… and what these folks have to say about it.
What I really loved about Thakoon’s Pre-Fall collection was that it went from simplistic brights in minimalist pieces to boho, grungy florals in dresses and jackets. Yet it all fit together really nicely. Well done.
Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing stylist Carmen Adriana, who did a presentation in my Merchandising class at F.I.T. over the summer. Here is an excerpt of the interview. The full interview will be featured in the January issue of TAP Magazine.
GG: What are common misconceptions about the world of styling that you’ve encountered?
CA: I think that people think it’s a very glamorous job, and that we just kind of stand around and help people pick a dress and tell them how they should look; that’s truly, truly not the case. It’s a lot of hard work. It’s also very physical; unless you have pretty big budget and you can pay a couple of assistants to do hard labor for you, it’s basically going to the store, shopping, picking [things up]; I can’t even tell you how much clothes you have to have on duty for just one outfit. So that’s probably the most common misconception, that people just think that stylists go around and shop for things, and it’s la dee da, and have fun. I mean it is fun, at the end of the day it’s a really awesome job, but it’s really hard work. You have to take a lot of nonsense from a lot of different people. You have to make a lot of people happy. Sometimes the toughest person to make happy is the client.
GG: On that note, do you prefer to style for personal wardrobe consulting, editorials, ad campaigns, you do work for a TV show; what’s your preference?
CA: My favorite jobs are the creative jobs. I really love to do the costume designing on projects, and styling characters. Those are really my favorite jobs because I get to be really creative. Doing “real people” is really fun because you get to kind of improve their lives at the end of the day, because you’ve made them look good, and looking good is feeling good. But if I had my choice, to do it every single day, it would be more creative. I’m just much more happy in a creative environment. Personally I think most fashion people are creative people. The personal styling and the television and running closets for real people, that’s a close second. That’s still a lot of fun.
GG: Do you have any advice for aspiring stylists about getting started or following their own aesthetic?
CA: I would say be prepared to work extra hard, and don’t be afraid to speak up when it’s appropriate.
I’ve been having very minimal inspiration lately, especially because I’m on break at school and have been spending most of my days playing with my new things I got for Christmas. However, after school last week I went thrifting with my sister, and among other things brought home an awesome pair of loafers that I’d like to share! So, here are some outfits I created to go with them. Sorry for the dreadful picture quality!
Yay! Here are my favorite looks from the collection. Make sure to take a look at the shoes (socks + pumps = love)!
I love how the color palette is so varied yet fits together impeccably. Gotta love a good camel & gray combo! The collection is casual and simple but still really sophisticated. I want ALL of it! Photos courtesy of New York Fashion Magazine and 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Okay, are they not the fiercest things you have ever seen?
Between the makeup, the hair, and the CLOTHES, they are officially my new style crush(es). They’re actually a mod-60s-dream, straight from the UK. Not to mention they’re adorable and charming (see the next video!). I wish more girls were brave enough to start girl power infused, Twiggy inspired bands. I would listen to them over anything else, hands down.
The one hundredth post! I can’t believe it. I’m going to touch on a bunch of different things in this post, but please bear with me! I’m going to try and make it as awesome as possible.
First, BEST. SHIRT. EVER.
Why, yes, it’s a Clueless shirt! It’s got Cher, Dionne, and Tai modelling their best outfits from the movie on the Horowitz staircase!. And if you look closely, you’ll see Alicia’s wearing the red Alaia dress she wears to the Valley. So classic. You can get it here for $38!
Next on the list: ZINES! The highlight of my week last week was most definitely receiving my copy of the zine Pamflet in the mail! It was worth every penny, let me tell you. Between the Vogue satire and the sharpie-written note from the editors on leopard print paper, it’s pretty much the coolest thing ever. Unfortunately the most recent issue, XI, is the last print issue for a while, but my advice is to order it now and keep it forever! I can’t wait to spend hours and hours of my future re-reading it. I would post pictures but I think zines are kind of sacred. I love zines in general just because they feel so homey and are always honest and unafraid to be opinionated. I’ve only encountered feminist/riotgrrl-esque ones so far, but they’ve been fantastic! I’m working on starting one with my friends, because as fun as the magazine is, zines are just way cool and I’d love to try making one.
Speaking of which, my magazine, TAP, is now available for sale on Magcloud! Magcloud is a web-based magazine marketplace. It’s really rad. You should check it out, and pick up a copy of TAP while you’re there! You can find TAP on Magcloud here. The November cover:
And now, a random piece of artwork that I want for Christmas: this super duper crazy awesome buffalo print. If you’re considering getting it for me, check out the artist on Etsy. When I was in first grade a wrote a book about buffaloes and I’ve loved them ever since. When I was in California visiting my aunt and cousin, they took me to see a buffalo on a farm. It was the craziest thing. Buffaloes are pretty chill and awesome. Right now in my art class I’m working on printed ink paintings of a buffalo. I’ll be sure to post them at some point!
Finally, I’m happy to announce that I’ll be heading back to the Fashion Institute of Technology for pre-college typography classes in the spring! That should be really fun. I never really posted about my summer at F.I.T., so to clear the air: it was amazing and I learned alot. I made a bunch of really great friends who I still see regularly, including fellow blogger Hannah!
So. This was number 100. Here’s to 100 more!