My Trip to FIT

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Hi everyone! Every Saturday I get up bright and early to make my train into the city for class!

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Once the train gets in, I rush to the shuttle to Times Square!

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I transfer from the shuttle to the 1 train and get off at 28th street

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I finally arrive and get a quick coffee at Caffe Bene before heading to class!

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I hope you have a great day and an even better week! Bye bye!

~Kaela

Reflecting and Improving

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Hi everyone! So this week, after studying for tests and working on projects and completing countless hours of homework, I decided to look at some of my “earlier work”. I think it’s really important to reflect and improve in life; reflect on what you have done in the past and improve for the future. Here is a dress I made a few years ago and a pair of shorts I made this week!
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Unlike the dress, this pair of shorts is sewn with different kinds of seams, each seam is finished and the shorts are overall stronger than the dress is. I’ve also learned that I can’t just pick a fabric that I really like when making something because, although it’s really really pretty, it might not work for the project I’m trying to complete. If I find a fabric that I am in love with I will go home and design a garment that will work for that fabric, I will make sure that I am making a responsible decision regarding the project instead of just deciding what I am going to do and praying it will work!
I hope you have a great day and an even better upcoming week! Bye bye!
~Kaela

Spontaneity

Hi everyone! Sometimes the mere idea of jumping into something completely new is more than daunting. Personally, I feel like a plan outlining every detail of a new experience is the only way to be fully prepared; but if I only go by a specific list, how can I really appreciate the surprises?
When I first looked in to the precollege programs at FIT I didn’t know if I was outgoing enough to be a part of a program like it. I have been in design classes before and done camps and played on sports teams, but I always felt shy around new people. On the first day of class at FIT I decided that I would push away my structured plans and not just take the class, but also engage in it. It’s like there were two paths in front of me and one was a path that I knew and felt comfortable navigating and the other was a new path, one that I always wanted to try, but never had the courage to go down.
Since starting classes here, I’ve been more willing to participate in new activities. I generally feel more outgoing and I genuinely think FIT contributed to that. If you were looking at taking a class here I would really urge you to take that jump. It might be exactly what you’ve been looking for. I absolutely understand how intimidating new experiences can be, but when you just stick to your usual schedule and rarely stray from your comfort zone, you could end up overlooking an amazing opportunity. Remember: sometimes the best memories can come from the most unexpected moments! See you soon, bye bye!
~Kaela

A Visit to the FIT Museum

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The Fashion Institute of Technology’s School of Graduate Studies and The Museum at FIT present Lauren Bacall: The Look, the first exhibition to exclusively explore Bacall’s career and personal style, in which her own garments take the spotlight. Organized by graduate students in the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice program, this exhibition examines Bacall’s distinctive style within the context of her modeling, film, and theater careers. Read more in the FIT Newsroom…

So this past weekend I had the chance to see the exhibit on Lauren Bacall, with a group of Precollege students. The day began at about 11 o’clock when I joined a class just starting their tour of the exhibit. So probably just as a few other people I totally didn’t know who Lauren Bacall was. I soon realized she’s totally got that style that everyone can recognize, but it was kind of edgy for her time. Some of the clothes she wore, which are actually on display, definitely show that. The pieces were totally to die for, it is definitely an exhibit to see!

 

~Mikey
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BANG

Sneaker. What’s the first image that pops into your mind? Hm… maybe a pair of Converse or Vans… maybe some Nike high tops. But there’s a new image that needs to be a part of that “sneaker compilation”: Bangs Shoes.

Today we had a guest speaker come in to talk about her start-up company centered on sneakers. To be honest, I always imagined guest speakers as these really qualified but unrelatable people who’ve gone on to do amazing things that I just can’t really connect myself with. Obviously, I respect them with every ounce of my body but there’s just something about them that makes me not want to pay attention 100%. But when this lady named Hannah entered, she totally lit up the dull classroom. This confident lady had a message and she intended on letting us know.

She started a company (Bangs Shoes) that is a for-profit organization that sells shoes to help people in need. She was inspired by the shoes she saw workers in China wearing and knew there was something special about their aesthetic after she got multiple compliments from wearing a pair. She decided to start her own company and use the profits to help individuals from struggling countries like Cambodia, India or Nicaragua. Her idea definitely inspired me to be a better person who can use success to assist others. Also, I loved the fact that in such a capitalist society she chose to create a business not based on selfish profit but something that looked out for the bettering of a whole global society.

Definitely check out Bangs Shoes at their website or Instagram!

Stand for something.

XOXO, The Style Saviour