Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson's Spring 2016 runway show at New York Fashion Week last Friday was a celebration, as well as a goodbye of sorts--it marked the 50th anniversary of her eponymous label and the last show of it's kind. "This is the big bang. This is the last of this," the 73-year old designer said. "I can't do this again." Her big bang included over 50 outfits presented to an audience of more than 1,000. The show was divided into groups, each representing a decade in the business and named after Johnson's favorite haunts, including Palladium, Mud Club, Electric Circus, and her childhood dance studio, Ann K. Pimm Presents. The designer, who received the CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award in June, has plans to live in Malibu and enjoy her family. Congratulations to Betsey Johnson on her incredible run!

Kate spade new york

Kate Spade New York is launching a new label of casual essentials called Broome Street, a nod to the brand's first New York store in Soho. According to Deborah Lloyd, president and chief creative officer of Kate Spade New York, the line will feature 50 pieces in the launch, including woven shirts, cotton T-shirts, denim, casual cotton dresses and skirts,  and chunky sweaters, with prices ranging from $65 to $898. "This [Broome Street] line is a more casual expression of everything we do, and is an entry into the brand," said Lloyd. "[It] is designed to effortlessly sit and work with the Kate Spade New York line." The line will incorporate aesthetics of Kate Spade Saturday, the brand's lower-priced line that folded earlier this year. We can't wait to see the Broome Street offerings and hope it will be more successful than Saturday. 

Elle fanning teen vogue cover

Elle Fanning covers Teen Vogue and discusses her latest role with the magazine.  (Teen Vogue)

Here's Kylie Jenner's complete beauty regime. (The New York Times)

Kate Spade stores now have 'muses' instead of sales associates. (Buzzfeed)

This fall outfit is absolutely perfect. (Pink Peonies)

The 30 best dressed women of 2015, according to Glamour. (Glamour UK)

10 totally affordable pieces you need to rock this fall. (The Glitter Guide)

Stylish desk essentials to help pull you out of a creative slump. (Jillian Harris)

And speaking of desks, these look great as nightstands, plus it's a brilliant way to save space in a small room. (The Peak of Tres Chic)

This updated Chicago townhouse is eye candy for the interior design fan. (Mix and Chic)

Let's discuss our obsession with this fringe skirt. (A Fashion Love Affair)


Jazz Cole recently visited her alma mater, Lafayette High School (LHS) in Lexington, Kentucky, as a guest speaker for FIDM Fashion Club. As last year's club president, she came back to answer questions about the fashion industry and give tips on how to run the club. She got accepted to FIDM as her junior year was wrapping up last year, and will be studying Fashion Design at the Los Angeles campus starting this fall.

Tell us about your visit to LHS: I was amazed that there were so many people there, and nice to see my former Fashion Club sponsor who was my housing and fashion teacher during my junior year, and my former VP who is the current president for the 2015-16 school year. It felt almost like a reunion because some students I knew from having been an LHS student. I was a bit nervous as always when having to get up and speak openly to others, but I was talking about myself and my life experiences with fashion and future endeavors, especially with FIDM being the start of my next chapter, so it wasn’t hard to come up with things to talk about. Plus, I was talking to a room full of young girls interested in fashion ABOUT fashion so there wasn’t much to worry about. Having founded the club last year, I talked about FIDM Fashion Club, the experiences, the process of being a president, as well as about being able to attend my dream school (FIDM), what I’ve been doing with fashion at home, and on social media. I kind of felt like a mentor, and I did have one girl who I spoke with who sounded really interested in fashion design and asked a lot of questions when I started talking about FIDM. It was awesome to hear what my new president was going to do with the club (since it was the first meeting of the year). I couldn’t have picked a better president, she was a phenomenal VP who kept me grounded and I have no doubt she’ll do great things with Fashion Club this year.

How did you get involved? When I got officially accepted to FIDM my junior year, the person who interviewed me told me about Fashion Club and the scholarship benefits, but I hesitated because I wanted to make sure it was set in stone that I was going to FIDM first. Toward the end of junior year, I tried to become friends with my principal because I did need an administrator to sign off on it for FIDM, plus he helped guide me through the process of getting the approval from the school’s SBDM (Site Based Decision-Making) Council, and I had to make a separate proposal for them, and speak at their meeting about why it should become a school sponsored club. So I did the hard part getting it all started, so all I could do after that was to hope that the club would last. My sponsor was on board from day one. I thought she was fun, sweet, and I must say that she’s an expert seamstress, plus she taught fashion as well so we had plenty of sewing machines and tools for our use. Being the president was one of the biggest responsibilities I ever had in my life, so my leadership skills were tested. I advertised at freshman orientation, had our meetings added to school announcements, asked teachers to put my flyers in their classrooms, and in return I had a great amount of people show up. The hardest part was trying to manage Fashion Club with school, and my heavy involvement in theatre. So I was challenged with time management, but it was a good challenge, plus I’m sure life it going to be just as hard when I get pulled into the real world when October arrives for fall quarter.

What was the best thing about doing Fashion Club? It was fun to be around others who were interested in fashion. Socially, I was always exclusively hanging around other theatre lovers, and I didn’t really know anyone else who was interested in fashion as a career path. Besides just liking fashion as a way of just shopping for cute outfits, I didn't keep up with current events or bloggers as far as the industry goes. So I enjoyed meeting other people who really liked fashion—who had some interest in fashion as an industry, whether it be styling, graphic design, blogging, jewelry making, you name it.

Tell us a little more about yourself: I’m 18 years old and have been designing clothes for five years. In fourth grade, I was accepted into a gifted and talented program in the creative and performing arts majoring in theatre. I started getting interested in design in my freshman year of high school, so I got involved in the costume department for school productions. For senior year, I was given the opportunity to be a student costume designer for two productions, and I got to intern with the best costume designer in town, a high-end retail boutique, and Images Modeling and Talent Agency through an internship program at my high school to get hands on experience in different aspects of the fashion industry. Throughout high school, I’ve managed a YouTube channel, a blog, and I’m active on social media as Jazz Cole Designs which is a brand that I’m determined to promote and launch in the future. Also, I’ve always been a HUGE history nerd. I love learning about the past through art, architecture, literature, etc. I believe that history can inspire us to be better and more efficient people; if designing wasn’t the main thing that got me up in the morning then, I’d probably be a historian because it’s so fascinating to see what happened (or what we missed) long before this generation was even thought of. I love everything about life and the anticipation of what’s out there waiting to be discovered really inspires and motivates me as a fashion designer. I truly believe that God put me on this earth with a purpose and I’m determined to make sure my life has been lived to the fullest.

What went into your decision to apply to FIDM? I actually stumbled upon FIDM in a book called 200 Projects to get Yourself into Fashion Design from the public library as a freshman where there were references at the end listing schools and other universities that contributed to the publication, and FIDM happened to be one of them. I felt that high school would give me four years to decide what I wanted to do with my life, what kinds of electives I should take. With being in the performing arts, I knew I liked fashion design and thought it would be something I could go with, I researched most of the schools and FIDM stood out the most. I didn’t want to just go to a university and hope I get a job afterwards. From attending college fairs, FIDM seemed like a school 100% dedicated to creating highly productive and successful members in the industry. I liked that they nurtured creativity, and individuality in such a way that I didn’t get in high school. The work and the connections FIDM had seemed priceless, and I had never been past the Mississippi River in my life, so California seemed like a fun, new, and strategic location to learn my craft.

When did you get accepted? May 14, 2014 during my junior. One of the best days of my life!!!

What are you most looking forward to about becoming a student at FIDM? To meeting new people and personalities, exploring new cultures, getting inspired in a whole new way, learning from the best, discovering new opportunities, try new things, just really being able to do or study what I want to do. It’s my dream to be a fashion designer and I think FIDM will embrace my passion and will have the tools I need to mold me into someone that my family will be proud of.

What are your career goals? I really want to start my own brand, Jazz Cole Designs which I mentioned earlier. If I can, I’d like to become the next DVF, I’ve admired Diane Von Furstenburg for a long time. I was so excited when House of DVF came on and when I found out it was coming back. My dad has been a big influence since he’s been an entrepreneur who’s owned three successful businesses in his lifetime, so I do want to make a business out of it. My secondary career path is being a theatrical costume designer, I’ve been in musical theatre for so long, and it would be awesome to some day design for a Broadway production.

Anything else you’d like to share? I consider myself to be a feminist, and I want to use fashion as a way of encouraging young girls to become the beautiful and confident women they were meant to be. My mantra is “stay beautiful,” because being beautiful is more that the appearance. I think that fashion is about how you feel when you wear whatever you choose to wear and commanding presence and being able to have some power when you walk into a room. I think there’s nothing wrong with getting attention, I find it to be much better than blending in with the crowd.


Follow Jazz Cole on Social:

Facebook: @JazzColeDesigns

Twitter: @jazzcole1

Instagram: @jazzcoledesigns


YouTube: jazzcoledesigns

Apple x Hermes

Fans of the Apple Watch will soon have a more luxurious option for their favorite tech accessory because the brand has just announced a partnership with French fashion and accessories manufacturer Hermès on an Apple Watch collection. The new watches will feature luxe leather bands and the iconic Hermès logo on the center of the screen. "Apple and Hermès make very different products, but they reflect the deep appreciation of quality design,” Apple’s chief design officer Jonathan Ive said in the press release. “Both companies are motivated by a sincere pursuit of excellence and the desire to create something that is not compromised. Apple Watch Hermès is a true testament to that belief." The Apple Watch Hermès starts at $1,100 for the 38 mm stainless steel case with the Single Tour, $1,150 for the 42 mm stainless steel case with the Single Tour, $1,250 for the 38 mm stainless steel case with the Double Tour, and $1,500 for the 42 mm stainless steel case with the Cuff--a far cry from the $95,000 you could pay for a Birkin handbag! Starting October 5 the collection will be available in select Apple and Hermès stores, as well as some specialty and department stores. 


D’Twa Powell, FIDM Fashion Club President and senior at Helix High School in San Diego, CA, shares her Top 10 Playlist on Spotify, and talks fashion.

Hey, I'm D'Twa (DUH•twah). I'm 17 and a native of sunny San Diego. I love to be creative and have my own style. Since I can remember, I've always wanted to pursue a career in the fashion industry. I currently have my own business making handcrafted hair bows and bow ties. I started it as a hobby when I was 13 years old, and by the age of 15 I had turned it into a business. My goal is to attend FIDM after I graduate.

Fashion is a way of life for me; it's part of who I am. It makes me happy that I can be unique. Fashion is one of my outlets to be creative. It's another way for me to share my creativity. There's this quote by Lou Reed that says, "You do this because you like it, you think what you're making is beautiful. And if you think it's beautiful, maybe they think it's beautiful."

Fashion is a way to definitely show your own unique style. Some days I like to dress minimal, chic, girly or boho; and other days I like to dress sporty, edgy or grunge.

I started FIDM Fashion Club because I love fashion and self expression. I love to be surrounded by others who share the same passion for fashion and creativity. I also love being in a group environment where we can interact and inspire each other through fun and creative ways.

Top 10 Playlist: D’Twa Powell





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Ecote Joni Boho Maxi Dress

We are deeply digging all the '70s inspired looks this season, and we want in on this style immediately. From the tie-topped V-neck to the tiered maxi skirt, this Ecote Joni Boho Maxi Dress is totally on trend; even the print looks like it's from a different era! The real beauty of this frock is that we can just as easily rock it with clogs and a crossbody bag for day as we can with heels and fabulous gold jewelry for night. This is '70s inspiration done right!


Online fashion retailer has plans to open up its first brick and mortar store, and basically make all our dreams come true. The company brought in Mathew Kaness, the former chief strategy officer of Urban Outfitters, to be CEO earlier this year and he's got big plans, including but not limited to brick and mortar locations. "We’ll have stores in a lot of locations nationally, not just regionally," he stated. (Woohoo!) The plans to expand to physical stores follows the success of an L.A. pop-up shop and a fit shop in San Francisco, which Kaness said, "emboldened us to go faster with the [brick-and-mortar] experimentation and finalizing our plan for that." No word yet on when exactly the store will open, or even which city, but we've got our fingers crossed for Los Angeles. 

Fall outfit inspiration

A few street-style worthy outfits to inspire our fall wardrobe. (The Sweetest Thing)

The one color you need to wear this season. (Into the Gloss)

The design geek in us is doing cartwheels over this adorable phone charger. (Hello Giggles)

Meet graphic designer Emily Poulin. (Ruche Blog)

In case you were wondering, this is how you wear flared jeans. (Pink Peonies)

The cutest gear to work out in. Seriously. (Design Love Fest)

Is it okay that we're obsessed with the Chanel Ombre Logo Lego Bag? (Bag Bliss)

'Tis the season for tweed skirts. (Kendi Everyday)

How to transition your summer clothes into fall. (College Fashion)

SunHee Grinnell's closet is kind of amazing! (The Coveteur)

Georgia May Jagger x Mulberry

Mulberry has just launched a new collection, created with the help of Georgia May Jagger. The 23-year old model and face of Mulberry worked with the luxury label's design team to conceptualize her dream leather jacket, which features a long-line body, roomy arms (perfect for layering) and dramatic, jewel-toned linings. The rocker-chic collection also includes silk scarves and a small chain-strap pouch, all inspired by the muse's repertoire of vintage leather jackets. Jagger's Mulberry jacket will sell for $1,590, the pouch for $630. Mulberry is known for collabing with 'It' girls, including model and actress Cara Delevigne, with whom they created a line of 3-in-1 handbags inspired by her tattoos last year, and Alexa Chung and Lana Del Rey, both of whom have best-selling handbags named after them.


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