There were the budding designers among the crowd, eager to share advice on getting their start in the fashion business:
Eduardo Romo started a namesake fashion line and showed at Mexico’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week shortly after. He has amassed a small following in his home country, and you can see his collection here.
“To start your own company you a have to have a clear vision and be business savvy. If you can offer something that is not yet in the market and it has some added value, go for it. Working as your own boss can give you so much satisfaction.” —Eduardo Romo
DJiun Wang, a freshman at Parsons, spends his free time photographing shoots he styled with his own designs, and recently worked backstage Brooklyn Fashion Week.
“I learned at Fashion U to be patient. No matter how good you are or how fast your career is excelling, you always have to wait for your time.” —DJiun Wang
Emily Costa is only a freshman at FIT, but already has her own line, Rebel Redefined, that has been featured in NYLON and British VOGUE. She even got a shoutout from Teen Vogue publisher, Jason Wagenheim, during the conference.
“My secret weapon is reaching out to anyone and everyone in the industry. Send emails to people who you think may never respond and strike up a conversation with someone who inspires you. Just go for it, it may surprise you how many people want to help.” —Emily Costa