We’ve all heard the praises of internships from top fashion people. ” Internships are the best thing you can do to break in to the industry.’ “Intern.Intern.Intern” ect. ect. I can go on, and on. People even BUY internships. Yea, some people PAY for the opportunity to work! It’s crazy! I know. So you probably don’t need to be reminded that internships are the perfect way to learn about careers that you may want to totally explore or those careers that you know very well you could do without.
So, let me preface by saying, I completely and totally agree and encourage internships!
I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to intern for small handful of different fashion related places -some great and others not so great. But now, I am currently interning at one of my most favorite fashion websites. This is a dream come true internship. The name is so well known in the industry, that it can really open doors for me when I apply to other places in the future.
So whats wrong?
Well, this morning inparticular, I woke up with literally only 20 minutes to get myself ready after debating if I should call out today because I was really tired of driving 1 hour and 30 minutes to my internship in terrible Los Angeles morning traffic. Especially when I have so much school work left to do.I knew I souldn’t because I have to call off this coming friday for a school event and I really don’t want to burn any bridges. Especially since I only have a week or so left at this internship. I considered quitting via email, but stopped myself, knowing it’d be a dumb thing to do.
And I know what you’re thinking, “Thats not very responsible. In the real world, you can’t just not go to work because you don’t want to get out of bed. ” Okay, Okay, I know! Just hear me out…
Sometimes internships can be a little more difficult than you might think. Not only are you working for FREE, it’s just hard to keep motivated when its obvious that you are disposable to the company. And you sometimes feel practically invisible as an intern. No one really knows your name, nor are they interested in finding out because they know that you are only here for a few months, so whats the point?
Now, dont get me wrong, I love the company. And people here are generally really nice, but a lot of people can also act like you’re not even there even though you hand them their mail and transfer their calls. Now, they arent mean or anything, it’s just that sometime, as an intern you dont always feel like an important part of the company. There is really no personal responsiblity that you are held accountable for so for people like myself, it is hard for me to see how I directly contribute to the growth and success of a company so the motivation isn’t there.
So an obvious solution would be to make yourself stand out, right? Great! But when you are at an internship 2 days a week for 3 months, it tends to be a little harder to get yourself recognized when you are trying to get comfortable in an environment where a lot of the people are closed off.
So I think, “Im sitting here in 1 1/2 hours of traffic to get there and go back home only to sit at the reception desk for another 8 hours and I dont really make an impact. I don’t really matter. They could get their own mail and answer their own calls. The company won’t collapse if I’m not there….’
But of course, I can quit and there will instantly be another girl with is willing to take my spot. A girl who would sit in 2 hours of traffic, and not miss a day, not once.
Its a cycle. When the job market is shaky in an industry that so many girls ‘would kill’ to be in the position I am in, my internship won’t have a problem with finding my replacement with a girl who wants it more than I do.
And funny enough, when I walked into my internship this morning, there was a new intern. Who moved to Los Angeles simply for this internship.
So, after all this…what’s the lesson ?
There is always someone who wants something more than you do. You just have to wake up every morning, even when you are really tired and cold and not in the mood, and ask yourself, “How BAD do I want THIS!” How bad do you want to make it in an industry that is notoriously difficult to break into. When you have these opportunities, how important is it for you to keep them?
Its not easy, TRUST me. But asking myself those questions is what got me out of bed this morning, when I was really not in the mood.
|Photos By Steven Meisel, Dec. Vogue|
I’ve been experiencing the worst writer’s block lately. I have been wanting to write something but i had just not been inspired. December’s Vogue was the turning point. Writer Sarah Mower captured my heart in “Mr. Ford Returns” and Steven Meisel, wow, he photos were outstanding. Please, go pick up the issue NOW if you are a true fashion junkie. This will feed your needs for quite some time.
Every Fashionista who was NOT invited to Tom Ford’s comeback to womenswear show after 6 years, has been DYING to see photos of the collection Tom Ford truly brought back the exclusivity to fashion. His collection will be sold only in his sixteen stores until next season and there will be no repeat of the launch show. Only magazine editors will be able to view his collection in his showroom in London. He describes his collection as, “The seventies is what I love. Soft, touchable beauty is what I love.”
As a fashion lover and I suppose, blogger (isn’t that what I am doing now) the Internet is our prime source to gather and consume all that is fashion related. I love it. But since the use of Internet in fashion, the Fashion Cycle has been on a cracked out speed. Tom Ford notices that, he explains, “I do not understand everyone needs to see everything online the day after the show. I don’t think it ultimately serves the customer, which is the wohle point of my business-not to serve the journalist of the fashion system”. I am, according to Ford, a part of the ‘journalist’ – in a small scale- who is pushing this fast pace fashion system who wants to see things NOW. It has been the ultimate stylist game to nab the hottest looks off the runaway for their clients on red carpets, but Ford says, “Ill wait to see who is nominated for the Oscars. Then I will offer to dress one person”. This guy is a Renegade (although, I don’t think he would not be too happy to be called one.) On the flip side, as a designer (that being my ultimate fashion goal) I can totally understand and respect Ford’s business savy thinking.
The speed of the Fashion Cycle is something that fashion students are warned about. This cycle moves fast! Especially now because of the help from the Internet. Ford challenges that idea and aims to slow it down by creating classic, well made clothes of value. (Yes, that does mean expensive and likely out of my price range, but a girl can dream right?!) After designing for Gucci, and even calling the Gucci Girl being, “too trendy”, Fords women’s collection was made for his muses who he says, “beg” him to make them suits because they “cant find that anywhere!” (on a side note, how awesome would it be to have Tom Ford as your bestie?) Ford wants to make something of “intrinsic value”. “I don’t think fashion has to change every five minutes. I’d like these to be clothes you can wear for a long time- ten 20 year; pass on to your daughter”. -I always tell my dad that buying designer, would be an investment!
Ford has lived the high-speed fashion lifestyle because of his work for Gucci, YSL- even designing fifteen men’s and women’s collections in one year!!! He knows what sells and has even shined a light and believing in Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga and Bottega Venta! If you weren’t certain before, know, Tom Ford really knows what he is doing! Now that he is no longer working for mega corporations like Gucci, he is really coming back and controlling his brand. “My goal is to be like Armani and Chanel.” He is soo involved with his branding that he even sold an Andy Warhol self portrait for $32.6 million and spent the profit on his stores in Hong-Kong, Beijing and Shanghai after rejecting outside investors! This guy, he is doing things his way! I totally respect that!!
|Photos by Steven Meisel, Dec. Vogue|
Tom Ford was known for being somewhat of a fashion bad boy. but as he said, “inhibitions are there for a reason.” He has “cleaned up” his act and for once, can truly see that he is in fact a talented designer. “Maybe it is because I’ve learned over the past five or six years that I do have certain talents and gifts I maybe wasn’t sure of before.” -Crazy right!-. Tom Ford has built a business that I admire. He is creating, everything from makeup, men’s and women’s, even movies (A Single Man and a second movie, a comedy, in the works!)
“The day i don’t love to do it, I’ll sell it. because we’re only here for a little while, and nothing we do or make has any permanence at all. I care now because I’m doing it. I want to be proud of what I do. Which may be ten or 20 years; who know?”
|Photos by Steven Meisel Dec. Vogue|
As a designer, I am looking forward to the day I gather the confidence that Mr. Ford has gained of the years. This article was beyond inspiring. If you are even remotely interested in the industry, (which i assume if you are still reading, you MUST be) then this article is a MUST read. I only touched on the surface. I love reading things like this because it only further assures me that I am in the right field.
I hope that you get the same feeling. Ultimately, LOVE WHAT YOU DO! and keep doing it until you don’t love it anymore.
“Who are you wearing?” is really the most important question when stars walk down the red carpet. Often times the answer to that question is rehearsed. Celebrity-Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, is most “it girls” go to stylist for most events and press tours, yet, a few celebrity fashionista are refusing to use any stylist (or so they say-Blake Lively.) ;]
“While the gen pop rages over designer collaborations with discount or high-street retailers, the message that is being sent could be seen at a stab at high fashion. While most are able to go to H&M and get a taste of Alber Elbaz for under $100, most would never dream of going on such fashion binges on the real thing.
Average folks storm the shelves of H&M and Target to get the likes of Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, and Sonia Rykiel, but where has the exclusivity gone? It is rare to find such brands on closeout/ sample sale sites like HauteLook or Gilt, for reasons of brand image for these fashion houses, but wouldn’t it be better to see these looks at highly discounted prices rather than at stores that everyone has access to?
Not that I am against the collaborations at all, but in a way it demeans the value of the real thing. People buy high fashion for many reasons, but the main outlining reasons are for the quality, the perfect fit and fabrication, and to be able to flaunt how much money you have dropped on such merch! While the popularity of H&M rises, what is happening to labels like Lanvin? People swoon over the images bloggers post with fashion icons like Anna Wintour, Agyness Deyn, or Karl Lagerfeld, because they are being offered something unattainable. What happens next- when the unattainable is absolutely attainable? The interest is lost.
Although this could be a bad analogy, imagine if you called the guy you just went out with 3 times in a row because he didn’t answer. The line would probably be dead from the evident desperation and neediness.
We buy luxe because it is something we can pride ourselves in. News has just broken out that Karl Lagerfeld will be designing a line for Macy’s. Karl Lagerfeld is no stranger to collaborations, being one of the pioneers for such collaborations with H&M in 2004. I am sure that the line will be amazing, but for such fashion fanatics it is sheer disappointment.”
Well, I’ll tell them!!
We’re not at liberty to divulge just who was trolling naughty stores for kinky fashions, but, shockingly, a famous face looking to spice up her leather leggings with a nipple tassel wasn’t the most scandalous occurrence in Paris. It seemed everyone had tapped into his or her erogenous zone, from Karl Lagerfeld ending his country-western Chanel show with a full-on haystack ménage à trois of models Freja Beha Erichsen, Lara Stone, and Baptiste Giabiconi to the endless banquette-hopping nights at the French capital’s late-night hot spots, like Le Baron and Le Montana. Before I excused myself from a late-night rager in a suite at the Ritz in Paris, I witnessed the debauchery firsthand when a certain fashion photographer started drawing a bath for himself and three male models.
To say that modern culture — in our wardrobes and beyond — has reached a sexual crescendo is not an overstatement. Lady Gaga flat-out refuses to wear pants, and Shakira calls herself a she wolf, writhing around a giant cage wearing a flesh-colored body stocking. Recently, the hemlines on Gossip Girl have crept even higher (which some thought impossible) and fabrics got more sheer. Sienna Miller even brought sexy to Broadway, not an arena exactly known for its provocative style choices, when she sported a teeny-tiny peekaboo Balmain minidress to the opening-night party for her play After Miss Julie.
The formerly prim and proper social set has also deflated its over-the-top eveningwear for something more sexified. Hedge funder Julie Macklowe used to be the girl in the room wearing the biggest, brightest, loudest dress (who can forget the paint-splattered Dolce & Gabbana with a circus-tent skirt she purchased for the Costume Institute Gala in New York two years ago?), but now she sports Jason Wu minidresses and Louis Vuitton’s over-the-knee boots. Same with social gadfly Lisa Maria Falcone, the brunette who swanned into society wearing not Oscar de la Renta or Carolina Herrera ball gowns but rather slashed metallic minidresses by Roberto Cavalli and Balenciaga.
The poster girl for Hollywood’s new sexuality is Megan Fox, a woman many wrote off a few years ago as a loose-lipped Angelina Jolie look-alike. In these lean times of sexual expression, however, she’s now box-office gold and the new face of Emporio Armani Underwear, a gig that she took over from Victoria Beckham and that reportedly paid her in the $2 million range after a bidding war with Versace.
The new modern sexuality has even made its way to Oprah Winfrey, who recently dedicated a whole show to the increased interest of women in pornographic materials. Discussing a woman’s right to shop at sex stores, Oprah announced that reportedly one in three people watching porn online is a woman. Perhaps the most shocking part of the episode was that porn star Jenna Jameson, sitting on the same chair as so many previous illustrious Winfrey guests, looked super stylish in a blue one-shouldered cocktail frock.
A woman tarting up her lifestyle, according to many, can be traced back to a very familiar recent event: the Great Recession. Simon Doonan of Barneys New York explains, “Sex always looms large during a recession. The 1970s were an economically depressed time, but it was also a time of wild shagadelic abandon!” He adds that in times of monetary uncertainty, the most basic act of sex isn’t expensive at all. “Maybe you can’t afford a new condo or a couture blouse,” he teases, “but hanky panky is free!” Estée Lauder executive John Demsey put it best. “When the going gets tough, the tough get sexy,” he told me at a party in Manhattan.
New York’s Upper East Side novelist Jill Kargman argues that a woman feeling a renewed sense of sexual energy and power in the light of the recession shouldn’t be surprising. “Since men’s egos are so wrapped up in their bank accounts, maybe their sex drive mirrors the Dow?” she wonders. “Perhaps women are trying to play into their fantasies more to lift spirits and electroshock them back from the dead? Maybe the excesses of the neo-Gilded Age numbed us all a bit and we’re trying to whip up — pun intended! — some excitement.”
“Why dress meekly when things look bleak?” the designer Antonio Berardi asks. He amped up the sexuality in his fashions, from a lace cutout dress Gwyneth Paltrow slithered into at a premiere in Paris to his collection of sheer-paneled pieces for spring. He agrees with Kargman that in this economy, it’s all about a sexual woman and says, “Every once in a while fashion is dictated not by trends but by the need to feel sexy, to be adored, and to be wanted. Now more so than ever it’s about playing the female card.”
As is typical of the fashion industry, the revolution is being broadcast on its runways. Alexander Wang’s entire spring collection could be described as a team of female football players as nymphomaniacs. Joining Wang’s corset and miniskirt brigade, which included Jasmine Di Milo, Temperley London, and of course Jean Paul Gaultier, was designer Christian Cota. “I like corsets because they’re the foundation and what’s closest to the body,” he says. “I wanted to strip it down to that, to just that sexual shape of a woman.”
What is good to remember, for anyone trying to DIY her own sexiness, is that one needn’t dress up like Rihanna, fashioning a top out of black barbed wire, as the singer does on her “Russian Roulette” CD cover. Instead of the heart-shaped glitter nipple pasties that were at Lindsay Lohan’s debut collection at Emanuel Ungaro, why not try an over-the-knee boot? It’s official: They’re not just for prostitutes anymore! Or do like Julia Restoin Roitfeld and Daisy Lowe have done and invest in some garters and thigh-high stockings. Girl-about-town Byrdie Bell thinks we’re in a completely new sexual climate: “I honestly think that if Janet Jackson’s boob poked out during the Super Bowl this year, it wouldn’t be such a big deal.” Hence her go-to piece this fall, a girdle that she wears as a skirt and whose garter clasps she affixes to boots or tights (not to mention her I-slept-at-his-house hair). “Yeah, that was a good find: $38 in the underwear bin at Star Struck Vintage on Greenwich Avenue,” she explains of the garment that is her trusted last-minute look.
Perhaps the biggest confirmation of these heightened sexualized times is Tom Ford’s impending return to designing a women’s clothing line. This is the man who shaved a Gucci logo into a model’s nether regions for a 2003 ad campaign and once asked, “Why do we think being a slut’s bad? Sluttiness is just a lot of freedom.”
Meanwhile, Berardi says, “Sexy is about enticing, showing just enough to stimulate the imagination. Erogenous zones are a good start: a glimpse of thigh, the collarbone, a little cleavage.” But he warns novices there’s a difference between that and overshooting one’s sexiness: “Slutty is just too much and totally wrong.” In other words, ladies, wear underwear!
So I honestly had one of the best Sunday Afternoons of all time. Seriously. You should be jealous. 🙂
I went to the ReVamp Vintage Fashion Show this Sunday Afternoon. All I can say is that I was sooo happy. It was the cutest thing ever!