Monday, June 6, 2011

A Defining Moment

Moving to New York has by far been one of the best decisions of my life. I feel like I've spent the last 7 months (down to the day!) just trying to absorb this new life that I've created for myself, completely independent of my family. November to December was spent just adjusting to taking the bus or subway to and from New Jersey or Brooklyn into the city and adjusting to a new job and finding an apartment and furnishing said apartment. January to April was a lot of dating boys, a lot of drinking and no sleep!

Since this is, in fact, a blog about my fashion adventures, I'll just cut to the chase. I started my internship at Aviva Embroideries at the beginning of March and have since been working 35 hours a week at Macy's and 13 hours a week at Aviva- hence the no sleep. In the past, when I apply/pick internships, I tend to pick ones that are a little obscure so I make sure I learn something I would never learn in school. Alchemy Goods used recycled bike inner tubes to make messenger bags; Sheer Style did a lot of design, sourcing, and production for start-up design companies; and Crescent Down Works made down-filled outerwear. When I saw the ad for the internship at Aviva on Craigslist, it was no different. I soon found out at my interview that I would be helping to design swatches with beaded and sequin motifs, combined with fabric flowers to create pieces that would then be sent to designers to be chosen and used in their collections. In the nearly 3 months I've been there, two of my swatches have been chosen by Reem Acra and Monique Lhullier to be used in a future collection! (Pictures to come if I get permission.)

This past week, I made a very important decision in regards to working on my own line. For a long time I told myself that I wouldn't try promoting my own line until I had AT LEAST 5 years of real industry experience. Working at Macy's has made me want to break away from upper management authority a little and has made me realize that I'm only young once so why not just promote my own line while I'm young and crazy and can get away with it?! I even tried out for Project Runway last month at the open call here in New York! In light of recent events I've realized that while I may get distracted by a lot of things in this enormous city, I really came here to do one thing: advance my career in fashion. So I made a big decision last night that I plan to stick to: show my Spring/ Summer 2012 capsule collection during New York Fashion Week. NOW, an important thing to remember is that when I say "show my collection during NYFW", I am not under any sort of sick delusion that I will be showing at Lincoln Center alongside Anna Sui or Oscar de la Renta. I simply mean that I want to, either be involved in a fashion show with a number of different up-and-coming designers, or find a venue to have a viewing party during NYFW.

Since I wrote about my big plan on here, that means that you, my MANY (cough) followers, are now being held accountable to make sure that I follow through! I will update, step-by-step, my design process here (complete with pictures!) so no one can make a liar out of me!

And since my Blogger visits seem to get further and further apart, I will leave you with photos of a couple projects; an illustration of a blazer I recently designed and a little something I made for my Project Runway audition:

Stay tuned!

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