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  • How I Give Generously In The Fashion Industry Without Losing Myself

    The fashion industry is very competitive, I tell you that. It is also difficult to keep up with the trends as it is already, plus sometimes you get added stress by "competing" with the other fashionistas in the industry. How do you give generously in the fashion industry without losing yourself? Well, first and foremost, I tell you it all depends on which part of the fashion industry you're talking about: it could be the fashion design part of it or the fashion blogging part of it. So I will cover briefly from my experience with the fashion design and blogging parts. As you may or may not know, I study fashion design and I remember in my first week of fashion design, we had to create a fashion garment out of scrap materials on a mannequin and can you guess what happened next? One of the "best" designs, well, although it was my friends' design - I thought it was the best; got torn apart a few days later by "someone". We suspected it was someone in the fashion school. Out of jealousy? Out of hate? So it's these kinds of things that makes me frustrated. You can't live and breathe fashion without teamwork, you see. 

    So I went onto a "mission" and started to think of ways I can be generous to other people in the industry. Here are three ways I thought of - I will state if it's a blogging or a fashion design one:

    1. Fashion Design: Help out your classmates if you finish first in class

    - It's true, help out your classmates when you can. We are told as students that once we finish the degree, there is big teamwork involved wherever we work. So in patternmaking for example, maybe you finished cutting out all of your paper/cardboard patterns? Why not help one or two of your fellow classmates to help them finish early or on time. I help them when I'm quite ahead of the class.

    2. Blogging: Share your events with your blogging friends

    - I'm really big on Facebook fashion events, I mean the ones created on Facebook, you know? I check my Facebook events almost everyday to see if I get invited or simply check when one is coming up so I can organise my outfit early etc. Share some (or maybe all, I don't suggest all but yes, however you feel like!) events that's coming up with your fellow blogging friends. You never know they might share some back to you that you don't know about! Karma.

    3. Fashion Design: Support your classmates' design work

    - Instead of ripping apart their work when they're not looking (note: story above), why don't you support your classmates' design work by suggesting them opening a Facebook business page, or website for their designs? If you have skills in those areas of opening pages or websites, put it to use. Also 'like" their work now and then on instagram and facebook if they have one. Support them. Make sure they have first tried to find the solutions before coming to you for help.

  • What A Blogger Should Bring To A Fashion Event


    Photography: Suzanne Dang

    If it's your first time to attend a fashion event as a blogger, this article is for you. As someone who has attended many fashion events and fashion shows in the past, I find it difficult to not pack too much in all honesty. You find that not many people come to fashion events and shows with big bags, especally if it's a fashion show - it'll most likely be at a bar or a club too. If it's a fashion show we're talking, you'll find the girls and ladies will wear small clutches or small handbags. If it's at a fashion high tea for example, you might find yourself dressing with the similar type bags like talked in the previous part of this paragraph. It can be easy to overpack (like me!) but I have broken down the vital and essential things you need as a blogger:

    1. A SLR Camera

    I highly recommend bringing a camera, especially a SLR cause you would want to blog about the fashion event with high quality and high res photos if possible. Sometimes an Iphone or other smart phones with high megapixels can cut it out as well. I mainly bring my Iphone 6 to fashion events these past months as my SLR lens are broken (still saving up for a new one - wish me luck!)

    2. Business Cards

    You will most likely meet like-minded and/or passionate people at the fashion event. Why not do some shameless self promoting? I always bring a stack of business cards in my bag (maybe too many!) and ended up giving them most or all away on the day or night of the fashion event. The business card helps you show professionalism and a bit of seriousness towards your brand/business.

    3. A Portable Charger

    In terms of fashion shows, I find that some or most of the shows I have been to makes you wait a while until the show starts. As a blogger, I find myself on the phone more than paying attention to my surroundings to the fashion show (shows how social I am!) - so why not bring a portable charger to charge some power into that phone? You don't want your phone to die while you taking photos of the runway show, if you're specifically using the phone for that.

    4. A Positive Attitude

    Not all fashion events will meet your expectations - I tell you that. I find I can be quick to judge with specifically for fashion shows and some events. Like how the setup is like, how the models makeup and hair is done, and if there' s EFTPOS available if there's a bar at the event. So don't be like me and quick to judge, but stay positive too. Have a positive personality towards those new people you meet in the fashion industry as well cause like I said in my previous post; you never know if you end up collaborating with them! 


  • How I Stay Happy And Inspired In The Fashion Industry


    "Smile, like it's your last day on Earth." ~ Suzanne Dang

    Model: Suzanne DangPhotographer: Vee Photography; Florist: PetalCoreHMUA: Sarah Vreeling

    The fashion industry can be daunting at times. With its trends always booming, and the topics of conflicts about sustainability and what is eco and what is not can be overwhelming for a person to take. Or how about the news about the Bangladesh fashion factory that killed over a thousand people or so. This sort of news always give me goosebumps and stings up my spine. We live in a world where it is easy to become negative and find ourselves in a wormhole when we read news similar to what is above. It is hard for myself to not become disheartened and to not easily blame "Fashion" for the lives of people. So what makes me stay happy and inspired? I study fashion design and coming to the end of my first year at the school, I am start to rethink of the ways to keep me inspired and simply to say, "how to survive" in this course. Here are three simple answers for staying and inspired in the fashion industry: 

    1. Take Care Of Yourself 

    It may sound simple, but alas, it's harder than you think. The fashion industry doesn't involve just wearing clothes, you may think. It involves going to events, blogging, marketing, social media and so so much more. So take care of yourself. Read a book on the bus, take a coffee or tea before you start the morning. Exercise.  

    2. Connect With Family and Friends 

    Another simple answer. It can be hard not to run in this rat race we call life. We know that the fashion industry can be very competitive so sometimes you find you have to stay up late/early day and nights to finish/start what you're doing. Connecting with family and friends is a good way to inspire you (or it does to me) for the fashion industry. People inspire me. You find your family and friends might ask for some fashion help (whether that's with styling or fixing a zip - I find with myself) if you study fashion design. 

    3. Go To Fashion Events 

    Fashion events is something I truly love doing. I love networking and connecting with like-minded people. Especially fashion shows, where you get to meet the designers and models and talk to them about their lives and how they started in the industry. You never know, you might end up collaborating with the person/brand/business one day! I highly recommend going to fashion events cause there's a high chance you'll meet people passionate about being successful in the fashion industry like you.  

    So there are three tips of advice for you. I hope you find this valuable and learnt something new. If you think there are other tips you would like to share on my blog, don't hesistate to comment below as well. Thanks for reading!