We briefly introduced you to the Fiji Water Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week interns last week. Well, they’ve gone through a week of handing out water and hobnobbing with the likes of Anna Wintour and Mr. Joe Zee. We wanted to hear what they had to say and their impressions of Fashion Week as first-timers.
Jackie, 20, Ohio State University: Jackie would love to go into fashion PR or become a buyer. She loves the fashion bloggers (Rumi Neely, Susie Bubble, et al) and a stint at Teen Vogue’s Fashion University really solidified her desire to work in the industry. Her Fashion Week highlights? Seeing Anna up close at the Prabal show (her handlers accidentally shoved Jackie while trying to get Anna into the show, but Jackie didn’t mind because she got a polite word from Anna and also somehow touched her fur.) Jackie also got to see some amazing shows like Prabal and Charlotte Ronson, and was able to congratulate Rumi in person on her double win at the Bloglovin awards.
Brittany, 21, Millersville University (Lancaster, PA): Brittany wants to go into fashion marketing, and is busy climbing the ladder at Victoria’s Secret now. Seeing Gabrielle Union at the Christian Siriano show was a thrill for her, as was getting snapped by a style photog for Essence mag (wearing her outfit as styled by Fashionista!). She also loved the runway shows and has a new appreciation for how the industry works before clothes hit stores.
Alice, 25, University of California San Diego: Alice wants to go into fashion PR or marketing, and was able to network on this trip and line up an internship interview or two. Also, Nina Garcia took one of her Fiji Waters at Prabal, though Joe Zee politely refused at Donna Karan. Seeing the editors up close and watching what they do was a great lesson.
Meg, 20, Rider University (Lawrenceville, NJ): Meg is studying psychology and event planning (“Event people are crazy, so that’s a great combo,” remarked a source who shall remain nameless, upon hearing Meg’s major.) She would love to work in fashion, and seeing one of the biggest fashion events of them all was a tremendous lesson for her. “I didn’t realize how on-point and absolutely perfect everything has to be,” she told us. Seeing all the editors up close and realizing that they’re real people with real jobs to do--when they’re not being TV personalities--was an eye opener.
Last night the interns worked the Betsey Johnson show wearing red dresses and big heart earrings, which seemed appropriate for Valentine’s Day at Betsey Johnson--kitschy and fun. They had their makeup professionally done by Rosemary Redlin, then hit the tents to hand out Fiji Water to the weary fashion masses. Who knows what other fashion icons may knock them over?? Anything is possible during Fashion Week.