This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending Teen Vogue Fashion University 2010 in New York City. It was my first time at Fashion U, and I couldn’t wait to share my experience with Chictopia.
I applied for Fashion U this summer. The application process was fairly simple- I submitted 3 outfit photos, 3 sketches, and a short statement about my career aspirations. I was overjoyed when I found out in September that I had been accepted, and I quickly registered for classes. Out of many designer, editor, intern, and blogger seminars, I chose these…
Erin Fetherston ~ Reinventing the Juicy Tracksuit
The Bloggers ~ Jane & Judy Aldridge, Phil Oh, and Hannali Mustaparta
Getting to know mark. ~ Beauty and Makeup Company
Zac Posen ~ the Wunderkind
Plus, included with these classes (held in both the Hudson Theater and the Condé Nast building), were exclusive shopping events at Juicy Couture and H&M, and seminars with Vera Wang, Stacey McKenzie, and Ali Michael.
When I arrived for registration, right away I was given my money’s worth in swag. Every student received a LeSportsac tote filled with magazines, coupons, and product samples.
The opening address by Anna Wintour was very exciting. She is such an influential and well-spoken woman, and I think the whole audience was awestruck by how normal and nice she was. (definitely not the stone-cold witch she is often portrayed as)
My favorite seminar was Erin Fetherston, she is such a sweet and magical person to listen to. She talked about the evolution of her career, up to her recent collaboration with Juicy Couture.
Next were the fashion bloggers, who were all also very down to earth. They told stories, gave great advice about blogging, and took questions and pictures with students at the end.
It was at this time when I was literally walking within two feet of Amy Astley in the Condé Nast building. Wow. She looked fabulous in a sequined cardigan/jacket…wish I had stopped her for an autograph.
After that, I went to a beauty seminar and demo with mark. makeup, and then to see Zac Posen. I love his designs, and he is both ridiculously charming, witty and cocky at the same time. With good reason, though, I suppose. He is very young and extremely successful, for which I admire him greatly. He said something that really resonated with me, and that is that in the fashion industry, “you must push yourself to create a rarity.”
Finally, the keynote speaker was Vera Wang. She was incredibly kind and warm, and her life story is inspiring. She also looks fantastic for age 61!
The next day, every student attended a seminar about empowerment in a fast paced & competitive industry, with model speakers Stacey McKenzie (hilarious and engaging), and Ali Michael (soft-spoken but well-spoken).
I feel very grateful for this opportunity, and encourage other Chictopians to apply for Teen Vogue U next year. Here are some of my tips:
1. Take a good camera, and take pictures of everything and with everyone!
2. Buy the Teen Vogue Handbook and take it with you for autographs! (I so wish I had bought one to get autographs from Amy Astley, Eva Chen….)
3. Think of questions to ask ahead of time! All of the seminars I went to opened up for questions at the end.
4. Be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes early to classes if you want a good seat. Girls (and boys) are vicious when it comes to fighting for front-row.
5. Really plan your outfits. I only had about a day to pack, and I ended up feeling a bit underdressed. Go all out-heels, makeup, hats…whatever. Stand out!
6. Have fun! Hope to see you next year!