Saturday, September 25, 2010

I love Fashion September New York City!

In a matter of 3 weeks, I've had the honor of meeting some of my favorite people in fashion and seeing in person some of the greatest, iconic fashion idols EVER.

That honor came a couple weeks back when I met Nina Garcia, Fashion Director of Marie Claire magazine. I didn't tell you all this before but I actually interviewed with MC for a fashion editorial internship--one that I had to turn down because I couldn't dedicate more than 3 days due to a full time job. However, I loved meeting Nina. Despite her catty, zero-tolerance attitude on Project Runway, this woman is so charming and sweet in person. She's so modest, too. I'm so much of a bigger fan today after meeting her!

Then Fashion's Night Out in September: I was a lucky attendee of FNO: The Show--an event that took place at Lincoln Center and brought out some of the biggest names in fashion. It was the night I stood next to Anna Wintour. Yes, THEE Anna Wintour and I nearly fell over. There was a single, special moment when she looked over at me and I swear I was going to DIE. I could almost feel her death stare literally piercing through her dark Chanel shades. After mingling with other fashion aficionados, I had the privilege of meeting so many great industry insiders including: the fantastic Grace Cottington, the very cute designers of Proenza Schouler, Michael Kors, Jason Wu,'s Candy Pratts Price, and Diane von Furstenberg. It was a night to remember and a FIDM girl's dream...The runway show itself, if you saw in live-streaming, was just AMAZING. Sorry, I have no other words to describe it. Every key trend for fall was right on the beat. Hats off to Anna and the Vogue team. My jaw was on the floor outfit after outfit.

Then came New York Fashion Week: Although I wasn't exactly in the tents (or the "studio" / "theater" now that it's been moved to Lincoln Center), when FASHION WEEK is going on in your city, how could you not stop by and watch? :) I sure did!

It was such a surreal moment for me... just people-watching. I couldn't help but think to myself: Here is where it all happens! Fashion is so alive here. I was so inspired. I felt like I was in fashion heaven!! Fashionistas wearing Balenciaga, Balmain, Celine, Louboutins, Birkins... all walked by as eye-candies for me.
Then I spotted Sarah Rutson walking out. Sarah is the Fashion Director of Lane Crawford, a store in Hong Kong that I've admired, researched, and studied thoroughly and did countless projects on during my FIDM years. Of course, my immediate reaction is "OMG OMG OMG! Is that...?! STFU! NO WAY!" But instinctively, I got up and ran after her. I didn't know what to say when I reached her but thankfully she was sweet enough to stop and talk to me. AHHHHH!!! :)
You know the feeling of not wanting to meet an idol or a celebrity because of fear that they won't be as pleasant in person as they are in your head? Well, this wasn't the case. Sarah was genuinely kind and as I stupidly ranted about her career and blah blah blah blah... she stopped to ask me my name, what I wanted to do, and if I'm studying fashion. Trust me, I'm still dying. What a DREAM!

Others spotted at Lincoln Center: Rachel Zoe (celebrity stylist), Linda Fargo (Berdorf Goodman), Robbie Myers & Joe Zee (Editors of ELLE), Joanne Coles (Marie Claire), Simon Doonan (Barney's), Carine Roitfeld (Paris Vogue), Virgina Smith (Vogue), Miss Jay (ANTM), Karl Lagerfeld, and Daphne Guinness (she almost gave me a heart-attack...I LOVE her).
As I'm still living off this Fashion Week's high, I'll tell you this much... Don't sit around waiting for things to happen. They call it "chasing your dreams" for a reason. For me, it was a dream come true to be in the presence of many fashion's greatness. But you won't be seeing me holding my breath or waiting for something big to happen next. If I want to get to where I want to be, I have a lot of work to do. The best is yet to come because I'm still very new in this industry and there's still SO MUCH to learn. In the meantime, with all my new material, I'm able to keep my style blog up again!

Until next time.
FIDM Blog Girl from thefidmlife
(& FIDM grad!)