STYLE GURU BIO: Danielle Ackerman

Hello everyone! My name is Danielle Ackerman; this upcoming semester I will be a junior at SUNY Oneonta. I am a Fashion Merchandising major in the Fashion Institute of Technology 3+1 program. I am thrilled to be a Style Guru this semester and share my favorite trends from around campus and beyond!

I knew I wanted to work in Fashion the first time I flipped through my Teen Vogue magazine at the age of 12. I was completely enamored by the photography and beautiful garments of the editorials and advertisements. The following summer I took my first fashion course through a middle school and high school program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. After completing my first course at FIT, I knew fashion was what I wanted to study.

Fast-forward to my first semester at Oneonta last year and my eyes were opened up to all new possibilities of careers within the fashion industry. During my first semester, I was a student in a Quality Analysis of Apparel class. I learned all about what defines good versus bad quality clothes, the production process, which makes our clothes and sustainability. This class showed me the reality of what often happens when clothes are made overseas. I look forward to one day working as a Supply Chain Manager and pairing companies with factories that comply with ethical and sustainable standards.

Born and raised on Long Island, I have been privileged with being only a half hour train ride from New York City, one of the major fashion capitals of the world. Living within 10 minutes to local beaches and a half hour from a fashion capital has greatly influenced my style. I can’t really give my style a definition. Some days I’ll wear all black, and the next day I’ll dress very preppy. I wear what I want simply because I love the garment.

The look I am pictured in features two of my favorite latest trends, turtlenecks and asymmetrical silhouettes. The top I am wearing is actually a mock turtleneck. The “mock” still gives that higher neckline of a true turtleneck but the comfort of not covering the entirety of my neck. From the neck, my top flows out to asymmetrical ends. This silhouette gives my look a sense of freedom. To complement the silhouette of my top, I paired it with my new favorite pair of Steve Madden heels. The combination of the two helps to elongate my short stature!

I am so excited to share my passion for fashion with you all this upcoming semester!