Final Week of the Business and Art of Cosmetics Course

We can find inspiration in just about anything.  A rose petal, inspired us to create a face tonic.  A braid inspired us to research the history of hair styles. Romantic dresses floating in the spring breeze inspired us as we analyzed perfumes. Being in the Art and Business of Cosmetics course for three weeks inspired and educated us to understand how it all begins and how it all ends in a final product ready for the consumer.

Breaking down a scent into the three levels of notes was fascinating.  I will never take a scent for granted again!  Can a scent be both freeing and mature, breezy and feminine? It certainly can.  My partner and I created an inspiration board for a perfume called Spring Breeze.

The highlight this week was our class field trip to Bluemercury. The owners graciously opened their store for us early so that we could get a sense of their marketing approach and the products that they sell.

Here are some of the products Bluemercury sells and that the owners so generously gave us as gifts.

I had to put the creative side of my brain on hold for a bit as I listened intently to their story of how Bluemercury started.  A tremendous amount of time and hard work is required to start a cosmetics business.  There is so much to learn.

My wonderful FIT experience has come to an end.  My days at FIT went by so quickly that I cannot believe it is almost August.  Every day was enlightening and educational.  The students in my class were delightful and I look forward to staying in touch with them.

– Sasha Worenklein

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Kayla

Hey, everyone! My name is Kayla Cariffe and I’m a 16-year-old book nerd, makeup addict, and theater aficionado. I’m currently going into my senior year (how did that happen? Honestly I’m still six years old) in high school. I love to participate in school activities like plays, chorus, mock trial (which is pretty cool because you get to act out a fake court case with a real judge and everything!), and speech and debate. On the off chance I’m not stuck at school until 10 o’clock (a rather common occurrence, shockingly), you can find me at home, curled up with a nice book, like Harry Potter for the millionth time, or bingeing on tv shows (my current show being How I Met Your Mother with my mom).

I am from Staten Island, New York and this tends to affect my personal view about a lot of things. For example, drivers on this island are the absolute worst but our pizza is the absolute best!

This summer, I am taking part in the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing Precollege Class as well as the Short Film Basics Class. I am really excited to take part in these classes because of how interesting they sound. I am also quite interested to see how well I survive traveling into the city every day by myself (because as previously mentioned, I am more of a six-year-old than a sixteen-year-old).

I am also curious to experience a college campus in a way that makes me feel as if I were a college student and not just some high school student going to an open house. I am really excited to start blogging because I love to write, I love pretending I’m like famous bloggers, and interesting things always seem to happen to me so I’m excited to share my good/bad/plain weird experiences with all of you. I don’t really know where I want to go to college for sure, but I am strongly leaning towards FIT and in the future, I hope to be an honors student and to make it into the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing Program.

That’s all I have for now. Stay tuned for more posts about my experiences at FIT, my progress in my classes, tips and tricks for current and future Precollege students, and much more!

Don’t Forget To Be Awesome!

-Kayla

Summer Live 2017: Week 2

I used to think there was nothing as much fun as scoring a new makeup that just came out. How many of you agree with me about that sport?  Well, it’s even more fun if you understand the history of cosmetics and how it evolved. 

This week my partner and I researched the history of bronzers. They became very popular in the 1980’s when people finally began to understand the dangers of sun damage. People wanted that sun-kissed look without destroying their skin. In 1984 NARS cosmetics created their iconic bronzer which is still popular today. 

We moved on to the history of hair and had fun making a chart showing how hair styles evolved over time. 

We mixed, we touched, we analyzed, we discussed and we created shampoos, scents and tonics. 

Today we made bath salts. We tried the product and we were proud of our results. The bath salt felt incredibly smooth on our skin

A guest speaker who graduated from FIT, and who is a Professional Makeup Artist came to our class today.  She was very inspiring as she told us about her company and her travels around the world to lecture on the deeper meaning and culture of cosmetics. 

We have also been reviewing popular cosmetics that are on the market today. 

We become very critical when reviewing someone else’s product.  That is a good lesson to keep in mind when we each have our own cosmetic companies. Be critical! Quality control is very important.

-Sasha Worenklein

Beyond the Classroom

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Many of my classmates would agree, one of our favorite parts of our time here at FIT is the real life experiences and interactive lessons. Sitting in a room for four hours can get a little tiring but when you have such a great class and professor like mine who always urges us to learn hands-on, it goes by in a breeze. Our trips and lessons beyond the classroom really engages and intrigues us all and we absorb so much more. My class and I have sat through a talk on the decades of fashion, visited the museum at FIT and my favorite trip-our venture to Mood Fabrics.

Our first internal field trip was to the history of fashion department where we saw the timeline of fashion and learned about the origins of major fashion companies like Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. Our curator even brought out garments and collections from the past century. We saw vintage Dior, vintage Chanel and various other iconic pieces from recent decades.

Dress from the 90s

Dress from the 60s

For the next internal trip we traveled across campus to the Museum at FIT. We learned about the fashion trends of conformity and structure through the past exhibit Uniformity, full of uniforms seen on soldiers, sailors, flight attendants, store employees and school children.

Chanel “Brasserie Gabrielle” ensemble Fall 2015

Coco Chanel clutch Fall 2015

McDonald’s uniform Stan Herman 1976 (left) Moschino ensemble Jeremy Scott Fall 2014 (right)

Jean Paul Gautlier ensemble 1993 (left) Sacai ensemble Spring 2015 (right)

On our last trip we stopped by Mood Fabrics, the place where all fashion designers and craft fanatics’ hearts melt and they become mesmerized by the endless shelves of fabric. We spent hours roaming the floors collecting fabric swatches and leaving with a cheerful “Thank you Mood!” filling the store.

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Until next time,

-Faith

Fashion Forecasting: Seeing into the Future

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Have you ever wondered who decides that olive is the “color of the season”? Or who says that chokers are a “thing” again? These trends are determined by Fashion Forecasters, or as I like to call them, the Fairy Godmothers of style. By collecting styles from the past and from the present, these trend detectives and fashion fortune tellers decide what the upcoming trends are and they dictate what consumers will be wearing. They attend runway shows and observe street style to create tomorrow and reinvent yesterday.

As someone who is inspired by marketing and the fashion industry, I strive to surround myself with new skills and become more involved with the ways of predicting the future of fashion. It has only been a few weeks into my class of Fashion Forecasting here at FIT, and I have already learned so much. My classmates and I study the prediction of color, fabrics, textures, materials, prints, and other styles presented on the runway and in stores. We understand how forecasters must play on the vision of a business and the target customers by analyzing the history of fashion to see into the future. In class we look at each others outfits, study street style and gather similarities in style and color from window displays, all to figure and point out current trends. Some popular styles we have talked about include…

Distressed denim:

Photo from fashionbombdaily.com

Photo from fashionbombdaily.com

Choker Necklaces:

Photo from refinery29.com

Neutral color palette:

Photo from Elle.com

Oversized clothing:

Photo from Pinterest.com

Photo from Pinterest.com

Some of these trends are new and some have been revived, but whether new or old, they always find their way back to the top, because fashion always finds a way to repeat itself.

Until next time,

-Faith