In The Halls: Michaela

Student: Michaela (15) Springfield, NJ
Program: Saturday Live
Precollege Course:
HFM 060: Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising & HFS 180 Fabric Styling for Fashion

Describe your personal style?
I’m the perfect mix between edgy and vintage.. not too simple but not too out there.

Where do you go on your breaks from class?
Sometimes I stay in class and work on my projects. Other days I go to the Style Shop. They have such amazing stuff!

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
I love how you can be yourself without being judged. 

Who or what inspires you?
My favorite bloggers! Just with a click of a button you can access thousands of outfit pictures to use for your own inspiration. 

What do you want to do after you graduate from college?
After college I want to become the creative director of a large designer or company! I just don’t know who I’d like to work for yet.

 

-Meghan

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.

 

-Meghan

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.


-Meghan

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,

Michaela

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,

Michaela