Famed author and playwright Oscar Wilde once said: “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”
While he’s generally not considered a fashion forefather, he was right about one thing: The industry is constantly changing. That leads to many work opportunities – if not much job security– in the world of fashion.
Whether you’re looking to break into the industry for the first time or find a new gig, browse not just one, but multiple websites for the best chance of finding a spot that fits your skills and feeds your dreams.
Start with these three specialized sites.
And indeed the site lists a number of big names in its “featured employers” section. Companies such as Calvin Klein, Gucci, Lacoste, Nautica Luxottica, Saks and plenty more have listings on the site.
Job-hunters can also take advantage of the site’s compatibility with StyleCareers’ other web properties. For example, you can upload a portfolio of your work via StylePortfolios as a way to show off your work to potential new employers.
StyleCareers also features helpful resources such as interview tips, resume advice, company profiles and news about upcoming fashion career fairs.
Women’s Wear Daily
Founded in 1910, Women’s Wear Daily is one of the oldest fashion publications in the industry, often heralded as “the bible of fashion.”
Aside from its wealth of fashion tips, the WWD site has an extensive careers section featuring job ads from top employers in the industry.
Job listings run the gamut of virtually all fashion occupations including customer service, product development, design, patternmaking, modeling, management and more.
To help you in your search, the site regularly publishes helpful articles that give tips on how to interview, format your resume and other insider advice.
Touting itself as the “world’s largest modeling community,” Model Mayhem is devoted to – you guessed it – all things related to modeling.
It’s a great place to go if you’re looking for a new career in fashion, as well. The site has thousands of castings and positions available for many different occupations, not just modeling. Photographers, hair stylists, makeup artists and clothing designers are just a few of the professionals who can find work through Model Mayhem.
In addition, the site gives you the option to set up a profile showcasing your personality and best work. There’s also an active community of fashion-minded folks willing and eager to network with you and provide advice.
Lahore: Many associate bold cuts, colours and patterns with Indian fashion whereas Pakistanidesigns are said to ooze with smart detailing and craftsmanship. However, both the marketsare unique and different in their own way, says Saad Ali, CEO of Pakistan Fashion Design Council, the only fashion council in the country that was conceived with the aim to felicitate Pakistani designers.
Be it the Aalishan Pakistan exhibition that showcased the best of Pakistan designs in India or PFDC The Boulevard store in South Extension in New Delhi or Indian multi-designer fashion house Karmik’s first store here, the exchange of fashion between the two countries has always grabbed attention amongst the fashionistas around the globe.
Asking Ali what similarities and differences he has noticed between Indian and Pakistan fashion markets, he told IANS: “The Indian and Pakistani fashion markets draw upon many similarities, particularly with respect to aesthetics and inspiration. Additionally, the consumption patterns of the average Pakistani and Indian are also comparable.”
“The differences are in the infrastructure facilitated by the public sector and the development of the retail fashion market. Furthermore, the political and socio-economic environment also plays a huge role in the growth and development of each nation’s fashion industries. Both markets show a visible passion and desire to attain and maintain excellence in fashion and have many common pockets of interest in developing their fashion industry,” said Ali.
Established in September 2006, PFDC has been representing and promoting Pakistani designers at all levels, both domestically and internationally.
Thanks to the body, it helped Pakistan in getting represented at the prestigious Federation Françoise du Prêt a Porter Feminin in Paris in September 2011 where eight Pakistani designers were invited to hold an exclusive fashion show along with an exhibition in a pavilion at The Atmosphère (where designers can show their collections only on invitation).
“International clients bring in exposure, a different set of standards, and a different criterion for design aesthetics – all these keep design fresh and innovative. Designers (in Pakistan) are merging their own experience and aesthetics with what is demanded at an international scale to create collections and clothing that can hold its ground both locally and internationally.
“For these international audiences, you often find Pakistani designers incorporating sub continental craft within their work but cut within a modern interpretation,” he said on the sidelines of the ongoing eighth edition of PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2015, held here.
What about the choices of an average Pakistani woman?
“Women from all tiers of society want to wear clothes which are in line with the latest fashion trends and are currently on trend, both locally and in the international fashion circuit. The modern working woman wants clothing that is aesthetically unique yet practical and is suitable for the average Pakistani lifestyle, and is in line with the latest trends, colour palettes, and silhouettes,” said Ali.
He also credits the “fashion design community” for constantly innovating with silhouettes, beauty and style.
“We are proud of having given Pakistan fashion design a platform based on which trends are conceived, created and projected for the entire nation to follow,” said the proud representative of the fashion industry.
Fashion Week El Paseo is not just another pretty dress — and another and another. For the past 10 years this extraordinary event has not only brought exquisite and trending fashion to the desert, but has benefited multiple local charities, among them:
The Girlfriend Factor, which provides education grants to local women, was the beneficiary of the huge “El Paseo Rocks” fashion show, starring the latest collections from 15 El Paseo stores including BB one, Grayse, Presage, Tarah Jade, bebe, Gabriella’s and more. Joan Busick said, “Education is the key to economic advancement and self-sufficiency for women — we have fun while helping others.” Other members spotted included Jan Harnik, Kate Spates andKaren Ackland.
The Humane Society of the Desert benefited from the Le Chien show, featuring canine couture designer Lola Teigland, previously with Christian Dior and Albert Nipon. The evening included a silent auction, pet photos by Stacy Jacob and four-legged models strutting the runway to the disco tunes of the Bee Gees. Jennifer Hamilton and emcee Patrick Evans conducted the live auction to benefit this, the largest animal sanctuary in the valley. Lori Carman of Dream Dogs presented a boxer and French bulldog in need of forever homes.
The Junior League Palm Springs Desert Communities held a fundraising cocktail reception in cooperation with the famous FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, featuring the eclectic, campy-to-elegant collections by FIDM’s graduating class of 11 designers. Members enjoyed preferred seating and swag bags filled with goodies. This nonprofit organization promotes volunteerism and develops the potential of women to improve their communities. Nancy Cunningham, Mary Lynn Rose, and Mary Dell Barkouras were among those who attended.
Women Leaders Forum, a nonprofit that develops, empowers and serves leaders of all ages and backgrounds was the beneficiary of Saks Fifth Avenue’s presentation of the Roberto Cavalli fall collection to the delight of a packed tent. President Deborah Tryon said, “This organization has awarded more than $350,000 in college scholarship funds to the best and brightest members engaged in our mentoring program.”
Fashion Group International Palm Springs is a professional organization of members in the fashion industry and funds educational programs for students of fashion. It benefitted from the Fashion Week finale, which featured New York-based fashion designer Gemma Kahng. Creative director and producer of Fashion Week,Susan Stein said, “Kahng’s work is unique – it has a New York esthetic but her clothes fit the desert lifestyle.”
”We are having an incredible love affair and romance with Los Angeles that started from Day One.” No, that’s not the fashion industry’s new catchphrase—it’s the way designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais explain the impetus to start a new, eponymous L.A.-based line, Wolk Morais. The pair, who founded and design Ruffian, are showing their debut collection this evening for Resort 2016, though you can get an exclusive peek at the sketches for the show, above.
When news broke that the duo behind Ruffian would spin off another label—and a West Coast one, no less—many eyebrows in the industry were raised. Is Ruffian dead? Another California decampment? What might seem like a giant decision is just part of an organic process to Wolk and Morais. The pair road-tripped to the West Coast nearly one year ago and fell instantly in love with the city’s burgeoning art scene, becoming fast friends with fashion creatives like stylist Elizabeth Stewart, with whom they’ve worked on the new collection. “There’s an interesting cultural consciousness and creative consciousness that’s going on here that really inspired us. There’s also this idea of seasonless dressing that felt really fresh to us—and of course the West Coast’s creative freedom, which is why so many artists have come here over the years,” Wolk told Style. And as for Ruffian—the brand that put the pair on the map—it’s still alive and well, with Wolk commenting, “We’re not the first designers to do two collections, as you know. It’s so nice to flex various different kinds of muscles. It’s really apples and oranges—obviously oranges are in Los Angeles and apples are in New York!”
The seasonless-dressing concept is particularly notable for the Wolk Morais brand, too, which will show only Resort and Pre-Fall collections. “They have the longest shelf life, and in terms of selling results, they often do the best,” began Wolk, with Morais adding, “And I think it helps that those seasons show in the time when fashion in L.A. is happening—Coachella in spring and the pre-awards season in October.” The line debuting today will feature plenty of bright colors inspired by West Coast minimalist painters of the ’60s, as well as pieces that work for day, evening, and definitely red carpet. Since starting the label, the pair have already dressed Jessica Chastain for the London premiere of Interstellar in a black minidress with a word-print tie.
The celebrity endorsements are surely a plus of that L.A. lifestyle the designers are embracing, though their muses come from another subset of Cali culture: teenagers. Elizabeth Stewart’s daughter Ivy Bragin is one of the pair’s gang of teen muses, along with Ella Wood, the daughter of legendary model and Stewart associate Jenny Brunt. “They’re so inspiring to be around. They’re so smart and creative, such good writers and photographers,” explained Wolk. “They’re part of this incredible community of intelligent, confident, wonderful young women.” Both who will no doubt be in attendance, if not modeling, for the designers’ debut this evening.
If that’s not enough L.A. fashion for you, we’d recommend heading to the Chateau Marmont on any given Thursday, where you’ll find the designers, who note with a laugh, “We’re not the only fashion people sitting eating dinner.”
When and where: Thursday evening at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.
The cause: All money raised from this second annual event supports food, housing and care for the zoo’s animals. Guests were encouraged to bring an accessory to donate to the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.
Stylish sights: Animal prints were on parade inside the PPG Aquarium, the location for the runway show, trunk sale and auction. Before the main event, guests shopped selections from the likes of Larrimor’s, the Vintage Valet and Style Truck mobile boutiques, Sandra Cadavid and Trendy Trousseau. The fashion show featured looks by 10 Pittsburgh-based retailers and designers (Charles Spiegel for Men, e.b. Pepper, One Brilliant, Kiya Tomlin’s Uptown Sweats collection and Diana Misetic’s Little Black Dress, to name a few). Designer Lana Neumeyer’s collection of colorful, print-heavy jumpsuits and dresses made for a fun-filled finale.
Martin Potoczny, founder and CEO of LUXE Creative, dressed up the space for the occasion by splashing beautiful colored lights across the aquarium’s greenery, and models’ hair and makeup were on point thanks to Izzazu Salon, Spa and Serata and Calvin Olszak of Premier Hair Design.
Fashionable faces: #SEEN working the catwalk was zoo president and CEO Barbara Baker, fashion show coordinator Alexis Smith Macklin, Peggy McKnight, Bear Brandegee, Susan Koeppen, Tonia Caruso, Shellie Hipsky, Amanda Lewis and event co-chair Cindy Russell, joined by husband and former Steelers player Andy Russell. WTAE-TV’s Sally Wiggin and Andrew Stockey kept festivities flowing as the night’s emcees.
From the white dress in Lost Highway to the blue velvet robe in Blue Velvet, David Lynch knows how to use clothing to create a story, and Twin Peaks was no exception. Of course this was not without help of costume designer and frequent Lynch collaborator Patricia Norris (R.I.P. babe), who won the Emmy for Outstanding Costume Design in a series. From glasses to rings, every tiny accessory in the show lends some insight on the town and it’s inhabitants. And with all these mysterious sartorial wonders, I’m sure there’s only one thought on your mind: who are you going to dress as for your next Twin Peaks party?
Now don’t play coy with me and say you’ve never heard of a Twin Peaks party. It’s when a group of people dress up as every Twin Peaks resident, big or small. We’re talking fish-in-the-percolator type specific. But if you need to throw on something in a pinch, or you just feel like channelling a Lynchian heroine for the hell of it, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.
Using an insightful eye into the psyche of each lady and copious rematches of the series, I’ve created a quick mock-up of how you can dress like three of Twin Peaks most important residents. Isn’t it too dreamy?
Though by day she projected the perfect sugar sweet homecoming queen, Laura’s reality was far darker, and it is that dark Laura that’s simultaneously sadder, sexier, and style strong. So the game plan is very simple: all black clothing with one piece of interesting jewelry. For Black Lodge Laura, you want to go with a long sleeved v-neck dress, preferably floor length but in a pinch a midi dress would be fine. Search through your grandmother’s stash of costume jewelry to find a faux-crystal brooch, and pin it to the base of the v. Toss on some black heels (which you should have already by virtue of being a person) and boom! You’re a regular Laura doppelgänger.
For the Pink Room Laura look that we see in Fire Walk With Me, you basically just want to pair a shorter, sleeveless dress and some black legwear. Toss on a bolero or blazer and your trust black heels. And finally- and this is very important-you want to put one half of best friends heart necklace on. The devil is really in the details there.
In terms of the beauty look, red lipstick is a must, and you can either get blonde wig or go for that deep side part. You’ll look dark, mysterious, and like you’re about to sleep with half of the town. But in the best way!
When we first meet Audrey Horne, she’s slipping off a pair of saddle shoes for some bright red heels, and that moment speaks volumes. Audrey’s style is basically born at the intersection of 1940’s femme fatale and schoolgirl… or rather, a schoolgirl trying to be a 1940’s femme fatale.
Sweaters are a go-to staple in Twin Peaks, but Audrey’s have a particular soft femininity to them. An easy Audrey look can be created when you pair a sweater-maybe in a pale pink or baby blue-with a knee-length plaid skirt. But the Audrey apparel I really covet is when she dons that tree print cardigan, an item of clothing so completely in a league of it’s own. I’ve yet to find something close, but a floral print cardigan with a black pencil skirt will give you a similar vibe.
“I was blown away by the talent and the inspiration that these girls have,” Butt said. “I was blown away by the fact that I even placed among all these people who are formally trained, and I just kind of had a passion and taught myself. It was awesome.”
Though the judges didn’t give Butt much feedback, she was popular among the photographers.
“The photographers especially were just blown away. They were fighting over my model,” Butt said. “Even looking online at some of the photographer’s pages, there are more pictures of my design than any of the other girls’.
“That makes me feel really good and makes me think, you know what, this is something that is actually marketable and well done, and people were really impressed by it.”
Butt thanked her model, local high school student Lydia Pelchat, as well as her hair and makeup artist, Robin McMillan, a friend of Butt’s from high school.
“It was Lydia’s first runway show and she totally blew me away,” said Butt. “She looked like she had been doing it for years.”
Janelle Brown won the emerging designer competition.
According to Butt, Brown’s design was very avant-garde, but very artistic. “It’s something I would probably see on Sex and the City or something like that.”
Butt enjoyed the experience so much she wants to return. She plans on entering again in September, as long as she still meets the requirements.
“Like I said, runway is addicting, and I want to do it again, it was so amazing,” she said. “This time around my mom can be there, and she is my biggest inspiration of them all, so it would be awesome for her to be there for a runway show.”
If she does get to go back, Butt said she would push the boundaries a little further.
“If I go back, I need to step it up a notch. I played it a little too safe I think, and if I hadn’t done so, I probably would have placed higher,” she said.
For now, it’s back to the daily reality of running her shop. Butt is hoping that the competition will bring her more custom work.
“(Custom work) is where I thrive,” she said. “That’s what I love, the custom design work. It takes a person to put a lot of trust in a designer to trust them to make something that they’re going to like.
“I’m hoping that this is going to help people to see that I am a professional, I do know what I’m doing, and I love what I do.”
There are many under-appreciated people in the fashion industry, but perhaps the most overlooked are the silent, flawless mannequins that display designer clothing long after the runway shows are over.
The Museum of Arts and Design in New York is finally giving mannequins their due in a new exhibition entitled, ”Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin,” which features 30 fashion mannequins created by New York designer Ralph Pucci’s eponymous design firm, in collaboration with clients such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Christy Turlington and Anna Sui.
Pucci has been surrounded by mannequins his entire life: His parents started the company in 1954 as a repair shop in the basement at their home in Mount Vernon, New York. When Pucci joined as a young man in 1976, he had the idea to create ”action mannequins” that reflected the athletic focus of the time and stood in stark contrast to the conventional, ladylike forms that were everywhere. ”It gave Pucci a point of view and a strong direction,” he said.
But it wasn’t until Barneys opened an expansion with the help of interior designer Andrée Putman in 1986, that Pucci realized there was a market for a different kind of mannequin in stores. He and Putman designed the ”Olympian Goddess” for the store’s opening, which was unlike anything the retail floor had seen before: muscular, metallic and androgynous. ”My eyes were opened to what we then went on to develop,” Pucci said. The retail world was hungry for unique, sculptural mannequins that reflected modern fashion. By collaborating with clients and designers individually and taking inspiration from supermodels and sculptors of the past, Pucci and his team have gone on to produce a diverse collection of mannequins over the years.
Thirty of them are on display in the exhibition, in addition to a replica of the Pucci sculpting studio. Master sculptor Michael Evert will sculpt live in the museum for two hours on Thursdays throughout the exhibition’s duration, from live models such as Linda Fargo, Mary McFadden and Anna Sui. When asked about the most challenging aspect of designing mannequins, Evert said creating exact likenesses is very tricky — he admitted it was on his mind ahead of his live sessions — but that anticipating the clothing the forms will wear is also a main concern. ”It’s not a nude person,” he explained. ”It’s representing a person who is wearing clothes, but happens to not have clothes on it. If you put on a pair of tight pants, the tight pants are changing your body. And if you try those same pants on a fiberglass mannequin that’s exactly like somebody with no pants on, it won’t move. It has to be shaped like it’s already wearing the pants.”
Not all of the mannequins in the exhibit are trying to be realistic, however. Early Pucci collaborators and life-long friends Ruben and Isabel Toledo have two mannequin designs in the exhibition. One entitled ”Birdland” is one of the most abstract and was designed to display handbags and accessories instead of clothing. Another standout is the fantastically bizarre ”Swirley,” which was made in collaboration with painter Kenny Scharf and features bright red lips, a single eye and curved, pointy head.
Pucci has also found fruitful partnerships with fashion models such as ’60s icon Verushka and Christy Turlington — women who certainly understand the role of the body in fashion. Pucci worked with Turlington to create a series of mannequins in yoga poses for the debut of her athleisure-precursorbrand Nuala in the ’90s. ”Christy was still a model, but she was really playing up exercise, non-smoking and responsibility,” said Pucci. ”The mannequins made bigger statements about yoga and healthy living.”
In 2013, Pucci partnered with Diane Von Furstenberg to design mannequins for the 40th anniversary of the wrap dress. ”We took her cheekbones, we took her mouth and we abstracted it and made it modern,” said Pucci, pointing out the resemblance to the designer. ”She kept talking about the Terra Cotta Warriors. She wanted it to be a sculpture, but at the same time it had to wear clothes.” The result is a mannequin in a subtly assertive leaned back pose with striking facial features. Pucci made them in white for DVF’s exhibition — ”more commercial”— but is displaying one in gold in the museum.
Surrounded by the range of mannequins and the re-created studio on the museum floor, it is easy to forget that Pucci and his team aren’t artists in a vacuum. This is a commercial enterprise, and even though the department store’s influence has waned, there is still a large market for mannequins across the country.
”The retail environment has really changed,” said Pucci. ”There are fewer and fewer stores, but we have the movers and shakers — Nordstrom, Neiman, Saks, Macy’s and Kate Spade.” His reputation for quality production and artistic collaborations has set him apart, and he says it’s the reason clients like DVF come to him. ”She wanted it to be inspired by art, that’s why she chose Pucci,” he said. ”All the [department stores] that are doing interesting things are pretty much Pucci clients.”
”Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin” is on display at the Museum of Arts and Design at Columbus Circle until Aug. 30, 2015. Click through the gallery below to see the mannequins on display.
Even though spring seems to be dragging its heels about actually arriving, I promise that it’s actually coming, and after spring comes, duh, it’s summer. Even with all of the reminders that the best way to get a bikini body is to put a bikini on your body, it can still be stressful for some folks to find swimwear that they like, that makes them feel like themselves, and that is going to be comfortable and actually functional if they choose to partake in some water-based activities: Enter Nettle’s Tale swimwear, handmade in the more northern part of the Pacific Northwest: Vancouver, British Columbia.
Offering sizes XS to 2X, their suits don’t just fit a variety of bodies; they’re also styled and named after the inspirational women who inspired the designs, with each suit as unique as its namesake — meaning you’re not going to find any cookie-cutter suits here. From the multi-colored, polka-dotted cutout one-piece, Misty, to the versatile and practicalKimberly top that you can actually move in, these are pretty special.
One of Nettle’s Tale’s newest suits is a three-piece inspired by their friend Stacey, who they say plays with cross-gender clothing. A copper bandeau, plain low-rise bottoms, and a cute cloud-print lined romper, offer a more modest and gender-neutral swimming option whilst functioning as a cover-up chic enough to wear out or just to and from the beach. Their famous Magic Bottoms have a soft, waistband-less top so they can be scrunched up or down for a higher or lower rise, and also stretch enough that the brand is billing them as a good option for a maternity suit!
Seriously, if you’re looking for your dream suit and haven’t been able to find it anywhere else, the chances are that this company makes something to your liking. Oh, and the suits’ namesakes get to choose a charity, to which 10 percent of the profits from the sales of the suits will get donated to. Good suits for all that do good — I can get into it.
Most importantly, I can appreciate that they’re not just making your average cute suits and having them modeled by “real women” to show that they’re body positive. By seeking to solve actual fit problems or gaps in what’s currently available, and trying to make each piece as versatile, customizable and adjustable as possible, Nettle’s Tale is actually making suits that are practical and encourage people who might have had a hard time finding swimwear to get into something they love.
As a large-busted babe, their Julia top with molded cups, underwire, and an adjustable tie-back band has been nothing less than life-changing. And as a growing company, they don’t claim to have the perfect suit for every single body just yet. They are, however, increasing the diversity of their line as they go along and are launching each design with care and attention to make sure that they do each one justice.
Due to the premium materials, the extensive design process, and small production nature of the pieces, the price will obviously make these suits inaccessible for some (prices range from $50-200) — even though, by bespoke clothing standards, they’re very reasonable.
It’s unfortunate, in some ways, that this company’s existence is so groundbreaking and necessary. If a small fashion startup in Canada can figure out that people’s bodies are so diverse and make allowances for that, then why can’t (or won’t) mass manufacturers? I want companies like Nettle’s Tale to thrive and innovate, but I also want the perfect suit to be available to everyone. Until then, praise inventive, body-positive women who are filling the gaps and meeting the needs in style.