Intern Essentials - Part One

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Yesterday I finished my last day of my internship. I have spent the past 5 months interning in London for the fantastic designer Osman in his Waterloo based studio. It has been the most stressful, tiring and overwhelming experience of my life - but my God has its been worth it! I have learnt so so much, grown in confidence and made some great connections! Interning is a must for anyone wishing to climb the fashion ladder, no matter what area or department.

Here is Part One of my "10 Intern Essentials"

1. City Mapper
As a fashion intern you will without a doubt be running errands! Be it collecting fabric, dropping off Manolos to hottest socialites or delivering invites for Fashion Week. Which is why City Mapper is an absolute must-have! City Mapper is basically an app similar to Google Maps but a million times better. If I didn't have this app I 100% wouldn't be able to live in London. I have relied on it more than anything and it has been the biggest life saver ever! Plus its free! The app takes your current/ starting location, and tells you how to get to your chosen destination and the time it will take. It shows you the best routes to take whether its by foot, tube, bus, rail, taxi etc as well as keeping you up to date with live departures. I could do a whole post on how incredible and useful this app is (and probably will do in the future) because I owe so much to it. Make it your best friend!

2. Comfy Shoes
As an intern its unlikely you are going to have your own desk where you can sit down. Instead, you're going to be on your feet the majority of the day. You basically have to accept that as an intern whatever you do it will be on your feet and at high speed; so make this fact slightly less painful for yourself by wearing something comfortable. But remember comfy doesn't have to be ugly, just whatever you know you can last the day in. I opted for some simple black chelsea boots for winter and some tanned loafers in the summer as these were both flat and so easy to style in the morning. Theres nothing worse than hobbling down Oxford Street on a lunch time - the crowds of people are painful enough.

3. Plasters
If your haven't listened to my previous advice or maybe you're just breaking in your new soles -plasters will be your saviour! You would be surprised how many people don't carry them around. On my third day in the studio the operations manager went round asking everyone if they had any plasters and was getting incredibly annoyed  as no one had any. When I finally grew some balls and chirped up (she's quite intimidating) you'd have thought Id given her a winning lottery ticket! It made me come across as organised and prepared - two features you need in an intern. Keep them in your purse so you don't loose them. You don't know when you, or someone else may need some!

4. Canvas bag
When running around (blisterless) on your errands you will come across some irritating obsticles. I was sent out a couple of weeks ago to collect some things from Matches Fashion after an event. I wasn't told what I was collecting, I was just sent out. When I arrived I was presented with 8 pairs of Manolos and 3 items of clothing. "Shit, how am I meant to carry all of this on the tube!" Then I remembered my trusty canvas bag that I keep in my handbag at all times. Its lightweight and takes up no space at all plus it calms your nerves when you face a huge pile of shoe boxes that you, by no means would have been able to carry by yourself! Remember - Be prepared!

5. Oyster Card
I have seen more of London out running errands than I have on my weekends. Im not complaining at all, I love seeing London and going to places I wouldn't usually have planned to see and its all thanks to my Oyster card. If you don't know what an Oyster card is, then you have obviously never been to the capital. It is a small card that you can top up that pays to get you all around London on various methods of transport. Its great! Its light, small and means that your purse doesn't have to be weighed down with coins! In the coming months there will be no cash accepted on buses so seriously look into getting one if you're heading to London. There are a variety of ways to save money with the card whether its day passes, a student oyster or linking it with your rail card like I have done. I also went to Paperchase to get myself a cute little oyster case so that I don't loose it (plus look super chic at the same time!)

Check back for Part 2 of my 10 Intern Essentials!

Intern Essentials Part Two

6. Notebook and Pen
As an intern you will be given a million and one things to do by various people, all need to be done within an hour. Don't make the mistake of thinking you can remember it all - you can't!  People don't like to be pestered and answering simple questions because you didn't listen properly in the first place. So write it down. It makes it so much easier for you, plus you look organised and as though you really care about your job! It also makes it nice for you to look back at and remember what you did that day!

7. Simple Snacks
Although you are entitled to a break, you may be out over your lunch or maybe you just need a little bit of a pick me up in the afternoon. Something that has really helped me at work is keeping a little bag of nuts with me in my bag. It means that if I get a little peckish throughout the day then I can just nibble on a few and it lifts my mood right up, plus has really helped my concentration levels. No more grumbling stomach on the tube and its a healthy alternative to crisps or chocolate that won't go off easily.

8. Umbrella
I hope I'm drilling it in here that you will be out of the studio quite a bit, or at least I was - so you have to bring out that guiding phrase of "always be prepared." Lets face it, we live in England where the weather is sunny for almost 5 minutes a day. You may have coat with you, it might even have a hood - great! But thats not going to stop the designer clothes you are carrying from getting wet. These things cost money and it will be your head on the chopping block if they get ruined. Umbrellas don't take up much room or weight in your bag - you will thank me next time the skies open and your fellow intern is standing at the door to Net-A-Porter like a drowned rat!

9. Charger
As much as our parents/grandparents complain about it - we are always on our phones. These days they are a necessity, especially for an intern. You will be getting a lot of calls and texts while you are out with other instructions, places to go next etc. Think Anne Hathaway in Devil Wears Prada. So you need to make sure your phone is always charged! I have two chargers for my phone - one for home and one for on the move, although I have had a portable phone charger in my amazon basket for quite some time now. Again, its all about being prepared and carrying the right things. Think of me when you see Cara Delevingne when you're delivering invites and your phones dead so you can't snap a picture for instagram!

10. Smile
Little lame, but always wear a smile. It doesn't
matter how much you're boss is irritating you or how bored you are from doing the spring summer inventory - don't let it show. No one will want to hire you for a full time job if they think you're a miserable diva! They need to see that you are hard working and resilient. Some of the intern jobs suck - but we all have to do them, chances are if you're in a huff about it then you will be lumbered with more! Stick at it and it will most definitely pay off!

On The Ball

Sunday, 22 June 2014

With Wimbledon starting tomorrow, I thought it only right to do a tennis inspired post. The sportswear trend isn't really my style but court-side chic is something I can totally get on board with! Now before I scare you girls away - think Stella, think Victoria Beckham, think Jill Sander. If its good enough for these three - its most definitely good enough for me!

The reason why I love (get it) this trend so much is that you can totally work it to suit your style. If you're into the whole sportswear luxe thing you can seriously racket rock it, if you're more into the minimal “girlie” look you can make it work for you just as well. Its all down to how you style it. 

Hands up if you jumped on the recent skort bandwagon... Hands up if you went mad for the polo's when Jack Wills dominated the highstreet? Well congratulations, you've made the team! Pair these two items with some cute little plimsoles and you're set (I just can't stop). If you're lucky enough to have a skinny mini stomach get out your crop tops or if like me you’ve had one too many strawberries and cream maybe stick to a skater or simple shirt dress. Its that simple. My colours of choice would be white - daring but shows off your tan or keep it classic with navy. Its a great summer look thats both pretty and practical - just how I like it!

Heres a little set I made to show you guys how I would style it. 

*I do not own any of these photos

The Boyfriend Blazer

Friday, 20 June 2014

The blazer is a wardrobe essential whatever the season is, a timeless piece for both men and women which is why it makes it to the top of my shopping list. This year, like many, I am going oversized. We have seen so many “Boyfriend Coats” in the shops and on the catwalk its now time to steal their blazers too. No matter what your shape or style its perfect! It can be thrown over your LBD for more of an androgynous look or pair it with a slogan T-shirt and heels for “effortless chic”. Whatever you choose it will add instant cool to your look and you will earn some major fashion points this season.

My tip would be to raid your dad’s wardrobe or in my case, your brothers, before hitting the highstreet. Because they have been designed for a man, they aren’t tight fitting which is exactly what you need. The whole point of this staple piece is to look effortless and thrown together not as though you are a 50 year old office worker. Although, I would suggest rolling up the sleeves slightly so it gives the outfit a modern look.

Now, if your dad isn’t willing to part with his favourite jacket head to my favourite place at the moment – the charity shops! You can find some incredible blazers in there, many of which are by very good brands. Im still kicking myself for not buying a Phase Eight jacket for £10! (What was I thinking?) Make sure you go in with an open mind, look in the mens section too and try on! What may look like your Grandad’s blazer on a hanger could be your new found love at a very affordable price!

Be bold, be understated, be classic – its up to you. My colour choice at the moment would be White. Brave I know! But other colours such as Navy or Orange would look beautifully on trend teamed with a breton striped top and a pop of colour on the lips!

                                                             How will you be wearing yours this season?

*I do not own any of these photos

Osman Studio Spring Summer Resort 15

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Theres nothing I find more rewarding than seeing a design I've been working on made up and on a model; but when I see it made up, on a model and also featured on Vogue and thats when things get exciting! Dont get me wrong, working at Osman Studio can be quite stressful, especially when someone says to you “Dont mess this up!” But when that sentence is followed up with “Because this coat is for Sarah Jessica Parker” it makes it all slightly more bearable! The last few weeks have been a little bit mad trying to get everything ready for the shoot, but after a few coffee runs and a Magnum to keep up morale, Spring Summer 15 Resort is done! Here are a few of my favourite pieces from the collection plus the prints that Ive been working on! 

*I do not own any of these photos

Graduate Fashion Week 2014

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

If you have already read my Interview with Gareth Pugh post, then you will know that this weekend I went to Graduate Fashion Week 2014. It was held at the Truman Brewery in the ever quirky Brick Lane area & I was lucky enough to be sent a ticket to go and watch the rather fantastic Northumbria show. Last June I worked backstage for Northumbria dressing the menswear models - its a hard life! So it was really nice to be able to watch the show from the other side this year. You can read my post on my time backstage at Graduate Fashion Week 2013 here

Unlike other universities Northumbria doesn't have a "house style" - only that they have some crazy good print designs and totally on point shapes and silhouettes. There is so much talent at Northumbria this year - both mens and womenswear so I thought I would show you all a few of the collections. 

I cannot believe its been a year since my first post on Laura Taylor Fashion and an even scarier thought is that in a few years time (hopefully) my designs will be going down the catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week!

*I do not own any of these photos

Interview with Gareth Pugh

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend Graduate Fashion Week 2014! This is something I have been looking forward to for quite some time, after I had such a great experience helping out backstage dressing the models last year. You can read my blog post HERE

This years event was held at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane which gave the whole occasion a much more “london grunge” kind of vibe. Before heading to the runway to watch the fantastic Northumbria show I visited Studio One for a interview with Gareth Pugh & Hillary Alexander.

Gareth Pugh is a designer that I have been following for a few years now, I was always writing about his work in my critical journal at art college so it was amazing to see him in the flesh! For those of you who don't know his work where have you been you should definitely check him out!

After recently graduating from Central Saint Martins, Pugh started working closely with his friends in a studio in Peckham. He told us "It's important not to work alone, it's very difficult to do everything with just one pair of hands when really you could have three. At the end of the day, I still work with people I met at university, and it's always nice to be able to build something together.” It was also quite reassuring to hear that he too made lots of cups of tea while interning, although his tea was for Rick Owens and Michelle Lamy who he still works closely with today.
It was comforting to see that despite the fashion industry being a competitive place to break into - it can be done! Even if it is through "happy accidents" like Gareth. He advised anyone who wished to succeed to do it for themselves rather than for the money. "I never got into this to be rich, I never wanted to feel as if I were churning things out for the sake of it. At the end of the day I make the decisions and that's what my team and I are most comfortable with.”

This was an amazing experience and so inspiring. If any of you have the chance to get your hands on some tickets and attend Graduate Fashion Week I would highly recommend going! I will be blogging about the runway show I went to soon - stay tuned! I can't wait for next year!

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