I just got my JD but I know law is NOT my passion. Do you think an MA in Luxury & Fashion Management (from SCAD) would be helpful for a behind-the-scenes fashion job? (i.e. Fashion PR, Buyer)? I have no experience in fashion (unless you count a fledgling blog and a shopping addiction lol). ANY advice would be SO SO appreciated! Thank you!
congratulations on your JD! but if law isn’t your passion, uh, don’t do it! I was pre-law for a hot second and even worked at the law firm Cravath, Swaine, and Moore and to be totally honest… I was miserable. I couldn’t shut off the part of my brain that dreamed of magazines. I was lucky because I made the leap back into magazines after only 8 months but in your situation a MA from SCAD will be a good bridge to fashion. once you get there, I’d try to start interning and networking immediatly because you have some catching up to do!
ps: don’t under-estimate the power of your fledgling blog. you never know where it could take you. just look at Sea of Shoes, Tavi, Bryan Boy, and Sartorialist! ;)
hi eva! do you know anything regarding a fashion buyer? (like how to get started/ knowledge i should have?)
have a nice day! :)
this probably won’t be the exciting, insider secret-y answer you want to hear, but I think working on retail on the sales floor is a great, great way to start. why? because you’ll see firsthand what people like, what people want, and how people react to clothing. I worked in sales in college at J.Crew for a summer (long story involving wrecking my dad’s car, eek) and that experience really helped me understand fashion in a different light. besides retail, I think interning at a large retailer’s corporate office would be a good way in. and when you do get that assistant position in a buying office, bear in mind you’ll be starting small. many people start out by buying, say, hosiery or lingerie before “graduating” to denim, and then to womenswear, etc etc. so be patient!
What are your favorite tumblr's to follow!? I also ADORE your tumblr, you;re fashion sense is unreal. <3
thanks! the usual suspects: Teen Vogue (duh), The Coveteur, Net A Porter, Oscar PR Girl, Tibi, Vogue… I also love following all the models like Behati Prinsloo, Coco Rocha, Hyoni Kang. GQ’s tumblr makes me laugh, they have great snarky replies to everything! and fellow Teen Vogue beauty teamster Laurel Pantin (1010Woodland.tumblr.com)
I met you a few times at various teen vogue events from the beauty awards breakfast to Fashion University and have to say that I am a huge fan of you not only because of your style, but because of your dedication to teenagers like me who aspire to work for Teen Vogue someday. I am always being asked the question of what my personal style is and have such a hard time answering because I am always trying new things. I will wear boyfriend jeans and aviator sunglasses one day and a pink, ruffled, sweetheart dress the next. After looking through your very fashionable photos of your outfits, I noticed you wear different trends from day to day too. What would you describe your personal style as, and what did it take for you to find it?
life is so short and full of trends, why not try them all? some days I’ll be dressed ultra girly or ladylike, other days minimal, other days quirky. I wear whatever strikes my fancy—that’s my personal style, haha. my advice to you is to dress to make yourself happy—don’t feel like you have to wear something because everyone else is, or like something just because a magazine tells you to. there’s no such thing as “in” or “out”—there’s only feeling good :)
Have you ever been discriminated against because of your race? How would you encourage other Asian girls to stand up and be proud in western societies?
I haven’t actually ever been discriminated against because of my race at work. I think, perhaps, it’s because there are so many Asians in fashion and publishing already (Vera Wang, Derek Lam, Phillip Lim, Janice Min, Alex Wang, etc). if you’re dealing with discrimination, remember that it’s a reflection of the discriminator’s ignorance and plain stupidity. rise above it—your belief in yourself and your culture (whatever you identify with!) is what matters
Hi Eva! Love your blog, it reads like a magazine. =) Question for you: what is your favorite lipstick: color, brand, texture? Thanks!
too many to name! lately I love Chanel Coco Rouge Shine in Rebelle. it’s like Lipstick Lite—it’s a bright red but goes on sheer and slightly glossy. it’s a great way to dip your toe into the world of red lipstick. I also love Tarte Lipstains because they leave gorgeous color without drying out lips, and they’re buildable so they can be light and airy or seriously pigmented! my two favorite shades are Amused (neon pink) or Lust (bright apple red)
Have you ever worn sweatpants in public? Personally, I wear them on grocery store runs from time to time.
no, never. well. not never. I wore them in college! I’m more of a legging girl anyway. and it’s not like I don’t ever dress down. I look like a wreck on the weekends! to the point where my mom is embarrassed and asks if I’m trying to look like an “Oldson twin” :)
I'm going to college upstate new york next year so I'll definitely need a good pair of warm, waterproof boots for the wintertime but i can't find any that are fashionable and affordable. Can you suggest any brands?
you know what’s funny? everyone—and I mean everyone!—at Teen Vogue’s offices wore Sorel or LL Bean duck boots all winter long (even at snowy fashion week in February!). not the most fashionable footwear, but if you dress around them properly, they look chic! which means: skinny jeans paired with cool socks, or warm and woolly tights and a little skirt… not baggy jeans or, shudder, long johns. think apres ski!