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Your New Friend, Ed

*Disclaimer, I am doing this post because I strongly believe in Ed2010 and shamelessly promoting it, not to show off winning their trustfund (though I am obviously happy about that).

Ed2010 is an aspiring magazine editors best friend.  It is more than a club, it is a way of connecting with the magazine and fashion industry in a way I never thought was possible.  As well as the city chapters (and the main group of course) there are also on campus chapters at schools across the country.  My freshman year at FIT also happened to be the first year Ed2010@FIT was in existence (the four club officers who started it at FIT all have assistant jobs at well respected magazines now).

I was Secretary of FIT’s chapter of Ed2010 for a year and then this Fall semester I stepped up and became President.  The club meets on Tuesdays at FIT and we often have amazing guest speakers from magazines like ELLE, Teen Vogue, Nylon, Real Simple, Marie Claire, Glamour, and Time.  Most of the club members have internships at the best fashion magazines in the country (Vogue, ELLE, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Glamour, etc.) and we are all great at sharing internship tips and advice, and of course contact information.

People are always asking me how I got my internship at Vogue, and though the question really bothers me I simply say two things, Ed2010 and hard work.  I found out about four of my five internships from their constantly updated internship list.  Through my connections in the Ed2010 club I was able to get my ELLE internship which I really feel paved the way for all of my future ones.

Ed2010 also has this amazing “Trustfund” which unpaid interns in the city can apply for and get the chance to win $1,000 just for working hard and writing a fabulous essay, of course.  I found out about a month ago that I was this semester’s winner, and was elated (though maybe not as much as my parents were).  I have squeezed 16 credits into two days, intern at Vogue three days, and I work at Anthropologie on the weekends (shopping money) so getting appreciated for my time and effort is very flattering and really makes me strive to do my best work.

(Also, I was interviewed for the website which you can check out here.)

So everyone please visit the website if you are interested in magazines whether it be editing, styling, writing, or design it will definitely be worth your while.  And if you attend FIT come to one of our meetings: Tuesdays 1-2 pm room A336.

PS: We are having an Assistant Editors Panel Monday April 11 from 6-7:30 pm in room D523.  Check out the poster made by the lovely Nia of Live Glam or Die (our Publicity Officer) for more information.

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Daphne + FIT

Daphne Guinness and FIT have a healthy loving relationship, and this couldn’t make me happier. I went to the Japan Now exhibit currently at FIT, curated by the fabulous Valerie Steele, and was pleasantly surprised. The exhibit was impressive to say the least. Japanese fashion is not my favorite but I loved seeing the minimalistic avant garde design sense of Yojhi Yamamoto and Issey Miyake next to that of Japanese Lolitas and CosPlay characters. I thought the mix of these two vastly different styles was great.

But what I liked the most was this sign.
See that sentence at the bottom?  Yes, the last one that says, “Gift of Daphne Guinness”.  There were two of these but the guard stopped me before I could take a picture of the second one.

Daphne Guinness donates to FIT, to my school, to my institute of higher learning.

She is one of my fashion icons. Period.

And it gets even better than this.  The Fall 2011 exhibit at FIT is going to be Daphne Guinness’s couture collection.  I died a little when I heard this (in a good way).

I think it is so unbelievably generous of her to show her world renowned closet to the world.  One that she has been building for decades.  One filled with Alexander McQueen originals and Chanel and Vivienne Westwood…

Just one more reason to look forward to next Fall.

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A Little Lanvin Love

I have a thing for Alber Elbaz.   He is quite possibly the love of my (fashion) life. He can do no wrong in my eyes.  Elbaz is a master.  And he is mine.

Alber Elbaz

I have followed his career for years and have done countless projects on both him and the house of Lanvin while at FIT.  Lanvin (and its head designer, Alber Elbaz) is in my Top Three favorite designers. Ever.  And with his 2011 Resort show it is even more solidified.  I really don’t know how to describe how much I love this collection and how I want each and ever item of clothing hanging in my closet by the count of three!

I went in looking at the show hoping to find a few pieces to show here, and ended up with way too many.  So I then had to edit (remember I do want to be a fashion editor) and narrow down to my absolute favorite pieces.  Granted, this was very difficult, but I feel practice makes perfect, and I need to work on editing daily if I want to be editor-in-chief of Vogue by the time Anna Wintour decides to retire (or Grace Coddington accidentally pushes her out of one of Conde Nast’s windows).

Below are my favorites of the amazing show inspired by South America.  Many of the pieces are reversible or can be worn different ways, which personally I think was ingenious of Elbaz considering the economy.

He also threw some bridal into the mix.  Coco Rocha and Lara Stone can keep Posen and Tisci, Elbaz can design my wedding dress!  I loved them, each and every one.

Elbaz kept Resort fresh and flirty, flashy and fun, which is really what it should be.  These clothes are meant to be worn in St. Tropez, or  on a fabulous tropical island surrounded by colorful birds and beautiful shirtless men.  And though Elbaz can have a tendency to be moody, dark and powerful in his clothing (especially his Fall/Winter) this collection shows a different side of him which is equally as magnificent and creative.

Love Him!

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Day.26.

Your week in day in great detail.

I’ll admit, I have been dreading these final 30 Day Challenge posts.  My week in great detail?  My week really isn’t that fascinating, but I suppose I could try to be creative and make it sound fun and interesting.

I think since today is Monday, I should do my past week, which also happened to be my last week at both FIT and Elle for a few months.

Monday, May 17: I didn’t have class until 5 pm, where I only had to hand in my final paper, so this was a lazy Monday, the best kind.  I decided to go for a run in the gym to relax before my week of stress and studying.  After, I handed in my paper to my Strategic Planning teacher, he decided to read it then and there while I watched nervously.  He said that he was very impressed by it, garnering my paper an A.  Later I began studying for my Psychopathology final exam which would take place Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  Then I was in my friends fashion show dressed up like a “Sleeping Beauty” which was pretty fun and then I went out with another friend for sushi.  This is where I discovered sweet potato tempura rolls, a new obsession of mine.

Tuesday:  I had my Workshop in Direct Marketing presentation at 9:30 am.  It was a 30 min presentation in front of a panel of esteemed judges, who were not afraid to interrupt the presentation to ask questions and comment.  Then at 1 pm my photographer godfather, William Heuberger, took a picture of some of my friends and I for a project he is doing on FIT students.  After this I had to run to a lunch for new student tour guides, where I managed to eat a lot of lunch. Directly after this I had my last Creative Fashion Presentations class, where we looked at pictures and critiqued our amazing fashion show that we put on last Tuesday, which went flawlessly.  Then, since I couldn’t focus on studying for my exam, I went to the gym for about 40 minutes.  My Psychopathology exam began at 6:30 pm  and I was finished by 6:38 pm.  It was 25 multiple choice questions, and I studied for hours so I was not happy that it only took me eight minutes.  I studied for my morning exams for a few hours then paused to watch Glee and The City (only because they film it at Elle and I might have a cameo on it).

Wednesday: In the morning I had my Biology final exam, which was fairly easy, and then I had my Journalism final exam about an hour after it.  Since I was done with my freshman year at FIT I just lounged around the dorm reading magazines and catching up on tv that I had missed over the past few weeks.  That night my three roommates and I went out to dinner, as our last night together, at Serendipity, a.k.a. one of my favorite places in New York.

Carrot Cake and Frozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity.

Thursday: I had my second to last day at Elle today and had to train new interns for the fashion closet.  It was a busy day but so much fun.  I was really sad that the next day was my last.

Friday: My last day at Elle was bittersweet because I was obviously sad to leave, but it was such an amazing experience and I was happy to be able to go home for a few months to relax.  I met one of my roommates after work to go shopping in Herald Square and then we had amazing thin crust pizza and frozen yogurt.  That night, we packed for a few hours then had a mini Friends marathon.

Saturday: One of my roommates moved out early Saturday, so I was up since 9 am.  Then after cleaning my room, packing and showering my mother and brother arrived to move me out.  It was a bit stressful, but we were able to go to Whole Foods to pick up some of my favorite foods that I can’t get in Connecticut and we bought 30 bagels from Brooklyn Bagels, which I had the pleasure of holding on my lap for the 2 hour car ride home. Needless to say I ate one.

Sunday: Sunday was a leisurely day consisting of bagels and CBS Sunday Morning.  Then my best friend came over and we attempted unpacking my things, which resulted in getting two of my 12 bags unpacked.  Then we decided we are going to repaint my room this summer and rearrange it.  I also discovered that I have eclectic taste when it comes to room decor and that I want my room to look like a Parisian Anthropologie catalog.  I ate two dinners this night, one from my favorite Chinese restaurant and the other at my friends house, which consisted of homemade pesto pasta and salad.  Then I finished the night with my first trip to Dairy Queen of the summer and my new book The Girl who Played with Fire, by Steig Larsson.

So that is basically my week in great detail.  I hope it was interesting and gave a sliver of insight into my life, my Type A personality, love of food and, of course, fashion.

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A Fashionable Hotel

Apparently I am not the only one with fashion on my mind.  Wyndham Hotel group has just opened a new hotel on 26th St. and 7th ave. called Fashion 26.  Being just blocks from both the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Garment Center, the location is absolutely perfect.

The lobby is covered in art and photography and the front desk is reminiscent of an old fabric cutting table.  The New York Times describes the uniforms as, “Kangol hats and gray Nehru jackets, and desk clerks are in charcoal gray pinstripe suits over bright shirts.”  Kangol hats went out of style about five or six years ago, about the times LL Cool J decided to switch to “acting” and the Nehru jackets went out even before that, but the gray pinstripe with bright shirts underneath sounds chic enough.

Each of the 280 rooms are tailor made and unique.  There is even a chance to upgrade to the “Best Dressed Guest” suite, but I’m sure there will be some pretty stiff competition being in the Garment District.

A nice, unique touch that the hotel created is a friendly competition between FIT students. The website states, “Style Through My Eyes:Fashion 26 – A Wyndham Hotel has created “Style Through My Eyes,” a photography competition for students currently enrolled in Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T). Students will have the opportunity to submit their best work of and around the five boroughs of New York City. Winning photographs will be displayed at the hotel with recognition to each photographer, rotating with each semester’s winning photographs.”

Hotel Room

Art work made a spools of thread

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