Ammy Arakaki is a city girl at heart- and head over heels for New York City. Now, having transferred to LIM, from FIDM, this future entrepreneur is confident that her dream lies within campus quarters.
Senior Year is the year of choices and decisions. Rutherford High School Alumni, Ammy Arakaki, made the decision to dorm states away at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. Though the transition was difficult, Arakaki credits her experience in L. A. for opening her eyes to new styles and her heart to great experiences.
RawCouture: Of all the directions fashion can take you, why did you pick to major in Fashion Merchandising?
Ammy Arakaki: I chose fashion merchandising because it seemed like the right fit for me. I didn’t just want to learn about the design aspect of fashion. I also wanted to learn more about the business side and what it takes to run a company in the fashion industry because someday, I plan on having my own successful business too.
RC: FIDM: What drew you to the school? What are some of the opportunities that FIDM had to offer?
AA: FIDM is a great school, and when I was there, all of my teachers and classmates were all very nice and welcoming and willing to help out. They also have a great Careers Center, which helps you find internships and jobs that are best suited for you. Now I got to LIM College in NY which I absolutely love because it is in my favorite city, which never has little to offer.
RC: What was the greatest struggle of moving to the West Coast?
AA: I think the greatest struggle about moving all the way to the West Coast was being so far away from my family and closest friends but also making that whole new transition into living in a completely new city and just taking that huge leap into it alone. It’s a scary thing moving out to a new city which you barley know anything about and not to mention, two weeks after your high school graduation! But it was a great experience and because of it, I opened my eyes to many new learning experiences, which I am truly grateful for.
RC: For those looking to study a field of fashion in college, what are your tips on preparing for that education while still in high school?
AA: I would definitely recommend anyone considering a career in the fashion industry to take as many pre college courses at schools like FIDM, FIT, LIM, and Parsons just to see if it is really something that you are truly interested in or figure out what it is exactly that you want to do.
RC: Would you say California has influenced your style?
AA: Definitely, moving to Cali opened my mind to a lot of new things and also just learning how to take more risks with my outfit choices. Being there really helped me figure out what my own personal style is.
RC: How would you say your style has evolved from your freshman year of high school to your freshman year of college?
AA: In high school, I never really experimented with many trends because I was too shy to try new things, but once I got to college, I decided to start experimenting more and finding things that I liked and that’s how I kind of came to discovering my own sense of style. I’ve learned what items are really worth splurging on and which ones aren’t. Now, I’m all about buying pieces that are more functional and classic instead of things that I’ll only get 1 wear out of. Although having a closet full of designer labels would be a dream come true, it’s important to learn how to mix high end and low end designers and still have a knockout outfit on a budget.
RC: If you could go on a shopping spree with anyone, who would it be?
AA: This is a tough one, but if I had to chose, I think it would be the Olsen twins. I just love how they dress and how each of them have their own sense of style that’s so different from each other. I love how Ashley dresses more in simple and classic silhouettes and colors, while Mary-kate plays more around with different colors, patterns, and silhouettes. I always like drawing inspiration from their outfits because it helps me with making some of my outfit choices too.
RC: Last question: What would you say is the greatest difference between LA’s style and NY’s style?
AA: Both cities have their own sense of style. LA’s style is definitely brighter and more colorful while NY is all about the dark and neural colors. In L.A., the people aren’t afraid to wear bright colors and prints, but in NY the people dress in more classic, timeless and simple looks; always looking very chic of course.
Final Note: New york will always be my first home, it’s where i was born and where i lived for half of my life. I know this is really cheesy to say but i’ll always be a city girl. I guess it just took me two semesters in L.A. to figure out that it would always be my home.