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.

Grey Contrast Collar Long Sleeve Pleated Dress

We spent weeks and weeks looking for the perfect Halloween costume, and now that it's November we're focused on finding the perfect Thanksgiving outfit. Fortunately, it didn't take that long to find this Grey Contrast Collar Long Sleeve Pleated Dress. Is it not the most completely adorable outfit for the holidays or what? We're thinking it'll look great with black booties and a bright red lip.


When we see the words "Beyoncé" and "collaboration" in the same sentence our hearts start racing a little. So when news broke that the Queen Bey is launching a line of athletic sportswear with Topshop we may have literally jumped for joy (then we immediately went out and renewed our gym membership). More than your average celeb designed capsule collection, Beyoncé and Topshop will  actually be 50/50 partners of the athletic brand, called Parkwood Topshop Athletic Ltd. The new brand will include apparel, footwear, and accessories for dance and fitness,  and will be sold at Topshop and "This not a collaboration. This is about building a brand and building a business — a separate, proper business, with separate overhead and a separate office," said Topshop owner Sir Philip Green in an interview with WWD. "I could not think of a better partner," Beyoncé added. And since we hear the line is so stylish it can be worn as regular clothes, we're already making room in our closets for the launch of Parkwood Topshop next fall.


Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

An affordable line of jewelry and bags from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen is here! The twins behind The Row, Olsenboye, and Elizabeth and James have designed a special collection of jewelry and clutches for StyleMint called AMK x SM. "We drew inspiration from constellations," said Ashley of the line, which includes lariat necklaces, chokers, hand chains, and ear cuffs, as well as clutches in two different shapes. She went on to explain how versatile the pieces are and how easily they can transition from day to night. "We focused on minimalist designs that can be mixed, matched and layered, yet are strong enough to wear on their own," added Mary-Kate. None of the pieces cost more than $39.99 and all of them are available now on StyleMint.


Chris Benz

You may not be too familiar with the Bill Blass label, which had its heyday in the '80s, but that may change soon because New York-based designer Chris Benz has just been brought in as the new creative director, and his plan is to reinvent the brand to attract a new generation of buyers (that means you). The fashion house has struggled to keep a designer and maintain its customer base since Bill Blass retired in 1999, and hasn't shown a ready-to-wear collection since Fall 2012. With Benz now onboard, Bill Blass will officially relaunch as a brand in the spring of 2016. "The whole idea was to bring in an American designer who understands the woman today and who is highly social just as Mr. Blass was," Bill Blass President Stuart M. Goldblatt told Women's Wear Daily. Benz, who hasn't shown a collection for his eponymous line in a few seasons, is nothing if not highly social, taking to Twitter to announce his new role. We're looking forward to seeing what the new creative director brings to the house of Bill Blass.


Vista Grande High School FIDM Fashion Club hosted their Halloween party this week, decorating pumpkins and getting into the spirit of the season. Check out their awesome pics!





Black cat manicure

This black cat mani is adorable for Halloween, but we'd rock it any day. (Lulu's)

Crushed velvet could be the hottest thing happening in interior design, and we're totally on board. (Lark + Linen)

It's not too late to put together a chic little Halloween costume; here's some inspiration. (Glitter, Inc.)

So hand bracelets are a thing. (Stripes & Sequins)

A brilliant interview with fashion designer--and now, reality TV star--Diane von Furstenberg. (Style)

This little dress could be the perfect holiday party frock. (Gal Meets Glam)

We firmly believe that every girl should know how to rock a red lip. (The Sparkle)

All the proof you need that navy blue and black actually do work together. (Gary Pepper)

Eleventh hour costume idea: paint your face like a cat. (Byrdie)

Guess which celeb is doing the next VIVA GLAM collection for MAC Cosmetics! (Seventeen)

Happy Halloween, everyone! Just wanted to throw a little Halloween inspo your way. How gorgeous are these eye masks. We're partial to the lacey ones. And we kinda think you can wear them after Halloween, too. It's just another accessory, right? 

1. Feather Motif Mask, $38,
2. Sequin Bat Mask, $14,
3. Cut Out Moulded Mask, $11.50,
4. ASOS Halloween Pretty Lace Mask, $15.16,
5. Black Beaded Halloween Mask, $1.99,


FIDM Fashion Club is hosting a monthly Tweetup from 4:00-5:00 p.m. PST every first Wednesday of the month starting November 5, with Program Manager Talia Tonti and Fashion Editor Gigi Hooghkirk, answering your questions about fashion, beauty, careers, college life, and FIDM Fashion Club membership. They'll also cover best practices on how to run your Fashion Club, activities, and fundraising ideas.

Follow us on Twitter @FashionClub, and send us your questions anytime with the hashtag #AskFIDMFC. Look for your answers on Twitter next Wednesday, November 5th!

Mark your calendar for our upcoming Tweetups:

  • December 3, 2014
  • January 7, 2015
  • February 4, 2015

Dress as Karl Lagerfeld for Halloween and channel your inner fashion genius! You can create his signature chiseled look with foundation and bronzer. Get his slicked back white hair by using dry shampoo and white face paint. And finally add big, black sunglasses and you'll be ready to rock Halloween i

Check out the products we used to get the look on

Fashion stylist Chriselle Lim put together our Karl Lagerfeld Halloween costume. Watch the video to find out her secret styling tips. OK, it's not so much a secret—but her work does seem like magic. It's amazing.

Just remember, if you want to be Karl Lagerfeld for Halloween, you've got to commit to wearing blacker than black sunglasses—all night long!


The Sewing Studio in Old Town Pasadena is hosting a Meet & Greet for Grace Rickert, a contestant on new TV show Project Runway: Threads—and you're invited!

Grace Rickert participated in the Teen Fashion Series at The Sewing Studio, and is returning to her "alma mater" for an afternoon of chatting and fun. It's Sunday, November 16, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Space is filling up so reserve your spot today. RVSP to


The Sewing Studio
107 S. Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105


Co-founded by Cynthia Harvey, a Career Advisor at FIDM, The Sewing Studio offers sewing classes to kids, teens, and adults at their location in Old Town Pasadena.


We love this Halloween costume idea because it's all about the makeup! Just wear regular clothes and you're good to go.

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