Instructor Spotlight: Jill Topol

Jill Topol has been a driving force in the photo/fashion industry for over 20 years. As a top celebrity fashion stylist, Jill has had the pleasure of calling Destiny’s Child/Beyoncé, N’SYNC and the Jonas Brothers as some of her steady high-profile clients. Jill’s work can be seen in publications including Harper’s Bazaar & Elle International, Vibe, Interview, Rolling Stone, Seventeen, People, Paper, Time, Newsday, New York Magazine, Mass Appeal, Out, Entertainment Weekly and Esquire.

 

Jill holds a BFA in Photography from School of Visual Arts, and is currently an adjunct professor at FIT in the FBM department.

Jill Topol Teaches:
JSX040 55A Fashion Merchandising: Trend Spotting
HFM060 55C Fashion Forecasting: Seeing into The Future

Teaching Philosophy:
From the moment a student enters my classroom, it’s my goal to help them explore their passion for fashion. I freely share stories from my own extensive career and teach them the ins and outs of the industry. Forecasting fashion trends means keeping your eyes wide open at all times to take in the beauty all around you. Sometimes it’s the things we least expect that will inspire us the most.

Industry Experience:

  • Freelance Fashion Stylist for 20+ years
  • Fashion Director at Mass Appeal Magazine
  • Fashion Editor at Black Book Magazine
  • Senior Fashion Stylist for E! and Style Network
  • Accessories Director for Moxiegirl (an Urban Outfitters backed magalog)
  • Product Development / Trend Forecasting for Delia’s & Wanted Shoes
  • Contributing writer for The Huff Post covering topics in fashion and parenting

Instructor Spotlight: Jully-Alma Taveras

Jully-Alma Taveras ​is an energetic, motivated and fashion obsessed NYC girl. Her
experience in the fashion industry started at 16 years old, interning for fur designer Adrianne Landau. Since then, Jully has earned degrees at FIT in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising Management. Jullyfor FITShe has worked in various different roles including luxury design, marketing, fashion show production, celebrity styling, merchandising and sales. Throughout all of these experiences, one thing has always remained constant – her love for fashion, product and relationship-building. Today, Jully works for Ralph Lauren as an Account Executive, lectures at FIT and works for the world leading trend forecasting Service WGSN/Stylesight.

 

Instructor Jully Taveras teaches:
HSX 120 Fabulous World of Fashion Forecasting

Teaching Philosophy:
My teaching philosophy starts with engagement. It’s very important for me to create an environment where asking questions comes very natural. My goal for my students is for each of them to inquire, research and develop in order to discover their dreams and then tactfully pursue those aspirations. I love to share my experiences and strive to help our next generation of fashion leaders carve their own paths to success!

On Precollege Programs:
I took my first Precollege class many moons ago, but I remember to this day who my professors were and how they helped me determine what my skill sets were and ways to improve them. The Precollege program at FIT provided me with tools to learn about careers, opportunities and industry professionals. It gave me a glimpse at the fashion world from the inside and helped me carve my own path to success. I encourage every young person to take Precollege courses – after all, I wouldn’t be where I am without being a part of this wonderful program myself!
Experience:
 Fashion Design, Merchandising, Marketing and Sales:
-Adrienne Landau
-Bill Blass
-Ralph Lauren
-Laundry by Shelli Segal
-Jantzen Swimwear
-Perry Ellis International
-Leatherock Accessories
Fashion Styling:
-What Not to Wear with Stacy London and Clinton Kelly
-Time: Health Magazine
-Mercedes Benz NYFW

In The Halls: Sunshine

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Student: Sunshine (17) from Aburi, Ghana

Program:  Saturday/ Sunday Live

Pre-College Courses:
Magazine Design
Develop An Eye for Styling

Describe your personal style? Probably edgy, dark, but funky some days

Where do you go on your breaks from class? I like to sit on a chair and go on tumblr for inspiration.

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
 That all the students are creatively diverse and share a passion for fashion.

Who or what inspires you?
 Diana Vreeland and the history of fashion

What do you want to do after you graduate from College? Go to Japan and work there or at a fashion magazine.

~Mikey

In The Halls: Natalie

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Student: Natalie (16) from South Beach, NY

Program: Saturday/ Sunday Live

Pre-College Courses:
Creating The Fashion Figure

Describe your personal style?
I like to mix modern, edgy, accents (shoes, jewelry) with classic southwestern vibes, such as studs, boho jewelry, and effortless tops

Where do you go on your breaks from class?
I love grabbing a quick coffee anywhere i can find a shop, or going to the art supply store for new markers and pencils.

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
I love being able to express my sense of style and embrace what i would love to pursue in the future.

Who or what inspires you?
 
My favorite designer is Alexander Wang and he is a huge inspiration to me aesthetic-wise, but i am very inspired by southwest desert landscapes

What do you want to do after you graduate from College?
My ultimate dream is to own my own business but i would love to go into the merchandising or styling field as well.

~Mikey

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Mikey

Mikey_PrecollegeBlogger_SMSo no matter how difficult this may be it’s definitely one of the more exciting things I’ve had to write about so far.

I guess I should start out simple, Hi there! I guess as you may already know from the title, my name’s Mikey. Although it’s the basics I guess I should mention it all. Ok, so I’m a senior in high school, I’m like super tall, I absolutely love fashion, and I’m one of the spring interns in the Precollege program here at FIT. I guess, you could say that fashion is one of the major key points in my life. I absolutely love personal style and fashion photography.

My goal is to be kinda like Rachel Zoe and Grace Coddington, they’re definitely my role models. I would totally love to be a world-renowned stylist or a fashion maven. I love seeing all sides of the world of fashion, so like for example I’ve styled people, assisted a designer with photography and set design for the launch of her new children’s line. During my free time I do some basic fashion photography (ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!) and I do have some knowledge of design. All that’s left to experience would be writing and modeling, there are other things but I really wanna  just focus on the key points.

So I guess I should move on from that, I absolutely love FIT. It’s definitely one of the schools that I, one hundred percent, want to study in. I actually want to major in Fashion Merchandising, that way I can start my career as a stylist. While working on my career I also want to study Fashion Design, that way I’ll have the business side and the art side under my wing.

So I guess that’s all for now, sorry I’m not the best writer and I don’t really know how to talk about myself, but YEAH! thanks for reading. It’d be cool to hear a little about each of you if you wanna post a comment, maybe we’ll see each other on campus. Hope you have a fantastic day! Bye loves