Editors at Seventeen magazine called her style "chic," and welcomed her to the group of young women chosen to be style ambassadors to their readers. Kyrstin Himes, of Watertown, a senior in Cazenovia College's Fashion Merchandising Program, was selected as a member of the 2011 Seventeen Style Council. This is not her first foray into the world of fashion, but she sees it as, so far, the most exciting.
Himes is on track to graduate in May with a bachelor of professional studies degree in management, specializing in fashion merchandising. She completed an internship during the summer of 2010 with Tommy Hilfiger, where she created an inventory system that culminated in both cost and time savings for the corporation.
"I chose merchandising because there are so many opportunities for a career in the fashion world. I love my merchandising classes, and I'm looking forward to having a career that is a mixture of business and creativity," Himes said. "The fashion world has its own unique culture and it was important for me to experience that before I enter it as a professional."
Himes has also been involved in Cazenovia College's annual fashion show as a model, most recently on the runway showing a senior collection for a classmate majoring in fashion design last year, as she will again this coming April 16. Joni Koegel, a visiting professor of business management at Cazenovia, notes that although she is petite and soft spoken, she has a commanding presence of a professional model on the run-way.
Koegel has taught Himes in several business classes, and remarks on her "natural ability to multitask and her strong entrepreneurial spirit." That spirit led Himes to enter a contest to become a member of Seventeen magazine's 2011 Style Council.
"I found out about the Style Council through a website called Chictopia.com, an online community that gives people a voice in fashion," Himes said. "I went to seventeen.com to read about the contest and decided to enter. I had to send in three outfits that I thought best described my personal style and write about my fashion experience at Cazenovia College, and my inspirations. I thought, even if I didn't win, entering would be fun."