Style Influence Through Celebrities

Everyone has their own unique sense of style, and although many people are extremely different, there has to be at least one source of inspiration for everyone. I get the majority of mine from blogs, which led me to create one of my own: The City Closet. I love how blogger style’s aren’t “made-up” and are more like street style and what they wear day-to-day to class, or just to get coffee.

The topic of inspiration goes along perfectly with the project I just finished for my fabric styling class. (I’ve talked about the project before it was to choose a celebrity, most likely one that inspires your style and create a few boards: a color board, style board, and celebrity profile board.) I chose Alexa Chung, who is my all time favorite celebrity style inspiration. Alexa uses menswear style inspiration, but still manages to keep a feminine silhouette. For my project I still wanted to keep her style but wanted to “push the bar” just a bit. Alexa rarely incorporates grunge into her looks so I made sure to incorporate more grunge in my boards but still keeping her feminine yet masculine style.

Here are my three boards:
This is my color board. I tried to show neutral colors but also muted colors like the soft reds and greens. Aside from neutrals Alexa wears a lot of black and white which is why I made the girl in the black and white ensemble the main focal point.
 
This is my celebrity profile board which I kept simple. I added supergas because Alexa’s the spokesperson for them, a 24 Hour Catwalk ad since she’s the host, and a Vogue logo because Alexa is one of the contributing editors at British Vogue. She’s British if you didn’t know by the way!
 
This is the style board where I chose pieces that I would style Alexa in if I were her stylist. Like I said, I incorporated pretty, lace blouses but also “grungy” plaid shirts and leather jackets to balance the two different styles out. Most of all I added that mix of denim in the upper right hand corner because Alexa wears A LOT of denim which looked great against the polka dot background.
 
 
Who is your celebrity style icon?
 
Fashionably Truly,
Michaela

How to Spend Your Time on Breaks

When we’re not in class for 3 hours learning about the stuff we love, you can find us, Precollege students, on break. Now, that’s either our 15-20 min break during class or 1 hour break for lunch. After countless “breaks” I have gathered my favorite places to hang out on campus, eat and shop:

These are the places I hang out on campus, for your free time when you have a few minutes left before you need to head back to class and don’t want to rush from 5 blocks away:

  • the cafeteria, specifically if you want a quick snack or something to drink
  • if it’s a nice day outside, hang out on the benches across from the B&N bookstore or on the tables and chairs across from the Feldman (C) building
  • there’s always something going on at FIT, walk over to the Pomerantz (D) building and take a look at all of the presentations in the lobby

Best places to grab a bite to eat:

  • Starbucks / 7th ave between 27th and 28th st.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts / 7th ave between 26th and 27th ave
  • Gigi Cafe /  7th Ave between 27th & 28th st.
  • Brgr / 7th ave between 26th and 27th street
  • Rosa’s Pizza / 7th ave W 27th
  • Panera / 7th ave between 28th and 29th st.

And of course, shopping:

  • Buffalo Exchange / W.26th between 7th and 6th ave
  • American Apparel / 7th Ave. between 29th & 30th st.
  • Style Shop / located in FIT’s Dubinsky (A) building / I’m telling you they really do have good stuff and aren’t even that expensive!
  • If you have enough time, walk up to 34th street to go to stores like Forever 21, H&M, Zara, Macys

Enjoy!

Fashionably Truly,

Michaela

 

How to Balance FIT and School

If you’re reading this you more than likely take Precollege classes at FIT, or are considering it. With this, we all have one thing in common (other than the obvious), which is that we have to go to high school five days a week as well. As we all know, high school is not a breeze and is extremely stressful most of the time. After being in Precollege classes for three semesters and having experienced the hassle of completing a report for FIT due on Saturday and trying to study for the 2 tests, a quiz and powerpoint due for regular school on Friday, it can be alot. So, here are the things I do to try to balance the two:

  • Set a day during the week to dedicate your time to do FIT work, for me, I choose Fridays. I just feel like Friday is a good day because I don’t have to worry about high school work since I have all weekend to do it. Just don’t leave all your work for one Friday! Span it over a few Fridays,
  • Use your class time. If you’re falling a little behind on, say, your mood board, then maybe consider staying back on your 20 min break to catch up. Sacrifices. Sacrifices.
  • Have fun while you’re doing your work for FIT! You’re at FIT for a reason, and you probably like what you’re doing so in the end, work shouldn’t seem like work!

Hopefully those tips helped! I know I will be using my own tips with two different projects due in two weeks for both my FIT classes. This week in my merchandising class we went down to the library and got a look at the Vogues and Harper Bazaars from as late as the 1900’s for our decades project. I have to say, they were pretty cool to look at.

 My professor even extended our project due date a week so that we have another week to look at the archives again because we didn’t have enough time to get through all the ones we wanted! I’ll be sure to share my projects with you guys when I’m done.

 

Fashionably Truly,

Michaela

 

My great yet indecisive first day

Do you guys feel that “first day” feeling the night before a new school year starts or even the night before FIT starts every semester? After having many “first day” experiences at FIT, I still find myself feeling the same amount of excitement time and time again.

My day started with driving into the city, which is weirdly one of my favorite parts. I love driving on the highway and seeing the big buildings from a hazy distance just getting closer and closer. Once I arrived at FIT, the process couldn’t have gone any smoother, I handed in my consent form and got a “Fall 2012″ sticker slapped onto my I.D. card and walked right to my first class “The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising.”

When I walked into class I immediately noticed that my friend Justine from Fashion Forecasting in the Spring was in the class, it’s always nice to see a familiar face. Shortly after Professor Piazza walked in and handed us a syllabus and proceeded to tell us a little bit about herself.

Professor Piazza spent a good hour telling us about her extensive career in the fashion industry which I think is fantastic because I LOVE getting to know my professors and what they have done in the past. I’m thrilled for this class – I think it is going to touch upon subjects that I have yet to learn but some I learned in previous classes, which is fine because there’s always room for improvement. Also, it is great to learn about a topic from another professor’s point of view.

After a short break my class and I visited the “Ivy Style” exhibit at the FIT Museum. This exhibit basically stressed fashion derived from schools such as Princeton, Harvard and Yale, focusing on menswear specifically. Surprisingly I sort of like menswear so I found the exhibit quite interesting, there was tons of mixing of prints, ties, blazers, bow ties, the usual stuff that comes to your mind when you think of “preppy.” I said “surprisingly” because many people in fashion, mostly my age, have their mind set on womenswear, or shoes and not willing to experiment with other areas.

Following that, I had a lunch break before my next class which involved my weekly trip to Buffalo Exchange, but unfortunately I didn’t come across any good finds today. From there I went to “Fundamentals of Digital Photography and Photoshop” where I had a little bit of a mishap…

After sitting through the first half of class I learned a few things about my camera that I didn’t know which was wonderful but by the end of the class I realized the class just wasn’t for me. My true passion is for fashion and although I love photography I felt like I wouldn’t be fully happy in this class. It was a bit too in depth in photography for me, which is fabulous for all of you who wish to pursue photography more than I want to. Please keep in mind that these are my personal opinions and for myself I know I would of been happier if I switched to a more fashion related class. Long story short after class I headed to D-130 and switched to “Fabric Styling for Fashion.” It will be a bit confusing walking into class next week as everyone’s second day but technically my first but hopefully I’ll catch on quick.

How was your first day? What was your favorite part about the day?

Michaela

 

Re-Introducing Precollege Blogger: Michaela

Hey everyone! It’s Michaela and I’m *back and better than ever* (insert Hess Truck commercial song here). Sorry guys, shake the commercial out of your head and let me introduce myself with a normal introduction, I’m Michaela, a 15 year old sophomore from Springfield, New Jersey who strives to make these Saturdays at FIT her everyday life.

Before I begin my rant,  I would like to welcome everyone of you to yet another one of my journeys at FIT, involving my complicated decision making process of choosing what part of the fashion industry is right for me. I was introduced to NYC at a very young age and always looked forward to going to Manhattan that sparse once or twice a month, additionally Manhattan is the root of where my love for fashion started, so when I discovered Precollege programs at FIT my mind could just not fathom another way to spend my weekends. To me, fashion is more than just “having a good sense of style”. One of my favorite quotes is “fashion is instant language” said by Miuccia Prada. I adore this quote because generally I am a quiet person and I feel like my style says a good deal about me, maybe even more than I could explain myself to somebody. Whether someone is wearing a sweatshirt and jeans or a full out Lady Gaga style outfit you can tell so much about a person from what they’re wearing. Not only does an outfit show a person’s personality but it also shows what kind of mood someone is in that day. Fashion is sincerely amazing in so many ways.

This semester I am taking HFM 064: The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising and HPH 169: Fundamentals of Digital Photography and Photoshop. These are my 4th and 5th classes at FIT, so far I have taken the Mannequin Madness workshop, Fashion Forecasting: Seeing into the Future and Fashion Art for Fashion Designers. Clearly, I sort of like it at this place. As you may now, back in the Spring I was pretty indecisive about what I wanted to pursue in fashion, well at this moment I’m still not positive but I’ve narrowed down quite a bit. At this point I’m down to the Merchandising/marketing/advertising/styling side. Okay, I know that isn’t very specific, but it’ll do for now.

When I’m not at FIT you can find me blogging, reading fashion magazines or anything under my “fashion sites/blogs” tab on my laptop, consisting of over 100 sites, yes, I am that crazy. However, the majority of the time you can find me doing homework and studying, I am a bit fanatic about schoolwork. I know that good grades are just one of many steps for getting into a school like FIT.

Now, I know you are all thinking “Michaela, why would you take a photography class when fashion is basically your life?”. Well the answer to that is since I started my own blog a few months ago (http://thecitycloset.blogspot.com/) I’ve been taking photographs of everything, including daily outfit photos and have become increasingly interested in photography and I thought what better place to learn more about photography than FIT? Thus, my decision to take a photography class was born. I’m really starting to appreciate photography in fashion, my favorite part is how in a photograph you’re able to see the most minute details in a person’s outfit, even stuff you wouldn’t see by glancing at the individual in person. Photos really do tell a lot.

Overall, I cannot wait to start classes again, I’m counting down the days! I’m more than thrilled to dig even more deep into my old found love, fashion and my new found love, photography. Blogging for FIT is such an incredible opportunity that I am delighted to be apart of. Most importantly, I hope you guys gain as much as you can out of my posts, whether it’d be advice for which class to take or a new trick I learned in photoshop. Blogging is such a passion of mine, it’s something that I truly enjoy. And again, I hope you guys enjoy and benefit from every post of mine as much as I enjoy writing them.

Fashionably Truly,

Michaela