Published: Monday, September 2, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 2, 2013 18:09
Wow, I can’t believe school is back in session already! I’m sure you’re all reading this and either agreeing with me in disbelief or rolling your eyes at how corny I sound.
It’s my last official semester at the university--it’s bittersweet to be saying that--but I’m excited to have a whole semester to share my thoughts on the state of fashion at our school, as well as some tips on how to be more stylish while managing school and getting set for fabulous career opportunities.
In order to get that interview for your dream job, there are a few fashion faux pas that need to be addressed, such as the dreaded booty shorts I discussed in my last column. However, this is the last time you’ll hear me talk about booty shorts or any other item of clothing that pains me, which its really sad for me to say, but the show must go on.
Let me start by telling you what I did this summer. As a fashion student and assistant director of editorial content at a fashion venture capital firm called FashInvest, I get the chance to do really cool things like going to fashion weeks all over the world and report on them.
And that’s exactly what I did in London this summer. I attended London Collections: Men and got the chance to meet with some very interesting designers while taking in the scene of the super stylish kids on the streets of Covent Garden under the tube station at Waterloo and at the magical Windsor Castle where I saw the Queen.
I learned so much from observing how people across the pond dress during my two short weeks there. First, the men in London are sharply dressed. Yes, I was in the midst of fashion week and around extremely fashion-conscious men, but even commoners on the street had some swag.
Men in London are not afraid to play around with jewelry, bright prints and fitted jeans--things Americans may consider feminine--and they wore them with such masculine grace. It was so refreshing to see that men really cared about how they dressed and weren’t scared of getting in touch with their feminine or stylish side.
During one of my favorite fashion shows at Soho House Basement, I talked to designer Daniel Kinne of À La Disposition about the inspiration for his collection: his belief that men and women both have a masculine and feminine side.
Kinne used very womanly silhouettes and high-heeled female mannequins to construct a 7-piece collection of separates designed for men, but were still welcomed in women’s closets as statement pieces.