After Class Activities

After another day of class, I meet up with my best friend Erin (I will be talking more about her in my upcoming posts) to spend some more time in New York City before heading back home. In my opinion, FIT is in the perfect location. There are so many (great) places to eat and there’s places to shop as well. It’s even nice to just walk around!

My favorite places to eat are Potbelly, The Greek Corner, and Five Guys. Potbelly is the best sandwich place ever. From roast beef to grilled chicken, the possibilities are endless. Not to mention, the strawberry-banana smoothies are awesome.

The Greek Corner is a small diner that’s only a block away from FIT. I’m not going to lie, it’s pretty easy to miss when you’re walking by, but Erin and I love it now that we found it. They have everything, from breakfast food to sandwiches and burgers. Who doesn’t love diner food?

Five Guys, as you probably already know, is a burger chain. The burgers are to die for, and the fries are great too. Sorry if I made you hungry, but these places are the best!

Overall, my Saturdays are pretty great. It’s one thing to be good in a class, but it’s another thing to really love what you’re doing. It’s also great being able to spend a nice afternoon in New York City every week. To be totally honest, I wouldn’t want to spend my Saturdays anywhere else!

This is a photo that Erin took a few weeks ago a few blocks away from FIT. It was raining that day, but the scenery is still so pretty! :)

This is a photo that Erin took a few weeks ago a few blocks away from FIT. It was raining that day, but the scenery is still so pretty! :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TTFN, Marisa ♥♥

My One True Love, The Sartorialist

Growing up in New York City I learned a really long time ago to keep my head down and walk quickly, because if I look up and slow down, I might see something I don’t want to. I will see something I don’t want to. So I adopted a quick pace and learned to make myself invisible, because life’s easier that way, when no one knows who you are. It’s painful, but it’s easier. I walk so fast, fast enough to make anyone else’s head spin. Wherever I go, I’m going ten miles a minute. And I never stop to think where I’m going because I can’t waste time. I don’t know what I’m saving time for. I just like to keep these minutes, these hours, in my back pocket for a rainy day, for a day when I might need them.

Now Scott Schuman, a lot of you probably don’t know his name, but you probably know his work. He is the publisher of the online photography blog The Sartorialist. He is my favorite photographer. He essentially invented the fashion blog. The only reason I’m writing this today is because of him. And I know I’m contradicting my earlier statement about not liking bloggers, but he’s different. He’s special. He can capture so much emotion in each photograph. All of his pictures are so eerily silent but yet each makes a very distinct sound. His pictures make noise, they carry weight, they carry themselves, and they carried me. They helped me see the beauty of cities and countries that I could only dream about. He opened the door to Narnia, and took me away. He brought me out of Kansas and into Oz. He took me out of the Bronx, and into Milan, and Paris, Florence, Morocco, Madrid. He allows you, for a second, to see the world through his eyes. And his vision is so much more beautiful than mine. Even though he is an adult he maintains an innocence, almost like a child, and he always tells the truth. He makes you believe that the world is good. He made me slow down. He made me look up.

Here are some of my favorite photographs of his. And if you haven’t, I highly recommend looking at his site. He also made a series of videos in partnership with AOL that are really great as well. I promise I’m not being paid to advertise his work. I just think everyone should look at it.

Sophia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fitting Fashion into High School

My high school is very art-centric, more money gets poured into the art departments than any of the sports teams. I guess that comes with the location, there aren’t many places to play football in the middle of Manhattan. I’m lucky in this way, I myself being more artistic than athletic, I have had many opportunities to showcase my talent.

I work in the drama department, making and designing costumes for my school plays. While most of what this entails is working with the director to make a costume plot, then thrifting for cheap versions of what you came up with, and altering that to fit the actor, it’s hard work, and a lot of people play it off as being easy. I highly recommend doing something like this for anyone interested in fashion design. It has helped me with technical skills, working within a budget, and how to design collaboratively. Also, your work is very appreciated, and gawked over because you can do something that a lot of people can’t do. You can make something out of nothing. Take something out of fantasy and into real life, even though sewing is, honestly, a really fundamental skill.

Being able to make clothes was a job expected of women and girls not even 100 years ago. It has become something so distant and other worldly. It has become an art form rather than a necessary craft. This isn’t something I’m complaining about, it has turned fashion into a real profession, something you can base your life off of. This I am thankful for. Fashion has given me a purpose, something to look forward to in the future, a goal to strive for. I tend to hold it a little to highly, fashion, make it seem like something it isn’t. Because when you strip away the layers, what fashion really is, is a business. And like all businesses there is a clock in the center of it, ticking away, like a heart counting down its last beats. In fashion, this clock, this heart, is design, and designers, the people who create the looks themselves. Without designers there would be nothing. So we must thank the men and women who toil away, designing our clothes, because without them the thing we love so much would be… nothing.

Sophia

 

Shopping in Meatpacking

So you have just arrived in Manhattan, you just walked out of Penn into the busy, loud and crowded city. You want to go shopping, but you don’t know where to go. Well, if a beautiful, scenic walk to upscale shopping district sounds like your cup of tea, then Meatpacking is for you.

After doing some research, aka shopping all day long, for my upcoming fashion merchandising project, I kind of consider myself an expert on the area. So here I am to be your guide.

Once you’re out of Penn, head towards 8th avenue, then take a left onto 11th avenue, and another left onto West 30th street, and bam, 15 minutes later, you’re walking on the High Line.

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Walk slowly, enjoy the view, and take some pictures to post on your Instagram.

Grab an ice-cold Coke beforehand  and don’t forget your shades, because when the weather is nice, a walk on the High Line is nearly transcendent.

Once you arrive and you descend the stairs, you’ll come across Intermix, a store that sells a wide array of brands, including Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang, Iro Amiya, Jbrand, Frame, and many more.

Screen Shot 2dvf014-03-26 at 5.58.16 PMFrom there, you can continue North to a shopping center that has Isis, Vince, Tory Burch, Ted Baker, and Zadig & Voltaire. Further North is AllSaints. From AllSaints, if you head Southeast, you will come across Rebecca Taylor, Theory, Helmut Lang, and Christian Louboutin. Heading West will lead you to Hugo Boss, The Kooples (not yet open), Lululemon, La Perla, Joie, Alice & Olivia, Scoop NYC, and the iconic Diane von Furstenberg store. There is also an Apple store nearby for all you tech-savvy shoppers.

lpqAfter you are done shopping, and you are absolutely famished, head over to Le Pain Quotidien for a bite to eat, and take a seat at one of the outdoor tables, sit in the sun, and reminisce about all of the lovely things you bought and what an amazing day you had, courtesy of my little guide. You’re welcome.

Have you ever been to Meatpacking? Do you hope to go soon? What are your favorite activities there?

PS, I’ll share my project with you guys once it’s done!

Enjoy,

Arielle

Keeping an Open Mind

For my Fashion Forecasting class, we took a trip to Macy’s. We had an assignment, which was to pick a department (either women’s, men’s, children’s, or accessories) and answer a few questions.

macysWhichever department we chose for the assignment had to be the department we use for our end of semester project, in which we must predict a trend for spring 2015.

I was positive that I was going to do my project on womenswear, so I immediately headed towards the 3rd floor, when my friend, Shioban, convinced me to shop around the men’s department first. I’m so happy she did.

Menswear never really interested me. I thought that it was boring, and that there is not much to do with menswear. I was pleasantly surprised by how fascinated I was with it.

mtThe displays were beautiful. The mannequins all looked so dapper, as did the men shopping there. The trend seemed to be a newer, fresher, and more modern gentleman, inspired by the early 20th century. This was further illustrated through one of the sales associate’s bow ties, which was made of wood.

Another sales associate let me in on a secret, bow ties are THE new menswear trend. These were not your basic bow ties either. There were barely any basic blacks to be seen. They came in every color of the rainbow, in every fabric you could ask for, and any pattern imaginable. There was no basic stripes, the were boldly colored.

mt2Red satin bow ties, á la Jared Leto, were flying off the displays. Paisley, geometric prints, houndstooth, and even bow tied with some sparkle woven in were everywhere.

It’s safe to say I’m obsessed with menswear now.

I learned to keep an open mind. The trip taught me that those that are closed-minded will not succeed in fashion. Keep an eye out for old trends that may reappear, like the bow tie. Don’t close yourself off, to fashion or anything else. I didn’t, and now I have a new found love of menswear, and two bow ties.

What do you think about menswear? What do you think about women wearing menswear items?

Until next time,

Arielle