Earlier this week, I took part in one of the most creatively fulfilling experiences of my life at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Diego. This experience, called the "3 Days of Fashion," is offered one time during the summer at each of the FIDM campuses in California, and is aimed towards high school students who are interested in discovering more about the different areas within the vast industry of fashion.
The first day, I took classes that felt more creative in nature and allowed me to express my viewpoint through various aspects of design. I especially enjoyed the draping class, where my fellow students and I were paired up in order to practice draping fabric on a mannequin, and also to get a feel for the manipulation of different weights and textures of fabrics. Being an aspiring fashion designer myself, I also took a special liking for the sketching class, which helped me to brush up on the exact proportions for drawing the nine-headed fashion figure that designers use. The day as a whole rejuvenated my creative spirit, and taught me skills that I will keep with me as I continue my study of the art of design.
On the next day, we took a bus trip up to the L.A. FIDM campus and toured the school. It was very impressive in size, and I was blown away by all of the student work displayed throughout the hallways. I found myself to be most awestruck by the Dior display, which had a vintage Christian Dior dress from the '50s and a wall full of original John Galliano sketches. That was honestly almost too much to handle.
We spent the rest of the day shopping at The Grove, and I found myself extremely excited when I came across the first Topshop I had ever seen in real life. The only item that I purchased there was a kimono-printed long sleeve blouse with black fringes down the arms and around the waist..but for me, that was more than enough. It is one of the sickest pieces of clothing that I have ever owned.
I spent my last day at FIDM taking classes that seemed to be geared more towards the business side of the fashion industry. From thinking about the needs of a consumer to marketing myself as an individual in the business-my eyes became opened to concepts that I had never previously thought about. For me, it felt so incredible to be sitting in a classroom while being taught about something I actually feel passionate about, for once. There are a countless amount of thought-provoking topics one must acknowledge when attempting to be a designer, and I am thankful that I experienced classes that helped me to consider them.
The last day ended with a talk given by Nick Verreos, who is well known for being a very talented contestant on season two of Project Runway. During his talk, I learned that he is a FIDM alum and currently a teacher at the L.A. FIDM campus. He shared his story of how his hard work eventually lead to him becoming the successful designer he has always wanted to be, which was extremely inspiring to listen to. I even had the oppurtunity to meet him after his talk, which was the cherry on top to my perfect experience at FIDM's 3 Days of Fashion. I walked away with a broadened outlook on the fashion industry and a renewed passion for the art of fashion...truly what more could a girl ask for?
Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”
—Cesar A Cruz
Between her adorable family, her successful clothing and jewelry lines, the upcoming release of a collection at Macy's, and her own aol series "Candidly Nicole," Nicole Richie's "Simple Life" days appear to be long gone. She took the fashion world by storm when she launched her House of Harlow 1960 and Winter Kate lines back in 2009, and has managed to remain in the spotlight while constantly appearing on "Best Dressed" lists since then. Nicole's style seems to be forever evolving, and she claims to have, "...always loved the possibility of being able to transform yourself through the way of dress.” One day she'll look like a grunge goddess, and the next she'll rock one of her signature boho looks.
One of her most recent breath-taking style moments was at the Met Gala 2013 (first picture displayed). She gave her floral Topshop dress a punk rock twist with a grey/blue 'do and bold purple lips. Earlier this year, she cut some chic bangs into her effortless bob, which made her hair basically to die for. Nicole is extremely aware of every element that makes up her look, and always has her hair, makeup, and accessories down to a T.
The "Candidly Nicole" aol series shows Nicole in a light that is an entire 180 from her "Simple Life" days, but reveals that she is just as much of a silly and adventurous girl like she used to be. She is truly a fashion chameleon and does not feel the need to tie herself into one style category, which allows her to freely express who she is through her look. I mean, the girl can pull of a harem pant for Christ's sake...
Red is the great clarifier - bright and revealing. I can't imagine becoming bored with red - it would be like becoming bored with the person you love.”
If you break down Carrie's outfits head to toe, they honestly don't make sense most of the time. A midrift-bearing top, a big fur coat, ridiculous Manolos, and her signature gold plate "Carrie" necklace are all just ingredients for a typical Carrie look. But, there's something so diverse about her wardrobe that makes what some may call a blunder, a true walking piece of art. Although there are typically several different elements to create each of her outfits, she somehow pulls them off as to appear effortless and chic. Carrie is a risk-taker, who gets dressed in the morning to truly impress no one but herself. And somewhere in between her uptown glamour and her downtown disheveledness, almost every girl can see a little bit of herself in Carrie. She is a character of true individuality, who understands the art that is fashion, and the ability to transform oneself day by day into the girl that she wants to be.
18 year-old Sky Ferreira is an underground LA singer and IMG model who has recently taken the fashion world by storm. I fell in love with her when she first appeared in H&M's "fashion against aids" campaign, and then shortly after, hundreds of pictures of her began flooding my tumblr dashboard. It was then that I realized, I'm not the only one obsessed with this girl.
Her style is complete and total perfection. From her thrown on oversized men's button-ups to her ripped up fishnets and beat up boots, Sky embodies that entire "cool girl" vibe. There's literally nothing better to me than a girl who looks like she just rolled out of bed and couldn't give two shits if her hair is in the right place or her outfits matches itself. It's the idea of being perfectly imperfect that she does so well. Sky's look is so rock n' roll and like none I have ever seen before. She has become a main style inspiration of mine, and I can't wait to see all the future looks she is bound to rock.