Archive for February, 2012

Weekly Obsession — February 28th

You’ll always be on time with this bold watch strapped on your wrist. La Mer’s oversized vintage watch is an online exclusive on The gold-rimmed face is available in either a tan or black band, and the silver face is only offered with a black band.  It’s a classic piece that will be the perfect final touch to any outfit. $85,

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Second Annual FMDS Gala

This past Saturday FMDS members gathered in Owen’s Banquet Hall to honor Virginia Tech’s Apparel Program with parents, friends and faculty. Student garment designs and CAD work on display demonstrated the high talent within the Apparel Product Development and Merchandising major.

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Peggy Quesenberry received an eponymous award for her endless support to FMDS and Apparel Department. The Peggy Quesenberry Award will be given out each year to a different faculty member. More awards were given out to devoted FMDS members for their service to the organization and school, as well as their capacity to thrive in the textile and apparel industry. Honorees included:

  • Scholarship, Priya Singh: Dedicated to both their academics and the fashion industry
  • Outstanding New Member, Turner Widgen: Shows outstanding service to FMDS as well as within the apparel industry and the school
  • Most Valuable Member, Alison Firich: Has demonstrated a valiant effort in FMDS, the AHRM program and/or in the fashion industry
  • Outstanding Senior, Christie Bradshaw: Has demonstrated great service to the organization, the ARHM program and/or shows great promise in the fashion industry

The evening consisted of a delicious catered dinner, live music, a silent auction and welcoming speeches by FMDS Advisor, Dr. Luann Gaskill; Gala coordinator, Lauren Ehrensberger; and FMDS president, Sheridan Tupman. FMDS alum Alana Marrie addressed members on her journey through the daunting world of fashion. Her road to success certainly wasn’t easy; but she kept a persistent attitude and never gave up on her goal of making a mark on the industry. She left us with this,

I hope to see you all one day in New York, painting the town maroon and orange.

Visit the FMDS Facebook Page for more photos from the event.

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Mulberry Introduces Lana Del Rey-Inspired Bag

Lana Del Rey,

Lana Del Rey has taken the music industry by storm and the fashion world has taken notice. British heritage brand Mulberry decided to name one of their sought-after bags after the up-and-coming songstress. Creative Director Emma Hill stated in a press release that she was so “captivated by her soulful, melancholy voice and the nostalgic beauty of her Video Games single and video,” that she felt compelled to create a bag in her honor. The ‘Del Rey’ debuted on the runway Sunday during London Fashion Week. Mulberry’s fall collection itself was inspired by Where The Wild Things Are. Lana attended the show carrying a custom white ostrich version of the tote designed especially for her — white is autumn’s new “it” color after all. The coveted purse comes in different variations of tanned leather and will be available for purchase in May along with the rest of the fall line. Pricing begins at $1,250.

If only we all could merit the creation of special-edition Mulberry bags in our honor. To see the different versions of the bag, visit

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Weekly Obsession – February 22nd

Elizabeth & James

The Elizabeth and James Coral Bella Mini dress is the perfect dress for semi-formal winter affairs. Simple and chic, this dress is perfectly paired with bold turquoise accessories, or light gold jewelry. Although no longer available for regular purchase, this $395 retail value dress is available for rent through for only a fraction of the price. Look out at the FMDS Gala on Saturday to see this dress in person, I’ll be wearing it!, $75

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Cambodian PUMA Protest Turns Violent

PUMA, the German sportswear company famous for its footwear, has recently come under fire. Three garment industry employees participating in a protest against one of the PUMA’s suppliers in Cambodia were shot on Monday. The unidentified assailant fled the scene, and some eyewitnesses claim he was wearing a police uniform. The motive for the shooting is unknown.

Reports originally stated that only one worker was shot and was in non-critical condition. However, PUMA released a new statement which revealed that three female employees were injured. Only one of the victims is currently in critical condition.

The injured women were part of the 6,000 workers protesting outside a Kaoway Sports Ltd. Factory, which produces footwear for PUMA. The strikes, which had been occurring since last week, were an attempt to get higher wages and better working conditions. PUMA’s suppliers’ factory conditions have been under scrutiny since last April, when a mass fainting of 800 employees occurred.

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Celebrity Inspiration- Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr

Jigsaw cotton cardigan
£98 –

Jigsaw stripe shirt
£45 –

Diesel Black Gold leather jacket
$1,150 –

Fendi pleated pants
£375 –

Image from Google


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White-Hot Fall

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week wrapped up yesterday and has left us lusting over the latest designer looks for fall. Without a doubt, white is the new, unexpected “it” color for next season. While this light hue may seem like an unusual choice considering its contrast against the standard darker autumn shades of black, navy, olive, and plum, it definitely had a strong presence on the runway nevertheless. Derek Lam utilized black accents on his white pieces while Alexander Wang paired all white ensembles with black footwear. Rachel Zoe chose to mix stark white fabrics with cream knits. If you’re somewhat hesitant about pulling off the trend or wearing white after Labor Day, you could always try pairing a more subtle cream piece with statement items like a fur vest or a killer pair of black boots.

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