Looking Ahead

Hello everyone! How was your weekend? I was lucky enough to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was incredible! If you are yet to see it, I highly recommend it;  it is definitely worth the long wait (we waited for two hours).

Looking ahead to my future in the fashion world, I have many goals that I would like the achieve. First of all, I plan on attending FIT for college. There aren’t really any other colleges that I am interested in. I feel that FIT is the best place for me. I hope to achieve this through goal by continuing to work as hard as I can in high school, and by continuing to be a part of FIT’s Precollege Programs. At FIT, I hope to major in perhaps Fashion Merchandizing Management or maybe Fabric Styling. I would like to also minor in French because learning French has been something that I have really enjoyed for many years. Overall, FIT is the perfect school for me. It has an amazing location and offers exactly what I’m looking for.

As far as a career goes, I am most definitely pursuing something in fashion. Right now, I am seriously considering fashion styling, or even working as a fashion magazine editor. Styling comes naturally to me and I’ve always dreamed of working at a fashion magazine. If you put your mind to it, you can achieve all of your goals.

Week three of Summer Live is off to a great start! I can’t believe how fast two weeks went by already. I have learned so much and have had an overall amazing experience. I have grown a lot through these two weeks at FIT. I am very excited for this week to see how my final projects turn out, and to see the other students in my class’s work. Today was great. In class, I was very productive and got quite a bit of work done. I’m going to make the most of my last few days.

Do you have any fashion goals for the future? Are you excited about your final projects? Feel free to share!!

Until next time,

Justine

The Planet of Perfect Friendships

Imagine yourself on a planet where everyone on this planet speaks the same strange language as you and enjoys the same activities as you-overwhelming-maybe, but perfect seems like a better word.  I used to imagine a place like this, until I started attending FIT Precollege classes, then I stopped imaging it and started living it.  From 32nd street to 23rd is my playground, where I meet new friends, eat at new places, and explore Chelsea.  Running around with friends both from class and from random meet and greets in the elevator, we take full advantage of the opportunities New York presents us with.

This Saturday, a friend of mine I met prior to attending class, and another friend which we both met separately yet both fell completely in love with, are going to attend the Alexander McQueen Exhibit at the MET.  After putting off seeing it for weeks now, I finally found a few fashion obsessed friends who would love nothing more than to be surrounded by beautiful works of art, made by an absolute genius.  After this trip I’m sure others are in the works, maybe a shopping trip to Soho or my first visit to the MoMa.  My friendships are not confined to the small Chelsea area.

New friends are always great to make first great memories with.  Just today I had my first Jamba Juice experience with a few girls from my class during are slightly extended break.  We had time to speed walk a few blocks, and treat our taste buds to a smoothie that may have changed my life, and if that’s not dramatic enough-I plan on indulging my taste buds once again with another strawberry smoothie.  Though Jamaba Juice is not my only obsession, Starbucks and the tons of health food places around campus don’t always cut it.  Picking up a burrito from Chipotle before class to split with a friends as we dine in the shade outside of the C building, always does the trick as we speak our foreign fashion related language, and embrace the city in the summer.

Amira

Portfolios & Performance Art

Although college is still a ways away from me (being a sophomore and all), I still try to always keep in mind the importance of keeping a portfolio.  Even when I first became interested in art a young age, I carefully saved many of my pieces in a portfolio.  Last semester, I took Costume and Couture rendering, where it became crucial to keep a portfolio.  We made many drawings on delicate velum paper, as well as model forms on very thin tracing paper.  Thus, I found binders with protective sleeves to be the most helpful, especially those with pockets for storing extra tracing paper.

I keep all these drawings together with my FIT supplies where they are safe from bending and light damage.  However, since it’s not quite time for me to develop my full portfolio, I’d like to talk about some great sartorial happenings this week!  First of all, I hope everyone has taken a careful look through this week’s photos of the Met Gala–I mean, a whole ball devoted to McQueen’s breathtaking work, not to mention Marc Jacobs and Robert Duffy in matching kilts!  Also, before the Met Gala, an opportunity was offered to FIT students and other fashion-minded citizens to watch Daphne Guinness dress for the ball in a Barney’s window.  Being a huge fan of hers, I had to go.  Her show was simply amazing–her combination of art, dance, and fashion was profoundly beautiful.  I was lucky enough to sit in the front row and watch every minute of it while sitting with the utterly fabulous Simon Doonan!  Amanda Brooks tweeted this picture of my Daphne/McQueen/Isabella Blow inspired outfit http://twitpic.com/4si6lv.  I was also featured on the Barney’s website in my favorite bunny ears.

And here’s just one of my many photos of Daphne’s spectacular performance.

Have a great week!

xoxo

Ruby

When I Grow Up I Want to Be…

A stylist! Being the next Rachel Zoe is my dream, but I’d rather work with magazines instead of celebrities. FIT has really helped me in learning more of what stylists do and how they do it. Last semester I took HDE 135: Photo-Styling for Magazines and Catalogues and More!, and it taught me so much about what goes on behind the scenes at photoshoots. For example, while the finished picture turns out like this…

This is what it looks like in reality…

Not nearly as fabulous, right? Anyway, besides learning what a photoshoot looks like, I also learned how to edit items to include in a photo and how to make the overall look of the photo cohesive and appealing. I’m hoping to include some of the work that I’ve done in the Precollege programs in my portfolio when I’m applying to college, but if I get in to FIT it will be for Fashion Merchandising, which doesn’t require a portfolio. I’m also looking into FIDM and Drexel because they have a Visual Communications major that I’m really interested in, but as of now, FIT is my first choice.

I really encourage anyone who has started to look at colleges to see if any of the schools they are interested in offer programs like FIT’s Precollege Programs. It really makes you familiar with the school, and while I’m pretty sure FIT is the only school with so many specific and fun programs, it can’t hurt to learn as much as you can about your possible future college. So Google away!

On a side note, I’m going to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art tomorrow! I’ll be sure to take tons of photos if I’m allowed and post them next week. See you then!

Erin

Royal Distractions

SHE WORE MCQUEEN!!!!!!! FJKLAGHOIAGAOLJFKLAYFA8OFH!

I’m sorry, I needed to get that out of my system. I’m writing this on the day of the Royal Wedding, which I wasn’t even that excited about until I saw the dress. I’m a diehard Alexander McQueen fan, and I love how Sarah Burton has been carrying on his legacy, and especially how she designed (HRH, Duchess of Cambridge) Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. That dress sent me into a flurry of royal excitement! I’ve been Googling the royal family for the past hour because I’m a history nerd, when I really should have been doing homework or writing this post.

Which brings me to this week’s topic: time management. As you might have noticed, I am very easily distracted. Especially by shiny things. This can often mess up my schedule because I can spend hours and hours on the computer looking at shoes (Style.com’s new accessories library is extremely addictive). So, yeah, maybe my homework doesn’t get done or I forget to do some chores, but I always make time for the really important things like FIT.

My schedule isn’t super busy: I play golf in the spring, I altar serve at my church, I’m on the staff of my school’s literary magazine, and I’m taking AP US History (my exam is this Friday AH!). I manage pretty well with everything, so FIT fits in my schedule quite nicely. The only time it’s conflicted was when I took the SATs, but I only missed the second class so I didn’t miss that much information. Though, I still wished I was at FIT instead of being stuck in a random classroom with a noisy radiator. :(

I’m glad a took a morning class of Saturday because it leaves the rest of the day to get schoolwork done (or I can just go shopping in the city). I have to write two papers for my fashion merchandising class, and one has already been handed in. I’ll admit it, I kind of procrastinated and ended up doing it last minute but that was only because I had had an unusually busy week. I’m going to start my next project soon so I have plenty of time to get it done.

Taking a Precollege course can add a little extra stress into your schedule, but it’s so worth it. You learn so much more than you do in school (in my opinion anyway), and you love every minute of it! And even if you’re as easily distracted as I am, balancing school, sports, and FIT can be done! I’m off to Google more royals, see you next week!

Erin