if you can’t beat them, dress better than them
gisele giving her best mary catherine gallagher for yves saint laurent (2007)
Versace Fall 2003 Campaign featuring Christina Aguilera shot by Steven Meisel
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2013
america’s most favorite “fashion show” was filmed yesterday and as always beautiful glamazons walked the runway this year in fantastical creations. but this year seems a little sloppy.
models that everyone knows by their first name such as Adriana, Alessandra, Cara, Karlie and more stomped down the runway in pretty much next to nothing. from the pictures (the actual show doesn’t air til Dec. 10th) the pieces for this year seem pretty lack luster. it’s as if they’re running out of ideas…
the wings get crazier/tackier and the ensembles become more of a mess…and don’t get me started on some of the new girls they chose! is it so hard to mix in some more asian and black girls? this show is always so white washed.
gone are the days of real supermodels…i can probably say goodbye to girls such as Natasha Poly, Raquel Zimmerman, Angela Lindvall and Carmen Kass ever walking the VS runway ever again.
i guess we’ll all just have to wait to watch the actual show to judge but with themes such as: British Invasion, Birds of Paradise and Parisian Nights i won’t be expecting much.
side note: who can tell the difference from Lindsay Ellingson and Erin Heatherton? cause i sure as hell can’t
as i’m going on my third year at my work place, i really have to look back. i’ve gone through so much and have learned an infinite amount of information, nothing i learned from school mind you.
from my first blog of: ADVENTURES OF A FASHION INTERN, started with me being so green to the experience. i can remember when i first got my internship (which you can read HERE) and thinking to myself i can’t believe i’ve landed something so huge. with little to no experience i dove right in.
after 2 years of interning and hustling i was finally offered a job. still a very small position but with lot’s hands on experience, this was my dream: to work in the fashion industry. since the company i’m with is still pretty much grassroots i feel there’s so much room for growth. we’re learning together i would say. and here i am now, working in the industry i’ve always dreamed about. slowly moving up and slowly moving forward.
since my first day, i have now done:
- 3 LAFW shows
- countless fashion presentations from coast to coast
- countless photoshoots where i’ve assisted
- 3 photoshoots on my own as stylist
- 2 photoshoots which i was creative director/fashion editor
- been published in a couple magazines (VIETBEAUTY, SEE.7)
besides all those credentials, i’ve networked the hell out of this opportunity. i’ve met so many important figures in the l.a. fashion scene. from dressing d-list celebs (which has it’s perks) to real working models, stylists and noted photographers, each experience different from the last. and it’s true what they say, be nice to whoever you meet and work with. the crowd here isn’t that big and you tend to work with alot of the same people!
i really wish i had the energy to document every single experience and have some witty comment to say about each thing…but the truth of it is this industry is still just a job. there are days when i dread it and am so over it and others were it feels like the first time interning again. what the future holds for me i don’t know. but what i do know is that i’m not gonna stop. i’ve dreamed about working in fashion forever and now that’s happened. new doors keep opening for me and i’m taking each experience with motivation, passion, drive and a sense of wonderment. i can’t wait.
Diaries of a Fashion Assistant pt. 7
MIDNIGHT SIREN PUBLISHED ON SEE.7 MAGAZINEPhotographer: Nguyen V. Bui | Stylist & Creative Director: Andrew Philip Nguyen | Model: Thu Nguyen
Make-up: Dianne Le | Hair: Cynthia Pham | Cinematographer: Jimmy C. Nguyen & Dennis N
Assistants: Kathleen Le, Loannie Dao, Teena Tran, Jenny Sirimanotham, Tam Nguyen & Jenie Pham
All Gowns: Thai Nguyen Collections | All Accessories: Lex & Mila | All Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell | All Jackets: Stylist’s Own
have i mentioned that my first ever editorial that i styled, directed and edited has been published? how do i even explain something of that caliber. when i found out the news back in july i couldn’t have been more proud of myself and my team. and when the magazine finally published the story back on OCT. 1st i was ecstatic. this means i’m a published fashion editor. i’m a professional stylist. someone out there thought my and my team’s work was good enough to release through another outlet other than our own. i cried. i couldn’t be more thankful that this happened. THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING! congrats guys we did it!
it was exactly a year where we shot the editorial and who would’ve though. a year later it gets picked up for a publication.
to view the published story go to: MIDNIGHT SIREN/SEE.7 MAGAZINE
ON THE ROAD TO FASHION WEEK
as always, there’s a million and one things to do before you show a collection. with LAFW & VFW going on it felt like two million things to do actually. from model castings, fittings, editing to final looks, our schedule was jam packed with prep.
but nothing was out of the norm for a regular fashion week. it wasn’t any different…other than the fact that VFW was being recorded for a reality show! so as the days got closer to the OCT. 3 showing, we at the TNC TEAM had to film a couple episodes that lead up to it. one of them being being a model casting that mimicked an ANTM casting. the cameras were on, the judges were seated and the models were being judged. and guess who got to sit in and be a judge? ME! i can’t even begin to tell you how nervous i was but i did manage to get in some witty/bitchy comments on camera. i’m not an idiot…i know villains get more air time! the episode recently aired and i still haven’t seen it…i don’t think i can bare watching myself on tv…just yet.
reality tv is a little tricky. it’s half scripted…half real life. scripted meaning we had to plan the things that were gonna be on air but act as if it was a natural day-to-day thing. we have meetings at my job but nothing as formal as we had to do for the cameras. i had to do a couple takes of convos i usually have with my boss that are always only 1-2 lines. but for the show we had to embellish a little and drag out the conversation. awkward at first, but it became fun once i got the hang of things.
for some reason, my boss was busy for alot of the fashion week prep so i flew alone for most of the job. i was at model castings by myself for the lafw show as well. the girls for that show were slim pickings but i managed to do the best with what was offered. i’m happy about the final girls chosen but it can’t be fashion week without a little drama. at the last minute girls had to drop off due to the modeling agency getting into a huge tussle with the coordinators for the show. thankfully we had girls to replace them!
i have a love/hate relationship with model castings. i love being in the moment and watching the girls give their fiercest walk but it’s also extremely difficult to cut girls who don’t fit the bill. don’t get me wrong, i love getting all judgmental but it does take a toll and you do start to feel mean. but hey, that’s fashion. it comes with the territory.
Hello! i’m not dead! or worst yet…fired! i’m still on my fashion grind and i’ve decided that i need to light a fire under my ass and start blogging. so here i am, chronicling my adventures once again.
LAFW. in early October we presented the S/S14 collection at Driven By Design sponsored by Porsche and boy was that an experience i won’t soon forget. never have i been to a fashion week showing with so many sponsors. the whole thing was hectic but i thoroughly enjoyed everything. from all the gift bags to freebies and even the free food…what more could’ve i asked for?! i even had enough time to sit on another show which doesn’t happen often. the coordinators were darlings to work with. they completely transformed the space which was at l.a mart into a high end, swanky, epitome of l.a. party. the press we received from the show didn’t hurt either, from the group consensus they seemed to pretty much love the collection.
VFW. viet fashion week also happened…THE DAY BEFORE THE LA SHOW. so you can only imagine how stressed out we all were at the TNC TEAM but we managed to pull through. as the first of it’s kind, VFW is a showcase featuring vietnamese designers in the heart of little saigon, Asian Garden Mall. the place was completely transformed into a runway show and you wouldn’t even recognize the place. there were a few minor bumpy details but for the first ever VFW you come to expect those things. the experience was tiring but overall a proud one that i walked away from. it kind of makes you hold your head high knowing that you were part of the first of something so impactful such as a vietnamese fashion week.
stay tuned for more info. alot’s been going on and i don’t even know where to start. but i guess here’s a good place. it’s great to commit myself again to something i’ve always been so passionate about. and i guess that’s what it’s always been about. PASSION.