It’s the holiday season and happiness and joy are in the air however this year, the high school class of 2016 is embracing a new feeling this winter. It’s the time of year when many colleges start to get back to us with the news of our possible acceptance, mailboxes have slowly become a warzone of letters from schools and holiday greeting cards and at times it can feel overwhelming. Waiting for that top school to get back to you can be nerve racking but fear not for life will go on. While this time of year may be stressful and I can certainly feel it taking its toll on me I remind myself and all of you readers in the class of 2016 to keep your chin up. It’s the holiday season and that means family is around and festivities are taking place, and while these little paper slips come through one by one to let you know your possible future you have a million other things to take your attention. Since this is possibly your (and my) last full holiday season at home take time to enjoy it fully, worrying about something that is already set in stone will get you nowhere. Take time to decorate your whole house with dazzling lights or even take up a winter sport for the first time. If winter activities aren’t your thing just kick back and relax and ease yourself with your usual activities. Lately I have been swimming a lot and re watching Doctor Who to distract myself and I have to say it has eased my soul a bit. Class of 2016, we made it this far so don’t overthink and always be happy.
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.
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!
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.
The 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. Although 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!
I can’t believe it has been over eleven weeks since my first class at FIT. I never thought so much would change and happen within that period of time. I know already that I’ve come out of this amazing experience as a better and more knowledgeable person. I loved learning about an industry I’m passionate about and that I hope to work in one day. I’ve met so many like minded people and I know we’ll stay in touch after the semester ends. I’m finally confident in using the subway by myself and navigating my way through the city. Overall, I’m definitely more independent of a person than I already was and my time management skills have improved.
To complete the course HFM 060: FASHION FORECASTING: SEEING INTO THE FUTURE, my classmates and I had to complete a final project. Our final project was to predict a trend for fall 2016 for a retailer of our choice. I chose Topshop because in my opinion it is one of the most high end and fashionable fast fashion retailers. We had to compose a three page paper that consisted of a history of our retailer, a fashion overview of the season, and an overview of the trend. We also had to make an outline of the key elements for the season and a trend board (these two components of my project can be seen below). I really enjoyed this project and it made me realize that creativity is important no matter what you’re doing in the fashion industry, but especially when forecasting a trend.
Although it is sad that the semester is over along with this amazing blogging experience, I’m planning on coming back to FIT this summer and I cannot wait to start learning about another aspect of the fashion industry. Blogging for FIT has taught me so much and improved my writing skills. If you have the chance to do it, I highly recommend it!
See you later FIT, thanks for the memories and the knowledge. Happy Holidays everyone!
Thank you for reading,
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.
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!