Introducing Precollege Blogger: Isabella

My name is Isabella Basile. I am from the garden state of New Jersey. I attend Marlboro High School. During the past three years in high school I’ve been taking fashion classes and next year I will be in a honors fashion class. I am taking my first FIT Precollege course this spring, which has been my dream college since elementary school. I am enrolled in, HAR 016 55A Creating a Fashion Figure. This July I will be attending more courses.

My passions are diverse. I love to design clothes and I get my inspirations from my travels. I like to make my designs a reality by sewing. Every time I’m at a destination I get inspired by the culture, people, and landscape. Whether it be from a tropical beach, magical city or seeing the land below me as I fly above the mountains. This all plays a major role in my vision.

I have a blog that I started last year. It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve been posted on many social media accounts. This is very exciting to me because it gets my name out for people to see who I am and what I am about. I’ve also been personally invited, for the first time to attend #NYFW2018 by designer Mac Duggal. It was so much fun! I loved every minute of it!! This experience made me more determined to have my own line to show the world. This past summer, while in Greece I had a photoshoot on top of the Grecian white buildings with blue domes. The dresses I wore were incredible and had a train that was about 20 feet long and flowed in the wind. These pictures captivated my followers and I grew a larger following with people from around the world. A company called, Buena Vita asked me to sponsor them because they found my blog on Instagram. This company sells bracelets to help make the oceans a cleaner and healthier environment for sea life.

Anyone who knows me, knows I’m truly a mermaid on the inside. I absolutely love the tropics!! One day, I will see girls wearing my designs on the beach. Whether it be a bathing suit, cover-up, beach bag or sandals, this is my dream. Aside from sewing, my daily routine consists of working out. I kickbox, cheer competitively and attend the gym. I also love to surf. I usually surf with my sister it is one of our favorite things to do together. I’m excited to blog for FIT as I can share my experiences here. As I learn, I can progress, as I progress, I can achieve!! My goal is to be accepted into FIT!!!

I am so eager to learn and I will work hard to have a brand one day!!

-Xo Bell

Time for a Wardrobe Change!

After so many weeks of cold weather, it’s finally time for a wardrobe change! New York summers are hot and sweaty, but they are also filled with fabulous summer outfits. Practicality influences fashion choices and designs. It isn’t just a coincidence that summer clothes are made out of lighter fabrics such as linen and cotton; summer clothes are made from these fabrics because they keep you cool. Winter clothes are often made out of darker and thicker materials because they generate warmth. This theme continues regarding the other seasons.

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I decided to take a trip to FIT on Thursday, and I photographed some fun summer clothes! I am going to share a couple with you. The gold shoes caught my attention first. I like their delicacy and simplicity. I thought they were a cute combination with her short, white dress. The whole outfit was very elegant. I’m happy she agreed to let me take her picture, so I get to share her style with all of you. The next person I saw embracing the glorious weather was dressed in a Polka dotted dress. She had matching heels and a handbag. I like the bold red and black combination.

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I like getting ideas for my own design and outfits by observing what others wear and how they combine different colors and garments. There are a million ways to get dressed in the morning; why not try something new?

Happy creating!

– Ella

Art of the In-Between

This week, I went to the new fashion exhibit, Art of the In-Between, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibit showed work by fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, the founder of Comme des Garçons, which translates to “as the boys”. Rei Kawakubo studied fine arts and aesthetics at Keio University in Tokyo, but she does not have a traditional fashion education. She began by designing clothes for women and later began designing men’s clothing as well. She focuses on mobility and comfort in her designs.

Rei Kawakubo challenges our western definition of beauty. When you walk into the exhibit, the first garments that you see are these red dresses. The cloth is wrapped and layered in such a way that there are large lumps that distort the figure. I immediately noticed how this strayed from the traditional hourglass figure one sees accentuated in a majority of woman’s couture. Rei’s designs each have a unique shape that has nothing to do with highlighting one’s physical features. They are works of art that happen to be wearable. Rei once said,“For something to be beautiful, it doesn’t have to be pretty.” This is exactly what I observed. Every garment I saw had beauty and power, but none of them were pretty. “Beauty is whatever one thinks is beautiful.” – Rei Kawakubo, I agree that beauty is subjective, and everyone has a unique definition of what beauty means. Art of the In-Between made me think about my own definitions of beauty and how beauty is sometimes inexplicable.

Since I am taking a menswear class, I noticed her use of men’s clothing. There were multiple garments that she had created by cutting up suits and reconfiguring them. After being disassembled, the garments no longer seemed to have genders. I enjoy observing how designers combine men and woman’s couture. I myself want to experiment using classic men’s suit jacket collars in woman’s clothing.

I also noticed her use of fabric and color. She used a lot of blacks, reds, pinks, and whites which seemed influenced by classic European styles. I also was reminded of Victorian era dresses by a few of the garments. I think this was due to their heavy and luxurious fabric.

The exhibit will be open until September 4, so I encourage you all to go check it out for yourselves!

Happy Creating!

– Ella

Spare Change

Three of my pieces from my first class at FIT!

Change…it’s a loaded word, isn’t it? Many people are hesitant to step into new situations, embark on uncharted waters. But, in our ever-evolving society, change is something we need to embrace. FIT has helped me to cultivate this mindset by teaching me that change can be a catalyst for creativity and positivity. As I travel into the city each week for class, I am kept on my toes by the dynamic developments occurring in today’s fashion industry.

A unique design from one of FIT’s curated museum exhibits. I love how this piece challenges typical fashion through its asymmetrical shape, unique pattern, and beautiful butterfly detail!

Much like New York City, the world of fashion and art is something that transforms every day, every hour, every minute. Being surrounded by such knowledgeable professors and talented peers who have my same passion for this exhilarating field challenges me to think outside of the box and explore new ideas in my own artistic journey. When I sat down in my first FIT class three years ago as a nervous freshman in high school who loved to sew, my perception of fashion was relatively limited to what I personally thought was aesthetically pleasing. As time went on and I enrolled in more classes, however, I learned that fashion was so much more than beautiful clothing; it is an art form that represents the evolution of culture.

This is a Charles James design I saw at the MET a few summers ago. At the time this piece was created, it was completely breaking customary fashion (and societal) boundaries!

My time at FIT has taught me to question social norms and challenge complacency, both in my creations and in daily life. I challenge all of you to step outside of your comfort zones in your artwork and embrace the excitement of change. To quote the great CoCo Chanel, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

Talk to you next week!

~Kaela

Looking to my Inspirations

The hardest part of my morning is hands down deciding on what to wear. I can spend hours adding and taking away layers, scouring through my closet and drawers, basically wrecking my room until it is unrecognizable, until I find the perfect combination. When I’m deciding on this perfect combo, usually depending on my mood that day and what I want to express through my clothing, I look at my eclectic choices of inspirations and role models in the fashion industry who always have the upper hand on style and flair.

My first candidate for outfit inspiration is Rachel Zoe. With her bohemian glam glow and endless stock of bell bottoms I find myself wearing fringe vests and flare jeans more and more everyday.

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For those days I can not bare to get up and just need something comfy yet trendy to get me through my day, I look to this generation’s It girl, Gigi Hadid. She is the queen of all things street style and athleisure wear (and of the runway).

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A type of style only few can conquer, the side of fashion with no rules, I save for the days I want to make a statement and display boldness. From mixed prints, to colors no one would ever imagine together, Iris Apfel and Leandra Medine (Founder of Manrepeller.com ) have this scene covered.

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Who I like to think of as a style doppelgänger of myself, Danielle Bernstein (Founder of Weworewhat.com ) is an entrepreneur, businesswoman, fashion blogger and a newly emerging designer. On top of her accomplishments she is also a fashion chameleon who is always on top of trends and never misses a chance to put her own spin on things, and not to mention, she is one of FIT’s very own alumna.

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Until next time,

-Faith