Monday, April 30, 2012

O'More Student Fashion Show: May 11, 2012



NEXT GENERATION DESIGNS SET TO HIT THE RUNWAY ON MAY 11th
14th Annual Eloise Student Fashion Show Returns To The Factory at Franklin

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Twenty-five student designers will send their individual collections down the runway during the 14th annual Eloise Student Fashion Show on Friday, May 11. Eloise is the grand finale of Design Week, O’More College of Design’s premier annual event showcasing the emerging talent across the College’s four departments.

Pre-juried clothing collections made by selected junior and senior O’More fashion design students are presented in a highly produced, New York-style fashion show. Each collection includes five to ten pieces, all illustrated, patterned, draped and constructed by the participating designers.  The show will be held in Liberty Hall at The Factory in Franklin, Tenn. Seating will begin at 7:15 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35, and can be purchased online at omorefashion.com or by calling (615) 794-4254, x236.

“The creative vision and detailed craftsmanship coming from these students could rival some high-profile runway shows around the country,” said Jamie Atlas, O’More’s fashion design department chair.  “Many of these pieces are so well constructed that they could be sold in stores now.”

The student designers’ collections range in style from elegant eveningwear and avant-garde pieces to whimsical children’s clothing and non-traditional menswear. Each student has a unique inspiration driving his or her individual expressions, and several have merged their professional aspirations with the collection that will hit the runway. 

“The students have been influenced by time periods and cultural icons, in everything from the human footprint on our ecosystem to the Modernist painter Florine Stettheimer,” Atlas said. “Most of the collections reflect what the designer wants to pursue after graduation.”

The junior and senior students have spent months perfecting their pieces, which went through several rounds of juries for a chance to make it in the show.

Seniors are competing for “Distinguished Designer” – an honor that includes a top-of-the-line sewing machine from SVP Worldwide and cash stipend. They will also vie for the “Designer Look Book” award, which includes a designer look book produced by and featuring models from the Reflection Agency.  Juniors are competing for the “Design Achievement” award, which carries a cash scholarship with it. Prior to the show, a panel of industry experts will judge the collections on their construction, cohesiveness, creativity and marketability. The designers will also be judged on the runway presentation.

The crowd will have an opportunity to cast their votes, as well. The Eloise Award is given to the “People’s Choice” – sponsors and guests may text unique codes for their favorite collections during the show. The winning designer will receive a PGM dress form. Senior Carly Nelson won the coveted award for the 2011 Eloise Fashion Show for her stunning "Suspiria" collection, which explored a person's innermost thoughts and was inspired by horror films. She also won the “Designer Look Book” honor that year.

The annual fashion show act acts an important facilitator between O'More students and industry professionals. Students are involved in every aspect of the event, including planning, promotion and production.

Presenting sponsors are Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, the McAfee Foundation, the American Center for Law & Justice, the Robert N. Moore Company, A Vintage Affair, Bristol Development Group and IDS.

Founded in 1970, O’More College of Design is a four-year, not-for-profit, post-secondary institution offering bachelor of fine arts degrees in fashion design, interior design and visual communications. The college is located in the downtown historic district of Franklin, Tenn. To learn more, visit www.omorecollege.edu.



**** Designers to look out for ****

1) Nashvillian George Bray modeled her "Crystal Flowers" collection after Modernist painter and poet Florine Stettheimer. There are 10 looks hitting the runway in her collection, and each reflects a certain painting of the artist. It is '20s inspired and dominated by sheer materials, exquisite beading and incredible detail -- she says each look took her around 20 hours to construct. She has also hand made hats for each look and reconstructed all the shoes to complete the collection. 
Contact information: gbray@omorecollege.edu615-498-0313

2) Paris, Tenn. native Jennifer Evans's collection "Urbanization" was inspired by human impact on the environment. She chose both social and environmental factors and translated that into each of her looks. Her runway pieces gradually become more detailed and striking, culminating in a dramatic couture gown that is a juxtapose of refinement and grunge: there are intricately sequined features, but Jennifer also took a blowtorch sensitive to polyester to the bottom of the organza fabric dress.
Contact information: jevans@omorecollege.edu731-707-3692

3) Anastasia Morozova came to Franklin from Eastern Europe's Moldova to attend O'More. Her collection "Moments" emphasizes on a mix of textures, materials and patterns in soft silhouettes. Each piece shows incredible craftsmanship and painstaking attention to detail.  Both her journey to O'More and her collection are incredible.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

NFB Vacation

Hello all! Nashville Fashion Blog will be on a brief hiatus as I travel to Florida this week for some much needed vacation time spent with family on warm, sunny beaches, revitalizing myself for things to come. NFB will be back soon!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

TXMD Fashion Show Bon Vogage: April 21, 2012



TXMD Fashion show “Bon Voyage” April 21st, 2012

News and Media Relations contact:  
Human Sciences contact:  Dr. Jasmin Kwon, 615-904-8340 or kwon@mtsu.edu

TXMD Fashion Show “Bon Voyage” April 21st,2012

By: TXMD Fashion Promotion publicity committee

(Murfreesboro)- The TXMD annual student design fashion show will feature many garment submissions designed by TXMD merchandising and design students.  “Bon Voyage” fashion show will take place April 21st at the James Union Building, Tennessee room located on the MTSU campus at 7:00pm. This event is sponsored by the Avenue Murfreesboro and MTSU Student Programming.

Dr. Kwon, director of the fashion show created the theme “Bon Voyage” which showcases 3 subcategories: “jetsetter, stylish splash, and summer nights.  

The TXMD fashion show will be hosted by the TXMD fashion promotion class which has been categorized into six committees: Wardrobe selection, Modeling, Publicity, Hair & Makeup, Stage & Music, and Fundraising.  Each committee has been working for weeks to plan the event.  “Bon Voyage” fashion show is the largest fundraising event of the semester for the TXMD program.  The proceeds will benefit the TXMD development fund and the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition.  

Following the TXMD student design competition, we will be featuring the TXMD senior collections. Students’ portfolios and Bras for cause designs will be displayed in the lobby.

The MTSU student body, faculty and staff as well as general public are invited to attend.  General admission is $15 and VIP is $30.  Seating will start at 6:30pm.

For more information, contact Dr. Kwon, kwon@mtsu.edu (EHS 104), or 615-904-8430.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Fanny's Vintage Clothing Sale: April 22, 2012


Some of my favorite pieces have come from a Fanny's House of Music vintage lawn sale, and I'm sure this Sunday I'll be able to add a few more gems to my collection. Head on over from 10 AM to 5 PM to score some vintage garb from a variety of retailers in the local Nashville area. Happy shopping!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Simon & Ruby in Madison, TN Seeks Interns



Simon & Ruby Internships
Company Name: Simon & Ruby LLC

Job/Internship type:  Unpaid, For Credit Internship

Location: Madison, TN

Dates: May 1 – August 1, 2012; August 15 – November 15, 2012

Internship Description: 
Intern will have the opportunity to learn all aspects of the jewelry design business.   Responsibilities will include, day to day errands, inventory management, tracking samples, social media & website updates, trend research, trade and trunk show preparations, development of marketing initiatives & email campaigns, as well as hands-on experience learning to design & create jewelry collections. 

Candidate Description:
Candidates should have a keen interest in jewelry design and/or fashion business entrepreneurship and
should be at least a college sophomore who will be able to receive credit
for participating in this program. The Intern Program will allow students
to gain exposure to the industry and will provide a real-world experience
that can be a supplement to classroom studies.

Company Description:
Travel, texture, and playful sophistication are the hallmarks of Simon & Ruby.   The collections are created with a story in mind, giving each piece a unique, almost intimate character.  Artisan craftsmanship mixes with a contemporary approach to contrast color and composition, and make Simon & Ruby jewelry an innovative juxtaposition of raw and refined materials.
Contact:  Send cover letters and resumes to media@simonandruby.com


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Upcoming Events at Levy's Clothier: April 12-28, 2012



Trunk shows, pretty clothes, and cocktails. Count me in! Levy's Clothier for Men & Women has a few fun and exciting upcoming events I thought I'd share with you. Mark your calendars, ladies and gentlemen!

A little about the retailer that presented Versace at this year's Nashville Fashion Week:

Levy’s is a family-owned business, offering the latest in men’s and women’s fashions from around the world. Since 1855, Levy’s has been run by the same family for 157 years. We are recognized as the oldest men's clothing store in America, and one of the best in the nation, according to Esquire Magazine’s Gold Standard. Along with our exceptional clothing, we also provide personalized wardrobe consultation and in-house tailoring services. Additionally, we offer lines including Hugo Boss, Armani Collezioni, Sand, Robert Graham, and Flavio Castellani.

Thursday, April 12:
Hart Schaffner Marx Trunk Show with Giovanna Romano, Director of Made to Measure, 10am-7pm. Special pricing, refreshments served, appointments encouraged.

Tuesday, April 17:
Client Appreciation Party, 5pm-8pm
For one night only the magazine comes to life as we honor those featured in Levy’s 2012 Spring issue. Entertainment by Sugar Lime Blue, Hors D’oeuvres by F. Scotts and Table 3, Dessert by Nothing Bundt Cakes, & Tequila sampling by Tequila Cuestion.
RSVP to Robin Rose at rrose@levysclothes.com
For more information please call 615.383.2800

Tuesday, April 17 & Wednesday, April 18:
LoveTatum Jewelry Trunk Show with Robbin Moody, 10am-6pm
Special pricing, refreshments served, appointments encouraged

Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28:
Carol Lipworth Trunk Show, 10am-6pm
Refreshments served, appointments encouraged

Plucky Presents Francesa Joy Pop-Up Shop: April 14-15, 2012



With an upcoming trip to Panama City Beach at the end of the month, all I can think about is sunny skies, palm trees, oversized hats, and me on the beach sipping fruity drinks. Ahhh..... So, when I saw this upcoming event for new retailer Plucky, I can't help but be on board. I'm DYING for that lobster and anchor cell phone cover; too bad I don't have a fancy phone! But if you'd like to purchase it for me, I'll be sure to get on the iPhone trend asap.


So for those with fancy phones and in need of some new items, head over to Plucky on Saturday, April 14th or Sunday April 15, 2012 for their adorable Francesa Joy pop-up shop!



Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Fashion Show Etiquette: How Should You Act at a Fashion Show?


Jamie and the Jones final walk @ NFW12.
photo by Nashville Fashion Blog


The Saturday of Nashville Fashion Week, while attending the Tim Gunn event at the Mall at Green Hills, I ran into a friend and fellow NFW patron. We began discussing the week’s events, fashions, designers, models, venues, looks, and guests. As the conversation progressed, we rested on the topic of fashion show etiquette, and what we considered ‘appropriate behavior’ when attending such an event. It was interesting, I noted, that while we were all at the same Fashion Week events, the behaviors of attendees varied from night to night, designer to designer, and model to model. Some guests sat poised and collected, watching fashions glide down runways, perhaps eliciting a nod of approval, simple smile, or quick comment to a friend. Other guests watched the same runway fashions and texted on their phones, laughed boisterously with neighbors, or clapped loudly while cheering and whistling for NFW models.

This beautiful Versace-clad model caused quite a response at NFW12.
photo by Nashville Fashion Blog


Over my past four years living in Nashville, I’ve attended a multitude of fashion shows and events boasting a variety of themes, atmospheres, and target audiences. I’ve adorned myself in my classiest ensembles for elegant shows at the Symphony Center and NFW for designers like Isaac Mizrahi, Versace, Christian Siriano, and Marchesa. I’ve dressed down for DIY fashion events put on by high school students and parents. Flirty dresses have been worn for casual fashion shows for Blush Boutique, Naked Without Us, or RAW Artist local designers. Blogger Jade from Diva Fabulosa believes when attending a fashion show, one should always dress the part. She cites, “you may not be one of the models walking the runway, but it still shows good taste when you dress appropriately for a fashion show.” Every show may call for a particular look, but does it call for different etiquette?

A rare glimpse of me at the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville's 2009 fashion show.


Designer Joseph Domingo believes poor fashion show etiquette “threatens the class and respect of the industry” and must be addressed. And here we rest on the underlying question, What is proper etiquette at a fashion show? While I certainly have my opinions on the matter, I decided to do a little investigative research to discover what others believed the dos and don’ts of fashion show behavior are.

What is fashionably late?


A 2009 article from Glamour Magazine discusses fashion show etiquette, highlighting ways to look like a front-row regular. The first tip? Have your cell phone in-hand at all times because, “How else are you going to tap out urgent messages (e.g., “OMG: Whitney and Olivia both sitting front row at Thakoon. Hair=Amazing!”) to coworkers and friends?” Writer Sylvie Branch advises those hoping to look like an insider at fashion shows become surgically attached to their phones and to text everyone and anyone constantly. New York-based style expert, TV personality, and author Jene Lucaine also believes texting at fashion shows is not disruptive, as some of those texting are sending notes to bosses, editors, or sharing runway photos with friends. Lucaine says “designers LOVE getting instant attention for their shows” and believes bloggers (especially those front row with live updates) are an integral part of the fashion industry and should be on their electronics for the duration of the show. However, popular fashion runway blogger Laetitia of Mademoiselle Robot believes one should never, ever be on the phone or tweet during a fashion show. She states, “Show some respect to the designer and if you're at a show, watch it rather than brag about it on Twitter or say how amazing it is… sometimes 140 characters just don’t cut it.”

Niki and Paris Hilton texting during a 2009 fashion show.


Personally, I tuck the phone neatly away in my purse, after putting it on silent of course, at the start of any fashion show. I consider it highly disrespectful and rude to be on my phone, texting, tweeting, blogging, etc., during the few minutes a designer has worked hundreds of hours on creating. I want to show my enthusiasm and appreciation for their hard work by admiring every look, fabrication, stitch, and embellishment, and telling my friends about it later.

So when you’re front row at a fashion show or event and an incredible piece comes down the runway, what do you do? How do you react? Do you show support by clapping and eliciting excited yells? Or do you remain silent and reserve your enthusiasm for the final walk? What should you do?

A standing ovation for designer Gustavo Cadile presented by Gus Mayer for NFW11. 
Photo by Nashville Fashion Blog.


According to Glamour Magazine, when you are wowed by runway pieces and models, one must always keep their cool: “a simple golf clap- reserved for the end of the show- is the respectful amount of enthusiasm to show for the clothes.” Branch also suggests curbing your enthusiasm, showing “only mild approval at the most beautiful dress you’ve ever seen.” Eboyne Jackson, fashion editor of DAM Magazine, believes talking during shows should be kept to a hushed minimum. She states, “In most cases, people will side-glance each other to show their disdain or approval, and whisper to each other, but for the most part, talking [should be] kept at a bare minimum.” Jackson also cites that most guests are so engaged in the fashion show, they don’t want to be distracted by conversation or miss a single moment.

Anna Wintour postulates, while Sara Jessica Parker makes a quick comment at the Alexander Wang fashion show.


I can’t help but challenge Jackson’s last comment. What about those who are not absolutely engrossed in the shows? Some fashion show attendees may simply want something ‘new’ to do on a Friday night with girlfriends, or perhaps their significant other dragged them to the event (I’ve been guilty of doing that a few times myself). It is not reasonable to expect every fashion show patron to breathe this industry and fully commit every second to studying the new designs, silently critiquing looks, or taking notes. This is just absurd- some people just want to let loose, see some cool clothes, hang out with their friends, and have a good time. And hey, I’m not saying I’m an exception. I always hope to have fun at the fashion shows I attend. But should my level of commitment to the evening dictate the behavior I exhibit as the fashions are being shown? Perhaps. Perhaps not. It is an interesting examination of human behavior and social acceptability. I’m sure my academic side is getting the better of me right now, but I’m curious to know the opinions of others out there regarding this topic. I can’t help but to think that the star of the evening is the designers and models, and all I want to do is pay attention. Perhaps I have an antiquated viewpoint on proper fashion show etiquette. Or perhaps I just need to let loose and give that intricately designed garment the loud whistle it deserves. 

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Unbridled Fashion: Dressing for the Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports




I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend, hopefully filled with new family memories, chocolate rabbits, and dip dyed eggs. Mine was leisurely spent in Louisville attending downtown art walks, dining on Mom’s cooking, fawning over baby animals at the zoo, watching vintage Marilyn Monroe movies, and sipping bourbon on our back deck. There’s nothing like a weekend getaway to Mom and Dad’s house to center myself again and decompress from my busy Nashville life.

The stars of Bus Stop, Don Murray and Marilyn Monroe sharing a laugh.

On our downtown art walk I gathered a collection of Louisville publications and magazines to browse and a small bag of delicious chocolate covered coffee beans from historic Muth’s candies to snack on. While flipping through page after page, publication after publication, the reoccurring theme of Kentucky Derby was apparent. Advertisements for bourbon for milt juleps, millineries for custom designed Derby hats, and collections of designer dresses and fashions filled the pages.

I love hidden city gems.


For those unaccustomed to the yearly event, it is unworldly, bringing forth illusions of Southern fashion at its finest and, of course, big Derby hats. There is something decidedly charming about men in seersucker suits and handcrafted ties; women in polished, sophisticated, and classy dresses, pumps, and delicately constructed hats; and of course, an ice cold mint julep housed in silver cups in everyone’s hands.

Mint juleps in classic silver cups.


While the Kentucky Derby may be hours away, Nashville’s Steeplechase is only around the corner for those wishing to disperse among crowds of well-dressed parties on Derby Day. My suggestion for those wanting a more intimate gathering of friends? Host a tastefully constructed Derby party. There’s no reason to throw away this excuse to adorn yourself in a pretty dress and heels. And besides, when else is wearing an over the top hat not only appropriate, but nearly required?

How darling are these mint julep cupcakes?


There are several options for Derby dress, and hats alone can range from around $80 to over $1,300 (Kentucky folk take Derby hats very seriously). Here are a few inspirational options from last years’ event for dressing for the most exciting two minutes of sports, and remember, it’s all about the hat:










photo credit: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/-246904--.html?pic=4; http://www.kentuckyderby.com/party/style/womens-attire; http://www.acertaincinema.com/workspace/media/murray-monroe-laugh_opt.jpg; http://farm1.staticflickr.com/47/141183061_09a6e5f7d0.jpg; http://www.cherrygal.com/images/MintJulepsGroup.jpg


Monday, April 2, 2012

Landing a Fashion Internship or Job in Nashville - Advice from a Professor



Lately I’ve received several emails from readers, students, and fashion enthusiasts alike about internship and job opportunities in Nashville. Some of have inquired with specific questions, while others seek general advice on starting a career in fashion. So, I decided to break from the typical fashion posts to cover a topic I advise students on daily. Here's my advice and tips for those seeking employment in the Nashville fashion industry:

Internships

Are there internship opportunities in Nashville?
Yes! There are always internship opportunities available in Nashville. At any given point I have about five to ten designers, boutique owners, and national retailers who have contacted me regarding internship opportunities that I don’t have enough students to fill.

Where should I do my internship?
This is absolutely up to you. Think about your interests and passions. Yes, you’re interested in fashion, but what specifically? If you’re hands-on and creative, perhaps visual merchandising may be of interest to you. Seek internships at Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, or Forever 21. Maybe you want to be a fashion designer- seek an internship with one of our local talents. If you’ve always wanted to be a boutique owner, hit up stores like Blush Boutique or Bullets and Mullets to get an in-depth experience of store ownership.

Do I need a resume?
It depends, but typically yes, you’ll need a resume. If you’re already friendly with the parties you’re seeking an internship with, a good conversation about your skills and passions may suffice. If you’re applying for a position with a national retailer in-person or online, you’ll definitely need a resume. I always suggest having strong resume ready and in hand. 

How do I get an internship?
Easy- ask! I’m always amazed when I have somebody say to me, “I’ve been looking for an internship for months and can’t find one.” I ask them where they’ve looked, who they’ve talked to, which stores they’ve enter, and who they’ve been chatting up. The typical response? “Nobody. I’ve been looking online.”

Online is a great way to start searching for internships, but not always the quickest way to score one. Craigslist and Monster.com typically bode well for internship seekers. If you’re looking for internships with local companies or designers, I suggest taking the Facebook route. Friend local designers, like local retailers. DO NOT Facebook message these people asking for internships- it’s tacky and impersonal. DO email them (with a professional email address) or call directly. Many times I find out about internship opportunities with companies like Blush Boutique or Sleeveless through their Facebook posts inquiring about interns.

If you’re seeking an internship with a national retailer, like Macy’s, Dillard’s, or Nordstrom, do apply online. Also, call the store and ask if there is anyone who can assist you in the process.

Last and most importantly, if you’re looking for an internship at a specific local boutique, for example, ask! Business owners are flattered to know that somebody out there admires their company or them so much, they want to learn from them. Seriously. I’ve scored countless internships for my students by simply asking the store owners if they’d be willing to accept interns. That’s how I got my students started interning at Tidwell and Perryman. I attended Local Honey’s store opening, ran into Kevin (Perryman), told him I had a couple of students who would be a perfect fit for his company, and asked if they could intern with him. The answer? Yes!

I’m studying (insert non-fashion related major here), but I am passionate about fashion. What advice do you have?
Do as many internships as you can. There is no better way to learn about the industry than becoming directly involved and immersing yourself into it. The great thing about internships is that it allows you try different aspects of the industry without fully committing yourself to one area. Intern doing visual merchandising. Give buying a go. See what it’s like to be a store owner. Try your hand at styling. There’s no better way to discover what you’re truly passionate and good at without trying it all.


Jobs

Are there job opportunities in Nashville?
Yes! Obviously Nashville is no New York or Los Angeles, but the fashion scene here is thriving and growing exponentially each year. Several designers are making a living creating exquisite fashion sold online and at local retailers. Companies like VF Imagewear and Simplicity allow employers to lead a more corporate life with jobs in product designing, merchandising, and allocation. Others are living the fashion life owning boutiques, becoming marketing directors or buyers for other companies, or living the dream as a fashion stylist.

How do I apply for a job?
If you’re seeking full-time employment, you’re likely to find job postings on a variety of websites from Monster.com, Craigslist, and even Facebook pages of companies. But I always suggest and recommend to others to look directly on the company’s website under the Careers or Jobs section. Chances are, you’ll find something that speaks to you with a company you want to work for. And if you don’t find something immediately, check the website again the next day, and every day after that, and every day until you become employed. Yes, I’m serious. No, it’s not crazy. You never know when a company will post a job opportunity- maybe seconds after you’ve closed out your window and moved on to the next website. That’s why it’s imperative to check daily. You may not see anything for weeks, but as soon as a position opens, you’ll be one of the first to apply.

Finding full-time employment can be difficult for anybody, and especially in times of strained economic conditions. And the chances are, if you’re a recent graduate with little to no experience, it’ll be just that much more difficult to find your dream job. This isn’t meant to be a discouragement, but a dose of reality, and a push to get you to take this process with seriousness.

I found and applied for the perfect job. Should I hold off on applying to other jobs until I hear back from this one?
No. Keep applying for jobs until you get one. Who knows what’ll happen with the job you applied to and may be perfectly qualified for. Maybe you’ll get it and maybe you won’t. Having backups is wise.


I applied for countless jobs, went on several interviews, and was accepted to multiple positions across the country before I started my current career. Having multiple options allowed me to graciously pass on positions and accept the job I really wanted- leading the Fashion & Retail Management department at the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville. 

I applied for the job, but I haven’t heard anything back. What should I do?
I advise my students to wait a week before acting. People get busy with work, and maybe they just haven’t had time to sift through resumes yet. But waiting about a week before a follow up is a good idea. I suggest following up with an email (to the specific person who would be hiring you) with a professionally-written statement about how you’re following up on the applied for position, can provide any additional information necessary, and you look forward to speaking with them soon. If you don’t hear back a week after the email, follow up with a call. If you’re still drawing up blank, it may be time to back off. You want to remain persistent, not annoying.

I got an interview! How should I prepare?
Do some investigative research on the company you’re applying for. What type of company are they? What job advancement opportunities can they provide for individuals in their organization? What notable things has this company done? Bringing up these pre-researched facts can add bonus points to your interview.

Think ahead about what you think you’ll be asked and prepare some answers. Common questions may include, What your greatest strengths/weaknesses, what previous experience make you suited for this position, or what can you add to our organization? Knowing the answer ahead of time will make you more confident and prepared in the interview. Also, think about what questions you want to ask them. Remember, you’re interviewing them as well. I’ve been on several job interviews where during the course of the interview I realized this was not a company I wanted to work for. Questions you may want to ask include, What career advancement opportunities do I have with this position, what type of benefits do you offer, or how or when will my performance be evaluated on this job?

Also, make sure you know proper directions to your interview location. Nothing is worse than a late interviewee.

What should I bring to the interview?
Several copies of your resume on thick resume paper (don’t pull an Elle Woods here), a portfolio if you have one, and a positive attitude. Nothing is more of a turnoff than an interviewee with a negative disposition. Your interviewer will usually inform you if other materials are required.

What do I wear?
You may be in fashion, but this is no excuse for dressing inappropriately. I’m not suggesting you wear a suit, but a tasteful dress or smart pants and top will suffice. It may seem obvious, but I’m going to lay it out there. No short skirts (knee-length only, please), no jeans, no low-cut breast-baring tops, no sandals. You’re going to an interview, not a dinner with your girlfriends.

Of course, you should always use your best judgment. A freshly pressed white button up, slim black pants, patent pumps and pearls may not be appropriate for an interview at Urban Outfitters, but would be perfectly acceptable at Nordstrom. Think about where you’re applying, and professionally dress on par with that company.

What do I do after the interview?
The day after the interview, follow up with a handwritten note. Emails are nice, but nothing is more sophisticated and mature than a smart handwritten card. Thank them for the interview, and quickly restate why you think you’d be a great fit for the company.

I’ve interviewed a lot of people over the years and whenever I receive a handwritten note, that person always stands out to me, and I appreciate the gesture. If nothing else, a handwritten card puts your name in the potential employer’s mind again- hey, it doesn’t hurt!



I hope this internship and job advice has provided a little light on the whole process, and I encourage all my readers seeking either good luck in your hunt!