Looking back to a few of our old blog posts, it seems that we're losing our interest in fashion. Maybe yes, maybe not.
True, that we barely have time for fashion blogs, but that doesn't mean we stop trying to dress nicely. The truth is, our focus fashion of fashion has shifted. We're saying goodbye to #OOTD and hello to fashion retail.
As we're studying business, the idea of reaching out most people seeped into our mind. For long, we have been questioning the idea of style and brands, which is more important in fashion? Should people resort to faux products in order to be considered fashionable?
Not that we doubt high fashion. Many designers are incredible people in our eyes. Coming up with various ideas for every season is not something that everyone can do and they definitely deserve recognitions for that. Nevertheless, that does not mean that fashion should be seen as something that only people who can afford it to enjoy.
We see retail fashion gives as a way for fashion to reach outside those who can afford high fashion.
If we're about to do something regarding retail fashion, we think we need to dive deeper into fashion industry. Therefor, when C saw the Teen Vogue Fashion U 2013 advertisement in the magazine, she bought it was a great chance to get an introduction to the industry; meeting with those who have similar interest and learning from those who are experienced.
She was pessimistic that she would be accepted, considering her knowledge about designers and brands is at the low level, but she applied anyway. She surprisingly got in! Thus, with the motivation of thirst for knowledge, she flew by herself to NYC.
Words are not enough to describe how happy and thankful C is for being allowed to get such experience!
The session with Thakoon Panichgul was definitely memorable to her. As South East Asians, we adored Thakoon. He is an inspiration that is as if cheering to us that, "Hey, event though you're from half a world away, you can do it too!" In addition, we are more motivated knowing that he used to study business. He has successfully shown that possessing skills and knowledge beyond fashion can actually contribute to fashion itself and that, "Passion will find its way." - Thakoon Panichgul
The session with Dean Mickelwhite and Anna Wen from Express also stay intact in C's mind. After a whole day hearing from high fashion designers, C really looked forward into listening to what people from retail fashion had to say. From watching the introductory video, C had already liked the idea of a mass runway show that Express held at Times Square. Rather than exclusive and sophisticated, the show was sensational and enthusiastic. Attending the session only excited C's interest for fashion retail and she couldn't less agree with one of Anna Wen who stated that she liked the idea of having her creations in many stores nationwide and on various people on the streets rather than in particular places and on merely some people.
Last but not least, listening to Phyllis Posnick of Vogue, too, was memorable. We used to be cynical about magazines who refuse to use plus-size models, but as Phyllis Posnick mentioned, some large sizes may show unhealthiness. Thus, there's no harm really in consuming healthier food as long as we do it for our health instead of trying to ease away our physical appearance insecurity. We're doing it too! (At least we're trying our best)
On the side note, before flying back to Seattle, C decided to channel her inner nerd side. She visited the American Museum of Natural History, a place which she had always wanted to visit but P was never interested in.
All in all, an unforgettable 2-day weekend getaway for C!