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Motivation Monday: FIDM’s Runway Debut Show: Pursuing Your Dreams

Alyson Campbell

Today’s Motivation Monday is all about pursuing your dreams, and not giving up, even if you don’t first get the immediate “yes” you’re hoping for.


This was the case with several of the very talented fashion students from FIDM in this year’s Runway Debut Show that showcased their collections this past weekend.  Some didn’t get in year one, but didn’t let that stop them, and then were selected and had the opportunity to showcase their collection to an audience filling the huge Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport - a beautiful space for an impactful runway show.  


FIDM certainly knows how to put on a production - everything from the venue selection, built out runway, use of multimedia including sharp imagery and videos including video interviews to introduce the designers and collections, actors/dancers walking and dancing in perfect sync along the runway - it was a true spectacle! 


A few of the designers we were particularly inspired and hope to see more of included:


Rychie Zheng


Her collection was inspired by detailing and hints of orange and block, including asymmetry marked by zippers and cording used consistently from the knee stretching up to the back.


Shae Lani


In her video interview, she shared how this show brought her back to life, reigniting her passions. Her very streetwear inspired collection with leather, hints of color in fringed scarves, hooded pullovers with hints of floral gave the collection a bit of femininity with edge.


Eniolia Huneydin


Her line was inspired by the mother of the 4th century, “Tin Hinan,” literally meaning mother of the tribe.  Her Saharan African inspired runway collection began with each of the models carrying a bright yellow sheet of fabric above their heads to emulate the desert winds and her detailing including hand dying all of her fabric from scratch and hand knitting showed her hard work throughout the collection marked with yellows, burgundies and various fabrics including denims and silks. 


Yongjian (Tomy) Huang


Tomy’s collection was inspired by origami brought to life. He did this by utilizing unique shapes in each of the garments, and he designed impeccably - probably the most impeccable we saw on the runway - for both men and women. The collection was mostly whites with little color, but when he did use color, it was a well placed pop of red, and he played with all of the shapes of the garments in very unique ways.


Duston Jasso


The ocean lovers in us loved this collection for exactly that - inspired by the ocean and mermaids, Duston used a blending of fabrics that looked liked solids merging into liquids, crystals and pearls for finishing touches, and a variety of styles from draped kaftans to fringed skirts reminiscent of the movement of seaweed or kelp - but in stunning colors. You couldn’t help but feel mesmerized as if you were also swimming in the ocean of the beautiful collection.


For a full webcast of the show, visit:


Today’s motivation as you head into this new week: Don’t let anything stop you from pursuing what you love; get out there and do it!


Happy Motivation Monday,



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