Saturday, September 20, 2014

Daytime Inspo: M&S Schmalberg

M&S Schmalberg is a 4th generation shop that offers a very unique and individual experience; they hand craft flowers out of different materials such as leather, cotton, velvet, etc for clients around the world. Creating flowers for designers such as Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta (take a look at the flower on the dress that Carrie Bradshaw wore on S&TC) to dresses that celebs wore on the red carpet. Visiting their shop that is located on W36th in the heart of the fashion district was an amazing experience. Their shop is so unique and it displays most of their proudest creations, such as the notorious leather flower used by Chanel. While we were touring the shop they took us into the back where the flowers are made, there they showed us some samples that they are currently creating for Ralph Lauren's children's wear. Adorable little flowers that will be used as sashes, or to decorate the dresses for little girls. 

We have unique business in the fashion industry for a reason, they first create accesses that are necessary for designers because they truly do complete the looks and embellish garments. They are also necessary because having people create these pieces domestically which causes competition. As a nation that is trying to create products domestically it is nice to see people still afloat and succeeding. 

Till next week. Cheers xx

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Recap: New York Fashion Week (take me back)

Aahhh... New York Fashion Week; only comes twice a year and is where designers from around the world come together to showcase their creations that they have worked on for months and months on end. Spending countless hours piecing together looks and thousands of dollars producing shows and marketing for a show that lasts only 20 minutes. But hell those 20 minutes are breathtaking and worth the long wait. 

 À Moi 

This year I was grateful enough to experience first handily what goes on during Fashion Week. From working and checking people in, to being checked in as a guest at a show. My week started when I was working New York Mens Day with the company that I intern for, Agentry PR who produced the whole event. It was an amazing experience and you can read more about my NYMD day here

To kick off the womenswear collections I worked with a new and upcoming womenswear brand À Moi which was absolutely amazing, the designer Alejandra (Alex) Alonso who is such an inspiring and creative designer. You can view her whole collection here, I can't wait for next season to see what intricate designs she can come up with. 

Cristian Siriano 

Up next I was able to work/ attend the infamous Christian Siriano fashion show. I knew that this would be an exciting event because of the crowd that it attracts from likes of Coco Rocha to Jada Pinkett Smith to famous bloggers that I have grown to love. The whole day was amazing, I was able to see Christian while we were setting up the seating assignments and he really is fully involved with his work and collections. I think it is so important for a designer to be fully emerged in what they are creating because in the end it is their name on the label, not their assistant designer or PR firms. Once we finished checking guests in my boss grabbed those who she could find to fill in the unattended seats, I was so excited because it was my first real life fashion show that I was actually able to see from the guests point of view. And the collection was absolutely amazing per usual. Stop over to to view the whole collection, you will be in awe just like I was. 

Also don't mind the poor quality of the pictures and the video. 

The Art Institute Show

And last but not least I was able to attend the amazing Art Institute Show that happened at Lincoln Center. It was such an amazing show which showcased designers that I know will be huge in a few years. 

My roommate Alexa and I had a long day so we needed to take a little break on the steps of Lincoln Center. 

Cheers xx 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Daytime & Nighttime Inspo: NYMD & Flaunt/ Siwy


New York Men's Day: what a success. As my first time working a major show I believe it went off without a hitch. New York Men's Day was founded by Erin Hawker (my amazing boss) in 2013. This year we showcased 10 menswear designers from David Hart to Lucio Castro to Gents (just a few of our clients) to other brands to Stephen F and Antonio Azzulo (not our clients but equally amazing menswear designers). It was an amazing experience because first Cadillac sponsored the event, also the amount of people that showed up to the event was something I would want to do 1,000 times over again. I was working the front door with a few other interns checking in people on the guest list, it was a crazy day but like I said I would do it over again 1,000 times. After the event ended we went right to the after for Flaunt and Siwy denim. It was so much fun, I was again working the door but this time it was an even wilder crowd. 

Overall it was an amazing experience, sure I missed class and was completely exhausted but I loved every bit of it. I got to work with the people from work, got to meet some people that I can network with for the rest of my life, and learned so much about the fashion industry. After living in New York for just a month, I realized that I never want to leave, I want to so badly come back next year to work New York Men's Day again because I know that if I don't I'll miss out on so much. 

Cheers. xx 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Full speed Ahead: NYC Livin

A cute little snack my roomie Alexa prepared for me.
Hotel Hugo rooftop bar


My girl crushes, Bambi & Alex from 4th and Bleeker 

Philip Marie brunch (bottomless mimosas & bloody marys...oh my god)

Here is a taste of what I have on Instagram of my experience here in NYC. I post a ton so make sure to keep up! 

It is pretty easy to say that I am LOVING my life right now. New York is practically my soul twin, there's so much to do without ever getting bored. Thank god because my severe ADD/ADHD disables me from living anywhere else because how bored I get. The food is amazing (and expensive) the clothes are amazing (and expensive) the atmosphere is amazing (and smelly) but I love it all. 

Keep up because you never know what I could do next... like going to the US Open. Oh wait, I am going to the US Open (heheh). 


Daytime Inspo: Textile Day KSU Style

School has officially started and to kick off the new school year I am doing a post. For the remaining time in NYC I will be doing posts on not only my travels around the city, but I will also be doing posts for my class, NY Field Experience: Study Tour. The class is awesome because it involves us taking trips to either textile studios or to have others in the industry come in and tell us what it is like to work for the company. 

So today, it was a scorcher out (like 90*) but it was a great day. We went to multiple areas around the Garment District which was amazing because the KSU NYC Studio is right in the center of all the action as it is located on W 39th & 8th ave. Places we went to included the infamous Mood, which is one of the most renown fabric stores thanks to Project Runway. We also went to Elegant and Paron fabrics which are smaller fabric stores but equally amazing. We also took a trip over to, "The Button" which is the kiosk for info about the Garment District. They have so much info that you can go in and ask who makes taffeta or silk and they can put together a list of fabric stores or factories in the area that create those textiles. To end the tour we went to the most amazing magazine store, as an avid magazine enthusiast and future journalist; I died and went to heaven. The magazine store was called Around the World and they literally had magazines from around the world, from American Vogue to Russian Vogue to Carine Roitfeld's book which included Kim K on the cover. 

The importance of these stores in reference to the fashion industry is absolutely curtail. Sure these stores were not necessarily the largest of carried the fanciest fabrics and trims but they gave us an overview of what designers need to create the garment. Each store had its own jazz, one had amazing faux furs while the other had an amazing array of tweeds, each fabrics that are constantly being shot on the runways and infamous people in the industry. It is great to see that we have great fabric stores so close to us because it makes it accessible to learn about different fabrics and materials than having to spend so much money importing them from other places around the world and not knowing what exactly that fabric is created with. 

Till next time... xx
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