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Hello All!!

Watching the news this week, I saw a few stories about fashion in Saint Louis. As a fashion merchandising student, this imminently peaked my interest. The Fashion Fund is a company that is working to bring fashion back to the United States and bring fashion back to Saint Louis. It wants to make Washington Ave. as prominent as it used to be.

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As per The Fashion Fund’s website, “Saint Louis Fashion Fund is a new non-profit, led by a 32-member Board of Directors, which includes leaders in culture, fashion, higher education, law and business. The Fund will support the activities of Saint Louis Fashion Week, now in its 11th year, while also bringing valuable projects and education to the St. Louis Community throughout the year – industry panels, professional support for local designers, and fundraising activities to support future programs as well as the debut of a Fashion Incubator, housed in the former Garment District, which will open in late 2016.”

fashion-fund-perspective-overlayalt300dpi-750xx640-360-0-50In Late 2016, 6 designers will be fortunate enough to start their lines in Saint Louis with a priceless amount of resources and knowledge at their disposal. This will be a great addition to Saint Louis and will allow more designers and fashion influencers to be able to acknowledge Saint Louis as a new fashion headquarters in the United States.

This is also great for students going to Fontbonne and studying Fashion Merchandising because the idea is that more companies will move to Saint Louis to work with the new designers and see STL as a Midwest hub, thus creating more jobs for fashion merchandisers!!

This is a win-win for Fontbonne and Saint Louis!!

I have included a few links, including The Fashion Fund’s website, in case you want to know more!!

xoxo,

Claire

https://saintlouisfashionfund.org/

NYCEDC’s Eric Johnson Exiting to Head Up St. Louis Fashion Incubator

http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/morning_call/2015/11/fashion-incubator-coming-downtown.html

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As a freshman, I am still fascinated by the idea that I finally get to take classes about fashion and just take the classes I want to take in general. Although I still have plenty of general education classes to accomplish, I am able to mix these in with my major specific courses, like sewing.

This October I started a second half of the semester course called FAS 108: Fundamentals of Sewing Technologies. I have this class twice a week for about an hour and the time flies by during class. I wish this class was twice as long. We start every class with a review of what we had learned previously and other techniques that we need to remember to do the day’s assignment.

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We learned the basics of using a machine and sewing a straight lined stitch. We have moved on to doing zig-zag as well as decorative stitching and much more. Having a class of only 7 people, it is really nice because each student can ask as many questions as he/she needs and we each get the attention we need in a class like sewing.

For our final project, we are each making our own pair of pajama pants and I cannot wait to be able to wear something that I made. I am fortunate enough to be able to take the second part of this course required for my major, FAS 200: Apparel Construction, this spring.

If you are in need of a fun elective that also teaches a great life skill, consider taking FAS 108 next spring or fall.

xoxo,

Claire

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The whole month of September is awkward. It’s not super hot and it’s not cold yet. It is hard to tell if you’re safe with shorts or need to go for pants. I am here to help with that! These are five pieces and/or ways for you to conquer the transition between summer and fall.

  1. Jeans

Jeans are a staple that everyone should have in his/her closet. Jeans come in a variety of shades. For the transition time, I would suggest a medium wash jean. Light jeans are for summer and spring and it is not quite time for dark wash yet. A medium jean with a cuffed bottom are perfect for September.

 

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  1. Scarves

Scarves are an item that is typically associated with winter, but these bad boys can be worn all year long! Scarves are a great accessories because they are comfortable and can add a lot to an outfit. For the summer to fall time period, I would suggest a lightly knit scarf in a neutral color.

 

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  1. Booties

Booties are my favorite fall accessory. You cannot jump straight into your riding boots from your flip flops. You need something to ease you into tall boots. Booties fill that void perfectly! They have the feel and look of boots, but the comfort and ease of short closed toed shoes. These are the perfect transitioning piece because they can be worn with jeans and a tee or a flowy dress, and many more outfits!

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  1. Light Cardigans

Light Cardigans provide the warmth of a long sleeved shirt, but gives the opportunity to take it off if it gets too hot outside. It can be 60 to 85 in one day here in Missouri, so having outfits that can easily transition is a must. Once again, I vouch for neutral colors when selected a cardigan because it goes with more outfits that way. I almost only wear neutrals in the fall. Having a couple of cardigans in a variety of length and shades is always a good idea!

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  1. Nail polish

Although this technically isn’t a piece of clothing, nail polish is definitely a key accessory. Nail color can change an entire outfit, for better or worse. The neutral police strike again with warm and natural nail colors for the changeover from summer to fall. Go out and treat yourself to a mani/pedi in one of these colors!!

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These five items can help you and your friends say see ya later to the end of summer and welcome fall like an old friend. I have included all of the links for the items if you are interested in knowing more about them, or want to buy! Keep your eyes out for my next blog and be sure to comment your thoughts and share with your friends. Until next week…

Xoxo,

Claire

 

 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/RailroadAndHolly?section_id=15827927&ref=shopsection_leftnav_2 https://www.lulus.com/products/flying-monkey-modern-marvel-medium-wash-ankle-skinny-jeans/180610.html http://www.dailytarheel.com/blog/dress_code/2012/10/is-short-the-new-tall-your-choice-regarding-leather-bootshttp://indiquelife.indiquehair.com/indique-life/2014/11/7/shaking-in-my-bootshttps://www.pinterest.com/pin/394065036123553128/ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/139470919687217810/http://feltandhoney.com/2011/09/14/fall-nail-polish-colors/

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When I was in high school, I was selected to join the honors program at Fontbonne, and I accepted. Accordingly, I was required to take at least twelve credits of honors courses offered here. I completed that after my sophomore year. However, there is one last thing that needs to be done in order to complete the honors program before I graduate. It is required to complete an honors senior project. The meaning of this is very broad and completely depends on the student and their major. It is pretty much up to the student what they want to do for the final project, as long as it is initially approved and extends beyond standard classroom work that is assigned to everyone else.

I knew that I wanted to do a project that required hands-on work because I really enjoy being crafty. The teacher of my independent study visual merchandising class connected me with a store owner named Dorothy. She recently opened her store, Bespoke, at a new location on Cherokee Street. It is a very large space with room for two window displays. Therefore, I helped Dorothy out by building a visual display that she can keep up year-round. Bespoke is not a traditional boutique or clothing store. Dorothy creates custom-made garments for people, and also sews alterations on pre-made garments. Accordingly, I wanted to incorporate tools that she uses daily, such as thread, ribbon, buttons, needles, and measuring tape. I used these items to create screens as the backdrop (and within the store), as you can see from the pictures. Maroon, gray, and tan is the color scheme of the Bespoke logo, so I continued that in the display. Finally, there are two dress forms in one of the windows that are intended to tell a story of how a garment is put together. That is why the first look is partially sewn.

I really enjoyed working on this project and getting to know Dorothy over the last couple months. It was a great learning experience having the opportunity to see her at work and hear all about her background. And like I said before, I love being crafty! Now that the project is done, I need to compile my process into a portfolio. After I turn that in, I can officially say that I completed the honors program at Fontbonne.

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Wacky Warhol Display

by Alumni Posts February 23, 2015

This semester, I am enrolled in an independent study visual merchandising class. This is the first time I have taken an independent study, so it is a very different structure to get used to. Everything is done on my own time, yet I still have to communicate with my classmates because we are completing displays […]

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Taking Chances with a Famous Designer

by Fontbonne University February 2, 2015

A dream of mine came true this week. I was able to meet a local St. Louis designer featured on the hit show Project Runway! If you have never seen the show, then you must be living under a rock (and obviously not a very fashionable rock). Haha! In case you haven’t seen the show, […]

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STLFW: Saint Louis Fashion Week!

by Alumni Posts October 20, 2014

Fontbonne University offers an amazing Fashion Merchandising major, and last semester I was able to take two classes from this program: Fashion Merchandising 101 and The Fashion Industry. I really enjoyed both courses, as they were an introduction to the fashion world’s ins and outs. As a business major I am not only interested in […]

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Dreams Becoming Reality

by Alumni Posts October 20, 2014

A couple months ago, an amazing opportunity came my way. I was offered to be the head shoes and accessories coordinator for St. Louis Fashion Week Fall 2014. As someone that is a fashion major and wants to pursue event planning, this was an absolutely perfect position and way to combine my passions. The past […]

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Casting Call!

by Alumni Posts September 15, 2014

Through a connection made at my internship, I was offered a position as the Shoes and Accessories Coordinator for St. Louis Fashion Week this fall. As someone about to graduate with a degree in fashion and wanting to go into event planning, this is absolutely perfect for me. The last couple years, I have helped […]

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Women and Wardrobe

by Alumni Posts August 4, 2014

Earlier this summer, an amazing opportunity came my way. I was asked to help produce a fashion show by the director of the fashion merchandising department at Fontbonne, Mrs. Angie Liljequist. She knows that I want to pursue a career in event planning, so this would be a great way for me to gain more […]

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