Monthly Archives: February 2013

Elle Fanning spring photo shoot for New York Magazine

Elle Fanning spring photo shoot for New York Magazine

The 14 year old actress wears a frosting covered dress she decorated herself at Duff’s Cakemix in California.

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Snow don’t stop the shows NYFW!

Snow don't stop the shows NYFW!

I missed Macy’s Spring Fling last night, made it out to The Fashion Group NYFW at The Helen Mills Theater to support my friend Dareyna of Swarey Designs!

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The Fashion Class, a place where kids learn about the Fashion Industry

The Owner Kerry Quigley

The Owner Kerry Quigley

As a kid, I always wanted to learn how to sew. I would stand over my mom as she whipped up tank dresses on my grandmothers singer. Eventually I was introduced to a glue gun and learned how to baste from countless hours of Girl Scouts and watching PBS. There are millions of kids in around the world who dream of being a fashion designer and creating their own clothing and accessories. In New York City, The Fashion Class is a stand out amongst the many sewing schools or workshops; It’s the only company that  caters mainly to children. I describe it as a Fashion University or F.I.T for tots ages 2-18. Youngsters are able to take a variety of fashion focused classes like Lil Gal Designs for (toddlers only), Fashion illustration, Fashion Design & Sewing, Accessory Design, Menswear and Eco-Friendly Fashionistas. At the end of each semester the students appear in a full fashion show. It’s a professional production complete with lighting and a kid-sized runway!

I had the opportunity to chat with Kerri Quigley the mastermind behind The Fashion Class. She described why she started The Fashion Class and what makes the company unique.

Kerri, native Brooklynite, attended Parson School of Design and majored in Business with a fashion minor. Coincidentally, we learned that we attended high school together. The High School for Leadership & Public Service shared the building with The High School for Fashion Industries after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. During college Kerri, operated a successful small women wear line and decided to move production overseas. Unfortunately, samples and finished garments weren’t constructed correctly and she decided to close the business. Kerri began freelancing and also had the opportunity to teach fashion design at a private school in New York City. She designed her own curriculum and developed a fun and educational course. When summer came, Kerri saw how popular the class was and made the decision to rent a space in Brooklyn to host Saturday classes that mimic her previous classwork.

Sewing Class

Sewing Class

The class filled rapidly and she began to hire staff and expand in Brooklyn as well as Manhattan. The Fashion Class has a full staff that is comprised of educators, artists and freelance designers.

Some of her favorite lesson plans are the tote & handbags, it is a simple sewing lesson but decoration and design play a big part. “This basic project becomes extra ordinary when students put their individual style stamp on their bags.” Other cool lessons are Mini top hats out of duct tape and trendy Sherpa Vests. Kerri says one of the most memorable moments at The Fashion class was in December 2012, during the last Fashion art & design class of the semester. Legendary designer Betsey Johnson came to the Manhattan studio to see her granddaughter who was enrolled in the course. “She was very nice and invited the girls to come see her studio!”

Stay updated about upcoming classes, summer camp and deals on Groupon.

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Tommy Hilfiger invites high school students to Fashion week

A classroom filled with sewing machines and ma...

A classroom filled with sewing machines and mannequins. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tommy Hilfiger invites high school students to Fashion week

American designer, Tommy Hilfiger visited the High School of Fashion Industries and was impressed by the aspiring designers. He invited a  junior Fashion Design class to his Fashion Week Show at The Park Ave Armory on February 8th.

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2013 The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection Fashion SHow

Kendall and Kylie Jenner

Kendall and Kylie Jenner

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 6th at NYC’c iconic Hammerstein Ballroom. For over a decade, The Heart Truth has untie women in the fight against heart disease. The campaign and fashion show raises awareness for heart disease, the number one killer of women. Sponsored by the American College of Cardiology this event also is the kick off for New York’s Fashion Week. Celebs walk the runway wearing stunning red gowns donated by the industries leading designers. A list of celebs: Wendy Williams, Toni Braxton, Kelly Osbourne,Cindy Parsons, Nastia Liukin, Minka Kelly, Kris Jenner, Brenda Strong, Torah Bright,  Soledad O’brien, Roselyn Sanchez, Jamie Chung , Jillian Michaels and  Savannah Guthrie . The youngest strutting the runway  were all teenagers Olympian Gabrielle Douglas was stunning in a halter style Pamella Roland gown. Television stars siblings Kendall and Kylie Jenner wore Badgley Mischka gowns.

Post a heart photo on Twitter or Instagram using #ShowYourHeart during the month of February.Coca Cola has pledged to donate $1 for every picture to heart health programs and will continue until the beverage company has reached its goal of raising $100,000.

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Atlanta based mentoring program educates girls about the Fashion Industry

Great opportunities from  Atlanta International Fashion Week:

“If your interest is in modeling, fashion design, fashion buying, graphic design, fashion photography, then this program is for you!

This year we are launching the Fashion Apprentice a Pretty Academy Ambassador and Mentor Program – an opportunity for 20 emerging talents interested in the fashion, design, beauty and retail industry to gain hands on experience and education.

The goal of “Pretty Apprentices” is to encourage, guide and educate girls on the ins and outs of the fashion industry. We promote female confidence, courage, educational and personal development. We are committed to becoming positive mentors for future leaders and tomorrow’s trendsetters. AIFW “Pretty Apprentices” aims to assist the young girls by giving them a first hand view on how these different components come together to create what is known collectively as the “Fashion Industry”. Our mentor program also offers young girls the unique opportunity to learn from each other and AIFW staff the best ways to promote positive body image and self-esteem.
Beyond Fashion week, we plan to expand the program to accommodate 20 girls by providing enrichment programs, workshops and seminars. These series of meeting will empower these young women to promote positive body image among their peers, promote their growth and knowledge of the Fashion industry, and encourage community involvement through volunteering. We also plan to produce an annual fashion show where the girls are involved in every step of the planning process, giving them hands on experience on what it takes to put on a fashion production.

Following an initial review, a short list of applicants will be selected by the AIFW Advisory board and may either be invited to participate in one-on-one interviews conducted in Atlanta or via Teleconference by the fashion mentors and AIFW.

Applicants will be notified if they have been short-listed for interviews.

Please do not hesitate to contact AIFW if you have a question.

Applicants must: demonstrate vision, skill, creativity, innovation and business acumen; complete the questionnaire and attach the required documents.

The internship(s) will be a minimum of 1 week during AIFW for the first phase.

Mentor Program Criteria: STUDENTS-must be between 8 to 18 years of age with interest in the fashion industry.

To become apart, email us at info@atlantaintlfashionweek.com.”

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Spotted: True religion Leather Yoke Boy’s Vest

Spotted: True religion Leather Yoke Boy's Vest

Johan Jackson,4, son of Brooklyn born rapper Fabolous and celeb stylist Emily Bustamante was looking really awesome in this chic puffer vest.His dad tweeted this pic of him giving his son words of wisdom “Johan see those guys… Those are HATERS.. Don’t grow up to be like them.”

Retails for $160 on Zappos.com or 229 for the denim at True Religion’s website.

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