Inside the World of Modeling

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Inside the World of Modeling

by Emma McKenna Fashion Business Student and Freelance Model

 

model 2In anticipation of the 38th annual fashion show, and as an experienced model since the age of 16, I wanted to write this blog to introduce you to the inside world of modeling. Modeling in the fashion industry can be stressful, demanding and time consuming. Additionally, models have the expectation of behaving in a certain manner while promoting a brand. There are freelance (independent) models and industry models who are endorsed by a brand. The difference between industry models and myself is that I am freelance. Freelance models pay for photo shoots up front, and generate income by selling the images, while industry models are compensated upfront for their photoshoots, time, and incidentals, but they do not own the images.

model 1This year’s fashion show is “Limitless”, meaning nothing is restricted. One of the greatest things about this show is the coordinators are using models of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities and race.  This is extremely important because it broadens the idea for outfits and designs as well as includes everyone who wants a chance in the show. I modeled in last year’s show, and it was an amazing experience!

 

In conclusion, this year’s show is all about being yourself and letting your creativity flow. The 38th Annual GCC Fashion Show will be on May 4th, 2018 in the Richard C. Call Arena at 7 pm. This is going to be a big year for GCC’s Fashion Program and we can’t wait to show you what we have in store! Look for me on the runway!

Congratulations to the scene coordinators selected for Limitless!

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Congratulations to the scene coordinators selected for Limitless!

By Emma Prior

 

Congratulations to the following scene coordinators for the 38th annual GCC Fashion Show on May 4, 2019 7:00 pm at the Richard C. Call arena!

Name                                       Scene Name

Jewel Watters                        Promise

Kaeli LaFrance                      Courtside Queen

Annika Staffo                         Ferocity

Emma Prior                            Navigation

Kento Takayama                    Ambitious

Nicole Favata                          Envious Passions

Aleah Libordi                          Surrealism

Olivia Kohorst                         Impulse

Gerard Hirschfield                 Layers

Connie Loury                          Fashion Meets Expression

Hannah Donnelly                   Whim

Karrington Jackson                Vibrations

Camilo Pernett                        NYC

Kali Nichols                             Electricity

 

These students presented their fashion show scene concepts to the fashion show planning committee on November 16th and 19th. They were chosen for demonstrating a clear concept, confidence, research and understanding of fashion trends. We are excited to present our scenes in an innovate, inclusive, and inspiring show for the GLOW region.

To the students who presented, congratulations again for your hard work!

 

 

Spring 2019 Trends

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Spring 2019 Trends

By Camilo Pernett

 

The upcoming spring trends include fashions that GCC students cannot wait to see. The upcoming 38th annual fashion show, Limitless, will showcase some of these trends and colors. I’m writing this blog to introduce you to these trends, so you can look forward to seeing them onstage.

The first trend for the upcoming spring season is “En Beige”, as coined in VOGUE magazine. It is recognized by its darker beige shades and head-to-toe trench coats. You can expect to see it on the runway, as at least one scene coordinator has confirmed “En Beige” as a part of the collection.

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Another trend you will notice is VOGUE’s “California Dreamer”. When you think about spring you may think about a warm breeze of tropical adventure and colorful vibes, which is exactly the feeling of “California Dreamer”. The Italian brand Etro caught shark fever in Milan, with surfing-inspired collections.

A trend making big impact in the upcoming SS19 is the “Get into Print” (VOGUE) which focuses on prints is popular this season. According to the magazine Vogue, “Fashion’s preoccupation with florals is inexhaustible but for 2019 it’s nearing saturation point: now, prints should be worn all-over, clashed merrily and madly with little concern for what goes with what.” (https://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/spring-summer-2019-trends)

Men_in_colorful_suits_(Unsplash)And finally, the last trend you need to know is VOGUE’s “Fruity Suiting”. Follow this trend if you want to make your wardrobe more colorful and fun.  Suits, jackets and blazers in colorful and bright oranges, yellows, reds, greens, and blues make your outfit less formal and more fun. This trend allows you to express yourself confidently.

 

These are the tends I hope you take note of and be aware of to be ready for the spring 2019 season. Whether you wear the new trends or appreciate them on the runway models, I hope this blog inspires you. We hope to see you wearing one of these trends at the fashion show, Limitless on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

The Differences between Japanese and American Fashion

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The Differences between Japanese Styles and American Styles

By Ayaka Yamanaka – Fashion Business Merchandising Student and japan fashion imageInternational Student

I’m an international student from Japan. When I came here, I was sometimes surprised by some styles. People from Japan don’t wear leggings as a pants. When Japanese women go work out, they wear leggings as sportswear. Moreover, when they wear dresses, they wear leggings under the dress because they wouldn’t like to show their skin. Leggings are one of the trends fall/winter 2018-19. So, many women will wear leggings this way.

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japan fashion image 5The second difference is a way of showing less skin. Japanese women lack confidence of their body shape types, and many women diet. Because of this, they would like to hide their body shape. Recently, many women have been wearing wide pants to hide their legs, and if it’s in the summer, they don’t wear cropped tops that show their torso.

japan fashion image 2Of course, some Japanese women wear skinny jeans. If skinny jeans become a trend, some Japanese women try it, because trends are important to people in Japan. Sometimes, if you walk in Omotesando, where is very popular place to shop in Tokyo, you might see same handbags many times.

Trends are more strictly followed in Japan versus in the United States. In the USA, trends are not as important as in Japan, but Americans dress similarly. In Japan, the trends are more important, and there is more variety in what Japanese people wear. I have enjoyed observing the differences in fashion of the two countries.

Suggestions for a Happy Shopping Season

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Suggestions for a Happy Shopping Season

By Kali Nichols – GCC Fashion Business Program Sophomore and Retail Employee

As a retail worker, I thought I could share some tips for an enjoyable Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping experience this year. Many college students are retail employees, balancing long retail work hours, family time, and preparation for class final exams or final project presentations. Customers are busy trying to balance jobs, family, and efficient shopping trips. These tips may help customers and worker have positive experiences in the store.

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Some retailers let the employees pick which day (or both) they would like to work and the hours they are available; the retailers understand that their employees also want to spend time with their families for the holidays. Because of this, employees that you encounter at some stores are most likely to be in a good mood since they picked those hours and of course it’s the best time of the year. However, if you see an employee who looks like the day is really just getting the best of them, try to understand that maybe their hours were dictated to them and they are missing out on their family time to help you shop. As a customer, having empathy may allow you to see the employee in a different light.

If a price rings up incorrectly when you are cashing out, the best thing to do is politely ask the cashier to do a price check. The employee is not trying to charge you the highest price if it isn’t correct, in fact salespersons love helping you get the best possible deal! Please remain patient even though you may have to take a few extra minutes cashing out while the employee calls over the radio for a floor associate to complete the price check for you.

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Most stores have trained their employees in regards to coupons, discounts and how to smoothly complete every transaction efficiently and effectively. But occasionally, a problem arises that a cashier or salesperson cannot solve. Managers are always available for assistance in cases like this; these situations also may require your patience.

 

Lastly, please be friendly overall. Black Friday and the holiday shopping season is crazy busy for employees and customers who are working and shopping retail. Remember the reason you are buying the gifts and how much job will be had while unwrapping them. Happy shopping this year!

Fashion Program Announces 38th Annual Fashion Show – Limitless

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By Aleah Libordi

On November 7th, Kento Takayama and Hannah Donnelley announced the theme of the 38th annual Genesee Community College Fashion Show: Limitless. The boundaries to this show are without end. Focusing on the four seasons, each scene will resemble a different aspect of each season. This theme offers more freedom and diversity than ever before, allowing for creativity and expression to drive the show on May 4th, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Richard C. Call Arena on the Batavia Campus.

Questions can be sent to fashionshow@genesee.edu and be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and the FBM (Fashion Business Merchandising) program blog at https://sunygcc.blog/category/academics/fashion/  for continual updates on the show.

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After this announcement, all fashion students took part in the annual color draping event. The practice of color draping was developed by Carol Jackson in her 1984 book, Color Me Beautiful. Each student was draped in different colored fabrics to determine the best suit for their skin tone, hair, and eye color. Personal color falls into 4 categories, cool toned winter or summer to warm toned spring or autumn. This is an admired event because it is personal and allows for students to put knowledge into practice. Students now know the colors that best compliment their unique personal color, and know which colors may help them look their best and feel their best. They will be well prepared in their best colors while at future interviews or when purchasing their power suit.

The color draping and fashion show theme reveal event is a much anticipated day for all students.  This day was paramount for fashion students, it ignited excitement and determination for the work ahead. The theme reveal is the first public announcement and official start to fashion show preparation. In the following weeks, students will be presenting their fashion show scene concepts to secure one of the coveted scene coordinator positions for Limitless.

Follow our fashion show journey on this blog as we announce scene coordinators, scene themes and fashion show updates.

Read this before you register for a class!

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I have taken a lot of classes at GCC and I have learned a thing or two from my mistakes. I wish there are things I would have done before registering for a class, costing hundreds of dollars. Instead of, leaving important decisions and consequences of signing up for a class to fate!  Spring Registration begins October 1st.

  • Speak with your Academic Advisor and Success Coach

You might think it is a hassle and a waste of time to schedule an appointment to meet with your advisor and success coach but trust me it is important to meet with both the academic advisor and success coach. This is, especially true, for International students. You will be wasting a lot more time and banging your head in frustration when your advisor messages you that you did not sign up for the right class. Meet with your advisor even if you know your degree requirements because you can find a lot more information about your future classes, instructors who would be offering your classes and other academic activities. Your advisor and success coach also have a wealth of other resources that can help you. Message your advisors if you have any questions or if you are too busy to schedule an appointment to meet in person.

  • Meet with the Instructors in person before you sign up for a class

It is extremely important to meet with the instructors in person before you sign up for a class unless you want to be miserable for the rest of the semester and waste hundreds of dollars and your valuable time. You will get an idea how your instructor is when you meet with them in person to discuss their class requirements and expectations. A lot of students are excited to sign up for a new major or class. However, they are quickly disappointed and surprised when they do not like their instructors after they start a class and are half-way between the semester and it is too late to drop the class. Hence, they are stuck with an instructor and a study style they do not like. There are several instructors offering the same classes. Pick the instructor with whom you best get along. Ask your instructor how and why certain students perform poorly in their class. Your instructors can give you valuable advice to ensure your success.

  • Read the description of classes online before you sign up for a class

Carefully read the description of each class before you register for these classes. Check how much time you need to spend on each class before you sign up for additional classes. International students with no financial aid must purchase their books ahead of time during winter and summer break. Double-check what other additional materials you will need for a certain class. Try to use Schedule Planner to organize your time and classes.

  • Speak with students who have already taken those classes with a certain instructor

Students who have already taken classes that you are about to take are a bundle of resources that you must utilize. However, do not be persuaded by the opinion of just one student. Speak with multiple students, including students who have dropped the class. Learn from the mistakes other students have made.

  • Check if you accidentally qualify for another certificate

A lot of classes and degree requirements are very similar. For example, both the Nursing Program and Respiratory Care program have similar prerequisites. Health studies certificate and child care certificate have similar classes. You may have to take one or more additional classes to earn another certificate. Hence, carefully select your classes. Additional certificates can boost your resume.

May the force be with you!  Happy Spring Registration!