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FIDM Student Alexandra Sosa was one of our fashion designers in the Fashion Club Prom Challenge this year. Don't miss our Feature Story this month on FashionClub.com to see her amazing work.

How does your prom design reflect the style of Ariana Grande, your muse? My prom design reflects Ariana Grande's style because most of her clothing and the way she looks is sexy and cute. The dress is sexy and puffy at the same time but depending on who is wearing it, it will look cute. I choose the color black because I wanted to give it a more serious look.

What was your favorite part of the whole process? My favorite part was the photo shoot, looking at the model wearing the dress I made was the best moment I have ever had, everything looked so professional that I thought it was a dream.

What was the most difficult part of the process? The most difficult part was sewing the embellishments because it took me a lot of time and it change my design because I didn’t had the time to fill all the top part of the dress.

What is a lesson you learned by doing this? The lesson that I learn by doing this project was to make a organize plan for myself and manage my time better because it was a lot of work and concentration that you need to make a dress like this.

How many hours did you spend on the Prom Design Challenge? I don’t really remember how much time I spend because I was working on it during my free time and whenever I had time; but on a weekend, you should be able to create this dress.

Where did you source the original garment you used for your design? I was inspired by the famous Latin American designer, Oscar De La Renta, especially on the puffy dresses designs.

What kind of overall budget were you given to work with? I received $75 which I used to buy the dress, the fabrics and the embellishment. I would love to spend a little more because I wanted to put more of the embellishments on the top of the dress.

How much was the original dress? The original dress was around $20 and I bought it in the FIDM Scholarship Store.

What was it like participating in a professional photo shoot, working together with a model, stylists, hair & makeup artists, a photographer, and art director? Working with professionals was amazing; this is an experience that I will never forget because it was the first time that I felt like a professional and that I felt I was treated like one. Working with the style was the best part because I felt she understood my idea and she new how to make the dress look better with the accessories. The hair and the make up artist were really nice and was incredible because it made the dress look even better. Observing the model and the way the photographer talk to her during the photo shoot and help her, made me feel in a professional photo shoot and I was able to observe how things really work during a photo shoot.

Anything else you'd like to share? If you one day get the opportunity to participate in a Prom Challenge DO IT, is all I can say, it was hard work but I have gain the best experience of my life and for the first time I felt like a professional designer. 

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Marina

Marina Klein is studying Merchandise Product Development at FIDM and participated in Fashion Club's Annual Prom Challenge this year. She upcycled a thrift store find into a prom dress inspired by Selena Gomez! Don't miss our Feature Story this month on FashionClub.com to see all the styles inspired by your favorite celebs

How does your prom design reflect the style of Selena Gomez, your muse? My design is both glamorous and edgy, which reflects Selena Gomez's style. By combining the form-fitting bodice, the flowy chiffon, and the gold lame fabric, it was ultimately a dress Selena would wear. 

What was your favorite part of the whole process? My favorite part of this process was bringing home the dress and playing around with the silhouette. It was exciting when I realized that I had the perfect fabric to incorporate into the bodice and skirt! 

What was the most difficult part of the process? The most difficult part was trying to work with the different types of fabric. 

What is a lesson you learned by doing this? I learned that sometimes my design will not work out exactly how I originally envisioned it, but it will always come together in the end. 

How many hours did you spend on the Prom Design Challenge? I probably spent 5 hours actually making it, but I spent four weeks trying to decide how to recreate the dress. 

Where did you source the original garment you used for your design? I went to a thrift shop in downtown Los Angeles. 

What kind of overall budget were you given to work with? I was given $50 to work with, but only spent $9 of the money.

How much was the original dress? The dress was $9. I already had the chiffon fabric and sequin bodice. 

What was it like participating in a professional photo shoot, working together with stylists, hair & makeup artists, a photographer, and art director? It was quite the experience because I got insight into different jobs within the fashion industry and got to see how everyone works together. 

What was it like modeling your own design in the shoot? It was so much fun modeling my design, because I got to show off what I had spent a lot of time on and what I was proud of!

Anything else you'd like to share? This was an amazing opportunity and I am so grateful to have been a part of it! 

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Taylor-Bloom

Taylor Bloom is a Fashion Design, Professional Designation Student at FIDM and recently designed a prom dress inspired by Elle Fanning, as part of Fashion Club's Annual Prom Challenge. Don't miss our Feature Story this month on FashionClub.com to see all the styles inspired by your favorite celebs.

How does your prom design reflect the style of Elle Fanning, your muse? I felt particularly inspired by Elle Fanning's ability to dress romantically, yet in a fun and whimsical way. This came through the design with the iridescent pink and purple colors, the black floral details, and the two-piece silhouette.

What was your favorite part of the whole process? The photo shoot was a really great experience—it was my first time seeing my own designs being shot by a professional photographer, with industry stylists, make-up artists, hair stylists... the works!

What was the most difficult part of the process? Dealing with a small amount of fabric, for sure. I had to make two pieces out of a single jacket, so I had no room for error!

What is a lesson you learned by doing this? You can never have too many fittings.

How many hours did you spend on the Prom Design Challenge? If I'm including sketching, meetings, fittings, and actual sewing, probably around 30 hours.

Where did you source the original garment you used for your design? A three-story thrift store called Iguana Vintage in Hollywood.

What was your budget? We were given $75 to find the vintage garment to begin from, as well as any additional fabric or trims we needed. I think I ended up spending around $40.

How much was the original dress? It was actually a jacket! And it was $30.

What was it like participating in a professional photo shoot, working together with a model, stylists, hair & makeup artists, a photographer, and art director? So incredible—probably my favorite part of the whole experience. It felt like an added reassurance that I'm on the right path as a designer. I felt like I was exactly where I wanted to be.

Anything else you'd like to share? I'd love to encourage everyone to get involved. Whether it's modeling, assisting, or designing!

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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...

Actress and singer JLo is back with her latest fragrance, JLuxe by Jennifer Lopez. JLuxe has top notes of bergamot, raspberry, and pineapple; middle notes of violet, damask rose, orris flower, and ylang-ylang; and base notes of amber, cedar, and musk. JLuxe is for the women who enjoys a floral experience. JLuxe by Jennifer Lopez in available as a 50 ml eau de parfum. 

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Monique

FIDM Fashion Design Student Monique Vang recently designed a prom dress inspired by Michael Jackson in Fashion Club's Prom Design Challenge. It should come as no surprise that Monique is interesting in the costume industry for film or theater! Don't miss our feature story on FashionClub.com to see all the prom looks designed by FIDM Students.

How does your prom design reflect the style of Michael Jackson, your muse? Michael Jackson style is very unique. He usually wore a simple sleek silhouette, adorned with trims and embellishments. So, for my design I decided to have a simple silhouette, asymmetrical, one sleeve with a full circle skirt, but then put a lot of trim on it. 

What was your favorite part of the whole process? My favorite part of this project was being able to create what I had envisioned and seeing it come to life exactly the way I wanted. Another element that I enjoyed was the photo shoot, as I have a great interest in film and photography.

What was the most difficult part of the process? The hardest part was time, everyone would have loved if there were more time but it was a deadline we had to meet, therefore we delivered. 

What is a lesson you learned by doing this? I learned that even with a small budget you shouldn’t limit yourself because you can still create what you imagined. It might mean tweaking things here and there but ultimately you can still achieve it. 

How many hours did you spend on the Prom Design Challenge? Well we had about 5 1/2 weeks to work on the dress. I probably worked around 15-20 hrs, more or less a week, so around 80-100 hrs total. 

Where did you source the original garment you used for your design? It was a thrift store on Melrose called American Vintage.

What kind of overall budget did you have? $75 exactly

How much was the original dress? Instead of a dress I bought a bridal corset top, possibly originally from a 2-piece wedding dress for only $7!

What was it like participating in a professional photo shoot, working together with stylists, hair & makeup artists, a photographer, and art director? It was amazing! I’ve always wanted to be a part of fashion photo shoots and see what really goes on behind the scenes and I was able to get a first hand experience so it was wonderful and I would love to do it again!

Anything else you'd like to share? A word to the aspiring designers out there, don’t ever limit yourself and push until you’ve reached where you want to go! I’m cheering for you!

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Chigo

Chigoziri Ikeme, a Merchandise Product Development student at FIDM, designed a prom dress inspired by Lupita Nyong'o in Fashion Club's Prom Design Challenge this year. Check out FashionClub.com to see all the looks!

How does your prom design reflect the style of Lupita Nyong'o, your muse? Lupita Nyong'o is known for her bold color choices when it comes to her style. I wanted to create a dress that I envisioned her wearing so I chose an embroidered fabric in a vibrant aquamarine blue. As for the design I wanted something that was modern and elegant so I went with a high neckline and open back detail which was the perfect balance. 

What was your favorite part of the process? My favorite part of the process was sourcing the fabric, I knew I wanted my dress to be a standout piece so the fabric was key.

What was the most difficult part of the process? I would say the most difficult part was creating the right fit for my model, because I wanted the dress to look like a couture gown that was tailor made for her. 

What is a lesson you learned by doing this? I further developed my understanding of taking a design from concept to completion. I also learned that you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on a prom dress when you can make your own one-of-a-kind gown for much less. 

How many hours did you spend on the Prom Design Challenge? Around 6 hours which were spread over the period of one week.

Where did you source the original garment you used for your design? I found my original garment at one of the best thrift stores in LA, St. Vincent de Paul.

What kind of overall budget were you given to work with? We were given a budget of $75   to buy all the components need for our designs.

How much was the original dress? My original dress was around $5.

What was it like participating in a professional photoshoot, working together with stylists, hair & makeup artists, a photographer, and art director? It was such a great experience being able to see my vision come to life. Everything from the hair to makeup worked together in perfect harmony with my dress. 

Anything else you'd like to share? I'm so thankful to have been given the opportunity to participate in this year's prom challenge. It rekindled my love for design and made me wish to relive my prom experience. 

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Bando-pen-set

Having cute pens at the ready is kind of a big deal around here because we write a lot and we're into fashion, obvi. These super adorable pens in the Ban.do Assorted Pen Set have been circulating around the office and there isn't a single one of us who isn't obsessed with their sweet little messages. Seriously, who wouldn't love seeing the words "Gosh, you look so cute" on one of those feeling-less-than-spectacular, barely-made-it-out-the-door, oh-no-my-shoes-don't-match kind of Mondays? 

 

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Rachel Zoe

Subscription boxes are a wildly popular service that allow buyers access to products or services that they may not otherwise be privy to (these days that includes anything from snacks to shoes), and now celebrity stylist/designer Rachel Zoe is getting in on this growing industry--Box of Style by The Zoe Report is a Zoe-curated quarterly subscription box service, and the first boxes are shipping out later this month. Members pay $100 per quarter, or $350 for a full year, to receive a box that's valued over $300 and contains one $100-plus item (revealed in advance by the team at The Zoe Report) as well as clothing, beauty products, accessories, or home and lifestyle goods, which will not be divulged ahead of time. A rep for The Zoe Report claims the boxes will include both up-and-coming as well as established brands, so subscribers could potentially be hanging some very high-end gear in their closets. 

J.Crew Paris

The first Paris, France J. Crew store opened its doors on Friday, just as Paris Fashion Week was getting under way. The 1,800-square feet space is located in Paris's Marais neighborhood, just a few doors down from a Carven store, and is strictly devoted to womenswear (standalone stores for menswear and Crew Cuts will open eventually). In addition to J. Crew staples like cashmere sweaters, sequin skirts, and striped Oxford shirts, the new store offers its Parisian shoppers a bit of home through its merchandise and decor: exclusive designs from the label Saint James, artwork from a Parisian gallery, pieces from the high-end J.Crew Collection (available in only five boutiques worldwide), and a nonfunctional mailbox near the entrance, as well as Swarovski appliqués of French “motifs” (the Eiffel Tower, snails, mustaches) and phrases like carrément (absolutely) and bisous (kisses) on a few of the pieces.

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Florals

Every Friday, Fashion Club brings you five fabulous fashions under $50. Today we're all about florals. After all, we're "springing" forward this weekend! LOL. Don't forget to change your clocks tomorrow night. xo

1. Pleated Watercolor Floral Skirt, $17.90, forever21.com
2. Black and Floral Boots, $34.95, hm.com
3. Skinny Floral Belt, $17.94, oldnavy.com
4. Floral Mix Bandeau Bikini Top and Bottom, $37, topshop.com
5. Garden Life Floral Dress, $34, nastygal.com

Eat sleep wear

Okay, so we're officially obsessed with this star sweater. (eat.sleep.wear)

20 beauty steals that cost less than five bucks! (Allure)

The drugstore beauty products top makeup artists can't live without. (Refinery 29)

10 crazy stylish ways to rock a chambray shirt this spring. (The Savvy Girl's Guide to Life)

Spring is right 'round the corner! Here are 3 fragrances that perfectly capture the scent of springtime showers. (Into the Gloss)

These DIY crosswalk striped nesting tables can really brighten up a small space. (Love Maegan)

Spring 2015 is all about '70s style--are you into it? (Cheetah is the New Black)

Tips for looking glam in gingham this season. (InStyle)

10 gorgeous halter dresses, including a few prom-perfect options. (Design Darling)

All the warm weather essentials. (Meg Biram)


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