Advanced Fashion Design

Latest Advanced Fashion Design News

  • Feb
    02
    2017

    Grad Launches Activewear Line

    Merchandise Product Development Graduate Lauren Luketich (pictured below, at right), who graduated from FIDM in 2011, has launched Corestyle, an activewear line for women. We recently chatted with her to learn more.   

    What led you to found Corestyle? I have always been very active, and wanted to start a line that reflected my personality. When you look and feel good about yourself, you work harder. I also started the line in hopes of bringing women together in a more positive light--lifting each other up as opposed to having this cliquey-vibe. No one likes mean girls. The brand will eventually host events for women.

    When did you officially launch? I began designing and putting little parts and pieces together last year but did not launch until around November 2016 with the online sales. I am doing everything on my own--it's a one-woman show. I am not your usual run-of-the-mill line. I will not constantly turn merchandise and become a factory; that is part of the problem with fashion today. It turns too quickly and people don’t have time to enjoy what is in front of them, or in their closet. I want people to really enjoy and wear the pieces they buy from me. Everything is made here in L.A. and in small quantities. 

    What were you doing prior to striking out on your own? The last four years before branching off on my own I was working for MLV Maison La Vie, from the ground up. I am still in contact with the team and they are some of my favorite people in this world.

    How did FIDM help prepare you for entrepreneurship? The Product Development Program allowed me to learn a little bit of each aspect of the business, from design concept to finished, shipped product. Choosing this major definitely determined my career path in the best way possible. 

    Lauren is offering 20% off to FIDM students, faculty, and alumni with code FIDM20.

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    Categories: Fashion, Designer, Alumni News, Merchandise Product Development

  • Jan
    31
    2017

    FIDM Library Style Report Winter 2017

    FIDM Library Style Report Winter 2017 Overview Moving toward 2019, the worldview changes, embracing libraries and schools, and new ways of learning. Truth, beauty, craft and technology shift and are placed into a more honorable status. Ideas of leisure inste … Read More

  • Jan
    31
    2017

    Fashion Design Grad Profiled in Daily Pilot

    Newport Beach, California-based purse designer Brenda Ziegler is profiled in the Daily Pilot. The Fashion Design Graduate was inspired by the Hawaiian islands, where she lived for a time, Catalina Island, and Santa Barbara when she began creating a line of col … Read More

  • Jan
    25
    2017

    Kering Takes Lead in Luxe Sustainability

    How compatible is luxury and the environment? CEO Francois-Henri Pinault of luxury group Kering has no doubt that building his brands for the 21 century means establishing authentic sustainable practices. "If your products are not in sync with a higher set of … Read More

  • Dec
    27
    2016

    LA Fashion Week 2017 Attracts NY Designers

    Los Angeles Fashion Week kicks off with a new twist this year. NY designers Tommy Hilfiger, Rebecca Minkoff, and Rachel Comey will be staging their new collections in LA this winter. CEO of CFDA Steven Kolb tells Business of Fashion there is no singular reason … Read More

  • Dec
    12
    2016

    Enclothed Cognition: The Science of How We Dress

    Enclothed cognition is the name for the scientific study of the link between how what we wear effects how we feel and how we are perceived by others. An economics story in the New York Times says that evidence proves the importance of dressing for the role we … Read More

  • Nov
    17
    2016

    Just Accepted Fashion Design Student Dreams of Being a Designer Who Gives Back

    Name: Jillian Maksudi Age: 17 Hometown: Corona, California FIDM Major: Fashion Design FIDM Campus and Start Date: Orange County; July, 2017 Admissions Advisor: Susan Pope How did your advisor help with the process? My advisor was amazing. I'm always nerv … Read More

  • Nov
    10
    2016

    Rolling Stones Defined Rock Fashion

    Men in dresses? Black velvet Victorian frock coats, jewels and eye-patches? Unisex sequined bell bottoms and high-heeled boots? If you're one of the Rolling Stones, it's been there, done that. "Exhibitionism," a huge fashion art show, curated in London, and n … Read More

  • Nov
    09
    2016

    Pam & Gela Contribute to New Wear LACMA Collection to Raise Funds for the Museum

    Per California Apparel News, Pam & Gela, the fashion label co-founded by FIDM Graduate Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor of Juicy Couture fame, has contributed one-of-a-kind fashion items for the Fall 2016 Wear LACMA Collection that went on sale this wee … Read More

  • Nov
    02
    2016

    After Working at Juicy Couture, William Rast, and Buffalo Jeans, Designer Reese De Luca Strikes Out on His Own (Interview)

    After graduating from FIDM in 2003, with a degree in Merchandise Product Development, Reese De Luca began interning at Juicy Couture. Within a month, he had moved up to Assistant Designer. His past positions include serving as Head Designer for Justin Timber … Read More

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