February 1, 2015

THE TRUTH: WORKING IN FASHION


Working in FASHION...what is all the buzz? It can be a fun career but there are harsh realities. It's not all about glitz and glam, it's about patience and drive. In today's economy, it is also about luck. 

You have to put your TIME into fashion, whether it means working on that boring excel grid for days/weeks on a report that you may think has no correlation to fashion, it may mean stuffing 4000 gift bags for fashion week, it may also mean disassembling mannequins all day and none the least dealing with COLD FASHION DIVAS of all types: buyers, models, stylist, retail directors, you name it!

BUT HEY, IT CAN BE FUN.

Here is a quick brief of what to look out for in various categories of fashion based on my experiences.



CORPORATE FASHION 




WORKING IN CORPORATE FASHION, LIKE A RETAIL HEAD OFFICE?

Working in a corporate head office for a big retail fashion company is all about spontaneity. You are basically supporting the numerous stores across the country, depending on your  assigned tasks, you can be handling store maintenance such as booking carpet cleanings for retail locations, controlling all alarm systems for all stores, let's say 70*. Anything can happen at any moment, be prepared for store floodings, ROBBERIES, customer complaints that are infinite and a tyrannic boss (possibly). Also, purchasing visual signage for all retail locations and MAKE SURE THEY ARRIVE AT ALL LOCATIONS BEFORE THE PROMOTION IN MIND STARTS, or else you're done!

If you like the rush of handling the real and raw behind-the-scenes of retail management, this is a great experience.


PUBLIC RELATIONS




PUBLIC RELATIONS: Let's face it, in fashion pr, you will be starting off as an intern, standing by the door, greeting fashion's elite who MADE IT and handling coat check forever. Escorting diva guests to their seats, removing the plastic from the runway, QUICKLY, before the show starts. You will be stuffing 5000 gift bags for hours.

 Than later on, when you have EARNED it, you will weasel yourself in and help renown brands to market their new products, by throwing lavish events and gabbing all about it ONLINE and liaising with major press outlets. You will be doing the funner tasks, such as prepping the guest lists for cool events, booking venues, sourcing decor, catering and most importantly marketing their brand out LIKE NO OTHER, spewing it all over the internet like a virus. This is fun but you must be in the know of everything at all times. 


MODEL


MODEL: As a model, you are always on set waiting for hours for that event to start or waiting for your turn at that casting. You are in hair and make-up prep forever. Surrounded by alot of not so nice divas, you have to be tough. Photo shoots are alot of work, be prepared to stand in that awkward position for awhile so the photographer can get that shot, even if you can't feel your leg anymore. You are what you eat and remember good skin is in = LESS SPENDING ON PHOTOSHOP for the photographers. Remember you are just a blank canvas for the artist to paint on, so get rid of the RIDICULOUS ATTITUDE. It all pays off when you see your face in that fashion spread.




GARMENT DESIGN & PRODUCTION



GARMENT DESIGN & PRODUCTION: You are constantly ordering fabric, before another company buys it out. You are designing seasons ahead, you are always updated on the latest fashion trends. You are deciding, if royal blue will take off again this season and if you should just cancel the crop top for this summer. You are doing fittings all the time, editing the same sample over and over again. Will this fabric work with this cut? 

You are yelling at your supplier in China to send the shipment over by air because doing it by boat is going to take an eternity, but you better negotiate a good rate, this is more expensive. In the midst of all the drama, this is really fun. You get to see an idea come to life and you know the STRUGGLE WAS REAL to get that cute baby pink crop top in stores, but yes it did make it and guess what it sold OUT in pink but it didn't sell in beige and YOU ARE STUCK WITH 300 UNITS OF BEIGE CROP TOPS.


WHOLESALE FASHION



WHOLESALE FASHION: HIGH SEASON...LOW SEASON, GET READY FOR THIS, you have to be tough. You are trying to sell your collection to BIG NAME BUYERS, you are sending samples, you are mobile, you are travelling alot. You are dealing with rejection on a daily basis and good luck getting through to those busy buyers, they are impossible to speak to. You have to be patient and know the value of a garment. You can't let that dress in jacquard fabric go for that cheap price, this is JACQUARD FABRIC, don't try me! If it was polyester, than MAYBE! But, hey, it is rewarding, BIG SALE...GUESS WHAT? BIG MONEY FOR YOU. 



PHOTOGRAPHY




PHOTOGRAPHY: Living the contract to contract life, you're going to need a side job. This is a fun, creative and rewarding career, however make sure you are the ultimate threat and have refined photo shop skills. There is ALOT of competition out there and guess what YOU HAVE TO WORK FOR FREE FOR AWHILE TO BUILD YOUR PORTFOLIO AND CONTACTS, let's be real.


Keyword is NETWORK. Just go to events and SNAP PHOTOS.



STYLING & CREATIVE DIRECTING



STYLIST: There are so many facets to fashion styling, we can talk about image consulting to simply styling celebrities and photo shoots. This is all about networking, you have to INVEST YOUR OWN TIME to get there. Be in the know of who's who, what are the happening brands/designers, who are the happening photographers, who is the new young singer out there or who is the hottest blogger of the moment, do you have media contacts to popular magazines?

 You are living a very mobile life, luggage life. You always have to have an updated wardrobe of the latest trends, meaning you have MAD CONNECTIONS with brands and can get a sample in a heart beat from various offices and can get it expedited out QUICKLY, because it needs to get there in time for that TV correspondent to wear it or feature it on her segment, and guess WHAT, there is no such thing as pre-planning, everything is last minute and changes last minute all the time. You need back up all the time, this is showbiz after all.


SOCIAL MEDIA/BLOGGER


SOCIAL MEDIA/BLOGGER: We revolve around ONLINE PRESENCE in today's society, if we can't find you online, than FORGET IT. Working in this category of fashion is pretty cool, various social media widgets are more than your best friends and you should be having a love affair with your cell phone at all times. 

As a fashion blogger, you are constantly reviewing products and going to over the top events. The staff at Fedex or Purolator know you very well, you are always picking up a package. Remember, it's all about how much presence you engage online, which tactics will you be using to spread the word? You do it, because you love it and guess what you get FREE SWAG, don't expect this to happen within weeks of starting a blog though, it takes time.


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70 comments:

Tania said...

I do have a better understanding now in those different profession and I do thank you for that . Great idea !

Randi said...

I would loooove to work in the fashion PR world. Good breakdown!
xo,
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Constance Murphy said...

I love this post! Working in fashion is harder and more stressfull than it looks, I'm a fashion producer student and I'm already busy, but if it is what we love everything is worth it. Great article!

Jackie Harrison said...

Wow this is awesome thank you for sharing your experiences.

Anna Martin said...

This is a good rundown. It would be so rad to be a stylist. I would love to have a job like that. :D

Thanks for stopping by my blog, by the way! I appreciated it!

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Nina Kobi said...

This post was so interesting to read. Thanks for sharing. xx


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Couture Carrie said...

Incredible and very well researched and presented post! Love it!

xoxox,
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Ashley Tamarra said...

So interesting... You officially have a new follower :)

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Eye See Euphoria said...

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Alicia Mackin said...

Hey great post , very informative and pretty much spot on, good job!

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Uju Lilian Ikegbune said...

wow! this is one of the most insightful blogpost I have read in a while, thanks for enlightening us. I already saved this in my inbox.
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JustPorsh said...

Amazing piece!
I can totally relate to this.
A blogger that's tried her hands on a lil bit of everything.
It's truly not easy.
I think i'd rather stick to Blogging n Styling(when n if I get the needed connections). Lol
Thanks for sharing.
I just might repost this on my blog.
Permission granted?
xoxo

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Emmylou said...

Love the breakdown of the pros and cons of each job:)

Dressed2dNines Blog said...

Great breakdown of different careers within fashion, I'd love to try them all! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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Jaime Shrayber said...

I SO know what you are talking about. It isn't as glamorous as it seems.. I worked in the industry for many years before having kids. Love your blog!
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GARCONDAILY.COM said...

nice post!

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Laura Mitbrodt said...

Very informative
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Mel said...

I am working in IT, but would love to work in fashion business someday. I know its is quite difficult and stressful, but I thing all the jobs are, just depends on the person itself. Thanks for sharing. Kiss, Mel
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Kie I. said...

Super interesting to read this! Definitely a lot I didn't know, so thank you for sharing it :)

Mystery Blogger said...

I am a fashion intern and I absolutely love it! This post is spot on - you have to start right at the bottom but seriously if you are passionate about it then you get on with it and realise that you're climbing higher and higher and eventually it is all worth it! :)

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Ivana Split said...

well written article...very interesting to read. There are so many jobs in fashion industry...and I don't think people realize that. Every job has its own challenges and rewards as you have described so well.

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crafty-zone said...

Amazing post, I'd love to work in fashion industry someday! :)

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Valerie Beauvois said...

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ThanksToFashion said...

I used to work in fashion and can only agree :)
Great post!

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Rafaela S. said...

Great post dear!!

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Marika Odoardi said...

It's always fun discover the "behind the scene" of the fashion world!!! Thank you for sharing!!
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Kizzy Von Doll said...

This was really great, very informative!! xx

Erika Sorocco said...

Awesome focus on fashion careers girl! My main interests are public relations and social media/blogging; but I definitely love the idea of styling/creative directing!

xx

Vita said...

Haha I love the tone of your article, I enjoy the snarkiness. =D

Nerline Germain said...

All these pictures and the article remind me of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, the movie! I took my time to read your article and everything you say is so true. I am pretty sure it takes patience, but at the end of the day, like you said, it can be fun.
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Samantha Mariko said...

working in fashion has its perks and the not so beautiful moments but I wouldn't have it any other way. thanks for visiting my blog!
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Leah and Rachel Collins said...

I found this post such a good read and really intresting! Working in fashion is a lot more harder than people expect! Great post, xx

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Michelle Orsi said...

Wow, this was a super interesting read. Thanks for sharing!

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Sara Gerard said...

This was so cool to read!

Marija Velimirovic said...

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I am your follower now. Can you follow me back via GFC and G+!?
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Laura said...

interesting post! i'm sure a lot of people don't understand or realize how complex the fashion indystry and working with fashion can be:-) x

Beauty Unearthly said...

Beautiful post, really interesting!
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Launna said...

Marcia, this is a good read for someone who wants to get into fashion... it might not be easy to break into it but I think it is something you need to follow if this is your passion. I highly doubt there are any professions that are all fun... there is always work involved.

Thank you for dropping by my blog, have a lovely day xox

Shalay B. said...

Working in the fashion industry can be so difficult, but my dream job doesn't include fashion

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Doused In Pink said...

This post was so interesting! Thank you for sharing your experiences!

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Ann said...

I really think it is fun to work in the fashion industry. And all those fabulous clothes and people, I'll enjoy it for sure.

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Cvetina Cekova said...

Such a lovely post! So useful! Thanks for sharing!
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Kreyola said...

Great post, I just can't imagine working in the Fashion industry. One thing I know from reading this, you would never get bored.

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Stripes n Vibes said...

That's so interesting, never thought about this industry in that way!
Thank you for sharing such interesting things!

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Beauty Editer said...

Lovely post, as always! I had fun reading this.

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Carly said...

Thanks for peek. It's certainly interesting. I love your take on what it's like to be a model....not so glamorous
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Kim Alston said...

This post was excellent! Most people see the glitz and glam. Not the WORK that goes into everything.
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Lorna said...

I've been working in the fashion industry for about 8 years and I agree with you that it can be extremely tough, a lot of hard work and not as fun as everyone makes out! The amount of stress is insane! But I do love it, despite all of that!

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Stella said...

It's good that you gathered some fashion related jobs.
It's definitely a hard and demanding industry.
x
Stella from a A Shiny Place

Dressed with soul said...

Oh, I think you are so right! Jobs in fashion belong to the jobs which look better as they are in fact ...

Thank you for your nice words on my blog. I like your blog and now I wonder if you want to follow each other?

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StyleByDeb said...

I absolutely loved this post. Very realistic and on point. Fashion industry can be incredibly demanding so if it's not your passion you will crack. And I love it anyways, haha!
Great blog, dear! I really like it! <3
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Justin Targia said...

So much information and a very informative post. I think many people like clothes and then will just say I want to work in fashion but it's not just playing dress up like they think. I'm sure you helped many people. Have a great weekend
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Shekinah said...

This is such a very interesting post and I enjoyed reading it. <3

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Imogen said...

So interesting and informative. I always wanted to work in fashion but thought it was based on luck and would never happen, so I went and studied law and accounting instead (every day I still dream I'm working in fashion).

Fashion Junkie said...

oh this is so amazing! My wish is to work in fashion, I would be the happiest person alive if I could!

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Glamour ZONE said...

Great post dear.Love how its well detailed
great points on the blogger part
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Chic Therapy said...

Such an eye opening post. I have always wanted tto work in the corporate side of fashion/retail.

Elena Dal Maso said...

Great post!
It should be a very interesting world :)))


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katherine lou said...

Thank you for giving insight in for the fashion industry! I don't work in fashion so this is wonderful info!

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Tania Franco said...

Such great detailed information, and at one point working in fashion marketing was my dream job. Love that you shared this with us. Thanks for the comment you left on my blog, hope you come again soon. Following you now on G+!

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