How do you become a fashion journalist?

Fashion, Popular Culture & Entertainment, Print

The million dollar question a lot of people ask within the UK each year, but is there really a perfectly single solid answer that will hit the nail on the head?

For those who aren’t familiar with the term, fashion journalism is writing about the most wonderful and weird textile industry. From a perspective of professional practice it enables our world to delve into aspects of fashion media, working within magazines, newspapers and books and also intertwining within the television world and online fashion of websites, magazines and blogs. With a sophisticated style of critique, reports and knowledge of fashion designers, trends and at times also involving within their field of work – celebrity fashion.

Having an interest in this has always been fascinating for me and I’ve always questioned among many others how do you become a fashion journalist? Stumbling across a video on YouTube I discovered the talented fashionista Alexa Chung presenting Vogue’s Future of Fashion video series, with them being titled “How to get a job at Vogue” and “How to get into Fashion Journalism” along with many other episodes… but these striked me the most.

Tackling the title of my blog, I believe that  Alexa explores in relation to my topic at the most iconic magazine’s London HQ. Interviewing several editors, including the queen of British Vogue, Editor-in-Chief Alexandra Schulman and the lovely Fashion Director Lucinda Chambers. Questioning the two of how they got where they finally stand it comes to no surprise that it is an interning theme jumping from one company to another.

Vogue senior Lucy Chambers explains that there is no linear way of trying to get into the industry and that it happens in different ways for many different people. (Unless your Paul McCartney’s daughter obviously; a photographer that has been at Vogue for many years).

It is a breath of fresh air to see someone from Vogue get the job working the hard way though; Bower began from completing her degree in Human Resources, then went on to work for a retailer in their HR department, she then became an intern for The Sunday Times at an older age than most interns and this is how she got in with the chance of a  connection with Vogue as she began working as an assistant for a Contributing Editor at the magazine.

Fashion Director Lucinda Chambers began by working at Topshop and called Vogue to ask for an interview. A lucky day was in store when she managed to speak to Personnel Director simply for the fact that her assistant was ill that day and managed to bag a job and has worked for Vogue ever since.

It all seems to be struck with luck, the chance to put your foot through the door at any chance given, but also being at the right place at the right time.

Patience and determination seems to be the key to build a reputation and stand out and be a member of this industry get work experience and apply for many internships as possible.

As hard is sounds, don’t give up.

Have the right attitude, set realistic goals concentrate on making every opportunity brilliant and productive, jump in the deep end and keep motivated through those pain-stakenly mundane jobs, take risks, write a blog. It will be worth the wait, remember to stay eager and be ready to listen and learn.

The Fashion Industry thrives off building the right contacts book, so make sure you stand out and show that you are dedicated to the job. Don’t be afraid to make the first move. Develop a friendly skin and introduce yourself to anyone and everyone- you never know who you might meet.

Indulge in copious amounts of trends and affairs that are circulating right now never underestimate the knowledge you may need, not only what is present but also look over previous decades and educate yourself about the history of fashion.

Like Senior Fashion editor states to Alexa Chung there really is no linear way to get a job within the industry, it happens differently for different people, at least we can take in more knowledge and try our best at succeeding one step at a time.

One more thing:

“Life is a little bit like a garden – you have to find time to plant the seeds for beautiful flowers to grow.”

– Oscar De La Renta

Sharney x

BOOK REVIEW: AFTER THE CRASH

Popular Culture & Entertainment, Print, Reviews

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***No Spoilers***

As most of you will already know, I love a good thriller, so when I spotted this little gem on the side of Waterston’s Best-sellers Shelf I decided I’d treat myself to a little bit of excitement of the unknown.

So it’s a suspenseful book I’ll give you that, and ‘thriller of the year’ may I add which definitely impressed me and is one of the reasons I grabbed it without second thoughts.

Michel Bussi is seen to strategically layer the evidence for the reader to sink their teeth into the investigation and solve the missing pieces that are yet un-found.

This book was devoured within a total of three days for me and would have probably been completed within the space of one and a half, if I didn’t have a life.

The novel is by Michel Bussi, a bestselling French Crime novelist. Set in 1998 France, the novel unfolds the story of a 1981 plane crash located within Mont Teri that leaves behind no survivors, except from a three month old baby girl. Two sets of grandparents with very different financial wealth, the poor Vitral’s and the rich De Carvilles are set to fight for their rights, as they are each convinced that the child is their blood.

Due to the high amount of publicity the case goes on to eventually award custody of the baby named ‘Lylie’ (a mixture of the two possible names due to not knowing her identity) to the Vitral family.

The remaining uncertainty causes eighteen years worth of grief for both families and of course for Lylie. Marc Vitral has a romantic affair with his possible sister instead of having natural familial feelings, whilst another intense situation occurs with the De Carvilles wanting to  keep the case fresh by hiring controversial private investigator Credule Grand-Duc.

Without giving too much away the tale of the novel alternates back and forth with Marc’s modern day perspective and Grand Duc’s summary of findings from the investigation before he eventually has no more time left and commits suicide out of despair and anger from the case.

Due to a dramatical event around her identity but also confusion Lylie is left on the run and Marc is left limited time to run around france and find Lylie not knowing her circumstances of why she has ran away.

The only little fault I see within the novel is that Lylie, who is a big part of the book is part of the main plot however doesn’t intervene in solving her own mystery, even though in the novel she is deemed the most beautiful and intelligent.

Bussi writes in a manipulative nature with the most short but sweet chapters, unexpected and shocking deaths, fantastic twists and turns, a narrative that is fabulously juicy due to numerous delays on details. However it can be seen less enjoyable when you have to sift through the irrelevant sections for the actual clues Bussi tucks away but fear not revisit these parts as they are more relevant than you think, cleverly linking every piece of the puzzle together.

If you’ve read the book yet let me know  in the comments about your thoughts and other recommendations that are similar to this book!

9/10

Sharney x

Its Not Punk: Magazine Edition

Fashion, New Music, Popular Culture & Entertainment, Print

So after all the sweat, blood and tears that have literally gone into this work, I can finally show you. Its Not Punk Magazine Edition is finally here: Link to the magazine hurray!

Most of you know that I was creating a fashion magazine for my dissertation (final) project at university and now that it’s been marked and finalised as a 2.1 I can show you the final product.

This is definitely something I’d like to carry on in my own time, however due to just being a ‘one man band’ it will be very time consuming so I’d only do it if my readers would be interested and willing to see it monthly. (Sorry for not writing blog posts for the past three months, you now know where I’ve been hiding).

Here is the final product below, just for show, if you would like to have a read then please click the link above or the photos for a better view.

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I can’t express into words of how much relief it is to have finished the project, but I’ve came to the realisation at the end of my studies, it is for sure something I want to do as a career.

All of the articles are written and edited by myself, as well as the graphic design. The images used within the magazine are from the internet and have been referenced within my project as a bibliography. The photoshoot that is carried in the De Ja Vu section is by myself also.

I couldn’t be more prouder of how it’s turned out, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I have and I would most appreciate if you left your thoughts in the comments box and let me know what you think! Thanks for the support guys.

Sharney x