Perfect is the end. Perfection is what scares me. When you see photos of those perfect ladies, you realize it as far away from perfect as you can imagine. Perfect people, perfect scenarios, perfect clothes, for me, are boring. I like imperfections; I like the tension.
Aside from maybe Marc Jacobs, the show itself is the only NYFW show worth talking about and the only one I bothered watching. I liked the collection, even if the utilitarian theme has been done to death. The outerwear was cool (the coats with the little pockets) and the accessories were some of my favourites he’s done. The heat activated leather was… Interesting? Can see those finale looks being used a lot in editorial but wonder how that will translate IRL. It was nice to see some colour from Wang, too!
To be honest, like a lot of jobs in fashion, there isn’t really a clearly defined path to follow if you want to be a booker/ work at a modelling agency. I think most bookers I know have some sort of degree but they’re in all sorts of areas. I know someone who did anthropology and another who studied medicine. I never finished my degree but I did half of a BA majoring in Spanish.
I don’t know how young you are but I was 17 when I first started working at Clyne. I did an internship in my uni holidays, then worked part time during the semester and when I stopped studying I was lucky enough to be able to transition into a full time position. It really came down to being in the right place at the right time. Also, being proactive and putting myself out there. If you want to work somewhere (and this goes for all jobs in fashion) and there are no advertised internships, contact them and ask if you can come and help out for a few days for work experience like I did. If the answer is no try somewhere else. That being said, don’t sell yourself short or let yourself get taken advantage of, there’s a difference between working for experience and working for free.
Hope this helps!
I don’t mean to discount Malaika and other models achievements because they’re awesome but to put it simply, it’s not enough.
Why are we expected to congratulate Prada for booking a black model to front their campaign for the first time since 1994?
So what if there were 6 non-white models at Dior last season? Yeah it’s an improvement but when your usual cast list reads like a class roll from a school in Novosibirsk, Russia anything is an improvement.
Call me cynical but right now all I see is $$-driven brands feeling the heat and reacting - there needs to be continued pressure to ensure diversity lasts and doesnt turn into token casting or a fleeting trend.