Prom-necklaces

There's nothing quite like an amazing statement necklace for prom. We found five under $30 that we are totally loving.

1. Twisted Cord Rhinestone Statement Necklace, $14.90, forever21.com
2. Bow Necklace with White Beads, $12.60, jcpenney.com
3. White Bead Cluster Statement Necklace, $14.95, hm.com
4. Crystal Statement Necklace, $26, nordstrom.com
5. Gold Filigree Statement Necklace, $8.99, charlotterusse.com

Summer-contest

This just in. Our Summer Kickoff Contest has been extended to May 29! Create a Pinterest board around your best summer EVER for a chance to win a $275 fashion and beauty prize pack!

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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...

Heat Wild Orchid, Beyoncé's latest fragrance, follows in the success of Heat which debuted in 2010. Heat Wild Orchid has top notes of boysenberry, coconut nectar, and pomegranate; middle notes of butterfly orchid, magnolia, and honeysuckle; and base notes of white woods, amber, and musk. This combination gives a vanilla type experience even though vanilla is not in the formula. Heat Wild Orchid by Beyoncé is available in 15, 30, 50 and 100 ml sizes as an eau de parfum spray.

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SANTIAGO

Santiago High School FIDM Fashion Club President Madison Smith shares with us her club story about "Revolution: 10th Annual Fashion Show." Her 30-member club in Corona, California, started in 2012 with Carlotta Maggi as their Fashion Club Advisor. Follow them on Instagram @fashionclubsantiago. Read on to find out what Madison has to say...

On March 14, 2015, the Fashion Department of Santiago High School had a night to remember. It was our 10th anniversary fashion show and the theme we chose was "Revolution." Designers created amazing pieces that started an uprise of fresh new concepts of the past. With over 20 first-time designers, this was our biggest outcome yet. We had many return from last year to create some lines with up to 13 pieces.

Eras such as the Industrial Revolution, Steampunk, and iconic figures like Rosie the Riveter were translated on the runway with pieces that displayed originality.

For Fashion Club this is our biggest event of the year, and designers start with sketches months prior. We head off in October on a field trip to the Garment District in Downtown Los Angeles and we also tour the FIDM campus. From then on, every day in fashion class, designers are sewing, as well as after school during our club meetings.

It takes a team of people to plan lights, music, props, and hair/makeup. Starting in November we begin our model tryouts and practices. We have amazing girls participating and practicing in the hallways during club to get ready for the big day. By January we have our promotional posters designed and ready to be printed out.

We get our name out there by doing announcements and as well having promo videos be shown on our school's video show.

This year we had returning judges from years past as well as graduating students from last year. Ary Morales attends the OC campus and is an official FIDM Social Ambassador, and Sabrine Huizar is studying Fashion Design at FIDM.

Overall the night was a success. The dedication from the students who put in time to make it happen is what makes our FIDM Fashion Club pretty special. All the preparation and hard work pays off when designers see their outfits hit that theater stage. It's a feeling of excitement, nerves, and most importantly pride. The talent and creativity flows among everyone and makes for a motivated group of people!

Check out more of their beautiful images below.

We want to hear your club stories! If you are in an official FIDM Fashion Club and would like to become a contributor to the blog, please email info@fashionclub.com. 

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Southeast Polk

Southeast Polk High School FIDM Fashion Club President Jayna Pearce shares with us her club story about meeting Project Runway's Tim Gunn! Her 15-member club in Des Moines, Iowa, started almost one year ago with Norine Vlieger as her Fashion Club Advisor. Read on to find out what Jayna has to say...

We went to the annual speech at Drake College where Tim Gunn was the guest speaker. As the Fashion Club President, I got to ask the last open question and then we went to his signing event where we got pictures with him. He talked about a lot of things, like how he really enjoys working with all the people in Project Runway. He also went into detail about why they switched channels and also why he decided to save Char Glover.

He was exactly like how he is portrayed throughout Project Runway—very funny and very down to earth. He also told lots of stories of his past experiences; a lot can be found in his lovely inspiring books.

I am so glad I could bring to my Fashion Club members this once-in-a-lifetime experience of meeting such an amazing figure. It is definitely a day none of us will forget. It's the day our club first started to feel like a family.

We want to hear your club stories! If you are in an official FIDM Fashion Club and would like to become a contributor to the blog, please email info@fashionclub.com. 

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Valencia

This week, Valencia High FIDM Fashion Club President Kimmy Baggelaar shares with us her club story about their recent photo shoot. Her 15-member club started three years ago with Eve Itaya as her Fashion Club Advisor. Read on to find out what Kimmy has to say...

The Valencia High School FIDM Fashion Club recently participated in a photo shoot to showcase different styling techniques. We assembled a camera crew, as well as a nail polish station, hair station, makeup station, and accessories station. The remaining girls were divided into stylists and models.

We each brought some clothes and threw them all in a pile to be mix matched and worn as new. The stylists had the creativity to pick which outfits they thought would fit the mood of the picture. The camera crew experimented with traditional and unorthodox shooting techniques, and the models had the opportunity to experience new roles as models!

Shooting in local outdoor locations, our team was able to grow as individuals as well as become more seasoned artists.

One of my goals was to provide an environment where each student would feel that they could contribute something unique to the activity or event. We each think differently and it is important to embrace these qualities and allow them to flourish. As our high school years are very formative to our personal development, I think this photo shoot embodied aspects that represent each person and their choice of artistic expression.

Check out some of their beautiful images below from their shoot.

We want to hear your club stories! If you are in an official FIDM Fashion Club and would like to become a contributor to the blog, please email info@fashionclub.com. 

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H&M jumpsuit

The first weekend of Coachella is over and everywhere we look we're seeing cool pics of girls in their festival finest jumpsuits, crochet, fringe, and '70s-esque denim. Inspired by snaps of Alessandra Ambrosio, Gigi Hadid, and Kendall Jenner, we're shopping for pieces like this H&M Jumpsuit. It's perfect for a music festival and beyond. In fact, it just might become our go-to piece all season. 

Gucci Westman

Gucci Westman, perhaps one of the best-known makeup artists in the industry, is leaving Revlon after 7 years as the beauty brand's global artistic director. Westman is a fixture at Fashion Week, creating looks for Rag & Bone, Marchesa, J. Mendel, and Oscar de la Renta, to name a few, and has had a pivotal role in helping Revlon compete against high end makeup brands which also sponsor Fashion Week shows. No word yet on what the makeup artist's next steps will be (we'd totally love to see her start her own beauty brand), but we'll likely know soon, as she is leaving Revlon on Wednesday, April 15th.

 

Donna Karan

DKNY, Donna Karan's diffusion line, will soon have a new creative director. WWD is reporting that the label's CEO, Caroline Brown, is looking for someone new to head up the fashion design team, a role which has been held by DKNY Executive Vice President of Design Jane Chung since its inception (despite having never designed for the label, Donna Karan has always taken the bow at the end of each fashion show). According to the report, bright, young fashion stars Prabal Gurung, Public School's Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, and Andrea Lieberman of A.L.C. are named as possible candidates, although none of them confirmed. DKNY appeals to a younger customer base than Karan's eponymous line and is owned by LVMH, which has historically brought in fresh, young talent to refresh its labels.

 

Valentino Flagship

There's only one thing dreamier than a Valentino gown: 15,823 square feet of Valentino apparel, shoes, and accessories. The Italian fashion house just opened a flagship store in Rome, and needless to say, its the biggest one ever. Designed with luxury in mind, the space is located next to the 16th-century Palazzo Mignanelli (the label’s creative headquarters) in Piazza di Spagna, with interiors that feature a Venetian terrazzo with Carrara chippings, timber, leather, and marble. The space will house both women- and menswear, including made-to-measure denim for men. 

 

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Former Fashion Club President, Chigoziri Ikeme graduated last month from FIDM with her degree in Merchandise Product Development and just got accepted into the prestigious one-year International Manufacturing & Product Development (IMPD) program. She credits her Brand Portfolio class with Ms. Hahn for helping her land her paid internship in Los Angeles at Nasty Gal Inc. in fabric research and development.

Tell us a little about yourself: I'm a recent MPD grad and a recently accepted IMPD student who has a slight obsession with textiles and thrift shopping. I've been involved in the fashion industry since I was 16 and I'm happy to have discovered my passion for fabrics and product development while at FIDM

When did you find out that you got accepted into IMPD? It was on the evening of March 4th, I opened up my acceptance letter and immediately tears of joy streamed down my face and I was screaming with excitement. I'm extremely grateful to FIDM and the IMPD selection committee for choosing me to part of this prestigious program. I know that this venture will be a great stepping stone towards pursuing my dream career. The program begins this summer and I can't wait to find out which brand we'll be collaborating with.

What do you hope to learn in IMPD? I hope to learn more about all the different aspects that go into creating garments especially in the area of fabric sourcing and development. I also hope to make valuable connections with my colleagues and the industry partners we work with.

Tell us about your paid internship at Nasty Gal: I saw the internship opportunity posted on Nasty Gal's website and I knew I needed to apply. The next day after submitting my application, I had a mock interview for my Brand Portfolio class and my teacher, Ms. Hahn, brought in a Nasty Gal recruiter as the interviewer. The timing couldn't have been more perfect. The recruiter was very impressed with me and my portfolio and that same week I had a formal interview at their headquarters and a week later I was hired as their Fabric R&D intern.

What are your responsibilities? As the fabric intern I assist the fabric team with putting together fabric spec sheets, souring fabrics, and creating fabric boards for the design team. I just started but already I've learned that fabric plays an important role in Nasty Gal's designs and they strive to create high quality on trend garments.

Any advice for someone who is just starting at FIDM? Network, network, network! As a student, this word is engrained in our heads because it's so important. Don't just network with fellow students but also with your teachers. My teachers helped a lot in telling me about various job opportunities that I wouldn't have known about otherwise and they're flowing with knowledge that will help you in your life and career. 

What is your biggest goal right now? My biggest goal right now is to be the best fabric intern Nasty Gal ever had and also to learn all that I can from the IMPD program in order to ensure that I have the career I want when I graduate.

Anything else you’d like to share? As a recent FIDM grad I can say that I learned the most from the classes that challenged me the most. I used to dread my textile classes and now I'm in love with the fabric industry. Always have an open mind and don't be afraid to take risks. 

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Decorating ideas inspired by Queen Bey. (Domaine)

A jewelry designer spills what's in her beauty bag. (The Glitter Guide)

We are dying over this braided faux-hawk hairstyle. Dying! (Lark + Linen)

Here's what you need to know about the Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection. (Racked)

You might just want to check out the furniture and home accessories at Urban Outfitters. (The Style Files)

Here's a look at an outfit from the H&M Conscious Collection, which hits stores on the 16th. (Could I Have That)

A look back at the iconic wrap dress silhouette. (Ruche Blog)

We totally want to rock the military chic trend this spring. (A Bit of Sass)

Proof that blue eyeshadow doesn't have to be so scary. (Into the Gloss)

Pastel hair--love it or hate it? (StyleWatch)


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