|Pink ponytail McQueen|
Monday, May 30, 2011
One of the last things I went to while in the city was the Alexander McQueen exhibit, Savage Beauty, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I wanted to wait as long as I could to see this because I knew it would be so crowded towards the beginning. Alexander McQueen was one of the most loved fashion designers in the world and when he died last year, the entire fashion community was devastated. He is known for his wild, extravagant, out of the ordinary runway shows at fashion weeks. Here is a link that YOU NEED to see that shows some of his work. http://blog.metmuseum.org/alexandermcqueen/video/ You really only understand him until you watch the intriguing videos on that site brought to us by the Met.
Since my internship ended in late April, I was able to spend a few weeks preparing for finals (yes…can you believe I actually go to real college?) and also exploring the city and doing things I would not normally have time to do.
|Me with my new friends and Kelly|
Thursday, May 19, 2011
|Gayle King coming out of Hearst Building|
There definitely were a lot of random things we had to do to help out the editors. Honestly, it was almost as intense a work environment as we all witnessed in the movie Devil Wears Prada. Every little thing had to be just so, or you WOULD know when you messed something up or missed one little step in the directions. Whether it was to run downstairs to grab a snack for them, pack up trunks of clothing and accessories for a photo shoot in Paris, or cut out some pictures from a lookbook, there was never a dull moment. Something that I will really miss is the fact that I was one of the first people to actually touch and see clothing that has not even come out into stores yet. If I do decide to go into fashion, this is the kind of thing that is invaluable. Right when I was finishing the semester up in April, we were all working on the September issue. We work so far ahead in order to get the publication out in time, so it is essential to be on top of any trends that readers will want to know about.
I learned that all of these trends start on the runways during fashion weeks. I can now tell you that you are seeing colorful stripes and color blocking everywhere due to Prada’s Spring/Summer collection that was shown last fall, and is now being featured in magazines. White lace is everywhere when you walk into H&M because of Dolce and Gabbana’s Spring/Summer collection that was also shown last fall (Style). Seeing these trends coming in first hand really was an experience that was priceless. Obviously, I knew something about fashion to get this job, but I had no idea how much I did not know when I came here. I learned so much about the fashion industry over this semester that will stay with me forever.
|Joanna Hillman (wearing Lady Danger MAC lipstick)|
|Reese Witherspoon in Vogue with|
Valentino rhinestone heels
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Hey everyone! I am really, really sorry I have not been writing. I have been SO BUSY that no one seems to comprehend what exactly I have been up to. I PROMISE to fill everyone in VERY SHORTLY and I plan on writing all through the summer about things I have missed over the past month, as well as plans for the future. Sorry :( Believe it or not, I actually do go to real school and have finals just like most of you. The past weeks have been about my education which always comes first ;)
Yesterday, I had the privilege of living three blocks away from Ground Zero, and participating in the celebrations of Osama Bin Laden’s death. I found out about it while I was sitting at my computer, working on a paper for my online history class, when someone screamed in the hallway, “Turn on the news! Bin Laden is dead!” Maybe I am horribly pessimistic, but the first thing I thought about was my safety in New York City, the prime target for terrorists. There is nothing we can do but be aware of our surroundings, and I know security has been bumped up, so all we can do is think positive thoughts and pray. Just because Bin Laden is gone, doesn’t mean the rest of them are. This event will only cause them to retaliate even more.
To get into politics (risky I know)…I have been watching all the news coverage because I am fascinated by the level of intelligence and courage that went into this event. I watched President Obama’s speech, which I believe was very well done and will most likely be the thing he is most remembered for. There is some controversy about his tone, however, that implies he should take all the credit. The government literally spends billions of dollars in organizations in order to gain intelligence so detailed as the information concerning where exactly Bin Laden was hiding, and ultimately, it was the incredibly brace soldiers who fought for their lives.
While all this is true, I believe people are taking it too far with the accusations that Obama should not take ANY credit. There are so many people posting Facebook statuses about how this is not a victory for Obama at all and how it is all luck that he is in office. If people are watching the news at all, they would not speak so quickly because this is just ignorant. Highly respected government officials have made it clear that Obama was the one to make the “gutsy decision” to start this operation. This clearly has been the number one priority of the National Security and Obama and his team have been working on it.
The president is the highest official of the executive branch in the government. I believe we learned all about this branch of government in 7th grade. He oversees everything and makes final decisions. How can people say Obama has nothing to do with this when HE was the one who risked his entire presidential career that is already suffering horribly, by making the call to go forward and make this attack? Would other presidents have had the courage to do this? I do not believe so.
I am not saying this to take any attention off the incredible soldiers who executed this task flawlessly. With their determination, courage, and practice, justice was served to Bin Laden. I just do not understand why everyone has to give Obama such a hard time about everything. Obviously, as the President of the United States, you come into this position knowing the strength and confidence needed to just get through the term alive. While all this information was coming at him concerning the number one most wanted man in the WORLD, Donald Trump was harassing him about HIS BIRTHPLACE!?! SERIOUSLY!? He must feel like a real idiot now realizing he was, indeed, interrupting very important business.
Obama’s speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner has also been under scrutiny. Personally, I thought it was perfect. The nature of the event allows certain guards to come down, and I think it gave him the perfect opportunity to give Trump a little dose of his own medicine. Poor Trump…loses sleep thinking about who should be fired on The Apprentice. Meatloaf, Lil John, or Gary Busey? Who knew Obama was such a comedian? Much better than Mike The Situation, that is for sure.
Overall, I feel so blessed to have witnessed such an amazing feeling of unity at Ground Zero. I think people need to give Obama credit because he showed amazing courage himself. At the end of a big dance recital, dancers always come out with huge bouquets of flowers to give thanks to the choreographers and directors to show appreciation for all their doings. Obviously this is on a completely different scale, but when, as citizens, will we ever be satisfied with a president? Especially at times like these, when we have a huge victory on our hands, we need to pull together as a nation. A nation that INCLUDES the President of the United States.
Here is the video I took with my handy dandy HTC Thunderbolt. These HTC droid phones really are amazing for capturing great pictures and videos...