Fashion Forecasting

Hello readers,

As the weeks of precollege soon become memories. I have learned so much from my class “Fashion Forecasting”. This course teaches all about current and upcoming trends of the textures, colors and materials of clothing. Mainly focusing on the styling and buying of clothing. These past weeks besides the fun classes we went to 34th street to look into stores and take notice of reoccurring trends. Then another trip was to the well known fabric store “Mood” that the designers of Project Runway pick and buy their fabrics.

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The store Mood was super fun and if you’re ever in the city, they have free sewing classes!  I was unable to make the trip to 34th street but it is always cool to pick and notice the new trends. Be a trend starter!

 

 

Time Flies in Magazine Design

Hi everyone!

My Magazine Cover
Well, believe it or not the Precollege fall courses are about to be up, sadly this Saturday the 19th for me! I’ve made so much progress not only on my magazine, but as well as my computer techniques.

Pictured above is the cover of my magazine titled, Depth. When putting together my thoughts and interests, I wanted to include writings of my own, as well as images I’ve taken. The features of my magazine are pieces I’ve written and the monthly departments consist of fashion and music updates, along with some writing tips.

Descriptive piece featureThe feature pages may not look like your typical magazine spread, but as a feature piece normally is, these pages will focus solely on the stories and creating an visual image for the reader.

This page to the left is one of my favorites. I took the photo during my first week of summer classes at FIT and later wrote about that specific morning during school this year. This story starts out the feature pages then carries on into the next 2 pages which are also descriptive pieces that make you think and feel as if you’re living in that specific moment in time. Descriptive piece featuresAlthough this week is my final class, I still have some more tinkering to do with each page. I’m always getting new ideas to improve each page to better fit the magazine’s aesthetic so it makes it hard to ever come to a final piece. I’m glad I ended up taking this course because it turns out I really enjoy this kind of creative work. Fingers crossed my final piece looks as great as I have it pictured in my head!

Thank you all so much for taking the time to read my posts each week and hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading them as much as I liked writing them!

Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely,

Emily Kelly

 

 

Practice Makes Perfect…Well Almost

Hello hello!

With just 2 classes left our magazines are kicking into full gear. During my class over the weekend we continued to work on spreads within our magazines in order to then do a critique.

Some don’t like to be part of a critique due to the fact they’d rather not hear what others think about their work. The reality of it is, even though you may like your work does not mean the client will. Going into a design based industry, or any industry for that matter, I feel it’s important to be open to any and all criticism. Not only do you benefit from listening to others points of view, but this means there’s always room for you to grow.

Depth Magazine Spread

Pictured above is a spread I’m working on for my magazine which is certainty a work in progress. My class spent time looking over each of our spreads and had a group critique on what we could adjust or what we liked about each persons piece. Personally, I’d like to change a few things but overall the aesthetic of my magazine is coming across how I pictured it.

Your ideas are always going to be changing and evolving. For instance, the cover I originally designed in the beginning of the course still needs to be redone simply because it’s not fitting the overall theme of my magazine. I’ll be honest, this definitely can be a tedious process at times and involves lots of editing but it’s worth it.

I’m excited to see how far I can get with this magazine, fingers crossed it comes out okay!

Thank you all for reading and have a wonderful week!

-Emily Kelly

What is Fashion Forecasting?

Hello readers! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. As the semester comes to an end in 3 short weeks, I thought I would go over what I’m learning in HFM 060: Fashion Forecasting: Seeing Into The Future. I took this course because I’ve always wondered why certain trends happen. Is there a science behind it? What mathematical formula do retailers use to know what people are going to want to wear?

In reality, it’s more complicated than that. Trends are formed based off a tremendous amount of research and what is happening in the world at the time. The process is complex and definitely very interesting, which makes learning about it exciting. My professor, Suzanne Piazza, started by introducing us to simple fashion vocabulary. This was very informative because these terms are important to know. Then, we learned about business within fashion and how to be successful in dealing with business. Next, we learned about the history of fashion. This was my favorite part of the course because understanding why people dressed and designed they way they did in certain time periods is very interesting to me. We each did a project on a decade of our choice which made this topic fun to learn about. Then, we learned how to formulate a theme for a fashion forecast. A theme is the topic of your prediction that has a unifying, dominant idea. Inspiration for themes can found almost everywhere. Next, we learned about color theory. I never knew color could be so interesting! Color affects us so much and we don’t even realize it. Color is a vital part in forecasting a trend because consumers aren’t going to buy something if they don’t like the color. When forecasting fashion, your consumers are your real customer, so you have to please them first. This makes the job of being a fashion forecaster risky, but most of the time rewarding if you’re good at it. Finally, now we’re working on our final project of forecasting our own trend for Fall/Winter 2016. This project is really cool because we’re using resources that actual retailers use like trend forecasting services. I’m excited to see how my project turns out.

Overall, this semester has been the best learn experience I’ve ever had. It’s exciting and rewarding to learn about something you’re passionate about. I’ve not only learned so much from Professor Piazza, but also from myself and my classmates. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who is interested in any part of the fashion industry because it is very informative. I can’t wait to come back to FIT next semester.

Have a great week everyone!

Thank you for reading,
Kenzie Davis

Farewell FIT

No exaggeration, my heart hurts knowing that my summer classes at FIT are over. These were easily the most interesting and independent 3 weeks I’ve ever experienced. In class today, we finished up our magazines and presented our final work to each other. I’m so proud of my magazine, but so many of my classmates did an amazing job too! This class definitely opened my eyes to how unique everybody’s ideas are.

The cherry on top of this experience was getting picked to blog about my class. I love reading blogs, but I never thought I’d actually get to write one! I hope you guys enjoyed reading about my experiences as much as I loved talking about them! I truly encourage you to take a class (or two) at FIT; spending time in New York City will change your perspective for the better, and you’ll learn so much about what you’re capable of.

Enjoy your summer, and thanks for sharing these past 3 weeks with me!

Xo, Marisa

P.S.  I attached a bunch of pictures of my final magazine :)

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