On October 20th 2011 I packed up my little orange car and headed to the airport to go to New York City. I was accepted into the wonderful Teen Vogue Fashion University, where people discuss their dreams and you get to meet and hear from the industries best!
Since I was one of the first people that were accepted I got to choose some wonderful seminars to attend!
I had the pleasure of going to Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, Betsey Johnson, Rebecca Minkoff, The Teen Vogue Editors, and an exclusive floor tour of the Teen Vogue offices in the Conde Nast building!! What a dream come true!
Michael Kors has got to be one of the best people to hear speak, you can hear the passion in his voice. His story is a wonderful one and most definitely influenced me to start sketching and making my own clothes again!
Betsey Johnson is the most fearless woman I have ever met. She has such charisma and is such a wonderful woman! For the young age of 65 she is feisty. Did you know that before she was well-known she went to the Conde Nast building and left tee-shirts of her design with her business cards in all the womens washrooms! How original! Obviously someone liked her designs too. I know I certainly love her fearless style with that mix of punk and girly tutuâ€™s.
I have always loved Alexander Wangâ€™s designs, I enjoyed hearing about his experience at fashion schoolâ€¦he dropped out! Look at him nowâ€¦ Model Street Style fashion!
Rebecca Minkoffâ€™s seminar was very interesting as well! I didnâ€™t know very much about her, but I did enjoy to hear her speak!
The Teen Vogue office tour was one of the highlights of my trip! To see the stacks of back issues, Chanel bags, accessories everywhereâ€¦ it was magnificent! I even got to see Amy Astleyâ€™s office AND the fashion closet!!
Teen Vogue University is a weekend event. It started off with a special shopping event at H&M on Friday, Saturday morning (super early) the seminars began, Saturday night there was another shopping event at Topshop in Soho, Sunday morning we had a seminars about technology. The â€œFashion in the digital ageâ€ was very helpful! There was speakers from Who What Wear, ModCloth and the fashion PR girl from DKNY (that we all know and love on Twitter)! I found their advice very helpful.
After Teen Vogue University was done, I had 2 days to explore and enjoy the city! I was on the set of Gossip Girl where I got to meet Ed Westwick and Leighton Meester! I was able to watch them film part of an episode as well, it was so wonderful for me especially since I LOVE Gossip Girl! Fashion Munster loves Gossip Girl!
I also went to Laduree while I was there. If you have never been and you live in NYC you NEED to go. I am basically telling you if you donâ€™t go you are missing out HUGELY! Maybe you should buy me a box of macaroons and send them to me in Canada too? Laduree is a wonderful, dreamy bakery. Known worldwide for their desserts and macaroons, they NYC store in the only one in the United States. Unless you want to fly to Paris, France to have bite of heaven you should go to this store! Laduree also made ALL of the wonderful decadent desserts in the movie Marie Antoinette starring Kirsten Dunst!
Of course I visited The MET, The Natural History Museum, Central Park, The Empire State Building, and so much more! I LOVE NY t-shirts exist for a reason; as soon as you go you fall head over heels in love!
The 5 days that I spent in NYC were the greatest in my life (so far) and I cannot wait to go back again!