And now, a note from Faran... Maybe this is dating me, but here's a list of the Nickelodeon shows I watched religiously: Hey, Dude! Salute Your Shorts Nick News with Linda Ellerbee The Secret World of Alex Mack None of these shows involved fashion, despite the fact that 11-year-old me was obsessed with W, Vogue, and Mademoiselle (again, maybe this is dating me). But now it seems Nickelodeon is climbing off the horses and summer camp flagpoles, and onto the fashion bandwagon. After its announcement of Lily Collins as fashion news correspondent, and after its Unfabulous star Emma Roberts signed a campaign deal for Dooney + Bourke, they crafted a TV show about a fashion company called True Fashion that hires a teenage girl to run their juniors department. The good news is that the girl will be played by Keke Palmer, the adorable star of Akeela and the Bee seen at left. The bad news is that... well... maybe it's not "bad" news, but do you want your 11-year-old daughter or sister having fantasies about working in fashion? That's a loaded question, and I'm grateful and thrilled to actually work in the fashion industry, but still - worth discussing. And for the record, here are the Nickelodeon shows I watch religiously now: iCarly Drake + Josh The Backyardigans - I can't explain it, I think the spooky cartoon hippo is amazing. xo F.
Business Casual: Focus On Fashion Start-Ups
Kendall is a former fashion editor who has written for NYmag.com, Lucky, InStyle, and NBC. She recently scrapped that glamorous life and is pursuing an MBA at MIT Sloan, in hopes of becoming an entrepreneur. I’m sitting on my couch, struggling to focus on how to begin writing. But, I can’t pick among any of the what-am-I-doing-here moments I’ve had recently to start with. To be blunt, my life lately has been crazytown. Meeting with one of Pinterest’s co-founders. Shaking hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Playing with robots at Intuitive Surgical. Touring Sequoia Capital’s office. Listening to Polyvore’s CEO. Though these experiences might appear varied and disconnected, one motif binds them all: entrepreneurship. A driving force in my choice to go to business school was to learn more about entrepreneurship in the hopes that (gulp!) I could one day start my own venture. A quick and obvious counterpoint to this is: why go to b-school? Join a start-up! Get real on the ground experience! That’s great for some people. For me, I wanted an MBA. After all, I decided to go to b-school when Gilt Groupe rose to fame, and just as Rent the Runway and Birchbox were starting to--both of which were started by Harvard Business School women. While magazines were on the decline--losing advertisers, cutting staff--things were getting exciting in the start-up world. Today, the lid’s been blown off.