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

When Fashion Doesn’t Fit into High School

I love reading my fellow Precollege bloggers’ posts, and when I read Sophia’s post on fitting fashion into high school, I couldn’t help but feel a little envious. I’ve always wished I had gone to a creative school in Manhattan. Instead, I go to a public school in the suburbs of Long Island where all the money gets poured into a science research program that still can’t compete with those of some of the schools around.

Fashion is something I have always loved and felt a deep passion for. However, where I live, creativity really isn’t an admirable trait. The creative ones are discouraged from being who they really are; in fact, they are encouraged to pursue other interests. The creative ones are coincidentally the ones with bright blue hair and 10 different piercings, labeling them as the “art freaks”. Parents of the “art freaks” are looked down upon, since they did not raise their children in the same conservative way that the rest did.

The only respected kids are the ones that want to be doctors and lawyers; the ones that got into the Ivys (and the like) get a congratulatory hug from basically all of the school’s staff, while those going to art or fashion schools get a meek smile at best.

I used to succumb to the standards that were set upon me. My parents are very conservative, and I used to follow suit. However, this past month in Manhattan, as well as my classes at FIT, have taught me so much. Loving art or fashion is not a bad thing. Being creative is just as impressive as being good at math or science. Maybe it is even more impressive, since the creative ones are able to survive being torn down time and time again. I was never into math or science. I wanted to read, and write, and design. I wanted to create. I’ve finally accepted who I am and who I’m not.

Hiding myself away only made me miserable. Ever since I have started being more real with myself, I’ve been so much happier. I can’t wait to go to FIT this fall. I can’t wait to be in a place where I am fully accepted for who I am, what I love, and what I’m good at. I am so excited; I feel like I’m finally going to find my niche.

But something even more important that finally getting to go somewhere where I finally fit in is the realization that I should have never let other people get to me. I should have always just been myself. I should have never have tried to hide away the part of myself that so desperately wanted to be free.

I apologize for being so cliché, but don’t be ashamed of who you are. Once you really accept yourself and embrace who you truly are, others will follow suit. The only way to be truly happy in life is to be who you really are, not what other people want you or expect you to be.

Now I’m not saying that piercings and unnaturally colored hair necessarily correlate with being creative or loving art, but I have always wanted to have purple hair…

We’ll see

-Arielle

Comparing Celebrity Styles!

Hi everyone! Anyone who knows me would know that I am obsessed with watching award shows mainly to see what everyone is wearing. This past weekend was the MTV Movie Awards and I saw some styles that I absolutely fell in love with.

  • Ellie-Goulding-Vogue-14Apr14-Rex_b_592x888Ellie Goulding: Ellie Goulding had on a beautiful white gown by Giorgio Armani. The dress was floor length, had pockets on the side and had slits near her stomach. She paired the dress with a pair of black opened toed Jimmy Choo heels. The dress was very flattering and she looked absolutely stunning.
  • Shailene Woodley: Shailene Woodley wore an olive-green Balmain dress and a pair of black heels. This was definitely one of my favorite clothing pieces that I have ever seen her in. The dress was short, showed some skin near her stomach and it almost reminded me of a Shailene-Woodley-Vogue-14Apr14-Rex_b_592x888gladiator. I absolutely fell in love with this outfit the moment I saw her.
  • Jessica Alba: Jessica Alba had on a white Piece d’Anarchive top, a green Kenzo skirt and Jimmy Choo heels. Her look was really fun in the way that it wasn’t as flashy as some of the other outfit choices were. While playing it safe and simple Jessica Alba was Jessica-Alba-Vogue-14Apr14-Rex_b_592x888still able to rock the red carpet and land a spot on the best dressed list.
  • Bella Thorne: Bella Thorne had on a baby blue Versace dress as well as Jimmy Choo heels. Her dress was really cute and classy. It had a floral design near her chest and one sleeve was long and the other mimicked a tank top. It was very tight-fitting but worked well with her figure.Bella-Thorne-Vogue-14Apr14-Rex_b_592x888

I could go on forever about this and give you a list of my favorite and not so favorite styles from the red carpet. Did any of you watch the Movie Awards? Let me know what your favorite outfits were!

Until next time,

Nicole

 

Congratulations Jennifer!

CONGRATULATIONS TO JENNIFER ROMAN WHO WAS JUST ACCEPTED TO FIT THIS FALL FOR FASHION DESIGN!

Student: Jennifer Roman
Major: Fashion Design

Courses taken in Precollege Programs include:
HSX 123: A Week in the Life of a Merchant
HAR 016 Creating the Fashion Figure

Were you accepted to FIT this fall too? We’d love to feature you on the blog as well!
Email: David_Bryant@fitnyc.edu for more information

Congratulations Stephanie!

CONGRATULATIONS TO STEPHANIE REYES WHO WAS JUST ACCEPTED TO FIT THIS FALL FOR FASHION MERCHANDISING MANAGEMENT!

Student: Stephanie Reyes
Major: Fashion Merchandising Management

Courses taken in Precollege Programs include:
 Precollege High School Intern

Were you accepted to FIT this fall too? We’d love to feature you on the blog as well!
Email: David_Bryant@fitnyc.edu for more information