events

Asian Fest 2014

2:53 PM

This past week we were invited to be at an event called Asian Fest. If you were on campus at all Thursday you probably walked past it! It was a really fun way to meet different groups and organizations on campus that promote arts, culture and more. There was asian inspired food, traditional dancing and music from so many different cultures. If you weren't able to make it, here are some pictures from the afternoon.
Traditional Mongolian dancing included a "Cup Dance."
 We met (and fell in love with!) a future style maven.
And we got free Insomnia!

fashionista feature

Fashionista Feature: Gabby Chaffin

5:00 PM

We have so many incoming freshman this year in FSO. Gabby is one of those students, who's so excited to get involved, not only in our organization but in the Fashion School in general. Get to know her—we think she's going to be one to watch in the coming 4 years. 
Name: Gabby Chaffin
Major/Minors: Fashion Merchandising/Fashion Media/Journalism
Year: Freshman - 2018

Tell us a little about yourself! 

GC: Hello! My name is Gabby. I am a freshman this year at Kent State University and my major is Fashion Merchandising. I am originally from Niles, Ohio, so I'm not too far away from home. In my spare time I like to go adventuring, volunteer and spend time with friends & family. I am obsessed with I Love Lucy re-runs, Chipotle, Cats, Thrifting and Pinterest. In the future, I hope to do a lot of traveling because there's just so much to learn and see. I cannot wait to either study abroad or even just study in NYC. I am so excited to be starting my first year of college and learning all that I need to know about my favorite subject: Fashion. 

What has been your favorite class in the fashion school so far? 
GC: So far, Fashion Fundamentals. Dr. Leslie is so cool, and I love that I get to learn about something I'm actually interested in!

How long have you been involved with FSO?
GC: I'm new to FSO this year but I am so excited to get involved!

Do you have a favorite FSO memory?
GC: Well, at the first FSO meeting, a girl complimented me on my eyebrows...does that count? lol

What are you looking forward to this year?
GC: There's honestly so much to look forward to! But I really love fashion shows and the creativity they evoke. I cannot wait to style and model my outfit at the Goodwill Fashion Show! 

I am also really looking forward to attending the Shop.org event in Seattle, Washington. I just think it’s going to be such an incredible experience to learn from some of the industries’ most successful leaders about digital retailing and the way technology is being integrated into the future of marketing. I think it'll also be a great opportunity to network and meet new people, so I'm really excited to participate.

Do you have any dream jobs in mind for post graduation?
GC: I've always had a strong attraction, (and maybe addiction), to editorial fashion. I love pictures that have a story to tell and designs that make my friends say, "Who would even wear that?". I also like to write. I guess my dream job would be to work for an editorial magazine like Harper's Bazaar or Vogue.

events

Model Calls 2014

2:11 PM

Last week and this week FSO held our annual model calls. We were so thrilled to have more than 100 girls and guys come strut their stuff for Jess and Sarah, our President and VP. We know the fashion shows this semester are going to be bigger than ever and it's great to have so many amazing models to choose from! If you want more info on the upcoming fashion shows, check out FSO's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Thanks again to everyone who participated in Model Calls, it was a great success!
| Pictured above is model Jasmine Barnett |
We also had Alex, a board member for Soroptimist, come speak to FSO this week. The Soroptimist fall fundraising event is on November 8th this year, and the theme is Red Carpet! Thank you to Alex who shared the message and mission behind this amazing organization. We can't wait to see the designs our members create for the show in November. 

fashionista feature

Fashionista Feature // Olivia Mayer

5:00 PM

This week we're talking to another FSO favorite. Olivia is a senior who's been more than involved with FSO and that fashion school. From her dream job at Kleinfeld's (where she interned!!) to her favorite classes, we think you're going to enjoy getting to know her. Meet Olivia.

Name: Olivia Mayer
Major/Minors: Fashion Merchandising
Year: Senior (Graduation May 2015)

Tell us a little about yourself!
OM: My name is Olivia Mayer and I'm a senior fashion merchandising major graduating in August of 2015. I also have a minor in fashion media. I spent this past summer interning in New York City at Kleinfeld Bridal. I had the experience of a lifetime and made connections with so many people in the industry. 

What has been your favorite class in the fashion school so far?
OM: My favorite class during my time at the fashion school was professional seminar because it really got me ready to apply for internships. It also made me so much more confident in myself as a fashion student.

How long have you been involved with FSO?
OM: I have been a part of FSO as a member since my freshman year at Kent State, although I didn't start getting involved with it until last year. I participated in the Goodwill fashion show earlier this year as a stylist and modeled my own look. I also was a model in the FS squared fashion show at the end of the year. I had a lot of fun modeling both of the times and I look forward to the shows that FSO will have this semester before I head off to Florence in the spring!
Do you have a favorite FSO memory?
OM: My favorite FSO memory was this past year’s goodwill fashion show. It was fun getting to put together an outfit for the show and also walk to the runway in it

What are you looking forward to this year?
OM: I’d say the FSO Art of Contrast fashion show and also studying abroad in Florence in the spring!

Do you have any dream jobs in mind for post graduation?
OM: My dream job post graduation would be to work at Kleinfeld Bridal in NYC.

fashion design

Fashionisto Feature // Jaanai Jones

5:00 PM

When we decided to start this new feature on the FSO blog, it wasn't hard to choose who should be spotlighted first. Jaanai has been one the most dedicated, inspiring and fun members from the start of his freshman year. We love how much passion and excitement he brings, not only to FSO but the fashion school in general! Meet Jaanai. 


Name: Jaanai Jones
Major/Minors: Fashion Design
Year: Sophomore (Graduation May 2017)

Tell us a little about yourself!
JJ: My name is Jaanai Jones. I am a Fashion Design major at Kent State. I love ice cream, Seinfeld and SHOES. I am a huge flora enthusiast. I love making prints and different patterns. My background for fashion design comes from the curiosity of how clothing and accessories are constructed and the details put into them. I love to sew. In my free time, I research trends (WGSN is the best), knit and regularly work out. I joined FSO because I wanted to get involved with the fashion school outside of class, and it was also a great way to meet more people.

What has been your favorite class in the fashion school so far?
JJ: I’ll always love sewing, but my favorite freshman class was Intro to Fashion Technology with William Perrine (love that guy). So far, my favorite sophomore class is Fashion Tech Applications. It’s all so refreshing; a lot of the technology-based work involving fashion design is new. I love where fashion is headed in terms of integrating technology into the clothing and industry, so that may be why I love the tech side of it all.

How long have you been involved with FSO?
JJ: I have been involved with FSO since Fall 2013 (my freshman year).

Do you have a favorite FSO memory?
JJ: My favorite FSO memory definitely was painting the rock! It was a great way to end the year and see the seniors do something fun with FSO one final time before they graduated.

What are you looking forward to this year?
JJ: There are a lot of fun activities planned, but I am looking forward to the fashion shows the most. I love fashion shows. I can’t wait to design for them this year and have girls walking in my clothes down the runways.

Do you have any dream jobs in mind for post graduation?
JJ: My absolute dream job would be to design footwear for Nike. I am really passionate about footwear; almost any footwear design roles would be suitable. Perhaps it will happen! Realistically, if that doesn’t happen, I wouldn’t mind working for J Crew. I love their style and I love how Jenna Lyons helped reshape the brand from the old “frat boy prep” they used to portray.

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