Hi Eva! Im interning at a fashion company here in my country that runs an online shopping website, like Net-a-Porter. Any advice you can give me while interning? I'm naturally a shy person, it gets so overwhelming to be in such big crowds at fashion events where everybody knows everybody, I'm still adjusting to it though!
I hear you! I felt the same way when I first started out in the business. here’s a little secret: no one actually knows that you’re shy if you don’t present yourself that way. I’m not saying you should be loud and obnoxious, just able to mingle and network with the best of them! fashion favors the bold—or at least the ones willing to take a chance. even if you’re not feeling it, act confidently and be positive. and soon enough, you’ll actually feel that way!
hi eva! your blog is a true inspiration, as was your response to my question about personal style. i'm looking to buy my first chanel bag (!) and as a collector i was wondering if you have any favorites that really stand out or suggestions for a classic style that would be good for a first buy. thanks so much!
huzzah! how exciting for your first ever Chanel bag! I can’t lie—I am totally partial to the classic 2.55 shape in medium or large, depending on how much you haul around on a daily basis. the medium size is just enough for cell phone, wallet, keys, gloss. the large can fit a lot more. so it depends if you want a more precious/special occasion kind of bag or an everyday bag. also, there are two classic finishes: “caviar” which is pebbled calfskin (it is very hardy and doesn’t scratch) or lambskin which is buttery smooth and quite delicate. you can’t go wrong with either finish. it just depends what you want your first to be—and believe me, once you have one, you’ll still want the other. happy shopping!
I start Parsons this Fall and am really excited...I want to intern from the get go, what steps do you take? I mean, do you just show up at the magazine's office and say "Hi, I would like to intern" (LOL), or are there more professional approaches?
congratulations! Parsons is a fantastic school and a great first step towards a career in fashion. I love that you have such initiative and want to intern from the get-go but here’s my advice: don’t. wait until your second semester (so, like, January) to intern. I’m not sure where you’re moving from but it takes at least a few weeks/months to acclimate to city living and you should spend that first semester making new friends, settling into the (heavy) coursework, and immersing yourself into the student experience. as for how to get an internship, I’d hit up Parsons’ alumni office and see who they can put you in touch with! and, yes, there is a bit of blind faith/emailing that will go on. but be patient and positive—something will come up! enjoy!
hi eva ! :)
what was your major in college?
im very undecided on mine, looking for some guidance! :D
it is seriously more than okay to be undecided about your major—and even what you want your career path to be. I’m prime evidence of that! I was pre-med in college (then pre-law, then pre-I-Don’t-Know-What-Else) and really stumbled on magazines through my internship at Harper’s Bazaar. don’t feel like you have to major in fashion, journalism, or communications (I’m assuming you want to work in magazines or fashion since you’re writing me). major in what interests you and use that major (whatever it may be: art history, spanish, history, etc) to hone your writing abilities and your ability to communicate. that—and passion—will take you far and is what we’re looking for when hiring!
where do you draw inspiration when it comes to your personal style?
it’s osmosis: I’m surrounded by so many racks of amazing clothes here at Teen Vogue that I can’t help but be inspired! but my personal philosophy for clothing is simple: wear what you like. sounds silly and overly simplistic but I just wear what I like and am “feeling” at the moment. I rarely heed any “in or out” lists (they drive me crazy because, like, if you look really great in wide legged jeans—which I do not, by the way—they are never “out” for you). of course, I love a good trend (particularly feeling mixed prints and florals for summer) too!
Hello Eva :) If you want to work at a magazine, do you think that college is a must? Or do you think that interning at magazines is more helpful?
college is, I will admit, a total luxury. it’s crazy expensive. but, honestly speaking, what you learn from college isn’t about/in your homework, your major, or your thesis. it’s about learning to prioritize, to juggle your schedule, to deal with a new social situation—basically to learn about yourself. college is about deciding who you want to be and how you want to go about it. sounds cliche, but it’s true. so my long-winded answer is: no. it’s not a must. but it will help you in ways you might not expect. (also, if you go to college you’ll be able to tap into that network for the rest of your career).