It's no secret that looks matter in fashion - you don't have to be Gemma to get a career in clothes, but you can't pull a look together, you probably won't pull a resume together, either. But is that fair / ethical / legal? Yesterday, the Scotland on Sunday discussed the issue. Apparently there's an uproar over employers requesting photographs alongside resumes, a practice that only seems to happen for fashion jobs. Some within the industry claim they only want photos so they can remember whom they interviewed - but when Scotland's clothing chain, Cult, tried using that defense, they ended up on the wrong side of the law. A fashionable Scot says, "Firms ask for photographs from potential employees so that they can weed out candidates who they believe are less attractive, overweight or older." The other day, at that nameless dowtown boutique where I work, we debated the importance of attractive salespeople. Sometimes it's just about the clothes - do you look like the image you're selling? But sometimes, stores don't want a salesgirl (or boy) unless they look just like the ads - have you been to the Abercrombie store uptown? And then there were stories two seasons ago, when Dior Homme was hiring just one new sales boy, and the entire male population on Orchard Street went on the baby food diet before their interview. But that leads to another issue - pulling together an outfit may be required for your work (would you trust a stylist in a bad outfit?). But where does the line stop between looking good and just being good looking when it comes to your work in fashion? --BRITT ABOUTALEB
Sally's Styling Seminary: The Fashion Show Process Part 1--Looks
This past February I had the pleasure of working with one of my favorite menswear designers, Antonio Azzuolo, styling his Fall Winter 2011 presentation at NYC Fashion Week. Antonio has been gracious enough to allow me to share a photographic documentation of our working process for the presentation. Rather than writing a long description about the process, as I have for this column in the past, I thought it would be cool to show you guys the pictures we take each step of the way instead. This way you can begin to see how the process takes shape in the stylist/designer working relationship. The looks process is the first step of putting the show together. It is different from fittings because the stylist is trying the outfits on one model, instead of various models.The looks model starts to disappear, and a stylist can just see the clothes.