My Style Icons

The Precollege Program has taught me so much about creating fashion, developing a style and spotting trends, but overall the most important lesson I have learned is how to draw inspiration from everyday life. The city and the people in it are full of inspiration, just waiting to be discovered. Inspiration in fashion can be taken from anywhere and anything, from artwork to nature. Fashion is one of the truest forms of self-expression. Without saying a single word, you communicate much about yourself by what you wear. The best part about fashion is finding inspiration from the originality of others (this is usually how a trend occurs). Aside from having a personal style of your own, being influenced by other places and people is a whole other sector of fashion.

My style has a very large range. Here is a list of some of my personal favorite style icons who inspire me on a regular basis:

Lana Del Rey- Aside from being one of my all-time favorite singer/song writers, Lana Del Rey’s style is one of my favorites to emulate. Lana is wearing a basic black Tee- shirt, but has paired it with a classic black leather jacket. This is one of my most loved, simple looks with the added red lip, another go-to style of mine. Every part of this outfit, down the makeup, is classic.

1. Lana

(Lana Del Rey, reposted from

Audrey Hepburn– Audrey Hepburn, with one of the most elegant styles ever, also made black leggings/tights an essential item for women. Audrey gave this basic look a touch of class and she is a style icon for the ages. She chose simple pieces, like the perfect little black dress, and made everyone fall in love with her. As Taylor Swift says, “We never go out of style,” and Audrey Hepburn never does either.

2. Audrey

(Audrey Hepburn, reposted from

Gigi Hadid– Gigi Hadid is my favorite model and the person whose style I copy the most. Gigi wears mostly basic pieces but adds her own offbeat style to her outfits with coats/shoes/purses. Her outfits are always well coordinated, fresh and perfectly put together. She looks like a true California girl, but with her own personality and cool appeal.


(Gigi Hadid, reposted

Scarlett Leithold- Scarlett, an 18-year-old model whose style is one of my favorites, has become the face of the popular fashion line, Brandy Melville. She always finds interesting outfits that are edgy but classy at the same time. She represents this growing brand with her own sense of fashion.

3. Scarlett

(Scarlett Leithold, reposted from

Chanel Iman– Another one of my most admired models, Chanel Iman has a very unique sensibility for her wardrobe. This is one of my preferred street style looks that Chanel has worn. The contrast of the basic black dress and the red leather jacket is a  winning combination of rock star style.

4. Iman

(Chanel Iman, reposted from

Who inspires you to new heights of style?


Fueling Your Fire

Hi everyone!

This week I wanted to focus on the heart of your inspirations. Sometimes narrowing down the specifics of what inspires you isn’t as simple as it may seem. You could draw inspiration from a big idea, such as nature or a certain location; or you could even pull inspiration from everyday household items like a vase or furniture.

Things that inspire you should take your breath away and leave you in awe. Well, at least for me it does! A specific place that inspires me, practically beyond words, is the rooftop of a building on West 11th street. roof of west 11th street building

The first time I stepped foot onto the rooftop of this building my heart paused but nearly exploded at the same time. Staring ahead of me, the wind blowing my dress upwards like Marilyn Monroe, I couldn’t help but fixate my gaze on the bustling yet muffled sounding metropolis. I took the photo above after a few times of being up top; rain or shine, the feeling that flooded my body the first time still lingers.

Sunflowers on my window

Flowers. The colors and silhouettes of each petal on a flower complement the detailed center softly. It’s funny to think that a plant can just beautifully form like that with ease. I’m also a lover of shadows. Different contrasts of light, whether it be flowers or buildings, admiring how light settles on either is inspiring to me.

Staying on the topic of nature, autumn is my favorite season. The vibrant colors of leaves popping off the sky like a comic book is so fulfilling to me. The crisp air and twinkling sun ignite a spark in me that leaves me happy and content.

fall in CT

Everyone interprets a scene differently. No one can tell you what your inspiration is, it’s something you run into along the way.

Photo of Frank Sinatra

Reposted from apostrophe9

I constantly use fashion as an inspiration of mine. I love looking at the patterns and fabric designers use in their pieces.This shot of Frank Sinatra ties in a flare of musical taste as well as dapper attire. The suit really owns the photo, between the checkered picnic blanket design and the spring fedora; there’s so many bits to explore!

Last but not least, family. My family always inspires me to keep my drive and to try new things while taking risks I normally wouldn’t take. Having a group of people behind you who inspire you and not tear you down is important in all aspects of life; remember that.

These are just a few sum up pieces of my inspirations though as life goes on our inspirations keep evolving with us! Seeing one single detail could inspire you to create something big and that’s all that really matters! Inspiration is all around us, waiting to be discovered. Change is wonderful…if it wasn’t for change we wouldn’t grow into the thinkers we are today.

So tell me, what inspires you? Leave your inspirations in the comments below!

As always hope you enjoyed reading and have a wonderful day!

– Emily Kelly



What Inspires Me

         Hello readers! This week I would like to talk about where I find inspiration. My passions are not purely creative, so what inspires me to work and pursue my dreams might be different from artists or creative writers, so I thought I would share. One of the most inspiring things for me personally is learning and witnessing others find success in doing what they are most passionate about. For example, in class this past Saturday, my classmates and I presented our history of fashion projects. We each had to study a decade of fashion and teach the class all about our chosen time period. It was really cool to see these people who are becoming my friends talk about fashion because all of us are so interested in the industry and have fallen in love with it. Coming to FIT inspires me to work in fashion because I get to be with people who share the same goals as myself in addition to learning about topics of interest. Who knew that learning about things like color theory could be somewhat fun and motivating?

         Inspiration to live my life to the fullest in every aspect comes from many different places. However, I have found that surrounding myself with people who have interests and set goals for themselves is the most inspiring because you’re moving at the same pace as them. If you make friends that don’t have any interest in finding their purpose in life, it’s easy to lose focus of your passions because you’ll end up with no one to cheer you on. I’m really lucky to have friends like this and I appreciate them very much. Experiencing life with people that you love is truly one of the best things.

My friend Julia and I in Central Park!

My friend Julia and I in Central Park!

           So I don’t get too emotional, I wanted to end this post on a lighter note and talk about finding inspiration for what I wear. Style inspiration is probably one of the most interesting topics to talk about because an outfit can be inspired by anything! I love looking at what other people are wearing to get inspiration. New York is perfect for people watching and I often see the most interesting ensembles. Recently, I’ve seen unique ways of layering that I’m definitely going to try out. I also find inspiration from people on social media and my favorite celebrities/artists/people. Lately I’ve been finding the best inspiration from past decades and from movie characters. A few of my current style icons are…

  • Liv Tyler as Corey Mason in Empire Records (1995)
  • Alexa Chung
  • Kate Hudson as Penny Lane in Almost Famous (2000)

So, where do you find inspiration for your life and/or your outfits? I would love to know, so feel free to comment! Have a great week!

Thanks for reading,

Kenzie Davis

Sensational Sights & Surprises!

Hello everyone and Happy November!

Something I find great at FIT is the fact there’e always something happening. Whether it be a Portfolio Day, Admissions tours, or visiting the Style Shop; there really is always a way to get involved!

For instance on Saturday (Halloween!! Hope you all got loads of candy!), I arrived to the school and was surprised by this quirky mural! An FIT alum, Angel Garcia, was invited to kick off #chalkfit with his colorful and eyecatching street art!

"Innovation" -Mural done by FIT alum, Angel Garcia

“Innovation” – Mural done by FIT alum, Angel Garcia

Mural on the Pomerantz building

“Innovation” – Mural done by FIT alum, Angel Garcia


All week, FIT Illustration students will be able to share their art by creating beautiful murals of their own that will be plastered all over the Pomerantz building.

I don’t know about you, but I’m eagerly anticipating arriving at FIT on Saturday to see all the murals created/in the process of creation! I remember this time last year I saw all the murals online so being able to see them for myself is going to be so awesome!

Remember to keep your eyes peeled for these talented students creations and take pictures!


Another unexpected surprise this week was my Professor taking my class over to the exhibit, Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch, for inspiration when working on our magazines.

Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch @ The Museum at FIT

Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch @ The Museum at FIT

Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch @ The Museum at FIT

Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch @ The Museum at FIT









The exhibit presents almost 100 detailed and extravagant ensembles that are a must see for any student. It’s eye catching and mesmerizing, the amount of detail and thought process that must have gone into each and every garment is fascinating. If I could sit and analyze each piece all day trust me, I would!

Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch @ The Museum at FIT

Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch @ The Museum at FIT

If you can, try to stop by while you’re at the school! The Museum at FIT is located directly across from the Pomerantz building and the exhibit is open until the 5th of December.

FIT is always bubbling with activities and who knows, maybe you’ll be surprised like I was along the way!

Thank you all for reading and have a great day!

-Emily Kelly


A Precollege Student’s Guide to NYC

NYCHi Everyone!

After reading my blog last week, hopefully all of you have found a great new friend who can join you in exploring the big city!  FIT classes are obviously the best part of the day, but before and after class, and during breaks, here are a list of restaurants, museums and shops that you and your new friends should visit!

Restaurants: My friends and I love all of these places to eat because they are within walking distance of FIT and are all extremely good. There are a few café’s that are nice for the fifteen minute breaks (times may vary) that are given during workshops/classes. There are some restaurants near FIT that are a good option for after and before classes!

  • GiGi’s Café (no reservation required), 307 7th Ave. New York NY
  • Cafeteria (reservation required), 119 7th Ave. New York NY, 1 (212) 414 1717
  • Antique Café, 234 W 27th St. New York NY
  • Green Tomato, 295 7th Ave. New York NY
  • Argo Tea Café, 275 7th Ave. New York NY

Shops: Next is my personal favorite, the shops!  Some of these stores are located in SoHo, which is about fifteen minutes from FIT, but are definitely worth going to with your friends after or before class!

  • Brandy Melville (my favorite in the city because there are others), 499 Broadway St. New York NY (located in SoHo)
  • Zara, 580 Broadway St. New York NY (located in SoHo)
  • Urban Outfitters (Near FIT), 1333 Broadway New York NY
  • H & M (Near FIT), 435 7th Ave. New York NY

Museums: Last but not least is a list of great museums with changing exhibits monthly. The FIT museum is definitely the best for fashion exhibits. Last semester my class went to the featured Yves St. Laurent and Halston exhibit, the Lauren Bacall exhibit (which were open to the public) , as well as the Vintage Costume exhibition (that was only available for Precollege and FIT classes.)

  • The Museum at FIT, 227 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave. New York NY
  • Art Scene, E 28th St. New York NY
  • Rubin Art Museum, W 17th St. New York NY

Thanks for reading! If you decide to go to any of these locations, please comment on your favorites and what you thought of them!