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March 30, 2014

Daughter of Iconic '80s Jeans Label Sasson Founder is Rising Star in Fashion Design

Elle Sasson

Premium denim labels started becoming a "thing" back in the '70s and '80s. There was Jordache, Chemin De Fer, Sergio Valente, and of course Sasson. And that's what brings us to the next thing we want to tell you...Elle Sasson, the 25-year-old daughter of Sasson Jeans creator Maurice Sasson, is making Sasson a big name in fashion once again!

Elle was born in New York City and moved with her family to Hong Kong at the age of five. Raised between Hong Kong and Tel Aviv, she studied fashion design in both cities and then interned for Alice + Olivia and Derek Lam in New York. 

Elle Sasson

She first collection was inspired by Ed Ruscha’s art book, “A Few Palm Trees,” which incidentally is a collector's item. (We googled it—signed copies of the book are going for $1200!) But, we digress. Elle sold her first collection into Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Intermix, and Shopbop. How's that for a first collection?! Amaze.

But the real question is, when is Elle Sasson going to go into the denim market?! Inquiring minds...

March 29, 2014

Career Girl Answers: How Do I Become a Fashion Designer?

Career Girl

Dear Career Girl,

I would like more information about how to become a fashion designer. I'm 15 and in the 10th grade. I want to become a fashion designer so that I can show off my sense of style. I was wondering if you could send me a free sewing machine as a gift so that my dream of becoming a fashion designer could come true.

—Miz M.

Dear Miz,

I think it's absolutely fantastic that you are interested in becoming a fashion designer. It can be an incredibly rewarding career path. You get to be creative, do trend research, and work in a multi-billion dollar industry with tons of opportunity! FIDM offers a Fashion Design Degree with curriculum that stimulates creative expression in all aspects of Fashion Design, including fashion sketching, creative design, computer applications, draping, and pattern drafting. If that sounds interesting, contact an Admissions Advisor at 213-624-1201 and they can tell you how to best prepare now to get accepted into the program.

In the mean time, practice your fashion sketching skills. FashionClub.com has a free fashion sketching tutorial. Enter your designs into our monthly Sketch Contest for a chance to win a sketchpad.

As far as a sewing machine is concerned, well, you'll have to stick around for our 12 Days of Giving Contest in December! We always have a sewing machine up for grabs!

—Career Girl

Do you have a question for Career Girl? Please send an email with your career related questions to fashionclub@fidm.com. Be sure to read questions answered from other readers, too!

March 28, 2014

5 Pretty Prom Dresses Under $50

Prom dresses under $50
Looking for the perfect prom dress? How about one that costs less than $50? Yeah, we thought you'd like the sound of that. Happy Friday, Fashion Clubbers!

1. Glamorous Lace Prom Dress, $41.40, asos.com
2. Royal Blue Chunky Stone Keyhole Neckline, $19.99, depshops.com
3. Clarisse Short Babydoll Prom Dress, $45, amazon.com
4. Navy and Silver Short Prom Dress, $49, windsorstore.com
5. Spaghetti Strap Sequin Top Prom Dress, $49.90, delias.com

FC Link Love -- March 28, 2014

Calm Clothing NYThese pics from the Calm Clothing NY lookbook are just to crazy to describe. See more on Fashion Goggled.

The Budget Babe found an exact look-a-like of the must have Club Monaco Pink Moto Jacket for way less. Way less!

Also, Target Addict compares a cute side table from Tar-jay to an identical albeit pricier one from Jayson Home.

Learn how to layer scents like a pro on Cupcakes and Cashmere.

Check out how Kimberly of Eat Sleep Wear styled a denim vest. This look is so fresh for spring, no?

Orange is a pretty tricky color to wear, so we're thankful to Second City Style for showing us how to pull it off.

Eye 4 Style has pictures from the DVF The Journey of a Dress exhibition at LACMA.

Emoji shoes, yes, emoji shoes! Stripes & Sequins found 'em.

Another fabulous 'Looks from Books' from College Fashion, this time it's Divergent.

We're loving this camo and citron look on My Style Pill. Such a fun combo!

March 27, 2014

New Interview with Just Accepted Student Angela Collier

Angela Collier

Seventeen-year-old Angela Collier knew that she wanted to be a FIDM Student after high school graduation so the junior didn’t waste any time applying. The future Fashion Design major and Sicklerville, New Jersey native will begin her college career in the summer of 2015.

"I know that once I enter the Fashion Design Program at FIDM, I will improve my knowledge of the fundamentals of fashion. I already plan to continue into the Advanced Study Program after I graduate and take another major in Theater Costume Design. After seeing the work of students in past DEBUT Runway Show events, all I could think about is how I wanted to make costumes like that."

Read the entire interview with Angela on FashionClub.com.

 

Vintage Parisian Beauty Brand Revived: L’Officine Universelle Buly

L’Officine Universelle Buly

The beauty industry is endlessly fascinating. There is so much energy in it, and infinite possibilities. Ramdane Touhami, the French-Moroccan entrepreneur has revived a vintage French beauty brand, L’Officine Universelle Buly.

“I visited about 130 different old apothecaries dating back from the 15th to the 19th century,” said Touhami. “I found the Bully archives (at Les Archives Départementales de la Seine) and decided to awaken the past.”

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L’Officine Universelle Buly taps into the legacy of famed Parisian perfumer Jean-Vincent Bully. “The ‘vinaigre de Bully’ was a patented aromatic lotion for performing ablutions and preserving skin tone; it brought the Officine a solid reputation and unprecedented notoriety across Europe for a hundred years,” says Touhami. “With my wife, Victoire de Taillac, we spent hours collecting everything we could on the history of Bully and 19th century perfumers. We bought archives and catalogues when we could, but mainly browsed through those held by institutions.”

For more on the story, visit businessoffashion.com.

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Did you know you can study Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing at FIDM? The director of the program, Julianne Pfister, is amazing. Her experience in the industry is so impressive. She knows everyone!

March 26, 2014

Edie Parker and Del Toro Collaboration: Emoji-Themed Clutches and Loafers

Del Toro BigKiss Loafer

OMG, yes. Emoji-themed smoking slippers! I mean it makes total sense. We use the cute little guys all the time on our iPhones, it was just a matter of time before they made their way into fashion. Handmade in Italy, M'Oticon Styles is a collaboration between handbag designer Edie Parker and footwear brand Del Toro, available exclusively on Moda Operandi. We're loving the #BigKiss loafers and matching clutch!

BigKiss clutch

Did you know FIDM has a Footwear Design major? Yeah, it's as amazing as it sounds! 

New Interview With FC Prom Challenge Designer and FIDM Grad Jade Thompson

Jade Thompson

In FC’s Prom Challenge, FIDM Fashion Design Alumna Jade Thompson was challenged to do a redesign of a thrift store dress inspired by Chloë Grace Moretz. She had six weeks to do it, and a $50 budget!

Tell us a little about yourself: I grew up in a small town in Oklahoma. I grew up being involved in everything creative I could be—all the art classes, painting and drawing on my own, playing piano and drums, high school yearbook (designing pages), creative writing, and sewing. In the past year and a half, after graduating FIDM, I worked for multiple indie films as head costume designer, one of which went on to win multiple awards at international film festivals and was in theatres in Switzerland. I currently work freelance in the FIDM Public Relations office in between costuming jobs and other work. I also work as an independent contractor doing design work for menswear company Ace Rivington, an upstart company created by Beau Lawrence, former Product Development Director at GUESS.

What did you like best about the FC Prom Challenge? I really enjoyed taking inspiration from Chloë Grace Moretz, and creating my own one-of-a-kind design. My favorite part about designing is illustrating, and then putting in the work to see it come to life. 

Why did you select Chloë as your celeb muse? I chose Chloë Grace Moretz because I love her personality and her acting. She always plays these incredibly strong female roles, which I admire.

Where did you find your thrift store dress? I found it at Goodwill in my neighborhood in Los Angeles. It was a painfully simple red dress with terrible '80s shoulder pads and no shape.

Describe your finished prom dress design: Quirky and polished. I wanted to create something whimsical and fun, but still easy to move and dance in. 

What is it about your design that reflects Chloë's style? Her personal style is quite fantastic. She has a personal style not far from my own. Her day-to-day style is edgy, with a touch of femininity. She chooses to wear quirky, colorful, and youthful designs on the red carpet instead of gowns—she has fun with her outfits. Instead of trying to channel old school Hollywood red carpet dresses, she embraces her individuality and youthfulness.

How did you hear about FIDM? I fell in love with Los Angeles as a little girl, and always had my heart set on moving here. A family friend works as an interior designer and some of her friends went to FIDM years ago for interior design. She suggested I tour it for Fashion Design. I toured it, fell in love, applied my senior year, and received a scholarship to attend FIDM. FIDM was perfect for me because it’s a no-nonsense kind of school. FIDM is hard, hard work. They have amazing instructors, and they teach you so much in so little time. FIDM is the perfect environment for meshing learning with an industry standard structure.

How did you choose your major? I grew up with two siblings and not a lot of expendable money.  My favorite place to shop was Goodwill, I would buy outdated clothing and take them home to redesign them or style them in a modern way. Being an artist of sorts my whole life, I realized my sophomore year of high school that fashion design was a perfect way to merge my love of the arts with my skills. I’ve loved designing everything from clothing to costumes ever since then.

What are your career goals and how is FIDM helping you get there? I’ve been blessed with incredible opportunities since my graduation in June of 2012. My career goal is to find my niche and be both happy and successful, whether that road leads me to costuming full time for film and TV, working under a great designer, or even starting my own design company. I think what’s most important at 22 years old is just accepting every opportunity for experience, and eventually success will come as long as you have a passion for what you do and the tenacity to prove yourself and your artistic vision.

What advice do you have for someone thinking about going to FIDM? If you love fashion design, interior design, graphic design—whatever it is that you love—this is a great school to teach you what you need to know to work in the industry. It’s hard work; it’s not typical college life. But if you have the passion, you’re picking the right place. You’re worth the best education and FIDM is just that for artists of all kinds. FIDM gives you the tools and knowledge you need to succeed.

Want to see more prom designs inspired by celebs? Check out FashionClub.com!

March 25, 2014

How To Pick A Prom Dress That Flatters You

Cache prom dresses
Fashion Club has partnered with Caché on our exclusive prom trends blog series. Today's topic? How to pick a prom dress that flatters you...

You think your legs are short and your chest is flat? We’re our own worst critics. But when you’re shopping for a prom gown, try not to be too critical. Instead, be honest. If you understand your shape and dress to flatter it, you’ll dazzle.

Slender
Lucky you, you wear both long and short styles well. But avoid flowing silhouettes that make you look like a waif who needs a sandwich. Instead, emphasize your curves with something fitted.

Hourglass
Show off that waist and those hips with a contoured silhouette. And if you want to emphasize yourself from the waist up, go for a puff skirt.

Athletic
Elongate and strike a balance between your beautiful broad shoulders and strong legs with a gown that hangs instead of clings.

Petite
A full-length dress doesn’t have the same kind of impact if you’re half length. Instead, flaunt what you’ve got with a shorter, figure-hugging dress that shows that it’s all about proportion.

Busty
Blessing and curse. For prom night, a dress with straps and a neckline that leaves at least a little to the imagination will minimize discussion of your assets and maximize your wow factor.

If you don’t have a gown yet, it’s time to get shopping. Prom night is fast approaching—we can’t wait!

Caché is the only national specialty store offering prom dresses and accessories. They've partnered with schools for over a decade, hosting fashion shows and special events. They're experts at what they call "the event before the event," and take pride in matching young women with perfect prom looks for the big night. Enter the Fairy Godmother Contest for your chance at a $750 prom shopping spree at Caché. And for your chance to win a $4,500 scholarship to attend FIDM, enter the Caché Prom Scholarship Contest!

March 24, 2014

Must-Have Monday: BFF Slim Fit Boyfriend Jeans

BFF Slim Boyfriend JeansIf you ask us, a girl can never have too many pairs of jeans, and to be even more specific, a girl can never have enough boyfriend jeans. We've already got a couple pairs but when we spotted these BFF Slim Boyfriend Jeans from Cotton On for $4o ($40!!) we were left with no choice but to snatch them up. They're slouchy, as boyfriend jeans should be, but not sloppy and baggy (because there is a very distinct difference). And there's just enough distressing to make them cool and even a little edgy. They look perfect with our girliest, frilliest tops, which is our favorite look at the moment, and now that spring has sprung they're going to look so cute with sandals and tanks.