Category Archives: Events in NYC

Junior Day 2014- March 30th

Well hey everyone! This past weekend I was given the pleasure of meeting some of you, it was Junior day. Junior Day is for perspective students of FIT, of ALL majors. They will take you on tours, you will be able to meet with the dean and the president of the school, and you can meet some of the bloggers (exciting right? A REAL LIVE PERSON). I had the pleasure of presenting my portfolio to perspective art and design students along with our other blogger Ashley. Both of us being from two very different majors was definitely fun to see. Ashley is a photography major while I am an interior designer.

When they asked me if they could use my portfolio pieces from when I first entered school I said “UMMM do you have to?!” , because my work has improved so much just from the past two years. Looking back at that work it looked horrible to me and I would prefer that no one saw it again. But everyone insisted I showed it. After the presentation I was lucky enough to meet a few perspective interior design students, it reminded me of how I felt exactly two years ago. Nervous, anxious, and in complete aw of the big city. It’s crazy how your feelings and mindset change so quickly. New York to me now is still exciting, just not as big as I originally thought it was and interior design still has me in aww I’m just not as nervous.

During this session I offered a few students some direction and guidance from me, and I actually had one text me pictures for her portfolio, and I’m more than happy to help. Who better to help you then the person actually in the program right? Trust me in coming students I was just as nervous too, and I turned out great.

One question that really stood out to me was from a father with his daughter and he asked “How does commuting affect your social life?” and I replied ” I have 3 jobs, time for friends, homework and my boyfriend so not much”. Yes commuting does affect your life greatly but if you love what you do that time you put in doesn’t matter much now does it? I love every single one of my jobs I wouldn’t trade them for the world, so no matter how tired I am I am always happy to go, school is the same way. You have to be willing to sacrifice things sometimes to get what and where you want to be.

unnamedThis was the room we presented in, I had to post a picture of it. ( My love for commercial furniture is just too much).

unnamedThat’s my mom back in the corner, it was her FIRST time to NYC and FIT ever, crazy right? So what better time then when her daughters talking (haha).

 

If any of you have more questions feel free to ask me, or come to the next Junior Day on March 30th, I will be speaking again from 11-1:00pm in the Dubinksy Building 8th floor. I hope to see you all soon, I really do love seeing perspective FIT students!

Xoxo

Kailee

bgThat was driving to NYC for this wonderful event last saturday!

Notes From the 6 Train: The Art Collective

I am newly accepted member of the Art Collective! Hooray! No surprise there since is basically like an art and museum club! As the oddball in the club, as the only business major in a club full of fine arts major, it’s a great way for me to meet other people I wouldn’t usually interact with otherwise. I only saw the information for the club because I was in the fine arts department for my painting class. It’s great because the teachers who the advisers are in the art scene, know all the art galleries, and more importantly, know all the free/ supremely inexpensive galleries and museums. A few Fridays’ ago I went to the Museum of Art & Design with the club and didn’t have to pay anything! It’s also nice because we all travel together but view the gallery at out own pace, and can leave whenever, with no pressure to stick together as a group. ( That’s important to me, I don’t like feeling people are slowing me down. Lol)

unnamed( Here’s me looking pensive while observing the jewelry collection. The collection was filled with lots of rare pieces from Tiffany & Co. as well as other high fashion designers.)

Apparently, many galleries offer a “pay what you want” on certain days/ in the evening. I had no idea! But as one of the advisers of the club said the other day ” if you deal with all the headaches of New York, you may as well experience all great things about it was well.” Living in what could arguably one of the most artistically vibrant cities in the world is quite a treat. Go explore it! For free! And you need some help finding about what’s going on in the art world, join the Art Collective Club!

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

Upcoming Events!

There is so many fun events that go on every week at school. A lot of people dont read there emails so they dont know about them ( i do that a lot of the time too) but my favorite email i look out for is the student sucess “FIT this week for students”.

Actually if your reading this i will be attending the FAT TUESDAY: Make beaded necklaces and Mask making from 12:00- 2:00 in A739. Usually the events i do attend at school are on tuesday or thursday from 12-2.

Also I am going to buy my ticket right before that for MAMA MIA, because they are ONLY $20 for this Friday March 7th. What a cute idea to do for your parents or even a nice night out with friends or even thaqt special someone. untitled

FIT deals are going on like crazy and you dont want to miss out! So also tonight from 6:00-6:30 you can get ranger box tickets for only $50!! Snacks and soda will also be provided. You cant get a better deal then that anywhere unless its free. You can find these tickets being sold in A734 also.untitled

I know a lot of people are very relgious and as am I, I went to catholic school all my life and I actually wasnt going to come to school this Wednesday morning so I could get ashes. But i recently found out that John Riordan, the FIT chaplin will be distributing them in A734 from 8:30-9am then again from 12-1 and from 4-5. I think this is a magificent then FIT is doing and I cant wait to meet all of you there!untitled

Then on thursday they are having “make stuffed animals” in A739 from 1:00-2:00 , every year when they have this event i try to go. I have a collection of my little FIT bears in my car, which i personally think is adorable. Then also on thursday WENDY WILLIAMS IS COMING TO SCHOOL. Thats right i said WENDY WILLIAMS, I’m a huge fan if you couldnt tell. This even is from 6:30-8:30 but you must RSVP before hand. This is in honor of Women’s history month, WENDY I’M COMING!! ( haha)imagesCAY5C1MG

Have a great week everyone, can’t wait to see you all at these fun events!

Xoxo Kailee

 

 

Notes From the 6 Train: AfroPunking at FIT

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Now that the end of black history has happened, I silently weep. Okay, a bit dramatic, but, I am genuinely sad. All the super cool lectures and forums will be coming to an abrupt ending. I can’t complain too much, I went to several amazing programs. Just this past Tuesday, FIT collaborated with FIT’s Office of Educational Programs and Afropunk to put on “AFROPUNK Pictures presents THE TRIPTYCH.” If you aren’t already familiar with Afropunk, I shall shed a bit of light. Afropunk is “touchstone of a cultural movement strongly reminiscent of the early days of Hip-Hop,” and every year they hold an awesome (and free) music festival in Fort Greene. I went to this past August and I had a blast and a half. The energy of the whole weekend was electric, everyone seemed at peace. That is what Afrpunk excels at, creating a community of weird, nurturing and celebrating this weirdness. The festival brings punk and hip hop underground artists to the light, and had several well-known names,( if you’re well versed hip hop at least). I got to see Big Frida, the bounce queen from New Orleans, Theopilus London, Danny Brown, Dead Prez & ?uestlove from The Roots dj’d the most sonically pleasing set ever ( and I go to lots of concerts.) In addition to the festival, Afropunk also curates a blog that helps showcase on up and coming black talented artists/ musicians/ writers. ( Not to mention the fashion is insaneeee.)

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Imagine trying to fit all this creative energy and innovating spirit into an hour presentation, because that’s exactly what the Afropunk film did. They highlighted three astounding visual artists, Sanford Biggers, Wangichi Mutu ( who I mentioned in other post about the Brooklyn Museum & Studio Museum) and Barron Clairborne. What was best about the documentary was that each artist’s segment was a work of art in itself. As opposed to boring Q & A sessions, they took us on a journey through their lives, studios, and imagination. Wangechi Mutu and Jocelyn Cooper, co-producer of Triptych and the co-founder of Afropunk, were panel guests, while the panel was mediated by activist Michaela Angela Davis, who focuses on the intimately intertwined topics of urban style, race, gender and hip-hop culture in the United States. Not to mention she has worked at VIBE and Essence, styled for Oprah, Beyonce, countless other celebrities and is currently serves on the board for several non-profits stylishly creating change throughout the community.

It’s always such a treat to be able to interact with the movers shakers in the art/ fashion/ music world. The artists and the panel members all made their own reality, through collage, paint, glue and a vision. This is such an important narrative for most of the FIT student body because we are all dreamers in some capacity. Going to such a competitive school, and entering such a competitive field can be daunting. That’s why for me, to see other people excelling and loving their work, relights that fire in me. Do whatever it takes, going to shows and museums or a really cool Afropunk festival to keep your fire lit.

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

Here’s the link to see snippets from Triptych: http://www.afropunk.com/profiles/blogs/afro-punk-pictures-presents-the-triptych

Notes From The 6 Train: The Color of Beauty Awards

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This past week I had the pleasure of attending the first annual Color of Beauty Awards. This event was given by a former FIT Professor (hooray for supporting people from the FIT community), and went with the BRAG FIT chapter. It was our first event of this semester and it was a nice way to begin the year. The day began at the NYU’s Stern School for Business, with a panel about the “black and brown customer, diversity issues in the fashion world, from faces on catwalks to covers, the diversification of the POC ( person of color) customer.” I was unable to attend the panel discussion due to classes, but I was glad I had the opportunity to the award show. It’s always nice to offer thanks to people that have paved the way for your success, as well as congratulate your peers who are making their history. Beverly Johnson ( the first black model to be on the cover of Vogue & French Elle) was recognized and awarded for her consistent breaking of glass ceilings in the fashion industry. Having the opportunity to talk and show appreciation to such phenomenal people in the industry is always special. Priyanka Chopra, a popular Bolloywood actress and the first winner of Miss World Pageant was also honored along with a host of movers and shakes in the fashion industry. February was already been filled with such amazing opprotunites for growth, fun and networking, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the month has in store for me! I hope your month has, and continues to be, just as inspiring as mine’s.

As always, All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

Notes From The 6 Train: My First Fashion Week

This past weekend was jam packed with interesting experiences this weekend. I attended the Mother Tongue Monologues at the Brooklyn Museum. I also volunteered at a fashion show at Fashion Week. Honestly, I was pleasantly superseded at how nice the experience was. I helped backstage at the David Tlale (an up & coming South African designer) show it was pretty fun, and most exciting of all, they were no bad attitudes! Everyone was so friendly and courteous. I have worked at several other shows and none have been as pleasant as this one. Firstly, the clothes were easy to put on & remove. a mundane detail, but when undressing & re-dressing models in 2.5 seconds you thanks the fashion gods that there are no sharp edges, corsets or birdcage hats. (Remember the Alexander McQueen hats at Paris fashion week a few years back? Yikes.) You don’t want to be the girl who put the shirt on backwards on the model (though I’ve heard this happened in another show & critics loved that particular outfit).

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From the interns to the fashion show directors, everyone seemed happy to be there. I’ve dealt with some models who are less than courteous. These models, however, were particularly kind. One of the girls I dressed just wanted to take selfies backstage before the show started. She was certainly my favorite model. ( Below is a photo of us.) There were also some models from television, one girl from America’s Next Top Model & Devyn, the winner of The Face.

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For my first New York Fashion Week, I had a pretty good experience. I made some connections, and learned to cut back on the judgments. Fashion is not just backstabbing one another with six inch stilettos. Real connections can be made, at fittings and shows and backstage. If we are in the fashion world that means we share at at one thing in common, our love of fashion. Certainly, this is not a call for us all to rally together and hold hands around a fire of last season’s fashion mistakes, but simply a small reminder. It is very possible to make friends, (or at least not make enemies,) and when working in such a competitive industry, having allies is appealing. If the option is presented, you should definitely volunteer at Fashion Week at least once.

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

It’s that time again…

Hey everyone! This semester is going amazing, a little over whelming but AHMAZING. I have had so many great opportunities that I didn’t think I would have this soon in my career. I started my first internship, and I honestly couldnt be happier there. Everyone is so nice and I just love the work that I do there for them. I’m quitting my resturant job back home and (fingers crossed) I might be making the big move to NYC! Commuting is just killing me lately and my life is starting in this wonderful place.

Let’s see what else have I been up too in the past week or so…

unnamedI’m attempting to keep up my healthy life style while the semester slowly drains me. Later this week I have some tips and exercises you can do to tone. Preparing the meals and the exercises take under thirthy mintues each! Keep reading.

sfasI went to the Chiense New Year bamboo giveaway at school the other day, so much fun! They had candy and snacks, bamboo plants, and you could even make your own latern.

weOn a class trip I was able to see the Kate Spade store on Madison Avenue. As you have all seen I’m a HUGE fan, I have eveything Kate Spade. When I walked into the store the ladies went crazy over me realizing I was all Kate Spaded out.

dsI recieved a nice surprise on my car one night after I got off the train. Someone made me a build a bear :), I’ve been getting presents and flowers like crazy lately. I cant wait to see what happens on valentine’s day. I have a feeling I might be getting asked out, but I wont spare to many details you’ll just have to wait and see!

dghCurrrently I am in the library working hard on my project , drawing, computer rendering, and using every spare second I can to make this project the best one I have ever done! These are two perspectives I just did, So far I’m pretty happy with how it is coming out.

fysjToday I got ready in a record ten minutes before I had to run to the train. Oh! I’m a blonde now! A lot of life changes have been happening since school started so I figured why not add one more to the list. I think a lot more surprises will be coming in my next few posts, can’t wait to fill you all in! I’ve decided that my blogs this semester are going to focus a lot more on my readers, SO any suggestions or things you would like me to write about please feel free to comment! And I’m going to start featuring a student every month, so you get to know other people besides the bloggers. Keep a look out for me at school , who knows you maybe next!

XOXO – Kailee

 

Notes From The 6 Train: My Favorite Time of the Year!

Black History Month! ( Hooray, Hooray)! This month is full of so many interesting colloquiums & presentations. I have already attended several events and will continue throughout the month. Over the beak I was fortunate enough be informed about this group amazing group of women who go by Black Women’s Blueprint. “Black Women’s Blueprint, Inc. is a civil and human rights organization of women and men. Our purpose is to take action to secure social, political and economic equality in American society now.” Currently, they are working on two projects that will premier this weekend in Brooklyn. Last week I went to the Museum of Women’s Resistance (the museum the organization created and are housed in) to help with the Dwelling exhibition. the term Dwelling conveys both physical meaning, a place or residence, and emotional meaning, to linger or emphasize. In addition in aiding with the physical actual structure, two pieces I wrote are going to be included in the exhibition. I’m excited for the debut of Dwelling this Sunday.

“Mother Tongue: Monologues for Truth Bearing Women, Emerging Sons and Other Keepers of the Flame, ” also goes up this weekend. This event will employ the use of ” dance and vocals used in a brazen and spellbinding exploration of Black men and women’s complex histories of struggle and triumphs and pull the audience into deeper conversation about one of the most contentious subjects in Black sexual politics—the violence of Black men against Black women.” Unfortunately, America is a highly violent country and the amount of violence (physically, sexually, etc.) taken out against is frighteningly high. The fact that this cultural has been so normalized is what’s even more scary. Events that open up conversation about these happen are quite special (see Sadie’s post about Take Back The Night.) I often attend events, forums, panels, that talk about this particular societal illness. As a result, I know it’s not often that the main speakers are men. Because the topic is so emotionally charged, it’s understandable, (however, not acceptable) how many men feel alienated and turn away from having such an important conversion. When an occasion rises that men are vulnerable openly set the stage to have this conversation, you can bet I will be in attendance.
That is exactly what The Mother Tongue Monologue will be, an open conversation. As someone who has participated in clubs/ been a peer educator about against sexual violence,especially on college campuses, this is supremely exciting. Seeing strides toward societal reconciliation always is, especially when it’s in your own community. (Being able to go for free because I volunteered is also pretty great.) I know that this event will be soul stirring, enlightening and healing. I am thankful eternally grateful that the women of Black Women’s Blueprint who are organizing this event. If you aren’t busy this Saturday, check out this event! Tickets are only $10. Being apart of a healing movement such as just for just $10 sounds like quite a steal. I have attached a link to the flyer below.

BWB Mother Tongue Monologues Press Kit (1)

Ps. You know I had to bring fashion into this. Did I mention how all of the women are wearing red to demonstrate… If that’s not color symbolism, I don’t know what is!

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

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Notes From the 6 Train: Fitting in at Fashion Week

One of the most coveted volunteer weeks opportunities is rapidly approaching… Fashion week of course! As FIT students, we are lucky because our school has so many amazing connections that we have one of the most comprehensive volunteer programs related to fashion week. Even though this is true, there are still a few tips to increase the chances of being able to volunteer since there are a limited number of positions.

- About a week or two before fashion week, start monitoring you email/ school announcements so you know exactly when sign ups are.

- GET THERE EARLY! I know this goes without saying, but some people are there literally hours before sign ups even start & still aren’t able to find positions.

- Be proactive, start researching companies early & reach out. There are plenty of websites that post fashion opportunities. Stepping out on your may is always good because volunteering opportunities through FIT is not guaranteed.

- Don’t be upset if you don’t get chosen to help a famous designer, there is still plenty to learn from an up & coming designer. Since there aren’t so many people clamping to work with them, you may have a chance to connect with the whole team a little. Use it as your chance to shine! And who knows, you may get a job or internship offer as a result!

- If you have worked/ volunteered at fashion week in the past and enjoyed the experience, it’s imperative to keep those connections. Maintaining relationships is one of the most important skills to be successful in any job, especially in fashion, and super especially, especially during fashion week.

- Lastly, don’t feel obligated to participate in fashion week. If you’re not really interested – it is an opportunity you may want to experience, but not everyone is into high fashion and couture- that’s okay too. Always listen to your truth. Happy fashion week hunting!

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

First week fair (Part two)

There were so many great tables at the first week fair I couldn’t possibly fit them all in one post, so here is some more!

cvThe department of student life, they are always at the best things going on at FIT. This time they had a raffle going on!

k studyFIT’s study abroad program! All of the programs are listed there is you want to find out anymore information you can go to FITNYC.edu/studyabroad

tachTech Help! Having a problem with your computer? the internet? angel? Go visit them in the C building- room c307a. There hours are Mon- Friday, 8:30-10pm. You can call them also at 212.217.HELP or email them at techhelp@fitnyc.edu

syThe student association, such amazing people, vibrant and so much fun!

sustainabilty councilThe sustainability council at FIT. The eighth annual sustainable business and design conference people, planet, and prosperity: Measuring Our Impact. This will take place on April 8th from 8:30am to 5:30pm. More information will be posted at fitnyc.edu/sustainabilityconfence.

resResidential Life department, always have the best give aways at FIT events.

athFIT athletics and recreation. Keep in mind any events that you may attend at FIT you must have your FIT ID and proper attire.

fitableThe office of FITABLE- the office of disability services at FIT is available to help everyone and anyone no matter what!divJoin FIT diversity council!

There was so much to see and do at the first week fair, any events on campus that are coming up I highly suggest you take time out of your busy schedule to go! You may even bump into me!:)

Xoxo Kailee