Thursday, April 21, 2011

Paint it Black...or BOLD?

The past week, I have to admit...I've been wearing a whole lot of black! But why is that? Maybe because of the constant rushing like a hurricane out of my room to get somewhere, but why has black become the non-written uniform for almost all New Yorkers? Because it's easy of course, it flatters everyone. But hey, it's spring now. I always wonder- take a look at my wardrobe and you'll see every color under the rainbow, so where do those clothes go? They have been staying on their hangers. Sorry closet, I swear I'm not depressed or anything.

Looking at the most recent runways, I see bright oranges, acid pinks, and royal blues. Prada and Jil Sander definitely make that clear. Color is in! We should all be excited about it. In my Product Development class, we had a discussion that each color represents a mood. Next time I'm sad, I'll reach for a soft blue cashmere V-Neck sweater, and when I'm feeling happy, I'll throw on a smile and a bright yellow sundress. Even the stores are blooming with colors, I walked into Zara the other day and the store screamed color block. I'm sure walking down the street in these outfits will definitely brighten up your day.

Prada Fall 2011
Prada Fall 2011
Jil Sander Fall 2011
Jil Sander Fall 2011
Zara
Zara
Zara

Photo Credits: www.nymag.com
www.zara.com

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Take me to the Seventies.

I was visiting one of my favorite sites, refinery29.com, and came across "Photos: This Was What Fashion Was Like in NYC in the 70's" in their Arts & Culture section. I love this. The seventies is definitely one of my favorite time periods, I love how much music was an influence at the time. Seeing the images of people in New York, makes me wonder. How was life lived here before me? Even a picture of a girl on the subway, what was she wearing? It's interesting...especially now, open up any recent magazine issue and you're bound to find some seventies inspiration somewhere. Take a look at http://www.refinery29.com/nick-dewolf-1970s


Photo Credits: All www.refinery29.com

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bridal Market Week 2012.

It's that beautiful time of year again, Bridal Market Week for Spring 2012 is currently going on as I sit here writing about it. This is one of those times where I wish my schedule allowed me some time to actually volunteer for some shows. I remember last year dressing Oscar de la Renta and Douglas Hannat's gorgeous collections. My dream wedding would definitely include a Vera Wang gown, the Hamptons, a country club, a string orchestra- and beautiful weather! As I am wedding obsessed, and one day to be bridezilla- I HAD to look at the most recent collections. If you've read today's front cover of WWD, I'm sure the silk satin gown by Carolina Herrera caught your eye. Here are two that I absolutely love.

Vera Wang
Oscar de la Renta

Brides out there- of course you need amazing heels to go with that gown but are they actually practical dancing shoes? Two weeks ago, I was lucky to attend a TOMS press preview of their new collection. I saw some pretty innovative designs for a simple shoe style. Plaids, houndstooth, burlap, and even sparkles! What I found most interesting was their new wedding collection. The "something blue" can be fulfilled by the new sparkly blue TOMS. How adorable and perfect would that be? A pair of each one of your bridesmaids would be ideal too. And they come in black from the groom and groomsmen too. And even cuter- Youth and Tiny TOMS are available! Check out their latest styles at http://www.toms.com/wedding-collection


Photo Credits: WWD.com
TOMS.com

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

FIT "What Makes a Good Creative Director" Panel


As we crazy New Yorkers continue our everyday lives on hectic schedules, I always try to remember to always be grateful for everything I have. Of course school, internship, and work may be demanding- I honestly don't remember the last time had a full day free or to myself, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Being a student at FIT, I am living in the heart of New York City- where everything can be accessible to me. I have advantageous resources, useful connections, yet also my ability to be independent. When I say advantageous resources, I mean not only our insane amount of inside industry information from our FIT library, but the fact that the school has connections to bring in people currently working in the industry to guest speak. This afternoon, I couldn't have asked for a better day- I attended FIT's "What Makes a Good Creative Director" Panel and even got invited by the lovely Fashion Design Apparel Department to join the following guests at a luncheon:

Joe Zee- Creative Director of ELLE magazine and FIT Alumni

Andrea Linett- Creative Director of eBay Fashion and founding Creative Director of Lucky magazine, and founder of iwanttoberher.com, a website celebrating personal style

Liza Deyrmenjian- Founder and CEO of fashion networking site afingo.com


Each of the speakers talked about their career paths and how they got to their current positions. I found it interesting to hear their stories from a first person point of view. I mean, I can research all day on the internet to find out information about them- but actually hearing the speakers talk to us, responding to our questions, and voicing their opinions was extraordinary.

Joe Zee has such a vibrant personality, you can hear the enthusiasm in which he spoke about his career- although he admitted he did not have anything prepared, his story was pretty inspirational! He is an FIT alumni, and everything he talked about- from running the school newspaper, interning, and finally landing his first job at a fashion magazine, came from his advice- never take no for an answer! When someone would tell him a goal is unattainable, it only made him want to prove them wrong. I feel that is a powerful mindset, and yet a very smart mindset. It it was good to hear from an alumni's point of view since they know exactly how it feels to be a student. When Joe talked about how he used to take classes from 9am to 9:30pm to fit in full days of interning, that was exactly my day yesterday, and how it will be tomorrow. He looked for internships his first semester of school. That, I can definitely relate to and understand. Obviously, his motivation and drive has led him to great heights, having worked his way up to the Creative Director position at ELLE magazine since 2007.

I was so excited to meet Andrea Linett. First off, I have been a subscriber to Lucky magazine for the past seven years and to meet one of the co-founders of the publication was amazing. Also a fan of her books, her past experiences at Sassy magazine and Harper's Bazaar has gained her much knowledge about working in a publication. I feel that her current title as Creative Director at eBay Fashion is a smart move, considering the large impact of online shopping today.

As a business major, I can see how important it is for designers to effectively communicate with manufacturers in order to be successful. Liza Deyrmenjian is an entrepreneur- the CEO and founder of afingo.com. She took initiative when she kept getting fired from previous jobs. Starting off in having her own manufacturing company in Toronto, she continued to grow in her career and is currently teaching her own educational program and founded afingo.com, which is a social media platform to connects designer, retailers, service providers, and consumers.

Joe Zee and I at the luncheon!

The Panel

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Macy's 2011 Flower Show.

It's finally spring! And one of the best parts about living in Chelsea is that I'm only a few steps away from Herald Square where the streets are swimming in stores. I always keep my eye out new trends, whether that may be new window displays or street style itself. The annual "Macy's Flower Show" is my highlight of passing by 34th Street. The spring decorations always brighten up my day, even if April may be rainy. I especially loved the accessories featured on the windows of the Flower Show. Of Course! My obsession with bold, chunky jewelry is only heightened when I see them illuminated under the bright lights. Pictures are here below, only took forever to take because of course everyone is always walking. Hope they brighten your day too!