At FIT We Always Kiss and Tell!

About to apply my new favorite delicious plum lipstick!

About to apply my new favorite delicious plum lipstick!

Do you love experimenting with lipstick colors? I do! One day I’m wearing “Gwen Stefani red” and the next I’m applying “Kim Kardashian nude”. Usually I buy a new lip color weekly but not anymore because… now I can make my very own!

This week in the Cosmetics and Fragrance lab we created our own lipstick by melting 28 ml of wax on a hot plate and mixed in 0.1 ml of our favorite dye color as well as 0.1 ml of our favorite flavoring. My partner and I decided to do a chocolate-cherry plum lipstick using purple dye and cherry and chocolate chip flavoring. When finished and mixed to a nice, smooth substance; we poured our mixes into actual lipstick tubes. It came out absolutely AMAZING! It has a beautiful sheer color that matches any look.

What cool things have you created in your precollege class this summer that you’re proud to show off? Share below!

– Sealed with a kiss, Rachel

FIT: Give me “some mor’a” of that Sephora!

Do you think all Sephora stores are the same? I can answer that in a New York minute…NO! On Monday, I had my first FIT class trip to the ultimate modern NYC Sephora store located in the Meatpacking District. This Sephora screamed “urban cool”. The interior design was so unique: black and white tiled walls, a chandelier made of antique perfume bottles, and a wall of fixtures dedicated just to brushes. This location also carries exclusive international cosmetic brands, products and services. After 2 hours of cosmetic bliss, I picked out exactly what I wanted to purchase and paid using the fast mobile checkout system. Lucky for me and my fashion forward classmates,

My classmates outside the Meatpacking District's Sephora location.

My classmates outside the Meatpacking District’s Sephora location.

the day ended with a beauty advisor giving each of us a “goody” bag of fragrances and cosmetics. Now let’s “face” the facts; not every FIT class trip will be to a fabulous Sephora store but for my first trip it was spectacular. Has anyone else experienced a great first pre-college summer field trip?

– Rachel

In The Halls: Joan

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Student: Joan (17) from East Northport

Program: Summer Live

Pre-College Courses: Product Development

Describe your personal style: Funky, Floridian grandpa

Where do you go on your breaks from class? Lunch, bathroom.

What is your favorite thing about FIT? Watching.

Who or what inspires you? Pharell Williams, nature.

What do you want to do after you graduate from college? Be happy.

~Nayantara

Instructor Spotlight: Jacques Cornell

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I started with one photography class in high school after my dad piqued my interest, then practiced & studied photography as a hobby on my own for about 20 years before I realized that it was what I most wanted as a career. I then took night classes part-time for three years and completed a full-time one-year program in photography. After graduating, I worked for several years assisting scores of very talented photographers and building up first my skills and then my business. In 2007 I cofounded event photography company Happening Photos with my good friend and award-winning documentary photographer Steve Hart. I now work primarily as an event & corporate photographer and take on editorial and portrait assignments as well. I have lived part-time in Central Asia for the past two years. My most recent assignment was to document for the US State Department a visit by a US scientific team visiting Kazakhstan to work on an international biodiversity project.

www.jacquescornell.photography 
www.happening.photos 

Professor Cornell currently teaches:
HPH 169 Fundamentals of Digital Photography and Photoshop

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Teaching Philosophy:
I think of myself as a consultant and my students as clients. It’s not my class, it’s theirs. I am there to help them accomplish their goals, imagine new ones, and discover the fun and satisfaction of playing with a camera. There’s nothing more inspiring to me as an instructor than someone who really wants to know something. And, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing the enthusiasm of a student who’s putting a new skill to use. So, in class I welcome questions, ideas, suggestions, experimentation, and free-ranging conversation.

Rajasthan 002On Precollege Programs:
Regardless of age, there is a joyful sense of exploration in people who are new to photography that is infectious. What’s unique about younger students is the freedom from preconceptions about what a photo “should” be. I see in them an open-minded approach to image making that comes naturally and that veteran photographers work hard later in life to rediscover. It makes me want to go out and make pictures without an agenda, just for the excitement of looking and seeing.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
As cofounder of Happening Photos, I photograph all kinds of events – conferences, performances, weddings – and I enjoy the challenge of problem-solving on-the-fly in new and constantly changing circumstances. I also take on editorial assignments and make travel & landscape photos for publication and exhibition & sale as fine-art prints. My photos of Mt. Washington are in the permanent collection of the Kiyosato Museum in Japan. Others are on the walls of private buyers around the world.

 

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Instructor Spotlight: Carla Quatraro-D’Arcy

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Carla Quatraro-D’Arcy began her career in the fashion industry of New York over 15 years ago, having held positions in Product Development, at companies such as Jones NY Intimates, Dana Buchman, DKNY Jeans, August Silk, Etienne Aigner and Private Label Handbag / Luggage companies. She is a seasoned traveler both personally and professionally who spent many summers as child visiting family in Italy and now her husband’s family in Ireland. When given the opportunity to visit a new corner of the Earth, Carla and her family pack up and GO!
Carla’s career in the fashion industry entails travelling throughout the USA, Europe and Asia to order raw materials for final product being delivered to the American selling floors. Her job entails constant research on foreign trade agreements, negotiating prices, dealing with budgets as well as intricate planning of shipping & follow through for on time receipt of products or services.
As a Director of Product Development, Carla has been able to take her in depth knowledge of world cultures to achieve positive results in her roles by working directly in factories in China as well as travels throughout the NY Garment district representing retail buyers from Latin America. Additionally, she travels across the US to visit headquarters for various retailers to effectively communicate product development requirements back to overseas factories and fabric mills. Her friendly demeanor, extreme attention to detail, strong organizational skills, high work ethic, and astute level of professionalism, common sense & confidentiality has a made her known in her field as a professional who holds high regard & consideration for other people’s customs, time and work styles.

Professor Quatraro-D’Arcy currently teaches: 
HIN 132 Passport to International Fashion! 

Teaching Philosophy & The Pre-College Programs:
Having attended many of the High School Live classes myself throughout my high school career, I find the classes we take as well as the people we meet at FIT become an important part of what shapes our path well into the future. For me, I took a few design classes which taught me how garments are constructed that later enabled me to look at a line in a factory and know where mistakes may be. Having completed a Bachelor’s degree in International Trade & Marketing at FIT, what I love most about the programs offered is that they truly do pertain to real life practices. We are taught by industry professionals who have in depth insider’s knowledge. I am a true believer that we are all interconnected in this Global life we now all live and if I can help lead by example and guide another person, I am truly rewarded in my life!

Industry Experience:
Aside from being a “FOODIE” who loves to cook, I am curious about what makes people across the globe “tick”! Having spent a lot of time throughout my career in Hong Kong as well as Mainland China, I love when people connect for a common goal. At the end of the day, we are all the same and we all have the same reason for getting through our days, which is to grow within our careers. I recently had a former colleague of mine from Hong Kong stay at my home for a month. She taught me how to cook authentic Chinese food while I taught her my secret Italian sauce recipe and how to make the perfect American Burger and Apple Pie! As mentioned in my Bio, my work experience is making products come to life across the world and making sure they arrive here for consumers to buy. That would not happen without getting to know what’s at the core of any company…. The People!