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My Stay at Club Quarters Midtown

CQ Hotel

Two weekends ago I stayed at a Club Quarters Hotel in midtown due to consecutive events, the Jeval Beauty Event and the Puerto Rican Day Parade. One that my mom wanted to attend and the other she ended up attending anyway. Due to these events she thought it would be a good idea to stay close to at least one of these locations instead of paying for transportation twice. And being that I left the Jeval event around almost 10 pm and had to be at my meeting point for the parade at 8 am, I was glad she suggested it. Now don’t get me wrong, I would have still found a way to make both work but this option was less exhausting, for the both of us. She found a great priced room at Club Quarters Hotel located on the same block as Radio City Music Hall via Priceline. Learn about this cute hotel below! Locals let me know if you’ve stayed in this hotel and what other hotels you’ve stayed in to make an event or your workload easier. This is not a sponsored post I just happen to really like this hotel!

 

Amenities/ Extras

Here are the in-room amenities available to guests. The room comes stocked with an iron, ironing board, extra blankets and pillows. They also offer the option of leaving garments to be left for cleaning or to be put in storage, as well as same day and overnight dry cleaning with a laundry bag already located in your room. Their fitness room is small and doesn’t have any spectacular views but its open 24/7. They supply every room with a yoga mat and the gym is equipped with machines, refillable water bottles, towels, a scale and more yoga mats. The room also came equipped with a desk with a charging station, lamp and comfortable chair. I planned to use this convience but ended up being too exhausted to work at the end of the night.

The next amenity that I thought was very considerate and that I wished I would have asked for was the option to receive a “Sleep Better Kit”. This includes a humidifier, air purifier, and sound therapy machine. I was so exhausted the night before the parade that I didn’t think to ask for any of these, but I wish I would have asked for a sound machine. I sleep with one at home and it really helps me rest. It also would have helped block out the sound of playing kids next to us and the sudden police sirens… because duh NEW YORK CITY. But exhaustion, melatonin and turning on the air for the sound took over shortly.

I didn’t get a chance to take advantage of their dining options which included the following. The Terrace Club on the rooftop which had views of the city or the attached restaurant Johnny Utah’s next to the lobby. Room service and the ability to use the service/ app Seamless and have it delivered to your room was also an option. For convenience they also offer chilled, purified water machines on all floors as well as ice machines and buckets.

The final amenities were that of the business services. The hotel came equipped with free WIFI as well as wireless and Airpinting. They also have meeting facilities and a Club Living Room with work stations complete with universal charging stations and refreshments. These I didn’t get to check out, but I’m sure would be useful for large meetings and extra space for working. They provide four types of rooms as well as corporate apartments which can be booked for a 30 day stay or longer. Gold Rewards are offered to employees and guest of member organizations. Gold Reward perks include free nights, upgrades and gift cards to retailers

 

The App

Club Quarters Hotels has a corresponding app. The CQ Hotels app allows you to check in or out without having to go to the front desk. It also allows you to keep track of your reservations and your rewards points. The app can be used for any hotel under the CQ branch as well a partner hotels. CQ Hotels has hotels in multiple locations of New York Boston, Chicago, London, Philadelphia, San Francisoco and Washington DC. All giving you options to check in, find directions to the hotel and parking as well as order an Uber. The app also informs users about the hotel and what it offers as well as the ability to connect with guest services when you are in the hotel. You can control the tv with a remote via the app and you can also download a mobile key for the room. Finally you can find things  to do with suggestions by the hotel like to where to eat, enjoy night life and shop. There are also recommendations by TripAdvisor within the app.

CQ Hotel

 

The Room

The room itself I absolutely loved because it was tidy, clean, stylish and well stocked. I absolutely hate when I go to a hotel and there are not enough towels or you have to call for something to be brought up, changed, fixed, etc. When you walk into the room, just like when you meet someone you have first impressions and these were great. I loved how much sunlight came into the room and the fact that we could see Rockefeller Center and the NBC Building. I also loved how well light and modern both the room and bathroom were. The bed was well made and positioned well with multiple lighting options in the night stands. The desk was one of my favorite parts because it was functional and inspiring. If you’ve read my office space post I tell you a bit of how I have it set up. And this office space was similar, clean, inspiring and comfortable with a charging station! They also furnished the room with an extra chair and coffee station with a Keurig while the tv recognized you each time you turned it on. I also liked the color scheme which matched that of the office art and was relaxing.

 

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Things to do/ Things Near By/ Transportation

The hotel is perfectly located in midtown near Radio City Music Hall and Rockerfeller Center. Its also walking distance to Fifth Ave and Times Square/Broadway. Not to far from Times Square is Bryant Park and The New York Public Library. Also not far is Macys’, Herald Square and the Flat Iron Building.  All along midtown where the hotel is situated are things tourist aren’t goin to want to miss.  The hotel is also a block away from the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) if you care to stop into a museum. While Central Park is only six blocks away if you want to walk to the beginning of the park. The closest subways are the D, F and the E, M which can take you up and down Manhattan. If you have a little girl or daughter with you, you many want to go into American Girl which is on the same block as the hotel! Not far is also the famous Momofuku Milk Bar, Nobu, St.Patricks Cathedral and sooo much more. Another point to make is since this hotel is situated on a street and not an avenue and not right on top on Times Square it was a little less crowded. Two blocks away from the hotel is also a Enterprise Rent-A-Car if you prefer to drive instead of taking public transportation.

 

I hope this helps you if you are looking for hotel options! Have you ever stayed at a Club Quarters Hotel? What was your experience like? If not, I highly recommend it!- T.S.

 

 

Beauty

Jeval Beauty Event

Jeval Beauty

Last Week DCG Media held a beauty event featuring Jeval Medical. With a focus on skincare this new line of beauty has solutions for many skincare concerns people of every skin color have. Creator of Jeval Medical, Dr. Jacob Varon and Youtuber Rocio Laura held a panel discussion on all things skincare. Bloggers and Editors from various publications attended the event to learn more about Jeval Medical. The event also included a makeup station by Vera Moore Cosmetics where people got a chance to get a one on one touch up on their makeup and talk to creators of Vera Moore Cosmetics, Vera Moore and her daughter Consuella. Guests also got to get blowouts at the dry bar station by Studio 1031 and got manicures done by GHL Nails. Refreshments by Spring 44 Vodka, like the Treat Yo Self cocktail were served as well as appetizers and mini cupcakes by Honor Thy Sweets. Guest also had the chance to take fun pictures in the photo booth.

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Pictures courtesy of press.

Jeval Medical was created by board certified plastic surgeon doctor Jacob Varon with the purpose of making clinical beauty more affordable. With his knowledge of which ingredients work best for skin care concerns like rosacea, acne, wrinkles and Psoriasis he created a line to combat these and other problems. Before the panel started Dr.Varon went around to editors and bloggers for one-on-one questions. They got to ask Dr.Varon about hyper pigmentation, dull skin, wrinkles and any personal skin problems they were having. Dr. Varon suggested which products would be best to combat these problems, but had no problem in recommending other treatments or procedures.  During the panel Rocio guided the event with questions on the company and skin concerns many women have. Rocio had discovered that she has Rocsia so had a personal connection in needing Dr. Varons products. As a vlogger with over 53,000 followers on Instagram alone she knows how important it is to have healthy skin. As we all know skincare must come first before beauty, and Rocio emphasized this during the panel.

Following the panel guests were able to mingle and get their hair, nails and makeup done. They were also able to buy Jeval Medical products with a special discount for the event. Media and press took home goodie bags full of Jeval Medical products to try.

 

Products:

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You can also find products like Therapeutic Shampoo, Concentrated Vitamin C Serum and a Skin Bleaching Sysytem on the Jeval Medical website. Jeval Medical products are colorless and odorless, ideal for sensitive skin. Assuring that your skin won’t have an allergic reaction to any of the products. Learn more about Jeval Medical on their website! There is a sale going on, make sure to add the code 60918-01 to take advantage of their buy one, get one 25% Off + get a Free Unisex Travel Bag promotion.

Let me know if you’ve tried Jeval Medical before in the comments and in social media!-T.S.

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How to visit all three NYC Met Museums within 2-3 Days

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Last week I did something I do quite often, visit the Met Museum every year to view their largest Costume Institute exhibition. Before they open this exhibition the museum host the MET Gala. Yes that Gala in which you ask yourself why are these celebrities dressing up or dressing weirdly? I’ll break it down a bit for people who are not in the fashion, media, art..etc world. Every year the Metropolitan Museum of Art features a few exhibitions, and one very large one. Anna Wintour from Vogue, board members and the Met Museum decide on a theme or designer to focus on or honor with the exhibition. In the past they have focused on Asia and Asian inspired fashion with China Through the Looking Glass or one of their most visited exhibitions Savage Beauty on Alexander McQueen after his death.  To attend this event, celebrities have to be invited by Anna Wintour and the team, of which they decide who sits where and they also depict the dress code, usually in connection to the theme of the exhibition. This years exhibition Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, inspired many celebrities to dress in Pope like attire. Some celebrities embrace the theme while others don’t, I personally love those that do. In order to attend this gala, celebrities pay around $30,000 per ticket which benefits the Costume Institute. This year the exhibition spans two locations of the Met Museum. The largest part of the  exhibition taking place at The Met on 5th ave and the second at The Met Cloisters in upper Manhattan. I was determined to visit them both and because I thought The Met Bruer had part of the exhibition I ended up visiting all three within two days. How can you do this? I’ll give you my tips below.

 

There are a few ways you can accomplish this and I am going to suggest one way for New Yorkers and one way for tourists. I think of it this way because normally New Yorkers will know which subways to take and how to find these subways quickly. Where as if you are a visitor you will probably need some time to figure out which subway to take, where you have to catch it, where you have to get off and where to go once off etc. If you are savy with directions or have a great app to help you it can speed up the process. I just suggest taking this into consideration and the fact that NYC blocks are a mile long and you’ll be looking up at buildings and not walking as fast. Now if you feel you want to do this in a different manner, go right ahead but after some thought and doing this myself these are my suggestions. With one Met Museum ticket you can visit all three locations within three consecutive days, thanks to its ticket policy. One ticket gets you into all three! So this means you only have to pay to get into one museum no matter which, and transportation. Take advantage of this and make sure to KEEP THE RECEIPT as each museum will ask for the receipt when you mention this policy!

 

Tourist: Your first stop should be the Met Breuer, the smallest of the three. This museum holds modern art including Picasso’s. The museum is small with only a few floors, with one currently closed for construction. It also has many large sculptures as opposed to alot of paintings, which in my opinion made the process of reading about and viewing the piece faster. It only took me an hour an a half to complete the museum, but you might be going a bit slower than I did so I’d say give yourself 2-3 hours here. It probably won’t take you longer than that because like I said, its small. If your hungry check out the café which has a patio area on the basement level of the museum.

 

Your next stop should be the Met on Fifth. The Met on Fifth is only seven blocks away from the Met Breuer, save yourself money and walk there! If its good whether, you won’t regret it, as the architecture of the upper east side is beautiful and the townhouse lined streets are peaceful. I love walking to the Met because of this simple fact, its like getting a quick peaceful break before you cross into the bustle of Museum Mile on fifth. The Met on Fifth is the largest of the museums and it is going to take you the rest of the day to get through it. Some of my favorite parts of the museum include the Costume Institute if there’s a fashion exhibition, the Egyptian Art wing, the Charles Engelhard Court in the American wing, the Medieval Art wing and the rooftop. The rooftop is open May-October and sometimes holds exhibitions while the views of the city are incredible.

 

By the time you are done with the Met on Fifth you’ll probably be too tired or it will be too late to attempt to go uptown as the MET closes at 5:30pm (Sun-Thurs) and the Met Cloisters at 5:15pm. You might feel like you didn’t see everything at the Met on Fifth and want to come back the second day. You are going to want to leave the Met Cloisters for the third day, as it takes a while to get up there and because it deserves a slow stroll through the grounds. The Met Cloisters is located inside Fort Tyron park in upper Manhattan, literally almost at the very end of Manhattan. From the Met on Fifth to the Cloisters the subway ride will take around an hour, and from the subway to the museum you are walking uphill. Give yourself time to walk slowly and take in the views of the flowers and nature of the park. I’m assuming you can take a taxi up but why would you, when you’ll miss the views and the nature. NOTE: Once you get off the train follow the signs that say Cloisters to find the elevator inside the subway station that will take you up to the entry of the park. If you attempt to walk from the subway, it will take long and it might be confusing. The park also has many hills and steps and you will be EXHAUSTED by the time you get there. I’ve walked there both ways and highly suggest finding that elevator!  Take your time in this museum, its small but gorgeous as it is filled with medieval art and the gardens and the architecture of the building are impeccably detailed.

 

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Local: YOU GOT THIS! I did it!

Now you may like the suggestions I made for tourists, and by all means follow them. But as a person who enters NYC via midtown I prefer going all the way up to the Met Cloisters first and coming back down to the Met Breuer in one day. Now the Met Cloisters connects via the A subway which runs on the west side of Manhattan, but the Met Breuer is on the east side. You would need to transfer to the C or B subway at some point or get off near Central Park and cross. It doesn’t take long if you walk NYC pace! I still enjoyed the park and I made it to the Met Breuer with hours to spare. From the east side of the park to the Met Breuer its only one block away. I did it this way and felt I saw everything both museums had to offer and got to stop and admire sections of the park I hadn’t before. I visited the Met on Fifth on a separate day, I suggest doing the same due to how big it is. Since I know my way around the museum on fifth, I knew exactly what I wanted to see. What I didn’t know and what you might not have realized is the ticket price for local NEW YORKERS is pay as you wish. College students of the NY, NJ and CT area can also pay as they wish. For non-New Yorkers it cost $25 to enter the museum, but like I mentioned above keep that ticket and receipt because it gets you into all three museums. This policy is fairly new, and a lot of people think it’s still pay as you wish for everyone, it is NOT. But it is well worth it if you visit all the museums!

 

Don’t miss the Picasso’s and Degas’s at the Met Breuer! They have the famous The Little Fourteen Year Old Dancer sculpture by Degas along with other modern art. The museum is the smallest of the three, with many sculptures and a floor currently under construction. You might be finished with more than enough time to visit the Met on Fifth! Take your time at the Cloisters, its like stepping out of New York and into a European medieval castle. The museum itself is small, but you are going to want to take in the details and beauty of the architecture, art and grounds. While Fort Tyron park is beautiful on its own. When at the Met on Fifth make sure to visit the Egyptian and Medieval sections and the rooftop, you wont’ regret that rooftop!

 

 

 

 

In whatever manner you visit the MET Museums I highly suggest you take advantage of the ticket policy. Locals who are just looking for something to do on a weekend or looking for ways to educate their kids are going to enjoy these museums. While tourists visiting for the first time are not going to want to miss the MET, it is a MUST. I hope this post encourages you to visit at least the MET on FIFTH, as I’ve been visiting this museum since I was a little girl and it is still one of my favorite places on earth.

 

Trains: A,B,C

Time: 2-3 Days

Cost: $25 per ticket + subway ride $2.75 per ride + if you are coming from outside NYC.

 

I will have a separate post on the Heavenly Bodies : Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. Have you ever visited all three museums as a local or tourists? Let me know in the comments and on social media!- T.S.

 

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Norell: Dean of American Fashion

Considered the “American Balenciaga” Norman Norell was the father of creating ready-to-wear with haute couture techniques and quality. His collections were worn by celebrities, first ladies and were featured in many films and tv shows during the 50’s and 60’s. His creations and improvements on ready-to-wear clothing and their everlasting impact of fashion revel him the Dean of American Fashion.

With a background in costume creation Norell chose only the best fabrics for his ready to wear collections. Every detail down to the lining of each garment was made in his NYC atelier. Although his work was worthy of boutique prices, Norell insisted his collections be sold to the masses in department stores. A lover of the past and yet ahead of his time Norell drew inspiration from 1920’s and designed culottes in the 1960’s, pants that would only be popular years later.

After the Indiana native moved to New York to gain a fashion design education he quickly moved into costume designing. Although by 1928 his career as a fashion designer began when he designed for Hattie Carnegie, a prestigious New York fashion house.

Norell for Hattie Carnegie

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Norell for Hattie Carnegie 1932

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Norell for Hattie Carnegie 1939. Gingham Hostess Gown

 

 

Before creating his own line Norell worked with garment manufacturer Anthony Traina in 1941. Under this partnership they created the Traina Norell label.

Triana-Norell New York

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Right-Traina-Norell NY Off-white sailor dress 1957

 

By 1960 Norell bought out Traina and created the Norell line.

Norman Norell New York

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Norman Norell NY black rhinestone dress, 1972.
Norell: Mink fur and velvet evening coat, 1970.

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Norman Norell New York. Nutmeg Sheth Dress 1965. Turned inside out showcasing the silk lining put into his creations. This was one of the many hand applied couture details Norell put into his garments.

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Norman Norell NY 1960-64.The ‘mermaid” gown was one of Norell’s signature pieces. The style was inspired by Hollywood glamour, which he created into ready-to-wear. It was one of his most popular creations.

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Norman Norell NY: Camel suit 1972 and heather 1969 suit. Techniques here included lining the jackets in sequins.

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Both Norman Norell NY 1966. In these pieces he used silhouettes that originated in the 1920’s. These belonged to actress Lauren Bacall.

 

 

 

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Norell: Double breasted coat 1963-67. In the 1940’s followed the trend of infusing menswear into women’s garments. His wool coats are some of his best menswear infused pieces.

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Norman Norell NY 1968 Sailor Gown. Inspired by the sailor suits he wore as a child.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are the styles that Norell perfected with his couture techniques and ready to wear collections:

  • Mermaid Gowns
  • Culottes
  • Wool Jersey and Colorblocking
  • Flappers
  • Fur Trims
  • Double Sided Breasted Silhouette
  • Pant Suits
  • Shaped Suits
  • Wedged Shaped Coats
  • The Pussycat Bow
  • Belts
  • Collars and Capes
  • Color Choices
  • Sailor Suit
  • Kimono Style Wrap dress
  • The Perfect Little Black Dress
  • Empire Waist
  • Full Skirts
  • Fantasy Coats
  • The Ultimate Evening Skirt
  • Mermaids

Scroll through the slideshows to see the styles mentioned above designed for the Norman Norell, Triana and Hattie Carniege collections.

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This highly respected and beloved American Couturier won the Coty Award five times and a honorary doctorate from the Pratt Institute. He was also the second president of the Council of fashion designers of America and celebrated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art amongst many other accolades. Norell: Dean of American Fashion is open until April 14, 2018 at the Museum at FIT.

T.S.

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The Museum at FIT’s Exhibition’s Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme( Safari, Mountaineering, Space and Sea)

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This is a continuation post on the current exhibition at the Museum at FIT. Read my previous post on the Arctic part of the exhibit here. This part will cover the Safari, Space and Ocean sections of the exhibition. As you walk from each section your are transported into different exploration settings. By far my favorite setting is that of the Space collection which included a futuristic spaceship inspired installation. Although choosing my favorite fashion piece would be much more difficult for me.

 

Safari

Fashion specific for expeditions came from the safari treks explorers made and their need for durable clothing. During the 19th century the wealthy took trips to Africa and returned home influenced by what they had discovered. While the world of explorations was growing so was fashion with the rise of retail in cities like New York and London. Retailers such as Abercrombie and Fitch were transcending the Khaki uniform of the safari into everyday wear for Americans.

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Mountanieering

Short semi-fitted down-filled coats were invented in the 1930’s, but were reintroduced by Mount Everest mountaineers Tensing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary on 1953. While military inspired jackets came thanks to the Korean war and the M-8 and M-51 jackets worn by the military. By the 1970’s down-filled jackets were being created by both fast fashion brands and higher end houses.

 

Space

Expeditions to the moon and space age discoveries inspired designers during the 1960’s. Parisian designers André Courreges, Paco Rabanne and Pierre Cardin lead the way in bringing the youth quake fashions of London and New York to Paris. Miniskirts, sleek pantsuits, metallic and plastic fabrics were some of the major trends of this movement. Combining the craftwork of couture and youthful modernity made these designers the pioneers for trendy Parisian fashion.

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Sea

By the 1950’s deep sea divers were wearing light weight scuba suits. As opposed to the heavier helmet and suit of the past, which were only worn by explorers. The lighter suit encouraged the public to explore the underwater world. By the 1960’s famed editor Diana Veerland directed Vogue magazine to shoot models in wetsuits, mask, google, and flippers. Other magazines followed suit expanding on the trend. By the 1980’s the scuba material neoprene was being used by fashion designers in both couture and ready to wear.

Now you know who you can thank for the everyday puffers and stretchy neoprene pants! The Exhibition Expedition Fashion From the Extreme is on display at the Museum at FIT until January 6th.

T.S.

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New York Fashion Week: Latinista Showcase

A show I never miss is the runway showcase of Latinista Fashion Week during New York Fashion Week. It’s an event that always propels Hispanic and Latino designers and creative professionals. This fashion week there were show favorites, César Galindo and Cenia NYC and some designers I didn’t  recognized such as the Chris Barreto Collection. Project Runway season 11 contestant Layana Aguilar also showcased her newest collection. I could not stay for the entire showcase but here is what I did get to see.

Layana Aguilar

I was excited to see what Layana had in store this fashion week. I watched her season of Project Runway and remember loving her aesthetic. This show confirmed my love of Layana Aguilar’s designs. With a message of spreading love the collection was just as sweet with its pastel colors. The One Love Collection included a color story of purples, blues and pinks in pastel shades.  A mix of sportswear and eveningwear the line includes laced up  bombers over cocktail dresses.While touches of edge were introduces with metal claps as fasteners to tutu inspired dresses. Intricate floral applications made  clever appearances on bralettes and underneath the train of highlow hemline dresses. Styled with modern silver and blush wedges the looks were sweet yet modern. Hair was styled in high rise buns with gelled sides, that reminded me of JLO in her hip hop infused videos and looks. In Layana Aguilar’s previous collections fun prints and the theme of empowerment is seen throughout as well. I totally want many of her pieces in my closet! See more of her work here!

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Cenia NYC

Cenia did not disappoint unveiling her newest Olive and Logan collection. Cenia’s always gorgeous dresses are made to fit every woman’s curves . Perfect for the office, a cocktail event or elegant gala the dresses were modern in color and  classic in cut. Colors traversed the colors of the rainbow with bright orange to white with every color in between. Prints were introduced through watercolor floral, geometric prints and lace. Knits that were manufactured in Turkey laid the ground work for dresses that hugged the body just right. Shoulders and necklines varied in interesting  styles with flares caps, asymmetrical lines and bare shoulders. The line which ranges in sizes xs-3x showcases the clothing everyday women want to wear, both fashionable and comfortable pieces for every type of event in their lives.  This is an aspect the fashion industry has gotten much better at realizing, but that Cenia is pushing forward with her designs and Olive and Logan Collection. Not showcased at the show was the Convi Jean Cenia created which hugs bigger bottoms and small waist. To solve the problem of the back gap women get when they wear jeans zippers are placed into what would be a traditional dart placement. The zippers allow the jeans to convert into a tighter or loser size depending on your waist size.  Learn more about Cenia’s collections here!

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Chris Barreto

The Chris Barreto  Collection reminded me of abstract art paintings in a museum. Not surprising when this Brazilian designer is also an artist! Multiple colors and prints were the name of the game. Dresses ranged from mini to maxi lengths while  blouse and skirt sets were loose and comfortable. One of my favorite pieces was a form fitting, square box neck line, spaghetti strap dress with side slits. I don’t wear a huge mix of colors in one outfit but the muted orange, pink, blue and reds were mixed perfectly. The line also included comfortable afghans perfect for hot summer days. Much like that of a painters masterpiece the Barreto pieces included the designers signature placed discreetly onto the fabric. Which if you did not look closely would be mistaken for a part of the painterly prints.

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The Latinista Fashion Week Presentation always shines a light on the latest and most talented designers. While the focus is on fashion, Latinitsta also showcases great causes like Friends of Lead Free Children. This great organization provides medical needs and personnel to impoverished women and children in the Dominican Republic. Also showcased at the event was the gorgeous enrealment artwork by Ecuadorian Bronx based artist Jenny Alexandra. The artwork consist of colorful mandalas that were painted and drawn with a combination of mixed media art forms. The equisitly detailed paintings and pictures consists of many lines, prints and shapes that I imagine take hours to create! With a focus on relaying emotions and shining a light on mental health Jenny’s goal is to make people connect and reflect on both the bad and the good in the world around them. See more of Jenny Alexandra’s work here!

I loved attending Latinista Fashion Week once again and seeing the amazing Hispanic and Latino talent we have in the fashion industry. Did you love them as much as I did? Let me know your thoughts in the comments and on social media.

T.S.

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New York Fashion Week: The Shows Part 1

Have you read about all the outfits I wore at New York Fashion Week, read that here. Now I’m going to dive into the week of shows itself. My first shows of the week were the Style Fashion Week runway shows at the Intrepid Sea and Air Museum. It was a treat going into the Intrepid at night without the massive crowd that usually surrounds the tourist attraction. I had never been inside at night and that was a experience within itself let alone the fashion shows. Style Fashion Week hosts an array of shows, performances and showcases brands both on and off the runway during the week. Unfortunately I was not able to make it to all the shows due to work and conflicting fashion show time slots but I expected an endless array of new fashions. I got to attend the evening shows of day one which included designers Gregorio Sanchez, Peyman Umay, Meriem Belkhayat.

Gregorio Sanchez

Sanchez is a Mexican designer known for his colorful fashions. His Spring 2018 collection was no different with with colorful embroidery, patches, prints and accessories. The colorful applications were set against neutral and calmer colors such as navy and white.The silhouettes were clean and crisp allowing the bold patches and embroidery  to shine. The bold and bright colors make you want to throw on these clothes on a rainy day to brighten the mood. By far my favorite pieces were the high wasted pants and ethereal emerald and navy sheer dresses. If styled not so editorial (for everyday wear)many of the pieces would be great for the office. Although the dresses in the collection deserve a night out on the town.

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Peyman Umay

Peyman Umay is a Turkey native who fell in love with fashion while studying civil engineering in his native country. He transitioned into fashion which brought him to NYC and by 2009 he created his brand. Peyman originally only catered to bespoke tailoring for men. His aesthetic of American comfort and European design had women asking for their own designs in no time. By 2013 he launched a Women’s made-to- measure bespoke line. The Peyman Umay show was a bold collection of tailored suits for both men and women. Blacks, reds, oranges and whites mixed well with the collection’s graphic prints. A men’s  blazer with a newspaper type print and a women’s button down blouse with a comic book print were some of the interesting ones. A trend you must be brave enough to wear… the pant/short  that accompanied the crisp black and white tailored double breasted blazer. I would definitely wear some of the blazers and suits. You can’t go wrong with great tailoring, as for some of the colors I might not be so brave.

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Meriem Belkhayat

The Meriem Belkhayat runway show was Kaftan heaven. The show transported watchers to her native Morocco with muted hues of pinks, blues and flowing fabrics. Known as a master in making Kaftans, Meriem has dressed many Moroccan and Arab celebrities as well as royalty. A mix of fabrics such as velvets and lace created a collection that was both glamorous yet wearable. Sheer panels and capes added a daring punch to the floor length designs. My favorite pieces included her to the floor length black caftans that were embroidered with bright red, orange and blue floral embroidery or applications. The traditional Kaftan was modernized through the use of colors, feminine bombers, bold shoulders and a single earring as jewelry. It’s safe to say I’d wear 99% of Meriem Belkhayt’s current collection.

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P.S. : An honorable mention goes to Malan Breton who showcased a gorgeous collection of dresses in sheer and metallic fabrics. By far my favorite pieces were the floral and military inspired trenches for women (that would fit well in my dramatic coat collection). While the menswear showcased Asian, military and sportswear inspired looks. I wish I could have been there for this show!

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I’ll have another round up of shows and events soon. What was your favorite design or designer that I wrote about in this post? Let me know in the comments and on social media.

T.S.

*Although I was invited and attended the shows, pictures showcased here are courtesy of Albert Evangelista, Liza Rosales and the Style Fashion Week media and press release.*

 

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New York Fashion Week Sept 2017: My Outfits

New York Fashion Week is over! Sad to see you go but more than ready to get back to my normal daily routine. Ask any blogger, editor, photographer or industry person that attends fashion week and they will tell you it feels like a month of craziness rather than a week. That being said I have a huge pile of laundry to do and things are a mess! Now that I’m getting back to the usual swing of things I want to recap my time during New York Fashion Week. Here are the outfits I wore during the week. I will also have a rundown of events and fashion shows up soon.

DAY 1

Day one I mixed my love of vintage pieces with modern accessories. The coat is a vintage piece that was handed down to me from a family member who no longer wanted it. I knew when I wore it, it would be a hit. The coat has a semi-weight to it perfect for transitioning into seasons. I left it open when I was in between shows, but buttoned it for warmth at night. The inside is fully lined in a green lining, while the sleeves are embroidered with roses. The overall coat has pin strips for a classic feel. The dress is also a vintage dress handed down to me by a family member. Its a very light material with no lining perfect for summer. The shoes came from Payless Shoesource  and the purse is from Target. I topped the look off with shades from Target.

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Day 2

Day two for me was Sunday, I could have gone to a few shows on Saturday but I was too tired! I knew that day would feel more like fall,  so I thought it was time to break out another awesome coat. The camel wrap coat is from Boohoo and was given to me by a close friend, Lillie Morales of the blog  JerseyFashionista. Don’t you love it when you and your friends have similar taste! The coat is very light but the large collar and the ability to wrap the coat around you feels like you’re wearing a large blanket. The boho style top came from Boscovs while the baby blue pant was another piece given to me by a family member that I believe came from Target. The grey kitten heel pumps came from Primark and the purse is from Wilsons Leather. Courtesy of my mothers closet, because that was the best purse for the look. My mother and I have almost exactly the same style as well.

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Day 3

Day three I was tired of wearing heels and so it was a day for cute flats. I decided to feel super NYC and go mainly black. The dress is from Boscovs and has a high low hem. A great everyday dress I’ve worn to work as well. I continued the great coats trend with a firey red bomber with honeycomb mesh detail and a gold zipper. This gem perfect for events like fashion week was found locally at Glitterbuzzstyle Boutique. This trendy boutique is own by fellow blogger Chastity Palmer. The ballet style flats came from I.N.C at Macy’s while the bag is London Fog. Simple hoops completed my comfy yet chic look.

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Day 4

Day four I wore some unique finds that were both vintage and modern.  The green dress is a knit dress from the brand Torn by designer Ronny Kobo. originally almost $200 I found it at a pop up sample sale in Chelsea Market a few years back for way cheaper. The dress is intricately knit with an attached knit lining. It is a piece of art to say the least. The pin striped coat is a vintage piece given to me by a family member. It came with a matching dress that I wear separately. The look was finished with a purse from Target and block heels from  Payless. I added gold jewelry for sparkle.

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Day 5

Day five I was ready for heels again and wanted more of a rock and roll look. My dress is a vintage piece given to me by a family member and has a snake skin print and A-symmetrical hemline. Its a very light dress with a lace up corset back. The faux leather jacket is from Burlington and the booties are from Rock and Republic found at Khols. I finished the look with a lace and bow chocker from Glitterbuzzstyle  and wide brimmed hat from Target. I felt the London Fog purse went perfect for this outfit as well.

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Day 6

Day six I wanted to feel comfortable yet chic so I mixed a bit of athlesuire with my outfit. The snake skin print wrap dress is from Express and is a great office piece as well. The sneakers are from Keds which if you don’t know about them, you should! I threw on my jacket and purse and was ready to go.

 

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Fashion trends come and go, but true style is instinctual and eternal. You don’t need the latest and most expensive pieces to feel confident in what you are wearing. As you can tell here and on Instagram I love mixing high and low as well was vintage and modern pieces. Find whatever is your style and express yourself through the art of fashion!

Next post will be about Fashion Week itself. Let me know what your style is! T.S.

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The Museum at FIT’s Force of Nature

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Currently on display at the Museum of FIT is the exhibition “Force of Nature”. It explores the inspiration nature and science lends to fashion designers. The animals, weather, plants and foreign landscapes that were discovered in the 18th and 19th centuries inspired not only the scientists and writers of the day but the designers as well. Some designers took literal interpretations of nature while others simply referenced it. It also takes a look at how the fashion industry has made and is making changes that respect the environment.

Through the collection of garments, textiles, accessories and prints viewers can see how men and women’s fashion was and is inspired by nature. During the time of Enlightenment there was a surge of botanic gardens in society. This inspired designers to create textiles and fashions inspired by flowers. While the discovery of different animals also changed the way people used prints. In the wild animals use their spots to camofloufge themselves but designers use them in bold designs.

Animals like caterpillars and butterflies that have the ability of transformation which also inspire designers. Fashions that transformed women into flower or bird like forms are the result. The theory of attraction in the wild also stirred up new ideas for creators of the arts.

The Network of Nature

Naturalist and father of ecology Alexander von Humboldt realized how nature was intertwined with society. He also believed that an artists interpretation of nature was paramount in understanding it. Forms of diversity and creativity were created and inspired because of nature.

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Dress: Circa 1888, Mrs. M.A. O’Connell. During this time period Ferns were a popular plant. Being so the collection of ferns as a hobby and clothing with fern prints like this dress were very popular.
The mens vest consist of a print of coiled Ferns. Waistcoat circa 1870.

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Robe a la francaise 1760-1175. This print consists of bouquets of carnations and peonies. While the fringe detail resemble flower buds. These French robes were known for their floral textiles. They became metaphors for women as flowers.

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Alexander McQueen, Evening Dress from the Irere Collection 2003. Birds and their symbolism of transformation were inspiring for McQueen. For this dress the colorful Scarlet Macaw and its feathers are what inspired him.

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Early 1960’s, Milliner unknown.
The hat is created with flexible feathers. Inspired by exotic birds.

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Arzu Kaprol Evening ensemble Fall 2014. The graphic print of charges of electricity and the sculptural form of the gown and jacket all invoke power and strength. Inspired by the power of a lightning storm.

 

The Botanic Garden

Enlightenment and the discovery of exotic plants in foreign lands introduced the creation of the botanic garden in Europe. The public became fascinated with the new plant life and were curious to learn more. The botanic garden was a place were all social classes could view these new discoveries. By the 19th century these gardens became known as laboratories for scientific discoveries as well as beautiful gardens.

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Dress 1830-1833. This dress translates the connection the public made with women as flowers. The theme of romanticism and flower metaphors were trending topics in 19th century literature.

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The flowers are purposefully placed around the wearers face. Creating the feeling of being surrounded by nature.

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Circa 1790 Mens Jacket and Waistcoat. The floral embroidery is meant to invoke the sensual spirit of reproduction in plants. Inspired by the Poem “The Love of Plants” (1789).
Circa 1775 Women’s Robe a l’anglaise wool and linen dress with silk embroidery. Fabric designer Anna Maria Garthwaite was inspired by plants and was considered just as educated in natural sciences as her male counterparts.

 

Investigating Nature

The discovery and study of nature was intensive for people of the Victorian era. The use of cataloging and the organization of all findings was important. With the invention of the microscope naturalists like Ernst Haeckel and scientists educated and influenced the public and arts. Haeckel, also an artists created prints and art inspired by his discoveries.

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Left Bill Blass 1975. Inspired by the symmetry in plants like flowers.
Oscar de la Renta 1992. Inspired by coral reefs.
ThreeASFOUR :Dress 2016. Inspired by fractual patterns in nature.

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Left: Jeanne Lanvin Evening Dress circa 1930. The scalloped overlays resemble fish scales. Asian culture like the Arowana fish inspired Lanvin.
Right: Christian Dior Spring 1954. This dress is inspired by the symmetry of organisms.

 

The Aviary

Birds symbolize transformation, freedom, honor and grace amoung other things. Throughout history they were used in art, literature and folklore in many cultures. While their feathers were seen as mysterious for people of the past, they are inspirational for today’s designers.

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Alexander McQueen 2009
Horn of Plenty Collection. The pattern resembles feathers, while the bustle a tail.

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Cape and hair comb 1960’s courtesy of Photographer Bill Cunningham.
Balenciaga evening dress 1967. Balenciaga minimalist style of the time is evident in the form of the dress while the ostrich feathers create an abstract element.

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Gabrielle Chanel (Chanel) 1927 evening cape. Although feathers were already being used in extravagant forms such as hats, Chanel chose to remain more subdued with this cape of silk made feathers.

 

Metamorphosis

The discovery that caterpillars turned into butterflies was in 1830’s Chile by German naturalist Renous. Because he did not get a chance to unveil his findings he was arrested because people did not believe him. The butterflies were not seen as a natural transformation but a trick. The act of transformation and the ability of fashion to transform a person has inspired designers.

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Left :Elsa Schiaparelli 1937
Butterflies were a surrealist symbol for deaths and transformation. As a surrealist designer Schiaparelli used metamorphosis to translate beauty emerging from the ordinary.
Right: Thierry Muglerr : Evening dress 1989. Mugler known as the “master of metamorphosis” created his 1989 collection based on the city of Atlantis and mermaids.

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Charles James “La Sirene” evening dress 1940. Known as the Lobster dress the tucks and folds resemble a spine like that of a lobster.

 

 

 

 

Into the Wild

The patterns that camouflage animals in the wild for their self preservation inspire designers to create bold prints that attract the eye. The exotic and at times sensual appeal of animal patterns come from ancient folklore.

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Rudi Gernreich 1966. These patterned outfits were meant to be like second skins. The complete transformation included gloves, underwear, hoods and shoes.

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Physical Forces

The study of nature and energy both in small particles and entire galaxies known as physics has inspired society and the arts. These studies lead to the creation of meteorology, astronomy, electromagnetism and many other fields of scientific study.

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Left: Yvonne May Evening Coat circa 1920. The inspiration for his coat was comets. The sparkle adds to the look of movement.
Right: Saks Fifth Ave cocktail dress 1953. The rhinestones on the dress imitate a galaxy of stars.
Behind: Rodler upholstery fabric 1928. This fabric used for the seats on an airplane showcases the theory of the Big Bang.

 

Fashioning a Future

In the past fashion was created with little to no knowledge or realization on how it was affecting nature. However over the years designers and fashion companies have begun to create sustainable fashion. Kering the parent company of the brands Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Puma and more has made it their mission to reduce the environmental impact their brands have. With guidance from the UN Sustainable Development Goals Kering has created reachable targets of positive global environmental and social impacts by 2025. With their three strategies of Care, Collaborate and Create these brands can change the way fashion is created. Among other streams of creativity and science these brands can care for the planet through cleaner supply chains. They can collaborate with craftsmen and leading universities that identify sustainable solutions. Lastly they can create using innovative technology like biotech.

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Speedo Fastskin II 2011. This suit mimics sharkskin to increase speed in the water. The ridges in the suit imitate sharks dermal denials.
The Last Explorer: Black Magic suit. The suits waterproof technology allows water to roll off the material like a ducks feathers.
Bolt threads necktie 2017. Made of synthetic spider silk, the first of its kind ever created. The first one created was given to Spider-Man creator Stan Lee.

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Stella McCartney dress Resort 2017. Made of sustainable viscose.
J-Crew t-shirt, 2017. This shirt was created to raise awareness on the diminishing population of bees. Part of sales went to the Xerces Society an invertebrate conservation system.

 

 

 

The Science of Attraction

In 1859 Charles Darwin published “On the Origin of Species”. This controversial theory of evolution and his later work ” The Descent of Man” which focused on sexual selection and beauty influenced the arts. In the end one of his conclusions was that both animals and humans loved beauty.

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Right:Mme. Pauline Hat circa 1955. This Women’s hat is created with male bird feathers.
Left: Commes des Garcons 1985. The hat is inspired by a nest created by weaver birds. These birds construct elaborate nests to attract female mates.

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Hat 1939.
Halston Ensemble 1965.
Inspired by the Scarlet Tanager bird whose red communicates sexual desire to the female bird.

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Helene hat circa 1953 feathers and wool. This hat was inspired by Peacocks. Female Peacocks select males based on their feathers and usually pick mates with the most amount of feathers.

 

The Language of Flowers

During the 19th century books were published that explored the “language of flowers”. They surmised that specific species and colors held symbolic meanings. This influenced the exchange of different colored bouquets as coded meanings to and from lovers and couples. As a reproductive organ flowers also represented human sexuality.

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Dress circa 1905- France.
Hand colored Irises were applied to the cut-work of the dress. Irises were a popular design in the Art Nouveau time period.

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Charles James : “The Tree” evening dress, 1955. With “The Petal” evening stole.
The petal like stole is meant to transform the wearer into a flower. Charles often thought of his clients as sensual flowers and believed fashion should evoke that emotion.

It was interesting to learn about all ways in which nature and science have influenced fashion. As we look at today’s fashion we don’t realize how influential nature has been. This exhibition is a great reminder of how much nature has and continues to inspire us. Stay tuned to my Instagram for more pictures throughout the week. Force of Nature is on display at the Museum at FIT through November 18th.

T.S.

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FIT’s School of Art and Design Graduating Exhibition

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Recently on display at the Museum at FIT was the work and thesis projects of the graduating class of 2017. Many know FIT is a prestigious school for fashion, but it also teaches many of the arts. The exhibition showcased students work from all sixteen major areas of study. The exhibition was showcased in various areas of the museum and the school itself.

Accessories Design

For their final steps to achieving their degree’s students were instructed to create a collection around the concept of  ” Design Perspective”. Each took on a different interpretation to create their collections. Students used research on consumers, seasons, and inspirations to bring them to life. They created pieces belonging to either footwear, handbags, millinery (hats), or art. Every piece exhibited was judged and selected by FIT staff and fashion industry critics.

 

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Advertising Design

The students of advertising design were to creating content that reaches today’s public. Not only do these final projects advertise a product , they become one with the consumer. The students created experiences, much like we are used to today. To bring out an emotion or thought, not simply an agreement to buy. The advertisements  reflect much of what is currently happening and resonates with exhibition viewers.

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Computer Animation and Interactive Media

Graduates from the computer animation and interactive media program also focused on engaging with the viewer. They created apps, games,  environments and more that integrated their knowledge of technology design. This particular class used many personal experiences and social causes in their work. Race, sexuality, religion and how they felt about these topics came across in these pieces.

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Fabric Styling

The class in fabric styling forecasted the color story of Summer/ Spring 2018. Through market research, trend forecasting and four colors they showcased the latest in women’s wear and home décor. Much of the public does not realize how ahead of time forecasters like these students are. Their work is continually a year ahead of its time.

Fashion Design

Fashion Design students used their expertise with fashion design art, CAD, journaling, and art portfolio to create their final designs. Their work was critiqued and selected by industry critics, guest designers and professors who mentored these students. On the judging day the selecteded looks were included in the BFA Future of Fashion runway show. Once the looks were selected the students work with experienced models for their final fittings. Students in the individual categories of Children’s Wear, Intimate Apparel, Knitwear, Special Occasion and Sportswear showcased their looks in the fashion show. Through these steps the students’ personal take on fashion design evolved and prepared them for their careers.

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Fine Arts

Fine Arts graduates were tasked with answering the question “How does a young artist create work that is relevant in our  contemporary culture?” Their work answered this question by adding their personal experience’s and identity to demonstrate advertising, consumerism, environmental issues, and social media. The proximity to multiple museums in NYC helped them cultivate their thoughts and creative process. They are now able to create fine art relevant to the ever changing society.

 

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Graphic Design

Graphic design students were to write their thesis exploring the past, present and future on the topic they chose. Through the use of graphic media the students expressed their thoughts. With the images and words they selected they offered a fresh perspective on what’s occurring in today’s society. All the work displayed was critiqued by professionals in graphic design.

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Illustration

Students of the illustration program used their traditional and digital art media experience to creatively problem solve. The issue being how to create images for commercial distribution that targets specific audiences. Through their personal style, technique, expression and body of work cultivated at FIT they were able to solve the issue.

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Interior Design

The class of interior design took their education in problem solving, space planning  and research to create their own perspectives. Their perspectives and the issues of sustainability, culture and constructions helped them create their thesis. The objective was to create interiors that looked great and spoke to the viewers. Unlike other students Interior design students created their final projects with aesthetic, functional and program constraints. To work around these limitations they used materials, colors and furnishings to create their interior design stories.

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Jewelry Design

Jewelry Design graduates created jewelry with design, craft, economics and ethics in mind. They also thought of sustainability and social responsibility when creating their pieces. They used both modern and ancient techniques to create their jewelry. Their work is to be viewed as both jewelry and individual works of art.

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Menswear

The menswear graduating class created their final thesis much like a tailor makes suits.  They showcased their designs in their portfolios to their class during a presentation. Next they created their muslin, a plain white fabric designers use to create the base of their designs. Once their muslins were criticized and reworked they began the final process. Finished fabrics and tailoring techniques were then used to create their final menswear pieces. Finally their work was critiqued by well known menswear designers and put on display. Past graduating classes have been critiqued by John Varvatos, Italo Zucchelli for Calvin Klein and John Bartlett.

 

 

Packing Design

The students of the packing design program worked to advance the principals wing branding and packing design. They used innovative techniques to reach the consumers of food, beverage and home products. They also created designs to speak to packing designs to reach the consumers of beauty, personal care and technology products. They were tasked to create the designs within the constraints of conceptual development, graphic execution, production and compliance requirements.  They also took into account marketing and what would be their competition.

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Photography

Students of the graduating photography class expressed political views, fashion trends, and emotions. They also used documentary photography and  their personal experiences with family and their childhood to inspire their final captures.Their photography much like those of regarded professional photographers have the ability to impact the societal culture of the present and future.

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Textile/Surface Design

Textile/Surface Design students created textiles of painted, woven, and screen printed techniques. They implemented classical forms of textile creation with innovative new technologies. They created their own aesthetics within the requirements of the textile industry. Their final pieces showcase the students ability to create new textiles that are creative, full of required techniques and its ability to be  marketable.

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Toy Design

The class of Toy Design uses imagination to help develop kids self -image. Students created toys that help create a healthy lifestyle of play. Their toys also challenge critical thinking in the child who plays with them. Students incorporated community issues, culture, nature into their interactive children’s games. The toys ranged from stuffed animals, board games, digital worlds and more.

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Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design

The Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design program focuses on the ability create environments that inspire, inform and persuade the viewer. Students created life size mock ups of events such as a retail space, display, museum exhibition, event or individual place. The students process included the design process and market analysis with the help of industry experts. Their designs were reviewed in an exhibition and finally developed digitally and physically.

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It was immensely interesting to see what the future of the creative fields have in store. There is no shortage of creativity with students like these and the colleges that mold them into productive creators. As I walked through the exhibition I was not only learning about these creative majors but remembering my own time in college. There are more details and hours that go into the final product of a creative industry than consumers and viewers realize.

T.S.