May 7, 2021


The fine art of fashion

From modeling to make-up, SU junior Fjolla Arifi is having on the fashion globe

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Fjolla Arifi hates becoming named an influencer. Regardless of obtaining around 180,000 followers on Instagram, she doesn’t chase immediately after clout.

Arifi, a junior journal big at Syracuse University, has attended New York Manner 7 days events and has labored at companies such as Marilyn Company and Supreme Management.

Arifi’s initially occupation in the modeling and make-up industries was for Aeropostale, but she was disappointed by the company’s design and style.

In large school, Arifi moved from Queens to Manhattan, which she said altered her perception of manner and make-up by seeing absolutely everyone dressed up all the time and currently being all over so a lot of resourceful persons.

“I’ve met a whole lot of amazing folks and the field,” Arifi stated. “I really feel like it’s been most prevalent in my everyday living right now, specifically meeting stylists.”

Four a long time back, she and some mates made the decision to get their makeup license in New York City. She believed it would be one thing exciting to do and started publishing her appears to be on the internet. Arifi never believed that it would transform into a career.

Arifi is included with the Fashion and Design Society on campus. Courtesy of Fjolla Arifi

As an artist, Arifi finds herself wanting toward other nations to get a sense of what developments are coming up and attempts to imagine of issues that she would want to see on the runway. She seems at Tokyo Fashion 7 days and Seoul Vogue Week as she thinks they appear to be ahead in conditions of vogue trends.

Arifi has attended New York Manner 7 days considering the fact that she was all-around 15, and started getting into manner in center college. Motivated by the tendencies from her close friends studying at the Manner Institute of Engineering, she begun discovering her possess styling strategies around street-design and style clothes.

To her, avenue-design and style is about getting at ease and assured in what ever you are putting on whilst also blurring the line with editorial fashion.

“It’s about sporting regardless of what I wanna where, though holding up with trends and generating it my individual,” she reported.

In 2018, she interned for ENNUI, a textile corporation in New York Metropolis. She would rush
back again and forth between the Bibhu Mohapatra headquarters in Manhattan to the ENNUI headquarters in Brooklyn a number of situations a day carrying baggage of fabric just to make absolutely sure every little thing was organized for New York Vogue 7 days.

When operating there she fulfilled vogue designer Bibhu Mohapatra and got invited to the Tommy Hilfiger and Alexander Wang shows at the tumble 2018 New York Style 7 days in preparation for their spring assortment.

“It was like a little something you see in a person of these cliche flicks,” she reported.

All through Arifi’s freshman yr at SU, she recognized that her small subsequent on Instagram was growing much larger. Contemplating exterior the box, and remaining real to herself, aided catch the attention of her adhering to.

Although attending New York Vogue Week a couple of a long time back, Arifi satisfied Guvanch Agajumayev — a innovative director and trend stylist — and the two turned close good friends. Considering that then, Agajumayev has arrived at out to Arifi to design for his brand Guvanch.

When the two labored together on the shoot for the start of Guvanch, Arifi stood on an unstable ladder in the drinking water near to a bridge in Bushwick Inlet Park in Williamsburg, a task that Agajumayev mentioned was extremely perilous. Agajumayev is generally impressed by how Arifi challenges herself and brings exceptional thoughts to everything she does.


The junior has attended New York Manner 7 days considering that she was all over 15, and started getting into trend in the course of middle faculty. Courtesy of Fjolla Arifi

“She’s a pretty spicy lady,” he claimed.

Agajumayev doesn’t see Arifi as an influencer and as a substitute sees her as an artist that “paints with her outfits.” How she sees and works by using coloration to generate an graphic that viewers just want to stare at is not some thing he sees other influencers concentrating on right now.

Agajumayev claimed he will arrive to her with just one strategy and Arifi will give him 5 extra that definitely aids the item or the overall job look a lot superior.

“She’s the one of the easiest folks to work with, one particular of the speediest people to do the job with,” Agajumayev stated. “I’m really content that I know her and through the years, we have been supporting just about every other.”

Ideal now, Arifi isn’t signed with a precise agency, but each time an agency sends out an e mail needing a make-up artist for a shoot, she jumps at the option if she’s offered.


SU has provided Arifi with possibilities to go after her aspiration of producing for a magazine. Last semester, Arifi examined on campus and wrote for ZIPPED Journal, exactly where she has formerly labored as digital director. This spring, she is finding out remotely in New York Town and doing the job as a contributing writer for PopSugar.

Arifi has been involved in the Style and Design Society, which mimicked her New York Town practical experience on campus, she said. Jessie Zhai, vice president and the head of photography and videography for FADS, initially achieved Arifi when she joined the makeup and hair workforce. Zhai and Arifi have worked together on monthly photoshoots, and final semester, the two did a photoshoot that lasted from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. in Zhai’s condominium.

Even though photographing a single of their appears to be previous tumble, Arifi experienced a moment of inspiration in which she essential elf ears. So she and Zhai took an Uber all-around Syracuse late at night to 4 distinctive locations just to discover them, a minute that Zhai reported speaks to Arifi’s attention to element as an artist.

But every time the two converse, Zhai notices Arifi never talks about her presence on social media.

“She just hates chatting about it,” Zhai mentioned.