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The Fashion Industry: Is It For You? Or Not?

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As I write this its 3:00 A.M, I’m a bit of an insomniac and when I think of something I need to do I usually like to start right away. So here I am writing. Fashion week is upon NYC and I just started thinking of all the inconsistency’s people think the industry is like and some things that are true. If you are thinking of going into fashion or a similar industry here are some tips and just overall knowledge that I’ve gained.

 

First and foremost I’m writing this to help people who have a SERIOUS passion and attitude about getting into the fashion industry. If you don’t have a serious passion for the fashion industry, do yourself and your parents wallets a favor and figure that out soon. Figuring that out in the middle of college and having to switch or pay extra for changing your mind when you realize its not what you thought it would be, will be frustrating. Here are some of my tips!

 

On College Education

Do you really need it to get into fashion? Well YES! For the most part, unless you have a great connection that can get you in without a formal education, or your self-taught with a great portfolio you will need that degree. On every single application you will be asked if you have the minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or some type of certification. Does that prepare you? Well yes and no. You’ll know the basics of how the industry or parts of the industry works. And knowing basic textiles, proper names, how the chain of production to final sale is done and more will help you.

 

The real learning begins when you start working, not only will you learn how a garment is created but you will learn how each company you work with differs. You’ll also learn how to deal with a fast paced environment and multiple personalities, something you can’t learn in school. There are so many parts in the chain of getting a garment made and sold, you’ll be surprised how many different jobs there are. Learn how they are all done!

 

On Internships

So now you’ve figured out that you really want to continue your education in fashion. Perhaps you’re in your senior year, like it usually works and you need an internship. How do you get one? My very first advice is DON’T wait until you are in your senior year to start looking for internships. Many companies do require that you receive college credit, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to wait for senior year. There are smaller companies that may just really need the help. It could be a designer that needs help color coding lab dips or a public relations agency that needs help keeping contacts in order.

 

Start looking when you feel you can balance an internship and your everyday tasks! This will also ensure you have more experience than your competition. Do your own hunting and have your career services helping you as well! You can also intern during your career as well, you just have to do a lot of hunting.

 

 

On it being catty/mean/tough difficult… whatever you’ve heard or think you’ve seen on Project Runway etc

Well yes and no! Most of my career I’ve been able to work with absolutely wonderful people. People who have helped me, trained me and retrained me when I felt confused. People who have absolutely no problem helping 101 times. Who are not catty and keep the office space light, enjoyable and a great space to work in. Those are the people I remember, because honestly most of  the people I have worked with in every company have been great. There will be days when the stress of a deadline will be felt and seen in an office, and sometimes there will just be extended periods of that.

 

It is a high paced stressful industry, your job is to learn how to deal with that and more while remaining level-headed. A level head and get it done attitude will get you through those high stress days. If people in your office are being catty on a daily basis well that is up to you on what to do. Do you look for a new job or can you stick through and perhaps prove yourself a valuable asset? That is completely up to you, you know yourself best. I don’t recommend being in an environment where the people are stressing you out on top of working in a stressful industry.

 

I do believe that if you are thin-skinned or don’t learn how to grow a thick skin you will get discouraged and not survive the industry. I always recommend finding something that you’re either learning something or enjoying. Money? I know this may seem dumb but don’t do it for the money. This is advice I’ve been given and its true, being stressed or sad, or angry or in a job where you feel you’re stuck is NOT worth it. The industry will continue to be hectic and you’ll be angry. Remember: Am I gaining experience? Am I learning? Do I like it? And lastly is it paying me enough? If you can’t answer at least one of those questions start looking elsewhere.

 

On the industry being full of lazy people

This is a stigma I feel sometimes is given by reality tv and just a general confusion by the public on what actually goes into the fashion industry. I’ll say this, LAZY PEOPLE ONLY MAKE IT SO FAR IN THIS INDUSTRY. I have not worked with many lazy people! For the most part people know what they have to do and they get on with their work. I’ve only ever experienced a lazy coworker in internships of my past. And that was usually a person who really didn’t realize how much work goes into fashion and no longer wants to be there.

 

There is always work to do, if you’re done with something ask : What can I do? Trust me your coworkers or boss will find something for you to do. And if you have absolutely nothing to do, your work ethic and helpful attitude won’t go unnoticed. And the lazy attitude, won’t go unnoticed either.

 

On New York Fashion Week

How do I attend fashion week? I always get this question. For the most part you have to work in the fashion or media realm to attend or get invited. There are shows that sell tickets to the public, if your interested in that Google it! I won’t guarantee first or second row seats, most of the time those are reserved for invited editors, bloggers experienced in covering shows, buyers, press and celebrities. It is a busy week where your schedule can change hourly or daily. You can think your only going to two shows and then get three invites that same day. If you are looking to volunteer, for the most part designers and public relations companies are looking for college students.

 

In my college days I volunteered for a trade publication and walked around Lincoln Square. I also volunteered for a public relations company and saw a bit of what its like in the back of the house before a show. At first you should try smaller shows like Couture Fashion Week, that’s how I started volunteering. In the past fashion week was strictly for people who worked in fashion and some of the media. Over the years its become a bit of a ruckus with famous people and the crowds they attract. Although NYFW is not the same as it was years ago, I think that it like most things in the fashion industry, will change again.

 

On unconventional office spaces

A few things differed when I went from regular jobs to fashion corporate and creative fashion jobs. Wardrobe depends on each company, but I can honestly say that 99% of the companies I’ve worked for have allowed me to wear what I wanted. Jeans everyday? Yup done that! High heels every day, done that as well. Showed off the latest trend or watched it be showed off fabulously, absolutely. Colorful hair? Yes seen that too! I think being able to do this does a few things, it allows you to express yourself  but it also allows you to be as relaxed as possible in a high stress environment. And after all, it is the fashion industry, so show off your style! It  all depends on every company and what your boss says is acceptable. You can also get an idea of what’s acceptable by what your co-workers are wearing and what they suggest.

 

Pets in the office is something you might see. I worked many jobs where someone brings their dog into the office and no one is bothered. They just want to get work done and for the most part gush over your fluffy puppy. Knowing your boss, coworkers and overall office environment will tell you what dress code and pet code they have.

 

Music is played a lot by people as they work. This is not surprising to me as music has been proven to help people get their work done. For the most part it’s not unusual to see your co-workers with ear buds in as they type away at their computer. As long as you’re getting your work done, it’s normally not an issue. Again go off what your office environment is, what coworkers suggest and what your boss is ok with. I’ve worked many jobs where I’ve been able to pop in my headphones in and work away. There are even companies that play music in the office space, I’ve worked through that too. A lot of office spaces have a relaxed vibe, which can make your work day enjoyable.

 

On Making Money

For the most part you won’t see large sums money until your well into your career. As you try to figure out where your supposed to be in the industry this will mean taking jobs and internships just to get more experience and opportunities. Don’t go into this industry for the money, fame, or anything else other than a real passion for fashion. The careers that make money from what I’ve learned and heard of are, Buying (but you have to be good at math, please don’t say I want to be a buyer and hate math!), Merchandising, Marketing, Sales and Production.

 

The more creative parts of the industry like Styling, Designing, Editing etc. can take a while until you are making good money. There is always a period in your career in which you will have to do different jobs or internships to get to a point in which you are making MONEY. And that period may be long! There are other career choices that I haven’t listed that can potentially make you a lot of money. Just make sure to do your research to figure out where you want your career to go. Or like me figure it out as you get more experience with each job and figure out how to create your own opportunities.

 

Recap

  • This must be a passion for you
  • You can’t be lazy
  • Don’t do it for the money or the fame you think will come
  • Be realistic
  • Do your homework, it never ends
  • Have a thick skin or learn to grow one quick
  • Get educated because no matter how many times the industry changes, you’ll have your degree and experience to help you

Those are all the pearls of wisdom I have so far. Hopefully that helped you if you are thinking of going into the fashion industry. If you know someone who is thinking of entering the fashion industry, please share this with them! I always tell people how it really is in this industry when they ask. This is just what I’ve learned since I was 18, I’m sure I’ll learn more as I get older and gain even more experience. When I’m ready perhaps I’ll share that as well.

 

P.S. Just because you see a celebrity or blogger work with a brand, doesn’t mean they now work in fashion. There is a whole team of production, sales, marketing etc that make that line or product possible. Just like in school or college group projects, putting a person’s name on something doesn’t always mean they actually did the work. I always admire when a celebrity can actually talk about how a product was created and executed. That is how you can tell if they simply put their name on it or not.

-T.S.

 

 

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90’s Baby- The Trend Comeback

90’s grunge, hip hop, East Coast vs West Coast, fanny packs, ruffle socks, slip dresses, butterfly clips, colorful rubberband hair styles… its all back! And I love it! As a 90’s baby I can’t help but feel happy and nostalgic that these iconic trends in fashion are back. I’m loving the updated sleeker versions of these trends, as if they are purposely made for the 90’s child now traversing adulthood. Now don’t get me wrong I don’t want to see the ugly sweater trend come back (I’ve seen this already and I still don’t like it!) and I’m sure there’s other trends that can stay in the past. Although overall I’m really loving it, here are some pieces that I’m loving. Are you loving the 90’s comeback? Affiliate links included within this post.

 

 

 

 

Chockers

Steve Madden N-STARS BURGUNDY Price $2.99

Steve Madden N-CROSSED BLACK Price $4.99

 

 

 

Amazon $6.99

 

RuffleSocks

 

 

Amazon:$16.99

 

Amazon:$19.95

 

 

 

 

Amazon $7.29

Neiman Marcus Blythe Leather Belt Bag/Fanny Pack Retail Price $195.00

FannyPacks

 

Steve Madden W-STUDLY BLACK Retail Price $45.00

Steve Madden BMACY LEOPARD Retail Price $68.00

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon: $6.82

Slipdress

Bloomingdale’s BCBGeneration Ruffled Slip Dress Retail Price $78.00

 

 

 

Bloomingdale’s Vince Camuto Twill Slip Dress Price $99.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon $16.98


Thin SunGlasses

Bloomingdale’s Quay Women’s Heart Breaker Sunglasses, 53mm Retail Price $50.00

 

Bloomingdale’s Quay Women’s Showdown Slim Oval Sunglasses, 56.5mm Retail Price $50.00

 

Bloomingdale’s Le Specs Women’s Outta Love Cat Eye Sunglasses, 50mm Price $59.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon $10.99

 

 

 

 

Chunky Shoes/ Jellies

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon: $33.45

 

Amazon $7.99

 

 

 

Steve Madden WERK WHITE LEATHER Retail Price $169.95

 

 

Bonus:  Catchphrases you should know from 90’s tv/movie shows …. AS IF!, DID I DO THAT?, HOW YOU DOIN?

 

Are you loving the 90’s comeback? Let me know what you’re loving about these trends. Do they make you miss the 90’s?- T.S.

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Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination Part 2

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Currently on display at the Met Museum on Fifth and the Cloisters in the fashion exhibition Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. Read part one here, the premise of this exhibition is fashions relationship with the Catholic religion and religions in general. Many of the designers showcased grew up in the Catholic church or still practice a belief. Items like Papal robes and other catholic dress were on loan to the museum. While the designer pieces were set among artifacts found in Medieval time periods or set in the Cloisters, a regal feeling building. To get a total understanding of how the exhibition flows, its best to visit both locations. Can’t make it? Keep reading, and don’t forget to read part one. Click images to enlarge.

 

Items From the Vatican.

These items were not allowed to be photographed. Only the artifact in the entrance was allowed to be photographed. Inside this portion of the exhibition were papal dress worn by Vatican Popes including crosses made of precious stones and gold, crowns, zucchetto skullcaps and various robes among other items.

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Chasuble Designed by Henri Matisse-1950

 

 

Treasures For Heaven I

Medieval churches held many treasures within them and like those found in the Cloisters, they inspired designers. Pieces that inspired them include alter frontals, stained glass, rosaries and more. This section included a piece by Alexander McQueen, which consisted of a S/S 1999 Ensemble made of plywood, leather, wood and lace. This piece was apart of the ‘No. 13″ collection where he explored the tension between man and machine. Pictures were not allowed.

 

Earthly Hierarchy

In this portion of the exhibition religious dress and color schemes are examined. It showcases the different religious dress within one religion, usually expressing a hierarchy and religious differences in dress between different religions. Focusing mainly on the Roman Catholic church where colors black, violet, white and scarlet are heavily used. They also highlight hue changes for specific occasions within Catholic proceedings.

 

 

The Habit

This religious dress worn by females usually consists of a tunic, a scapular or apron, a veil and a sash at the waist.

 

 

 

The Dominican Habit

Perhaps the most widely recognized Habit thanks to Hollywood is the Dominican Habit. Its black and white contrast has a  stronger visual appeal for designers, as opposed to the simple brown and plain white of other habits.

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Thom Browne A/W 2011-12

 

The Soutane

The  everyday dress of the secular clergy is the Soutane. Created in the late 12th century this garment usually has a white clerical collar, a floor length, long sleeves and 33 buttons. Daily dress is normally a black soutane with a sash and skullcap.

 

 

 

Ecclesiastical Fashion Show

The liturgical processions of the Roman Catholic Church have similarities to a fashion show. Both follow an orderly arrangement, involve active and passive participants and involve music. The following designs were put in a fashion show like order and were placed near the rolling film “Roma” by Federico Fellini in which there is an “ecclesiastical fashion show” scene.

 

 

 

 

Celestial Hierarchy I

Inspired by saints, angels and the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. Angels, which usually are depicted as guides and messengers for humans, inspired many fashion designers.

 

 

The Dressed Madonna

Many designers created and continue to create garments for Madonna and Child sculptures. Featured here are vestments created by Ricardo Tisci and Yves Saint Laurent.

 

 

 

Celestial Hierarchy II

The designers showcased here were inspired by early Italian Renaissance paintings that were based on religious themes. Particularly inspiring were saints, angels, The Virgin and the work of painter Fra Angelico, who specified in frescos following this theme.

 

 

Mosaics I

Inspired by Byzantine art that showcases figures such as Christ, The Virgin Mary and more. Dolce and Gabbana were inspired by fresco paintings found in the Moreale Cathedral in Sicily.

 

 

Mosaics II 

The Gianni Versace dresses showcased here were inspired by mosaics of Ravenna’s Byzantine monuments. The mesh like material and cross take inspiration from elements Gianni saw in the Met when he visited “The Glory of Byzantium” exhibit in 1997.

 

 

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination will be on display at the Met on Fifth and the Cloisters until October 8th 2018. I hope you can check it out, and see how fashion is inspired by everything, even religion. Have you been able to visit the exhibit? What were your favorite parts? -T.S.

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Bandelettes Annual Gala

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Sponsored post featuring Bandelettes.

Ladies! Lets chat real quick on how much we love the thigh gap! NOT!! In fact I’m pretty sure that most of you ladies reading this are perfectly fine with not having a thigh gap. As you should be, because lord knows we don’t all need to look like the original Barbie. As someone who has worked on multiple sides of the fashion industry, including production of clothing I have seen how the industry has struggled to get the correct sizing for plus size women. But slowly over the years with voices like that of Ashley Graham, screaming load and proud about her natural curves the industry is changing. Because there is one thing that all women want, to feel beautiful! As a Bandelettes model told us at the end of the night ” I want to wear sexy clothes too!” As a professional FIT model, she has grown an understanding of how clothes are supposed to feel and fall on the body. Which also means she knows how many times a brand has to fix or remake clothing to correctly fit a plus size woman. Getting it right the first time in what women needed was Bandelettes. This genius invention of sexy thigh bands allows you to wear your skirts and dresses without fear of chafing! No more uncomfortable sweating or painful cuts or having to wear shorts under your cute skirts, dresses or shorts.

 

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Created by Rena Abramoff and Julia Abasova, these boss women came from their native countries with non fashion backgrounds. Once they met, they knew they had to create something groundbreaking which lead to the creation of Bandelettes. With a body positive message behind the brand it didn’t take long for women including Project Runway designer Ashley Nell Tipton to take notice. She made an appearance at their first Annual Gala with testimonials on how much she loved the brand. And her tune has not changed as she and the brand recently unveiled her own limited edition designs earlier this month.

The annual gala was held downtown at the recently opened event space, The Mezzanine in the financial district. Special guests included Becca McCharen-Tran, designer and creator of the boundary pushing brand Chromat. The CFDA Fashion Fund Alumni first partnered with Bandelettes last September when she sent models down the runway in the SS18 Serenity collection accessorized with Bandelettes. The partnership, a merriment of body positive brands continued in the AW18 Wavy collection and hasn’t stopped breaking molds since. Becca was the absolute sweetest and took a picture with me! Also in attendance was drag queen extraordinaire Coco De’Ball who performed. The drink of the night was a strong “Thigh-Piranha”, a take on a Brazilian cocktail. While a fun photobooth, a great DJ, hor d’oeuvres (that I and other bloggers stuffed our faces with) and cupcakes with mini sugar Bandelettes filled the room.

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I seriously can’t say enough how Bandelettes have saved my thighs during the warmer months. A question I was asked by a fellow blogger was “Can you see the lines under your dress”? And honestly I’ve worn a pencil skirt with Bandelettes and they were not visable at all. Thanks to the thin fabric and strudy silicone bands they are virtually invisable and stay in place. Bandelettes come in a range of colors and designs from neutral to bold, thanks to their designer collaborations. And ever the inclusive brand they come in sizes A-F (pantyhose sizes). Have you tried Bandelettes? Let me know in the comments and on social media. Read more about Sparkling Carla here and read more about Bandelettes here!

– T.S.

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Mothers Day Gift Ideas for the Fashionista: Target Edition

Mothers Day is approaching and if you are like my mother and I, you love Target! Here are some of my top picks for gifts from Target. Trendy yet classic these are perfect for any mom and her closet. Let me know what you love! I want EVERYTHING! Perhaps you’ll buy one for you and one for your mother! There is nothing wrong with that, style has no age.  Affiliate links are included within this post.

 

 

 

Striped Strappy Dress – Universal Thread-$27.99- Perfect for morning brunch!

Women’s 3/4 Sleeve Windowpane Dress – K by Kersh-$49.99- Great for the mom whose a business woman.

Who What Wear Women’s Sandra Striped Wrap Heeled Pumps – Black $37.99- These will easily become her go-to’s for the spring.

Eden Heeled Ankle Strap Sandals by Who What Wear $37.99- Elegant and subtle for the weddings she has to attend this spring.

Who What Wear Coco Grograin Kitten Heeled Mules $37.99- Moms who love a great vintage inspired trend will love these!

Women’s Jolie Ankle Strap – Who What Wear Black $34.99.  I tried these on and wish they had them in my size!!! The trend setting momma will be all over these.

Women’s Plus Size Long Ruffle Sleeve Pullover Top – Who What Wear $29.99- Feminine and classic all in one, pair it with different cami’s!

Women’s Sophia Crossbody Bag – Who What Wear-$34.99- A classic style in classic colors!

Cesca Medium Satchel With Stitching Detailing $39.99- Classic colors, trendy details.

Double Flap Shoulder Crossbody Bag – A New Day Bone $29.99- Trendy, but this will always come back into style thanks to its simplicity.

I’ll have another Target based Mothers Day Gift Guide soon. Happy Shopping!

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Fashion Night Out- ICollective Live

ICollective Live

This past February as fashion month came to an end in NYC I attended one last fashion event. A mix of performance, interior design and fashion, ICollective Live showcased Latino designers. Presented by  DCG Media in the WH Design Collection showroom guests got to get up close in personal with the collections and the designers.

Designers included Adolfo Sanchez, Cenia NY, Terese Sydonna and Milagros Batista. Each designer collection was specifically curated to be showcased in different parts of the showroom. Coordinating perfecting with the modern showroom and furniture of WH Design.

Adolfo Sanchez– I recently went to the Adolfo Sanchez fashion show which you can read about here. Adolfo who is of Mexican Descent is taking his first steps in to the NYC fashion world. With an original clientele from L.A. he is gaining traction here on the east coast through NYFW. His gorgeous gowns are made for women who want both princess dresses and edgy details like clear plastics in cheeky areas of the body. The dresses he showcased are loved by press and  the public alike.

Cenia NY– Cenia Paredes of Cenia NY showcased a collection of archive pieces. Gowns ranging in blues, purples and gold were highlighted. Cenia’s collections always make you want to attend a gala looking sophisticated. Or perhaps you want simply go to work while feeling elegant. Perhaps you want to spend a night out feeling beautiful, Cenia’s collections will make you feel all these emotions and more. She caters to every size with Couture knits like her Olive & Logan collection made in Turkey.

Terese Sydonna– This Jamacian designer worked in finance before realizing her true calling was fashion. Her path to becoming a fashion designer started with the Macy’s Incubator, and a degree in Fashion Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Terese specializes in ready-to wear and accessories with touches of prints, structure and subtle details. With the purpose of designing for the super hero in us all, her bold one of a kind prints are made to stand out. The high tech novelty knits and machine washable fabrics she uses makes it possible to wear one of a kind art pieces in everyday life.

Milagros Batista– Knitwear designer Milagros Batista also showcased her newest collection. Colors ranged in shades of pink with knitwear pants, tops, skirts, dresses and sweaters.

Electric violinist Sarah Charness rocked the night with a performance set to electro beats. Cupcakes by Honor Thy Sweets, (cute mini cupcakes) filled guests bellies along with snacks. Beauty was done by the amazing Kim Baker, read more about her here! While hair was done by Stephanie Jones and the Studio Ten31 team.

The night was full of great support for these Latino designers both seasoned and new. An effort that is continually needed as the fashion industry still struggles with issues of diversity. Luckily agencies like DCG Media recognize and up lift Latinos and people of color in their creative careers. Have you ever heard of these designers? What was your favorite look? Who is your favorite Latino or POC designer? You can read more about the event on Latinista.com.

T.S.

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How to Style This Target Mossimo Sweater 4 Ways

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A good sweater can become your go-to-piece during these cold winter months. A sweater that is comfy, warm and can go with everything, what more can you ask for? So by now you should know I have an obsession with Target. It is a dangerous place for my wallet and I! I recently went on a Target run, for items that had nothing to do with clothes. But alas I can’t help but check out what they have. Luckily they were having a sale on their clothes (still are) in particular sweaters. I don’t really have enough pull over sweaters that I can throw on. So I made it my mission to find one during the great sale.

I was not disappointed, as I left the store with a piece that I’ve already worn more than once. The side tie pullover sweater is not only stylish but is veryyyyyyyy warm. It’s so warm in fact that I’ve worn it without a coat while leaving my house, in November! That alone tells me that the sweater was well made, making it worth the original price. Here are 4 ways I’ve styled the sweater.

 

1. For The Office

I’ve worn this exact outfit to work and loved it. The billowy sweater gets balanced out with slim straight legged pants. The sweater wouldn’t work with a billowy skirt as the massive amount on both the top and bottom half of my body would overwhelm my small frame. I would also pair it with a black or dark grey business pant to offset the light grey color of the sweater. You can also do a monochromatic look and pair the sweater with a similar shade of grey pant.

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Target sweater, Pant(don’t know, there is no tag), Hat: Target, Grey pumps: Primark

 

2. A Weekend Errand Run

Now some ladies choose to believe that “leggings are pants”  while others believe “leggings are not pants!” I’m usually on the latter side except for when it comes to this extremely warm sweater. If you do choose to pair the sweater with leggings I suggest a fleece lined pair like the ones I have on and a tall boot. Both combined with the sweater will keep you toasty. I don’t suggest a short boot, as a tall boot keeps you warmer.

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Target sweater, standard fleece lined legging, Candies boots.

 

3. Night Out

Don’t think you can wear a chunky sweater for a fun night out of drinks? Why not? For this look I paired the sweater with black moto jeans which adds a tougher feel to the soft sweater. Once again the type of pant you wear is key so go with a skinny jean, that doesn’t fight with the billowy top. Slip on a pair of killer pumps and your ready to turn heads!

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Target sweater, H&M moto jean, Aldo pumps, Mulberry & Grand shades.

 

4. Lunch get together

I’m an advocate for transitioning clothes into different seasons. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen me wear a mini skirt in the fall. The same can be done in the winter, just make sure to layer your leggings and tights! I wanted to give the look a more relaxed feel so a pair of Tim’s were a clear choice for me.

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Target sweater, Forever21 mini skit, Timberland boots.

How would you style this sweater from Target? Let me know in the comments and social media.

T.S.

 

 

 

 

 

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Louis Vuitton Exhibition Rooms 6-10

If you pay attention to fashion news you probably already know that the Louis Vuitton exhibition, that has been a hit in other international cities has made its way to New York City. I made my way to the exhibition twice already and plan to go back before it closes. I wrote a review of the first 5 rooms of the exhibit which you can read here. The following is an overview of the next 5 rooms, which concludes the exhibition.

 

The Painting Trunk

Louis Vuitton’s relationship with the world of art began in 1924 when art dealer Rene’ Gimpel ordered a trunk for his business trips to New York, Paris and London. To meet the needs of artists like Rene, Louis Vuitton created larger trunks with drawers that could protect the artwork during travel. Returning to the companies roots of protective packaging caught the eye of the art world and soon other artists became customers as well. Masters of the art world such as the artist Matisse became clients of Louis Vuitton. Many artists developed close ties to the company and were given the opportunity to design one of a kind trunks. Over the years these ” artists in residence” have created new fabrics, patterns and designs for the house of Louis Vuitton. Louis Vuitton’s most recent collaboration has been with the artists Jeff Koons whose collection includes recreations of master works.

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Curio Trunks

During the 1900’s Gaston-Louis started buying trunks from previous customers to create his trunk collection. To start this process he would send certain customers a questionnaire to learn more about their trunks. Next the customers that returned the questionnaire, were sent an offer by Gaston to buy their trunks. The trunks in The Curio Trunks room consists of the trunks Gaston bought to create his collection.

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The Beauty of Fashion

Trunks for Stars

During the 1920’s and 1930’s the house of Louis Vuitton stepped beyond the trunk and started making beauty items, furniture pieces and specialty items. Hollywood’s starlets ordered velvet lined trunks along with the various new pieces the house was creating. Specialty pieces that were made for stars include a vanity case for Sharon Stone, wardrobe trunk for Katharine Hepburn and a suitcase and vanity set for Elizabeth Taylor. Stars around the globe continue to order from the house to help them with their travel and everyday needs.

 

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Exquisite Bottles

It was in 1927 that Gaston-Louis Vuitton created the first fragrance for Louis Vuitton, in an effort to expand the fields in which Louis Vuitton played. He cared just as much for the look of the bottle as he did the fragrance itself. Being so each time the house created a new fragrance Gaston would commission masters in the decorative arts field to design the bottles. The collaborations became a tradition for the house with its latest being in 2016 with designer Marc Newson.

 

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Sophisticated Dandies

Not only were silver screen actresses customers of Louis Vuitton, but so were actors. Many of the first were French actors that ordered foot and wardrobe trunks. The actors also ordered garment bangs and toiletry bags that helped push the brand into the menswear arena. In the 1920’s the making of canes with carved heads was another collaboration opportunity for the house and different artists to create unique pieces.

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Collaborations

Besides artists the house has collaborated with individual designers over the years. The introduction of different designers to Louis Vuitton began in 1996 when Azzedine Alana, Manolo Blahnik, Romeo Gigli, Helmut Lang, Isaac Mizrahi, Sybilla and Viviene Westwood were invited to collaborate with the house. This event helped mark Louis Vuitton’s one-hundredth anniversary. In 1997 Louis Vuitton officially entered the  fashion sphere with a ready-to-wear line. Guiding this new avenue for the brand was Marc Jacobs, the artistic director of the ready- to-wear line for almost 16 years. Jacobs used many of the artistic collaborations as inspirations for his collections. The designers that took on the role as Artistic Director after Jacobs departure also used artists and authors to create unique collections.

 

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The Music Room

Other than making trunks for clothing, art and writing the house of Louis Vuitton has been known to make trunks for musical artists as well. Delicate musical instruments have been stored in these special order trunks. Violins, guitars and more have found a safe haven for travel with Louis Vuitton.

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Louis Vuitton Loves America

In 1893 Georges Vuitton made his first step into the U.S market when he attended the Chicago World’s Fair. While there he met John Wanamaker, owner of the first ever department stores. A few years later in 1898 Wanamaker put Louis Vuitton in his New York and Philadelphia stores. By the roaring 20’s Louis Vuitton had become the luxury luggage of choice for people all over the country.

Fast forward to 1997 to one of the most memorable Louis Vuitton eras which is when Marc Jacobs became Artistic Director. The designer guided the brand into the new millennium and held the position as Artistic Director for 16 years. During this time he made iconic collaborations with various artists including Yayoi Kusama who introduced her signature polka dot and Stephen Spouse who created graffiti inspired designs. Currently guiding the Louis Vuitton brand through each season is Nicolas Ghesquiere whose dressed celebrities like Taylor Swift and Nicole Kidman among others.

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Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquiere worn by Riley Keogh at the 2014 Amfar Ceremony

 

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Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquiere 2017 worn by Ruth Negga for the Golden Globes

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Louis Vuitton by Nicolas Ghesquiere 2017 worn by Michelle Williams

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Nicolas Ghesquiere for Louis Vuitton worn by Taylor Swift at the 2016 Met Gala.

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Nicolas Ghesquiere for Louis Vuitton worn by Jennifer Connelly at the 2017 Met Ball.

 

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Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs and artist Stephen Spouse printed roses skirt.

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Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs, feather headpiece and mink short dress and graffiti legging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton. Worn by Madonna at the 2009 Met Ball.

 

I hope you get to see this amazing and encompassing exhibition. If you don’t I hope you’ve enjoyed my reviews. I learned so many interesting facts of a brand that I’ve worked for in the past, but had no idea of!

The Louis Vuitton Volez, Voguez, Voyagez exhibition will be on display at the New York Stock Exchange building on 86th Trinity Place in the financial district until January 7th 2018.

T.S.

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The Louis Vuitton Exhibition: Rooms 1-5

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The Louis Vuitton Volez, Voguez, Vayagez (Fly, Sail, Travel) exhibition has made its way around the globe. Originating in Paris, the brands birthplace the presentation has finally made its way to New York City after much anticipation. Both Paris and Tokyo viewers of the exhbition have given rave reviews of this immersive exhibition. And it is no wonder why when each room of the Louis Vuitton exhibition was curated to not only showcase the immersive Louis Vuitton history from past to present, but honor the city in which it is held. The original stock exchange building where the exhibition is housed is a New York City institution and is magnificent on its own. As you make you way into each room you are transported to the past, with each interiorly transformed to represent Louis Vuitton’s history. The exhibition has an accompanying app that gives you an interactive experience, so be sure to download that first!

 

History of Louis Vuitton the Man

At the age of 14 Louis Vuitton left his village in Eastern France on foot and made his way to Paris two years later. As a young man he apprenticed as a box maker and packer for the box manufacturer Romaine Marechal. By 1854 he founded the company of Louis Vuitton on rue Nerve-des-Capucines which became  one of Paris’s most famous shopping boulevards. His lightweight yet strong designs became a hit amongst high society. Louis is credited in perfecting the flat trunk, the first step towards modern luggage. By 1875 he created the wardrobe trunk which allowed the traveler to hang their clothes in the luggage. This invention skyrocketed the already booming company.

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Part 1-The Trunk of 1906

In 1896 Louis Vuitton’s son Georges created the “LV” monogram which the house is known for. In 1906 the monogram was added to the trunk for the first time by Gaston-Louis Vuitton, grandson of Louis Vuitton. 1906 was also the first time the trunk was designed with their signature brass corners with a patent lock added for security.

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Part 2-Wood

Woodwork was Louis’s first craftsmanship. As a young boy who grew up near a forest wood was always influential for him. As a box maker he also worked with wood, so it was second nature for Louis to create his own trunks out of wood. In particular he used camphor wood to detour pests, poplar wood for the frame and beech wood for reinforcement. Lastly he would use rosewood for its aromatic scent.

 

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Left: Interior luggage labels of the 1800’s.
Top Right: Advertising card of 1885.
Bottom Right: Mailing envelope for the LV stores of Paris and London 1890.

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Part 3-Classic Trunks

The linage of trunks begins with the Trainon Grey in 1854. The Striped Canvas trunk came next in 1872 which came in the colors red, brown and later in the combination of beige and brown. 1888 introduced the Damier canvas trunk and soon the flat trunk was invented. The house continued to build their reputation for trunks and cemented their reliability with the Ideale trunk, with the purpose of keeping items safe  during travel.

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Part 4-The Invention of Travel

Louis Vuitton was the luggage of choice for explorer and engineer André-Gustave Citroën during the excursions of the 1924 and 1925. The House of Louis Vuitton created particular trunks that could withstand the hot climate, different types of transportation and accommodate the portable comforts needed for explorers like Citroën.

 

During the rise of yachting the house of Louis Vuitton created the Steamer Bag, which modernized the hand luggage spectrum. The bag had the ability to be folded into any wardrobe trunk compartment. The bags weight, size and ease is considered to be the blueprint for the modern day gym bag.

Steamer Trunk on the right.

 

 

During the automobile rise the Vuittonite or Monogram canvas wardrobe and hat trunks were the some of Louis Vuitton’s most popular trunks. Picnic trunks, coolers and flat Morocco leather bag, the precursor to the handbag were in high demand as well.

 

Chauffeur’s Kit in Vuittonite Canvas 1910

 

 

 

The invention of airplanes led the house of Louis Vuitton to meet the needs of aviators and travelers alike. The Aero trunk, the grandfather of the carry-on luggage was the answer for people needing compact and lightweight luggage.

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Advancements in train travel gave the house the chance to create the Cabin trunk. This new trunk could fit under seats, while other bags such as garment and overnight bags also became in demand models.

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Part 5-Writing

Gaston-Louis Vuitton was an appreciator of writing and books. He himself was an author so its no wonder that the house of Louis Vuitton created mobile offices and various trunks that suited traveling writers.

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The Louis Vuitton Volez, Voguez, Voyagez exhibition will be open until January 7, 2018 on 86 Trinity Place in the financial district. I will have a follow up post covering rooms 6-10 soon. Have you seen the exhibition or are you looking forward to seeing it? Let me know your comments and thoughts here and on social media!

T.S.

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Ways to style Who What Wear’s bell sleeve top from Target

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Like every other person I’m obsessed with Target. I am particularly obsessed with their affordable fashion. Namely the Who What Wear collection, which by far is my favorite clothing line there. Although the new line A New Day is has some great work wear that I might be buying soon. Who What Wear at Target is  great for the office but I love the more casual pieces as well. I own a few pieces from previous collections and some like a black bomber have become staples.

On a recent trip in which Target was having (still is) a huge sale on clothes I exited Target with the grey lace bell sleeve ribbed crewneck top. Its important to note that I am not a huge fan of turtlenecks and hardly wear them so a crewneck is more up my alley. If you don’t like the feeling of a turtleneck go for the shorter crewneck, which has a less restrictive feel.

The top originally cost $27.99 but is on sale now for $19.59. What a steal! The top keeps me quite warm because the rib knit has a medium thickness to it. If the top didn’t have a good weight to it I might not have gotten it. But Who What Wear got it right in both the purpose of rib knit (durability and warmth) and style. I’ve worn the top for an ootd (outfit of the day) post on Instagram and many of you loved the top. So I figured I’d show you a few ways I’ve styled it.

Casual

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Top: Who What Wear
Jeans: H&M
Boots: Call IT Spring
Sunglasses: Mulberry & Grand
Hat: Target

 

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Formal

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Top: Who What Wear for Target
Skirt: Five on Seven New York
Shoes: Atmosphere from Primark

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Semi Casual

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Top: Who What Wear, Jogger Formal Pant: The Loft, Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless

 

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Formal ( If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen this one!)

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Top: Who What Wear for Target
Skirt: Who What Wear for Target
Purse: Target
Shoes: Brash for Payless

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How would you style this top? Did you like any one outfit in particular? Let me know in the comments and on social media. For outfit posts follow me on Instagram!

T.S.