Teen Vogue Fashion University

 

I can’t thank Teen Vogue enough for such an incredible weekend. It’s clear they are a publication that throughly cares about their readers and the future of fashion. This weekend at Teen Vogue Fashion University, I was a part of the Business of Fashion Program. TVFU provides us with fabulous speakers and networking opportunities throughout the weekend.

We started off Friday night at the Express in Times Square for the TVFU kickoff party. The wonderful Marketing and PR women of Express were in attendance along with some of the greatest minds of Teen Vogue.

On the first official day of TVFU, we were mentored by a handful of incredibly successful industry mavens. I learned important tips from experts dominating the blogger field from the women of WhoWhatWear, fashion show production insight from LDJ, the key to publication success from Jason Wagenheim, launching an online store with Carol Kane, and fashion entrepreneurship from Jessica Simpson.

Sunday morning, one of the greatest PR career women spoke, Erika Bearman of Oscar De La Renta. I have so much respect for her drive and success reached at such an early age. It was an extremely inspiring moment to actually be able to hear her best advice about the industry and have the chance to meet her.

Every person, whether it was an student, editor or business maven, was so open and willing to help each student succeed. TVFU ignited my love of fashion and the industry even more than I thought possible. I’m SO grateful for the opportunity to have heard such great insight and network with current/future industry leaders!

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Her Campus College Fashion Week

This past weekend, I attended College Fashion Week put on by Her Campus media. I’ve recently joined the Her Campus Bloggers Network, so this was a great opportunity to become more involved with the company. Chicago’s College Fashion Week took place at the Revel Downtown located in the loop. As guests arrived, they were greeted with free trials and gift bags from the lovely sponsors. Bare Minerals offered make up touch ups, TRESeme gave guests the chance to have their hair styled, and Boohoo had items from their fall line set out for viewing. An array of Luna bars, VitaCoco, and caffeinated waters (What could be better than caffeinated water!?) were offered to guests as we waited for the show to start. It was the perfect time to socialize with other Her Campus members and college students from Chicago also involved in fashion and media.

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The looks in the fashion show were sponsored by Boohoo clothing. Their clothes are trendy and affordable, perfect for college students! The show was split up into three scenes to showcase the variety of styles offered by Boohoo. Imperial Styles had a cool edgy vibe. It perfectly embodied the military and athletic trend that is so huge for fall 2014. The pieces were great for a casual going to class look and ranged to more dressed up outfits for going out on the town. My favorite pieces were the olive romper, floral bomber jacket, and blush pink jumpsuit.

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Overall, Brooklyn Princess was my favorite segment of the show. The looks were girly and chic with an added twist of distressed denim, leather, and harem pants. I’m currently obsessing over all the faux fur this season, so the cream faux jacket they showcased was hands down my must have piece of the night. I also loved the long, cotton candy pink jacket. It’s a great coat to mix up the usual dark fall colors in the classic fall wardrobe.

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Woodlander is the epitome of fall fashion. It included dark wool fabrics, plaids, and fur. I especially loved the styling in this scene. The stylists reused pieces in completely different ways to show how versatile the pieces from Boohoo really are. The floor length oxblood sweater and fur vest looked fabulous styled with everything from dresses to distressed denim.

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College Fashion Week was such a great experience. It was amazing to see how involved college students were in the show. All the models were real college students from the area. Each girl was unique in size and shape, which truly showcased how perfect the clothes are for actual students. Performances from local students was also an aspect I really respected. I loved seeing how the Her Campus network brought students together to create an amazing night of fashion and creativity.

IMG_5298Leather skirt: $10.80 Forever 21/ Jacket: $10 (50% off sale) H&M/ Top: $14.80 Forever 21/ Knee Highs: $4 Forever 21