This month, we are featuring the lovely Gabriela Lopez. She is part of our class of 2017-2018 and a mother to this beautiful mini-me below. Continue reading about this mother and daughter pair in our interview with her, and learn how the beach and motherhood influence her design.
How long have you been a design student and what got you interested in fashion as a career?
I’ve been a fashion student since January 2017. I’ve always been a fashion lover, and have always been curious about the fashion industry for many years. I’ve finally found the right place to get involved, learn about it, and pursue a career in fashion.
Your mother/daughter swimsuit twinning is so precious! How does being a mother influence your design?
We are beach lovers and since we spend almost every weekend at the beach, for me it’s very important to protect ourselves from the UV rays while also being comfortable and cute. As a mom, there’s nothing cuter than twinning with your little one. 🙂
How has the Fashion Institute impacted you as a student and designer?
When I met Ms. Rucht, I immediately knew that I could learn a lot from her experience, extensive knowledge, dedication, attention to every detail and love. All of these attributes make the Fashion Institute an amazing journey for every student.
What are your plans after you finish your studies at the Fashion Institute?
I feel like I still have a lot to learn. Every class is a new experience, so I haven’t decided the exact direction where I’m going yet. But since we live in this amazing Sunshine State and I’m a beach lover, I’m definitely thinking about designing swimwear… stay tuned! 😉
What advice do you have for students studying fashion design?
Love what you do, do what you love and stay focused!
Rucht D’ Oleo, director of the Fashion Institute of South Florida, has been invited to be one of nine judges for the international contest, ŁÓDŹ YOUNG FASHION 2017. The event will be held in Łódź, Poland from October 17th to the 21st.
The contest is organized by the Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts and the Łódź Event Centre. This is an artistic and educational event, dedicated to the environment of young fashion designers.
Ms. D’Oleo has been selected to evaluate, advise, and judge the participants that submit their designs to the contest. The theme for this year’s contest is EMOTIONS.
The International Contest is aimed at young fashion designers (up to the age of 30 years old) from all over the world – especially students and graduates of art schools and fashion design schools – and all those for whom design is a passion. Participation in the event is a chance to realize their design dreams. Presenting their collection in front of a jury of well-recognized designers and fashion industry representatives marks the first step to creating their brand,
The winner will receive a MANEQUINE 2017 statuette and prize money 30,000 Euro, funded by the City of Łódź
About Rucht D’Oleo
Rucht D’Oleo is a fashion designer, author, and director of the Fashion Institute of South Florida. She has over 20 years of experience in the fashion industry. To read more about Rucht D’Oleo click here.
About Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź
The Strzemiński Academy of Art Łódź (ASP Łódź) was established in 1945 as the Łódź State Art School (PWSSP Łódź). The school was based on the achievements of the city’s pre-war avant-garde and home to well-renowned artists such as Władysław Strzemiński, Stefan Wegner, Katarzyna Kobro, Karol Hiller and Samuel Szczekacz. This resulted in the school’s unique character, directly inspired by the artist’s and didactic output of the Bauhaus movement and Kasimir Malevich. Design practice was meant to be as important as the study of nature. A lot of attention was paid development of visual perception conforming with the newest art trends.
Władysław Strzemiński, an outstanding constructivist artist, theoretician, and educator organized the school from its very beginnings and deeply influenced the initial stage of its history. His innovative art and didactic ideas formed the character of the academy.
However, the totalitarian Stalinist regime installed in Poland after the war began pursued a highly ideologized aesthetic program and did not tolerate Strzemiński’s avant-garde concepts.
In 1950, the school was forced to dismiss the artist, who would die forgotten soon afterwards. Numerous experimental studios and facilities were closed and the school had to focus on cooperation with the textile industry only.
It took many years and important political changes to re-establish the wide, universal range of education as envisioned by the founders of the school.
In recognition of Strzemiński’s merits, the school assumed his name in 1988. In 1996, it was officially recognized as one of Poland’s seven state art academies. A new, modern headquarters for the school was erected in 1976. Its architecture is now one of the Academy’s symbols and an important city landmark. To read more about the school, please go to http://int.asp.lodz.pl/academy.
For more information about the contest, please visit the website http://www.lodzyoungfashion.com.
New York Fashion Week commences the beginning of Fashion Month followed by other fashion capitals of the world such as London, Milan, and Paris. It plays a major role in predicting and setting what will be in vogue for the upcoming year.
We see some seriously flattering looks as New York Fashion Week puts a telescope on what’s to come for Spring 2018. There were so many looks to love, it was difficult to edit them down. However, for brevity’s sake here are a few of the top five trends to look forward to and how to make them work.
All White Everything:
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Monochromatic white is a natural fit for the summer. Not only is it practical (especially for dealing with the unforgiving Miami sun) it is simply elegant. Whether you are sporting athleisure or a suit, a head to toe white outfit has the magical power of feeling effortless while looking chic all at once. You are walking breath of fresh air. Just try not to spill any wine or food on yourself.
From left: Michael Kors, Zimmerman, Fenty X Puma by Rihanna
Lilac and Lavender:
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Meet millennial pink’s less basic cousin, lavender. This season’s runway color palette is bright and full of soft pastels, bringing about the freshness that is Spring.
From left: Tobi, Pamella Roland, Roland Mouret.
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This season was full of beautifully tailored suits ranging from nearly all shades of the rainbow. Come Spring 2018, women will wear the pants. Channel your inner Annie Hall and combine your seat with a pair of sleek sneakers for a low-key cool look, or heels to transition into the night.
From left: Tom Ford, Gabriela Hearst, Vivienne Hu
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Gossamer fabrics delicately draped the runway for a wispy and airy spring. Depending on how you do transparency, the effect can range from romantic and angelic to sultry. If you are not quite ready to free the nipple yet, pair a transparent top with a lacey bralette for a pop of interest.
From left: Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Jonathan Simki
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There is nothing more Miami than a transitional swim look that will take you from the beach to the shore. It seems like every designer this season has their swimwear perspective. What would be yours? Take a dip in our Swimwear Class to unlock your own swimwear vision.
From left: Michael Kors, Tom Ford, Oscar de la Renta
We are very happy to introduce our talented student, Nicole Chirino. She has been taking classes in our fashion program since January 2017. During our interview with Nicole, she explains what inspired her to pursue fashion as a career. Learn more about this burgeoning young designer in our interview with her below.
- How long have you been a design student and what got you interested in fashion as a career?
I have been a design student for 8 months now. I was very young when I decided I wanted to be a fashion designer. My mom says I decided to be a fashion designer when I was around 4 or 5 years old, inspired by the Barbie’s I used to play with.
- What inspired you to make this beautiful skirt for your mother? How does your mother’s style influence your design?
The dream of having my mom wearing something I made, because of all the sacrifices she’s made for me to get here, inspired me to make her this skirt. My mother’s style is simple yet classy. For work, she wears skirts and dresses. However, I have noticed that none of her skirts show the darts. To make the skirt different, I made it using all the darts and not covering them with another piece of fabric. With the darts, including the color, the garment looks more elegant and unique considering skirts nowadays are plain in the back and front, excluding whether the fabric is a pattern or a solid color. I want to be able to remind people of exciting yet simple times. For one to feel comfortable and content when wearing my designs. Similar to my mother, wearing the attire caused others to wait for more designs, that is what keeps me going and inspires me to improve.
- How has The Fashion Institute impacted you as a student and designer?
It has made me realize that Fashion Design is the career I want to study. My goal is to design for anyone and everyone. The clientele waiting and eager for more. Comfortable, elegant, different, and gracious are just a few of the styles I hope to design. As I grow older different prints, colors, magazines inspire me to create various types of styles to sell for all types of events. I have had many great opportunities such as attending fashion shows and seeing what goes on backstage. Every now and then while I’m watching TV I get ideas of outfits and draw them out before I forget.When I go shopping, I find myself looking at the stitches on shirts, dresses, coat; when I see flared skirts, I imagine what the pattern looks like. To have the knowledge and being able to use it is incredible. It feels amazing to have the sense of knowledge on how to make clothes, patternmaking, and fashion shows. Now I’m learning textiles along with fashion design and I can’t wait to see what these two classes bring for me.
- What are your plans after you finish your studies at the Fashion Institute?
My plans after I finish my studies at the Fashion Institute are to keep on practicing the skills I have gained. Once I finish high school, I plan to go off to college and to have had made clothes for all my loved ones, more than once. I want to start a small business, whether it is only making clothes for my family, but as word gets around I’d like more and more people to want and admire my designs for their uniqueness.
- What advice do you have for students studying fashion design?
My advice for students studying fashion design is to really put in all your love and effort. You may find yourself giving up your weekends or making many sacrifices but the outcome and the feelings are unforgettable. Time, patience, dedication, and love are all very important. Don’t be afraid to dream or draw out your designs.