the 1970s in the form of patchwork pants, peasant blouses, and suede fringe jackets. And since it was the French terry track pant that helped to launch their impressive careers in the industry, they designed an updated jogger version made of suede. The entire collection was modern, cool, and easy--exactly what every 'It' girl will want to wear next spring.

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all images courtesy of Vogue Runway

FIDM Grad Monique Lhuillier unveiled her Spring 2016 collection at New York Fashion Week, and it was clear the designer was seeing red (poppy red, to be exact, as well as emerald green, electric blue, and bright orange) when she put together this collection. The looks were vibrant and playful, with, of course, tons of wow factor that we're certain will show up on red carpets come spring. We were especially taken with the floral motif that gave the collection a fresh, youthful edge, and we can totally picture stars like Kiernan Shipka and Bella Thorne rocking these looks to a movie premiere or awards show. Have a look at a few of our favorites.

Monique Lhuillier SP 2016 1

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Monique Lhuillier SP 2016 7

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Front row NYFW

From Bella Thorne to Gabrielle Union, check out all the front row action at New York Fashion Week. (InStyle)

The best drugstore beauty buys of the season. (The Savvy Girl's Guide to Life)

3 ways to wear a moto vest. (College Fashion)

Bold and colorful outfits to rock this fall. (Studio DIY)

Here's a glimpse of the LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's Runway Collection. (The Budget Babe)

12 DIY projects to try this month. (Design Crush)

This Los Angeles home is full of design inspiration. (A Beautiful Mess)

We're all about wearing and decorating with earthy tones this fall. (The Vault Files)

Restoration Hardware just launched a teen brand, so your room can look even cooler. (Domain)

These colorful prints are total eye candy. (Fly Girls)

Elle fanning teen vogue cover

Elle Fanning covers Teen Vogue and discusses her latest role with the magazine.  (Teen Vogue)

Here's Kylie Jenner's complete beauty regime. (The New York Times)

Kate Spade stores now have 'muses' instead of sales associates. (Buzzfeed)

This fall outfit is absolutely perfect. (Pink Peonies)

The 30 best dressed women of 2015, according to Glamour. (Glamour UK)

10 totally affordable pieces you need to rock this fall. (The Glitter Guide)

Stylish desk essentials to help pull you out of a creative slump. (Jillian Harris)

And speaking of desks, these look great as nightstands, plus it's a brilliant way to save space in a small room. (The Peak of Tres Chic)

This updated Chicago townhouse is eye candy for the interior design fan. (Mix and Chic)

Let's discuss our obsession with this fringe skirt. (A Fashion Love Affair)


D’Twa Powell, FIDM Fashion Club President and senior at Helix High School in San Diego, CA, shares her Top 10 Playlist on Spotify, and talks fashion.

Hey, I'm D'Twa (DUH•twah). I'm 17 and a native of sunny San Diego. I love to be creative and have my own style. Since I can remember, I've always wanted to pursue a career in the fashion industry. I currently have my own business making handcrafted hair bows and bow ties. I started it as a hobby when I was 13 years old, and by the age of 15 I had turned it into a business. My goal is to attend FIDM after I graduate.

Fashion is a way of life for me; it's part of who I am. It makes me happy that I can be unique. Fashion is one of my outlets to be creative. It's another way for me to share my creativity. There's this quote by Lou Reed that says, "You do this because you like it, you think what you're making is beautiful. And if you think it's beautiful, maybe they think it's beautiful."

Fashion is a way to definitely show your own unique style. Some days I like to dress minimal, chic, girly or boho; and other days I like to dress sporty, edgy or grunge.

I started FIDM Fashion Club because I love fashion and self expression. I love to be surrounded by others who share the same passion for fashion and creativity. I also love being in a group environment where we can interact and inspire each other through fun and creative ways.

Top 10 Playlist: D’Twa Powell





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Fall outfit inspiration

A few street-style worthy outfits to inspire our fall wardrobe. (The Sweetest Thing)

The one color you need to wear this season. (Into the Gloss)

The design geek in us is doing cartwheels over this adorable phone charger. (Hello Giggles)

Meet graphic designer Emily Poulin. (Ruche Blog)

In case you were wondering, this is how you wear flared jeans. (Pink Peonies)

The cutest gear to work out in. Seriously. (Design Love Fest)

Is it okay that we're obsessed with the Chanel Ombre Logo Lego Bag? (Bag Bliss)

'Tis the season for tweed skirts. (Kendi Everyday)

How to transition your summer clothes into fall. (College Fashion)

SunHee Grinnell's closet is kind of amazing! (The Coveteur)

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