I’ve always loved Edie Parker’s bespoke clutches, but now I’m hooked. Parker recently teamed up with shoe maker Del Toro to create an emoji inspired collection. Emoticon loafers pair with corresponding tongue-in-cheek clutches for a very culturally relevant look. My favorites are ‘Queen Bee’ (a term of endearment from my mom) and ‘No Evil,’ but who can resist ‘The Shit’?
I’m a big fan of Sydney Evan’s unique jewelry often featuring precious stones and a variety of unexpected metals. This black rhodium and diamond safety pin bracelet is perfect for the fashion set.
Today I ducked into the New-York Historical Society to avoid the rain and was pleasantly surprised by an ongoing Bill Cunningham exhibit entitled Facades. NYHS has 88 original Cunningham photographs on display, mostly featuring his friend turned model, Editta Sherman, posing in period clothes in front of historic New York landmarks. The eight-year project began in 1968 and includes images of 500 outfits and over 1800 classic New York locations. The installation brings observers back to 1970s, showcasing The City as a gritty artist’s canvas, inspiring creativity in the most unusual way. My favorite image depicts Sherman, dressed in a lavish Victorian gown, ironically sitting in a heavily graffitied subway car. (Photo below belongs to NYHS, gifted by Bill Cunningham)
"He who seeks beauty will find it." -Bill Cunningham
Not just for Minnie Mouse anymore, bows are making a serious statement in women’s fashion this season. Below are a few of my must-haves.
Above: Alice + Olivia bow bag
Above: Marc By Marc Jacobs bow skirt
Above: MSGM bow crop top
When I tell people that I am a fit model they either assume I work as a fitness model or they mishear me and think I said foot model. I am definitely not either of these- my lingering gymnastics muscles are misleading and there is nothing small and dainty about my feet. Fit models are a very distinct breed of models, essential to the fashion industry while flying somewhat under the public’s radar.
Traditionally known as “fitting models,” fit models work as living mannequins. Because of this, we are required to maintain a specific set of measurements (or “specs”), just like our lifeless counterparts. One brand I work with measures 52 points (to the ⅛”) on my body once a month. Some of these numbers are areas human beings can control like waist and hip circumferences, but genetic measurements (such as arm length and shoulder width) can make or break a fit model’s career. So, if a model is fortunate enough to obtain these magic numbers, she is then able to work closely with designers as a fit model.
All brands use fit models. EVERYTHING you are wearing right now was developed and perfected on a fit model. If I walk into the retail store of a brand I work with, I will have tried on every style displayed, along with even more styles that were never produced commercially. Designers and clothing manufacturers hire fit models to make sure their garments wear as they envision. During a fitting, the model also tests to make sure the clothing is comfortable, easy to wear and is user friendly. I test pocket bags, hood shapes, embellishments, leg openings and overall ease of garments. Have you ever tried to put your hand in a pocket only to find that it is awkwardly placed or the bag was too tiny? This is the result of an inadequate fitting (or inexperienced fit model).
Partnering with so many creative professionals every day is inspiring. Fashion has been an integral part of my life as long as i can remember and I am so happy to make my mark on one of the most crucial parts of the industry. I love my job, even if most people don’t really know what it is.
Check out this ASPCA Tender Voices commercial featuring yours truly and my Chili dog.
I typically post a job/internship lead on Fridays, but today, I am sharing with all of you a MUST read if you want to break into this industry. Sisters Courtney and Britt Dunlop have teamed up to write an amazing guide on how to break into the beauty industry…
Who knows? Maybe this guide is the first step to helping you land a great internship or job in beauty, so get reading!
Always in fashion- VOTE.