Fishing for the Stars | Farewell

“If you a give a man a fish, he will eat for one day. If you teach a man to fish, he will eat for the rest of his life.”

I learned this quote from this session of F.I.T Precollege and it has resonated with me since the first time it rang in my ears.

“Fashion Forecasting” has given me the tools and beginning experience to fish for the stars. The darkness of the future does not haunt as me as much as it once did and I can see myself dominating the fashion industry years from now. I’ve visited showrooms, felt authentic Prada clothing (I still can’t get over that), and most importantly, learned so much about the fashion business industry. I’ve met friends who have given me so many great laughs and have been taught by an excellent Professor Wolf who really wants us to succeed. I will keep fishing for the stars in hopes of bottling them up for my own one day.

Thank you to those who have read and who have had some stroke of interest in my posts or just fashion in general. I promised my farewell post would be short; I just really wanted to thank you all and let you know I appreciate you even if I don’t physically know you. Please never stop fishing.

Farewell, hugs and love included,

The Style Saviour

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

What do you want to be when you grow up? A question asked to every single person under the age of 22 from their first day of kindergarten to the day they graduate college. I hate it because I think it’s a cop-out from adults who don’t know any other way to relate to kids. Who don’t know what to say or how to act so they try to relate in a way that they can understand. It’s a definition. A way to compartmentalized people into groups. All any of us want is definition. A way to explain everyone and everything.

I personally hate answering it because I feel some sort of commitment. Like after I say what I want to be that that’s it. That’s who I am and what I have to do. For the longest time when someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up the answer was plain and simple: a fashion designer. Now I have begun to change my mind. My definition of myself had changed, lines have been blurred, truths have been lost. My future isn’t so clear anymore. I don’t know what I want. Now my cop-out answer to that cop-out question is fashion designer because that’s simpler than the truth: I don’t know.

After writing this blog I have become interested in fashion journalism. Working for a magazine or some blog sounds like a lot of fun, who knows if in the next ten years there will still be real magazines.  I have turned into a thing I used to hate and have become what I thought I didn’t want, but what I realize now was that I didn’t know what I was talking about. I love writing about fashion, I love sharing my ideas with people. I have lost some motivation for sewing and designing but who knows. I have years ahead of me to decide, we all do. Nothing is really permanent. We put so much weight on decisions like college and career because we are afraid of making a mistake. But if we regarded these things with more of an open mind, and remembered that there is always room and time for a second chance, maybe things would be a little easier, and maybe we would all be a little happier.

Sophie

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

OOTD Madness

To be honest, my typical lazy summer days at home consist of me head to toe in comfortable pajamas: slouchy school tee shirt and thin, loose shorts. Basixally , I usually look like a huge bum over the summer…

…Until F.I.T came along. This institution truly has transformative powers to the point where my whole summer outfit has changed. I bring out the flashy rings, lace up my shiny sneakers, and throw on a wacky but stylish dress. I’ve got a bad case of “OOTD madness” now.

What I’ve really learned from my class (Fashion Forecasting) is how to scout out trends while simultaneously reinventing my own personal style to a more refined level. As I watch how fashion is influenced by the world and different events, my personal world and mindset are influenced by fashion.

So let me share with my crazed OOTD fanaticism:

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So until next time my sweet peach pies!

Xoxo, The Style Saviour