Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Fashion SparkNotes 1/30/2018

The New York Times covers another round of fashion musical chairs. Hedi Slimane moves to Celine.

Get inspired by Katrina Lake’s retail uprising on Fashionista

Read The Cut’s review of Constance White’s book, “How to Slay.”

The Business of Fashion lists the best luxury brands of 2017.

Are the merchandise from The RealReal really real? Racked further investigates. 

W Magazine: Move over French girls, Stylish Scandinavians are on the rise. 

Check out StyleCaster’s review on the best red carpet looks from the 2018 Grammy Awards.

Friday, January 26, 2018

A Fashionable #FBF

Happy Friday Fashionable Collegians,

I hope all is well. I took a trip down memory lane and came across this picture of my younger sister, Sade and myself at her graduation from UPenn’s School of Social Policy and Practice. Prior to attending UPenn, Sade attended Cornell University as an undergraduate. This Fall, Sade will be heading back to UPenn to begin her career in law. So proud of her! I know graduation day is a few months from now for some of you, but wanted to share this picture for inspirational purposes. Graduation day is just around the corner. Please remember to savor these last few months, strengthen your friendships with your peers, be diligent about your studies, and try to explore the things you’ve been putting off for ages. Trust me, you’re going to miss these moments when they are gone. “Adulting" is no joke! Ha!

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Fashion Internships

Morning Fashionable Collegians,

I hope your year has been off to a great start. If you haven’t already begun looking for summer internship opportunities, this is the perfect time to begin researching and applying to internships before the Spring semester gets a little hectic. Though most fashion internships aren’t as structured in comparison to finance and tech internship programs, I strongly suggest working on securing your summer internship soon rather than later, as most of the well-known internship programs have earlier deadlines and limited spaces. On the contrary, if you prefer to intern for a small boutique company instead of well established one, then it is possible to wait a little longer. Either way, it wouldn’t hurt to get this squared away so that you have one less thing to worry about! lol!

Below are some helpful tips and tools to get you started on your successful journey to find a fashion internship.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me or leave a comment on this blog post.

Good Luck!


Searching for an Internship:

Though you can apply for an internship directly on the company website, I’ve listed some of the popular fashion internship search engines that are super useful in helping you find an internship:


In addition to reaching out to career counselors at your school, you can also look in the TFC Career Development Center section of the blog for additional resources.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Fashion SparkNotes: 1/10/2018

Business of Fashion: H&M apologizes over racially insensitive, “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” Ad.
#GirlBoss crush. The Cut interviews Anastasia Soare (aka the Queen of Beauty).

WWD: The future of retail.

The NY Times: It’s bigger, deeper than "Street Style.”

Fashionista discusses the implications of NOT asking, “Who are you wearing?” on the red carpet.

Check out Racked’s review on Universal Standard’s plus-size activewear collection.

The Cut covers Cardi B’s style evolution.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Fashion Books to Read During J-Term Break

Hey Fashionable Collegians,

Happy New Year! I hope all of you had an amazing time ringing in the new year with your loved ones. January Term Break (oh, how I miss thee), is a perfect time to read for leisure. Below are some books I would like to recommend reading while you’re on January Term Break. I grouped the books based on informational books on how to get into the fashion industry, biographies of notable fashion industry insiders, and fictional books with a fashion flair to them. 
Happy reading!

Fashion Career Advice:
Still trying to figure out what you want to do in the fashion industry? There’s loads of different career paths in the fashion industry from working at a magazine to working in corporate retail. Below are some really good books to help you navigate the right career path for you:

1-Mary Gehlhar, “The Fashion Designer Survival Guide.”

2-Leslie Davis Burns, Kathy K. Mullet, and Nancy O. Bryant, “The Business of Fashion.”

3-The Teen Vogue Handbook: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion.”

4-Annemarie Iverson, “In Fashion: From Runway to Retail, Everything You Need to Know to Break Into the Fashion Industry."

Biographical Books:

I love reading biographies of fashion industry insiders as it most often than not, provides inspiration on how to navigate the fashion industry. Plus, I love hearing nostalgic stories of the inner-workings of the fashion industry 20, 30, 40 years ago. Below are some of my favorite biographies:

1-Diane von Furstenberg, “The Woman I Wanted to Be.”

2-Andre Leon Talley, "A.L.T: A Memoir”

3-Sophia Amoruso, “#GirlBoss.”

4-Grace Coddington, “Grace: A Memoir.”

5-Diana Vreeland, “D.V.”

6-Alicia Drake, “The Beautiful Fall: Lagerfeld, Saint Laurent, and the Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris."

*Kelly Cutrone, “If You Have to Go Outside.” This book is both bigraphical and offers great career advice. It’s a must-read if you need you still need some guidance on how to have tough skin in the fashion industry.