Fashion Speaker Series: Kathy Healey & Healey Wear

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By Pinn Duong

(This is part 1 of a two-part blog, each section features a guest speaker at The Fashion Program Speaker Series at GCC on March 4, 2020.)

Kathy Healey is the creator and owner of 22-year-old custom window treatment design firm, Healey Wear, in Rochester, NY. In addition to window treatments, her firm also expands to other parts of home interiors, including cushions, pillows, quilts and occasionally clothing alteration.

Beside window treatments and home interiors, Healey also worked on clothing alteration. She often paralleled working on clothing alteration as being similar to an autoparts mechanic, “Clothing alteration can sometimes be tedious, but very interesting. It’s taking something apart, seeing how it’s made, fixing it and putting it back in a better way. The biggest and best compliment I get from people is when they say, ‘Wow, how did you do that!’ making me feel like a magician.

She has also been a content creator by publishing two articles for Sew News Magazine, and another one for Threads Magazine

“My first publication for Sew News was my 13th submission; I submitted around 12 different ideas before my submission was picked. If you want to do this kind of work, just as other types of creators or inventors, you gotta have a tough skin. And whenever you face rejection, you have to say to yourself, ‘Okay, I’m gonna keep going, I’m gonna keep going.’ After my third submission, I told my son ‘I’m a content creator now, isn’t that cool!’ “

Workspaces inside her home include a second-floor sewing studio, a second-floor fitting room and a basement workroom. Healey discussed in details different aspects and tips of working from home. “Sometimes, a customer comes in with their wedding gown, then her mother comes and then another member of their family, and that’s three cars without parking spaces,” she recalls. “Whether it’s home or company, communication is important not just to your customers but also your own family members.”

Another thing you have to be aware of is your home and property needs to look nice and be kept up. Keep your home/work setting professional, you can’t be mowing a lawn when somebody comes to try on their dresses… “

Working from home allows you a flexible schedule, but somewhat limits your networking opportunities. “We’re always hungry; we’re always looking for what’s our next job. American Sewing Guild has been a great networking source of friends, sewing enthusiasts, and knowledge. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with what’s the latest change in shades, updated safety rules; sometimes I run out of blinding, or interfacing… By coming together and working with other women in this group, we find ways to help each other.”

Networking also happened informally. My younger son was very active in high school musicals theatre groups. When the local costume-making community knew I could sew, they liked me a lot,” she laughed. “Doing costume work is another wacky way to learn how to sew. It’s also a nice way of helping and volunteering for the community.”

Behind the Curtain – What it Takes to Put on a Fashion Show

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It’s all-hands on deck for the fashion show committees, finalizing Marketing strategies, Front of House spray painting decorations, Back of House making hair and makeup schedules, Finance putting together basket raffles and Planning Committee organizing scenes! We are all very excited to show everyone what it’s really like to be Limitless!

Meet the Planning Committee!

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Planning is the largest department of them all, they have worked hard on organizing meetings, putting together the lineup and making sure every scene coordinator is keeping up with their looks! Pictured above (left to right) is Kali Nichols, Aleah Libori, Emma Prior, Kaeli LaFrance, Annika Staffo, Julia Karabinas and Kento Takayama. If you see them around ask them about their scene!

Finance Committee

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With coordinating colors, the finance committee is responsible for budgeting the entire show. The kept up with fundraising and put together the various themed baskets that will be raffled! They also counted money and had to organize the spreadsheets and finalizing the program! Meet the Finance Committee, Ayaka Yamanaka, Larry DeWitt and Becca Bishop.

Marketing Committee

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In today’s day in age figuring out social media is its own superpower! The Marketing Committee girls have been blasting and spamming your Instagram and Twitter feeds with updates and reminders on the show. Know the girls behind your screen- Nicole Favata has been taking over Instagram, Gianna Monti has been snapping on Snapchat, Hannah Donnelly writing the blog posts, and Jewel Watters has been tweeting away on Twitter! Not pictured is Emma Mckenna who went on WBTA to discuss Limitless and the fashion industry.  Make sure to follow all GCC Fashion accounts for more information and pictures!

Back of House

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They may be tiny but they are mighty! Hard to believe such an important committee only has two people but trust Ashley Barclay and Camilo Pernett with all of the duties! Ever watch a runway show and wonder how all of the models got their hair and makeup done in time for the walk? It’s all about scheduling- these two coordinated when and where each scene’s model gets their hair and makeup runway-ready!

Front of House

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Girls with such good taste must be a part of the Front of House Committee. Diamond Jones, Jordan Brown and Sarah Wescott are making the Arena look completely unrecognizable with their styles. They have worked hard outside of the classroom finding and booking entertainment, coordinating with a shuttle bus company and putting out a schedule to pick our attendees. They have also have been gathering decorations and getting the delicious reception food prepared!

 

GCC Plaid

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DSC_5560aGCC Plaid Inventory is still for sale, but time is running out as the end of the semester is quickly approaching!

There will be a table at the fashion show, Limitless on May 4, 2019. Buy your tickets to the fashion show here: Fashion Show Tickets

But, you don’t have to wait until then to purchase your T-shirts, socks, or ties. Email: Alexis Eighmey to purchase your plaid items!  aeighmey@my.genesee.edu

Stay comfortable and stylish while simultaneously promoting GCC and helping out the DECA Club. Look for us during GCC sporting events and on the Batavia Campus Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:20-1:15!

 

 

The following items are available for sale:DSC_5574B

Black long sleeve T-shirts $15
Blue short sleeve T-shirts $10
Plaid socks $10
Silk neckties $20
Bowties $30
Scarves $20
Tumblers $10

Call for Models

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Models wanted for Limitless, GCC’s 38th annual fashion show

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The fashion business program is searching for models for our 38th annual fashion show “Limitless”. We are looking for models with diversity in size, age, ethnicity and gender. At this year’s fashion show we are creating an innovation, inclusive, and inspirational evening. With this in mind we want to encourage all to give it a try. If you can walk in heels bring them! If you are a person that takes direction well and are interested in participating in our fashion show on Saturday May 4th, please attend one of the following model tryout dates;

Tryouts are in the Batavia Campus at the Conable Technology building, please attend any of the following days:

  • DSC_5320Tuesday February 5th 12:30-1:30 in T122
  • Wednesday February 6th 4-5:30 in T119
  • Thursday February 7th 12:30-1:30 inT119

We hope to see you there!

Makeup’s Effect on Women’s Confidence

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Makeup’s Effect on Women’s Confidence

By: Kaitlyn Tipton – Fashion Business Student and Makeup Lover

 

Makeup is an ever growing trend and a huge part of the fashion industry, and while it is continuously growing every day it keeps hand in hand with the world of fashion. Fashion trends are communicated through makeup. For example, an earthy trend would filter into makeup trends as natural and matte rather than glossy. 

The most popular brick and mortar store to purchase makeup today is Sephora. Sephora is a makeup empire that originated in a small shop in Paris, France. By selling a wide selection of quality makeup, Sephora has become the store women shop at for their beauty items. But an increasing number of women are purchasing makeup online. 

makeup 1Makeup is becoming more popularized though the internet. Female consumers are choosing to watch YouTube makeup gurus to help them along in their makeup journey, and with celebrities constantly always trying to look their best. The way these icons interact with the viewer makes them feel as if they are talking/interacting directly with them and then at the end of each video they sell their makeup products to their viewers. Some of these products and services these makeup gurus pedal could often include lipsticks, nail polish, eyeliner, and liquid lipstick. While makeup in itself is growing, people’s self-esteems are continuing to fall, this is due to the fact that people feel the need to be perfect on a day to day basis. The huge makeup tend in 2018 was bigger is better, this means that girls felt the need to apply more and more makeup to their faces to feel secure in their bodies.

Women should feel comfortable in their own bodies no matter how much makeup is applied to their skin. The constant battle of “should I look good enough”, should not be a constant struggle anymore. This struggle should be considered obscene in today’s day and age. It is 2018 and women have earned their place to stand tall and confident, regardless of how much makeup they wear.

makeup 2In conclusion people should feel confident no matter how much makeup they put on their skin, but with the makeup industry continuously growing this trend is not going anywhere soon. Celebrities and other lovable icons will continually endorse makeup as long as the fashion industry keeps making it, because while makeup does cause some women stress, it also play a huge role in our society.

Sneakers

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Sneakers

By Tykayila Hawkins

Sneakers. Sneakers. Sneakers. Either you love them or you don’t. For those who love sneakers they know the hype surrounding them and they know what shoes are going to sell out compared to others. Everybody loves Adidas and Nike. For Adidas the most popular is Yeezy and for Nike it’s “Off-White”.

sneakers off white redYeezy is designed by Kanye West and he hypes them up by wearing them before the release date. Sometimes it’s hyped up too much to the point that it backfires and the shoes will sit on the shelf due to over production. The most recent pair of Yeezy’s are the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 which are the “Zebra” and “Sesame” print. “Zebra” has features that make it recognizable, a chunky bottom, logo, and the overall design. The Zebra print have clean ice (clear) bottoms. The red logo SPLY-350 is the known trademark and then of course you have the Zebra Print. The best thing about these shoes (being an owner of a few pairs) is the fact they are really comfortable. They feel like you’re walking on air all the time. They won’t disappoint.

sneakers off white blueAnother shoe that is really popular at the time is Nike Off-White 1’s. These shoes aren’t your typical go to pair. You could wear these to the family function when you want to show off, or if you want your outfit to pop. I love the detail of the shoe. It has the zip tie on it so you know it’s a part of the “Off-White” family. They also come with 2 different color shoe laces so you’re able to change the colors.

Overall, sneakers are amazing. You’re able to wear them to any function and you’re able to piece different outfits together to create a one of a kind look. From Yeezy to “Off-White” you can make any outfit, a runway outfit.

See You Next Semester!

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See You Next Semester!

By: Jewel Watters, Fashion Merchandising Major

 

As the fall semester is officially coming to a close yet again, and the holidays are upon us. I thought I would reflect back on all the amazing memories I made this semester. This semester taught me many things, such as visual display, the behind the scenes of the fashion business world, and a sneak peek into how it’s really like to work in the fashion industry.

This semester, I was in an internship class where I needed to complete 150 hours at a job site related to my major and career goals. I am honored to say I am working at Charles Men’s Shop, Inc. right here in Batavia, New York at 200 East Main Street! While working here, I was able to acquire the necessary skills that I will need in the fashion industry and further my career. I am very thankful that I was given the opportunity to practice what I have learned in the classroom.

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Our fashion students  worked on deciding for a theme for the next fashion show, “Limitless” taking place on May 4, 2019 at 7 pm. I am so excited to announce that my scene concept has been chosen for the show. My scene “Promise” is wedding scene and will transport you to a winter wedding. I can’t wait for you all to see what I have in store for you next year!

Open HouseI was also given amazing opportunities to travel to Rochester to go to a speaker series with my fashion program, and learned valuable information, and learned a few things about starting my own business later on in life. I was also given the opportunity to travel to Buffalo to go to the Buffalo Niagara Sales and Marketing Executives meeting where I was able to interact with fellow entrepreneurs, and find some amazing contacts along the way.

I hope you all had an instructive fall semester and hope you have an amazing Winter Break. I hope to see you all at GCC’s 38th annual fashion show ‘Limitless’ on May 4th at 7 pm where you will see “Promise”.