Category Archives: Events in NYC

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.

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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

 

Notes From the 6 Train: Back & Ready to Grow

So tomorrow is the last day of classes for me, at least for the week. Hooray! I survived the few day of classes! The first days in over a month can be a bit challenging. It’s like working out again after taking a holiday break or meeting up with an old friend, just takes some time to get readjusted.

I know that this semester will be special for me though because there are lot of new experiences opening up. I am beginning to work towards my bachelor international trade & marketing degree, which is super exciting for me. After realizing that fashion merchandising wasn’t my passion, I decided to switch majors & obtain my bachelors degree in international trade & marketing instead. Monday were my first ITM classes.

In addition, because I have a little extra space on my schedule, I am picking up an art class. (Double yay) I figure I pay the same amount of tuition whether I take 4 classes of 7, so I may as well get the most out of it.

I’m also getting more involved in several clubs I’ve been wanting to participate in and now that I’m a bit more settled, I have the ability. I am going to join the black student union, and WFIT. WFIT is 24-hour broadcast through radio and broadcasting media, that cover all fashion related events, especially those in New York City. In fact, for all those interested in being front of the camera and fashion week, WFIT are holding auditions for interviewers of famous designers at fashion week. It’s amazing the type of opportunity one can discover if they follow their passion.

My 2014 New Years intention surrounded creating & implementing. I am excited to see many of goals starting to fall in line with my intentions. I am thankful that FIT is helping me do so. I know this semester will be filled with all types of beautiful energy.

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.

Amazing Memories

This winter break was the best break I have had at FIT thus far. It really helped me get focused and ready to go back again. I had so many adventures with friends and family, that I will always cherish. This was also the first time I didn’t take an online class over break, which was definitely why I relaxed just a little bit more. The beginning of break you saw my adventure blog posts, I went to Atlantic City ( won some money), and hang out with some friends. SO much more has happened since then.

afefaeMy best friend turned 21!( She is in the red dress) so for her birthday we went to PACHA in NYC. It was one of the coolest places I have had the pleasure of going to. There was two floors, a basement, all kinds of entertainment, and guest appearances. PACHA was actually very safe and well monitored. We had a blast, keep in mind if you want to go out for the night it can be a little pricey. Also you have to be over 19 to get in.

wdlHere is another picture of us before we got there. My two best friends Nadia ( next to me) and Ashvini ( birthday girl on the opposite end). They live at an apartment on campus. They all go to Rutgers, which is a few short minutes away from my hometown. Definitely one of the best memories I made over break.

 

 

 

 

naOne of the biggest things that happened over break was my best friend wasn’t aloud to go back to her school for the semester because she failed a class. This is a very devastating time in your life if it happens to you. It has happened to me, and many of my friends. Not as bad as not going back to school, because each school is different. But it definitely messed up my schedule the past two semesters. But hey, it is ok and you will get through it. Your not alone, I promise. It may seem like your world is ending, but failing at something just means your going to be ten times better at it the next time, or maybe not but that’s fine too. You just have to find yourself and what works for you. But on the plus side I now have my best friend home for the semester ( so I will have some great stories :) )

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I also met up with my old friend Elliot, who I used to work with a long time ago. He really motivated me at the gym, and is a jujitsu fighter so he taught me a couple things. You always need to know how to defend yourself in the city, especially girls remember that. Sadly we only started hanging out towards the end of break, and now I’m back at school. But who knows there might even be a little love interest there:) You’ll find out soon, keep reading!

 

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I even made some money over break. I worked like crazy, because we all know back to school can be expensive. ( the picture only has about 9 dollars in it haha). But I made more then that trust me. All and all I had a great winter break, with lots of laughter, adventures, and great memories. I’m going to miss everyone back home but I’ll be home. It’s never the same though ,once I’m back at school… But this semester hold a lot of crazy adventures and actives ,so stay tuned!

Xoxo Kailee