Keeping an Open Mind

For my Fashion Forecasting class, we took a trip to Macy’s. We had an assignment, which was to pick a department (either women’s, men’s, children’s, or accessories) and answer a few questions.

macysWhichever department we chose for the assignment had to be the department we use for our end of semester project, in which we must predict a trend for spring 2015.

I was positive that I was going to do my project on womenswear, so I immediately headed towards the 3rd floor, when my friend, Shioban, convinced me to shop around the men’s department first. I’m so happy she did.

Menswear never really interested me. I thought that it was boring, and that there is not much to do with menswear. I was pleasantly surprised by how fascinated I was with it.

mtThe displays were beautiful. The mannequins all looked so dapper, as did the men shopping there. The trend seemed to be a newer, fresher, and more modern gentleman, inspired by the early 20th century. This was further illustrated through one of the sales associate’s bow ties, which was made of wood.

Another sales associate let me in on a secret, bow ties are THE new menswear trend. These were not your basic bow ties either. There were barely any basic blacks to be seen. They came in every color of the rainbow, in every fabric you could ask for, and any pattern imaginable. There was no basic stripes, the were boldly colored.

mt2Red satin bow ties, á la Jared Leto, were flying off the displays. Paisley, geometric prints, houndstooth, and even bow tied with some sparkle woven in were everywhere.

It’s safe to say I’m obsessed with menswear now.

I learned to keep an open mind. The trip taught me that those that are closed-minded will not succeed in fashion. Keep an eye out for old trends that may reappear, like the bow tie. Don’t close yourself off, to fashion or anything else. I didn’t, and now I have a new found love of menswear, and two bow ties.

What do you think about menswear? What do you think about women wearing menswear items?

Until next time,

Arielle

Exploring the FIT Campus And Beyond!

One of my favorite things about the campus at FIT is how simple it is to get around.  Only 5 minutes from Penn Station, the FIT campus is very easy to find and is packed with awesome stores and food places, so I always look forward to going on break and walking around after class.  Usually my professor gives us a 25-30 minute break which is the perfect amount of time to grab a quick bite.  Some of my favorite places to go on break are Panera, Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts. There are so many great lunch places to choose from.  If I’m not feeling hungry, sometimes I stop and check out the Barnes & Noble at FIT for new fashion books and college attire. I recently bought an FIT sweatshirt that I’m absolutely in love with, it’s so comfy!

After class sometimes I go shopping with my friends.  We love Zarra, Macy’s, Forever21, H&M, and American Apparel. It’s really exciting to explore and find new places, especially for a ‘Jersey Girl’ like me who is used to open spaces and no places to walk to.

If your planning on visiting the FIT campus some other places you should check out are:

  • Joe Fresh 34th St
  • Cat Walk Shoe Salon 7th Avenue
  • Lush Cosmetics
  • Macy’s at 34th St.

If you’re taking a sewing or fabric styling class you can find a lot of beautiful fabrics at Mood located on 225 W. 37th St.  You guys might recognize this store from one of my favorite shows, Project Runway!  I made several trips to Mood last semester when I took fabric styling.  The swatches I selected at Mood were really unique and added something really special to my style boards!



I’m having so much fun learning my way around the city and finding cool places to hang out and shop! If you’re planning on checking out FIT keep some of these awesome places in mind!  Thanks for reading and have fun exploring!

Jennifer

 

 

 

 

The Wonderful City of New York: My Top 5 Restaurants and Shops Near FIT

Do you ever explore the city before or after class? I know I do. Another great feature about Precollege Programs is that the location is in a great part of the city, Chelsea. There is so much for anyone and everyone to do around here and I am happy to share with you some of my favorite food and shopping spots!

My Top 5 Restaurants:

  • The Greek Corner (322 7th Ave)
  • Chipotle (501 7th Ave)
  • Brgr (287 7th Ave)
  • Panera (330 7th Avenue)
  • Rub BBQ (208 West 23rd Street)

My Top 5 Shopping Spots:

  • Mood Fabrics (225 W 37th St 3rd Floor)
  • H & M (435 7th Avenue)
  • Fashion Design Books (250 W. 27th street)
  • Zara (580 Broadway)
  • LUSH (1052 6th Avenue)

I hope you all check these places out next time you get free time before or after class!
Until next time,

xoxoxo Tori

 

The Best of the Rest: My Top 16 Places to Shop, Eat, and Hang-out

New York City is home to some of the best restaurants, and lets not forget: it is one of the top fashion capitals in the world. That being said, myself, along with all of the other Precollege students, are unbelievably fortunate to have the opportunity to take classes at FIT and be able to experience the hectic streets of NYC weekly. So, where do you guys shop, eat and go on breaks? I know where I go so here are just some places I highly recommend!

Due to the fact that Saturday/Sunday Live students get a 15-30 minute break time is limited! So, that means where we go on break is limited also. Here are just a few places to get coffee, a snack, or shop in a very close proximity to FIT (some in which you’ll probably be very familiar with):

  • Buffalo Exchange: 114 W. 26th street
  • Fashion Design Books: 250 W. 27th street (practically on FIT’s campus)
  • Barnes and Noble at FIT: between the A and B buildings
  • The Style Shop (if it’s opened): located in the A building
  • (The infamous) Starbucks: 315 7th ave
  • Argo tea: 275 7th ave (right across from the museum at FIT)
  • Cafe 27: 250 W. 27th street (between FIT’s campus)
  • Moda: 234 W. 27th street (also between FIT’s campus)
  • Trailer Park Lounge: 271 W. 23rd street (Okay, so this place is not the most attractive looking, just see the picture I posted, but it’s actually a really cool place with great food!)

Now, after class if the weather is nice and you feel like going shopping here are some places to shop (only if you are willing to take the subway or have someone to drive you because some of these stores are kind of far from FIT)

  • Beacon’s Closet: 10 W. 13th street (I mentioned this store in another post but definitely try it out!)
  • The Market: 328 W. 14th street (this place is really cool, it’s only open certain days of the week and tons of emerging designers are there with really unique things)
  • Buffalo eExchange: this one is in the East Village (332 E. 11th street) I’d recommend stopping at this store also if you are a big thrift store person because every Buffalo Exchange carries totally different things!
  • Forever 21: 50 W. 34th street
  • Zara: 580 Broadway
  • Brandy Mellville: 518 Broadway
  • And basically any store on Broadway…

Michaela