3 Lessons I’ve Learned At FIT

Hello readers! In the past days, I have reflected on how my life has changed since starting classes at FIT. All of these changes have been positive, but I never thought learning more about my field of interest would change anything. I obviously knew that by the end of the semester I would have gained more knowledge, but here are 3 things I’ve learned, that have also changed my life since taking precollege classes at FIT.

1. Time Management

When spending your Saturday mornings and afternoons in New York, you have to learn time management. Balancing school, FIT, and my social life was hard at first, but now is very simple. I’ve learned that if something is important to me, I have to make time for it. Time management is a vital skill that I will continue to use throughout life. For example, I’ve figured out how much time I need to make it to Grand Central from FIT, buy lunch on the way, and still make my train back to Connecticut. At home, I manage my time by scheduling when I should do certain assignments for school so that I don’t procrastinate.


2. Using The Subway

New York’s subway system used to be the most daunting thing about the city for me. Now, I can use it with ease. Carrying around a map of the city and also having one handy on my phone has helped me tremendously in understanding how to navigate my way around New York. My family used to try to teach me how to get around, but now I’m teaching them! I like it much better than taking a cab everywhere because it’s cheaper and more interesting. I also find that I walk more than I would taking a cab and I love walking around New York.

3. Dressing In Layers

This lesson may be obvious, but I’ve found that I’ve utilized this styling tip more this semester. Not only does this keep me warm, but also makes my outfits unique. I love layering clothes I would usually wear in the summer with turtlenecks and then wearing a coat over that. Transitioning away for my warmer weather clothes is hard, so I like to wear them for as long as I can.

All of these lessons have changed me because not only am I using them in New York and at FIT, but also in my life back home. Not only have I seen these changes in myself and my life, but my family and friends have too. Overall, my experience at FIT so far has been absolutely positive and I’m very happy I decided to take Precollege classes. I can’t wait to come back next semester!


Have a great week everyone!

Thanks for reading,

Kenzie Davis

My Fashion Merchandising Project

So after reading about all the fun things we do in the city in the Precollege programs, like shopping trips and walks on the High Line and whatnot, you’re probably wondering if we actually do any serious work. Yes. We do.

For example, for my fashion merchandising class we were assigned to head to Meatpacking (check out the post I wrote about Meatpacking) and shop around the stores, not for clothes, for trends. We went to over 10 different stores for the assignment, and I think I speak for everyone in my class when I say it was an amazing day.

However, when the day was over, it was time to get serious and prepare a presentation on a few of the stores we visited. We had to analyze the fabrics used (whether natural or synthetic), the prints and colors of the clothes, as well as the sizing, the silhouette, and any details on the clothes (such as buttons, zippers, ruffles, asymmetrical hems, etc.). Lastly, we had to summarize the overall trends of each store to come to a conclusion as to what we believe are the most prevalent trends of this spring for womenswear.


If you’d like to go through my project, here it is.


Just copy and paste it into your web browser to take a look.

What do you think are the most prevalent trends this spring?



How to Manage School and FIT Work

Long time no talk! I’m so sorry for the lack of posts. I’ve had some trouble with being sick and my old, no longer functioning laptop (you will be missed).   

But I am back, better than ever and ready to blog! The first few months of school have been pretty crazy for me. However, I’ve learned how to effectively balance school/FIT work, college applications and even have time for a social life. The key to time management is setting specific times to do things. Here are some tips that have really helped me stay on task with all of my work:

• Homework: Do all of your homework right when you get home from school. I know I used to want to relax and think about anything but school work but you will seriously love yourself for getting it out of the way. A really helpful tip I use is to set a time to finish all of your work by.  i.e: Make it a goal to finish all of your work before dinner. And if you meet your goal, treat yourself to something yummy like ice cream for dessert!

• FIT work: Finishing your homework earlier not only gives you the freedom to do whatever you want at night, but also some extra time to work on FIT class work. If you fall behind in class, the work can sometimes pile up. However, if you take a half an hour, each day of the week, you will definitely finish all of the work by your Saturday and/or Sunday class. Sometimes, if I am extremely busy in school, I will save my work for the train ride into the city. I guess living 2 and a half hours outside of New York City isn’t such a bad thing after all!

These tips might seem pretty obvious, but they definitely have helped me become more organized with my work! In class, we’ve just began to work on our boutique layouts in a software called SketchUp. Here is a preview of what my Bridal Boutique is going to look like:

It doesn’t look like much as of right now, but I promise I will keep you updated!

I’m so glad to be blogging again and I can’t wait to go back to FIT to continue to work on my store! Have a great Thanksgiving and I’ll talk to you all again very soon!



Fashion Final: Christian Dior’s “New Look”

My final project: that’s been a pretty hot topic in my agenda for the past couple of days.  I’m embarrassed to admit my time management is terrible and that after I finish this post I will not only begin my project, but finish it all in the same night.  I have let procrastination get the best of me and now have to pay the cost by sitting in the house on a Friday night in order to contribute my part of my partner designer final project.

Me and my partner’s task is to pick a designer, define their characteristics and what influence there work, as well as what influence they have over the fashion industry today.  My love for Christian Dior’s “New Look,” 8 shape silhouette led me to choose his immense collection, dating all the way back to his breakout collection in 1947 which forever changed the fashion industry and the way women dressed.

I may talk a good talk, but I had to do a lot of research in order to really understand Dior and see beauty the way he used to.  But it wasn’t just facts and memorization; working with a partner is always difficult no matter how close or distant you are to your partner.  My partner, Sydney, and I live in the same town, go to the same school, yet never had the chance to get together and complete our project.  So as she visits colleges down South, we communicate and try to separate each of our responsibilities, while also trying to forget the fact that we have less than 24 hours to start and finish this project.  I always joke with my friends and say I work better under pressure and receive better grades when I cram, but at this point my exhaustion is slowly taking over my body. Before I graduate high school, I may have to reevaluate my study habits and work ethic.


Christian Dior’s 1947 New Look pieces as seen at the MET

Christian Dior’s 1947 New Look pieces as seen at the MET

High School, Then College: Just Be Happy :)

I have only three classes left to go, and I’ve come a long way even from the beginning of this semester. The skills I have learned in my beginner course gave me all the tools and fundamentals to practice drawing models and improving them by myself, convincing me that I didn’t need an extra course in fashion. To me, fashion is my passion, but the designing aspect of it, as I learned last year, is not my match. This year, however, I took that extra step to go further so that I could advance my skill-level and claim, without hesitation, that I am somewhat a fashion designer. Now that spring classes are almost over, I am extremely grateful, with absolutely no regret, that I chose to continue on to the advanced class. Yes, you have to know how to manage your time and find a balance between doing schoolwork and fashion homework, but the challenge presented to me only gave me more opportunities to practice using my time well and realizing the value of time in high school.

As for a final portfolio to display my artwork, that will most likely not happen because of, once again, time commitment. I have to focus on my academics this summer before my junior year, so a summer course, although ideal, is not realistic for me. In the future, I hope to enter the fashion world through writing, which is not that fun to do for required essays and assignments for school, but I enjoy being able to express myself through words, which is another form of art indeed! Who knows, maybe in college, I’ll study art history as one of my majors? One thing’s for sure: I don’t know.

All I know for now is what I enjoy and what makes me happy. And that’s all there is to life! (With some extra effort and time.)


P.S. Make sure you check out the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the MET! It’s going to be AMAZING.