After being accepted (I submitted a questionnaire, photos and clippings of articles), I scrambled to get into all of my first choice classes. My schedule ended up including seminars with Rachel Roy, the Teen Vogue Editors, Peter Som and Proenza Schouler.
The night I landed I attempted to control my excitement. Needless to say I scrambled to find 4 Times Square, snapping pictures like tourists typically would at the Empire State building. My photography went on to include the New York Times, the Hearst building, and an endless array of newsstands. This was a mag-addict’s New York.
I decided not to waste any time before Fashion U officially commenced. Before heading to NYC, I had organized a quick coffee with L, formerly of Seventeen Magazine. Sitting in the Hearst cafeteria, I felt truly privileged to pick her brain about working at a magazine and the big move to NYC.
After skimming through my birthday texts and grabbing a quick breakfast, I rushed to my first seminar at Fashion U. Riding up the Condé Nast elevators for the first time, something came over me and suddenly this bright young Canadian was introducing herself to all of her favourite faces from Teen Vogue. I was thrilled to meet Elana Fishman because it’s obvious that the current Teen Vogue Fashion News intern is poised for great things in the industry.
Despite my unsteady hand (the photos prove it), I took detailed notes in each of my seminars. Rachel Roy spoke about ambition, determination and being true to your vision in the industry. Her seminar was my first choice because I admire her as a woman and designer. Unfortunately, I had to rush out of 4TS to make it to my seminar with the Editors. I ran across the street, dropped my bag on a seat and darted to the front of the theater. Before the seminar began, I introduced myself to Teen Vogue Fashion News Director, Jane Keltner. In the few minutes I had, I asked her about stand-out resumes and informational interviews. Having already gotten some advice, I nearly skipped back to my seat when the editors officially began. After lunch came Peter Som, who spoke about the process that takes him from inspiration boards to the final line. I love hearing about what inspires people in fashion, whether it’s a place, a colour, or a feeling. Finally, my day concluded with Pronza Schouler. Two young guys who met at Parsons and went on to win acclaim from some of the most prominent voices in fashion. I have always loved their clothes, and have continued to follow their work since hearing them at Fashion U.
There were a couple of main points that kept coming up throughout the weekend. First, it doesn’t necessarily matter what you’ve studied. Each of the speakers attested to the fact that students shouldn’t discourage themselves because they didn’t attend a fashion school. Whatever you’re interested in only contributes to your personal viewpoint. Secondly, internships are an extremely valuable source of practical experience. Research opportunities, find them, and inquire about them because it never hurts to ask.
Of course I couldn’t have left New York without planning my next visit. And so I hurriedly called my friend in the West Village almost as soon as I landed back in Toronto. It wasn’t the last New York had seen of me. Oh, and it was the best birthday ever.
Aside from discovering more about Alexandra Kotur in this intimate profile, I loved hearing her view on interns and magazine-lovers who are currently at the bottom. It's wonderful to know that people in positions like hers notice the enthusiasm and dedication of interns. However I also think I should keep her advice about landing a job in mind. While witnessing office promotions and changes to the masthead, its difficult to put my anxiety surrounding graduation aside. In the midst of mail-outs and transcriptions, I'll certainly continue to take it all in.
Maybe there is something to be learned from reality television. Maybe I'm just trying to justify my addiction to all reality television that is somehow fashion-related. Regardless, Whitney's segment on Good Morning America and ALT's visit make this episode worth watching.
One small difference between Internship No. 2 and Internship No. 1 is that last week I was able to get my own security passcard. Now I can come and go as I please, and forget about avoiding certain doors because I can't open them. Awkward identification picture aside, I'll be spending the summer attempting to maintain the appearrance that I actually work there. Last week the security guy said I approached the exit looking "defeated". So I certainly haven't mastered the use of the card yet, but tomorrow I'll walk in with my head held high and just hope that the glass partition actually opens.
“An Album to Record Thoughts, Feelings, etc.”
Your most marked characteristic?
The quality you most like in a man?
The quality you most like in a woman?
What do you most value in your friends?
-compassion, humour in any situation
What is your principle defect?
-being shy in certain situations
What is your favourite occupation?
-anything that excites the person in question
What is your dream of happiness?
-establishing a life for myself in the big city
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
-death (Ms. AO had it right)
What would you like to be?
-an influential editor
In what country would you like to live?
-USA (New York City) or Italia
What is your favourite colour?
What is your favourite flower?
What is your favourite bird?
-definitely don’t have one.
Who are your favourite prose writers?
-Emily Brontë and Janet Fitch
Who are your favourite poets?
-Sylvia Plath and Robert Frost
Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
Who are you favourite heroines of fiction?
-As You Like It’s Rosalind, The Devil Wears Prada’s Andrea Sachs
Who are your favourite composers?
-Tim Rice-Oxley right now.
Who are you favourite painters?
Who are your heroes in real life?
-Mom, DVF, Amy Astley
What is it you most dislike?
-Repetition (one day I’ll come up with a better answer)
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
-the ability to act spontaneously
How would you like to die?
-Never thought about it. Would rather not think about it.
What is your present state of mind?
What is your motto?
-Feel confident. Look confident.
-It could always be worse.
Your Name or Pseudo
-Erica, Air, or “Eric” (according to L)