Category Archives: Fashion Events

The FIT Job Fair

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Each semester the Career and Internship Center hosts a job fair that has over fifty different companies and even more potential employers. Despite being a senior, I attended this fair for the first time yesterday.

Despite it being called a “job” fair, many companies are also looking for interns. Ralph Lauren and J.Crew were two companies that have programs set up for summers of rising seniors. Unfortunately, I am not eligible for these as I am going to be graduating, but it was extremely helpful to have this “practice run” and see not only which companies attend, but how their representatives interact with the students.

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Macy’s is always a popular table

The fair is very fast paced as there are usually lines, some quite long, to meet with one or two representatives for each company. For the most part it is a two to five minute conversation discussing your ideal department to be placed in, as well as the steps for applying. Having many copies of your resume is absolutely necessary as everyone you meet will take one and make notes on it to remember you. Having some examples of your work is a good idea. Although none of the employers asked to see mine, even when offered, those applying for design positions often were asked.

A nice touch is to bring your business cards with your email and a link to your online portfolio or website, although it is certainly not necessary.

–Emily–

Love Your Library: Disruptive Luxury

Hi Everyone,

Love Your Library is a series of events hosted by the FIT Gladys Marcus Library focusing on different aspects of the fashion industry. This year marks their 7th year of consecutive success and I was really impressed by the quality of their guest speakers. Last Wednesday I assisted Disruptive Luxury: 3D Printing for Fashion and Luxury Goods with the Designer Francis Bitonti who is known for the world’s first fully articulated 3-D Printed Gown for Dita Von Teese.

He covered everything from a brief history of his design studio, the future of the industry, and changes to both as a result of technologies like 3D printing. (His studio also offers free courses, check them out here)

Some of the things I took away:

  • 3D printing is so much more than rapid prototyping.
  • There is a shift on how content is created, language makes things and that language today is code.
  • Mathematical Models drive innovation.
  • We have to embrace computation as a creative media.
  • We should stop trying to reproduce what we already have.
  • 3D printing can be a Zero Waste Process.
  • We have a level and control of precision like never before seen in humankind.
  • There is a trend on making smaller printers not bigger.
  • In approximately 10 years the patents will die which will make the technology more widely available and less expensive.
  • The future is in our hands.

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Carpe Diem,

Sadie

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MPS in Global Fashion Management

Bonjour mes Amies,

This past week I got to practice my French with students from Paris and learn some Chinese words with students from Hong Kong. How did this all happen? One short answer: hard work and dedication (I said short, not easy). Let me explain myself, I received an email with the subject “To my Best Students (A Students)” from one of my incredible ITM professors inviting me to a seminar carefully crafted by Pamela Ellsworth the Chairperson of the Global Fashion Management Masters Program at FIT. When I read through the email and saw the list of guest speakers I realized I had struck gold with this opportunity. At the same time, I realized I had limited knowledge about this program’s offering, so here I have it for you (served on a silver platter).

  • FIT’s Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Global Fashion Management prepares emerging fashion executives for top managerial positions in the burgeoning international fashion industry.
  • Offered by FIT in collaboration with Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong and Institut Français de la Mode in Paris.
  • Intensive ten-day seminars on each campus, you will gain a comprehensive view of the interrelationships among the various segments of international fashion businesses and the technology that drives them.
  • The program focuses on leadership, cross-cultural understanding, and the global marketplace, you will graduate prepared to assemble and manage international teams of professionals within an organization, and to guide an organization through the unchartered waters of international business efficiently and profitably.
  • Is completed within 18-months. Class structure is interactive and flexible, and includes intensive seminars, online learning, guest speakers, and site visits.
  • open to candidates with a minimum of three years of professional experience in retail, design, marketing and merchandising, import/export, fashion journalism, or other related field.

Click here to find out more about an international education on three continents. Also their open house is coming up, be sure to register by clicking on the image.

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Some of the incredible guest speakers:

Bill McRaith, Chief Supply Chain Officer, PVH

Michael Appel, Retail Consultant

Paul Price, CEO, Creative Realites

Janice Sullivan, CEO, EDUN

Professor Sarah Labowitz, Stern School of Business, New York University

Inka Apter, Manager of Fabric Research and Development, Eileen Fisher

Leslie Singer, Professor, School of Visual Arts; Chief Creative Officer, Singer Salt

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Companies HATE change, but change has to be viewed as a positive thing. There are a lot of changes happening within the fashion industry.

Never take a defensive position against a threat, figure out how to get with it.

The new normal: majority of consumers plan to keep savings high & spending low.

Every company is a tech company.

3D printing has the ability to unleash your imagination, it is the most disruptive form of creative technology.

Meaning is the new luxury.

Not knowing is not an appropriate response in 2014.

In turmoil, we see opportunities.

Be fearless, be bold. Filter your own opportunities.

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The only thing we can be sure of about the future is that it will be absolutely fantastic.”

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes From the 6 Train: Applying Your Apps!

Last week I went to a networking event held by BRAG at LIM’s campus. Genevieve Ascencio, the head account manager at Factory PR. Factory PR is one of the premiere Public Relations in the fashion industry. A few of their clients are Marie Claire, Betsey Johnson, Diesel, Puma, Levi’s as well as a slew of other well known companies.

Genevieve told us her story about she stumbled into PR. She actually began studying economics at NYU and after graduating realized that she was no longer passionate about economics. Instead, she began working at her mother’s hair salon. While there, she digitized all of her mother’s files and started sending newsletter to all of their clients. Realizing she had a knack for soliciting more business through her newsletter she started interning at a PR firm and the rest is history. I like this story because it’s a reminder that you don’t have to spend your entire life ruled by your college degree. If you prepare enough, or have the skills, the world is yours.

Genevieve also made a list of the important apps for those interested in pursing a career in PR. (These can also be applied to other jobs in the fashion industry.)

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Cision: Cision is primarily used organize PR related information in an orderly manner. It has the ability to distribute press releases, manage PR campaigns, monitor news coverage and analyze results.

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FashionGPS: FashionGPS boasts about their ability to provides solutions for the global fashion industry. It hosts suite of products to assist fashion brands and PR agencies in tracking and managing samples, planing and executing events, hosting and managing media, and enabling communication with key contacts. Here’s a list of the various services they offer:

• GPS Samples (Internal and external sample inventory tracking and management)
• GPS Contacts (CRM tool)
• GPS Styles (Media hosting and distribution channel)
• Events GPS (Event management, RSVPs, check-in, interactive seating charts, RFID security)

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DropBox: This is a familiar app that many of you may use already. DropBox is used to store information. It is also an easy to share information with others. The best part is once saved to your particular DropBox account your infroamtion can be lost. DropBox for business has all of these functions plus admin controls, dedicated support, and all the space your company needs.

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HootSuite: is a social media management system for brand management. It enables the user to create one general post and send it out to all social media networks at the same time. The interface takes the form of a dashboard, and supports social network integration for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Foursquare,MySpace, WordPress, TrendSpottr and Mixi.

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Zkipster: Zkipster is a guest list app for non-ticketed event check-in at premieres, parties and galas, promotional events and conferences. It’s the first check-in app compatible on iOS, Android and Windows 8 platforms – offering secure real-time guest list management for public relations, event and meeting professionals.

It’s always nice to know what to expect/ what’s needed from an expert in the field. Going to learning events, such as this one, keeps you abreast of what’s going on in the industry before even officially entering it. Imagine how impressed a potential employer might be when you subtly drop hints about these apps when you’re at your next interview. Keep striving.

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

Fake it till you Make it. NYFW Edition

Hey Guys,

So as you were ALL well aware of New York Fashion week was held at Lincoln Center from September 4th-11th. Not only was that THE thing to do but it was the major theme for parties, events, magazines and obviously your news feed. I’m here to let you in on a little secret anyone can be someone (literally ANYONE, yeah I know you also know those people)  at MBFW with a little help from the old quote: FAKE IT, till you MAKE IT. Really my friends, all it takes is some makeup, dressing up like your life depended on it (and here at FIT we have that pinned down to perfection) and standing for 15 mins outside of Lincoln Center. Instantly you become someone who people want to take pictures of and think they are striking gold. Don’t get me wrong this is very fun to do (read on and I’ll tell you about my experience) but the real action happens backstage, not out there with the fashionistas, bloggers and all sorts of wannabes (sorry, had to say it). The only way to get a glimpse of action is through FIT and then network your way up.

  • My 1st fashion week (February 2011): I had just moved into the dorms and I started school. Walking through the hallways I noticed a bulletin board (keep your eye on those) with a sign that said NYFW volunteers wanted. There was a set date and time where you would sign up for the shows you wanted according to your schedule. I signed up for Zang Toi, Ruffian, Daniel Vosovic and Risto as a dresser, and can honestly say my dreams were starting to come true. In less than a week I was already working inside the tents with recognized designers and got to fill up a second row seat that was empty because it would make the runway look bad (pure luck). Right now, I should warn you about how very intense and secretive these people are I had to legit sign a NDA just to be able to volunteer with them (crazy right?). During those opportunities I got as much Intel as I could and networked my buttocks (you know what I mean, haha) off. This way I got to be asked again to work during next fashion week, needless to say that and my work ethics got me in again.180550_10150092218986751_6605557_n 180854_10150092209261751_4792358_n 182264_10150092217186751_7380738_n179823_10150092223206751_5400948_n
  • My 2nd fashion week (September 2011): This time I worked with the events sponsored by PLITZ Fashion Marketing Group and United Colors of Fashion by supporting back- and front-of-the-house efforts and planning and executing silent auction, including assemblage of gift bags at their Annual Gala (sounds very resume material and that’s right, just copy pasted it from there). Other than that I did do dressing again and of course more networking. I could’ve signed up through FIT but my schedule was a bit tough to make it even though they do them during common hours (Tue&Thur no one has class between 1-2pm).424532_10150527592636751_1018841098_n 473046c6-2f03-11e3-9b16-22000aa40fde-large 321435_10150284534086751_1132163157_n 315323_10150284531636751_2133955038_n
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  • My 4th fashion week (September 2013): Enough with the volunteering! By now, I was well aware that I deserved to see a show or at least enjoy having a gift bag instead of making one. Even if my previous experiences were valuable I wanted to experience the “glamour” of it. With my roommates almost forcing me to go I accepted to go with them and have my fame. Indeed, 15 minutes later I was starting in a video and people were asking to take my pictures. Mind you, I’m NO one in terms of fashion moguls, editors or buyers but yet it seemed like they couldn’t get enough of me. Shutters clicking everywhere and I knew it was my time to leave, I couldn’t keep pretending (haha those poor people) and wasting their time. So everyone knows it by: INVITATION ONLY, right? Well NOPE it’s not. Living proof here. I dressed all in black as volunteers are supposed to (plan B) and just walked through those doors with an all deserving attitude to find myself inside with less than a glance by security. Long story short, I got my hair done at the Tresemme Salon, free gift bags from Ebay and fashion magazines, free ice cream, pictures and drinks and more. I was about to get into a show but what the heck it was never going to be second row like the first time. Instead I went ahead and swam in all my free stuff.

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  • This fashion week I stayed home and avoided everything altogether (seems kind of weird, doesn’t it?) I did post for my website InfoModaRD about the Dominican Models that were spotted on the Runway this time. Though, my new take on fashion week is exactly what Suzy Menkes describes in The Circus of Fashion, “something has been lost in a world where the survival of the gaudiest is a new kind of dress parade.” I did see people lining up and camping out to get into the volunteer signups at FIT. My recommendation to you is do it once because it is a learning experience, of course if you can. If you are uncertain just check out the designers and opportunities before you make that line. Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 10.48.16 PMAnyways just remember, whether you fake it till you make it or go flaunt your stuff all over Lincoln Center be wise before you answer any questions. Or you might just end up looking like this:

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

 

 

Blush Magazine Launch Party

As you may know, one of my favorite parts about FIT is being involved in clubs and activities on campus.  Blush Magazine is a fashion and beauty magazine on campus completely created by students, from the articles, to the layout, to the photography.  Yesterday evening, the magazine hosted their launch party along with the release of the second issue, the spring 2014 issue.  I highly recommend joining Blush to anyone interested in the fashion magazine side of things.  It looks great on a resume and you meet some of the greatest people at FIT in Blush.  We meet on Tuesdays in B736 during common hour: 1-2pm.  Here are some pictures from the launch party!  Hope to see you all soon at an upcoming meeting!

FIT students holding up the spring 2014 issue of Blush Magazine at the Launch Party

FIT students holding up the spring 2014 issue of Blush Magazine at the Launch Party

Lip & Lash Bar at Blush Magazine's Launch Party

Lip & Lash Bar at Blush Magazine’s Launch Party

A Sephora Giveaway Raffled at the Launch Party

A Sephora Giveaway Raffled at the Launch Party

xx,
Ashley

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.

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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.

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.

Notes From the 6 Train:


A few weeks ago, I went to the Black Student Union 24| 7ashion show last week. According to the FIT club page, the black student union is an “organization that brings together African American students and other students of African descent to promote black culture and international awareness within FIT and the surrounding community.” Though the BSU is an organization geared towards promoting black culture on campus the show was a far cry from a solely black fashion show. There was diversity in the every aspect of the show from models, designers and even the entertainment of the evening.

As opposed the stereotypical 6’2 models, we were greeted with models heights as diverse as (something diverse) and the models were all the shades of the skin colored crayon box. The models weren’t the only element of the show that was diverse. The music wasn’t the typical mod, upbeat, entrancing music usually played at fashion shows. Instead, there was a live band that played to the side of the stage while the models strut. The band had a wide range of musical stylings ranging from classic Aaliyah to more sultry music, enhancing the feel of the collections. 

Amanda Seales, from MTV’s “Girl Code” was the host, and she was great. Anyone who attends shows (fashion, music, comedy, etc.) knows just how important the host is. If they are obviously nervous or unable to interact with crowd, it can really change the whole energy of the show.

Although, the BSU’s fashion show was full of unexpected surprises, what I liked most about the show was that it gave non-design majors an opportunity to showcase their work. This fashion show was open to any FIT student, regardless of major. Many FIT students have an affinity towards different areas within the fashion industry. It’s amazing just how multifaceted and talented the FIT student body, and it’s beautiful when everyone has the opportunity to showcase their art.

Congratulations to Eva Mohrman, Brian Kessler, Mark Johnson, Cassandra Carrasquillo, Steven Ricketts, Karla McCormicks, all the other designers and everyone else who helped to make organize such a nice event!

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.