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Board for Fashion Forecasting

alice + olivia – Tulle Skirts

Mosque of Paris - Tulle Skirts

Mosque of Paris – Tulle Skirts

Hey Mod Mavens!
I haven’t posted in a while because my two fabulous professors have been keeping me busy with fashion projects. So busy, actually, that I did not even notice three weeks had passed by. Before I started on my Precollege adventure, I looked at three weeks like it was a lifetime. The days flashed by, although in them I earned a lifetime of knowledge and friendship.

Excitement and stress swirl in my stomach when I think of the last day. All final projects are due and friends are flying back home. If it weren’t for the fact that I am staying in the city for another week, I might actually shed a tear. Luckily, I have my stylish assignments to distract me.

In my morning class, Develop an Eye for Styling, we had to create a board for a location photo shoot. I chose the tea garden in the Mosque of Paris with a trend focus on tulle skirts – that is right: tutus. I, fortunately, got to double this board for my afternoon class’ project. In Fashion Forecasting, we were to analyze a future trend. I chose, you guessed it, tulle skirts with a brand focus on alice + olivia.

Once the projects are over and the stress is relieved, I will be left with the reality that this journey is over. The bittersweet ending signifies the start of a new journey: senior year. Hopefully these won’t be my last steps in the halls of FIT.

Thanks for reading!

Xoxo, Chari

Changing for the Better

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Chanel Handbag – 1955

Hey Mod Mavens,

My mom has been calling me nonstop since I arrived in New York City on Thursday, and every time she does it is to remind me of something or to warn me about a potential danger, and each time she does I remind her, “I am much more responsible when you are not here.” Of course she thinks I am just saying it to reduce the number of grays on her head, but it is true.

Being on my own has really made me rise to the occasion of growing up and facing reality. There weren’t many opportunities to do things for myself back in my small hometown in Florida, so NYC has given me the opportunity to experience all that The Sunshine State cannot.

Today was the first day of classes. I am usually quite introverted, but I quickly realized that would not fly if I stood any chance of not being alone during the lunch hour; I met so many interesting students and got a peek into their perspective of fashion, although at first it was intimidating to have to strike up a conversation on my own.

The classes were fascinating and got me super pumped for the next three weeks. Change is inevitable after all of the knowledge I am going to absorb. My day started with “Develop an Eye for Styling,” which basically affirmed my love for the career path I am hoping to pursue as a fashion stylist. After lunch (which I took at Pita Grill right across FIT – highly recommend), I ventured into “Fashion Forecasting.” The class began with a trip to visit a staff member of the FIT Museum who presented us with clothing from 1900-1990; my kind of history lesson! Being surrounded by fashion educators and lovers is a literal dream come true, and I know I will be learning from the students as much as the professors.

I think I can tell Mom that I will be alright here! What changes do you feel you’re going to go through…or have they already started?

Xoxo, Chari

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Charisandra

Charisandra

Taking courses:
HFM 060 Fashion Forecasting: Seeing into the Future
HFS 182 Develop an Eye for Styling

Hey Mod Mavens!

My name is Charisandra – weird, I know – and I’m going to be one of lucky gals that get to take you along with me on this Precollege journey! This summer will be the summer of many firsts for me. I have never blogged just as I have never had formal training in fashion-related anything. Like so many of us here at FIT, I have had a ‘passion for fashion’ since a startling young age.

Some can sing before they speak – I could tell the difference between a fashion feat and a fashion faux pas before I knew my ABC’s. This did not come as a surprise to my parents as there is a long line of stylish ancestors in both their families. I decided to take that evangelical zeal that fills me as I walk into a store seriously and take up a potential career path in it.

Being 17 years old, a rising senior, and starting to think about my future in fashion, I saw this Precollege program as a marvelous opportunity to test the waters. Starting July 7th (two weeks!), I will be attending Fashion Forecasting: Seeing into the Future and Develop an Eye for Styling. Taking on these two courses was both exhilarating and nerve-wracking because the fashion industry is so foreign to me. Nerve-wracking for obvious reasons, I don’t know what to expect and it could literally change my life – not something to take lightly. Exhilarating because I am going to be surrounded by people that get me and gaining knowledge that could actually serve me in my future (not the formula for photosynthesis).

The three short weeks I am spending at FIT this month are going to be filled with the tips, tricks, and info I couldn’t get anywhere else from experts in my dream field. I am totally ready, so strap in because it is going to be one heck of a ride!

Talk to you later.

Xoxo, Chari