My name is Emily and I’m a college freshman–I know I still have time when it comes to finding a future job but am also well aware of the importance of internships. I’m a journalism student and my dream is working in the fashion industry in some way or another. Unfortunately I go to school in Oklahoma, which isn’t exactly a hotbed of fashion magazines. What can I do to build my resume while I’m still an undergrad and unable to travel to NYC? I’m interested in learning all I can about fashion in general, and your help is greatly appreciated!
I, like most fashion-obsessed college seniors, read your posts on Fashionista RELIGIOUSLY. I truly admire all of the help you are giving to young people looking to break into the industry, especially because I am one of them.
Luckily, I have been able to intern with great companies and get close to my bosses, where I gained tremendous experience working with editors and stylists. I am nearing the end of my college education (time is speeding by so fast I can’t remember what season we’re actually in!), and I am not sure when and how to begin looking for a full-time job. I scour the career websites, only to find offers either for internships or upper-level management.
What suggestions do you have for young people about to enter a tough job market and an even tougher fashion industry?
I am 12, but I look 15 or 16. Everyone has told me to be a model/designer all my life and I believe I want to start looking now. But I live in a little town named Conway, in South Carolina. We aren’t known for anything but being country. I was born in Washington D.C, so I know a little about fashion but I have no idea how to approach the modeling world or anything like that. My mom is very supportive and all but she has no clue either. What can I do to get noticed, and put myself out there?
I’m an 18-year-old community college student, working as a sales associate at a high end clothing store. It’s a great experience and I’m learning a lot. I’m thinking of expanding my fashion knowledge and possibly interning with a stylist. But I don’t know how to go about asking for an internship. I found one stylist I’m absolutely in love with, but I don’t know what to say in the email, or even if i have the qualifications!! I’ve only been at this job for a few months, and other than being a huge lover of fashion for the past few years, this job is my only real fashion experience. Advice? Suggestions? HELP! I really want this internship, if there’s even one available!
I’m a first year international marketing student at a university in London. I really want to pursue a career in fashion marketing, but unfortunately my uni does not offer internships for the first years students–not even advice.
How can I get into the whole London fashion vibe other than shopping? Do you know what an inexperienced but determined, fashion-loving girl can do?
Cheers and Thank you.
I want to look festive at my holiday parties, but I am so not a sequins kind of girl. Any ideas on how can make a cocktail dress look season-appropriate?
I absolutely love the holiday season for all of the reasons you have written into the column. It’s full of parties, sparkle, cocktails, and festivities! There are so many reasons to get dressed up and feel dazzling. A little bit of rhinestone, a little piece of fur, or a shiny patent accessory can holiday-ize even the most reserved look. I think that this time of year, it’s about piling it on – collars, necklaces, bracelets, headbands, bows, nail varnish, a glamorous shiny lip. What better time to dress yourself up like a present than the month where you might find yourself under the mistletoe?
That little black dress that’s been hiding in the back of your closet can make the foundation for a terrific party outfit.
I’m new to the fashion world as a fashion photographer and I’m working at a high fashion retailer, and I wanted to know how to match colors with people skin tones. What colors go well with light medium and dark skin tones?
Dear Filmster Ben -
We joke about it all the time at the studio, but if you want to invest in some home-grown 1980’s fashion knowledge, get yourself a copy of Color Me Beautiful immediately! I remember reading this as a kid to great discovery that I was an “Autumn.” Also makes for hilarious dinner conversation.
I’m currently a second year MBA student and a big fan of your column on Fashionista. I was working in financial trading for a few years and discovered that I hated it. So I came to school and realized I wanted to put my talents to use in fashion, which I love. However, the industry is really hard to penetrate and it feels like MBAs are not valued. Do you have any advice/suggestions for people who do not have a pure fashion background but would love to get into this industry? Any advice or even a word of encouragement is greatly appreciated!!!
Thanks for answering my letter! Anyways, I love that pants are “back” for fall, but I’m not sure what style to try. Are there any that you’re particularly fond of right now?
Yours, Currently Pantless
Pants are a basis for much of our collection, and I love them for many different reasons…. Whether it’s a swishy pajama pant, a severe cropped matchstick, or a loud floral trouser, pants can play to so many different figures and tastes.
I hope that this finds you well. So, I’m a vintage addict. My closet is filled with second-hand clothes, particularly stuff from the ’50s and 60s. I love the styles, but I’m sick of looking like a girl from my mom’s yearbook. Literally. Your clothes are sometimes vintage-inspired, but they look modern, too. Do you have any ideas of how I can make my look more modern without relinquishing that vintage flair?
Dear Vintage Addict -
So many of my friends are vintage addicts, too, and growing up in Seattle during the grunge years, there wasn’t ever a spare moment that we weren’t combing the Salvation Army and thrifting for fuzzy old cardigans and crumpled prom dresses.
There are are few sure-fire ways to make vintage pieces your own and a bit more modern.