Getting inspired at the MET!

Hi everyone!

Last Wednesday, my Precollege class took a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Despite the fact that the subways were the equivalent of a sauna, I had an amazing time.

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Finished Inspiration Board

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My favorite design by Charles James

photo 4 The purpose of our field trip was to get inspired by the designer Charles James by looking at some of his work. After looking at many of his beautiful designs we were to design an inspiration board that would help a perfumer to decipher what type of smell we would want our perfume to have. Walking into the costume exhibit to look at some of Charles James’ designs was a little overwhelming. He had so many beautiful and elegant designs I was in love.

After leaving the museum my partner and I decided that since Charles James designed many dark and sophisticated gowns our perfume should have an “elegant nighttime” feel to it. In the end we decided we would have to incorporate amber, lavender and a floral smell to make the perfume have that perfect elegant, girly feel to it.

When we were at the museum I took pictures of my favorite dresses to share with you all and I will also add in a picture of our finished inspiration board.

“In fashion even what seems most fragile must be built on cement” ~ Charles James

Until next time,

Nicole

Fashionable Students of F.I.T

If I had a list of ‘awesome amazing days,’ today would definitely top the list, no doubt. For today’s Fashion Forecasting class, we visited 6 retailer stores: H&M, Zara, Gap, Urban Outfitters, Uniqlo, Victoria’s Secret. No, this wasn’t a shopping trip; we used our skills and gathered data from taking notes on the clothes to predict fall 2015′s trends. I’ll give you a little hint: some will go bold, some will go soft.

On my fashion trip and during my walk on the campus, I got the chance to snap some photos of truly poised, stylish F.I.T students. Take a look & don’t be ashamed of drooling over their outfits. Trust me, it’s expected.

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phpd7Ly1aPMThree amazingly sweet girls from my class who always happen to have a similar color scheme going

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Another girl from my class who always dresses incredibly stylishly and always exudes a very sweet, classy & clean look

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The colors are incredibly synchronized and I love all the little details of texture and accessory

Beyond just the classes, F.I.T is a breeding ground for amazing fashionistas.

Stay fancy lovebugs!

XOXO, The Style Saviour

Starting off the Summer

Summer in New York City is never very much fun. The hot July sun beats down on the buildings, which in turn absorb the heat and effectively turns the city into an oven. FIT, located in midtown, is in the epicenter of this oven. Midtown is never a very pleasant place to be, with all the people and garbage and just general disparity, but during the summer it becomes something much more sinister. It becomes an unbearable wasteland of tourists and homeless people who are all baking in the oppressive heat. Thankfully, FIT is on a side street and has managed to cull together enough shade to create a nice sitting area for faculty or students or just passers-by. This July has been a little more bearable than the last, I find that I can enjoy myself more when the temperatures stay below 95 degrees.

This summer I am taking advanced sewing and advanced sketching. These classes entail sewing a denim jacket and a t-shirt and rendering many more fabrics and creating my own mini collection, respectively. And although I’m not really one for conversation I do enjoy listening to the people around me and I have found that many of my classmates have come from outside the city. Most from Long Island or New Jersey, but some traveling from as far away as Los Angeles or Paris. I found this to be true last year as well and it surprised me, the amount of people willing to travel thousands of miles just to take a summer class in a pre-college program. Not that FIT isn’t a great school, and not that there aren’t countless reasons to come, but I’m sure that there are local fashion or art schools in some of these areas. FIT has a certain pull for a lot of people. Maybe it’s the sirens of the city calling their names but for a lot of these kids they feel that FIT is the place for them, and are willing to go to great lengths to be in presence of this school. It is a great compliment to the atmosphere and the curriculum and the faculty.

I myself enjoy very much what I am learning and I enjoy being around my professors. I enjoy being in an atmosphere that promotes this kind of artistry. Even though I get a lot of that at school I like being around people who like all the same things as I do. It’s nice to really fit in somewhere.

Sophia

 

FIT Myths vs. Realities

For the most of us, we’ve done our fair amount of research on FIT before we finally arrived at the classes. I know I definitely did mine, especially going a bit past the official FIT site and information and onto testimonies from current students, alumni, and the like. However, after being in the school for almost a week, I’ve found that not all the preconceptions always match up to the truth. So, I’ve debunked some FIT myths just for you. My myth busting didn’t involve many explosions or potentially deadly experiments, so I do encourage you to try this at home (or campus, technically)!

Myth: Everyone dresses like they’re about to walk a runway, everyday.

Reality: It’s true: FIT students do bring it. But that doesn’t mean everyone is dressed and ready to be in the latest issue of Vogue. Plenty of people just like to dress comfortably (after all, some of us have to wake up pretty early to commute to those AM classes), and even those who dress to impress daily take a day off now and then. Plus, the wonderful thing about being in a school such as this is that individuality is admired, especially in the way you dress. Everyone always wants to see something new, so don’t be afraid to wear what you want to wear.

Myth: The fashion girls are super catty.

Reality: This is a common stereotype, but luckily for everyone it is not one that proves true. My magazine design class is filled with people who are also taking fashion courses during the PM sessions and I’ve also gotten the pleasure to get to know. They are some of the most interesting, kind, and thoughtful people I’ve ever met! Don’t let stereotypes get in the way to what could potentially be a lasting friendship.

Myth: I’m interested in art, but not really into fashion. I guess FIT really isn’t the school for me.

Reality: The FIT precollege program offers far more than just fashion classes! Whether you’re into photography, graphic design, drawing, even computer animation, FIT probably has a class that suits your needs. If this thought is what kept you for signing up for this summer, definitely look into the Saturday/Sunday Live (or workshop) classes in the fall or spring. Precollege really is a great place to learn more about your passion, and meet people with similar interests and goals.

Myth: I’m going to have to work really hard at FIT.

Reality: Actually, no, this isn’t a myth. You will definitely have to work hard, and push your limits. If you want to go to a class where you can sit around and not do much, you’ve come to the wrong place. No matter what class you take, you will have to fine tune your skills, get in the zone, and work like never before. However, if you’re taking a class doing the thing you love, then it will never be a chore.

The expectations of anything will never always meet the realities, so don’t rely on them. Instead, keep an open mind and don’t let other people’s thoughts and opinions cloud your own. Do you have your own FIT preconception that turned out to be nothing but a myth? Leave it in the comments below!

Talk to you soon,

Izzy

First Day of Classes

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My finished bottle of perfume :)

Hi everyone!
I have begun another exciting adventure at FIT. Monday was the first day of my Cosmetics and Fragrance class and let me just say I am already in love! The way this class is being run is that each week we get a new professor for three weeks. The first week my Professor has a degree in working with fragrances, the second week my professor has a degree in the marketing and management aspect of the beauty industry and the last week my professor has a degree in cosmetic design. I am really excited to get an inside look at what really goes on in the beauty industry.

Walking into this class I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but on our first day we were able to make a perfume! It was so cool! We got to pick the scent and color we wanted it to be so my partner and I decided we wanted a fruity smelling pink perfume. We mixed together specific amounts of the scent, color, distilled water, perfume oils and alcohol. Personally I think our perfume came out great.

I think one of the great things about this class is that it is really hands on rather than having  a class that is only a lecture for three hours. I really enjoy learning how to make products and how each product was developed. If you are into the beauty industry I would recommend you take this class if you have the opportunity it was only my first day and I am already having so much fun!

Until next time,

Nicole