Birkenstock Curacao Double Band Slide Sandal

Talk about a comeback--Birkenstocks are officially the comeback kid of summer. These sandals, ubiquitous in the '90s, slipped quietly into a "hippies only" genre for many years and the fashion sect discredited them as being stylish. But now they are once again considered de rigueur for warm weather, and we've seen celebs, fashion editors, and countless bloggers rocking them. These Birkenstock 'Curacao' Double Band Slide Sandals are our pick and we can't wait to pair them with a few of our flirtiest summer frocks. 

Selena Gomez

It's no secret that Selena Gomez has one of the most enviable heads of hair in the entertainment industry, so it was really just a matter of time before she nabbed a beauty contract to show it off. Sure enough, Pantene, the brand that's practically synonymous with hair care, has inked a deal with the 22-year old "Come & Get It" singer and her silky, brunette tresses.  "I've always loved using Pantene, so it's a dream come true to be the brand's newest ambassador," the starlet said in a press release. "Not only because Pantene stands for strong, healthy hair but also because it encourages women to be their best selves." This is Gomez's first beauty deal, but we suspect it won't be her last. 

 

Lucky magazine

It's official--finally. Lucky magazine's print edition is closing down. It's been a long time coming, and it seems like we've been reporting on this inevitable shut down for ages. Most recently, we had confirmation that the fashion glossy was to reduce publication and become a premium, coffee table style quarterly magazine similar to Net-a-Porter's The Edit, with the new format launching in September (that news hit our desk less than a month ago). Rumors are swirling that the entire Lucky franchise--print, digital, and e-commerce--will be shutting down after one of the investors pulled out, but nothing has been confirmed as there are still three other investors in talks to keep the digital side of the house going. Lucky was definitely one of our favorite monthly reads, and we're sad to see it go. 

 

Gap

There will no longer be a Gap on every street corner. The San Francisco-based retailer, known best for peddling denim and khakis, announced last week that it is shutting down 175 of its North American stores and cutting 250 jobs from its headquarters. "These decisions are very difficult, knowing they will affect a number of our valued employees, but we are confident they are necessary to help create a winning future for our employees, our customers, and our shareholders," Gap's global president Jeff Kirwan said. The company will continue to operate 800 stores across the U.S., which includes 300 outlets. 

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Tips for becoming a master shopper. (College Fashion)

French fashion designer Giambattista Valli created 5 gorgeous lipstick shades for MAC. (Popsugar)

58 times Taylor Swift looked flawless...but who's counting? (Seventeen)

We're totally swooning over this summery, all-white outfit. (Poor Little It Girl)

Abercrombie & Fitch has a new menswear designer. (InStyle)

How to create a subtle smokey eye for day, no makeup brushes required. (xo Vain)

The new arrivals from Rachel Parcell's jewelry line, Pink Peonies Collection, are giving us life! (Pink Peonies)

Summer is the perfect time to start taking risks when it comes to accessorizing. (The New York Times)

5 bags Jane Birkin would approve of. (Bag Snob)

Beauty inspiration fresh from the streets of New York. (Refinery 29)

Mercedes Benz Intense

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...

Father's Day is Sunday. Do you have a gift? Is your dad intense, and does he like fragrance? If you've answered, "No, yes, and yes," consider this as the perfect gift for him. Mercedes-Benz Intense for Men is an intensified version of the original fragrance. It has top notes of Calabrian bergamot, lemon, and Italian mandarin; middle notes of violet leaf, Bourbon pepper, galbanum, nutmeg, and violet; and base notes of cedar, Bourbon vetiver, patchouli, and cetalox. Mercedes-Benz Intense comes in a 75ml and 120 ml eau de toilette spray.

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Cameron Hughes is the latest Fashion Club Member to participate in our new Style+Music series here on the Fashion Club blog. She's a graduating senior at Andrean High School in Merrillville, Indiana, and will be attending FIDM in the fall! Check out her Top 10 Playlist below and how she feels about fashion.

Everyone calls me Cam, or Cammie Bradshaw; I am currently working on a blog with that handle, actually. I love to laugh and I love fashion.

Ever since I was five years old I've wanted to be a fashion designer. Designing is the perfect outlet for all the energy I have. It is so incredible to think that I can create something so real; everything we wear someone had to think of that concept and create it. That is what makes fashion beautiful. I will be attending FIDM in October of this year. 

Coco Chanel perfectly described fashion when she said, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” Fashion is my favorite form of art.

I always say that I have fashion schizophrenia because I change my styles so often.

If I want to feel really feminine, I will wear pastels and materials that flow.

If I want to feel like the keyboard player in an obscure indie band, I will wear my favorite motorcycle jacket with the zippers on it.

If I want to feel like Barbie, I will wear something shiny. I love how glitter looks when it catches the light.

If I want feel like a backup dancer for a '90s rap group, I will wear cute high top sneakers and a graphic t-shirt.

If I want to feel like Carrie Bradshaw, I will put two unlikely things together and be adventurous.

My wardrobe depends on the day. I believe you should wear what makes you feel happy, and not blindly follow trends or try to make a boy notice you. Let your personality shine through the fabric!

Top 10 Playlist: Cameron Hughes

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Caldwell Harris, Leon High School FIDM Fashion Club President, reports on fashion trends from Tallahassee, Florida.

Rain or shine, here’s what HOT or NOT this summer!

It’s June—one of the hottest months of the year and finally, summer break! The change in weather as well as moods has led to new or reoccurring trends; many HOT and some NOT. So much sunshine and heat has inspired us to wear lightweight fabrics, brighter colors, and diverse patterns.

Several HOT looks for the summer include one-piece style ensembles, such as rompers, dresses, and bodysuits. These easy outfits are perfect for beach trips or days with sweltering heat. When paired with leather sandals and jewelry, the results are beautiful.

Sundresses are perfect for the summertime! With so many unique cuts and lengths to choose from, one can’t go wrong. Personally, a romper is my go-to summer outfit. I find the structure of a romper intriguing—especially with so many technical patterns.

For the more daring, a bodysuit is a wonderful addition to any wardrobe. A bodysuit is a piece that is structured similarly to a one-piece bathing suit, but it’s made of cotton or a spandex-like fabric. When paired with high-waisted shorts or a mini skirt, a bodysuit looks like a regular top, only it’s much more comfortable and breathable.

Personally, one of my favorite HOT trends of the summer is halter tops. Halter tops are much less structured and more comfortable than the average crop top—often seen with ties in the back or behind the neck—making them a must have for a HOT summer wardrobe.

Another absolute must-have is shorts. Shorts are cute and perfect for hot days. The styles are endless—high-waisted, patterned, denim, and cotton, just to name a few.

The most interchangeable items of any HOT summer outfits are accessories, such as floppy hats, bags, and sunglasses. Floppy hats are a classic and practical accessory, great for keeping sun off your face and they can be worn with almost any outfit.

Bags are a highly important accessory, especially for summer days. A HOT summer bag could be a pastel, nude, translucent or mute color tote or clutch. And course, when you carry a bag you’ll need something to put in it, so let's talk sunglasses—a wonderful and practical accessory. For summer, mirrored sunglasses are a definite HOT trend. With so many different shapes and colors it’s hard to go wrong with a pair of sunglasses.

It’s difficult to come up with NOT looks, but some key things to avoid are obsessive layering, multiple pattern combinations, and lastly, indecency.

It’s summertime, so the probability that temps will be low is slim. Therefore, over-layering makes little sense. The best way to correct this is to carry a lightweight jacket or sweater that can be worn over the shoulders or around the waist, perfect for cooler nights.

Another NOT is unnecessary pattern combinations. There are thousands of colorful patterns, but that doesn’t mean all should be worn at once. The best way to fix this is to remember that for patterned ensembles, less is more.

Lastly, indecency is an absolute NOT. School is out, and so is school dress code! So, an easy solution to avoid over-exposure is to include lighter fabrics in your outfit such as chiffon or cotton as tops or jackets.

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Photography: Samantha Fadool | Models: Ezi (Grey T-Shirt Dress, Romper); Camille (White Halter & Denim, Burgundy Dress)

Caldwell Renà Harris is a sophomore at Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida. She founded the school’s Fashion and Design Club in August 2014 and currently serves as the President of this FIDM affiliated club. Caldwell spends her spare time studying the fashion industry and hopes to become a notable fashion designer. She is also a competitive swimmer who enjoys playing piano and electric guitar, and is also learning French.

Topshop Ruched Spot Swimsuit

There are some swimsuits that are cute for the pool or the beach, then there are swimsuits that are so cute, we kinda want to wear them all the time, like, everywhere. This Ruched Spot Swimsuit from Topshop falls into the latter category. The retro style is so on trend, and you can never go wrong with classic black and white. Plus, the ruching and ruffles at the bust are absolutely adorable. We are seriously trying to find ways to incorporate it into our every day wardrobe. Office pool party, anyone?

 Target blogger swim campaign

If Target's summer swim campaign seems to be missing something, it is. The retail giant recruited, not models, but bloggers for the ads and used the tagline, "A Fit for Every Body."  "We know there is no ‘one suit fits all’ and wanted to help women feel confident this summer and empowered to try different styles, no matter their size or shape," said a Target spokesperson in an interview. Nashelly Messina of Fabulatina, Nikki Minton of My Style Diaries, Simply Stylist's Sarah Boyd, and Chantè Burkett of Everything Curvy and Chic are the featured models, and each of them wrote sponsored posts about their respective swimsuit shopping experiences with Target stylist Zanna Roberts Rassi. There's also a video included in the campaign, in which Roberts Rassi asks each of the bloggers about their favorite body parts and what they feel their problem areas area, before explaining why she dressed each one of them in the swimsuits she picked for them. Burkett, the only plus-size blogger pictured, summed up the campaign perfectly, saying, "Target wanted to showcase real women in swimsuits and if this isn't real I don't know what is."

 

Katy Perry Moschino

Pop singer Katy Perry is all hip-hop as the face of the Moschino Fall 2015 campaign. The star took to Instagram to make the announcement, showing off an image of herself draped in gold chains and a boombox minaudière with a gold-trimmed patchwork jean jacket that could have been plucked right out of a '90s rap video. The photos were shot by industry darlings Inez and Vinoodh, and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, who's signature aesthetic of over accessorizing fit perfectly with the campaign's hip hop-inspired theme. The "This Is How We Do" singer is pals with Moschino's creative director, Jeremy Scott, and even accompanied him to this year's Met Gala (always a good indication that there's a partnership of some sort brewing). We can't wait to see more photos from the campaign!

 

Somsack Sikhounmuong

J.Crew and Madewell are two of our favorites (the jewelry at J. Crew and the denim at Madewell are always toppers on our must-have lists), so we're quite excited about the recent shakeup that's taken place at the brands. J. Crew has brought in Somsack Sikhounmuong, Madewell's now-former head of designer, to head up their women's design department. Sikhounmuong spent 14 years at Madewell and played a key role in the brand's success, no doubt one reason why J. Crew brought him onboard. "Other strategic and organizational changes" can be expected throughout the company, according to CEO Mickey Drexler, who's made it clear he was unhappy with last year's sales. This change could be a big deal for J. Crew, and hopefully the same magic Sikhounmuong used to boost Madewell's sales will rub off in his new gig.

 

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The dos and don'ts of It girl style. (Who What Wear)

3 ways to wash your face without using water. (StyleCaster)

Want gorgeous skin? Use sunscreen! (Peace Love Shea)

This roundup of cute summer dresses for less than $100 is perfect. (The Stripe)

We're love, love, loving these braided hairstyles for summer. (Fashionsy)

Simple and cute DIY stationery. (Cupcakes and Cashmere)

We can hardly believe how gorgeous this handmade prom dress is. (Hello Giggles)

A textured top is a great way to elevate distressed jeans. (Could I Have That)

Here's proof that you need a bodysuit in your wardrobe. (Nadia Aboulhosn)

This could be the cutest outfit to wear on a flight we've ever seen. (SS Life + Style)

Slides

What is it about slides that makes them so absolutely awesome? They look amazing with a t-shirt dress, boyfriend jeans, bathing suit...really anything in your summer wardrobe. We found five pairs under $50. LOVE them.

1. Shiny Black Slides, $17.90, forever21.com
2. Navy Stripe Slides, $18, oldnavy.com
3. Nike Benassi Solarsoft Slides, $19.99, jcpenney.com
4. BDG Cori Slide Sandal, $29, urbanoutfitters.com
5. Platform Slides, $34.95, hm.com


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