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ASK THE EXPERTS

How important is networking?
Networking is important in any field but specially in fashion. There are a lot of people with talent but without contacts it is really difficult to get you name out there and get yourself known. It doesn’t really matter if the contacts you make are not from the same profession as you, every person you meet in fashion can be of good help in the future.
What is the worst part of your job?
Probably when things don’t end up happening like you expected. You work really hard for a project and then something goes wrong and you have to change it and it is just disappointing to see it go wrong. But it has barely happening in my case so I would not say that there are a lot of bad parts in my job. In the end, if you don’t love what you do and your job then you should probably consider changing what you are doing.
How do I find my personal style?
This is hard to answer because it depends on the person but I think you just have to think about what you like, what trends do you like to wear... However, everyone has their personal style, even if you don’t realise it, by wearing what you wear you already have your own style.
How did you get into the industry? Was it easy? By chance?
It wasn’t the hardest thing but it wasn’t easy either, I had to get out there and get rid of my shyness. I went to different fashion houses showing my portfolio until one of them agreed to an interview and took me in for an internship, after this I worked hard and I started working for them. So I would say you have to work hard to get where you want and have to get yourself out there and go door to door with your portfolio, but it definitely is not as hard as they put it to be, at least in my case. However, to actually succeed and have your own brand and a big name in the industry, that is another story.
How important is networking?
Networking is important in any field but specially in fashion. There are a lot of people with talent but without contacts it is really difficult to get you name out there and get yourself known. It doesn’t really matter if the contacts you make are not from the same profession as you, every person you meet in fashion can be of good help in the future.
What is the worst part of your job?
Probably when things don’t end up happening like you expected. You work really hard for a project and then something goes wrong and you have to change it and it is just disappointing to see it go wrong. But it has barely happening in my case so I would not say that there are a lot of bad parts in my job. In the end, if you don’t love what you do and your job then you should probably consider changing what you are doing.
How do I find my personal style?
This is hard to answer because it depends on the person but I think you just have to think about what you like, what trends do you like to wear... However, everyone has their personal style, even if you don’t realise it, by wearing what you wear you already have your own style.
How did you get into the industry? Was it easy? By chance?
It wasn’t the hardest thing but it wasn’t easy either, I had to get out there and get rid of my shyness. I went to different fashion houses showing my portfolio until one of them agreed to an interview and took me in for an internship, after this I worked hard and I started working for them. So I would say you have to work hard to get where you want and have to get yourself out there and go door to door with your portfolio, but it definitely is not as hard as they put it to be, at least in my case. However, to actually succeed and have your own brand and a big name in the industry, that is another story.
Are there ways to make luxurious fashion more accessible?
Of course, collaborations are the easier way to do it. Take for example HM, they are not a luxurious brand, but they find brands like Moschino, Balmain or Giambattista Valli that are high- end and couture and collaborate with them to make their clothes more affordable for people. However, if collaborations are not your thing then vintage shopping or thrift shopping would be the best option to get luxurious items for a cheaper price.
What options do I have in terms of careers within this field? Where do I start?
There are a lot of options, loads of things to do. I would say that you should start by researching and finding something you love and then just get started, if there are course at university for it the great, and if not, then find a course that you would think that could get you there and after it start with internships and getting your networking started. It is stressful to think about what you want to do in the future but you just have to find your passion and something you would not mind doing as a job. That is the best advice I can give about this subject.
Is creating clothes about wearing them or about art?
It obviously depends on what brand we are talking about. I think all designers think of their collections as art, and that is how everyone starts, but you cannot compare Zara to Elie Saab. Both brands make clothes but Zara is about commodity and practicality while Elie Saab is about the art and creating collections for red carpets and events that one would not have on a daily basis.
Are there ways to make luxurious fashion more accessible?
Of course, collaborations are the easier way to do it. Take for example HM, they are not a luxurious brand, but they find brands like Moschino, Balmain or Giambattista Valli that are high- end and couture and collaborate with them to make their clothes more affordable for people. However, if collaborations are not your thing then vintage shopping or thrift shopping would be the best option to get luxurious items for a cheaper price.
What options do I have in terms of careers within this field? Where do I start?
There are a lot of options, loads of things to do. I would say that you should start by researching and finding something you love and then just get started, if there are course at university for it the great, and if not, then find a course that you would think that could get you there and after it start with internships and getting your networking started. It is stressful to think about what you want to do in the future but you just have to find your passion and something you would not mind doing as a job. That is the best advice I can give about this subject.
Is creating clothes about wearing them or about art?
It obviously depends on what brand we are talking about. I think all designers think of their collections as art, and that is how everyone starts, but you cannot compare Zara to Elie Saab. Both brands make clothes but Zara is about commodity and practicality while Elie Saab is about the art and creating collections for red carpets and events that one would not have on a daily basis.
Is it a positive industry to work?
Well, I think all industries have their ups and downs and fashion is not less than the others, but there is definitely a stereotype about this industry that I have not seen yet. Of course there are exceptions and it is a really competitive place to work, but it is not negative like people say it is. Everyone I have worked with are always really friendly and open to help, specially at the beginning, but it is a very busy industry and everything need to work by the clock so it can seem a negative environment sometimes if there is a lot of stress around.
What are the perks of working in fashion?
If you are someone who like fashion and clothes then working in the industry to begin with is already great, but it depends on the job. If you work as a designers then getting your collections out there and seeing people wearing them makes you feel great. Though, in general I would say that traveling, getting to know all these amazing and inspiring people and some of the best perks, and if you are lucky enough sometimes you get to work with people you have always looked up to.
How are trends established?
I would say that when you see more than three big couture houses with similar aspects in their collections for a season that is when you know a trend is going to be established. In the end, all the high street brands do is take all these aspects from the fashion weeks and put them in their designs to make them more wearable. There are loads of ways to see what is going to be “trendy” for the next seasons, there are websites that brands work with to see it. However, even though the brands are the ones that take these trend into reality, it all depends on what the trend forecasters think is going to be on. So there is a lot of process behind a simple trend.
Is it a positive industry to work?
Well, I think all industries have their ups and downs and fashion is not less than the others, but there is definitely a stereotype about this industry that I have not seen yet. Of course there are exceptions and it is a really competitive place to work, but it is not negative like people say it is. Everyone I have worked with are always really friendly and open to help, specially at the beginning, but it is a very busy industry and everything need to work by the clock so it can seem a negative environment sometimes if there is a lot of stress around.
What are the perks of working in fashion?
If you are someone who like fashion and clothes then working in the industry to begin with is already great, but it depends on the job. If you work as a designers then getting your collections out there and seeing people wearing them makes you feel great. Though, in general I would say that traveling, getting to know all these amazing and inspiring people and some of the best perks, and if you are lucky enough sometimes you get to work with people you have always looked up to.
How are trends established?
I would say that when you see more than three big couture houses with similar aspects in their collections for a season that is when you know a trend is going to be established. In the end, all the high street brands do is take all these aspects from the fashion weeks and put them in their designs to make them more wearable. There are loads of ways to see what is going to be “trendy” for the next seasons, there are websites that brands work with to see it. However, even though the brands are the ones that take these trend into reality, it all depends on what the trend forecasters think is going to be on. So there is a lot of process behind a simple trend.

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