Dover Street Market

Who knew a t-shirt could be $500?

That was just one of my thoughts today as I marveled with ooos and ahhhs at Dover Street Market. Our professor had mentioned this place numerous times before stating it was very trendy and fashion forward. We walked down a few streets and stopped at an unassuming building.

“Dover Street,” my professor pointed out.

I was surprised. The building looked so ordinary and definitely nothing like a high-class shopping haven. But once I stepped in, it was almost like I was in fashion heaven… 7 floors to be exact.

Each floor showcased different racks of clothing and interesting interior design. I definitely saw tons of black and white, fur, leather, plaid, quilting, wool, sheer materials and more (just to name a few). There were designers like Phoebe English, Comme des Garcons, and Junya Watanabe.

Phoebe English had some incredible latex crop tops. and 90% all-sheer blouses; I felt like these creations were very futuristic and in a way, impractical, but very beautiful in their own right.

Comme des Garcons had amazing plaid blouses that felt as smooth as butter against my fingertips. Bright vibrancies of green, red and blue passed my eyes. Straight silhouettes with ruffles at the wrist… ahh everything was so detail oriented; I loved it.

Junya Watanabe had interesting patches of mixed fabrics all over the clothing from shirts to denim jeans. There were zippers and sequins intricately over the items too. Definitely a lot of black.

But then I saw it… this was certainly a dream. In the store were authentic Prada clothes, shoes and purses.The leather was the realest I’ve felt (oh gosh I sound like such a fangirl). Just overall, it was amazing to know I was touching Prada… a brand I’d always seen online and in high fashion magazines.

Unfortunately this was a very expensive dream of mine. There were coats for $1,785 and hats for $400. I won’t burden you, as I did myself, with these pricing details (insert melancholy emoji here).

Overall, it was an amazing experience and store. Next time you’re in New York City and have got some time to spare when you’re not trying to catch your train or run off to a meeting, check out the Dover Street Market… just don’t look at the price tags.

Stay peachy my fruit friends!

XOXO, The Style Saviour

BANG

Sneaker. What’s the first image that pops into your mind? Hm… maybe a pair of Converse or Vans… maybe some Nike high tops. But there’s a new image that needs to be a part of that “sneaker compilation”: Bangs Shoes.

Today we had a guest speaker come in to talk about her start-up company centered on sneakers. To be honest, I always imagined guest speakers as these really qualified but unrelatable people who’ve gone on to do amazing things that I just can’t really connect myself with. Obviously, I respect them with every ounce of my body but there’s just something about them that makes me not want to pay attention 100%. But when this lady named Hannah entered, she totally lit up the dull classroom. This confident lady had a message and she intended on letting us know.

She started a company (Bangs Shoes) that is a for-profit organization that sells shoes to help people in need. She was inspired by the shoes she saw workers in China wearing and knew there was something special about their aesthetic after she got multiple compliments from wearing a pair. She decided to start her own company and use the profits to help individuals from struggling countries like Cambodia, India or Nicaragua. Her idea definitely inspired me to be a better person who can use success to assist others. Also, I loved the fact that in such a capitalist society she chose to create a business not based on selfish profit but something that looked out for the bettering of a whole global society.

Definitely check out Bangs Shoes at their website or Instagram!

Stand for something.

XOXO, The Style Saviour

Embrace Your Inner Photographer (1st Week of Classes)

Oh my gosh, one week of FIT classes has gone by, can you believe it? I know I can’t, it seems to be flying by! I knew I was coming into the first day not in the best of ways due to jetlag, but I came with all my energy and most fashionable clothing to give a good impression. While painting has been relaxing, I can’t hide the fact that I’m really enjoying photography.

I’m finally getting the opportunity to use a professional camera, learning the basics, and shooting in the streets of NYC.

Here are some of my favorite shots taken throughout the week. I hope everyone enjoyed their first week of classes as much as I did, and I can’t wait for the next week.LeavesTaxiBikesSpeed

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P.S. If any of you have general questions about college and the application process, don’t be afraid to ask me; I will try my best to help and answer your questions! ^_^

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Chloe

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Taking courses:
HPH 159  Digital Camera Use and Photography for the Beginner

HFA 141 Cityscapes

I am scared. Despite the brave face I’ve put on, I don’t think I’ve ever been more nervous in my life. Change is good and well needed, but keeping up with all the endings and new beginnings going on at the moment is crazy.

Hello everyone, my name is Chloe Tso, and I am a 17 years old girl from Long Island, NY. I’m sorry the intro is very serious, but you should know a lot is in store for me within the next few months. High school has just ended, all my friends are going off on their own paths, and I am going to be a freshman at Binghamton University this September. As you can imagine, a range of emotions and thoughts are racing through my mind. The scheduled life I’ve followed for five years is no more, and the typical “see you next year” doesn’t work anymore. This transitional period of my life is daunting, yet exciting for me.

While I am excited to start the summer program at FIT, to add on to new beginnings, these are the first art classes I’ll be taking since 7th grade. Shocking, I know! For anyone taking the Cityscape and Beginner Photography class, I’m excited to meet you. When I entered high school, I made the difficult decision to put art behind music. Now that I’ve become a decent cello player, I thought it was time to explore my art skills and improve them. I hope to transform the doodles in my notebook and the photos from my Instagram into something more.

The pressures from the start of college will plague my mind, but I’ve decided to enter this program as I will enter college: with an open mind. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know what I want to major in, but I’ve learned to accept and embrace it. The purpose of classes is to experience them firsthand and expose myself to the various fields. I could go off to become a famous photographer, or maybe I’ll decide to go into engineering, but every experience contributes to my future and knowledge. While there is much uncertainty surrounding my future, I know one thing for sure: I am excited for the summer and the FIT program!

 Chloe

Getting inspired at the MET!

Hi everyone!

Last Wednesday, my Precollege class took a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Despite the fact that the subways were the equivalent of a sauna, I had an amazing time.

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Finished Inspiration Board

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My favorite design by Charles James

photo 4 The purpose of our field trip was to get inspired by the designer Charles James by looking at some of his work. After looking at many of his beautiful designs we were to design an inspiration board that would help a perfumer to decipher what type of smell we would want our perfume to have. Walking into the costume exhibit to look at some of Charles James’ designs was a little overwhelming. He had so many beautiful and elegant designs I was in love.

After leaving the museum my partner and I decided that since Charles James designed many dark and sophisticated gowns our perfume should have an “elegant nighttime” feel to it. In the end we decided we would have to incorporate amber, lavender and a floral smell to make the perfume have that perfect elegant, girly feel to it.

When we were at the museum I took pictures of my favorite dresses to share with you all and I will also add in a picture of our finished inspiration board.

“In fashion even what seems most fragile must be built on cement” ~ Charles James

Until next time,

Nicole