why hello there

it’s been a really long time since i’ve posted anything substantial. for the last 5 months or so, if i’ve posted, it’s been about sample sales or what not.

i had been meaning to at the very least write a post after each semester and the summer but clearly i haven’t.

to be honest, i have very little desire to write anything but i guess i should for consistency. it’s going to be super short.

spring semester:

  • consulted for the council of fashion designers of america
  • interned at mandarin oriental hotel group
  • took some elective classes, like luxury marketing and luxury branding
  • survived aswath damodaran’s “corporate finance” course, thanks to my awesome study group
  • went to south africa

summer:

  • spent in seattle
  • interned at nordstrom hq doing product management for e-commerce
  • apparently able to find more of my kinda music in seattle
  • went to portland and vancouver for the first time
  • weddings and bachelorette parties

this fall semester:

  • not doing the cfda
  • interning at chanel
  • planning a trek to san francisco for our luxury & retail club

i am recruiting again for a full-time job after i graduate but the industry usually does as-needed, just-in-time hiring so totally expecting not to have an offer until way later. which is making it hard for me to decide whether i should actually study abroad next semester.

i really would like to go but the job situation and fomo are making it difficult.

and speaking of sample sales, there are a bunch coming up that i want to go to. and i’m too lazy to post about them, so find out on your own.

cfda x stern

cfda, bond street, scc, stern consulting corp

as we wrapped up our stern consulting corp projects for the cfda, the cfda wanted to do a photo shoot and interview with us for their blog.  we had the photo shoot at the intersection of bond street & lafayette, which is a very cool area that has a cobblestones.

the above photo is now being featured on the stern website as “grow possible” and it links back to the interviews and more photos on the cfda blog, parts 1 and 2.

my partner and i were originally assigned reece hudson and m.patmos as our cfda designers to work on comprehensive financial documents and a business plan for investors, respectively.  due to some complications, we only worked on reece hudson and the project brief evolved into an ecommerce growth strategy for the next 24 months.  my partner and i were much happier with the way the project evolved since we’re both interested in ecommerce and will be doing that for our summer internships.

on top of getting to work with the cfda and these really talented designers, we were also paired with some awesome mentors.  ours for reece hudson was the former ceo of oscar de la renta!

the experience was a lot of work, time, and pretty stressful…but amazing.  i’m still deciding whether to do it again this next semester.

daft fashion

daft punk is quite fashionable now. i don’t just mean in the sense  that everyone’s hopping on the band wagon, but literally fashionable. with their last 2 outfits designed by hedi slimane of saint laurent, actually appearing on the saint laurent site, to these videos below.

the first was created for the 2013 cfda awards to show the nominees for “menswear designer of the year”–thom browne, michael bastian, and duckie brown; thom browne was the winner.  these male models are singing the lyrics to daft punk’s first single off random access memories “get lucky”.

then earlier today, the robotic duo was spotted in manhattan’s midtown (don’t even get me started on how upset i am that i’m not in town for that) shooting a video with someone who looks a lot like famous model karlie kloss.

daft punk, midtown, karlie kloss

daft punk, midtown, manhattan

watch the very brief video of this on vine.

25%

so i’m now done with my first semester of bschool…i can’t believe i’m 25% done.  i always thought 2 years seemed short.  to be honest, i don’t quite feel like i’m in a place i would’ve liked to have been by now.

as i’ve mentioned in previous posts, finance and accounting were quite challenging for me.  i guess it’s true that you can’t really fail in bschool because i didn’t and i also don’t need to fear losing my scholarship…at least for now.

next semester i’ll be able to take more electives and there are so many classes that i either find interesting or would just be good for my own development that it’ll definitely be difficult selecting which ones i’ll actually be taking in my remaining time here.  some classes i registered for next semester were advanced marketing planning strategy (which is supposed to be good for brand management), corporate finance (yea, another finance class…what am i thinking. but it’s supposed to be good and it’s taught by renowned professor damodaran), and luxury branding/luxury marketing (two 1.5 unit, half-semester classes).  i was also accepted into a stern consulting corp project where teams of 2 mbas will help designers in the cfda.

i had also registered for dbi hungary (budapest) but dropped it.  although i’ll definitely be doing dbi italy (milan) next year, i’m torn about how i feel about dbis.  the main reason i want to do them is to be in a foreign country…but since it’s a class, it’s not like you’ll be able to explore or enjoy much.  so why not just actually travel.

speaking of travel.  during spring break, a lot of students will be going on different treks and i’ll be going to south africa.  our returning flight has a long layover in amsterdam.  i’m really excited…i’ll be going to 2 continents i’ve never been to before (africa and europe).  and it’s been so long since i’ve been out of the country or traveled.  i didn’t really get to do that prior to stern like many other mbas since i was working.  it would’ve been nice to have gotten my scuba diving certification by this time but i doubt it’ll happen within 2 months.  sigh, am i ever going to get certified…

stern’s on break right now; we don’t have classes until the first week of february.  although we have a ton of time and it’s opportune travel time, like many of my classmates, i came back to nyc to prepare for interviews and do on-campus recruiting/interviews so we don’t really get to enjoy it too much.  i am grateful we aren’t interviewing while we have classes though.  i can’t wait for next year when i’ll just be traveling during this time like the other mba2s.

besides interview stuff, i’ve been drinking a lot less than i had been before (no beer blasts since there’s no school) and more cultural stuff.  just this past week i went to 2 art museums (i don’t expect this to continue though).  yesterday was pretty great luxury-wise since i had an interview with estee lauder, followed by a meeting at louis vuitton, then shortly found out who my cfda partner is and which brands i’ll be working on (m.patmos and reece hudson).  there was one team who will be working on loeffler randall…that’ll be really exciting.  i really do like the experiential aspect of the program at stern.

since i want to work in luxury goods, a lot of the internships/jobs i’m interested in won’t be through our office of career development.  but i wanted something more structured for my summer internship and applied to a bunch of stuff on-campus.  i think i may have gotten a little too carried away and applied to too many, too different things; should’ve focused more.  this past week i interviewed with pepsico, unilever, quidsi, and estee lauder.  this coming week i’ll be interviewing with amazon and kurt salmon.  i need to apply to like a billion more off-campus internships though…should probably do that now.

this past week also felt insanely long…probably because there are no classes and i wasn’t coming to school to do mock interviews.  it also was like a roller coaster of emotions where i felt really miserable being in nyc, but ended on a high note as the week concluded with estee lauder/lv/cfda and i had a good time with my classmates last night.

ok, time to be somewhat productive.

this saturday…

…all hell will break loose

versace for h&m preview

the highlight of yesterday’s versace men’s show at milan men’s fashion week actually had nothing to do with the men–it was donatella versace herself, taking a bow, in a versace x h&m dress.

this may come as a surprise, since she has previously stated in a 2008 new york magazine interview, that although she respects other big designers for collaborating with mass market chains to create an affordable line, that she wouldn’t do one herself, “because i work very hard to put the versace line in the luxury section.  i think to put the versace line in h&m would confuse the brand.”  perhaps, to avoid the confusion, it’s being billed as “the iconic collection” rather than a diffusion line.  this will go nicely with the deal versace struck with lady gaga, winner of the cfda’s 2011 fashion icon, to wear only versace in the next several months.

when asked about the collaboration,  donatella said, “I am thrilled to be collaborating with H&M and to have the opportunity of reaching its wide audience.  The collection will be quintessential Versace, perfect for H&M and Versace fans everywhere.”

“Versace is one of the most important brands of recent times and their collection for H&M will be glamorous and flamboyant – everything Versace stands for. Donatella Versace is sharing with us iconic designs from the archives. This is such a celebratory collaboration and is perfect for the festive season,” says margareta van den bosch, creative advisor at h&m.

donatella will raid the archives of the fashion house that was originally started by her brother gianni in 1978 and reinterpret the designs for today.

the collection will roll out first on november 17th (in 300 stores & online) with women’s (around 40 pieces), men’s (around 20), and home collections.  followed by a pre-spring collection on january 19th exclusively in countries with h&m online sales (austria, denmark, finland, germany, holland, norway, sweden, and the uk).

per the h&m press release:  “The womenswear collection will be dominated by dresses that express the spirit of the [awards] season, featuring studded leather, silk and colorful prints, and accessories including high heels and costume jewelry. The men’s collection will focus on sharp tailoring, including the perfect tuxedo, as well as belts and jewelry for men. For the first time in a designer collaboration at H&M, the collection will include homeware pieces including pillows and bedspread.”