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STYLE GURU BIO: Lilia Palatsky

I was born in the former USSR in the small, small town situated nowhere. Can you imagine sad people, a couple of awful smelling factories, an empty railway station and a lot of cheap alcohol? Yes, of course, I still saw a lot of fashion there. Throughout the year, the gray color was the most popular, like a “bouquet of sadness.” I rarely saw anything else. That is an “optimistic” picture of my town.

I always felt that I would leave this city rather sooner than later. When you are 17 years old and you have an empty head and a lot of desires, the lights of the big city are powerful enough to make you leave your nest. I remember the day I was sitting at the train station with a small bag, a small amount money in my pocket and the ticket in my hands. I felt nothing but happiness. At that moment, I did not know what my future would be like, but I knew that I wanted to be free and run from this place as far as I could.

That is what brought me to the big city. Tall buildings, bright lights, fashionable people, a lot of opportunities and a smell of success in the air. As far as I can remember, I always liked to dress up. Because I am a visual person, I plan my outfit for the next day every night. This is my absolute favorite time of the day. That is why I felt in love with fashion; it determines my future.

To be honest, I could not believe that I am now living in America and studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology, one of the best colleges in the world. I am a student of the International Trade and Marketing Program with minors in both Spanish and Art History. I love my college, my professors, my colleagues and my major. My second passion is the photography—that is why I started a fashion blog dedicated to the student fashion of FIT and my personal style. I am wearing a silk romper by Haute Hippie. Black and azure are my favorite colors. I am excited about the opportunity to intern with such a cool company.