Chanel Fall-Winter 2017-18 Ready to Wear

The Chanel Fall-Winter 2017-18 Ready to Wear¬†fashion show has been uploaded to Chanel’s Youtube channel, and guys… Can we talk about how well Karl Lagerfeld executed this show?!

The theme, the pieces, the models, the space ship looking like it was going to shatter the glass ceiling, everything was perfect!

Every piece was gorgeous and it all tied into the space theme very well without looking like they were trying too hard. We had Chanel’s signature tweed, lots of houndstooth patterns, very flattering silhouettes, etc. What was new though? Well, one thing that stood out in mostly every top was the emphasis on stiff rounded-necks. It looked as though a space helmet could snap onto any of them. Half the collection was mostly white, the other half was mostly black/violet, and a few pieces were graphic and had space ships or moons on them. I feel that all of this helped give the show a bit of excitement and nostalgia all at the same time. It was such a weird, but nice feeling?

The white and chrome gave a futuristic vibe, which reminds me of all the years since the 60’s where we were so excited about landing on the moon and advancing as a species. We were waiting for flying cars, robots, and chrome placed everywhere. It was a time of hopefulness, which is what we need now in this dystopian-like world. Okay- calling our world a dystopia is a bit far fetched, but there is definitely a lot we could improve on and change in order to live better as a society.

The darker colors with all the silver glitter and chrome and different colors reminded me of space. They didn’t place the galaxy on a dress, but displayed space on garments elegantly.

The graphic pieces were definitely different, but I can’t say much besides that as I’m not a fan of graphics on clothes. I just feel like they get boring after a while, or just trend for an extremely short period and aren’t worth adding to your closet. It did give the show a bit of a modern touch, though.

All of this along with the space ship “taking off” was perfect, especially at this moment with NASA releasing all new exciting information. This show could have numerous meanings behind it. Was it all about NASA’s findings? Is it about trying to advance to a more modern world? Is it about unity? I don’t believe there is just one way to interpret a show like this. It was very well done.

NYFW Portrey’s Live Stream

A few weeks ago, my friend,¬†Maridalia, told me about a live stream event during NYFW. Wanting to become more involved with fashion again, I bought a ticket. I wasn’t sure what to expect because I haven’t been to many fashion events that weren’t a part of the school I used to go to. I still bought a whole new outfit during my visit back home in California though.

We took a bus from Jersey into the city, then took a cab to the event on Madison. Now, I was a bit nervous because I thought it was going to be some upscale party, but it was actually very fun and comfortable! They had a few screens with the show going on, some different music, food, wine, DIY Valentine’s Day cards, makeup (Lyne Cosmetics), and a photobooth. Nothing could be said about the makeup since we both went with makeup on already. Anyway, it was more like a party for younger people rather than an upscale event for adults. We did a bit of everything before going back to watch more shows and the girl distributing treats and wine were nice enough to let us grab a third glass! She was very adorable and seemed to get along great with everyone, so the room didn’t seem so awkward even though it was separated from the other activities on the floor.

After our last glass of wine it got hot and I felt dizzy (I don’t drink) and there wasn’t much left to do, so we decided to leave and go to Mc Donald’s, then back off to Jersey.

It was a lovely, relaxed event that anyone would feel comfortable at because everyone there seemed so accepting and sweet.

My Outfit:

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I wore gingham patterned cigarette pants, a black Zara sweater with a ruffle slit on the side and a gold zipper detail, a Levi’s denim jacket, open toed heeled boots, and I carried my blush pink cross body bag. Not exactly what I wanted to wear, but it was too cold to not layer up.

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Maridalia (left) wore a green hoodie dress with green eyeshadow underneath her eyes to match, brown lace up heels, and had her matching monogrammed Louis Vuitton tote. Her outfit matched very well!

Definitely one for the books.

What I Wish I Had Known About Fashion Schools

I’m pretty sure anyone who has gone to a fashion school or is about to go to one, can agree that it’s pretty exciting in the beginning. All you can think about are the clothes, designers, shows, and if you decide to move far from home, the adventures in the city! I moved from California to go to school in New York to study fashion merchandising. Although I had withdrawn from the school due to issues with financial aid, I can still say that I was grateful to have gone, and I do plan on continuing with fashion, just maybe not with this school.

I wasn’t exactly an extrovert, so I wasn’t part of the whole clubbing scene like the rest of my school was. This didn’t hinder my experience though. I met a few people who liked what I liked and that’s what made everything so fun. School, however, was pretty stressful.

Many people dismiss anything fashion related as “easy” and a “waste of knowledge, money, and talent”, so I came knowing close to nothing about how a fashion school really is. Here are some things I wish I had known so I could have been more prepared:

  1. GET A JOB IN HIGH SCHOOL! Paid internships started either in the second semester of the first year, or the first of the second year. You basically get a normal job (in retail) and they call it a “paid internship”. We had a few weeks to get a job, and almost everyone had never had a job before, so we were all competing against each other to find a job we liked in Manhattan. If you have references from previous employers, this will make it easier for you to get a job. It also helps your resume look a bit more full!
  2. Volunteer and go to events! People everywhere would kill for a chance to volunteer at NYFW, so take advantage of it! I wasn’t exactly comfortable with volunteering at NYFW at the time, but now I regret not taking the chance. I did, however, go to smaller events and they’re still so much fun. These events can be used as experience and show that you’re truly invested in the industry.
  3. Use your planner. Trust me. Fashion school isn’t just reading Vogue and painting your nails in class. In fact, it’s the exact opposite (except for reading Vogue. We had the whole Vogue archive)! You’ll need to make time to finish homework and projects, to meet with your groups and clubs, to go out and buy supplies, to go out to museums for extra credit, or to go to stores to do your homework that focuses on that store. Manage your time so you’re not pulling all nighters like I did.
  4. Pronounce everything right. You will not believe how many people get angry if you say Givenchy or Yves Saint Laurent wrong.
  5. Start paying your student loans. Fashion schools are very expensive, and your aid probably doesn’t cover it all.
  6. Be on good terms with your professors. Obviously you could use them for references, but at my school, close to all of my professors actually worked in fashion and had a pretty decent reputation. They weren’t just professors teaching you from a book, they’re teaching from experience. Be on time, be nice, and do your work and maybe they’ll help you get an internship that you’re actually interested in.
  7. You’ll get tired of fashion, but stick with it. Fashion is an extremely cutthroat industry, so that’s why you need to learn and do so much.

I miss being able to go to school to learn about what I loved and having all those opportunities at my fingertips. Although it’s cutthroat and frustrating at times, it’s just so exciting!