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On Sunday evening in New York City, the National Retail Federation Foundation held its first gala, celebrating imagination, inspiration, and innovation. The foundation honored FIDM Founder, President, and CEO Tonian Hohberg (pictured, third from right) by naming her to The List, which recognizes 25 people who are shaping retail's future. 

This is the first time in the NRF's history that they have chosen the leader of an educational institution for this honor, and FIDM is incredibly proud of this distinction. Martha Stewart was a presenter at the gala and handed the FIDM President her award. Ms. Hohberg's reply, when asked how to build a successful institute: “Surround yourself with the smartest team you can find, who understand the secrets of intelligent, unselfish leadership, sprinkled with a sense of humor.”

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FIDM Alumna Margarita Arriagada (pictured, below), Sephora's Chief Merchant, was also honored as a Power Player. The inaugural gala raised nearly $1.2 million to support the next generation of retail talent. Congratulations the NRF Foundation and all of the evening's honorees. 

The National Retail Federation is the world's largest retail trade association whose board of directors includes industry executives from Saks, Inc, Neiman Marcus, Crate and Barrel, The Container Store, HSNi, Ralph Lauren, and Macys. The NRF hosts annual conferences that are considered epicenters for reporting on the most cutting edge innovations in digital retailing, dynamic and strategic marketing and other key retail trends such as "Shop.Org" and "Retail's The Big Show."

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Kelli

FIDM Graduate and Project Runway Alumna Kelli Martin of Anti.Label recently moved to Columbus, Ohio where she founded Alternative Fashion Week and Alternative Fashion Mob, a collection of fashion designers, industry professionals, and couture enthusiasts who are dedicated to furthering the fashion industry in Columbus..

Read a Q&A with Kelli in (614) Magazine.

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Brittany

FIDM Grad Brittany Hampton is one of three finalists on Diane von Furstenberg's reality competition series, House of DVF. The Bay Area native attended FIDM's San Francisco campus and worked for nearly two years as the in-house stylist for Nickelodeon. 

Read more at SF Gate. The House of DVF finale airs tonight, Sunday, Dec. 21, at 10 p.m. on E!

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Paige Denim Graphic Designer and FIDM Grad Simone Garcia recently visited her alma mater to speak at a meeting with the Premiere Product Development Group—an elite group of FIDM Students earning degrees in Product Development.

Simone graduated in June earlier this year with a Merchandise Product Development Professional Designation Degree from FIDM.

She advised the students to do internships. "It's 100% important to have an internship." In fact, that's precisely what led Simone to Paige Denim. Back in March, Simone was sitting in the very same seats that the students were sitting in when Laura Jenkins from Paige Denim was the guest speaker for the Premiere Product Development Group at FIDM. Simone and Laura, also a graduate of FIDM, connected that day,and Simone followed up for an internship. Simone's first day was on April 18th, her birthday. She interned for a few months before she was hired full-time in September as a Junior Graphic Designer.

"I encourage you guys to go for it, and get out there!" the recent FIDM Grad announced.

When asked what set her apart from the other candidates in the job interview process, she said it was her portfolio. Simone did very well in Estel Hahn's Brand Portfolio class at FIDM. "During my internship, I showed my boss my portfolio and he was impressed." She was offered the job before she was even finished with her internship.

Ultimately, Simone wants to be a buyer and have her own business. In the mean time, she said one of the biggest perks of working at a premium denim label is building relationships with others.

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Paige Denim Graphic Designer & FIDM Grad Simone Garcia holding a pair of Paige Blue Galaxy Coating jeans.

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Visual Communications Student and FIDM Social Ambassador Marisa Pressimone recently completed an internship at Glamour in New York City. We caught up with the New Jersey native to talk about the experience. 

How did this exciting internship come about? I knew I was going to be taking the summer quarter off from FIDM and returning home for the few months, and I wanted to feel accomplished when returning to school that October. I had met with my Career Advisor at FIDM a few times to discuss finding an internship for the summer in New York. I knew that I wanted to try working with a stylist more than anything since that is what I want to do after I graduate from FIDM.

After sending out copies of my resume and different variations of a cover letter, I finally heard back from one stylist's assistant asking me if I could come in that Friday. I was so bummed because I was still in L.A. and had to decline. A few weeks later, when I arrived on the east coast, I decided that it couldn't hurt to email the woman who reached out to me and see if they still needed someone. They responded almost immediately saying they did need help for the summer and they were so glad I had reached out.

I went to meet with the stylist's assistant a few days later for an interview and ended up getting the job. I went home to research the stylist I would be working for and found out that she was the fashion editor-at-large for Glamour, Laura Ferrara. 

What were your roles and responsibilities? I learned the ins and outs of the styling world and there was a lot of shopping. I got to go to the big department stores and different studios around New York and help with the pulls. I also returned a lot of clothes once a shoot was done. I got to stand on set a few times to assist and I would help with the assembly and take down of the wardrobe on set.

How did you enjoy working in the city? I'm from that area and I've grown up around it, but I've never seen the way the fashion industry in New York operates and it was amazing and incredibly fast-paced. Every single day you need to go to work more ready than the day before and coffee is very, very important.

What are your plans after graduation in 2015? I've always wanted to be a stylist so I'm going to try to make that happen. My biggest struggle would just be deciding what type of styling I would prefer, but that will come with more experience.

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Winter 2015 footwear trends are bold, sensuous, earthy, and fun. Pops of red abound, providing much needed contast to pale neutrals and greys. Shades used by the old masters such as deep reds, smoked rosin, coral orange, and gold moss accentuate a painterly feel. A playful blend of color, texture, strappy and guard-like details, graphic patterns, and cut-out shapes create the tone—rich, elegant, vibrant.

A new direction encompasses distressed, scorched, mended, patched, and greasy surfaces. Leather looks rusted and battered, and fabrics with a lurex sheen dress up casual wear. Effects resembling moss, weathered finishes, and wood grain, present a tactile quality as forest and floral themes converge.

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Tactile layers of fur, suede, and embroidery create a soft effect. Heels and platforms go beyond the boundaries of fashion, and carve out sculptural silhouettes.

by Cynthia Aaron/Textiles & Materials Specialist/FIDM Library

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