Tuesday, October 14, 2014

KSU around NYC: Tenant Museum


Last week the group and I traveled to a very interesting place in New York, a tenant museum. At first I didn't know what to even think because frankly, I've never heard of a tenant museum. Located in the lower east side, the Tenant Museum is known as a very historical faucet in the fashion industry. Years ago when the fashion industry started booming in New York City, the lower east side was a very popular place for immigrants to come and work and live all in the same location. Immigrants from Russia, Prague, Germany, Polish and so many more countries around the would would come to the states to take refugee and have the ability to start a new life and take care of their family. From mothers and father, their children, grandparents and strangers, they would all work and live in the same spot. I could never imagine working in such a tight area with people I really don't know, especially if there is no AC, proper plumbing and running water, not many windows and not to mention the constant fear of disease and infection as there is no proper medical facilities or proper way to care for wounds or illnesses. 
Tenants were the old school sweatshops as most of them got shut down due to the New Yorkers from the west side and wealthier areas of town realizing that many people were becoming ill with polio or tuberculosis and the fear that the clothes being sold to stores like Macy's and Brooks Brothers would contain the disease. We needed these tenant workshops because the products were being made domestically and there was a fast turn over as they were being created and sold all in the same city. Workers would be doing things on the product line from putting the patterns together, to the trims and finished to the ironing. Workers from all ages were working on the product line starting at children old enough to do small projects to help their parents, potential owners or workers, out. 
Unfortunately I was not able to see the full museum as a fellow classmate got extremely ill during the tour, I still found it extremely informative and it is such a large part of the fashion industry's history. We have the production line process and now because of what we learned from the tenant workshops. Personally I believe that it was wise for the government to shut down many of the tenant workshops because the workers were living and working in such an un livable environment. It wasn't fair for workers to work and live with strangers and working hours and hours in such poor conditions. We have learned from our past mistakes and now are enforcing the bring down of sweatshops around the world and are promoting products being created domestically because we have stricter laws and regulations versus sweatshops in countries like China and Bangladesh where a few years ago a sweatshop collapsed killing hundreds of innocent workers. If only that factory was properly maintained thousands of lives would be saved. The fashion industry is constantly evolving and all we need to do to keep it evolving is to listen and grow. 

Till next time, cheers xx

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A night at FIT

Tonight my roommates and I traveled to the FIT museum where they were featuring an exhibit that focuses on the pairing of fashion and dance. From George Balanchine to Martha Graham and Leon Bakst. Notable dance influencers that have changed the way dance will be performed then, now and the years to come. The pairing of fashion and dance are such a likely combination as the two focus on the body and movement and accentuating the body's silhouette. Creating lines that create an allusion of elongating the neck arms and legs, mimicking shapes and patterns of animals and other creatures to bringing back century old uniforms and costumes. So many designers over the years have been influenced by dance and they have used their imaginations to create dance costumes themselves. Working with The Ballet Russe or The New York City Ballet for shows like Rubies to The Nutcracker. Designers like Dior, Balenciaga, Prada, Rodarte and so many others have created one of a kind tutus, leotards, pointe shoes, etc to be showcased on the wonderful and magical stage. 
Walking into the museum, you could instantly get a feel for the dance passion, the hallway with still pictures of a male and female dancer in the mist of performing a contemporary piece. On the other walk they had a video of multiple dance performances like Swan Lake. Then walking into the room itself was so grandiose. So many mannequins dressed in impeccable pieces. My personal favorite were the pieces that George Balanchine used for his shows. They are really the quintessential dance pieces I would as a little girl dream of wearing. As a dancer for the past 12 years I have worn hundreds of different costumes and I always appreciated a well tailored and designed costume. They not only caught  the audiences and judges attention but they made the dance and me feel important and beautiful. 
Dance and fashion will always be a common pairing and I'm so excited to see what designers can come up with for the years to come to really emphasis on the beauty that dance brings. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

KSU Around NYC

Last week we had the opportunity to go to such a cool place-- a marking company where they make the markings for designers like Rag & Bone, Ralph Lauren, etc. Make a Marker is in New York city and has made their 'mark' in the fashion industry for many years especially as a new CFDA member.  We need companies like this because they don't become attached to the product like other companies in the fashion industry could. Also it's great to have a company in local New York because of a pattern maker is confused on a design for let's say a striped shirt then they can easily go to the actually location versus having to make multiple phone called to places over seas or in another state. What markers do is take the pattern that is sent from the pattern maker and cut the pattern, they ensure that the notches are all in line with each other along with the pattern being symetrical. Last thing a designer wants is to have a striped sweater not be straight. They also adjust the sizes of the garment to ensure that the fabric will have proper stretch and shape when it is cut for production. This process is so important because it saves the designer time to use a subcontractor to do the cutting and layout work so their garments are produced in a timely manner. Don't mind the car, lollipop in the picture, she just wanted to hang out. 

Till next time. Cheers. Xx  

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 Style.com 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). 

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