Hi Eva! I was wondering what you could tell be about the people behind the scenes at fashion shows... I went to the Fusion 2012 show yesterday (FIT vs Parsons) and I've always been someone who likes to plan events and basically every little thing I do in life and I was wondering how a person gets into planning fashion shows. I am a freshman at Hofstra University on Long Island currently studying business/marketing.
run, don’t walk, to your computer and start applying for summer internships at fashion PR and production companies now (although I suppose if you’re reading this you’re already in front of a computer). think about your favorite designers that show in New York: Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Oscar de la Renta (those are just a few of mine)—they all hire PR and production companies to stage and to execute shows. ideally, you’ll have an internship that can last through the fall (yes, you’d have to commute in. if it’s what you want to do it’ll be worth it… I once had an intern take a train in every other day from Philly!)—that way, come September, you can work a show and experience the extremely detail-oriented magic firsthand! ps: another reader asked me to name some PR firms and production companies… the cream of the NYC crop: KCD, PR Consulting, Karla Otto
hi eva. i have a ques and it's a matter of life and death! (at least for a shoeaholic like me) planning to buy a boots a size bigger. maybe even 1 1/2. jean michel cazabat leigh boots. that's the onlyy size left. planning to stuff it with insoles and to get pregnant just so my feet will grow bigger to fit in it. think i can pull it off? and how we find the right size for heels? i see bloggers wear them a bit loose. is that how u're supposed to wear them so that it won't blister? many thanks!
well, first of all, I don’t think it’s a good idea to get pregnant just so your feet will get bigger. imagine telling your child “mommy had you just to buy these shoes.” ^.^ (but good thinking). if they’re boots, you have more leeway. up to a size too big is fine, since you can pad them—I suggest a double pad approach (a full-length insert, then a second gel ball of the foot insert). they’ll probably be the comfiest boots you own! as for people wearing heels loose—um, no, that is not how they’re supposed to be worn. in fact, one of my deepest pet peeves is seeing shoes that are too big (as evidenced by girls clattering around like they’re five years old and they’ve borrowed their mother’s shoes) or too small (toe overhang, shudder)
Hi Eva! I love the jewelry you wear so I was wondering what you think of wearing different metals together? Also, what do you think is one type of watch that everyone needs? My one nice watch is a dkny ceramic watch and I wanted another classic one that will go with many outfits. Thanks!
I used to be really obsessive about only wearing one type of metal at a time (and usually gold, since it does look better on my skintone). then my dad gifted me with one of his vintage watches—it has a mix of gold and stainless steel. I adore the watch and think of him every time I wear it (which is almost every day). and since then, my bracelets are a mad jumble of everything: gold, silver, stainless steel, gunmetal—the more textures the better, I say! in terms of watches, I think there are two basic ones that people need (okay, not need. ideally should have): a sporty watch (sounds like you have that covered with your DKNY) and a classic, more refined dress watch for, well, dressy occasion (mine is a Cartier Demoiselle)
Hi there! :] Could you recommend a good foundation that I can find in drugstores? (The nearest cosmetic boutique is a really long drive for me, and I only go once every 5 or 6 months... and I really need foundation for an event this weekend.) Thank you so much!
there are so many great foundations sold at drugstores. my first question, however, is are you sure you need a foundation? I find that most people don’t actually need a full coverage foundation. what they need is a tinted moisturizer (all over to even out) and concealer (to use around the nose, which tends to be ruddier, and then to spot-correct). but, back to the question at hand, CoverGirl’s new Nature Luxe foundation is a nice texture—very light and buildable coverage. I like Maybelline Fit Me as well, it has a wide range of shades for every skintone. and whatever brand you opt for, try to purchase it from a drugstore (like CVS) that has a satisfaction guaranteed policy. that way you can take it home, test out a few shades, and take back the ones that don’t work!
I am interested in being a fashion journalist or something connected to that. What does a fashion journalist typically make though? Everyone tells me that I should find another job that pays more.
working as a magazine writer will never make you part of the 1% (or even the, say, 10 percent. or 30 percent). will you make enough money to get by? yes. will you have some really fun perks? yes. will you be swimming through your money Scrooge McDuck style? no. but—take it from me—if you take a job purely for the financial reward with no regard for your passion, you will be unhappy and it won’t be worth it. you’ll spend your days wondering ‘what if? should I have…’ and that is no way to live
hi!:) i want to be a model and i was just wondering if u knew any good modeling places in il. because I have been to some and they wanted me to pay like 650$ and i also heard it was a scam,let me know if u know any, Thanks!
the first thing I’ll say is that if someone ever stops you on the street and says, “hey, you’re gorgeous, you should be a model”, you should be flattered. if he/she then says “now, give me $500+ dollars”, you should be suspicious. the sad reality is that there are scam artists out there who are making a living off of the dreams of young girls. if someone wants to represent you as a model, they will most certainly invest in your career—not charge you for a portfolio or consultation. your best bet is to do some research on the feeder or satellite agencies in Chicago for larger agencies in NYC. and—while I think modeling is a great short-term career—dream up some other ways to work in the fashion industry in the long-term. modeling is rarely a life-long gig… but fashion writing, styling, marketing, etc can be.
Hi Eva! I love your blog so much that it inspired me to start my own! Do you have any tips on how to get more followers, or advice about blogger etiquette? Thank you!!
aw, thank you! well, everything I know about blogging was learned on the fly—so, basically, my first piece of advice would be to just start posting, period. the amazing (and somewhat scary) thing about social media is that it’s constantly shifting. there’s a lot of room to try new things (polyvore! pinterest! youtube! tumblr!) and if they don’t stick, so what—onto the next thing. my second piece of advice is to be consistent. post regularly, post often, and find your voice and passion and let your blog speak to it. for me, it’s beauty, fashion, nails, shopping (all the great things in life, ha). be social with other bloggers and repost (always give credit where it’s due). and, to borrow Nike’s catchphrase, just do it. if you have a passion and an eye, the followers will come