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Alumna Fashion Forwarded

A former student at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School had the good sense to start a career in fashion — and now, her work is set to land on the pages of a highly influential magazine.

This year, John F. Kennedy Class of 2002 alumna Traci Krasilovsky celebrates a benchmark achievement in her career as a senior swimsuit designer for a major design corporation. Ten swimsuits from the junior private label that Krasilovsky designs for a major retail chain are being featured in the 2014 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition and on the Sports Illustrated website.  

The retail chain is Krasilovsky’s central client through her parent company, Li & Fung. As senior designer, she wears many hats, from designing and presenting new collections, to acting as liaison between the production and technical design teams. She works closely with high-end designers, artists and print studios, attends fittings, conducts market research and forecasts market trends.

“I absolutely love my job,” Krasilovsky said. “I have total creative freedom. It’s challenging. You have to prove yourself. But it’s also really rewarding. Every time I see someone wearing one of my designs I feel such a sense of accomplishment.”

Krasilovsky, who lives and works in New York City, is a natural in her field. By the age of 13 she knew she wanted to go into design and pursued her love through programs at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. After attending the Long Island High School for the Arts, she attended Parsons New School for Design, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in fashion design.

Though she made her way in some of the fashion world’s most elite school, Krasilovsky credits Nassau BOCES for helping to pave the way.

“Everyday after school my teachers would work with me on my portfolio,” she said. “BOCES really prepared me for college and, ultimately, my career.”

Krasilovsky’s former art teacher and mentor Rae Raff said the fashion designer’s success is no surprise to those who worked with her.

“Traci was an outstanding student in the art department,” said Raff. “She is conscientious and talented in the extreme. We are very proud of her and her wonderful accomplishments. It is no surprise she is such a remarkable success.”

News

For as long as she could remember, Christina Amato-Smith has always wanted to open her own hair salon. The Floral Park native worked at a salon down the road from her home, but it wasn’t until 1994 when Amato-Smith made good on her promise to herself.

“I came to Bethpage to open my business because my clients were here,” said Amato-Smith, who now lives in Lindenhurst and has owned Top Cuts for 20 years.

While her business has been met with much success, in 2008, Amato-Smith’s personal life was met with a life altering challenge when she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. It was this event that prompted Top Cuts to organize a cut-a-thon to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. This year’s event occurs on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Thanks in large part to a substantial increase in sponsor support – and Mother Nature’s cooperation – the 2014 Plainview-Old Bethpage Craft and Gift Fair was a rousing success.

A caravan of vendors filled the parking lot of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library starting at 7 a.m. By the time fairgoers crossed the blue and green balloon arch at 10 a.m. to receive their free T-shirt and bags stuffed with sponsor goodies, there were 108 booths ready to welcome them on the sunny day.


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Saturday, Oct. 25

Health and Wellness Senior Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Haunted Halloween

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