Teen VOGUE Fashion University 2011

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This past Saturday, I was invited to sit in at Teen Vogue Fashion University, a program that lets high school and college students attend a weekend full of seminars featuring some of the top names in fashion giving out tips, tricks, and advice on how to make it in the industry.

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Teen VOGUE Editor-in-chief Amy Astley moderated the seminars

The morning began with a keynote address from Michael Kors.

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Even the non-fashion world is familiar with Michael after his years as a judge on Project Runway, but it’s his 30 year career as a fashion designer that earned him the honor of dishing out advice to an auditorium packed full of teenagers

Michael’s talk was one of the most inspiring I’ve ever heard from anyone in fashion. He talked about how much he loved fashion, from as far back as age 5. And gave excellent advice on how young people could turn their own love of the field into a career.

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Michael and Amy during the Q&A

One of the points I really agreed with, was Michael’s opinion that in the internet age, everyone expects young up and coming designers in particular to be “seasoned pro’s” by age 21. He encouraged teens to make mistakes, ignore the rules, and do whatever it takes to achieve their dreams.

Pointing out that as a designer, “you’re only as good as your last collection,” Michael stressed the importance of never ceasing to learn new things, and experiment with new ideas. “If you think you’ve arrived, you’re over”.

The best advice, which he repeated again and again, and credits with his success: His attachment to his customers, and never being afraid to get feedback from real women.

And for those just beginning their careers, a strong cover letter, but also a very keen sense of style, that shows you yourself can “look fabulous” on the job (regardless of whether or not your clothing is designer) will in Michael’s eyes, make you stand out the most as a potential intern.

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A stylish attendee, between seminars

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Teen Vogue Publisher Sabine Feldmann, Alexander Wang, and Amy Astley.

The second seminar I attended featured Alexander Wang. The 27 year old designer of the moment also placed emphasis on the importance of internships, crediting his own experiences with helping direct his career. His ideal intern is someone who is “eager to learn,” won’t complain about doing everything, and has their own point of view.

His best advice for aspiring designers—-being flexible and adaptable. Citing the 6month fashion cycle– which he finds to be a long time to be stuck on one idea, Alex told the audience that ideas and inspiration need to be an enduring process. “You’re learning until the day you die”.

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Mentioning his own decision to drop out of college as a defining point where he knew what was best for the direction he wanted to take his career, Alex said that to really succeed, “you must believe in you first”. “Don’t let anyone say you can’t do it, or you aren’t ready.”

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As for what’s in the future for Alex, he says a store in Beijing, and then Europe are next. But designer collaborations, which are in his opinion “so common,” probably won’t happen anytime soon unless it’s something very very different.

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Lazaro Hernandez, Amy Astley, and Jack McCullough

Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez, The design duo behind Proenza Schouler spoke extensively about how their education impacted their careers during my third seminar of the day. While attending Parson’s (where Tim Gunn was one of their instructors!), Jack and Lazaro sold their entire joint thesis collection to Barneys.

The fact that Barney’s fashion director was in the audience to see their first collection changed the entire course of their lives. Their best advice for young people who want to pursue fashion is to go to school in New York City. No matter where you are from, attending school in NYC puts you in the center of the world “where the industry happens,” and gives you access to many of the top names and resources in the fashion world.

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Along with school, internships with fashion designers played a huge part in shaping the duo’s careers. Both said that an internship is the most important thing you can do “pre-job,” since school itself “can’t teach you everything”. Lazaro expanded on the topic, saying that having your own sense of style, and doing good work are important, along with people who “don’t bitch about menial things” and put in that extra effort.

Like Alex Wang, the Proenza boys stressed the importance of believing in yourself and being “the best you that you can be”. Mentioning that yes, sometimes the “business” side of fashion can be difficult and confusing, Lazaro said that while the business knowledge can come later you must start with an idea and “be different than what others are saying”. The most important thing is to have your own point of view.

But if your desire to work in fashion stems from just wanting to make money? Lazaro says “don’t do it”.

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Like many creatives, Jack and Lazaro said there is a fine line between working and not working. Inspiration can strike anywhere, even on your day off. So to recharge, and find inspiration which they find is sometimes lacking in NYC, they travel 2-3 weeks after every season.

At the very end of their panel, I got to ask Jack and Lazaro if they felt that the internet had changed things greatly for young and aspiring designers. Both said yes, definitely, that it’s “changed everything”! And that they personally of course find that critics matter, but they keep tabs on what consumers think, and “like to know what the kids are saying” after the show on things like blogs and twitter.

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Sabine Feldmann and Betsey Johnson

After lunch, I was able to make a brief stop at the Betsey Johnson and Whitney Port panels in the Conde Nast building before heading home. Betsey (who is always in such a happy, jovial mood!) entertained an over-capacity audience with stories from the early days of her career, and her stint at Mademoiselle Magazine.

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Whitney Port spoke extensively about starting her own line after gaining fame as a reality TV star, and gave advice on how aspiring designers can best deal with naysayers and criticism.

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Whitney Port and Mary-Kate Steinmiller

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Whitney’s audience

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Overall, I had an amazing time at Teen VOGUE Fashion University, and ended up wishing it had existed back when I was in school. If you want to work in fashion, and have the opportunity, I’d strongly encourage you to apply in 2012. You really can’t beat getting firsthand advice from some the biggest and best designers, and editors in the industry.

Even I learned some new things, and went home feeling truly inspired by the day’s seminars. It was definitely affirming to hear so many people agree with what I always say here, and say when I’m asked by young people for career advice: DO AN INTERNSHIP. And do as many as you can.

My university required an internship for graduation, and looking back, I can say doing one (eventually a second, post-grad) put me ahead of the game. And my internship experience was singlehandedly responsible for getting me my first freelance job, and subsequent three year stint as a magazine photo editor.

As many of the designers and editors at Fashion University said, you should never stop learning.

Check back soon for a fresh batch of Spring Fashion internships (always one of the blog’s most popular posts).

You can learn more about Teen VOGUE Fashion University here.
See the full photo set here.

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All Photos ®2011 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost

Spring 2011 Fashion and Editorial Internships

I’ve been taking it easy and focusing a bit more on my personal life since fracturing my foot late last month. But I’ve managed to find a bunch of awesome spring internship opportunities to share with you. As I always say, for anyone trying to break into the fashion or publishing industries, interning is THE BEST way. Do as many as you can, as early as you can! I got my start in the magazine industry by doing an internship, and got a freelance editing job about a month after it ended.

Don’t forget to follow the application instructions. : )

Internships Via Ed2010.com:

SELF Magazine Fashion Internship
Paid Internship (!!!)
New York, NY
Self Magazine is seeking detail-oriented, hard-working fashion interns for spring semester. Candidates must be undergraduate students of accredited universities who can show proof that he/she will receive credit. Interns are responsible for keeping an accurate inventory of all samples coming into the closet, returning loaned items promptly and assisting the fashion team – including editors and directors. Fashion experience is a plus, but not necessary. This is a great way for someone seeking a future in fashion to get his/her foot in the door at a successful, busy magazine. Interest in fashion is a must. Interns will receive a $12/day stipend for a maximum of 49 internship days. Candidates must be able to work at least three days a week.
Posted 12/13/10
Contact:
If interested, please send your resume to ola_matulaniec@condenast.com.


W Magazine Features/Editorial Intern

Unpaid Internship
New York, NY
W Magazine is looking for smart, savvy, well-organized, and
culturally-fluent undergraduates for an editorial/features internship
beginning January 2011, through the spring semester.
Interns will be asked to conduct research, pitch ideas, transcribe
interviews, and otherwise assist the editors. There may be opportunity to
write or blog for the website.
Candidates must be able to receive school credit for this position.
W is published by Conde Nast.
Posted 12/12/10
Contact:
fan_zhong@condenast.com

Harper’s Bazaar Spring Fashion Internship
Unpaid Internship
New York, NY
Harper’s Bazaar magazine is looking for interns for the spring 2011
semester. School credit is required. Responsibilities include sample check
ins/returns, prepping for photo shoots, managing the fashion closet, photo
research, creating story boards, faxing, filing, administrative tasks and
assisting the fashion and accessories market team with general duties. The
internship is structured for students looking to become fashion
editors/stylists. There is no writing involved.
Posted 12/12/10
Contact:
Please submit resume and cover letter (stating your availability and confirming you are able to receive school credit) to sconly@hearst.com

Seventeen Magazine Art Internship
Unpaid Internship
New York, NY
Seventeen’s art department seeks motivated, detail-oriented, organized interns beginning ASAP and continuing through the spring semester. Internship is unpaid and college credit is a must! Must have knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and be extremely comfortable using InDesign.
Posted 12/12/10
Contact:
Please contact Emily Addis at eaddis@hearst.com with resume and cover letter.

INTERVIEW Magazine Photo/Art Internship
Unpaid Internship
New York, NY
Currently INTERVIEW is looking for interns available for a Winter/Spring internship. We are searching for reliable individuals to work in the Art and Photography departments of the magazine. The internship offers extensive responsibilities such as working on location, performing creative research, location scouting etc. It is a great opportunity for anyone interested in production and publishing and allows for a very hands-on experience publishing industry experience.
Posted 12/12/10
Contact:
Please contact photoassist@brantpub.com with resume and cover letter.

VOGUE Magazine Spring Features Intern
Unpaid Internship
New York, NY
The VOGUE Features department is seeking an exceptional student to intern in the office three days a week. As an editorial intern for VOGUE, you will be part of the inner workings of the magazine and required to balance several projects at a time. The ability to multitask and to work with enthusiasm and discretion is essential.
Posted 12/12/10
Contact:
Please submit a cover letter, resume and any writing samples you believe will support your application to voguefeaturesintern@gmail.com

Glamour Magazine Accessories Internship
Paid Internship (!!!)
New York, NY
Glamour magazine is looking for 2-3 bright interns to help the accessories department during the Spring semester. Ideally, the candidates would be able to start right away, as they are extremely short handed. The internship is for credit and a $12/day stipend is also rewarded. The best candidates are extremely organized, dedicated, have a great memory and ability to multi-task.
It is not an easy internship, but it is very
rewarding and exciting all the same! They are looking for people who can work 2-5 days per week, while days begin at 9 AM and end anywhere from 6-8 PM.
Posted 12/12/10
Contact:
If you fit these qualifications, love accessories and editorial work and want to be part of a great fashion publication, please email Alison at accesories.glam@gmail.com!

Cosmopolitan Spring Beauty Internship
Unpaid Internship
New York, NY
Cosmopolitan magazine is looking for a beauty intern for the Spring
semester. This is a great opportunity for beauty savvy students and
newcomers as well who want to get tons of hands-on experience. Your duties
will include organizing the beauty closet, filing, researching stories,
blogging for the website, calling in product samples, and pitching online
and print story ideas. Candidates should be enthusiastic about the subject
matter (experience a plus), be highly organized and proactive, and MUST be
able to receive school credit. We need someone who can work 2-3 days a week
beginning in January.
Posted 12/11/10
Contact:
Please email cosmobeautyintern@gmail.com with your resume, cover letter and availability.

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Zac Posen for Target: My Picks

Finally, the rest of the images from the Zac Posen for Target lookbook have been released! I posted four images from this month’s Teen Vogue a few weeks back. And now, you can see them all! There are tons of images of the line— here are my favorite pieces from the collection:

My #1:
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Another dress I’m definitely buying:
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Love this leather jacket!

I’d probably look silly in this, but it is beautiful:
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The collection is also featured in the April issues of ELLE, VOGUE, and People Style Watch.

It’s a big departure from the red carpet looks of his line for Austrailan Target, but I think it will be a hit!

Zac Posen for Target will be available on April 25th in stores, and online at Target.com.

Teen Vogue’s Rebel Chic

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Absolutely loving this retro-inspired editorial in the February issue of Teen Vogue. The bright colors, the shoot locations, and the model’s gorgeous red hair all “pop” right off the page, and draw you in.

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The fact that this photo shoot took place in Brooklyn makes me love it even more. I recognize Relish, a diner and one of my favorite brunch locations, and Passout records, both in Williamsburg. And the docks near IKEA in red hook make an appearance too.

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The location scout really went above and beyond for this editorial, focusing on the backgrounds in to the shoot just as much as the clothing. I’ve done scouting before, and it’s no easy job! Hope in the future we see less Teen Vogue editorials on location at mansions or in parks, and more like this please!

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Rodarte for Target: New Photos!

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Photo by me. My scanner’s out of commission while the macbooks broken.

I am in love with this champagne colored dress in the December issue of GLAMOUR Magazine. IT IS ONLY FORTY DOLLARS. $40!!!!! I can’t wait for the release.

According to a Racked.com reader in the Marie Claire images post, there is another dress in Teen Vogue. Anyone have a photo?

A Savvy commenter on The Cut pointed out the Glamour photo.

EDIT: Thanks to reader RudeGirl, we now have two more photos:

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$40. Via Teen Vogue

99% sure this is the leopard dress from the leaked photos of the press event:
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Also via Teen Vogue

Compare that dress, to this:
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Via GoogleImages

Stylist Mary Alice Stephenson shot a video at the press event. View it on her facebook fan page.

Rodarte for Target launches December 20th!

Aldo Wants You to be a Designer

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ALDO shoes and Teen Vogue have paired up for a DIY design contest where you can win a chance to collaborate on a new shoe or accessory style and have your design mass produced!

All you have to do is design a DIY project using Aldo’s shoes or accessories, and upload a photo to the web site. If for some reason you don’t feel like entering, you can browse the site’s tutorials for about a dozen DIY projects you can easily do at home:

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Cowboy style:

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They aren’t the most descriptive DIY instructions, but if you have any crafting experience at all, you can figure them out.

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This contest comes right in time for my own DIY night! I have a pair of aldo flats I’ve wanted to stud for ages. It’s rainy and gross in nyc, so tonight is the perfect night to start working on an entry. Or just get crafty and have some fun.

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Visit the contest site for more info.

Tuesday Afternoon Link Roundup!

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Awesome resource Brokelyn has a list of the best places to make cash for your old clothes

ABC Carpet & Home’s Warehouse Sale is going on now at their Bronx outlet, and Madison Avenue Spy has a printable discount letter for 15% off!

Fashion Week Daily is “looking for truly obsessed entry-level writer/reporters to cover fashion week from the very, very inside.” Via Ed2010

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Gilt Fuse, Gilt Groupe’s hipper, less expensive sample sale site launches Wednesday August 12th at noon!

Another week, another set of filming locations for Gossip Girl, The Beautiful Life, Eat Pray Love, and more!

Refinery 29 is amused by Style.com’s take on Lollapalooza “Street Style”.
(View more here).

Loeffler Randall’s e-commerce web site launches today! Via WWD. Time to stock up on shoes!

Block Parties, PBR, and an Isaac Mizrahi cabaret performance? The Cut has a list of some of the highlights of “Fashion’s Night Out” on September 10th.

Teen Vogue wants to send you to the New Moon premiere —Don’t lie, I know you’re counting down the days. Vampires are big in England too!

You know times must be desperate when even Forever 21 is offering shoppers a discount code.

Your flip flops might kill you. Ewwwwww. Glad I only wear mine as old lady style “house shoes”.

And last but not least:
The Greyest Ghost gets some link love from Jezebel!