FIDM Debut 09

12:23 PM / Posted by Nicole C / comments (0)

Yesterday was the FIDM (Fashion Instituite of Design and Merchandising) School Debut 09 Fashion show at the Barkar Hangar tent at the Santa Monica Airport. It is an annual show for under grads and grads of the school to showcase their collection, plus the premiere of Mattel's BARBIE 50th Anniversary "Been Around the World" themed collection. It was a pretty big event with lots and lots of people. My friends and I got pretty good seats close to the end of the runway, but nevertheless I was too short to see the models walk entirely down the runway including the heads of people in front of me bopping to the music which was actually really good and live and the fact that I had to go to the bathroom so bad I swear my bladder was going to explode! We had Nick Varreros, Project Runway Season 2 contestant as the host and Jeane Marshall, the winner of season 5 collection shown, which coincidentally I posted couple entries back when I was featuring the top looks at NY Fashion Week. They were amazing, the color combination between the neutrals, beige, and creams, with the bright turquoise went together very well. The scalloped inspired details on the skirts were really nice too. There was also a dance performance that featured different eras and genres of dance with all the costumes designed by FIDM students and grads. BUT saving the best for last of course, we FINALLY got to see the premiere collections of about I would say 8-10 students and grads from the school. VERY VERY IMPRESSIVE. Most designs were ready-to-wear that had a wide variety of color and intricate details. They included very formal gowns, trench coats, summer dresses, cocktail dresses, blouses, and everything else a fashionista or fashionistos? would want in his or her closet. There was even one female designer that show cased an all male show which of course the audience of mostly teenage girls loved. One of the grads even got a standing ovation for his collection which included very elegant and amazing looking gowns you definitely can see on a OSCAR DE LA RENTA show. I believe his name was Clay. Another designer even had the broad extended "space" shouldered designs which was very reminiscent of MARC JACOB'S FALL 09 LINE. HEY! GREAT MINDS THINK A LIKE. And for the finale, it showed MATTEL'S BARBIE collection with models wearing designs inspired by a special event from different parts of the world including London, Asia, Paris, and Malibu. IT WAS LOVELY! Overall it was a great show, a little bit more entertaining than your average high-end runway shows sans the paparazzi and fashion photographers and the end of the runway, but it did stick to the traditional fashion type of show AND it was really amazing to see young and raw talent show off their 'art' and hard work for others to admire and be inspired. There is absolutely more to say and describe about the collections, but I don't want to bore you with words because it really was more amazing when you get to see it in person! Not to mention I got to break into my D&G pumps last night and got some very nice compliments on them =P

You can check out the show yourself broadcast live at FIDM.EDU Tomorrow night starting at 8pm!

Here are the pics I took from my blackberry. I will post more as my friend Karen charges her digital camera and uploads them from there! Enjoy!

Barbie Set

The gown was even more amazing and dramatic looking in person!

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09 Oscars Weekend: Best and Worst Looks

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*UPDATED* Here are the rest of the Hits and Misses at the Oscars as well as The Vanity Fair party. Celebs indeed brought their Frock A-Game this year. updates pictures courtesy of

Here is my list for best and worst dressed at the Academy Awards tonight since I won't be able to post anything tomorrow.


Miley Cryus in Zuhair Murad. GOOOORGEOUS!!! PRAISE THE LORD! check out the mermaid-esque detail! Although I thought the dress was PHENOMENAL I think it would of been out of the ball park if a slightly older actress wore it, but hey Miley nabbed it!

SJP in this 'off-mint' as she called it Dior Haute Couture ballerina gown. Definitely her signature look with the ballerina influence! Dress, hair, accesories, make-up=A++++++++ to inifinity

Kate Winslet in Yves Saint Laurent. The best actress winner definitely illuminated the red carpet with this one shouldered metal grey gown.

Best dressed and looking couple (of course) Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (in Eli Saab.) She does tend to go for the simple look, but it always fits her best, but those emerald earrings are gorgeous! It really did pop!

Daniel Craig. H-O-T. Those piercing eyes!

Alicia Keys looked really nice this this purple gown, but not so sure about her hair color or make-up.

Anne Hathawy in Armani Prive

Halle Berry in Marchesa at the Vanity Fair party. EPITOME OF PERFECTION. What a MILF.

Natalie Portman in Rodarte. The color of her gown is really fresh as well as her make-up and elegant up-do. She really has this natural beauty to her.

Tina Fey in Zac Posen. Old hollywood glam. Veery Nice!

Debra Messing in Jenny Packham. JP's designs are known for its eccentric detailed beading and this one is really beautiful. The green along with Debra's orange hair go great together!

Kate Bosworth in Alexander Mcqueen...very reminiscent of studio 54 disco glam. Flashy, but very classy.

And finally rapper/actress EVE at Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party. The color of the dress and accessories really compliment her skin!

And here are those who just didn't seem to get it right...

Tilda Swinton in Lanvin. NEVER-EVER seem to get it right in any award shows I've seen. Man oh man

Marion Cotillard....NO NO NO...

Heidi Klum in Rolan Mouret. The hair slick back and the material of the dress just doesn't work for me.

Jessica Biel in this cream Prada gown. The gown is NOT flattering at all. The bottom looked like it needs ironing and I did get a close-up of her shoes, they were black pumps which looked like peasant shoes paired up with Prada. *Shakes head*

Beyonce in her own House of Dereon gown. House of DO-ME-WRONG. The dress definitely showed off all of the singer's famous curves but with that many curves, her hair slicked back just made her head look really really small. The gold and yellow just isn't working either.

Too much blue...

These pictures are courtesy of NYMAG.COM I will probably update more on Tuesday and wrap up my favorite runway collections at NY Fashion Week!

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The Dark Side of Fashion: Catherine Malandrino Fall 09

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French born designer Catherine Malandrino showcased her Fall 09 Collection at NY Fashion Week the other day and WOW! STUNNING COLLECTION in my eyes! The details on the dresses and gowns are amazing! Definitely a lot of ready to wear pieces for celebrities on the red carpet and some for us normal folks to get as an investment for those special black tie occasions. Her models looked like they jumped out of an Edgar Allen Poe novel, of course with a more fashion forward twist. It was a very 'dark' collection yet very impressive. Her looks also reminded me of Mrs. Nellie Lovett's character in movie Todd Sweeney: Demon Barber from Fleet Street with the models' pale face and the dark black make-up circling the entire eyes. *Two thumbs up* [All pics courtesy of NYMAG.COM]

Catherine Malandrino. Check out the rest of her designs at

And in case you didn't watch the Todd Sweeney movie this is Mrs. Nellie Lovett(Helena Bonham Carter) whom I am talking about...

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NY Fashion Week Madness

10:22 AM / Posted by Nicole C / comments (0)

So since I couldn't attend NY Fashion Week, I have definitely been keeping up with the shows at NYMAG.COM. Definitely very interesting looks yet at the same time, it seems that black, white and dark toned colors such as PLUM are present in some of the designer's fall 09 collection. However, there still are burst of color here and there just to brighten up the wardrobe. Below are various looks from different designers which are my favorite and most interesting looks to me out of the bunch (in no particular order...just which ever look came first from my albums) They are also part of the Top 100 Runway Looks at NYMAG.COM! Enjoy! [All pictures courtesy of NYMAG.COM]

Niiice! Classic yet modern and simple twist on a Japanese Kimono. Ready to wear!

Project Runway Contestant...I LOVE LOVE the pastel-ly colors and details of the skirt! My favorite color!

Project Runway

Nathan Jended...YESS...DvF's creative director I believe?

Naeem Khan...not something I would necessarily wear, BUT the color blend is amazing! I swear i thought her feet were on fire...doesn't it?...when you first glance at the bottom? Maybe its just me

Monique Lhuillier...the sleeves are amazing!

Matthew Williamson...definitely ready to wear!


Doo Ri

Just thought I'd throw in a gorgeous dress from Versace...I'm not sure if his collection was part of NY Fashion Week or Milan's...I don't categorize the pictures as I save them.

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