Alber Elbaz Visits Parsons by Ayo Keys

On May 3rd, former creative director of Lanvin, Alber Elbaz casually crossed Fifth Avenue at 13th st, and shuffled past the several hundred people waiting to see him talk at The University Center, relatively unnoticed.

Over 1700 people RSVP’d for the event including many high profile fashion professionals and celebrities. In the lobby Jane Keltner De Valle, Fashion News Editor of Glamour Magazine, was preparing to snapchat the event. Also inside the University Center was Rio Uribe the designer of Gypsy Sport and winner of the 2015 CFDA Fashion Fund Award, and recording artist Theophilus London, who were trying not to bump into students whizzing past them to make it to class on time....continue reading here...

2 Buses Were Just Taken Out by That Unpaved Road in Front of The UC by Ayo Keys

Coincidental accidents snarled traffic around The New School after a raised manhole cover disabled a sightseeing bus and an MTA bus got caught in a sinkhole about a block from the University Center Wednesday afternoon.

First, a southbound Big Bus New York sightseeing bus full of passengers ran over the manhole cover in the middle lane of Fifth Avenue between 12th and 13th streets which appeared to dislodge its engine and disable it about 1 p.m., according to the driver.

The driver heard a loud thump and then his engine died right after, the driver said. When he exited the bus to see what happened, he found the bus’ rear-mounted engine on sitting on the unpaved asphalt....continue reading here...

How To Crowdfund Your Senior Thesis If You’re Not Super Rich by Ayo Keys

If working on my senior thesis day and night wasn’t stressful enough, I also found myself overwhelmed by the insane cost of trying to produce what I had spent so much time working on. Luckily, thanks to friends, family, and the internet, I was able to raise over $11,000 to produce my senior Fashion Design BFA thesis collection.

Whether you’re working on your thesis in fashion design, film or jazz and need $200 or $20,000 to make it happen I’ve compiled a list of tips to help you crowdfund the senior thesis of your dreams...continue reading here...

Rebecca Minkoff x Luxury Society by Ayo Keys

Uri Minkoff discussed incorporating technology within their retail strategies to students interested in Fashion.

Yunxi Peng, a Fashion MFA Design and Society student at Parsons, slid her fingers over the wall spanning digital mirror touch screen at Rebecca Minkoff’s Soho store for the first time Friday night.

“This is really cool. Did you know that you can change the lighting when you go in the dressing room? And you can see all the colors and sizes”.

Peng and 50 other students were given tours of the stores digital mirror technology, given 20% off all of the stores merchandise and treated to a talk with Uri Minkoff the brand’s’ CEO and co-founder on how to use technology to their advantage when starting and maintaining a brand...continue reading here

Panelists Discuss Fashion and Race in Today’s Industry by Ayo Keys

How many black designers can you name, if any? How many are household names? Tracy Reese? B Michael?” Editor Julee Wilson of the Huffington Post asked to a crowd of students and professionals.

The Fashion Design program at Parsons boasts a list of successful and acclaimed fashion industry alumni, but only a few are black.

Why is it that with such a diverse population of students graduating from the country’s best fashion program every year that there are only two well know black designer names, especially when Tracy Reese graduated from Parsons in 1984? This is one of the many difficult questions that arose during Friday evening’s discussion on Fashion & Race.

Senior Fashion editor of the Huffington Post, Julee Wilson....

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Choose Your Own Adventure by Ayo Keys

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Spring break is that one tantalizing week when classes are canceled for five whole days and you can pretend that finals aren’t just around the corner. You can peacefully sleep your life away. Another common spring break option is to go on a vacation.  Everyone loves a good vacay, but as a student, they can be hard to come by. Maybe you’ve worked your ass off at some painstakingly boring minimum-wage job and have earned enough to afford a trip down to a tropical beach in Florida, good for you! Or maybe your parents have been kind enough to wire over that $500 you need for a flight to Mexico–then again, go you!

But going on vacation doesn’t mean you have to be the kind of tourist that stands in the middle of the sidewalk and points at things. For the unlucky few who have either been spending too much on bowling and beer, or for those who would actually prefer to stay in New York, we have a list for you. Sometimes the best vacation spots are right around the corner. CONTINUE READING...

NS Street Style by Ayo Keys

Runways and catwalks aren’t the only places to spot this season’s hottest trends. Looking around New School classrooms, you can see students showing off their favorite styles. Whoever said school was not a place for high fashion, has never spent time in the Lang courtyard. New School students have unique and individual styles, and embrace a variety of trends and looks. From bohemian, to sporty, to avant-garde and punk rock, students cover all ends of the fashion spectrum. But New York City winters can make being fashionable hard. Even with all of the layers — sweaters and coats needed to stay warm — students remain as stylish as ever. As winter is finally coming to an end, the Free Press asked New Schoolers about their favorite and least favorite styles, how to keep warm and still look good, and which clothes they can’t wait to break out for spring. Doc Martens, fur coats and sweaters are some popular winter styles, but students can’t wait to shed their layers for tank tops, flip flops and sunglasses. Although it’s hard to say exactly when the weather will start to warm up, one thing is for sure; no matter what season, New Schoolers are always in style. CONTINUE READING....

Going The Distance by Ayo Keys

During the summer of 2013, I invited some of my friends to a food truck festival in my hometown of Philadelphia. Only one person showed up; a friend of a friend. I worried that without a buffer or third party we wouldn’t have a good time, but in the end we had a great time. I invited him to the next group event and soon we began hanging out one on one. Eventually we started dating, but only a few weeks before I had to return to school. Returning to school often means the end of a summer fling but it doesn’t have to. CONTINUE READING...

New App Offers Deals for Coffee Fans by Ayo Keys

Many New Yorkers and college students consider coffee to be an essential component of their lives. If there is one thing they need to survive in the concrete jungle, it’s energy. So those of us running a little low on adrenaline often turn to delicious cup of joe. Yet a deliciously embellished and life-sustaining drink from Starbucks can cost upwards of $3. If you drink two cups a day every week, you will end up spending $42 a week or about $168 a month. Even if you buy cheap coffee at your local bodega or McDonald’s, you still end up paying close to $100 per month for caffeine. CONTINUE READING...

New School Street Style by Ayo Keys

The weather is warming up and wardrobes are changing accordingly. In this second installment of New School Street Style, we reached the feisty and the fashionable from the Lang courtyard to the University Center. The Free Press asked New Schoolers about their favorite and least favorite styles, how to prep for summer while looking good, and which clothes and accessories they feel are absolutely essential. Sunglasses, leather jackets and printed pants are some popular spring styles. Considering the uncertainty of the weather and the start of finals one thing is for sure; no matter what the season is, New Schoolers are always in style. CONTINUE READING...

Fashion Struts Downtown by Ayo Keys

Fresh from the exhilarating sting of final project critiques, Parsons students cleaned out their lockers on December 16 and took one last glance at the 560 Seventh Ave. building, as staff and students said goodbyes to their sewing machines and carried their mannequins, pattern paper and plastic slopers out onto Seventh Avenue for the very last time. A vivid red message remained plastered in the Parsons Midtown building windows, declaring to all who passed: “YOU NEVER LEAVE PARSONS” — you just move downtown. CONTINUE READING...

Simon Collins In Conversation with Victoria Beckham by Ayo Keys

“Would you say fashion is what you really, really want?” quipped Parsons dean Simon Collins, earlier this month at the new University Center’s Tishman Auditorium. A svelte and poised fashion designer – and former Posh Spice – Victoria Beckham responded with an amused laugh and the attendees of the sold-out event erupted in laughter. CONTINUE READING...

XO by Ayo Keys

Unrealistic expectations for Valentine’s Day often start in elementary school. Any child who wants to pass out candy is forced to buy enough Snoopy Valentine’s Day cards and Sweet Tarts for the entire class so that no one is left out. It isn’t until you reach middle school and maybe even high school that you realize no one is going to force the other kids to buy candy for you on Valentine’s Day. CONTINUE READING...

Seeing Red by Ayo Keys

Red is the color of love, anger, and action. It is the color of Valentine’s Day banners and heart-shaped boxes holding chocolates that will be on display this Friday.  Red is also the color of looped satin ribbons pinned onto clothing to represent HIV/AIDS awareness. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), one million out of six million people living in the US have HIV. One in six people are not aware of their infection. One in four of those new infections is in people ages 13-24.....

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