In The Halls: Anna

Student: Anna (18) Great Neck, Long Island
Program: Saturday Live
Precollege Course:
HFM 060: Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising

Describe your personal style?
I’m very preppy! However, sometimes I tend to dress a little more edgy.

Where do you go on your breaks from class?
Depending on my mood, I either go to Starbucks or Green Tomato. 

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
Everything from the professors to the campus to the students! It’s such an amazing environment all together.

Who or what inspires you?
Anna Wintour is my greatest inspiration.

What do you want to do after you graduate from college?
I would love to work for someone like Oscar De La Renta.

 

-Meghan

In The Halls: Michaela

Student: Michaela (15) Springfield, NJ
Program: Saturday Live
Precollege Course:
HFM 060: Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising & HFS 180 Fabric Styling for Fashion

Describe your personal style?
I’m the perfect mix between edgy and vintage.. not too simple but not too out there.

Where do you go on your breaks from class?
Sometimes I stay in class and work on my projects. Other days I go to the Style Shop. They have such amazing stuff!

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
I love how you can be yourself without being judged. 

Who or what inspires you?
My favorite bloggers! Just with a click of a button you can access thousands of outfit pictures to use for your own inspiration. 

What do you want to do after you graduate from college?
After college I want to become the creative director of a large designer or company! I just don’t know who I’d like to work for yet.

 

-Meghan

In The Halls: Alina

Student: Alina (18) Astoria, NY
Program: Saturday Live
Precollege Course:
HFM 060: Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising

Describe your personal style?
My personal style is glam meets urban. I love the Kardashian style, as well as the style of Victoria Beckham.

Where do you go on your breaks from class?
I either go to Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks.

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
It’s location! I’m a total City Girl.

Who or what inspires you?
My main inspiration comes from my mom, the Kardashians, as well as Kanye West. 

What do you want to do after you graduate from college?
Upon graduating, I want to become a celebrity stylist. I also want to have my own styling business in the fashion industry.

 

-Meghan

Instructor Spotlight: Jamie Ross

Jamie Ross is an Adjunct Professor for Fashion Merchandising Management in the School of Business and Technology at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Professor Ross has taught at FIT since 2007  and received her AAS in Fashion Buying and Merchandising and her BS in International Trade and Marketing from FIT. She has been quoted in Elle magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Crains, and USA Today among others and has appeared on segments of Good Morning America and CNN.

Professor Ross teaches HFM 064: The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising for Precollege Programs at FIT.

Ms. Ross’  Teaching Philosophy:

I believe in teaching students the current reality of the fashion industry and the tools and resources I use everyday. I like to create a very positive atmosphere for the students where they can feel free to express themselves and encourage and interract with others. Field trips and hands on projects further enhance the experience.

On Precollege Programs:

I find teaching the Precollege programs to be an extremely rewarding and humanistic way to give back to the industry at the earliest level. I give the Precollege students a tremendous amount of credit for being motivated to get an early start on their college education, along with attending high school. Their enthusiasm motivates me to share as much as possible.

Industry Experience:

  • September 2000 – Present
    THE DONEGER GROUP, New York, NY
    Creative Director
  • April 1999 – Sept. 2000
    J.C.PENNEY CO., New York, NY
    Fashion Specialist (and previously with JCP from 1989-1992)
  • April 1994 – Nov. 1997
    POPULAR CLUB/J.CREW INC., Garfield, NJ
    Fashion Stylist
Recent/Upcoming Shows/Exhibitions:
  • March 22 and April 26 2012 – Miami and Europe Street Scenes Presentations at Doneger Offices
  • December 2011 – Margit Symposium at FIT
  • June 2011 – HBA Beauty Expo – Spoke on Bergdorf Goodman monitored panel about new trends in the beauty industry


Black, White, and Red All Over

After completing 5 weeks of HFM064: The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising, I have already learned more from my short time participating in my first FIT Precollege Program class, than I have in my many months of online research and Vogue magazine browsing.  The extra information I have received in class has really furthered my knowledge of the industry as a whole.  When I find myself debating the importance of fashion and appearance with my house full of lawyers and law students, I now bring a more compelling and aggressive argument to the table rather than my usual Chanel quotes, “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”  Sometimes I find myself talking about things I didn’t even know I knew, just from my time flipping through magazines and viewing designer collections in class; sometimes I even impress myself with my new found knowledge.

My friend and I went for a mini shopping trip before my class last week at the Urban Outfitters near my town; everything she picked up I seemed to have a witty fashionista comment to make about it.  “The 60’s are so in right now and the paper bag pants are so going to do it for you” or “Buy me some bell bottoms and a pair of platform shoes and I’ll be fine for the rest of spring, and if it was 1974 I’d be fine for the next 6 years,” exaggerated-I know.  But after learning about the multiple trends that are present right now, I have discovered that my history teacher is indeed right, history truly does repeat itself; with the reassurance of my FIT professor I find the same is true about the history of fashion.

During the first couple of weeks of classes, we covered the trends of the 20th century (50’s housewife, 60’s mod, and 70’s disco) and we are now applying all of those looks in our trend report projects which are due this upcoming Saturday.  Call me a procrastinator and I will deny it, although I will be lying.  I have to finish a project we started in class last week plus get started on my project that is due the following Saturday, which I was given ample warning of the close due date.  But to save face I’m not going to tell you the class is in less than 24 hours and I haven’t scratched the surface on one of my projects yet…oppps.  Well other than my bad time management, the class has done wonders for my confidence.  When I explain to my friends the activities we have done in class they all listen with envy wishing they would have taken the class with me when I begged them to do so a couple weeks prior.

But it’s not as glamorous and cool as I sometimes make it out to be, there is hard work involved.  For my upcoming project we had to go to 34th Street and take pictures of store windows and go into the stores and take notes on some of the trends we see emerging right now, as well as the colors and fabrics we are seeing a lot this spring.  Okay so I lied, walking around NYC with other aspiring fashionistas is pretty cool and also kind of exciting (which gave me the chance to buy this pretty cool necklace from H&M all my friends have been complementing me on).  And when we’re not exploring NYC, we’re having a Pandora radio jam fest while putting together the pieces of our trend report projects.  My project, titled “Black, White, and Red All Over,” references this concept: No matter what the trends are for the season or fabrics or patterns, Red, White, and Black will always lead the fashion frontier in colors (separately and combined).

When you dream about taking an FIT class you couldn’t dream this big, I know I didn’t, but as rewarding as it is to be in class, it’s even better being out in the shops and being able to apply everything you have learned.  For me, that’s the best reward of it all.
Amira

My Class Field Trip to 34th Street

Macys Flower Show Window Display

H&M Window Display

Checkout the 60′s vibe (paper bag shorts) and use of neutrals

My Half Finished Trend Report Project My Class Is Working On

Black, White, and Red All Over

My Outfit Inspired By My Trend Report- Black, White, and Red All Over

The awesome necklace I got during my class trip into H&M, haven’t been able to find it in any H&M in New Jersey

Until Next Week, Sincerely

The Blogger-Bobbie Austin