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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
  • My 3rd fashion week (February 2013): I got invited to the David Tlale show a designer who I met volunteering for UCOF and was his first presentation in MBFW. Turns out networking really paid off!537087_10151236019446751_2030838615_n
  • 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

 

 

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My friend Lynda

Hi there,

Today I’m featuring my friend Lynda, this girl has been with me since the day I started at FIT (even if I don’t hang out with her a lot). Lynda always comes home with me after class and is readily available to teach me anything and everything out there (some kind of friendship, huh?). Just one click away after logging in to MyFit you can find under web resources the link to Lynda.

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Lynda.com is a web resource that makes any doubt or insecurity about you doing something software related vanish. This website through infinite tutorials (2,729 courses and 122,000 tutorials) allows you to “learn what you want, when you want, from our entire library.” You can even build your own custom playlist according to theme, software name or what you want to watch later. It helps you achieve your personal and professional goals only one click away. Thanks to FIT you get free access to this incredible tool that gives you a certificate of completion for each course viewed that you can show to potential employers.

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If you are like me and have taken one design course (because obviously I’m a business major and can only draw stick figures) Lynda, my friend will aid you in accomplishing what you thought impossible. This way, I can graduate with ample (or essential haha, really up to you) knowledge in both fields, design and business. As it turns out, I have decided to learn to use InDesign CS6 this summer through the full course they offer. I’m also going to create a logo for my personal project with Lynda’s help (which I will share sometime, hopefully soon).

FB_LiSo as their co-founder said:

What you put into it, is what you get out of it.

Learning is living.

Carpe Diem,

Sadie

Fashion Advice from the Famous

As one of the world’s foremost fashion philosopher-sociologist-historian-genius, I thought I’d breakdown some of the most famous slices of wisdom from the leaders of the fashion world. (Ed note: I haven’t heard back from the board of directors of fashion geniuses of the world about my self-proclaimed title, but I’m sure they’re fine with it).

“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.”

— Coco Chanel

Now I’m not one to restrict anyone’s accessory affinity, I myself have been collecting rings from my travels and my fingers have filled up very quickly. However, I think of this more as look at yourself before you leave and remove anything that could interfere with your activities for the day. The fashion industry is all about getting work done and getting it done quickly. Personally, I have given up on bracelets (especially bangles) because all you hear all day is loud clacking as they bang against your desk when you type. Extremely infuriating. If the hat won’t stay on your head when it’s windy – ditch it. Basically, don’t wear anything that is going to require more time to deal with than it takes to put it on in the morning.

“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”

—Kate Moss

Completely untrue. Have you never been to Shake Shack? Or eaten a burrito before? I mean hello, CHOCOLATE. End of story.

“You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.”

—Edith Head

I mean we are in the business of fashion people, this shouldn’t really be much of a shocker. It is important in any aspect of life to convince people you are whatever they need. As much as we try not to judge a book solely by it’s cover, that cover is the first message, and sometimes the only message, seen. Don’t waste an opportunity, be convincing.

“Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life.”

—Bill Cunningham

Let’s face it, fashion is a luxury. All that is necessary is something to keep you warm when it snows and protect you from the sun when it’s hot. Anything you want for the sake of having it is a luxury. It has been said that Vogue magazine is meant to create aspirational dreams, not be a catalog for the everyday woman, and that is what fashion is – an aspirational, dream-like distraction. Fashion is supposed to be fun because it’s fun to pick what you wear and how people will see you today! Did people wearing the Mao suit look like they were having fun? Embrace the frivolity of fashion.

“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.”

—Lauren Hutton

Fashion designers do not determine style, they influence it. Style can only be created by the individual, that is what makes it so exciting to see someone with truly great style. If one designer determined style all you would have to do is dress head to toe in that label, but you don’t see anyone on the best dressed lists wearing head to toe Michael Kors or even Saint Laurent. Not to get to in depth with the trickle-up vs. trickle-down theories, but it is obvious in our current fashion climate that designers are taking much of their inspiration from the streets and the boundaries of who is who is influencing whom are blurred. Fashion trends fade, but style is eternal, right Yves?

“A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste—it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.”

—Diana Vreeland

With all the stuff available in fashion now, it is easy for clothing to start looking homogenous. Staying relevant in fashion is all about being new and different (even though we all know fashion runs on an ever quickening pendulum of trends that is catching up to us). I love people who can dress totally kooky and be completely confident. They make my life more interesting just by existing. Vreeland captured this spirit perfectly in her famed “Why Don’t You” column for Harper’s Bazaar. The worst thing you could be in fashion is boring.

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(and lastly, my personal favorite:)

“People will stare. Make it worth their while.”

—Harry Winston

–Emily–

All work No play

Hi again everyone! So on Saturday I was asked to show more of my work now from a lot of people, mostly students. I can’t show too much because well professors don’t like that for the classes and I can’t have anyone steeling my brilliant ideas! SO every once in a while you will get a backstage pass to ” a life of an interior design student at FIT” ( That’s right I am an interior design student and I am alive haha).

hhThis first image is a quick idea I did on Revit. For those of you who don’t know what Revit is, it’s a 3D design program made by the same producers of AUTOCAD, both these programs work hand in hand. You will learn AUTOCAD your second semester and REVIT your third, so before that it’s all by hand.

 

unnamedThis is a perspective drawing, you will learn this in your second semester. perspectives are 3D drawings focusing on two or more walls. To make these drawings you will take your drafting equipment and two vanishing points…. I can’t tell you that much :) You will have to wait to take the class. P.S every teacher switches there plans, so it may look similar to things I may post on here, but trust me it’s not so nothing can be copied here and that’s the only reason I am posting it.

I hope you enjoyed your little sneak peek, now it’s time to get back to work for me!

Xoxo,

Kailee

 

Snow Snow go away

So in New Jersey right now we have over a foot of snow, crazy right? It looks like we are getting more this weekend too. So I thought I would give everyone some tips to stay busy.

Obviously you can sit around and watch movies all day or do homework but that’s not fun. To me it is a waste of the day, of course I had to shovel my house and cars out with my dad for half the day but when I got inside I needed something to keep me occupied. SO I went on Pinterest and looked up recipes and workouts ( Yes, I said workouts) .

kkThis is a great exercise for your legs and your abs, you don’t even need to use the free weights. I did about 100 of these and did I feel the burn. After shoveling and doing this I felt like I couldn’t move anymore.

bytThis is another awesome leg/ butt workout, I started by watching a movie on TV and on every commercial I tried to do as many as I could before the movie came back on. I did almost 600! It doesn’t feel hard at first but after a while you will definitely feel it.

lolThis is great for sculpting your abs and butt, remember anyone can do these exercises you just have to get motivated. It maybe snowing but summer and spring beak is right around the corner!

I also found a great recipe for a chocolate peanut butter smoothie, the healthy version!

This chocolaty smoothie is made with Greek yogurt and chocolate soy milk, both of which are rich in calcium, which is great for your bones in this cold weather. There’s also spinach, bananas and cashews, which helps all the ladies with cramps and relieves bloating! Then throw in some avocado and your ready to go! This was the best smoothie I ever had in my life, the ingredients don’t sound the best but just trust me on this one and try it!

So as you can see I’m still maintaining my healthy life style even on the snowiest of days! You can too, just think of how much more energy you will have for school! What are you doing on this snowy day? Anything fun?

Xoxo Kailee

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Student Exhibitions

Hey guys, sorry I’ve been AWOL but moving back home for the holidays is one lengthy process (specially when you only have two suitcases to pack your entire life).

One thing I really love about FIT is that your work gets showcased throughout school (yep, we get to show off how amazing we are ALL the time).  Countless hours, sleepless nights and all that effort you put into creating that final piece or project takes center stage during the last weeks of the semester. Even though FIT is always dressed up in our incredible students works of art at the end of every semester the School of Art and Design puts up several exhibits open to the public (where you can completely brag about your awesome invention).

This time I visited the Fashion Design AAS Exhibition Inspired by the American Folk Art Museum, which was up for four days at FIT’s John E. Reeves Great Hall. Unfortunately we weren’t able to take pictures (even though I sneaked a few shots, in respect to others work I decided not to post them) but I found a teaser video by Prof. Michael Cokkinos of the Advertising and Marketing Department at FIT. Click here to watch.

Carpe Diem, (even if it means having to jump three times on your suitcase before closing it, due to holiday shopping)

Sadie

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.

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Fun, Fearless, Fashion!

The Fashion Career Summit hosted by the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Cosmopolitan Magazine was held last Saturday at the Hearst Tower. Luckily, I got to volunteer there and it was one of the most exciting events that I’ve ever been to in my three years at FIT. This inspiring day-long conference was about all the different careers within the Fashion Industry and how to get where you want to be. It was broken down into seven sessions such as A Life in Fashion, Career Boot Camp, and others with panelists who are power players from all across the industry. This educational yet fabulous event ended up with a networking reception and make-up application by beauty advisors from Lancôme.

Survival Kit

Ashley already shared her experience as an attendee of this event, and you can read more about it here. Now, I’m going to share my VIP backstage pass experience (aka volunteering it’s relative haha) with all of you. To begin with, to work this event you had to be interviewed by the Senior Director of Special Projects at Cosmopolitan Mag. I was really scared and intimidated by the thought of it (because let’s face it we have all watched the Devil Wears Prada), and I was expecting this to be like all the gossip I’ve heard around campus as to how bad it is to work for a fashion magazine. Turns out I was surprisingly wrong, and every single person I worked with that day could’ve not been more amazing and helpful (seriously considering interning there now).

 

The day of, we were supposed to be in all black (traditionally) with comfortable yet chic shoes. The day started with breakfast (yup this includes volunteers too) and registration. It was followed by panels which I got to attend too (technically I got to be at the event for free) but with the perks that I was allowed at the Green Room, the place all the panelists met before the show. Here I met Cynthia Rowley (with whom I fell in love when she said, there should be less internships and more entry-level jobs in the industry), Isaac Mizrahi, Jimmy Lepore Hagan, Kelly McCauley amongst others.

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Silvia Galfo, SVP Marketing Lancome

Jenn Rogien, Costume Designer Girls & Orange is the New Black

 

 

Cynthia Rowley

Cynthia Rowley, Designer

At noon we had a break for lunch where we had pre-packed lunch boxes for us with three different options (the chocolate chip cookies were to die for). The panels went on after and I got to see them from a flat screen that was placed in a lounge area for volunteers outside the theater (they really treated us tip-top). When the networking reception was amongst us a table with all the desserts you could imagine was set up, including cookies, CRUMBS cupcakes and delicious mini-pies.desserts tableThis was the time to get your make-up done and take a selfie for the opportunity to win a $1,500 career wardrobe.

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Jimmy Lepore Hagan, Director of Digital Media at Nanette Lepore

All the ladies and gents there were having a blast because they even had a DJ spinning the best tunes, and you could see business cards flowing from hand to hand.

 

At the end, everyone got a gift bag (yes, even we did!) full of goodies. I for one, couldn’t wait to open it when I got home. Turns out it was INCREDIBLE! We got an American Eagle Denim shirt or sweater, a $25 Macy’s gift card, a $50 Nanette Lepore gift card, a 15% discount for Cynthia Rowley Eyewear, latest Cosmo Issue, Lancome eyelash curler, mascara and eyeliner and so much more (the event was $35 so I’ll let you do the math).

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Necia and Me, FIT representing

Truth is, this event is very much needed all around the world I would say. Everyone that knows me knows how passionate I am about education so being able to attend this event and help in this sector meant a lot to me. I want people to know that there is SO much more in fashion than being a designer or stylist (no offense there), and this event was all about eliminating misconceptions and guiding people through all the careers out there. It was about educating the future leaders in the fashion industry (me included), so keep an eye out for next year. In the meanwhile, check out all the different majors we offer at FIT here.

Carpe Diem,

me

Step+Repeat

Sadie