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Independent Designers, Who are They?

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in designer, internship, Runway | Comments Off on Independent Designers, Who are They?

What is the difference between a designer like Chanel and an Independent Designer like Lobo Mau?  The most noticeable difference is that independent designers handle every aspect of creating a garment, from the concept to the store.  Designers like Chanel have expanded into Houses and have teams for production, design, selling, promoting, etc. Independent designers spend most of their time in their design studios.  Some designers have studios in their homes and others drive to their studio spaces.  In their design studios they will design, cut fabric and sew the garments.  The studio is literally where the magic happens. Independent designers are responsible for all of their supplies including fabric purchases.  They can buy their fabric on the roll at numerous fabric stores.  Mood, made popular by project runway, is an example of a place that designers can go to find...

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Big, Bold Eyebrow Trend!

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in internship, Make Up, Trend | Comments Off on Big, Bold Eyebrow Trend!

Lately, I’ve been noticing this trend A LOT on the catwalk and on celebs. Just years ago bold eyebrows were shunned to the perfectly thin arched eyebrow. The easy thing about having these bold brows are the maintenance. All you have to do is clean up the in grown hairs and your good to go, and even if you’re feeling a tad lazy you can just lightly shade them in with an eyeshadow/brow liner the color of your brows. Below are some pics of celebs  rocking out their amazing bold brows!! Cara Delevingne Lily Collins Lucy Hale So you be the judge: are bold eyebrows more appealing or perfectly thin arched brows? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments...

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Networking Networking Networking!!

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Business of Fashion, designer, internship | Comments Off on Networking Networking Networking!!

In the fashion industry networking is extremely important!  If you know the right people you can fast track your career significantly. How can you network?  It’s easy!  I suggest you do these three things! 1. Intern!  Internships are a great way to meet people in the industry.  Over the summer I interned with a designer in Philadelphia.  I feel that this opportunity has allowed me to expand my network of contacts.  I now am friends with the designer but I also got the opportunity to meet so many people in the industry.  I got to meet professionals at her place of work, her showroom, factories and any one who stopped by to visit.  One day during my internship a stylist from CBS stopped by to chat with her giving me the opportunity to meet her!     2.  Volunteer!  Any...

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Interview Ready

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in internship | Comments Off on Interview Ready

This is a great post by local image expert Megan Kristel Published October 24, 2013 | By Megan Kristel Casual:  Snow Blanket Jacket, Nic+Zoe ($248),  Jodie Trouser, L.K. Bennett ($235), Pointed Flat, Zara ($36), Leather Shopper, Zara ($229), Grey Moonstone and White Topaz Ring, Blue Nile ($129), Sterling Silver Round Thin Hoops, Target, ($15) Creative:  Sheath Dress, Adrianna Papell ($120), Modern Blazer, Madewell ($168), Lottie Pump, Kate Spade ($328), Hamilton Tote, Michael Kors ($360), Northern Star Cabochon Ring, Elizabeth and James ($150), Pyramid Pave Stud, CC Skye ($150), Professional:  Gabe Jacket, Theory ($410), Max Urban Pant, Theory ($275), Tie Blouse, H&M ($16), Natalie Pump, Ivanka Trump ($110), Lafayette Tote, Cole Haan ($398), Debutante Pearl Stud, Henri Bendel ($48), Diamond Accent Bracelet Watch, ESQ Movado ($595) Interviewing can be a tricky thing. Aside from nerves, anxiety, and the general uncomfortableness...

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Trends in Ties

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in color, internship, texture, Trend | Comments Off on Trends in Ties

Ladies, did you ever hope certain men would learn how to dress? Or men, did you ever want someone to just give you fashion tips? Well while working at my internship, a new shipment of fall ties was delivered.  My job was labeling the ties based on their design and elegance.  Seeing all the different colors and patterns made me realize just how important ties truly are.  A tie is the first thing someone notices because of its texture or color that it adds, but it should complement the outfit rather than clashing with it.  It pulls everything together whether you are going to work or out to an event. There are many detials that go along with ties that people may not even think about.  The tip of the tie should be at the beltline, and the width should be...

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Factory Production

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in designer, internship | Comments Off on Factory Production

In my opinion I believe that a few people really understand how much hard work goes into being an independent designer.  This summer I was privileged to work with the designer behind the company Lobo Mau.    As an independent designer, working with her really showed me the struggles and difficulties that a designer has to face daily.  She worked in a boutique with a number of other independent designers that were sharing the same situation.  I was shocked to learn that all of the independent designers manufactured their products in a studio or at their home, they did not use a factory.  During my internship, we took a business day to visit her showroom and a potential factory she was interested in doing business with.   Walking into the factory was such an awesome experience, the atmosphere was so different than...

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