A Trip to Macy’s!

nyc_macysHi everyone! This past weekend my Professor invited one of his former students, Bianca, to come and talk to us about her experience working in the fashion industry. Since she works at the Macy’s a few blocks over she was able to take us there and really show us where all of her hard work ends up. As most of you probably know the Macy’s in New York City is literally heaven. With the endless racks of clothes, shoes, bags, makeup and jewelry I could probably spend hours there.

Bianca works hands on with the company INC by Macy’s dealing with people overseas, analyzing sales and thinking about new ways to incorporate new details on to their clothing pieces. She was seriously the sweetest person ever and answered all of our questions. Although she said working in this industry isn’t exactly how it’s portrayed in The Devil Wears Prada she told us her job has pushed her to work harder than she ever thought she could. One thing she told us was after working with a certain garment for so long, finally seeing it on the floor being sold is such an amazing feeling. That statement made me think about how it must feel to see an item go from a simple sketch to being sold to consumers. Wow. This trip allowed me to get the “inside scoop” of what working in the fashion industry is really like and I really enjoyed it.

On the other side of things, there are only two weeks of the spring semester left. I can’t believe it! It went by so fast! I’m going to miss all of the friends I have made in my class and I’m just going to miss the class in general. But, I am also very excited to start my summer Precollege class soon after that! For the class I’m currently taking we have an end of the semester project. I have to make a mood board and write a short essay about a brand of my choice. I of course chose Michael Kors because I am absolutely in love with that brand. I can’t wait to show you guys how it comes out!

Until next time,

Nicole

 

Why I Came to FIT

I am fifteen, soon to be sixteen. And according to almost every adult in my life I am too young to know what I want. I am too young to know anything about the world. Too young to know anything about my future. Too young to know the truth. I am young, I’ll give them that. However I do not believe that I am too young to know how the world works. The complicated ins and outs of people. The million shades of grey that compile the screwed up puzzle that puts this city together. Youth does not equal naivety. And in so many adults minds it does. My youth coupled with my white skin and middle class upbringing makes me a bit of a target for criticism when I discuss my woes. I am not nor have I ever said that my life is anymore difficult than anyone else’s. I have never asked for anyone to care more about me. All I have ever asked for is respect. But respect is something that is never something given. It is something that is earned.

That is part of the reason that I decided to take classes at FIT. To give some legitimacy to what I want. To hopefully be given more respect. When I first came to FIT last summer I had hoped that I would feel like an adult. However what I found was that I still felt like a child. I realize that I may be asking too much. I am asking to speed up the process and go straight to college. Being young, and going to high school is an important step in becoming a whole person. Really my need and want to grow up so quickly is very childish, and very naive. But right now it just feels like I am waiting for my life to start.

Sophia

FIT is right for me!

Hi everyone! This past weekend there were no classes and believe it or not my Saturday felt really empty. Im going to be very honest for a second. Going into this class I was really unsure if I was going to like it or not. I was also concerned that I wouldn’t be able to keep up or that I wouldn’t know as much as the other people in the class. Looking back on it I don’t know why I ever had those thoughts and doubts in my mind. This class has opened so many new doors for me. Its made me more independent, led me to writing this blog and most importantly it made me realize how much I love fashion. Its also led me to become more mature and I feel like I am on the right path now. Until taking this class I was really unsure of what I wanted to do in the future but now I know. Even though some people are haters and will say “Why would you want to go to school on the weekends?” it doesn’t matter because I know FIT is where I belong.

I really want to clear something up for anyone who is nervous about taking a Precollege class. Don’t be. You will make so many new friends and everyone in the class is there to learn too. Even if you don’t know every minuscule detail about fashion who cares? Taking a Precollege class has definitely changed my life for the better and I don’t regret taking it at all. I hope this makes anyone who had any doubts change their mind.

Until next time,

Nicole

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

 

Tonight I’m a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star

The music world has always been something very mysterious to me. It is allusive in its nature daunting and terrifying and oh so intriguing. Musicians themselves have an intoxicating presence. They collect such followings because of the quality of their profession. They rip open their chests, pluck out their hearts, and hold them out in their hands for us all to watch, as they beat and bleed. They make themselves vulnerable in the most personal way, the good ones do at least. This can be a musician’s success, but it can also be their downfall. Vulnerability coupled with celebrity and then criticism has killed so many young stars. We watch them climb to the top and fall down, as we point and laugh at them.

I myself have fallen in love with countless rockstars. With their brooding, sad eyes, broken hearts, and strong hands, what woman wouldn’t love one? They make great company, often smart, and speaking in lyrical whispers, constantly tapping away at the wall between you and them with their drum sticks and guitar strings and soft voices. They will break your heart, only if you let them. But it’s so much more fun to let them.

A look comes with being a musician, a certain cool and stage presence, a knowledge of how to carry yourself. They walk down the street and you know who they are. Marc Jacobs described it best when he said, “I like looking at the people who listen to the music I like. I like looking at the people who make the music I like… As a teenager growing up in NYC… I was seduced by punk. Not at first by the sound, but by the visual noise that came from it, from the scene, from the different styles of the bands and the styles of their fans.” Because with rockstar’s confidence, or at least their facade of confidence, they can get away with wearing almost anything. This is something that people who don’t look like Mick Jagger or Joan Jett cannot always do. So for an art project I designed a line of clothes that brought rock star style down from the nether sphere and into a more reachable grasp. I inserted them into images of 1970′s New York, because I wanted to reflect the dirtiness and grittiness of the clothing. I believe that not only should everyone get the chance to look like a rockstar, but everyone at some point in their lives has wanted to be a rockstar. And you’re lying if you say you haven’t.

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My Design (the guys around it are vigilantes who were known as the Guardian Angels)

Designers like Marc Jacobs have ventured down this path before. In his 1992 collection for Perry Ellis, Jacobs epitomized the LA rock ‘n’ roll queen by way of Courtney Love. This was also the collection that subsequently got him fired from the brand. More recently companies like Saint Laurent Paris, the re-branded name of Yves Saint Laurent, with their new head designer Hedi Slimane sent models down the runway in over-sized flannel shirts, babydoll dresses, and fishnet stockings for their Fall/Winter 2013 collection. Up and coming designer Christian Benner beat me to the chase a little bit when he said he wants people who buy his clothes to know that they can “own it, their own, it might sound corny but, rockstar, in a sense.” It doesn’t sound corny at all.

I love music so much, but I don’t play an instrument, and I can’t sing, and I don’t like performing, so this is my way in. To make and design rockstar clothes for the average person. To cultivate a brand and a name that is known for its ability to create a feeling, a vibe, not just clothes.

- Sophia