Top: Express// Midi Skirt: Topshop // Purse: Michael Kors // Heels: Forever 21
Last weekend I traveled to New York City, for Teen Vogue's Fashion University. I can honestly say it was a weekend to remember. I met a lot of new friends and gained critical advice from the fashion it crowd. This included...
-Katherine Power and Hilary Kerr (Creators http://www.whowhatwear.com)
-Jessica Simpson (Singer, Actress, and Fashion Designer)
-Jason Wagenheim (Publisher of Teen Vogue)
-Lauire DeJong (Founder of LDJ Productions)
-Teen Vogue Editors, Amanda Meigner, Dan Koday, Lindsay Leaf, and Toria Garrett
-Carol Kane (Creator of Boohoo, http://www.boohoo.com/usa/page/home)
-Leandra Medine (Creator of http://www.manrepeller.com)
I thoroughly enjoyed all of the presentations, especially Jason Wagenheim. His panel was realistic, informative, and inspiring. I know I will be putting his tips to use very soon.
I started off my trip, Friday evening at the Express Kickoff Party. This party was held in times square in the Express store. Inside was Flash Tattoos, a lash bar, DJ Chelsea Leyland, bloggers such as Lua P from http://www.le-happy.com, and editors from Teen Vogue greeting all the students. One of my favorite parts of the night was meeting Andrew Bevan, style features director.
6:30 AM my alarm goes off and for the first I'm actually excited to wake up early. Check in began at 7:30 AM in the lobby of the World Trade Center (Condé Nast new home). After going through security, we went up 63 floors to get to our first panel, Katherine Power and Hilary Kerr. I'm not going to explain each presentation in great detail, but I will mention my favorite events from the day. When entering the first panel, there was metallic rose-gold and silver bags from Express sitting on our chairs. My love for gold brought me to chose the rose-gold toned bag and let me tell you, I'm currently obsessed with it. After two enlightening panels, lunch was served. As a business major at Fashion U, I was sectioned off with other girls who had the same interest. It was interesting getting their perspective on the fashion industry. My favorite speaker was right after lunch, Jason Wagenheim. Jason was extremely personable and made the whole room feel comfortable. He spoke about desiring to work in "this" business and how you have to get involved. "Teen Vogue, doesn't care if you have a 4.0 from Harvard, they want someone who is dedicated to the industry." His presentation hit home, since I'm currently not at a fashion school. After the panels had been finished, the editors hosted a mix and mingle. This gave the students the opportunity to ask questions and network with others in the same business.
Top: Express// Pants: Forever 21 // Blazer: Mural // Heels: Forever 21
The weekend went by so fast. However, the last day did not disappoint. Cool girl Leandra Medine, of Man Repeller, was fabulous. This panel was informative and just down right fun. Leandra has a personality that makes the whole room feel like her friend. I'm currently purchasing her book, Seeking Love Finding Overalls, as we speak. I also recommend checking out http://www.manrepeller.com, if you haven't already. It's filled with witty fashion tips that become quite addicting. After the presentation, we had officially graduated. However, I had a few things I wanted to do before I left Teen Vogue for good. I made sure I got connected with all the girls I had met over the weekend as well as asking my favorite presenter for a picture. Overall this weekend was such a success. I highly recommend attending if you have the opportunity.
Dress: JCrew // Heels: BCBG // Purse: Michael Kors // Coat: Nordstroms
P.S Here I are few other pictures from New York
(XOXO Gossip Girl)
Coat: Michael Kors// Shirt: Express // Scarf: Gliks // Boots: Vince Camuto