Spring Break Project Recap: Recreating Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

The scary thought progressing through my mind at the moment is colleges. The thought of being free, independent, and one step closer to becoming an adult brings excitement as well as anxiousness. Finishing up my junior year with more stress then ever, I am petrified of not getting into one of the fashion colleges of my dreams: Fashion Institute of Technology and LIM (Laboratory Institute of Merchandising.) With all the prep for major tests and regents and handling simple school work, working on a portfolio is also a huge priority in my life.

As I started to explain in a previous blog, during my spring break I worked on a shoot with a couple of friends. We re-created the vibe of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The shoot was done at two locations: The stone steps and waterfall in front of the Plaza Hotel and the Tiffany & Co. store located on 5th Avenue and 57th street. The shoot became a huge success when many tourists stood behind the photographer taking snap shots and glazing at the model and scenery. When people started to ask the model and I if they could take photos with her, it was a great feeling of accomplishment for my team and I. Especially when there was fifteen people lined up waiting to take their picture with ‘Audrey’. The model loved the attention and didn’t mind posing for the fellow tourists on the NYC streets. But then again, when your Audrey Hepburn, one of the most symbolic beauties of all time, why wouldn’t you flaunt it?

Here are some of my favorite photographs from the shoot: I would love to hear feedback on whether you like or dislike my work. I would also love to hear tips any one has for me! I LOVE OPINIONS :)

I adore that piece of hair blowing by her face! Although the feet are a tad awkward.

This was a quick shoot we threw together at the last moment at the Plaza. The pictures didn’t come out the way I wanted them but this one was the exception. I like the way her outfit is flaunted.

Again, I would love to hear your feedback and opinion.

xoxo,
Michella

Precollege Courses: It’s Best to Sign Up With a Friend

I hope everyone had a fantastic break despite the sporadic and not so great weather. I know mine was pretty productive! I ended up going with the pastel blue hair (I’ll post pictures later) and got some great patches for my jean jacket! Although break was fun- I can’t wait to get back to my class at FIT. Especially because throughout the semester, I have made a lot of great friends from class that are really fun to spend time with. I’m also very good friends with Ruby, another fellow blogger. We aways meet up during our break to go to Starbucks (where many of other kids from my class hang out) and grab a green tea latte- they are the best! Afterwards we always meet up to grab lunch since the class ends at 12:30. Two blocks away there is the very good fresh food chain – Pret a Manger – where we can grab a quick bite to eat.

I feel that when signing up for an FIT Precollege courses it is best to sign up with a friend who is also interested in taking a class. Even though kids in the class are great and interested in the same things as you, it can sometimes be kind of daunting! Having a friend to take class with is always much more comforting (if the combination of you two is distracting- than you should hold off. You are there to learn about art, not there to be constantly talking to your friend!).

That’s all for now- Talk to you soon! xoxo,

Martina

I’ll leave you with a bit of inspiration from one of my favorite models:

Jessica Stam

My FIT Friends & My Spring Break Follow-Up

As someone who was going to travel to FIT alone, some of my main concerns were what kind of people I would meet there. Was everyone going to be really into fashion? Will they criticize my outfit? Do they even have sports there? Well, the answer is, FIT precollege students come from all over, with many different backgrounds and interests! Not everyone knows what Marc Jacob did last fashion week or who the editor of Vogue is. Not even all the students know who their favorite designer is, it all depends on the individual and how serious they take fashion.

As far as the people I’ve met at FIT, they’ve all been kind. There’s so much to talk about; it’s easy to start conversations with whoever’s sitting next to you. Sometimes, you may not have very much in common, which has happened to me. I suggest sitting towards the middle of the room so there’s people all around you to talk to, that way, there’s bound to be someone with the same interests. Also, you only see these people once a week, so there’s a lot to talk about. I usually ask my friends if they’ve had time to work on the project, go swatching, or get new supplies.

I don’t know anyone who stays for two classes, so during my lunch break I go solo. I usually go for my 2nd or 3rd extra-large tea from Dunkin’ Donuts, and maybe a large coffee (i’m the caffeine queen). During the warm weather, I like to go shop at American Apparel and other various stores around the block from FIT. During colder months, I stay closer to the school and eat lunch inside, or across the street at the pizza place. I also love the discount art store, I just got a 72 set of Prismacolor pencils for Easter! Last Saturday, there was a room full of people decorating bags to send to children in Haiti, and making paper cranes for children in Japan. They offered free food and made name plates and drew caricatures. I stopped by to decorate a bag or two.

In my second class, it’s a lot more chatty as people are following the step-by-step instructions on how to create garments. I talk away with a friend as I sew and sometimes hang out in the room during break or go to grab another hot tea or a snack. I like to take notes of all the steps so it’s easy to remember later, and I can make things later at home. After school, I grab something to eat for dinner and head to the subway. Every once in a while I wander around Time Square before catching my train, but most of the time I just get a magazine to read while I wait.

Spring Break was incredibly unpredictable, but completely fun. Of course, I procrastinated and spent much needed time with old friends, but I also hand-beaded most of my prom dress and finished my shrug and started my purse. I had various runs to the art supplies store and fabric store for my FIT projects, which are just about finished up. Shopping was also fun. I got a cute floral sheer shirt from Forever 21, as well as a sequined bandeau top and cream sweater. I went to Marshall’s, which is totally great because their prices are always so good. I got a cheetah print dress, another floral top, and khaki capris. I also bought a white frilly blouse from New York & Company. My Spring Break definitely rounded out my wardrobe more. I’ve also been finishing a book I’ve recently rented called Models As Muse: Embodying Fashion.

Karlie

The Third Project: Spring Break

It’s finally here! The mornings where the birds chirp, the sun shines, and most importantly, school’s out! Spring Break is the most exciting time of the school year. A week and a half off of vanished stressful studying for exams and loads of homework is a decent escape. It’s the time to venture away and do things you’ve always wanted to. Myself, I will be very productive working on my portfolio. As I said in previous blogs, styling is a passion. Convientely, I have a friend who’s interested in photography. Together we make the best tag-team and create satisfactory work. The models we will be using are our friends. I chose five people, both males and females, who I thought had potential. Out of the five shoots we planned, we’re only shooting two during this time.

I’m super excited to be doing this! Both of the shoots will be located in NYC, around 5th Avenue and Central Park. One of the shoot’s theme is ‘Shopaholic,’ so I will be collecting high-end store’s shopping bags as props for the shoot. My inspiration towards this theme was Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl. Blair loves to shop, especially at Bendels.

The shoot will be taken on 57th Street in front of Chanel and varies of other stores. As well as the ‘Modern Hepburn’ shoot that will be shot in front of Tiffany’s & Co on 57th Street and 5th Avenue. This shoot is an imitation of Holly Golightly, Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but with a twist of modernism. Of course when you think of Audrey, it’s inevitable that a little black dress comes to mind except, the dress will be a maxi. Exposure of toned arms and hidden collar bones will be the infamous styling of the top of the dress with a long drape to the floor.

After month’s of planning and organizing to the perfection, I’m ready! All that’s left is a few prep days, a fitting day with the models, and SHOOT DAY! Wish me luck. I will show you guys my work on one of my upcoming blocks!

xoxo,

Michella

Spring Break: 50’s Style

For some strange reason, my school’s spring break was from April 3 to the 9th. And as you may know, the weather during that week was horrendous! So there I was, my beach plans foiled by Mother Nature, with nothing to do. But then I realized, Wait! I have FIT! *insert jubilant music here* I quickly opened up the internet and typed in http://www.fitnyc.edu/8351.asp#W ( OK I didn’t actually type it in, it’s saved in my bookmarks). This magic web address will lead you to the FIT databases. From here you can access sites that most people have to pay for, but if you are a registered Precollege student you can access them for free! My favorite site has to be WWD Online, where you can print out the current issue even if you aren’t a subscriber to the fashion paper. Another site that is going to come in handy for my final project on fashion forecasting is Fashion Snoops. It’s a trend forecasting site that presents the trends in really detailed ways.

Speaking of projects, I did manage to get some work done on my History of Fashion project that was due on the 16th. We had to choose a specific era and research trends and fashion from that time. I chose the 1950’s because, um, hello? Dior’s “New Look” anyone? I adore tiny waists with A-line skirts.  We also had to make a story board to go with the time period, so I used some of the skills I picked up in the Precollege class I took, HFS 180: Fabric Styling for Fashion. The marvelous Professor Petitt taught us how to create visual story boards that really conveyed a message. We learned to edit our selections down into a cohesive image instead of covering every inch of a poster board with pictures, because that’s just too chaotic.

The one thing I did manage to achieve over spring break was a shopping trip with my friend Jackie to the Garden State Plaza mall. That place has everything, including a carousel. We only got lost like 3 times on the drive down (I’m horrible with directions and my GPS likes to take advantage of me), but I scored an adorable dress from Forever 21 that has a total 50’s vibe. Guess what I’m wearing to my next class?

If you guessed this dress, you’re right! I apologize for my bad modeling skills but I’m five feet tall so it’s not like I’m the next Karlie Kloss. Anyway, here I am posing with the 50’s love of my life: Ms. Audrey Hepburn.

I hope you all have a better spring break than I did as far as the weather is concerned, and whatever you do don’t panic about not having Precollege class this weekend!

P.S. Any other Hepburn fans out there? Leave a comment if you want to obsess with me!

Erin