For my first blog post I wanted to focus on European street style and art, as people watching and visiting museums are two of my favorite things to do. Fashion and art go hand in hand, influencing the way we look at the world and how we present ourselves in it. With this post I wanted to push the boundaries by comparing photos I took this past month of street style in Florence and Paris and compare it to Medieval, Pre-Renaissance, and Renaissance works of art I took at Galleria degli Uffizi and Musée du Louvre.
People watching and street style is definitely different in Europe than in New York and there are also significant differences between Florence and Paris. I find in Florence there is more a classic, elegant, feel to the way people dress, and more of a focus on menswear. People aren’t experimenting with crazy trends, but rather sticking with foolproof basics. I find that I am drawn to what older people are wearing rather than the younger Florentines. Paris on the other hand is much more fashion forward, while still having a strong focus on classic pieces. Here you can see younger Parisians wearing looks which are inspiring the trends as well as older couples casually elegant. In Paris I saw a nonchalance about their style, a genuine representation of their personality which never comes off as trying too hard. There is something really effortless about European style. In Paris, more of an edgy, grittier effortless look, while in Florence it’s a little more clean and traditional.
With such a strong presence of art in both cities and fantastic museums, I wanted to try and show you a glimpse of the street style while taking advantage of all the artwork! I hope this provides a creative perspective to the daily looks we see on the street, and that you enjoy it.
P.S. don’t forget to click each image to see a larger version if you’d like
Welcome parents, friends, prospective students, and FIT fans! We are the FIT in Florence Study Abroad Blog here to give you a bit of insight into life in Italy as an FIT student. Over the course of the year our bloggers post about day to day life, events, and their own personal perspective as to what Study Abroad is to them.
Ciao da Firenze! A month into the semester and we are getting ready to start sharing our Florentine memories and inspirations through the FIT blog platform!
Within these first few weeks of getting settled in and into a schedule, I have gotten a taste of Florence and am looking forward to expanding on my experiences so far. The city’s energy is rich with history, art, and culture, which I am trying to take in and appreciate as much as possible. One of my professors said “in Florence, always look up,” the architecture is beautiful and filled with details, such as on the roofs, the buildings, and around the windows, etc. and it’s the little things like this which I have been appreciating so far about the city.
The sound of coffee cups clinking against saucers as you walk by cafes, the smell of warm pastries, bread, and focaccia floating through the air with the sound of Italian rolling off the tongues of people enjoying the late summer/early fall days….. These are a few of my favorite things and I look forward to seeing what else this semester has to offer with FIT in Florence. 🙂
Ciao! It’s Miyah! It’s almost Week 7 that I’ve been living in Florence, Italy! It has truly been great and challenging at the same time, these past few weeks. Although I am still adjusting and getting used to this new life, I wouldn’t trade this chapter of my life for ANYTHING else. I am also super excited for the FIT blog to start!
I wanted to approach my point of view on studying abroad in Florence in a different way for this first introduction post, by sharing my Top 3 Moments/Highlights (for the sake of time)!
Siena and San Gimignano
A hot summer day spent in the steep streets of Siena and San Gimignano, is a day well spent! I loved the family-oriented vibes, mini parades, cool vintage vendors and of course, gelato!
Scandicci Design Lab
I am a fashion design major and a lot of my time is spent in sewing studios and labs. I have three out of seven classes, (Design Studio I, Materials and Construction and Textiles for the Fashion Designer), that are held at the Polimoda Scandicci Design Lab every week. I can say I spend about 20-23 hours a week at the Design Lab. I mean who wouldn’t? It’s beautiful, calm, clean (most of the time) and very sleek.
Academic Trip to Paris – Christian Dior Exhibition Yes, I know this is NOT in Florence, but had I not been studying abroad in Florence, I would’ve never been to Paris to see this magical exhibition. Words do not do justice for how amazing and perfectly curated the Christian Dior Exhibition was. I will never forget this experience.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” — Mary Oliver
3 Things I Plan To Accomplish
1) Become fluent in Italian
2) Develop the next level of craftsmanship with sewing and draping
3) Successfully ending my first and second semester with greater knowledge on fashion,
art, history and design
The days of dreaming of living in Italy have finally come true. Not just any city in Italy but the one filled with the most history, art, and culture – Florence. And it still doesn’t seem real when I walk down the streets and I see the Vespas running with full speed, the cheese man outside of his shop gossiping with the neighbor, the fruit and vegetable stand selling the sweetest figs and juiciest grapes. It’s something about the way of life here that makes it seem as if you have stepped into another world – one where the clock does not exist and everyone lives in perfect harmony. It’s true what they say about studying abroad – it changes you completely, forever almost. And I can already feel myself becoming a whole new person.
I’ve taken up an apartment on the other side of the river, the Oltrarno, where locals frequent the delicious artisanal restaurants, and there is an abundance of small specialized shops. The best part of living on this side, though, is crossing the Ponte Carraia every single morning on the way to class, when the sun is coming into full glory and I can spot the Ponte Vecchio just one bridge down. Although I said the dream of living in Italy has come true – it still feels like I’m dreaming.
Nearly 272 days ago I embarked on the journey of a lifetime, one that has undoubtedly changed my life for the better and has opened my eyes to see the world and all that it has to offer. And nearly four months ago, I wrote you a post titled, “It’s Not Goodbye.” As I sit here once again at the end of a semester here in Florence, I cannot put into words how grateful I am for having this experience and being able to share it with all of you reading. If I have reached out to just one person who is thinking about studying abroad, will be studying abroad, or is planning to in the future, then my job is complete.
Although my days in my beloved Firenze are numbered, I am certain that once again, this is not goodbye and just a mere “a dopo”, or “see you later!” My second semester seemed to fly by even quicker (if that’s possible) and once again, brought me more memories and experiences that I will surely cherish forever!
So, here’s to all of the memories that made me laugh, cry, a better person, and allowed me to appreciate this beautiful world some of us are lucky enough to explore.
For one last time, here are my Five Firenze memories…
Five Firenze Memories Venice Carnevale
As part of a Florence Abroad Student Activities Club (FASA) event, we went to Venice Carnevale at the beginning of the semester and it certainly set the scene for the semester ahead. Even though that was my third time going to Venice at that point, I still think of it as a point where all the year and spring students could merge together. Also, there was something truly spectacular about being able to attend Carnevale (and wear our handmade masks we created back in November!)
Milan and Como
Our semester 5-day long academic trip to Milan and Lake Como was eventful. Once again, it was one of the first times all the year and spring students could merge together, since having different class schedules could prevent us all from seeing each other. We had some great visits including a trip to see the Manolo Blahnik exhibit, Armani Silos exhibit, and the White Trade Show. We also had an exciting visit to Lake Como, where we tried our best to have a George Clooney sighting, but also got to visit a silk factory.
Fiorentina Soccer Game
This semester we were able to attend yet another event right here in Florence. For another FASA event, in mid-March we went to the Fiorentina v. Cagliari game. It was a fun match to watch, especially since this time Fiorentina scored in the last minute of the game! So by a margin of 1-0, the home team won and the crowd went crazy.
FD Final Exhibition
The Fashion Design Year 2 students have worked so hard all year to prepare for their final exhibition, which is located at the Stibbert Museum here in Florence. Their final garments and portfolios are displayed, with the addition of Fashion Design 1 and History of Western Costume. This year’s theme was Imaginific, which was based on a inspiration between dreams and reality. Special guest Mr. James Ferragamo attended the ceremony and all the students work was amazing! It is a true honor to be amongst such talent and creativity.
End of Year Dinner
The End of Year Dinner was held at Obicà Mozarella and it was so surreal to say our goodbyes to those friends and professors we have made over the past semester or year. We also received our amazing Yearbook created by our co-editors Aria and Nyna. It was a great night to end what has been an incredible year abroad!
There is so much to be said how this experience has changed my life and it seems surreal that is has come and gone so quickly. A huge thank you to my family and friends who have always supported my dreams 100%. I so look forward to my next adventure. And to everyone at FIT in Florence…Grazie mille for making my abroad experience what it was. I look forward to making more memories with you all in New York! And lastly, to you all for reading. It has been a pleasure blogging for you and capturing all these experiences. I will say Ciao for now, but I have confidence that we will all see each other again one day.