See you soon, New York

“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.” Thomas Wolfe’s eloquence with words perfectly explains the magnetism that is New York City. I must admit, it definitely did not take a mere five minutes for New York to have my heart.  The first couple weeks here were filled with too many accidental subway rides to Brooklyn, trekking the wrong way down avenues in the snow and monumental grocery bills. But that didn’t stop me. Some way, somehow, this Chicago girl found her home in the big apple.

Looking back on these last seven months, I can barely even fathom how much I’ve accomplished and learned at my internships, the KSU studio classroom and from the incredible people around me. You can truly feel the creative spirit and ambition in the air that engulfs the city and encourages you to push your boundaries. Throughout those seven months, I had the opportunity to learn from some of the most talented PR professionals in the industry, fulfill my dream of working New York Fashion Week, meet my idol Joe Zee, produce an entire magazine with classmates who turned into friends, (finally) learn the subway system, host an event for Teen Vogue, experience the beauty that is Postmates, attend the CFDA Awards amidst the industry’s top talent, simply enter the Vogue office (trust me, a fashion girl’s dream), write for NYLON’s September issue, create a zine, learn how to brunch like a New Yorker, attend Her Conference and meet some of my best friends.

Coming to New York, I didn’t really have any of my close friends embarking on this adventure with me; but as I’m leaving, I’ve made friendships with some of the most creative, empowered and driven people I’ve ever met. As electrifying as this city is, it’s the people that make it what it is. Every day I felt encouraged to better myself because of my inspiring supervisors, coworkers and classmates.

So, here is my love letter to New York. Thank you for helping shape me into the woman that I’ve always dreamed of becoming. And here’s to my final semester at Kent State: spending it with best friends, creating an incredible issue of A Magazine and living in the moment.

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A Night to Remember: CFDA Awards 2017

Throughout the years, attending The Fashion School at Kent State University has proven to be the best decision I’ve ever made. In my three years as a student, I have been presented with an incomparable education, passionate professors and a multitude of opportunities to emerge myself in the industry. The NYC Studio is one of Kent State’s most dignifying factors.

All thanks to the studio, I have been able to intern at the top luxury PR firm, Karla Otto, and NYLON, learn from working industry professionals, work New York Fashion Week and attend the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards. As Seth Meyers, this year’s host of the CFDA’s, would say, the CDFA Awards are considered the “Oscar’s of fashion”. He’s not wrong. I really explained it like that to my family and friends who had no clue why I was so thrilled to be attending some show titled with a mysterious acronym.

I sat in this ballroom surrounded by major industry leaders just thinking how lucky I am to have gotten to where I am today in just three shorts year. The amount of talent, drive and dedication in that one room held truly inspiring energy. What was even greater than the talent was the support. Even though there were awards to be given out, every person was there to support and celebrate each other’s talent. We’re all aware of the negatively catty stereotype surrounding our industry, but I have never met more uplifting and genuine spirits than those in the creative industries.

Of course, every CFDA Award Show is utterly groundbreaking, but I felt as this year really made an impact above and beyond the ordinary. The Board of Director’s Tribute honored Cecile Richards, Gloria Steinem and Janelle Monae’s incredible efforts for women’s rights and equality as a whole, which brought chills to the entire room. Kenneth Cole was also presented with the Swarovski Award for Positive Change for his noteworthy work with HIV and Aids. Upholding the legacy of Calvin Klein, Raf Simons was the first designer to win both Womenswear and Menswear Designer of the Year since Klein himself in 1993. Pat McGrath and Franca Sozzani were also honored for their work driving fashion towards innovative and acceptance for all.

The late Franca Sozzani worked as the editor in chief of Vogue Italia. Throughout her remarkable career, she had pushed the boundaries of fashion media for her time. Her issues of Vogue Italia had featured the first plus-size model on the cover as well as created the infamous July 2008 “All Black” issue. As someone who dreams of working as an editor, I have the utmost respect for the way she presented fashion as life and upheld the highest of standards for her magazine.

Many of the presenters served as an inspiration themselves. The infamous Anna Wintour, fashionista and girl boss Kerry Washington, style icon Nicole Kidman and the legendary Diane von Furstenberg all made appearances to honor the truly indescribable world of fashion.

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Change is Coming… And It’s Under 30

It’s no secret that the world of fashion is evolving at a rate so fast that some of us are even having a hard time keeping up. Although, change is ultimately what the entire industry is built on; that craving for the latest and greatest is never quite satisfied. With media playing such a prevalent role in our consumption of fashion, change is moving faster and more drastically than ever before.

Vogue recently posted an article titled “Change is Coming: 13 Talking Points for an Evolving New York Fashion Week”. Change has been a rapid influx since the “see now, buy now” model was put into place by various designers then followed by NYFW heavy hitters’, like Rodarte and Tommy Hilfiger, decisions to show in other markets.

All of this led to my interest in talking point #1 “Is NYFW optional?” and #3 “Is NYFW more important than ever?”. My initial impression to these ever changing formats, whether it’s “see now, buy now” or outlandish forms of presentations, like Opening Ceremony’s display at the New York City Ballet, is a call for attention. With the overabundance of media coverage, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of various forms of coverage. It has nearly become a competition of who can stand out the most.

With that being said, it is more important than ever that brands are participating in NYFW. This the most covered and reputable access point for brands throughout the year. Even though the market is so saturated, it is not worth missing out on the opportunity to stay relevant to the consumer. The various presentations are now focused on grabbing the attention of the consumers rather than professionals. Whether they gather their information from Vogue Runway or Instagram, an intriguing presentation will get a brand notice. This format has truly risen the bar and now is the time for designers to take advantage of the opportunity to shine.

This change is not only relevant at New York Fashion Week but within the fashion industry as a whole. A prime example of this is in Forbes 30 under 30 2017 Arts & Style list. These professionals are making waves in the industry with their innovations across all platforms.

Julia Gudish Krieger, 28, is the founder of VillageLuxe. She describes it as “Rent the Runway” for your everyday wardrobe. They offer high-end items to their customers like Hermes Birkin bags and Chanel boots. It’s become so popular that there’s actually a waitlist of thousands, and you need an invitation just to join. She’s found the perfect way to maintain exclusivity of their products while still making them more accessible to a wider market.

Another young professional bringing change to the industry is James Charles. He’s only 17 but has achieved the ultimate beauty rank of a CoverGirl ambassador. As the first male ambassador, he is opening doorways for beauty influencers of all backgrounds to reach success. In fact, he is only a high school senior and a self-taught makeup artist. He goes to show that with enough passion and determination, the sky isn’t even the limit.

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The Haul: Lower Manhattan

In opposition to my last NYC trip, this year I had the opportunity to explore more of lower Manhattan. I absolutely loved experiencing the unique personalities of each neighborhood. In Chelsea, we went into a urban chic store called Brooklyn Industries. I scored a little black dress perfect for almost any occasion. I’m clearly a huge fan of thrifting lately, and Beacon’s Closet in Greenwich was one of the best thrift shops I’ve ever been in. They had fabulous designers from multiple decades and almost everything in the store was under $50. It’s definitely a must if you’re in the area. I bought a RD Style sweater originally about $75 for $18, a Leifsdottir vest worth about $125 for $25, a beautiful cashmere sweater from Queue, and pale pink coat perfect for Spring from Agnes B originally priced around $350 for $45.10433113_10203830436705700_8742888351654341850_n

Black & Red

Red and black has always been one of my favorite color combinations, so needless to say this was an obvious buy. This combination always seems to be prominent around this time of the year especially. I thrifted this jacket in NYC for the colors and unique print, which is almost like a water color painting, except with darker hues. I styled it with my favorite leather pants, chiffon black top, and red pointed toe heels to continue the bright pop of color. It could be worn in a variety of ways, like over a dress for a perfect holiday party look.

 

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Jacket: $25 Twenty8Twelve (Buffalo Exchange)/ Leather pants: $22 H&M/ Chiffon Top: $14.80 Forever 21/ Heels: $30 Forever 21

Inspire Me: Olivia Palermo

With media playing such a huge factor in fashion nowadays, some of the most inspiring style icons are celebrities. We see their daring style choices on the red carpet, fashion events, magazines, TV, etc. I love watching to see what my favorite style icons are going to wear next! Therefore, I decided to start writing about style icons that I find most inspiring to my wardrobe.

For the first article, I chose to write about my all time style-inspiration Olivia Palermo. I swear I’ve never seen her in an outfit I haven’t liked. Olivia first came into the public eye on The Hills spinoff The City. She’s had numerous jobs working for leading fashion companies, such as Diane Von Furstenburg and Elle Magazine. She’s even been the face of Oscar de la Renta’s Outnet Collection and brand ambassador of the Maasai Project for Pikolinos.

Olivia Palermo is always dressed to the nines whether she’s strolling the streets of New York with fiancé Johannes Huebl or on the red carpet. These are a few of my favorite looks Olivia wore:

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This look is from Milan Fashion Week. I love the fur and pattern detail on this coat. She styled it to perfection with simple black pants and accessories.

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Olivia wore this to the Cannes Film Festival in France. The shimmery gold material looks stunning on the red carpet. I also                  love how she added the jacket for a different, fashionable touch.

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This look is perfect for spring. Olivia wore this to the Rachel Zoe runway show. The fit and flare skirt is fun, girly, and flattering. I found a similar one at Akira that I am dying to wear when the weather is warm enough. See here.

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Jumpsuits are so big for spring. I love how Olivia styled it with an edgy varsity bomber jacket. Jumpsuits are always something I’ve been nervous about wearing only being 5’4, but Olivia really owns the look despite her petite stature.

I could go on and on about all her fabulous looks, but I’ll stop here. Get her look here:

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