We all know the iconic Fashion Merchandising classes available to students at Lake Forest High School. The numerous blogs, projects, and of course the perennial fashion show. With fashion as a popular class first semester, many students forget that the class is also offered second semester with some awesome perks and projects. Ms. Cole’s 8th period Fashion Merchandising class contains eight bright, fashion-forward students who really have an eye for this year’s upcoming trends. The class has created a lookbook to predict fashion trends expected to hit the runway and the hallways. These were the following questions and responses from the 8th period Fashion Merchandising class.
What gave you all inspiration for the lookbook?
Ally Page, a sophomore student, mentioned that the girls took their inspiration for the lookbook from this year’s most recent New York Fashion Week (NYFW). The lookbook contains categories that consist of outfit ideas featuring floral tones, bright colors, recurring patterns, and a minimalistic look.
Did you all come up with the “trends” or did you look them up online?
The girls stated that they took a lot of their trends for the lookbook from online, specifically Vogue and Pantone. They used Pantone to come up with the colors they used in the book and Vogue to come up with a couple runway style looks. Also included are the girls’ forecasted outfits for major retail companies like Zara, Nordstrom, and other companies for the fall season.
If you all could wear any celebrity’s style, whose would you wear and what is their style like?
Most of the girls came to a unanimous decision that if they had to wear a celebrity style, it would be a mix of Alexis Ren, Selena Gomez, Zendaya, and Kourtney Kardashian. They summarized what an outfit from these stars’ closets would look like. The styles included slits, athleisure outfits, and menswear for women–otherwise known as the “clueless look.”
What are you all currently working on?
Currently, they are working on their personal mood boards. By using Pinterest to find style inspiration, the girls are picking a common style between themselves and another person. The mood boards don’t just highlight clothing, but each girl’s lifestyle. After they finish their mood boards, the class will be working on a display piece for the commons during lunch periods. “Window models” will be hired to model two outfits for the LFHS community to view. Backdrops will be created to transport the model to any place the designer chooses.
What is your favorite part of fashion class?
The girls highlighted the hard work and effort that their teacher, Ms. Cole, puts into the class. “She uses herself as an example to help us understand different things we are learning about,” mentioned one student. Based on mood boards and social media accounts that the class is creating, Ms. Cole has guided the girls in the sense that “lifestyle can be different from style.” Students in the class state that Ms. Cole, “understands what is attainable by everyone.” They enjoy seeing other people’s styles are and are taking advice from each other in the class.
Read the Finesse Lookbook in its entirety by following the link below: