Monday, May 20, 2013

beach riot.

           ATTENTION FASHION STUDENTS:  Looking for a local company to connect with?

What: Beach Riot: A local swimwear company that is fresh and unqiue. Nicole Hanriot  the head designer started out as a designer for ,locoal compay, Tavik and has now branched off and created her own line.  Just recently she did collaboration with Stone Cold Fox.  The summer collection is full of neon, color blocking, lace, floral, crosses, and a cactus print.

“Beach Riot is a California beach babe swim brand… a mix between contemporary chic and surfer girl.” –Nicole Hanriot 

 Where:1954 Placenta Ave, Unit 105, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Where to buy it?: You can find the line locally at Jack’s Surfboards, Diane’s Beachwear, and Huntington Surf and Sport
Check out their new collection at:

Monday, April 15, 2013

a week of occfashion.

OCC's Fashion Department is home to many creative, inspiring, hardworking students and faculty. Last week just proves how incredible our classes are.  In one week our students were exposed to the local industry and more than 10 guest speakers, including...

Careers in Fashion's (FASH115) field trip to Quiksilver.  Evelyn Escobar and J. Acuna shared about their jobs in Production and Design.  The students also had the opportunity to tour the Quiksilver offices.

Design in Everyday Life (FASH135) had an amazing field trip to JMP Creative.  The CEO/President, Jim McCafferty was extremely inspirational.


Beginning Clothing Techniques (FASH100) visited Creative Outlet Studios in Costa Mesa for a hand sewing project.

And our Trend Forecasting(FASH118) class put together a panel of industry speakers on the topic of trend forecasting as it relates to their jobs in the fashion industry.  Speakers included, Cheryl Lindberg: Designer Harveys Seatbelt Bags, Jenna Dorn: Merchandiser Fox Head Inc., Mia Sterns: Designer Fox Head Inc., Kandice Hansen; Buyer, and Mary Byrd; Designer DC Clothing.

Not to mention the 2 guests in Kyla's Fashion Illustration Tech. 1 (FASH255) that graded the students print projects, the guest artist in Display and Visual Presentation (DVP180), and the guest speaker in Special Events Coordination (FASH225).  Just another week here at OCC, learning from our amazing instructors and the local fashion industry.


Monday, April 1, 2013


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Many people say, “Life is a chess game, not a game of checkers, and your next move is always the best one.” Be one step ahead, when picking your Spring/Summer trends for 2013.

Marc Jacobs took Louis Vuitton with the classic checkered board pattern to a new level in fashion this Spring.  Look for the check in various colors when picking your summer wardrobe: like sunshine yellow, emerald green (The Pantone Color of the year), light peach, tan, and gray.

Watch the review here for your Spring 2013 wardrobe inspiration:

Friday, March 15, 2013

tartan check.

photo & post by Hiroyuki Ohta
Fashion trends change often and quickly.  When following the industry you will quickly notice, it isn’t easy to stay on top of the latest trends.  What should we do?  Buy new clothes?  Don’t worry about it.  We have an old friend, his name is “Tartan Check.’’  Whether you are a rock star, a surfer, or a performer, tartan check is widely accepted. Don’t hesitate to check out how he’s doing in your closet, he works well with a variety of attire.  He can stylize your worries away.  Plus, if he’s a friend of Vivienne Westwood, then he must be a friend of ours.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

tie-dye high.

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When I think of the idea of tie-dye, high fashion does not readily come to mind.  That is why I was shocked and surprised to see the marriage of these two concepts during New York Fashion Week.  Garments made of fabric with tie-dye-inspired prints walked the runway during Rodarte's Fall/Winter 2013 ready-to-wear presentation.  From a body suit to formal gowns, the concept of tie-dye was a key focal point in this collection.  The thought of tie-dyed garments evokes images of summertime for me, which is one reason why seeing this print incorporated into a fall/winter collection was so unexpected.  Though the tie-dyes on the Rodarte pieces are silk prints, these pieces lend themselves to accessibility in that tie-dye is generally a very "DIY" process.  Anyone in love with these garments can easily take the inspiration of colors and pattern and create their own bright and bold garments. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

a california "winter".

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photo and post by Leah Slatic

With the constantly changing California "winter" weather, It's hard to decide what to wear to school day to day. Around campus I've seen a lot of ladies keeping in style while still staying practical. Combining what I've seen around school and my some of my personal favorites, here are a few things I would recommend - A sturdy pair of boots, and some knee high socks to keep your feet warm in between classes. A bright tube-scarf to dress up a tank, or dress down a coat. And a throw over sweater, for any-day any weather comfort and style. By keeping just a few staple items in your closet, you can still keep it stylish, yet be comfortable for any 'big' weather changes.

Friday, March 1, 2013

spring 2013.

 The occfashion Blog is up and running!  This Spring semester two classes will be writing the posts;  Leslie Christen's, FASH225 - Special Events and Michelle Craner's, FASH118 - Trend Forecasting.  Stay tuned for all things fashion related in the lives of our occfashion students on and off campus.