In The Halls: Alina

Student: Alina (18) Astoria, NY
Program: Saturday Live
Precollege Course:
HFM 060: Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising

Describe your personal style?
My personal style is glam meets urban. I love the Kardashian style, as well as the style of Victoria Beckham.

Where do you go on your breaks from class?
I either go to Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks.

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
It’s location! I’m a total City Girl.

Who or what inspires you?
My main inspiration comes from my mom, the Kardashians, as well as Kanye West. 

What do you want to do after you graduate from college?
Upon graduating, I want to become a celebrity stylist. I also want to have my own styling business in the fashion industry.



In The Halls: Stephen

Student: Stephen (18) New Jersey
Program: Saturday Live
Precollege Course: HFS 180 Fabric Styling for Fashion

Describe your personal style?
I have a very relaxed and layed back style.

Where do you go on your breaks from class?
I usually go to Dunkin Donuts across the street.

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
I love the environment and the people.


Who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by Pharrell Williamsm. He inspired me to be the best at whatever I do.

What do you want to do after you graduate from college?
I would like to start my own business.


Looking Back

You can have the utmost experience in something and still have room for improvement, that’s just how it is.

Over the course of these last few weeks I have felt like I have improved dramatically in every aspect of my classes here. The difference with this semester compared to others was that this time around I took two classes, which meant a lot more work but also a lot more improvement on my part…and I clearly see it.

As for my morning class, The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising, I got my “decade” project back and I got an A! I was so happy when I saw my grade, receiving A’s in these classes is such an achievement for me and is what I work for over these months. Like I said, although I may have gotten an A, there is still room for improvement. One of my weaknesses is definitely presenting and talking in front of a class. However, this past week I showcased a “Fall Trends” PowerPoint presentation and I just felt so comfortable presenting it. My professor noted how comfortable I looked presenting and it made me feel really good.

In my fabric styling class, we presented our second project this week and it could not have been better! Well, other than the fact that I finished one of the boards two seconds before I had to present! Overall the boards came out really great though. I’m so anxious to see my grade!

“Palermo” dress product board

“Palermo” (Italy) – AKA Olvia Palermo’s clothing line :)

If you go back to this post, you can see my first project from this class and compare them.  The difference is noticeable! Just remember to try your hardest in everything you do at FIT because if you really want something, you’ll achieve it sooner or later! It worked out that way for me!

By the way, I’m considering taking In-Store Marketing and Retail Event Planning next semester, has anyone ever taken that class, if so, how was it?

Fashionably Yours,


What Lies Ahead

Can you sense if you’re going to have a good day the second you wake up? Probably, some of the time you can and I have that exact same feeling with my classes this semester. Both my classes this term have such nice people in it along with amazing professors. My expectations for both my classes are set very high this time around, I have a feeling I will gain a lot from these classes.

For my merchandising class I think I will learn really get a feel for how it will be like to have a career in the business side of the industry as opposed to the more creative side, such as design and things of that nature. However, last week I was talking to my professor, Professor Piazza, and she told me that it is possible to incorporate creativity into merchandising which really made me feel better about choosing my major because I want that balance of business and creativity. I am also looking very forward to completing my first project in this class which is to choose a decade in which we need to write a report and do a presentation on it. Of course, I chose the 90’s because I am obsessed with everything  90’s at the moment and the whole grunge look. My professor this week showed us examples of PowerPoint slideshows from college students, which were all amazing. I’m looking forward to making my own PowerPoint because my goal is to make my presentation live up to the expectations of my professor as if I was in college. I am going to try my hardest to make my presentation really stand out.

On the other hand, this week was my first day of my fabric styling class (and everyone else’s second day). I thought I would feel out of place and not really prepared in the class for that reason but I caught on quick and the class couldn’t of gone better. The first thing that caught my eye when I walked in the classroom, was the actual classroom. Call me weird but my favorite classrooms at FIT are the “artsy” ones as I call them, the ones filled with huge tables covered with paint splatters; and that is exactly what my classroom is.

                                    My “artsy” fabric styling classroom

In class we immediately started working on project #1 which is to choose a celebrity and create a fashion board for him/her filled with photos of how we would style our celebrity and choose the right colors, fabrics for him/her. My choice of celebrity is Alexa Chung.

For those of you who don’t know who she is, Alexa is a model and host of 24 Hour Catwalk on Lifetime but receives most of her recognition in the fashion world. Her style is minimalistic, classy, and menswear inspired while girly at the same time. I cannot wait to create a whole board dedicated to just her style. Although this class is primarily based on doing style boards, I think I will enjoy it because creating boards is such a great way to express a mood or theme in a visual and hands-on way. Putting boards together is a lot of work, but in the end the turn out is extremely satisfying.

            My magazine cut outs for my Alexa Chung style board

Despite all of this, in all honesty guys the real highlight of my day had to be finding out that I can get 10% off at Gigi’s cafe for being a student at FIT, that place is the best. If you have yet to visit Gigi’s for lunch, you’re totally missing out.

Okay I’m kidding, my classes and my whole day at FIT definitely topped off as my highlight of the week actually, but the 10% off has to be a close second.

All in all I know this semester is going to be a great one and I’m so excited to get to share it with you guys!

Fashionably Truly,


My great yet indecisive first day

Do you guys feel that “first day” feeling the night before a new school year starts or even the night before FIT starts every semester? After having many “first day” experiences at FIT, I still find myself feeling the same amount of excitement time and time again.

My day started with driving into the city, which is weirdly one of my favorite parts. I love driving on the highway and seeing the big buildings from a hazy distance just getting closer and closer. Once I arrived at FIT, the process couldn’t have gone any smoother, I handed in my consent form and got a “Fall 2012” sticker slapped onto my I.D. card and walked right to my first class “The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising.”

When I walked into class I immediately noticed that my friend Justine from Fashion Forecasting in the Spring was in the class, it’s always nice to see a familiar face. Shortly after Professor Piazza walked in and handed us a syllabus and proceeded to tell us a little bit about herself.

Professor Piazza spent a good hour telling us about her extensive career in the fashion industry which I think is fantastic because I LOVE getting to know my professors and what they have done in the past. I’m thrilled for this class – I think it is going to touch upon subjects that I have yet to learn but some I learned in previous classes, which is fine because there’s always room for improvement. Also, it is great to learn about a topic from another professor’s point of view.

After a short break my class and I visited the “Ivy Style” exhibit at the FIT Museum. This exhibit basically stressed fashion derived from schools such as Princeton, Harvard and Yale, focusing on menswear specifically. Surprisingly I sort of like menswear so I found the exhibit quite interesting, there was tons of mixing of prints, ties, blazers, bow ties, the usual stuff that comes to your mind when you think of “preppy.” I said “surprisingly” because many people in fashion, mostly my age, have their mind set on womenswear, or shoes and not willing to experiment with other areas.

Following that, I had a lunch break before my next class which involved my weekly trip to Buffalo Exchange, but unfortunately I didn’t come across any good finds today. From there I went to “Fundamentals of Digital Photography and Photoshop” where I had a little bit of a mishap…

After sitting through the first half of class I learned a few things about my camera that I didn’t know which was wonderful but by the end of the class I realized the class just wasn’t for me. My true passion is for fashion and although I love photography I felt like I wouldn’t be fully happy in this class. It was a bit too in depth in photography for me, which is fabulous for all of you who wish to pursue photography more than I want to. Please keep in mind that these are my personal opinions and for myself I know I would of been happier if I switched to a more fashion related class. Long story short after class I headed to D-130 and switched to “Fabric Styling for Fashion.” It will be a bit confusing walking into class next week as everyone’s second day but technically my first but hopefully I’ll catch on quick.

How was your first day? What was your favorite part about the day?